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Book Review: Banana Split by Josi S. Kilpack

I've never read one of Kilpack's novels. The books of her latest series have been described as culinary mysteries. I'm more of a suspense reader. I've never enjoyed cozy mysteries. And culinary mysteries sounded like something my grandmother would read. But when Banana Split came out, I thought it would be a good opportunity to expand my horizons.

The protagonist is Sadie Hoffmiller. As the story begins, Sadie is emotionally scarred. The reader has the feeling she has had a breakdown of some kind. I'm used to protagonists who may be weak, but there' a strengthen in them that makes me want to follow them, and that strength is usually revealed pretty quickly so the reader will stick with the main character through the story.

I was waiting to see what strength Sadie had, but her weakened state was made worse when she went diving and became tangled up with a floating corpse. Yikes!

Talk about a horrific experience. I was wondering if Sadie would ever recover. And then it happened . . . the hook that kept me reading, the entrance of eleven-year-old Charlie, the son of the woman whose body Sadie discovered. Sadie's compassion for this boy grows (and so does her strength) as she tries to solve the mystery of his mother's death.

The full impact of this novel hits as you read the last chapter. I very rarely cry when I read a story, especially a story that has NO romance between a hero and heroine. But I shed a few tears at the end of this novel. I don't want to give away the ending, so all I can say is BRAVO, Josi Kilpack.

To learn more about this book and where you can buy it click here.

And to learn more about Josi click here.

I was given this book by the author to review, but I reviewed it because I liked it.


Kathi Oram Peterson is the mother of three, grandmother of two and wife of one. She has always loved books, whether she’s reading or writing them. Her novels include The Forgotten Warrior (2009), An Angel on Main Street (2009), The Stone Traveler (2010), River Whispers (2011) and Cold Justice (2012).

Photo by Marc Reynolds

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