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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Review: Rocky Road by Josi S. Kilpack


Rocky Road (Culinary Mystery #10) by Josi S. Kilpack, AF -LDS mystery, 2013, review ebook edition, 273p, Rating=3.5
Source: provided by tour host in exchange for an honest review.

THE ST. GEORGE SPECTRUM
Dr. Trenton Hendricks was last seen Friday, April 8, when he set out alone on a backpacking trip. Hendricks's Jeep Grand Cherokee was located Tuesday at the Chuckwalla Trailhead, but after six days and thousands of man-hours, the official search has been called off. He is presumed to be deceased.
It was supposed to be a girls' weekend in scenic St. George, Utah, that would included shopping, trying out the local cuisine, and participating in a breast cancer fund-raiser. The fact that one of the organizers of the fund-raising event, a local doctor, had disappeared two months before was not supposed to be Sadie's problem.
When Sadie learns that her friend Caro and Caro's cousin, Tess, have started a grassroots investigation into Dr. Hendrick's disappearance, Sadie graciously refuses to be a part of it. With her wedding to plan and her most recent case still fresh in her mind, Sadie is determined to leave this case to the police—until she meets the ex-wife of the missing man.
How could she not ask a few questions ... that lead to more questions ... that lead to a small town and even more questions? When the local police ask her to be their eyes and ears, Sadie can't help but jump in with both feet. Before she knows it, she is on the rocky road of another investigation, following a convoluted trail of good intentions, hidden motivations, and philanthropy turned big business.

Wow, book #10!  I missed the first nine so this will have to be a stand alone review.  No sweat.  I didn't feel that I missed much.  The general overview of what this series was about was conveyed ..there's a mystery to be solved and the main gal, Sadie, will find herself trying to solve it.  Although this time, she wanted to lay low and just enjoy planning her upcoming wedding.  But she ended up finding herself in a spot where she felt the inspiration that she should get involved.  The inconsistencies began to add up to foul play too much to not get sucked in.  Under the pretense of assisting the local authorities, Sadie began to explore the doctor's disappearance.  The journey to what she ends up unraveling was quite a ride!

A clean mystery novel with the added bonus of a recipe after each chapter.  Moderately gripping with the undertone of spiritual language.  I don't think the author intended to be preachy but I saw where one might see it so.  In the desire to explain religious terms, considering the setting of the story, it can be taken as giving moral advice.  However, the crust of the storyline made sure that the point of the book was in solving the mystery.  Hence, overall I found this book to be an entertaining read with characters that delighted or got my dander up (Tess!).



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