Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Review: A Broth of Betrayal by Connie Archer

Description (from cover):

'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...'

My thoughts:

There is something about this series that makes me love reading it every single time. The quaintness of Snowflake, Vermont and the characters are what keep drawing me into this series. I literally was on the edge of my seat trying to solve this one and everyone knows that is what makes me a happy reader. I love the new feeling that this author brings to the cozy mystery genre and it makes it hard not to resist getting wrapped up in a murder mystery.

Lucky Jamieson owns the local soup shop, By the Spoonful, and finds herself wrapped up in the local gossip of her small town. In a small town where everyone knows everyone and there are no secrets, it comes as a surprise when a prominent member of the community is found murdered. Soon that is all the townsfolk can talk about and when secrets start coming out, people start to not trust their neighbors. Lucky hates to see how town become like this and she is determined to solve this murder and find her missing friend, Elizabeth, at the same time. Lucky must outsmart the murderer before she becomes the next victim.

If you are looking for a typical cozy, but with a fresh take and awesome characters, this is the book for you. I really enjoyed A Spoonful of Murder as well and I think that this series has a lot of potential. For some reason it seems like all the cozy mysteries I read these days are so alike, but this one really does stand out on its own. A great cozy read for a lover of cozy mysteries who loves to spend time putting the clues together and solving the murder. Can't wait for the next installment, A Roux of Revenge.

Overall Rating: 5

Title:  A Broth of Betrayal
Author:  Connie Archer
Series:  Soup Lover's Mystery #2
Publisher:  Berkley
Publication Date:  April 2, 2013
Pages:  304
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Get It:  Amazon; Barnes & Noble

Disclaimer: This book was selected from the library by myself and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.

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