Review of A Spoonful Of Murder

A Spoonful Of Murder

A Soup Lover’s Mystery, Book 1

Connie Archer

5 Stars


Winter is big business in small-town Snowflake, Vermont. Tourists arrive to hit the ski slopes–and what could be more satisfying after a chilly day of carving powder than a steaming bowl of soup?

When Lucky Jamieson inherits her parents’ soup shop, By the Spoonful, she realizes it’s time to take stock of her life. Should she sell her parents’ house or move in herself? Does she really want to run a restaurant business? And what about her grandfather Jack, who seems to be showing signs of Alzheimer’s?

But her life decisions are moved to the back burner after an icy blonde tourist is found frozen to death behind the soup shop. and Lucky is bowled over when her soup chef, Sage DuBois, is led out of the kitchen by the police. As suspicion and speculations snowball, Lucky decides that the only way to save her employee and her business is to find out herself who iced the tourist–and landed her chef in the soup…

Recipes included! (Goodreads)


After Lucky’s parents are killed in car accident, she moves back home to run her parent’s soup shop, By The Spoonful.  With the help of her grandfather, Jack, she plans to keep the shop going, at least for a while.  But when there is a murder outside of the shop, she knows it will not be good for business.  And when her chef is accused of the murder and put in jail, she knows that they have a real problem.  Knowing that the police have the wrong man behind bars, she feels that she has no choice but to find the killer herself.

The characters were well rounded and well developed.  Lucky is struggling to cope with the death of her parents and the responsibilities of keeping the soup shop running and profitable.  She also does not know if she should move into her parents house or sell it. Still reeling from the sudden death of her parents, she is having trouble making decisions. She is worried about Jack, because he has been having some memory problems.  She realizes that if she loses him, she will be all alone in the world.  I really connected with her.  Jack is a sweetheart and he was my favorite character.  He is such a lovable man and was a real joy to meet.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in creating the characters, the setting and suspense.  I really enjoyed reading about the town and the small town setting.  It was a typical small town, where everyone knows everyone else’s business and gossip runs wild.  It was a place that I would enjoy visiting. I thought the mystery was very well plotted and was carried on well throughout the book.  I didn’t figure out the killer until is was revealed at the end.  

Sometimes when you read a book, something just clicks and you think “Wow, I really love this book!”.  That is what happened when I read A Spoonful Of Murder.  I loved the characters, the setting, the mystery and the suspense.  I am so excited that this is only the first book in the series because I know I have four more books to read.  And I plan on reading them all.  I would recommend that you do too.




4 thoughts on “Review of A Spoonful Of Murder

  1. Great review, Mary. What a recommendation! I actually started reading this yesterday evening. I had downloaded the free chapters. It did sound interesting to me. I was wondering if the grandfather had Alzheimer’s.

    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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