24 May 2010

English Trifle | Book Review and Contest Too

Book: English Trifle
Series: Culinary Mystery Book 2
Back cover tagline: "High Crimes at High Tea"
Authoress: Josi S. Kilpack
Length: 346 (Paperback) Publisher: Deseret Book
Available Formats: Paperback, Kindle
Goodreads: English Trifle
Genre: Mystery, Female Sleuth, Cozy Mystery

My summary: Just as Sadie and her daughter Breanna are ending their vacation in England, they stumble across a dead body. Now they are trapped in a manor with a killer, a mystery, and zillion suspects.

My say: Sadie is one funny, scrappy, fearless character. I really enjoyed this cozy mystery with a Clueish feel. I mean really, who can resist an English manor with secret doors?
My whodunit verdict: I was stumped right up to the very end.

My recommendation: A must read for mystery fans who enjoy female sleuths.

My star rating: 4 out of 5 stars; Despite being a little slow at times, I really liked this story and would love to own a hardcover for my home collection.

My favorite parts:
  • English Trifle is a clean mystery. See My kiddie-o-meter below for details.
  • There are TONS of yummy English inspired recipes I can not wait to try.
  • English Trifle, features a fiercely strong mother and adopted daughter relationship. So often in literature and film adopted children are trouble. It was awesome to see a beautiful, healthy, relationship between Sadie and Breanna. Bravo!
My kiddie-o-meter: Despite the fact that this is a murder mystery, this story contains no gore, bloody details, cursing, or sex.

My notes: Visit Josi's website to sample English Trifle and Teresa's Reading Corner for another great review of English Trifle.

My contest: Interested in winning my signed gently used copy of English Trifle? If you are a resident of the US or Canada, comment with your email address below. A winner will be announced June 24th.

My final say: Josi has made a fan out of me. I can not wait to try Lemon Tart and Devil's Food Cake.


Thank you to Pump Up Your Book Promotion for making this review possible.

English Trifle is my 7th entry in my Thriller and Suspense Reading Challenge 2010 hosted by Book Chick City.


  1. I'd love to enter! This one sounds interesting!


  2. Awwee..i wish to enter, but only for US and Canada..*sob*

    but i have something for you;


  3. The last thing I need is to get involved with another series, but this book sounds too good! Plus, the cover art sold me. :)

    Please enter me!

    Melissa at mieletlait dot com

    Thanks, Juju!

  4. Recipes in a book? Cool. Love it.
    Great to hear that in this book the stephmom and daughter don't hate eachother! :)

  5. No cursing or sex....damn!! :) This book sounds really fun. Would love to read it.


  6. Love the covers of the books you read. This book sounds good!

  7. Don't include me in the giveaway as am non-US... but re-posted your contest at: http://contests-freebies.blogspot.com/2010/05/win-english-trifle-at-tales-of-whimsy.html

    Goodluck to everybody entering the giveaway! And enjoy!!

  8. This sounds like just the kind of book that I would love to dig into!


  9. Yes! I would love to win this.

    Lisa.2713 at gmail dot com

  10. I hope to finish this book soon! So far I like it. :)

  11. Oh my! Lemon Tarts, Devil's Food Cake and mystery that keeps you guessing until the end? This sounds fantastic. Loved the review! Hopefully I'll win your copy and get out of draining my picket-book further! :o)

    the1stdaughter at gmail dot com

  12. Ooh... this book sounds entertaining. I would love to be entered for a chance to win it. I also love the names and covers for the books, they look so delicious.


    Thanks for the giveaway! :D

  13. I really want to read this series! I love cozy mysteries, especially when they're about yummy food.

  14. Sounds like a great read!
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  15. I would love to read this book—please enter me to win!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  16. Alrighty so first things first...loved the review! Of course, yours are always great, but this book sounds so good. I like the added touch of the recipes in there...AUNT DIMITY DOWN UNDER included one that they spoke of in the story too and it was just great.
    Secondly...count me in on the contest! Would love a chance to sample this tastey read. ^_^


  17. Thanks for dropping by. I like your review! Let me know if you try one of the recipes.

    No need to enter me :)

  18. I'm reading some Agatha Christie right now for a challenge, but have you read any of M.C. Beaton's books with Agatha Raisin? She is a new-found favorite of mine.

  19. yummy....it just sounds good! great review! [not an entry]

  20. Sounds tasty. Lemon Tarts, English Trifle... I need a snack.


  21. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  22. English Trifle is on my tbr list so I'd love a chance to win a signed copy. Thanks for the opportunity. I found you on the blog hop. I'll be back to look around some more. Have a great weekend,

  23. Diane (Ordinary Reader): Welcome. Thanks for stopping by :)

    Kim: I haven't. I should, huh? I will make sure to add it to my TBR.

    Emidy: I love our shared love for foodies cozies :)

    Emiy: LOL ;)

    Miel: :) It is a great cover isn't it?

    Cherry: You rock you sweet supportive soul. *hugs*

    Nina: Right? It's so in to hate for the step child to hate the mom. ;)

    Darlyn: Hang in there mama. International contest coming soon. :)

  24. I really want to read this book. I've seen it all over!

    ntaylor 228 at yahoo dot com

  25. Don't enter me, i just wanted to say i am reading this book as part of the book tour as well and so far i really like it, not the usual genre i read but that may change now!



  26. I would love to win this. I love cooking mysteries. Have you read any other cooking mysteries from other authors?

  27. I found your review to be intriguing and one that I think I would take pleasure in reading.

    Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.


  28. Steve: Welcome! Your art is beautiful :)

    Debbie: Welcome! I did read and enjoy Murder Takes the Cake :)

    Naomi: Thanks for dropping by! I hope your loving it.

  29. I love a good culinary cozy mystery! Please enter me!


  30. Sounds good, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

  31. I love clean books more than anything else! And boy does that Trifle look delicious...:-)

  32. This book looks absolutely delicious! I would love to read it. Thanks for the chance.

  33. I love a good cozy mystery. Count me in!

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  34. ***The winner was selected and announced 6/24/2010: http://www.talesofwhimsy.com/2010/06/contest-winner-english-trifle.html
    Thank you to everyone that entered. The winner was selected with help from Random.org. Please stay tuned and continue to check my right hand sidebar for more upcoming contests.***