A Broth of Betrayal (Soup Lover's Mystery Series #2)

A Broth of Betrayal (Soup Lover's Mystery Series #2)

by Connie Archer

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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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425252086
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Series: Soup Lover's Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 177,019
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Connie Archer is the author of the Soup Lover's Mystery series set in Snowflake, Vermont. Spoonful of Murder, the first in this series, is now a national bestseller. Connie was born and raised in New England and now lives on the other coast.

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Praise for A Spoonful of Murder:

“Snow in Vermont, soup, and murder. What could be more cozy?...A charming new amateur sleuth series.”—Julie Hyzy, national bestselling author of the White House Chef Mysteries

"An engaging amateur sleuth due to the troubled heroine and the delightful Vermont location." —Genre Go Round Reviews

"Plenty of small town New England charm." —The Mystery Reader

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A Broth of Betrayal 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Broth of Betrayal is the second book in the a Soup Lover's Mystery series. A delightful addition, it is. The folks of Snowflake, VT are excited about preparing for the Revolutionary War enactment in town, but are also upset by the imminent construction of a car wash in this quaint little town. Harry Hodges has been helping to organize demonstration, hoping to get the site of car wash moved to another location. On the day of the demonstration some bones are uncovered as excavation begins and Hodges is found dead in his repair auto repair shop. Upon testing of bones that were found, it is determined that they date back to the Revolutionary War days. Then Richard Rowland, the owner of the proposed car wash, dies in fire of the construction site office trailer. But, most discerning to Lucky is that Elizabeth, Mayor of Snowflake and a second mother to her, has gone missing. Lucky begins to look into Elizabeth disappearance, while her father and his cronies from By The Spoonful start looking into Hodges and Rowland's murders. A wonderful follow up to A Spoonful Of Murder. This is a great story with the enjoyable and believable characters from the first book back again. Maybe there is some romance in store for Lucky. Will be looking for the next book.
gmcootie More than 1 year ago
Welcome back to Snowflake, Vermont!  In a Broth of Betrayal it’s summer, not winter, but with the same cast of characters (plus a few more) and the planned Revolutionary War reenactment, it looks like summer can be as much fun in Snowflake as winter.  And maybe as dangerous! This book was just as charming and as much fun to read as A Spoonful of Murder.  The warm, fuzzy feeling is still there.  Lucky and Jack are a family and it’s obvious how much they care and look out for each other.  Lucky is becoming more and more a part of Snowflake with good friends and good times in the soup shop, By the Spoonful.  She has her footing now with the shop and enjoys running it.  We are learning more about the people in Snowflake, and like in any town some are good, some are bad, some are just annoying.  The romance between Lucky and Elias is moving along – slowly, but it’s moving.  As we see more of Elias’ personality and how he is with Lucky, we can start to imagine what a good couple they might be. But this time the story is a bit darker.  It’s scary.  Bad stuff has happened in the past and bad stuff is happening now, and Lucky is more reflective about things than she was. I enjoyed this.  Lucky is developing as a character and seems to be growing up a little.  I was intrigued by the mystery, and the suspense continued right until the end.  I was worried about Lucky and her friends and family and anxious to learn what would happen next. Can’t forget the soup.  Once again some combinations I would never have thought of, but they sound pretty yummy. I thoroughly enjoyed summer in Snowflake and am looking forward to my next visit!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
The residents of Snowflake, Vermont, are upset. One of their own wants to build a car wash in the center of town. The people are going to protest. Then the unbelievable happens. A skeleton is found on the site. Could it be a Revolutionary War soldier? That's just the beginning. Harry Hodges, the local mechanic, is murdered. Things are going to get worse, before they get better. Lucky Jamieson is in the middle of the action. She loves this town and wants answers. Connie Archer gives us a cozy mystery filled with non-stop action and surprising twists. I was immediately pulled into the adventure. Lucky is a feisty heroine who is tenacious when it comes to helping her friends. She won't give up. I liked her spunk and her determination. She and her friend, Sophie, work well together. The small town atmosphere makes the perfect background for this story. I, also, liked the tender romance between Lucky and Elias, the town doctor. There is crisp dialogue and likeable characters and careful plotting that kept me guessing until the very end. I'm loving this series (A Soup Lover's Mystery). Both the story and the recipes will keep me coming back. I was gifted a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
I like the premise of a town divided over the building of a car wash in the middle of their quaint village.  The question is, why would anyone, let alone the majority of the town board, approve it? We are offered a DAR die-hard, a missing mayor, a dead local, and more. It ends in a satisfying manner with the ends tied up. And along the way we are tempted with delicious soups.
