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Publisher's Note:

A tropical paradise seems like the ideal place for amateur detective Sadie Hofmiller to relax and unwind from the panic attacks that have begun to control her life. But when Sadie accepts the offer to stay at a friend s condo on the island of K auai, her perfect vacation turns into a nightmare. On a snorkeling trip with the Blue Muumuus, a community group of adventurous older women, Sadie finds he…

Banana Split

by Josi S. Kilpack

Overall Book Review:

Meet Sadie Hoffmiller:  57 year old sleuth with a little spunk and a whole lot of refreshing reality. The seventh book in the Culinary Mystery series starts slowly, especially for a reader new to the series.  With many references to “what happened in Boston”, the first 100 pages were a bit frustrating.  However, once Josi Kilpack settles into classic sleuthing mode, the reader is in secure and practiced hands.  Kilpack’s expertise is manifest especially by her ability incorporate red herrings and then to let those sub-plots fade away after they have served their purpose.  Banana Split culminates in an unpredictable, but believable conclusion.  This is the perfect throw-in-your-beach-bag read.  Take it with you on your next spring break—preferably to someplace tropical.  Note:  As usual, recipes are included in the book.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Shadow Mountain


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  A character says someone threatened to kill her/him; a character threatens to kill someone; character reports seeing someone attacked; a death is mentioned; report of child abuse; two characters scuffle; a character threatens another character with a gun and a scuffle ensues; shots are fired and a minor injury occurs; an extended confrontation (~ 1 page) occurs between two characters with some hitting and scuffling.

Sex/Nudity:  It is reported that a character worked as a dancer in a strip club.  There is verbal speculation and accusations regarding the fidelity and possible affairs of a character.

Mature Subject Matter:

Foster care and families; legalization of drugs; drug addiction; fidelity in marriage; PTSD/Anxiety/Depression.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

A character’s drug addiction is discussed; a brief discussion on the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana; references to drug dealers.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
0
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
3
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
2
10

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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!