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A Spoonful of Murder (Soup Lover's Mystery Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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...

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101581216
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: Soup Lover's Mystery Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 60,474
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted August 18, 2012

    I like this book. The writing was comfortable as was the tone o

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2012

    Loved it. Great story plus recipes. Loved the characters. More &

    Loved it. Great story plus recipes. Loved the characters. More "soup" please!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

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    Welcome to Snowflake, Vermont. Tourists arrive to hit the slopes

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    Refreshing

    A pleasant read. Very good character development. Charactrrs become like your own family and friends

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2012

    A MUST READ!!!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Fun little book

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2013

    Fun read - a time filler

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

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    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2013

    this was a decent start to a new series...

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    A very enjoyable 1st in the series. Looking forward to the next

    A very enjoyable 1st in the series. Looking forward to the next in the book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    Lucky Jamieson inherited her parent's soup shop in Snowflake, Ve

    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.

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  • Posted May 17, 2014

    In A SPOONFUL OF MURDER, my first visit to Snowflake, Vermont wa

    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

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Great read

    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

    Posted December 17, 2012

    I got this as a sample on my Nook and am unable to delete it - w

    I got this as a sample on my Nook and am unable to delete it - why?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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