A Spoonful of Murder (Soup Lover's Mystery Series #1)

A Spoonful of Murder (Soup Lover's Mystery Series #1)

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by Connie Archer
     
 

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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'

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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...

Recipes included!

Editorial Reviews

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"Snow in Vermont, soup, and murder. What could be more cozy?"—Julie Hyzy, national bestselling author of the White House Chef Mysteries

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425251478
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Series:
Soup Lover's Mystery Series, #1
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
89,880
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"Snow in Vermont, soup, and murder. What could be more cozy?"—Julie Hyzy, national bestselling author of the White House Chef Mysteries

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A Spoonful of Murder 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 22 reviews.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
I like this book. The writing was comfortable as was the tone of this endearing drama. The mystery was good and every time I thought I knew the identity of the killer, the author changed directions and caught me by surprise when the killer was revealed. Lucky is a great character who is surrounded by a wonderful supporting cast which includes her grandfather Jack, a friendly doctor and patrons who dine at her soup shop. This is a terrific read and I hope we get to see more of Lucky and her friends for a long time in this charmingly enjoyable debut with a bonus of delectable recipes.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Snowflake, Vermont. Tourists arrive to hit the slopes and stop into By The Spoonful for a nice hot bowl of soup and a sandwich. Lucky is forced to return from Wisconsin when she inherits the restaurant after an accident claims both her parents. She has a lot of decisions to make about her Grandfather who seems to be developing Alzheimer's, the restaurant, and basically her future. When a blonde tourist is found behind dead and frozen behind the soup shop and her chef is the number one suspect Lucky needs to re-prioritize. She takes stock of the situation and decides to save her employee and her business she is going to find out "who iced the tourist and landed her chef in the soup, " being careful not become the next victim du jour. What a "Souper" idea for a cozy mystery series! Lucky seems to have a very bad run of luck at the moment. While still grieving for her parents and trying to keep the restaurant open, her rock, her grandfather starts to have memory issues. Add to that a murder right behind their shop. Her soup bowl is running over. With all this drama the author has set a great foundation for this series. We have met the star and recurring characters and they have been left with plenty of room to grow. The setting is ideal. Plenty of tourists to cause plenty of trouble. This story touched my heart in a couple of ways. Her grandpa Jack reminded me so much of own grandpa. But it was the soup shop that felt like home. My parents owned a cafe in our small town while I was growing up. Many of the staff were family and those that weren't were quickly adopted in. My parents also helped out those that couldn't pay get a hot meal, just like Lucky's parents. The restaurant was their life. They would have stepped up for anyone exactly the way Lucky did for Sage. I thank the author for reigniting some wonderful memories. The culinary cozies always give me the same problem. I get so hungry while reading them :) The author has included some recipes for us to try as we wait for A Broth of Betrayal that will hit stores April 2, 2013.
Trishinomaha More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Great story plus recipes. Loved the characters. More "soup" please!
shelleyg More than 1 year ago
Lucky Jamieson left everything behind to move back to Snowflake Vermont. Since the death of her parents she inherited the family business, By the Spoonful, a Soup Shop in the busiest tourist season of the year. With a lot on her plate she takes the responsiblity of running the shop with the helpof her grandfather Jack and her chef Sage. But did she take on more than she could handle ? When a tourist is found dead behind the shop, business is no longer heating up. Sage is taken into custody for he murder and business is next to nothing. Lucky is convinced that Sage isnt the Killer and sets out to find clues that will prove his innocence and hopfully not get her killed in the process. This was such a wonderful read, Connie keeps you on the egde wanting to know what will happen next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A pleasant read. Very good character development. Charactrrs become like your own family and friends
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the knitting murder mysteries but I love to cook too so it was a natural to be intrigued by the soup lover's series. I thought it was very fun, and a light read. I like the characters and thought the writing was good so I bought the second one too - which I also enjoy.
lillianbell More than 1 year ago
This is an enjoyable first book in the series. The characters are interesting (but could be more richly developed) and the story engaging. The book would be better if the characters - who seem interesting on the surface - were better drawn. Part of the fun in reading a mystery is understanding why the suspects have a reason to do whatever it is they're suspected of doing. There really isn't much to work with here, so it seems like the author just jumps from one character to another at whom to point the finger. This is a nice way to spend a couple of hours, but not a memorable one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't finished this book yet, but I am enjoying it so far. I do believe Ms. Archer uses naes too repetitivly throughout and I find that a bit annoying. *spoiler* Also, I don't understand how you would be involved with solving a murder, get yourself pushed down a set of stairs and be knocked out while someone is tossing the house and you don't report the event to the police. Just clean the mess and move on? Does that make sense? Well maybe it will all be clear in the end...but if you want to clear the falsely imprisoned I'd think that would go a long way to clear him.
Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
Its a creative story. The main character Lucky returns to her hometown of Snowflake, Maine to take over her parents restaurant after their sudden death in a car accident. She is not sure she will stay in Snowflake and then a dead body is found behind her restaurant and her soup chef is arrested. There are plenty of suspects but the story just seems to go on endlessly and it got a little boring. You can kind of see where the story is going .... i guessed the killer...it wasn't all that shocking. But I think the author set the recurring characters up very well for the next in the series...maybe that one will be better? don't buy this one....borrow it from your library
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momelaine More than 1 year ago
I really like Lucky! I know she is a snoop and doesn't give the police much time to find the real killer before she sticks her nose in things. But I like the real emotions she displays. And I like how she interacts with Jack. The story had me guessing a lot, so I had to hurry and finish it so I could see who had done the deed. I could sure use a bowl of soup about now!
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. There were a couple of things that really bothered me, cleaning a crime scene, and breaking and entering, I am not a fan of. If Lucky had taken some of her info to the police it might have given them a reason to look somewhere other than Sage. That being said what I did enjoy was the interaction of characters, I liked Lucky quite a bit especially her love for her grandfather, and I loved her grandfather. I loved the whole backstory of Sage, definitely a highlight. I also enjoyed Rosemary, she seemed a down to earth character and I hope that we see more of her. The mystery was excellent in the fact that it kept me guessing until the end and made sense. I will continue on with this series.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
A good start for the series One of the challenges of the first book in a series is introducing all the characters and the setting and the situation. Then, to have a specific storyline for that one book. It's challenging, but Archer does a nice job. I cared about these people. I wanted things to work out OK for them. I had my suspicions as to "who done it" before the end, but that was fine.
gmcootie More than 1 year ago
A Spoonful of Murder brought me back to cozies.  I had forgotten what it felt like to lose yourself in a cozy – but maybe a little scary and dangerous – story.  A Spoonful of Murder brought that back to me. When we meet Lucky, she is talking to her mom, reassuring her, telling her not to worry, that she will take care of things.  Then we learn that Lucky is back home because her parents have died in a car crash.  She has inherited the family business, the By the Spoonful soup shop, and she’s come home to run it.  Her grandfather, Jack, is there and assures her he can handle things, but she’s worried about him. He seems a little forgetful and confused.  Is it Alzheimer’s? I liked Lucky from the start and wanted to learn how she would fare in Snowflake.  She wasn’t estranged from her parents at the time of their death, but she hadn’t been around much.  She was “off in the big city” somewhere trying to find her way, to be a success on her own.  She is overwhelmed with guilt about all the things she wishes she had done but now won’t have the chance.  She is trying to step up and do what needs to be done.  She is sincere and determined – and just plain nice.  So when she found that dead body my heart went out to her.  Sure, sometimes she seems a little naïve and immature, but I’ve just met her and I already want to get to know her better.  