To read my review of the first book in this series click here: Lemon Tart.
Title: English Trifle (Culinary Mystery #2)
Author: Josi S. Kilpack
Genre: Adult Mystery
Premise: "What begins as a holiday trip for amateur sleuth and cooking
aficionado Sadie Hoffmiller and her daughter, Breanna, turns into a
bizarre mystery. First comes the discovery of a dead body in the sitting
room of an English manor belonging to the family of Breanna's
boyfriend, who is also heir to the family title. When the body comes up
missing, Sadie begins her own investigation to find the killer" (King County Library System).
Opinions: So far, I am really enjoying this series. I still love Sadie Hoffmiller. This time around I was a little envious of her tenacity. She sure gives the English Gentry (and their staff) a run for their money. I would not have the gall to pull some of the stuff that she did, but good for her. What is doubly great is that, with Sadie, everything revolves around food. When she finds a food she loves she will hound the cook/chef for the recipe and then, whether or not she gets said recipe, she will go home and try to recreate and modify the recipe until she gets it perfect (according to Sadie). Now, that's the way to go.
I also loved getting to see more of Breanna and watch her develop through some difficult issues. My favorite character has to be Grant, the butler. I like him for many reasons, but especially because he is a complex character...and he stands up to Sadie when she pushes the social barriers. I also still adore that there are recipes scattered throughout the book for the culinary reader to delve into and try out. I dare you to try them yourself. .As for me...it's time to get in the library queue for book 3 - Devil's Food Cake. Yummy!