A Roux of Revenge (Soup Lover's Mystery Series #3)

A Roux of Revenge (Soup Lover's Mystery Series #3)

by Connie Archer

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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…
Recipes included!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425252420
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Series: Soup Lover's Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 172,725
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(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 Roux of Revenge 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
gmcootie More than 1 year ago
Fall in Snowflake, Vermont is the best yet!  In A Roux of Revenge we are comfortable in Snowflake and have gotten to know its residents.  Lucky has settled in – to the shop, in her relationship with her grandfather Jack, and especially in her romance with Elias.  I had my doubts early on that he was the one for her, but their romance has played out so that I am happy for them and can’t wait to see where their hearts lead them next. Connie Archer has developed the supporting characters so that they feel as real to us as Lucky, Elias and Jack do.  And this time it’s one of those characters – Janie, a waitress at By the Spoonful – that seems to be in danger.  It looks like someone is stalking her and we worry along with Lucky and the others.  And while the Harvest Festival looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun, some of the folks in town to work the festival look like they might be trouble. I enjoy that we’ve now gone through the seasons in Snowflake and it’s not just a ski town.  The stories are about the people and their relationships – and of course a mystery or two.  With delicious soup throw in for good measure. This is one of those series that you want to see go on and on.  It just feels good to read.  The characters are well developed and the mysteries not too easy to figure out.  By this point we are invested in these people and want to know what’s happening in their lives.  I can’t wait to see what danger lurks in Snowflake next!
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book. I enjoyed it, there is plenty going on in this story. Of course a dead body, a stalker watching Janie, travelers in town which I found that whole story interesting, Janie fighting with her mother, an ex-insurance investigator who brings another story in and is Lucky's love life on the rocks (I do admit that Elias really disappointed me and I was on Lucky's side)? Plenty going on here that all comes together nicely n the end. I will continue on with the next in the series for another trip back to Snowflake.
Giselle_Ferra More than 1 year ago
Very exciting for a cozy. It had me by the seat of my pants, even though it was equal parts mystery, people and soup.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
I’ve enjoyed my previous stays in Snowflake, Vermont so much that I just had to come back again when A ROUX OF REVENGE came out. And this was my most favorite visit of all. I was thrilled to be back with Lucky Jamieson, Jack her grandfather and the residents of this lovely town. Lucky’s soup shop, By the Spoonful was as welcoming as always with wonderful soups and sandwiches. Oh yeah, there was another dead body too!  I truly enjoyed learning more about Janie, Lucky’s young waitress. I was so intrigued as to how the mystery of the dead stranger in the van was going to tie into the storyline of the man watching Janie and the travelers in town who came to work at the annual Harvest Festival.  Ms. Archer weaved an amazing story in this third book in the Soup Lover’s series. I found myself constantly surprised with every new twist in the book. I was so caught up in the story that I didn’t want to put the book down.  A ROUX OF REVENGE has assured there will be a fourth installment in this wonderful series. And I for one am looking forward to it! You can find my reviews for the first two books, A SPOONFUL OF MURDER and A BROTH OF BETRAYAL on their home pages.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
It’s time for the Harvest Festival just outside of Snowflake, Vermont. Lucky’s By The Spoonful Soup Shop is busy with not only tourists coming to town for the festival but a group of travelers that have come to work at the festival. One of the travelers seems to be particularly interested into one of Lucky’s waitresses. Does Janie have a stalker? An unidentified man has also been found murdered in a van just outside of town and the travelers seem to be the prime suspects. When Janie’s life is put in danger Lucky has no choice but try to help her even if it means working together with the travelers under suspicion. Dollycas’s Thoughts From A Spoonful of Murder to A Broth of Betrayal and now in A Roux of Revenge, Snowflake, Vermont is a hotbed of mystery. In this installment tension is as hot as the soups. The travelers are sometimes referred to as gypsies as they travel around from place to place taking jobs like working at festivals like the one taking place in Snowflake. When one of them appears to be watching the soup shop and especially Janie, Lucky senses something is up right away. Archer has crafted a very interesting mystery with very unexpected twists. She also mixes in Lucky relationship with Elias that seems to be ending its course unless something changes in a hurry. I will admit I found Elias’ actions or lack there of very frustrating myself so I was feeling heartbroken for Lucky. I really enjoy the way all the characters meet and check in at By The Spoonful and the way Lucky and her grandfather, Jack, interact with everyone. If you want to know what is happening in Snowflake this is the place to be. It reminds me so much of the cafe my mother used to run. The author continues to top herself and has left me anxiously awaiting my next visit to By The Spoonful.
DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
This book was sent to me as part of a book tour.  It follows the story of Lucky Jamieson and her grandfather Jack as they work at the Spoonful Soup Shop.  Early in this book a man is found dead and the chief of Police Nate is trying to figure out what happened. Then we get introduced to Lucky, Jack, Sage, and Janie and other colorful characters.  Janie is having a hard time dealing with her mother they are fighting and Lucky offers Janie a place to stay while the women work out their issues and Lucky learns about traveler's gypsy people who run festivals around different states and Miriam's connection to them.  It's a sad story, from there a man keeps watching Janie and Janie can't figure out why.  Pretty soon Janie figures out why, but no one can figure out how the dead guy is connected to all of this. To make things harder on Nate everything goes missing from the vehicle the dead guy was in to the dead guy himself.  Which puts more pressure on Nate to wrap up this case.  Will Nate ever solve this case?  And how does Janie apply to this murder investigation? This book was great we get to see so many different stories and what people are up too.  Also we get to see how Lucky's love life is and where it is headed.  I really enjoyed reading this book along with the different soup recipes!
