Blackberry Crumble by Josi S. Kilpack Review

Meet Sadie Hoffmiller, an excellent cook, a mother, and a Investigator. In Blackberry Crumble by Josi Kilpack, Sadie likes to do amateur detective work to help people out. Unfortunately, Sadie ends up with some serious publicity, but not the good kind. Author Jane Seeley accuses Sadie of being at the center of a lot of murders and suggests that maybe Sadie is the reason for all of these deaths. Sadie must overcome rumors in a small town and try to help May Sanderson figure out who murdered her husband. Meanwhile, Sadie’s boyfriend and real detective, Peter Cunningham, starts to question his girlfriend and her motives. Can Sadie get Peter to trust her and find out who murdered May’s father?

Josi Kilpack has written a funny mystery. Not only does she have this story going on, but she is kind enough to add a few recipes into the book. Each recipe mentioned in the story is given to the reader at the end of the chapter. The recipes that caught my eye and I would really like to try are Easy Crab Dip and Blackberry Crumble.

The book is very clean from profanity and sexual content. I would recommend this book to anyone, although it was not one of my favorite reads. I felt that some of the book was a little confusing to those of us who came into the middle of the series. I hope that you can find this book enjoyable and also the fabulous recipes that go along with it! You can also get all the recipes from the entire series at Josie’s website.

You can read an excerpt here.

Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series:

Lemon Tart

English Trifle

Devil’s Food Cake

Key Lime Pie

Blackberry Crumble

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Title: Blackberry Crumble

Author: Josi S. Kilpack

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 368

ISBN: 978-1606419410

Publisher: Deseret Book

Release Date: March 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, Deseret Book

Reviewer: Jocee

 

**I received a copy of this book from the author but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

A World I Never Made by James Le Pore Review

Pat Nolan realizes it isn’t his daughter’s body he is looking at, but he gets the clue that she wants people to think she’s dead. He hasn’t seen Megan in a year and hopes that she isn’t just faking her death to get a reaction out of him. Pat starts his search in Paris for Megan, and finds himself getting help from Catherine Laurence, a detective who has been sent to find out why Pat lied about his daughter’s death. He finds himself being hunted by killers trying to get to Megan before any else does. As Pat finds himself looking at his daughter in a way he never has, he begins to realize his love for her and how frantic he is to find her alive.

In A World I Never Made, Megan’s story starts in Morocco where she finds herself the lover to Abdel Lahani. Megan is a journalist, trying to find terrorists in Morocco, but Lahani is the one she really needs to fear. She tries to run Lahani, but knows he wont stop until he finds her and kills her. She hopes Pat can find her before Lahani’s men do. Megan is found to be in connection with a terrorist bomging in Morocco and can no longer use her own ID, for it’s tagged by more then just Lahani’s men searching to kill her. Megan realizes it’s more then just her life on the line, and she must get the tapes turned over to her father and let him know what horrible secrets she has been carrying all this time.

James LePORE does such an amazing job in A World I Never Made of following Pat’s character through Europe. I was pulled into the story as well as the scenery in this book. I really enjoyed this book, but it does have frequent use of the F* word, so be warned. I thought LePORE did such a great job of keeping you pulled into the story and I found myself drawn to Megan, in a way I’m not usually drawn to a character. He has great writing skill, I even found myself trying to get my kids to just let me read for “five more minutes!”. I can’t wait to read another of his books.

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Title: A World I Never Made

Author: James Lepore

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 262

ISBN: 978-0-9816087-2-3

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant

Release Date: October 2010

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jocee

 

**I received a copy of this book from the author but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones Review

In A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones, one moment managed to spiral Vivian Smith’s world out of control. Vivian was snatched from a train station in the middle of World War Two. As she followed after a strange boy that was supposed to be taking her to her aunt’s house, something strange happened: she was transported to a different time! Jonathan had to take the girl that was hurting his city. Unfortunately, Jonathan grabbed the wrong girl by mistake. Without a time portal to send Vivian back through, she became stuck in Time City while it crumbled around her. Time City is an amazing city with lots of history and many legends. The city is filled with ghosts of time and modern technology that blows the mind. Vivian had to quickly adjust to the city and its strange ways, like staircases that go more than just up and down and clocks made entirely of glass that never stop running. Legend stated that Time City was held in place by some polarities placed during “unstable eras” in history. But now, someone had been stealing the polarities and messing with history. Jonathan and his cousin Sam have to help put the world back in order, or Time City will be destroyed forever! The only way they can stop the destruction is to enlist Vivian’s help, and then, by jumping to different time periods, to try to stop the thief from stealing the polarities. Will they be able to race through time fast enough to save their world or will Vivian end up stuck outside time forever?

 

There was a lot to like about this novel. Diana Wynne Jones is an excellent author and in this book, as with all her novels, she manages to transform the way you think about the world and life. Time City in and of itself is an amazing piece of work and how she managed to come up with such a unique town, I will never know. The novel is filled with adventure after adventure and includes many twists and turns within the plot. When you think you have finally established who is behind the theft of the polarities, a new development makes you second guess your initial choice. I enjoyed reading how the characters developed throughout the entire novel. Vivian grows and develops a lot from how selfish she was in the beginning with very few concerns to the person more concerned about other people’s welfare by the end of her long rollercoaster adventure. A Tale of Time City is unique and very entertaining!

 

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Title:  A Tale of Time City

Author: Diana Wynne Jones

Format: Paperback

Page Nos.: 336

ISBN: 978-0064473514

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Release Date: Jan. 2002

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jillian

Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler Review

All Missy wants is control in her life.  In Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler, Missy is an outcast at school, her sister can’t stand the sight of her, and after a terrible prank by her ex boyfriend, Missy turns to her only refuge, her razor.  Missy is a cutter and this time has gone too far.  A knock on her door and Death is waiting with a package giving Missy the opportunity to be one of the Four Horsemen, War.

Missy finds joy in this new job. She brings passions to the surface and can feel the anger and need for violence. Her sword is her power and Missy isn’t afraid to use it, until she sees the victims caught in the middle of war.  Feeling the battle for control growing inside herself, can Missy find the balance of her passions?

I really enjoyed the second installment of Kessler’s Four Horseman Series.  Missy’s life is spinning out of control and watching the story unfold to see how she tries to get it back is intriguing. Her emotions though extreme are valid and her interactions with her family and schoolmates is heartbreaking.  I found myself feeling attached to Missy’s character and when she felt the need for her razor I would want to just yell.

I find Jackie Kessler a great character writer.  Her first novel Hunger was the battle of anorexia and now with Rage the cutting and the inner dialouge is eye opening.  I never thought I could understand why someone would want to physically hurt themselves, Missy’s thoughts and actions at times made sense.

I would highly recommend this series! Be aware there is swearing, and some sexuality.

Horsemen of the Apocolypse Reading Order:

Hunger

Rage

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Title: Rage

Author: Jackie Morse Kessler

Format: eBook, Paperback

Page #’s: 228

ISBN: 0547445288

Publisher: Harcourt Graphia

Release Date: April 18th, 2011

Reviewer: Megan

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.