Book Review : Tres Leches Cupcakes by Josi S. Kilpack
Sadie Hoffman is still hiding from a psychopath who has threatened her life. While staying in Santa Fe, New Mexico with Pete Cunningham’s cousin, Caro and Rex, Sadie goes undercover as an informant for the Bureau of Land Management on an archeological site. When recent burials are discovered amongst the graves on an ancient site Sadie is caught in the middle of an unwanted investigation. Faster than she ever could have guessed, Sadie finds herself thrown into jail for starting a bar fight (which was not her fault). Sadie tries to balance staying out of trouble with her deep concern for her new archeologist friend who has gone missing under suspicious circumstances. With tensions rising at Caro’s house it seems like the perfect opportunity to spend time helping at the Balloon Festival. But you’re never safe when the black market antiquity trade believes you have their stolen goods.
Adult Point of View
Some of the Culinary Mystery series are better than others. Tres Leches Cupcakes is definitely one of the best in the series. The pace is quick and interesting, the bar scene was so funny I laughed imagining how uncomfortable and embarrassed Sadie would have been in the situation. I also liked this novel because of the ambiance which includes artifacts, the desert, photographic art, hot air balloons and delicious sounding food. I missed having Pete in the novel, but on the plus side Sadie has gotten over being so whiny (which is about the death of a character for me, I hear enough whining from my kids).
Finally, the question, do the recipes really work? We tried making the Mexican hot chocolate, and we thought it was awful! It was so thick it was like drinking plain melted chocolate and the quantity of cinnamon was overpowering, leaving a slightly grainy texture. If I tried this again I would use mostly regular milk and about 1/4 of the cinnamon. I have not dared tried any of the other recipes after this experience. If you have tried any of the other recipes I would love to hear about your results!
3.5 out of 5 stars