Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Review: A Spoonful Of Murder By Connie Archer
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Winter is big business in small-town Snowflake, Vermont. Tourists arrive to hit the ski slopes--and what could be more satisfying after a chilly day of carving powder than a steaming bowl of soup?
When Lucky Jamieson inherits her parents' soup shop, By the Spoonful, she realizes it's time to take stock of her life. Should she sell her parents' house or move in herself? Does she really want to run a restaurant business? And what about her grandfather Jack, who seems to be showing signs of Alzheimer's?
But her life decisions are moved to the back burner after an icy blonde tourist is found frozen to death behind the soup shop. and Lucky is bowled over when her soup chef, Sage DuBois, is led out of the kitchen by the police. As suspicion and speculations snowball, Lucky decides that the only way to save her employee and her business is to find out herself who iced the tourist--and landed her chef in the soup...
This first installment of the Soup Lover's Mystery series is sure to chase away the winter chills! Set within the small, ski resort town of Snowflake, Vermont, the By The Spoonful Soup Shop has been bringing customers in from the cold for many years...that is until a tourist is found dead at the back door and the primary suspect is the shop's very own chef himself! Pushing aside her heavy heart and desire to mourn the loss of her parents, Lucky is determined to discover the identity of the real killer and quickly finds herself in harm's way. With the wide array of possible suspects, it was a challenge to guess who the guilty party was and the killer's identity was quite a surprise in the end. Filled with a cast of endearing characters and several red-herrings, Connie Archer has created a wonderful beginning to a new cozy mystery series. I look forward to visiting with Lucky Jamieson often...she's bold, independent, and has a way of saying exactly what's on her mind, not necessarily at the most proper moments now mind you, but an asset nonetheless. And her grandfather, Jack, is just a charming as can be and is always there to lend a hand. I enjoyed this a very much and look forward to reading the next installment, A Broth of Betrayal, published by Berkley as well. In the meantime, I'm going to try some of the incredible soup recipes that were included as well as the sandwich recipes...perfect for a winter's evening all the way around! This is an excellent cozy mystery and I easily give it a Five!