FICTION

The Candy Cane Caper

Shadow Mountain. (Cozy Culinary Mystery, Bk 13). Oct. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9781629726014. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781629737881. M
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Sadie and Pete Hoffmiller have been married for five years now, and they hope their children and grandchildren from their blended family will make it to Fort Collins, CO, for Christmas. When she isn’t baking, Sadie is also spending time with their beloved nonagenarian neighbor Mary, now in an assisted-living home. When some of Mary’s family heirloom ornaments disappear, Sadie slips back into investigative mode and discovers other residents have also reported valuable antiques missing. Equally skilled in the culinary arts and sleuthing, Sadie is determined to stop these thefts.
VERDICT Kilpack represents a nice range of ages in this story, and the relationships feel both real and aspirational. The clues and solution are complex enough to keep readers guessing. Recipes are included and also available as a PDF, making this a fun choice for cookbook discussion groups as well as general readers. Twelve previous “Culinary Mystery” titles precede this entry, which can be read on its own.

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