Thursday, October 22, 2009

Why I loved it:

Kilpack is a riot. I loved Sadie more than some women I know in real life. I want her to be my neighbor, so I can catch her spying on me and then hope she'll bring me some kind of goodie as recompence. Usually I'm a do-whatever-the-boss-tells-me-to-do type of person, so initially it was hard for me not to get frustrated with her for breaking the rules and interfering too much. I about had a heart attack every time she and I would break into the house together or "steal" papers from the library or weasel information out of a former co-worker. But by the end I was right there. She didn't have to drag me along anymore. In fact, I'm pretty sure I would have driven off with Detective Madsen's hand still stuck in the door. What have I become?

On a lighter note, I loved how Sadie wasn't MORMON. I mean, she could have been, but I so appreciated the fact that Sadie didn't talk about Relief Society or Enrichment Night or something. That's where LDS fiction gets lame really fast for me. Sadie was just a good, wholesome woman with lofty principles and a giant heart. Can I just say, though, that when she noticed that Detective Cunningham filled the kitchen "the way a man should" (or something like that) I knew they would get together. So okay, there was a little predictibility. But I was floored that her brother was the one whose mistake had caused this whole fiasco. I definitely didn't see that coming.

Did anyone copy down the recipes from the book? I dropped my copy through the slot at the library just as I remembered that I'd forgotten to do that. Oh, and there was a quote somewhere toward the latter half of the book where Sadie describes the romance book she read. I laughed out loud. It was something about the liberal use of adverbs and I loved how she said it. Does anyone remember what I'm talking about? I'd love to have that direct quote as well. I should have kept the book longer ... The wait list was just so long, I was racked with guilt for keeping it long enough to get around to copying those recipes.

What did you ladies think??


Heather said...

Confession: I didn't read this one. I WANTED to, but believe me when I say that NO WAY would a library in Eugene, Oregon have a book like that by an LDS author. And sorry, but I don't want to spend $15 to order it online. So I'll have to enjoy it vicariously!!! :)

Mary said...

Really? I suspected the brother from the get-go.

I wanted to like this book, I even tried to like this book. But it was only so-so for me, even painful to get through at times. Too much thinkingabout what could happen and not enough happening. It was a simple light-hearted story (as light-hearted as a murder mystery could be). It had it's moments, and it wasn't even poorly written. I just wasn't feeling it.

That being said I am big fan of having recipes incorporated in a novel. I'd recommend this book over "Like Water For Chocolate," (which did the same thing)in a heartbeat. These are great recipes too (at least they look delicious- haven't actually tried them yet).

It makes me wish we all physically met together to discuss our books. We could each prepare and bring a different recipe from the book for everyone to share during the discussion.

Shell, I have the book so I can foward those recipes to you if you want.

Mandy said...

I couldn't find this book in any of my local libraries either. BUT, I can recommend another series by Joanna starts with the chocolate chip cookie murder book and the others are just as good. Oh, and I gained like 5 pounds from the sweet cravings I had after reading these :)