English Trifle

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Reviewed by Betsy Sorensen, LDSFiles.com Staff Writer

English Trifle by Josi S. Kilpack. Published by Deseret Book.

The last thing Sadie Hoffmiller and her daughter, Breanna, expect to see on their vacation to England is a dead body. However, that is exactly what they discover while having tea at an English manor. Several characters are suspicious, and the police do not seem to be very thorough in their investigation. Could Breanna’s boyfriend, Liam, have committed the murder? Sadie is determined to uncover the truth!

Although Sadie Hoffmiller may seem like an annoying busybody, she has a lot of compassion for others and wants to help wherever she can – like helping the police solve the murder. Her passion for food and the inclusion of her culinary recipes and expertise make me want to try the recipes immediately. I have not tried the recipes from English Trifle yet, but I have tried several recipes from Lemon Tart, and they were all delicious. I love the historical aspect of the English customs in this novel as well as the unexpected twists and turns Sadie encounters as the mystery unfolds. Just when I think I have everything figured out, the author introduces a new plausible scenario. She kept me guessing throughout the novel. This novel was light and entertaining, and I enjoyed it very much.