Book Review and Ipad Giveaway for Pumpkin Roll

26 Sep, 2011 by in pumpkin roll, Shadow Mountain 72 comments

Pumpkin Rollby Josi S. Kilpack
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 7th 2011
by Deseret Book Company
ISBN 1609087453

Book Source: publisher
4 stars

Sadie Hoffmiller is looking forward to spending her favorite baking season of the year making delicious New England recipes in Boston, Massachusetts, with her favorite leading man, Pete Cunningham, as they babysit his three young grandsons. But when the boys insist that Mrs. Wapple, the woman who lives across the street, is a witch, Sadie and Pete are anxious to distract the boys from such Halloween-induced ideas. However, it gets harder and harder to explain the strange things that keep happening, particularly after Sadie learns the eccentric Mrs. Wapple has been attacked in her home. As the unexplained occurrences escalate, Sadie finds herself embroiled in yet another mystery with life-or-death consequences. Can Sadie discover whoever—or whatever—is behind the mystery before anyone else gets hurt? Or will this be Sadie’s last case?

Don’t ask me how I have gone so long without reading one of Josi Kilpack’s culinary mysteries, but I have obviously been missing out on all the fun. Pumpkin Roll is absolutely perfect for Fall and Halloween! Set in Jamaica Plain, a small township of Boston it is close to heart of the Salem Witch Trials. Things get spooky fast for Sadie and boyfriend Pete who are on vacation together while watching Pete’s grandchildren. Between light bulbs exploding, strange faces in the window, night time visitors and the witch across the street who is always digging in her yard, Sadie is sure there’s a mystery to be unraveled. In her nosy neighbor way she offers a plate of cookies to Mrs. Wapple and is determined to figure out why she’s so strange. But danger lurks around the fence!

With mouthwatering recipes for cookies, whoopie pies, clam chowder and cinnamon twists, Pumpkin Roll is one you don’t want to read while hungry! Sadie will have you itching to bake and trying to put together all the little clues behind this who done it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to all readers as a must have before Halloween. The atmospheric creepy tone is topped off with lots of comfort foods for a perfect combination. Now that I’ve discovered The Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series I can’t wait for Banana Split coming in Spring 2012. Thanks so much to Deseret Book for sending me Pumpkin Roll!

Content: some violence and creepiness

About the Author: Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and accredits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Her novel, Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney Award 2007 for Mystery/Suspense. Lemon Tart, the first book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series was a finalist in 2009. Her most recent book, Blackberry Crumble, is the fifth book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series. Josi currently lives in Willard Utah with her husband, four children, one dog, and varying number of chickens.

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In conjunction with the release of Pumpkin Roll, the author, Josi S. Kilpack, and the publisher, Shadow Mountain, are sponsoring a contest for a new iPad.

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72 Responses to “Book Review and Ipad Giveaway for Pumpkin Roll”

  1. Anna

    Bought the book, but haven’t had a chance to read it quite yet. I earned $50 watching my sister’s dog and blew it all on books. It was a fun way to spend it. 🙂

    I love Josi’s culinary mystery books. Actually, I’ve liked everything I’ve read from her. 🙂

  2. Lolawid

    This is my favorite out of Josi’s culinary mysteries!! I thought that Sadie’s adventures in Key Lime Pie were over the top, but Pumpkin Roll was so much more suspenseful and scary!! Aw, that Sadie…

  3. Kristin

    I love this series and have read books 1-5. I have Pumpkin Roll on the shelf just waiting to be read. I’m so excited about this giveaway!!!

  4. books4me

    I’ve eaten dinner and the food still makes me hungry!! I love stories of witches, or supposed witches, as I am related to a famous witch in Enlgand, Mother Shipton! Would be kinda cool to be able to create and use spells but since I can’t and don’t, I’ll have to settle with reading good books such as Pumpkin Roll!

    books4me67 at

  5. Shannon

    I love Jodi’s books! I can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the review. jersqueenie(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Krystal Larson

    I heard this book was terrific, thank you so much for the chance! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  7. Martha Lawson

    Wow! Another new to me author!! The books sound fantastic. I can’t wait to read her books.

    old gfc follower

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  8. ellie

    I am a voracious mystery reader and love culinary mysteries the most. This a great series and I can’t wait to read Pumpkin Roll.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  9. A.J.

    The cover looks tasty & makes me really hungry. 😀 hehe
    Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂


  10. brendajean

    I love anything that Josi writes! She is fantastic and her books are too. Thanks for the chance:)

    bchild5 at aol dot com

  11. Heather B

    I loved this installment of the Sadie Hoffmiller series. It even gave me chills at some points! It was all tied together nicely in the end with a very surprising twist. Can’t wait for the next one!

  12. Chris

    I really love this series! I can’t wait to get a copy to read (I am really wishing they had a Nook version, because I would be even more tempted to just buy it right now in ebook if they did)

    kissyjensen at gmail dot com

  13. Anonymous

    Two of my primary hobbies are reading and baking, so it’s a wonder that I haven’t picked up a culinary novel yet! Those recipes must be mouth-watering and the mystery sounds intriguing as well! (extemter at hotmail dot com)

  14. Kaylyn's Book Blog

    The iPad? Wow. That’s amazing. I’d love to have one of those and make blogging so much easier! Especially on the go.

  15. Luvdaylilies

    You just can’t go wrong with one of Josi’s Books and I love the chance she’s giving to win an ipad!
    Thanks bunches!
    Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

  16. Matt Ferrell

    Nice giveaway! Thanks to you, Josi S. Kilpack and Shadow Mountain for it!

    animasou @ comcast . net

  17. saya

    would love to participate in this fab giveaway ^_^ count me in! it is such perfect read for Halloween!

    arina x0x


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