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Publisher's Summary

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 stand-alone 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 94 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, 11 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.

©2019 Josi S. Kilpack (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Perfect Christmas Cozy

I really enjoyed this book. Just what I needed to put me in the Christmas spirit and give me a break from hard boiled crime stories. In this book, life is hard, but sweet and people are kind to each other.

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Really enjoyed this one

I totally loved the book. It is a little different than most cozy mysteries. The cozy comes from the relationships between an older woman in the final weeks of her life and the mystery is not a murder. Spoiler alert - you may need a tissue or two at the end of the book.

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Disappointed it was a different narrator

As always this was a great story in the Sadie culinary series, but after listening to all the other books this was was hard to listen to with a different narrator. The story was wonderful, just not the same.

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More depth than a usual cozy mystery

Loved Mary’s story. So full of love and Grace. But also fun and an interesting mystery.

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Good clean mystery

It was a bit slow and difficult to get into the story but the characters were endearing. A bit of mystery and a bit of love

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Sweet holiday story

This was a sweet holiday story. The characters took too long to build a connection with their audience. But it was a very wholesome listen overall. Take a listen!

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Good premise ruined by a busybody main character

The main character ruined this book for me. She makes terrible assumptions about people and thinks if she asks a question that she is owed an answer. If they don’t answer they must be hiding something. Maybe they just don’t think a stranger has a right to invade their privacy.

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Mary, Did You Know? Yes, She Did . . . 🥰

Mary is 94 years old, blind and she knows she is dying . . . this is her last Christmas with those she loves. She has sold her beloved home that she shared with her husband, who has already gone on to glory, and gone into a care facility. She has a strained relationship with her daughter, Ivy, who seems to always be prickly and hard to deal with. But she's grown very close to her great granddaughter, Joy, who came to live with her and care for her over the last few years. Sadie Hoffmiller, Mary's next door neighbor and best friend, is already grieving for what lies ahead, and visits Mary often. When Mary asks her to put up her Christmas tree for her at the care home, Sadie is happy to help . . . but is aghast when she discovers that Mary owns thousands of dollars of antique ornaments that her father brought home from France after the Great War. Yet Mary wants to enjoy them one last time, before bequeathing them to Joy, whom Mary expects will sell them to provide for her future. When ten of the beautiful ornaments turn up missing the next day, Sadie and Joy are beside themselves. And this sets Sadie on an investigation that could get dangerous. Her cop husband, Pete is out of town on a case, and warns Sadie to stay clear of looking into it all . . . but Sadie just can't help herself. This is one of the most wonderful, in depth stories of love, faith and trust among friends and family, and a perfect listen for the holidays. I cannot recommend it enough!

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Took a second to get into

I LOVE Sadie!! She got me through my 3rd pregnancy, and helped me LOVED spending time in the kitchen. I have just loved all of her books. So imagine my delight when I saw this pop up on audible and I had no idea it was coming!!! SO stoked! It took a few chapters to get into. Im not sure if it’s because I’ve been binging Josi’s other amazing novels, and it took a minute to reconnect with this cozy genre, or if it’s because it just took a minute to really get going, but I’m so glad I stuck with it. I don’t usually cry in books and the end had me feeling all the feels, a tear or two even escaped! It was VERY good!! How I’ve missed you Sadie!! Thanks for the visit! :)

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Ended up loving this book

I didn’t start out loving this book. The beginning started out slow. I almost gave up but I’m glad I didn’t. Variety of characters. Each have motive. Enjoyed listening to Sadie figure it out. Loved Mary - wish we all have had a Mary in our lives.