The Candy Cane Caper

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 15 Oct 2019

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I LOVE Sadie's stories. Just enough mystery to keep you guessing throughout (although I did solve this one before Sadie), sprinkled with lighthearted moments and a generous helping of delicious recipes. What's not to like?! 
The pace of this novel was quick, the storyline continually moving forward, much like Sadie herself. I liked her interactions with her husband, though I would have liked to get more of a feel for their day-to-day lives. 
I enjoyed how assumptions were challenged - both Sadie's and the reader's - and how enough information was given for the reader to piece things together and form their own conclusions before the final resolution. 
And I cannot wait to try out some of these recipes!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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A cute wrap up to the Sadie series.  The mystery was well done-I didn't know who the bad guy was until Sadie did.  While predictable in characterization, it was a cute read.
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As a fan of both the author Josi Kilpack and her charming character Sadie Hoffmiller I was looking forward to another culinary adventure.  To combine the character with the Christmas season, and delicious seasonal recipes was a perfect combination.  It was fun to pick up with Sadie and see that though it had been a while, and she was technically retired as a private investigator, she hadn't lost her quick skill of bending the rules enough to get the information that she needed to solve the case.  As to be expected with one of Josi Kilpack's delightful culinary tales the reader can also enjoy recipes for delicious things like Red & Green Salad, Snow Flurries, Candy Cane Crinkles and a yummy cheeseball I'm anxious to try. Overall I enjoyed another Sadie Hoffmiller adventure, and appreciated the comfortable reminder of how I enjoy clean books with wholesome messages.
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I really enjoyed this cozy mystery.  The characters and plot were perfect for a Christmas light read.  I also loved the recipes included.  Sadie, the main character was a really good person and laugh.  This is a story I would love to see as a Hallmark Movie. 
I needed a light fun read.
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Sadie is gearing up for Christmas and getting her blended family together.  She has food to prepare, gifts to buy, and cookies to deliver to friends and neighbors.  Her once neighbor Mary asks her to help set up her Christmas tree in the facility that she is now living in and Sadie agrees to help.  She knows that this will be Mary's last holiday and wants to make the elderly woman's last days as happy and cheerful as possible.   While trimming the tree Sadie soon realizes that the ornaments being hung are not only old but worth quite a bit of money.  Mary tells her that she would like to leave them to her granddaughter so that she can sell them and make her life better.  Sadie isn't sure about leaving the pricey ornaments up for anyone to see but it will only be for a few days.  When Sadie gets a call from Joy, Mary's niece, telling her that around ten ornaments are missing she I owe she must step in and investigate.  Will she be find the ornaments before Mary knows they are gone?  Follow along to fix out just what happens!!!  This was the first book I've read from this author and even though it wasn't the first of the series it wasn't hard for me to keep up with all the characters.  I enjoyed the read and look forward to returning to the beginning to get to know the characters better!!!
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Mystery, suspense; series, but stand alone read
Cute light read, more of a 3.5 for me as a reader. Fun, mystery with 2 different families interwoven in the story line. Always recipes, so for that, I rounded up. For those of you who are fans of Sadie, you will love this addition to the series.  I loved learning about the ornaments and their value, but also about the family stories in this novel. Sadie rules as a sleuth, and of course, having her husband help a bit in the mix and her family story line and HEA ending for her was perfect! The scenes with her as Mrs. Claus were too funny, and her passion for all things Christmas the best! Fun way to put some light holiday spirit into your reading, particularly if you are fan of this series.
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I'm a fan of Josi Kilpack's culinary mysteries, and this latest one does not disappoint.  In her latest adventure, Sadie Hoffmiller takes time from her holiday preparations (which, of course, involves baking) to solve the unexplained. disappearance of a friend's rare Christmas ornaments.   This time, Sadie has the added complication of balancing her new blended family with solving the crime.  The recipes are an added bonus!
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I just love how Sadie Hoffmiller  combines her love of cooking and baking to gain people’s trust. So she can get information on how to find 11 of the most expensive ornaments that was stolen. Let alone have all her family over for Christmas. I also love how the book has recipes that we can make at home. So as I was reading this book I kept getting The Who done it wrong and was suprised who it was at the end. Can’t wait to see what she will do with her next book.
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Lovely read. Really enjoyed reading this book. It was a lovely book to read. You can get lost in this one. Easy to read and well written
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Sadie is back!!!

I just cannot tell you how excited I was when I heard there was going to be a NEW Sadie Hoffmiller cozy mystery. I have loved every single one of the previous 12 books and I’m thrilled that we get to revisit her world.

In this book she and Pete are happily married and are preparing to spend the holidays hosting family. Sadie hasn’t done much investigating lately. Instead, she’s been volunteering at the local senior center—and she has stumbled upon a mystery. This time it’s not a murder, but a theft of some valuable items—and Sadie is determined to solve the mystery and get those items back for her friend, Mary.

