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3.0 out of 5 starsGood story, bad main character
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2016
I am divided when it comes to my opinion of this book. On the one hand I quite enjoyed the whole murder mystery aspect of the book, although it is definitely light-hearted reading without any clever dialogue or anything, I still thought the plot was engaging and interesting. I liked the author's unique way of using cooking to solve a murder and judging by the titles of all her other books, they all do this. I think what really turned me off was the main character. She was very irritating. She was the annoying busy body, nosy neighbor that nobody likes and comes across as a bit condescending and self-righteous. I could probably get past this if she wasn't so determined in her thinking that she was better than trained detectives when it came to solving a murder (like she knows anything about it!) she honestly should have been tossed in jail for entering a crime scene. She needs to butt out and let the police handle it, but then the whole premise of the book wouldn't work! Anyway, I think I will read the next in the series just to see if her character will get better and grow on me and if not I am hoping that at least the plot will be as entertaining as this one was, excepting the dumb things that Sadie does sometimes!
5.0 out of 5 starsI’m glad I finally got the chance to start it
Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2017
I’ve had this series on my TBR pile forever. I’m glad I finally got the chance to start it. “Lemon Tart” was a fun read. I enjoy that the main character, Sadie, deviates from the norm. I’m glad she is in her 50’s and sorting out the next chapter of her life. I can easily relate to her and her family. The author’s description of Sadie’s character being written to portray “Paula Deen (cooking show host) meets Angela Lansbury,” made me laugh. The mystery had lots of twists and turns and kept you guessing until the last minute. I look forward to seeing where relationships evolve from here. The recipes are an added bonus.
I love this series! This is my 2nd time reading these books. What’s fun is that I probably read Lemon Tart about 4 or so years ago. I couldn’t remember “who done it”, so it’s like reading them for the 1st time. Josi S. Killpack is an amazing writer who keeps you guessing from beginning to end! Sadie Hoffmiller, main character, is a hilarious busybody who keeps stumbling in to sticky situations. And don’t get me started on the recipes... 🤤. They are fantastic!!! Thank you Josi for your amazing books!
I choose Lemon Tart because I like mysteries and easy to read books. It is a book for readers who like a book that is funny in spots,sometimes romantic, sometimes sad. I recommend the book for any lady young or older.
3.0 out of 5 starsThis particular copy of the book challenged my reading abilities
Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2019
The print wasn't easy to read. I haven't finished the book, yet, and the author seems more than adept and skilled in writing, but it really a chore to read...the wrong font was used or just not a quality printing process? Just thought I'd let you know.
If you are an arrogant, superficial, immature, passive-aggressive, judgmental woman then you will probably love the main character but I found her to be unbearable. I love murder mysteries but I will not read another in this series as I was hoping for her demise early in the book. Additionally the first 75% of the book is S L O W and repetitive with Ms. Pious Pants alternately jumping to obviously incorrect conclusions and checking her hair! She worries about her appearance more than a petulant pre-adolescent and displays most of the other unpleasant characteristics associated with that age group despite being identified as a middle aged woman. The overall story is reasonably well crafted which is why I gave the book 1 star.
3.0 out of 5 starsDid not connect with the main character, but enjoyed the recipes.
Reviewed in the United States on July 25, 2019
The main character is a nosy, naive woman who comes off like she knows herself and has the best interests of her circle of neighbors and family. The rest of the book is spent showing how wrong she has been. The only salvaging part of this book is the rec.I