Title: Rocky Road
Author: Josi Kilpack
About The Book: Rocky Road
It was supposed to be a girls’ weekend in scenic St. George, Utah that would include shopping, trying out the local cuisine, and participating in a breast cancer fundraiser. The fact that one of the organizers of the fundraising event, a local doctor, disappeared two months ago was not supposed to be Sadie’s problem. In fact, she refuses to participate in the grassroots investigation her friend Caro, and Caro’s cousin, Tess, have put together prior to her arrival. But then she meets the ex-wife of the missing doctor. How could she not ask a few questions . . . that lead to a few more questions . . . that lead to a small town and yet even more questions. Before she knows it, Sadie is in the middle of yet another murder investigation and trying to piece together a convoluted trail of good intentions, hidden motivations, and philanthropy turned big business.
Excerpt:“Sadie’s been in here questioning her the whole time.” She pointed at Lori for emphasis and Sadie felt her face heating up in reaction to the accusation. “Questioning me?” Lori looked at Sadie again. “I was not questioning her,” Sadie explained while glancing between them, “we were just . . . talking.” “About Dr. H,” Tess said accusingly. “Well, yeah, and other things, but –” “Wait.” Lori put up her hand, looking somewhat cornered. They all went quiet. “What are you talking about?” “Sadie’s an investigator, didn’t she tell you that?” Sadie didn’t know what to say. Tess was making Sadie look like she’d been deceptive, which she hadn’t been. The conversation had just . . . evolved of its own accord. Okay, maybe she’d guided it a little bit but there was so much more to it than that and she felt cheapened by the way Tess was pouncing on this circumstances she wasn’t even trying to understand.
I appreciate the character Sadie finally being a bit more realistic and heeding the advice of her friends and family to not immediately jump into an investigation. This book, #10 in the culinary series, is less action packed than the others, which also gives way for more character development. You get all the quirky people, which is what leads Sadie into the situation in the first place.
I recommend that you read books of a series in order, although this series doesn’t require it. They are connected but its not a Must Do.
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