English Trifle Author:Josi S. Kilpack What begins as a holiday trip for amateur sleuth and cooking aficionado Sadie Hoffmiller and her daughter, Breanna, turns into a bizarre mystery when they discover a dead body in the sitting room of an English manor. Breanna's boyfriend, Liam, is heir to both the family title and the family estate of Southgate, where everyone seems to have a sec... more »ret...or two. When the body in the sitting room disappears, Sadie and Breanna are stranded at the estate until the police can clear them to leave. With their departure delayed, they might as well solve the murder.
Armed with a jogging whistle, her personal recipe collection, and an unfailing sense of American justice, Sadie begins her own investigation to find the killer. But as Sadie uncovers layer after layer of misdirection, secrets, and outright lies, she wonders if anyone is telling the truth - or if the case is really as hopeless as it appears to be.
Take a missing family history, toss in a secret romance, mix it with a mysterious murder, and this is one vacation Sadie will never forget.« less
I really wanted to like this book. I had waited for it ...was on my wish list..finally got it..spent three days trying to get into this book. No Can Do. The best part of this book is the pretty cover. The whole idea of the cozy mystery in the typical English manor is a great one..but Ms Kilpack goes on and on with a very wordy first through third chapter without saying anything. There is no hook, no colorful intro. You have a mom and a daughter, and a dead body. The mom and the daughter are so similar and nondiscript that I had to keep going back to see which was which...the boyfriend is a non faced entity without meaning or placement in the big picture. Even the dead body was ?? who was it again? Anyway, so it goes. Not a good pick for me. It's a shame, because she could have done so much with it.