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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,




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