A Soup Lover's Mystery

By Connie Archer

Berkley, August, 2012 ($7.99)

ISBN-13: 978-0425251478
Reading level: Ages 18 and up

Reviewed by Miriam Martinez

Lucky Jamieson inherits her parents' soup shop "By the Spoonful" after their tragic death in a car accident. She still hasn't made up her mind whether she will keep the place or sell it, but in the meantime she has returned from Wisconsin to Snowflake, Vermont, to help her grandfather Jack run the restaurant.

While she has so much on her mind and many things to resolve after her parents' death, another problem comes up: a dead body is found at the dumpster behind the restaurant, and the Spoonful's chef is arrested as prime suspect. Lucky feels the need to investigate because the bad publicity has affected enormously the business and they are quickly losing all customers. If Chef Sage doesn't get his name cleared, the business will certainly have to close.

This book is full of twists since there are lots of suspects that actually had strong motives. I really enjoyed the fact that once you think you know who did it, another thing happens that makes you realize you've got the wrong person. I really found this book engaging, and unlike most cozy mysteries it also touches on many deep topics as the grieving for Lucky's parents or her concern about Jack who is starting to show signs of Alzheimer. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries; I can't wait to read the following books in the series which is definitely bound to become one of my favorites!

A BROTH OF BETRAYAL will be released in April, 2013.

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