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews A Roux of Revenge is the third book in Connie Archer’s A Soup Lover’s Mystery series. This was my first time reading the series and I didn’t really have a problem getting into the book. I was, however, a little overwhelmed in the beginning by the large cast of characters. By the time I was on page 24, I was already introduced to at least 13 characters and the list just kept growing. The story takes place in the small New England town of Snowflake, Vermont. The people are all friendly and seem to be really close to one another. The story centers on Lucky Jamieson, the owner of By the Spoonful Soup Shop and Janie Leonard, an eighteen-year-old waitress for the restaurant. It’s autumn and Halloween is around the corner. The town is in the midst of the Harvest Festival, an event that has pony rides, a farmer’s market, craft stands, and live bands. The festival tends to bring visitors to the town daily; as well as gypsies/travelers there to work the festival. A Roux of Revenge gives you two mysteries to figure out, with the possibly of several suspects to choose from. The story starts out with an accident on the side of the road and the driver is found dead. Being a small town, the news spreads fast. But something about the accident and the victim isn't right. Just as the investigation gets under way, evidence starts to go missing. With the town focused on the murder, one of the towns long time residents gets a visit from their past. This puts the life of Janie and subsequently Lucky in jeopardy. Unlike other cozy mysteries, I didn’t get the sense Lucky was really out to investigate anything. She more or less just kept getting pulled into the mayhem. In addition to that, Lucky has to deal with her relationship with her boyfriend, Elias, which seems to possibly be at a standstill or coming to an end. In the love department, Lucky is going to have to figure out what she really wants and realize “Love has nothing to do with age or beauty or brains or anything for that matter. Love is love. It comes to us when it comes to us, and I wonder if we really have a lot of choice in the matter.”. I found A Roux of Revenge to be a very enjoyable page turner. At the time of reading, I hated that I couldn’t figure out whodunnit. At least, it took awhile for my spidey senses to tingle. But in the end, I liked the way Connie weaved the storylines together. I didn't care for the ending as I felt it was incomplete and left a cliffhanger. Source: Publisher
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
The Soup Lover's mystery series continues with the third book, A Roux of Revenge by Connie Archer. Fans of this series love everything from the delectable recipes that are always included to the interpersonal relationships between the cast of characters that Archer has created. The town of Snowflake, Vermont is gearing up for the annual harvest festival, but murder is afoot and the gang from By the Spoonful Soup Shop is a decorating mood. Add a group of gypsy travelers to town, with a pinch of possible stalking and you've got a recipe for a good whodunit. What I liked: I like soup. Loaded Baked Potato is my favorite and just like the soup this series hits the spot. Archer has a way with description, especially where food and anything culinary is concerned. She makes the reader believe that they are smelling the aroma of pumpkin, and seeing the harvest decorations go up. They can feel the nip in the autumn air and and hear the sounds of preparations for the festival. This series and this book in particular is a feast for the senses. I haven't found too many cozy authors that can paint such a wonderful picture of a small town and a great local hangout. By the Spoonful Soup Shop is the kind of local hometown place that readers will wish they could visit. One of those iconic little hole in the wall joints that are hard to forget. I think Connie Archer has not only created a very authentic New England town in Snowflake, Vermont, but she has created a kind of old school hangout in the soup shop as well. I enjoyed all of the scenes in this book that took place in the shop and I want to try that Pumpkin Rice Soup, it sounds absolutely yummy.  I also enjoyed all of the interactions between the characters in this book. Lucky, the owner of By the Spoonful is quite a culinary idealist. She always finds herself in another fix, but I like the way she interacts with all of the townspeople of Snowflake and in this book, with the travelers as well. Her relationship with Elias in having some issues and readers will be wondering where it is going to go in this one. She has a waitress she knows little about in Janie and she and her grandfather are always talking or interacting in some way with everyone else in the town. I enjoyed that part almost as much as I did the mystery. The mystery was well crafted and brought some new faces to Snowflake. I liked the gypsy style travelers who showed up to help run the festival. They provided some outside influences and gave the book an old world kind of atmosphere that was fun to read about and not that hard to understand. I liked that the mystery centered around them, from the man killed in the van to the armored robbery from twenty years before. Archer pulled out all the stops and gave readers a great list of suspects and plenty of motives. What I didn't like: For the most part I liked this one a lot and this is probably just a pet peeve, so don't take it too seriously. I thought the balance between the relationships of the characters and the mystery aspects of the story were a little off. I wanted to know more about what was going on with the case, when Archer was busy with Lucky and Elias' relationship. It wasn't a big thing, but the mystery was so interesting I just wanted more of that part. Bottom Line: This is a great series based on one of my favorite things, soup. Connie Archer gives readers a likable heroine and a great mystery in A Roux of Revenge that keep them guessing all the way to the end.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
A Roux of Revenge is the third book in the A Soup Lover's Mystery series. It's October in Snowflake, VT and the leafpeepers are showing up, along with the seasonal workers needed to put on the Harvest Festival. The book starts with with the police investigating a van that has gone off the road and the driver is dead. Police Chief Nat Edgerton soon finds that it wasn't an accident and that in fact was murder. Meanwhile at the restaurant, Lucky notices her young waitress, Janie, is upset at seeing a man standing across the street staring into the restaurant. Then an retired insurance investigator shows up following some leads about an armored robbery that occurred some 20 years back and might have been gypsy's, possibly the same ones that in town for the festival. Finally Lucky learns more about Janie and her mother, Miriam, and that there might be some connection to these traveling folks. When Janie goes missing, Lucky begins in earnest to find out the connection these people have to Janie and where she is being held. Lucky's romance has hit some rough times with Elias, it may not be on the rock, but is certainly seeing stormy waters. And Sage has come up with some more delicious sounding soup recipes, which are included. Will be waiting for my next visit to Snowflake, VT.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago