Josi S. Kilpack
The Candy Cane Caper: A Cozy Culinary Mysteryby: Josi S. Kilpack
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.
- A new stand-alone title in the Cozy Culinary Mystery, taking off after Kilpack’s Culinary Mystery series and rejoining the characters five years after Sadie’s marriage in book 12, Wedding Cake.
- The protagonist is a retired schoolteacher, part-time amateur detective and chef who uses her culinary skills to connect with people and gain access to places she might otherwise not be able to visit.
- A dozen Christmas-themed recipes, as mentioned in the story, are included throughout the book.
- Mary’s family collection inlcudes rare and expensive collector’s ornaments, gathered for generations:
- Kugel (German for “Ball”) ornaments are glass globes created around 1840 in Lauscha, Germany. The interiors were coated with tin, lead, or bismuth which reflected back candle light, with certain colors being more rare and valuable.
- Dresden ornaments take their name from the Dresden-Leipzig area of Germany. Embossed cardboard, they came in a seemingly endless variety of shapes. Hand-painted and gilded in gold or silver, they were made between 1880 and 1910. Thousands were produced, but very few have survived, making them highly prized collectables.
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Publish Date: 2019
Page Count: 320