Fortune Cookie Sadie Hoffmiller has always liked things to be just so. A place for everything and everything in its place. Order over chaos. And of all things Sadie should be able to control, her own wedding is at the top of the list. With the big day just three weeks away, Sadie is busily adding the final touches to her wedding plans but the arrival of a mysterious letter from San Francisco changes everything. The only person Sadie knows in San Francisco is her older sister, Wendy, whom she hasn’t seen since their mother’s funeral nearly fifteen years ago. Sadie has faced off against murderers and criminals in recent years, yet the possibility of reconnecting with her sister is both overwhelming and frightening. Sadie soon discovers, however, that the letter is just the beginning when Wendy’s world turns out to be a place of unanswered questions, twisted truths, and more than one person with a motive for murder. The more Sadie digs into her sister’s past, the more she places her own future at risk.
Author Josi S. Kilpack Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and accredits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Her novel, Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney Award 2007 for Mystery/Suspense. Lemon Tart, the first book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series was a finalist in 2009. Josi currently lives in Willard Utah with her husband, children and super-cute cat.
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I enjoyed this book, but the theme is so sad, an estranged daughter, sister, and mental illness. Often unrecognized, but dealing with it day in and day out, so very hard, and this is what happened in Sadie’s family. Her sister Wendy, she did things to her family, that still make me cringe, like putting spiders in her sisters mashed potatoes. UGH!
We never really see Wendy in this story; she is already deceased when we meet her. We learn about the highs and lows of her life, and the evil that seemed to consume her. What was really hard to understand was how she treated her child, but winter months were her worst.
We meet so many characters in this read, like the pink lady, the annoyed tenant, the unlikeable daughter-in-law, the loveable Granddaughter, the X-husband, and so on. Sadie has traveled to San Francisco to help the nephew she has never met with her soon to be husband Pete. Can you imagine meeting a nephew for the first time under such circumstances? They think her sister was dead at least a month, and then set on fire…huh?
Now Sadie again cannot accept that this is a natural death, she again has those detective feelings, and with Pete being a retired Police Detective, this pair have there crime ears on. As we travel the streets of San Francisco, you will get the feeling that you are walking these hills, and eating at China Town, don’t try those ribs!
You will make up your mind several times as to who committed the crime, if there was one. I know I was sure that I knew, but then, nope another. This will keep you on the edge of your seat, and believe me you will be shocked at the end. Come along on another great Sadie adventure, a really great, and mysterious read. I really want more, the author did state at the end that it is really getting harder to come up with scenarios, but I think she did a wonderful job!
I received this book through I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, and was not required to give a positive review.