About The Candy Cane Caper

The Candy Cane Caper

The theft of a friend’s priceless, family-legacy Christmas ornaments brings amateur detective and culinary expert, Sadie Hoffmiller, back on the case in a new standalone cozy mystery.

In the latest chapter to the Culinary Mystery series, amateur detective Sadie Hoffmiller continues combining her sleuthing with her cooking and baking to connect with people and gain information she might otherwise not have access to. Moreover, now that Sadie is married to Detective Pete Cunningham, she has a street-savvy husband to test out her crime-solving theories.

With Christmas approaching, Sadie is preparing for a large blended-family gathering—including many new grandchildren—in their home in Fort Collins, Colorado. Even with the festive chaos, Sadie drops everything when word gets out that her friend, Mary, is the victim of a holiday robbery.

At ninety-four years old, and nearly blind, Mary knows this is may be her last Christmas and the last year to enjoy her family heirloom Christmas tree ornaments. She wants just one more holiday to display her ornaments and following Christmas Eve Mass, she’ll pass them on to her great-granddaughter, Joy. Though priceless to the family, the collection has been valued at $40,000, and the Christmas tree in the care facility has never looked so good. But before the ornaments can be retrieved by Mary, eleven of the most expensive ornaments are stolen.

A holiday Christmas caper might be new to Sadie, but she’s ready to mix in her seasoned crime-solving skills with a pinch of new holiday recipes.

My review

I’m always happiest when I’m reading a mystery book of some sort. I have loved this series by Josi Kilpack. It made my day when I heard that she was releasing a new Sadie book after 5 years. And it was completely worth waiting for!

This book didn’t pick up right where Wedding Cake left off. I loved that. It’s been 5 years since the last book about Sadie and it had been five years since Sadie and Pete got married in that book. It just worked!

Anyway….Sadie has a dear friend who is blind and lives in a nursing home. Her super expensive Christmas ornaments disappear. And it’s up to Sadie to find them and put them back before her friend misses them on Christmas Eve. To do so, she must get help from all the right people and not let the thief know she’s onto them.

I love Sadie so much! She might be my very favorite character ever. Sadie is kind of a busy body, not as much as she was five years ago. I felt like Sadie had grown up some since then. She’s also really good at what she does. She can find clues like no one else. But there’s always something that just makes me laugh. Like the scene when she’s Mrs. Claus and she makes a huge mess. That was probably my favorite chapter.

One of my very favorite things about this series is the recipes. I love that the reader can make the same things that Sadie makes in the book. It would be so fun to make these for a book club that had read the book.

This book is so great! I loved the mystery. It kept me guessing. I love the characters, and the recipes. And the final chapter left me teary eyed. This is a book for all of you out there that love food and mystery. It’s such a great combination.

I was sent a copy of The Candy Cane Caper as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Purchase links

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About the author

Josi S. Kilpack is an accomplished and prolific author of nearly two dozen novels including the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series. She has won multiple Whitney Awards for Myster/Suspense, Romance, and Novel of the Year as well as the Utah Best of State Fiction Winner. She lives with her family in Utah. 

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