Monday, April 7, 2014

Blog Tour Stop, Review & Giveaway: A Roux of Revenge by Connie Archer

Description (from cover):

'Stirring up trouble...

Snowflake, Vermont is know 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...'

My thoughts:

I really love the small town atmosphere of this series. Snowflake, Vermont is my dream town. If only it was a real place, I would move there tomorrow. I love how everyone knows everyone and it seems like a small family. Of course there is the small problem of the murder rate being so high, but luckily for us, Lucky Jamieson is a resident and she seems to solve all the town's murders and crimes with a little help from her friends. This book is the third installment of this series and this is one of those series that I have to read right away. So glad that I was offered the chance to be a part of this blog tour as this series is fantastic.

This book really focuses on the small town atmosphere and how there are a few townspeople that everyone loves to hate and really likes. The townspeople are very wary of strangers and when a ragtag group of travelers comes into town to help out with the Harvest Festival, the town is on edge. Of course, it doesn't help the situation that a man is found murdered in a van. Suspicions run high and everyone is on the hunt for a murderer and no one trusts anyone, especially the newcomers. Lucky can't help but get interested in what is going on and when one her employees, Janie, is being stalked by one of the travelers, she feels that she must do what it takes to keep Janie safe.

This one kept me on the edge of my seat. I figured out who the murderer was, but it was right before it was revealed. The characters go through a lot of development in this one and I can't wait to see what happens for them next. I really adore this series and this book has me wanting more. Archer has a fantastic writing style that will suck the reader in from the very first page. This is cozy mysteries done right. If you haven't begun this series yet, then you're missing out on a real and rare treat. 

Overall Rating: 4.5

Title:  A Roux of Revenge
Author:  Connie Archer
Series:  Soup Lover's Mystery #3
Publisher:  Berkley
Publication Date:  April 1, 2014
Pages:  304
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Get It:  Amazon; Barnes & Noble

About the Author:

Connie Archer was born and grew up in New England, ice skating on neighborhood ponds, clamming on the beach at Cape Cod and skiing in Vermont. As a schoolgirl, she spent several years wading through Caesar’s Gallic War journals and the twelve books of the Aeneid. During her summers she performed in a children’s theater troupe that traveled the suburbs of Boston, mounting productions in parks and children’s hospitals. After majoring in biology in college, she did an about face and earned a degree in English literature. Since then she’s worked at many different jobs — laboratory technician, cocktail waitress, medical secretary, and dinner theatre actress, to name just a few. Connie lives in Los Angeles with her family and a cat named Basil.

This has been a stop on the 'Topped Chef' book tour presented by Great Escapes Book Tours. Make sure you check out the other stops on the tour as some are offering giveaways of this book!

 March 31, 2014--Mystery Playground
April 1, 2014--Books-n-Kisses
April 2, 2014--A Date with a Book
April 5, 2014--Booklady's Booknotes
April 7, 2014--Girl Lost In a Book
April 8, 2014--Deal Sharing Aunt
April 10, 2014--A Chick Who Reads
April 11, 2014--The Bookwyrm's Hoard
April 12, 2014--Kaisy Daisy's Corner
April 14, 2014--My Recent Favorite Books
April 15, 2014--Community Bookstop
 

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Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the publisher, through Great Escapes Book Tours, in exchange for my honest review. I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.

20 comments:

  1. I love stories set in small towns. Cozy mysteries are fun reading, I can't wait to read the book.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hi Rita ~ I hope you enjoy your visit to Snowflake, Vermont very soon! Thanks for stopping by today.

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    2. Hi Rita ~ So glad you could stop by. I hope you enjoy your visit to Snowflake VT!

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  2. I love food cozies but have never read one set in a Soup Shop! Sounds Good. Thank you for the chance to win this!

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    1. What could be cozier than soup? It's my favorite comfort food! Glad you could stop by, Carol

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  3. Your review captivated me. the town and locale is wonderful. thanks for this giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I hope you get to meet everyone in the village of Snowflake. Good luck to you!

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  4. Love cozy mystery especially the ones that have recipies with them

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    1. There are several recipes in every book, plus I occasionally blog about other recipes on my own blog and occasionally at Mystery Lovers Kitchen. Enjoy, Kiki!

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  5. I love cozies.......I love food............

    thank you for the giveaway!!

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    1. Me too! You're very welcome - good lucky with the giveaway!

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  6. This sounds like a great series. The rafflecopter will not load for me. I will look for the first in the series at my local library.

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    1. Hi Gram ~ I'm pretty sure your library will have A Spoonful of Murder. I hope you enjoy the village!

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  7. It seems a very interesting book and I love your review.
    Joana - Coffee Break

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    1. Hi Joan ~ I'm so thrilled that Girl Lost in a Book hosted my blog stop today. Best of luck in the giveaway!

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  8. This book seems very interesting and I love your review.
    Joana - www(dot)cafebreak(dot)co(dot)uk

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  9. Vermont is a state that I'd really like to visit---but don't get to travel much---so I can visit it in this book.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Sue ~ Great to her from you! I think these books will give you a fairly good idea of Vermont. Trips of the mind are a lot of fun. Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. Im currently reading this book and really enjoying it! =)
    ( I wont be entering the contest..but just wanted to leave a quick comment )

    Im looking forward to reading the other 2 books in this series.

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  11. Hi Melissa - glad you could stop by and thanks so much for hosting me today at www.readingnks.blogspot.com !!!

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