After all, how many “real” people do we meet that we need to learn a little more about before we really make up our minds? Jack is feisty and cantankerous but lovable. He looks out for Lucky as much as she looks out for him – they are family. Snowflake and the cast of supporting characters just kind of sneak up on you.  When you’re in the soup shop you forget the outside world exists, but when you rediscover it, it’s beautiful.  And the people in the soup shop and Snowflake?  We learn a little more about them as we go along.  Very interesting cast of characters.  Some nice, some not so much.  Interesting to watch Lucky interact with them. Elias, though, not quite sure about him yet.  Her feelings for him seem like a schoolgirl crush, which makes him seem old and rather stuffy.  However, he does seem to have some feelings for her so I want to read more to see if this goes anywhere.  And if he’s really that old! The soup is an added bonus – some mixings I never would have thought of.  Worth a try. Connie Archer has done a great job with the first in a new series – good people, good place, good food.  I’ll be visiting Snowflake again!
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim I will admit to reading the Soup Lover’s Mystery series out of order. But the cool thing is that I still had no idea how events were going to play out. Lucky Jamieson is at a crossroads in her life. She’s in her late twenties and has spent most, if not all of her adult life in Wisconsin, where she went to college. She has pretty much just been surviving without a career goal in mind. An only child, she has just returned to her hometown of Snowflake, Vermont after the death of her parents. Her only relative now is her grandfather, Jack. She’s left with her parents’ house and their café, By the Spoonful. She’s also left with debt from her parents being overly nice and trying to keep their beloved restaurant afloat. Just as Lucky is trying to figure out what she wants to do with the café (sell it or keep it), she has to deal with the discovery of a customer found dead behind the café and her chef being arrested for the murder. Business is declining and customers are NOT showing up. Lucky decides that her only course of action is to figure out who actually killed the customer and get her chef, Sage out of jail. With a large list of suspects, Lucky has her work cut out for her. I was completely surprised when the murderer was revealed and with the shocking end the story took. A Spoonful of Murder is a charming story full of characters you can’t help but fall in love with. For me, this book is what a true cozy mystery is all about. It’s a comfort read that just invites you to relax and get cozy. **Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**
kayek1 More than 1 year ago
Lucky Jamieson inherited her parent's soup shop in Snowflake, Vermont, and is running it while she decides what to do with the rest of her life. Does she sell her parent's house or move into it? Along with that goes lots of other questions. However, when her soup chef finds the body of a blonde in back of the cafe, the game plan radically changes. Then when he is arrested for her murder, Lucky goes into investigative mode. Lucky and her friends all pull together to keep the soup shop open, and the soups sound so good, my mouth watered. Believable characters, good food, I'm planning on reading the next in the series.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
In A SPOONFUL OF MURDER, my first visit to Snowflake, Vermont was a delightful one. You know, with the exception of a dead body. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Lucky Jamieson, her grandfather Jack, the entire staff of By the Spoonful, as well as Dr. Elias Scott and Mayor Elizabeth Dove.  The entire story held my attention and the search for the killer kept me guessing. There were plenty of suspects to go around and so little to know about the victim, that anything was possible.  They were a few typos or mistakes in the writing, but that happens to anyone and should not be held against the author since it goes to so many others to be checked over and approved and they missed it as well. But the story was so interesting and I was invested enough in knowing who the killer was, that those minor glitches didn’t bother me. Maybe because my reviews normally have flaws and I am the self proclaimed queen of typos. We’re all human. It happens.  That being said, true cozy mystery fans will really enjoy this book. The setting, the people, and the storyline are just the reasons why we read cozies in the first place.  I have also read the next two books in the series, A BROTH OF BETRAYAL and A ROUX OF REVENGE and you can find my reviews on their home pages. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great cozy mystery. The chatacters are ones you will want to spend more time with. The story keeps moving and I reached a point I did not want yo put it down. The only downside is that I kept craving homemade soup!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable 1st in the series. Looking forward to the next in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this as a sample on my Nook and am unable to delete it - why?