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  • The Candy Cane Caper

  • A Cozy Culinary Mystery
  • By: Josi S. Kilpack
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Summary

The theft of a friend's priceless, family-legacy Christmas ornaments brings amateur detective and culinary expert, Sadie Hoffmiller, back on the case in a new stand-alone cozy mystery. 

In the latest chapter to the Culinary Mystery series, amateur detective Sadie Hoffmiller continues combining her sleuthing with her cooking and baking to connect with people and gain information she might otherwise not have access to. Moreover, now that Sadie is married to Detective Pete Cunningham, she has a street-savvy husband to test out her crime-solving theories. 

With Christmas approaching, Sadie is preparing for a large blended-family gathering including many new grandchildren - in their home in Fort Collins, Colorado. Even with the festive chaos, Sadie drops everything when word gets out that her friend, Mary, is the victim of a holiday robbery. 

At 94 years old, and nearly blind, Mary knows this is may be her last Christmas and the last year to enjoy her family heirloom Christmas tree ornaments. She wants just one more holiday to display her ornaments and following Christmas Eve Mass, she'll pass them on to her great-granddaughter, Joy. Though priceless to the family, the collection has been valued at $40,000, and the Christmas tree in the care facility has never looked so good. But before the ornaments can be retrieved by Mary, 11 of the most expensive ornaments are stolen. 

A holiday Christmas caper might be new to Sadie, but she's ready to mix in her seasoned crime-solving skills with a pinch of new holiday recipes.

©2019 Josi S. Kilpack (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Entertaining!

Lovely Christmas story where dreams can come true. A very entertaining story all the way through. I loved it.

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Enjoyable

Clever story line. Well paced and not repetitive. A Christmas mystery and sleuthing at its best x

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enjoyed the story

initially I found it hard to get into the story but was soon wrapped up in the words and wanting to know how things would progress

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Dreary

One of the dullest, over-sentimental cosy mysteries ever. Lots of superfluous text that serves no purpose except as filler. Narrator's voice is grating, like a fly buzzing in the ear. Struggled through 3 chapters but had to give up. Unlistenable and story not engaging enough to care what happened.

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enjoyable

thought enjoyed the book. loved the narration. story told really well looking forward to the next one.

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  • Jeannette M McIntyre
  • 12-12-20

Perfect Christmas Cozy

I really enjoyed this book. Just what I needed to put me in the Christmas spirit and give me a break from hard boiled crime stories. In this book, life is hard, but sweet and people are kind to each other.

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  • Daniel DeYoung
  • 11-11-20

Really enjoyed this one

I totally loved the book. It is a little different than most cozy mysteries. The cozy comes from the relationships between an older woman in the final weeks of her life and the mystery is not a murder. Spoiler alert - you may need a tissue or two at the end of the book.

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  • Runsise Seymore
  • 10-05-20

Disappointed it was a different narrator

As always this was a great story in the Sadie culinary series, but after listening to all the other books this was was hard to listen to with a different narrator. The story was wonderful, just not the same.

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  • Catherine
  • 05-11-21

More depth than a usual cozy mystery

Loved Mary’s story. So full of love and Grace. But also fun and an interesting mystery.

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  • Phil Holmes
  • 02-05-21

Good clean mystery

It was a bit slow and difficult to get into the story but the characters were endearing. A bit of mystery and a bit of love

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  • Chantia S.
  • 21-09-22

Heartwarming, fun, mystery. Perfect for Christmas!

great story! perfectly performed! great recipes. a Christmas must-read that'll warm you like a cup of hot cocoa.

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  • Wendy
  • 09-06-22

Cute but easy to guess

I enjoyed all of the character development and cute story; however, I pretty much guessed the mystery thief in the beginning which kind of took away from the story a bit for me. I guess I have read (or watched) too many sleuthing stories and have wised up (:

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  • Kim from Centralia
  • 30-03-22

great book

This book was very entertaining it makes one thankful for all of life's interactions with family and friends

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  • Sherry/Ron
  • 20-03-22

Super Cute

Wasn’t sure at first if I was going to like this story. So happy I decided to continue to listen to it! The ending stumped me big time! Enjoy the read

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  • katfoxvan
  • 28-02-22

Great story, wonderful narrator

Kilpack’s The Candy Cane Caper touches all the holiday heart strings with humor, grace and a dash of mystery. Pam Ward breathes life into each voice and pulled me deeper into this story. I hope to find another story with the same lead characters.