I loved it!! Of course I did. Sadie is just as entertaining and up to her sleuthing hijinks as she’s always been. We don’t see much of Pete and the family until the end of the book, but that’s okay because Sadie can carry the entire story herself!

There are so many characters who could be the theif and it was fun finding clues, then determining they were unreliable. Sadie learns a lesson in judging others when she finally discovers who did, and who didn’t, do it.

If you like culinary mysteries, you’ll love this one. It’s chock full of fun recipes. It can be read as a stand alone, but I think you’d appreciate it more if you’ve read the other books in the series.

There’s no language and very little violence. I’d be comfortable recommending it to ages 14+. I give it a solid 5 STARS.
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#TheCandyCaper #NetGalley 

Sadie is back and so are her recipes. Sadie is busy getting ready for a combined family Christmas dinner and Pete is out of town on assignment. Sadie takes the time to visit a friend, who is now in assisted living and wants Sadie to decorate her Christmas tree. Sadie notices that the ornaments are antique and valuable and attempts to talk Mary into not putting them up this year, but they are a tradition and this is Mary's last Christmas. Then some of the ornaments get stolen and Sadie is bound and determined to find out who took them and get them back. Can Sadie do it in less than 24 hours? I have yet to try any of the recipes, I'm tempted by the one's listed in this book.
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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 standalone 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 ninety-four 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, eleven 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.

This was a nice, quick read though I feel it would have been better if I'd actually read it during the winter,
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I am shamelessly going to go on record and admit that I am writing this review with a heavy heart and tears streaming down my cheeks!  Heavy heart because it came to an end and tears streaming down my cheeks because it was such a precious story that totally tugged at my heart strings. I have really missed reading new installments of the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series. When I saw this, on NetGalley, I was truly elated!  Many thanks to NetGalley and Covenant Communications for providing this ARC. Looking forward to making the Cunningham Candy Cane Cake and the Snow Flurry Cookies!
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I liked The Candy Cane Caper.  The characters felt so real, I was in tears a few times.  I liked the book very much.  Thanks netgalley for gifting me an arc, so that I could provide this honest review.
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Thanks to the folks at Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in return for my honest review. I read this authors first book and now her most recent offering and the basic style of the book and the main character remain true to the initial offering about 12 books ago. That being said, this cozy mystery is a little to "cutsie" for me. Aimed at the Hallmark Channel crowd, the author writes well, but the main character just grates on my nerves. But I do admire an author who knows her stuff and writes to a dedicated group of fans. Here we have some antique and expensive Christmas ornaments that are taken from the room of a dying patient at a Nursing home. These things do happen, and the author does point out (not sure if that is her intent) this important issue in the lives of elder patients who either are in nursing homes or have caregivers. Since book 1, our heroine Sadie has become a private investigator and learned how to pick locks, but always manages to circumvent the rules to get to the eventual solution as is done here. And, as with the first book, we are treated to about 10 recipes throughout the book. These are good! I have copied at least 4 or 5 of them for our family to make together. For me that is the strongpoint of the book, along with the authors writing to her dedicated body of fans and admirers.
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This was a great book. I'm sorry I didnt read the books in order. But I will. Sadie helps Mary put vintage ornaments on her tree in the nursing home. The next day she gets a call that 5 are stolen from joy and sadie sets out to find out who the thief is. I love the recipes in the book and cant wait to make them.
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I was so grateful to be with Sadie once again.  For me 'The Candy Cane Caper' was near perfect.  The only issue I had was wondering how I could get away with making a candy cane cake in July! The pace of the mystery was expert, with so many reveals and twists and turns that kept me guessing until the resolution.  The love that permeates this story moved me regularly to tears.  I had to stop and get tissue, clean the drops off my glasses and start reading again -- it was just lovely.  I sincerely hope to hear more from Sadie and Pete.  It would be nice to have them in my world.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.  The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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I enjoyed the mystery in this book. I loved the Christmas theme surrounding the story but my most favorite part was the relationship that Mary had with her loved ones. It touched my heart as I was reminded of my little neighbor who passed away about a year ago. She was 102. The circumstances were completely different from the book but I felt the same tenderness for an elderly neighbor. 

The mystery was good. There were enough red herrings that I didn't figure out who did it until Sadie did. The recipes through out the book will add a little something for anyone who enjoys time in the kitchen. And the ending was a sweet surprise. 

No sex, language or violence
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It's the first book I read by this author and really appreciated this nice and entertaining cozy mystery.
I liked the well written cast of characters, the setting and the plot full of twists and turns.
I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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I really enjoyed this book, even though I haven't read the others in the series. It made me hungy (expected) and cry (unexpected). While this is a cosy Christmas mystery, it can be read anytime of the year you want some of that Christmas magic. Unlike other mysteries with murder, this one focused on the theft of expensive and unique items, and had me guessing until the end. I recommend this book and will definately be seeking out more from this author.
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