Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: A Broth Of Betrayal By Connie Archer

Series: A Soup Lover's Mystery (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425252086
A Broth of Betrayal (Soup Lover's Mystery, #2)
Even a town called Snowflake, Vermont, has a summer season. In August, Lucky Jamieson’s By the Spoonful serves chilled soups—celery and green onion, cream of asparagus—and salads. The shop also serves as a gathering place to talk about cold-blooded murder…

A protest to stop the construction of an ugly car wash in the middle of the town’s picturesque Village Green is interrupted by the discovery of a skeleton that may date back to the Revolutionary War. While the remains pose a historical mystery, a present-day murder shakes the town to its core when local auto mechanic Harry Hodges is found dead in his shop.

Straining the patience of Chief of Police Nate Edgerton, Lucky soon finds herself in the soup again when her dear friend Elizabeth, the Mayor of Snowflake, goes missing. No matter how much trouble she has to stir up, Lucky is determined to use her noodle to uncover a killer and recover her friend…

My Thoughts:
Connie Archer has certainly stirred up one incredible mystery filled with history, intrigue, suspense, and a colorful cast of endearing characters!  Snowflake, Vermont has quite an amazing history and its role in the Revolutionary War is celebrated with re-enactments and a festival each year.  However this years, the quaint village of Snowflake is under a great deal of duress.  A local is found murdered, a skeleton is found at a highly protested construction site, and the town mayor goes missing.  Lucky Jamieson is completely beside herself with worry and fears she just can't handle the loss of another person in her life as she continues to struggle with the recent death of her parents.  However, Lucky's fear becomes her driving force and is determined to find her dear friend, Elizabeth.  In this second installment of the Soup Lover's mystery series, Connie Archer has proven herself to be a very talented and gifted storyteller with an eye for detail and insight into the human spirit.  Not often do I find myself tearing up at the end of a cozy mystery, but with this one I needed to reach for a tissue on more than one occasion and the ending gave me a great a deal to contemplate and mull over.  A Broth Of Betrayal is a delighful, well-crafted mystery that left me ins suspense until the very end....FIVE stars! 

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