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Lemon Tart

Narrated by: Diane Dabczynski
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
4 out of 5 stars (156 ratings)

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Award-winning author Josi S. Kilpack introduces a new series of culinary “cozies” that is sure to tantalize mystery lovers. In this debut volume, cooking aficionado turned amateur detective Sadie Hoffmiller tries to solve the murder of her beautiful young neighbor - a single mother who was mysteriously lured from her home while a lemon tart was baking in her oven. At the heart of Sadie’s search is the woman’s missing two-year-old child. Whoever took the child must be the murderer, but Sadie is certain that the police are looking at all the wrong suspects - including her!

©2009 Josi S. Kilpack (P)2013 Shadow Mountain

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Loved it!

A friend referred me to Josi's series and I am so glad that she did. This book was more than I expected, it was not a shallow story. The book was not filled with sex or swearing, just a very interesting story about friendship, caring, and not giving up. I hope that the rest of the books are as interesting as this one. When I really like books, I will go back in a couple years and relisten. This will go on my "to listen to again" list.

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  • 04-02-16

Childish female characters and voices

Would you try another book from Josi S. Kilpack and/or Diane Dabczynski?

No.

Would you be willing to try another book from Josi S. Kilpack? Why or why not?

No. The female characters, even the mature ones, act in an inane manner. I cannot give specifics without giving away the plot. The plot itself was not bad.

What didn’t you like about Diane Dabczynski’s performance?

I do not care for mature female characters--the main character is a 56-year-old woman--who talk like 11-year-old girls and have priorities to match.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed in the lack of maturity of the characters.

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Horrible

Would you try another book from Josi S. Kilpack and/or Diane Dabczynski?

No

What was most disappointing about Josi S. Kilpack’s story?

As a woman who prides herself as being domestic as well as a professional, I find the main character too silly. It's almost insulting.

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Spoiled by the main character

I was hoping to like the first book of what looked like an interesting series and go on to read the other books, but the main character was so annoying that I don't want to see any more of her. I had a hard time believing that an adult would have to have it explained to her by her college-aged daughter that she was being unreasonable to expect the police investigating a murder to give her -- a neighbor of the murder victim -- regular updates on their progress. She expected to waltz into a lawyer's office and have the lawyer tell her all about the affairs of a client. She got all indignant about a detective asking her to hand over some documents that had belonged to the murder victim and claimed that she had given them all the evidence she had while managing to hide a business card that the murder victim had had. She seemed immature and naive for her age.

On the other hand, the mystery was interesting (though the amateur detective only figured out what had happened when the murderer confessed to her) and the narrator was good. Still, I'm not inclined to give the character another chance.

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Cheesy, but good.

It was a little cheesy and you can definitely tell the author is from Utah with how the main character acted. But the mystery part was enjoyable.

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Not a great narrator for the story

Really not impressed with the breathy sounding narrator, especially when doing male voices. Way too soft! n n n n

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not my cup of tea

The narrator took some getting used to. Her voice does go well with the main character, but the breathy quality was annoying, nonetheless she was good with differentiating between characters.
I don't read murder mystery usually, but I really like this author's regency novels and I like to bake so I thought I would give it a try. I will continue to read her regency and eagerly await each release, but I will not be reading Sadie Hoffmiller murder mysteries again. Her judgemental attitude and disregard for the law in a police investigation made me uncomfortable. It was meant to be funny that she would throw in housekeeping tips at odd times, but it almost felt like making fun of homemakers rather than defending them.
I don't really understand how I can relate so we'll to the author's regency characters but not to this one when we should have more in common, but there it is.
It is a clean mystery, not too gory. My mom recommended this series to me. She is the age of the main character and owns most of the books so it may appeal more to a homemaker in her 50s.

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I love the book

I love the book! It was a great read and I love the story, the plot recipes!

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I LOVE lemon...

but not so much this book. Dry and hard to get through to the end

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Whispering

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The narrator whispered. Very annoying.

How could the performance have been better?

Another narrator that doesn't whisper

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I don't know. Only listened to a few chapters while straining to hear.