momelaine More than 1 year ago
  I enjoyed this second book in the series a lot. There were different things going on and I was kept guessing as to who the killer was. The people of Snowflake are such nice people, for the most part! I am enjoying getting to know them all. Since I am not a fan of summer weather I am looking forward to going back to Snowflake when the weather cools off. What will Lucky be up to next? 
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I like the characters, I can't seem to totally get into them all, I'm not sure why, but they may just be me. That being said, this book is packed with plenty of events, a skeleton unearthed, a few murders, a kidnapping, this all definitely keeps this moving. The mystery was great and kept me guessing, I could not piece it all together and when Lucky found out, so did I and it all made sense. As always there are some yummy sounding recipes in the back as an added bonus. I am definitely moving on to the next in the series.
RobynKFLNJ More than 1 year ago
The townspeople of Snowflake Vermont are trying to stop the construction of a car wash when they find skeletal remains that date back to the Revolutionary War. Harry Hodges, was later found dead in his auto repair shop and Mayor Elizabeth, has gone missing. Lucky Jamieson, who owns By The Spoonful, looks into the disappearance of the mayor who she is extremely close to. Her grandfather and his friends help to look into the murder. This story kept me on the edge of my seat. I highly recommend it.
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LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
It was so good to be back in Snowflake, Vermont. A BROTH OF BETRAYAL reconnected me with all the delightful characters that I got to meet in A SPOONFUL OF MURDER. Lucky Jamieson and her grandfather Jack, as well as the rest of the characters from the first book, were as I remembered them, but even more fleshed out.  I enjoyed the storyline of the skeleton from Revolutionary War days and the connection it had to someone in present day Snowflake. The mystery of who killed auto mechanic Harry Hodges was well written and not an easy one to solve. And if two mysteries aren’t enough for you, the Mayor of Snowflake, Elizabeth Dove, goes missing! As the readers we get to know where she is, but her friends and co-workers have no idea. My only problem with this part of the story…for Elizabeth to be Mayor, it took too long for anyone to notice she was missing and do something about it. Putting that aside though, it was interesting to see all the storylines play out and to finally get to the reveal(s).  I liked A BROTH OF BETRAYAL and the characters enough to read the next book in the series, A ROUX OF REVENGE. You can find my review for it and the first book in the series, A SPOONFUL OF MURDER on their home pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was slow starting but then it just took off. Snowflake, Vermont is such a small town filled with great characters. This book has everything! Murder, the discovery of a Revolution era skeleton, burglary, a hostage situation, a little romance and a Revolutionary re enactment! What more can you ask for from a book? Oh, yeah, a few tasty soup recipes! It lacks nothing so don't hesitate to read it.
trouble1 More than 1 year ago
good story line but confusing at times.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Snowflake, Vermont is picturesque town frequented by tourists from the nearby Snowflake Ski Resort during the winter season. Off season it is home to year round residents, many who own businesses supported by the tourists. But there is a new business trying to open and none of the residents are happy. An ugly car wash has been approved by the town council and the people are protesting with a march in front of the site. Then all of the sudden the digging stops, it seems they have uncovered a skeleton that may date back to the Revolutionary War. The town is then shaken by two more discoveries.  Local mechanic, Harry Hodges, has been found dead in his shop and the mayor of the town, Lucky’s friend, Elizabeth has gone missing.  Lucky plans to use her noodle to find her friend and the killer no matter how much trouble she stirs up. Dollycas’s Thoughts This book is full of wonderful mysteries, a skeleton discovered, a missing person, and a murder. The pages flew by. Archer has created such lively characters. Lucky is a strong protagonist who doesn’t mind finding herself “in the soup” as she tries to save her friend or catch a killer. Her romance with her middle school crush, Dr. Elias Scott is progressing nicely. My favorite character is Lucky’s grandfather Jack, a retired Navy man who still tells time according to bells.  He is devoted to his granddaughter and truly her right arm as she runs the business left to her by her parents. I found the historical element in this story very interesting. Bodies hastily buried during the Revolutionary War being found today like this one can have a very eventful story when researched. The reenactment of The Battle of Bennington was a great way to tie this element together in this town to with a sultry summer activity. I was also intrigued by the story that evolves as historic towns try to stay true to the historic quality and feeling as modern needs try to fit in. The car wash may have not been so bad with a few architectural elements to help in blend in with the surrounding businesses. After reading the first book in this series, A Spoonful of Murder, I knew the author had a “souper” idea for her cozy series and that her stories would be filled with drama. She exceeded my expectations with this installment. I liked it even better than the last. She gives us a taste of the next story, A Roux of Revenge, and she has definitely whetted by appetite for more. My next visit to Snowflake cannot come soon enough!