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Book Review and Blog Tour: “A Roux of Revenge” by Connie Archer (Soup Lover’s Mystery #3)

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Title:  A Roux of Revenge

Author:  Connie Archer

Series:  Soup Lover’s Mystery #3

Synopsis (from bn.com):  Snowflake, Vermont, is known for its skiing in winter—and its soup all year round, thanks to Lucky Jamieson’s By the Spoonful. Autumn brings golden leaves, pumpkin rice soup, the annual Harvest Festival…and murder.

Lucky’s soup shop is busier than usual this October, with groups of itinerant travelers in town to work the Harvest Festival. One newcomer seems to take a particular interest in Lucky’s young waitress, Janie, spying on her from across the street. Is the stranger stalking Janie?

After an unidentified man is found murdered in a van by the side of the road, simmering suspicions about the travelers are brought to a boil. But when Janie is put in harm’s way, Lucky must join forces with the travelers to turn up the heat on a killer…

My thoughts:  The soup shop in this particular series, By the Spoonful, is by far one of my most favorite locations in all of the cozy mystery series.  How much cozier can one get than a nice, warm, cozy soup restaurant in a town called Snowflake, Vermont!  I love it and can picture it every time I read this series.

I really enjoy Connie Archer’s Soup Lover’s Mystery series.  As I am sure that I have mentioned in my reviews of the first two books in the series, Spoonful of Murder and Broth of Betrayal, I truly enjoy the main character Lucky Jamieson.  I love that she is a strong, empowered, female character that has definitely been through some difficult times but has come out on her feet.  She is finding her way in business and in love!  A truly great female lead character.

As I continue to read further and further into this series, I also am enjoying really getting to know some of the other characters in town.  They truly become your family which is why I love series books so much.

This book started out a bit slow for me but I will see really picked up the pace as we got further and further into the story and investigation of the murder.

My only issue with this series, and it really isn’t a problem with the series itself, but rather I guess where I live . . . is that the publication dates of the books in this series always come out off season.  What I mean is that his particular book is set in fall around Halloween and is published in Spring (after a long, hard winter at least where I live).  I know this is a crazy, stupid issue, but I want to be reading about nice, warm cozy soup on a nice, crisp, fall day in the fall not during spring.

That aside, I do love this series and eagerly await book #4!

Go out and start this series, you won’t regret it.

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

 

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Book Review – Broth of Betrayal (Soup Lover’s Mystery #2) by Connie Archer

brothofbetrayal  Title:  Broth of Betrayal

Author:  Connie Archer

Series:  A Soup Lover’s Mystery #2

Synopsis (from bn.com):

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…

Recipes included!

My thoughts:  Another great book in the Soup Lover’s Mystery cozy series.  I must admit I really enjoyed the first book in this series as it took place in the winter and what says cozy better than winter, snow, and a cozy soup shop.  This 2nd book is set in the summer in Snowflake, Vermont and is just as charming.

The characters are great, the setting is charming, and overall this book offers a great addition to this series.   Recipes for great chilled, summer soups in the back including Cherry Soup, Cucumber Yogurt and Walnut Soup, great salad recipes as well!

A great fast read.  Perfect for the beach or travel as you finish up this summer season!

I can’t wait to see what Book #3 has to offer us, “A Roux of Revenge”, coming soon!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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Book Review – “A Spoonful of Murder” by Connie Archer (Soup Lover’s Mystery #1)

   Title:  A Spoonful of Murder (Soup Lover’s Mystery #1)

Author:  Connie Archer

Publisher:  Berkley Publishing Group

Synopsis (from bn.com):

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…

My thoughts:  Any reader of this blog knows how much I adore my cozy mysteries.  There is nothing I like to see more as I am browsing the Mystery section of Barnes & Noble than the words “First in a New Series” on the cover of a book!  And so enters another addition into the lovely cozy world.

Tell me, what possibly could be cozier than winter in Vermont and a soup shop!  Perfection.

I reallly enjoyed this first book in the series and am eagerly awaiting the next one.

This book seemed to meet what is soon becoming my 2 criteria for a good cozy series:

1.  The main character in the book (normally a female in these cozies) can’t be so incredibly ditzy and flaky that it turns me off!  The main character here, Lucky, really seems to have a head on her shoulders and appears to be a strong female character.  After losing both of her parents and inheriting their soup restaurant, By The Spoonful, she is faced with many difficult decisions.  Where will she now live?  Will she continue her parents’ business?  How will she care for her grandfather?  I like her and I want to know more about her story!

2.  The main setting of the book needs to be so inviting, I simply want to crawl into the book and be there!  Again, this book is right on target with this for me.  As I was reading, the more and more I simply wanted to find By The Spoonful and go inside.  I could literally taste and smell the wonderful homemade soups and feel myself coming in from the cold, winter air of Vermont and warming up with a delicious bowl of hot soup and a cup of coffee!  They are called cozies for a reason 🙂

I really enjoyed the characters in this book.  They seemed real, down-to-earth, and most importantly I wanted to know more about them and hear more of their stories!

I am looking forward to delving into the next book in this series coming out April 2013 – “A Broth of Betrayal”.

This book includes delicious recipes including:  Potato-Yam Soup, Wild Mushroom Soup, Tomato Spinach Soup, Goat Cheese & Pancetta Sandwich, French Toast Sandwich

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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