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Friday, March 29, 2013

Tres Leches Cupcakes...Review

About the book:
For Sadie Hoffmiller, going undercover as an informant for the Bureau of Land Management on an archaeological site in Santa Fe, New Mexico, seems like the perfect way to stay safe and busy while a threat against her life remains unresolved. Sadie’s days are spent digging up artifacts in the middle of nowhere while also digging up information on her fellow “dirt geeks.” With the help of her baking prowess—no one can resist those amazing dulce de leche bars—and Pete’s cousin, Caro, who takes to the detective work wholeheartedly, Sadie is finding herself again.

But the bright Southwestern sunshine only serves to illuminate the danger that lurks in the shadows. When recent burials are found on an ancient site, Sadie finds herself in the middle of an unexpected—and unwanted—investigation. The more she digs for the truth, the more secrets she uncovers—secrets that people would kill to keep hidden.

Before Sadie knows it, she’s arrested for starting a bar fight (which was totally not her fault), her new friend is missing, and she’s worn out her welcome in Santa Fe in more ways than one. A trip to the annual hot air balloon fiesta in Albuquerque is supposed to give her a break, but before long, she learns that when you’re dealing with the black market antiquity trade, you’re not really safe anywhere you go.

After leaving Hawaii rested and back in the detective game, Sadie finds herself in Santa Fe, New Mexico working undercover.  Pete is still concerned about threats made against Sadie and, while he's pursuing those threats, wants her to stay under the radar.  That's impossible for Sadie to do and soon she finds herself arrested in a bar fight, unearthing dead bodies and embroiled in the black market antiquity trade.  Of course, being Sadie, she also discovers new recipes and excuses to cook and bake.

The Sadie Hoffmiller books are just delightful.  They're clean, Christian, funny, compelling and easy to read.  I found the premise of black market antiquities interesting and something I am unfamiliar with.  The setting was fascinating.  I have never been to Albuquerque and the Balloon Festival, but I think it would be a fun trip.

I love that Sadie is her own person and does things her own way.  For all her love of detective work, she still seems to fall into these mysteries by accident. I would like to get back to seeing Sadie and Pete together.  They're a terrific pair and really work well together.

I read my personal copy, but you can purchase your own here.

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4/5 Stars

4 comments:

  1. I haven't heard of this series before but it does sound really good!

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  2. I like that this book has a dual focus, and that it not only has a foodie side, but a mystery one as well. It sounds like I need to grab the first book in the series and start with that one. Excellent and intriguing review today, Holly!

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  3. Like the various themes in this book!

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