Ladle to The Grave
Soup Lover’s Mystery, Book #4
By the Spoonful is Snowflake, Vermont’s most popular soup shop, but owner Lucky Jamieson doesn’t have any time to enjoy her success—she’s too busy trying to keep a lid on false accusations against her loved ones…
It’s almost May, and some of the local ladies have organized a pagan celebration in the woods to welcome spring. But the evening goes terribly wrong when one of the attendees winds up dead, apparently poisoned by an herbal concoction prepared by Lucky’s grandfather, Jack.
Lucky’s sure her grandfather could not have made such a tragic mistake. But before she can clear him of suspicion, her best friend, Sophie, is diverted from planning her wedding to By the Spoonful chef Sage DuBois when she finds a dead man floating in the creek on her property. Now it’s up to Lucky to get both Sophie and Jack out of hot water before a killer stirs up more trouble…
Recipes included! (Goodreads)
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was inside of the soup shop, watching the action and listening in on people’s conversations through much of the book. The writing styles flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The mysteries are carried on well throughout the entire book. There are a lot of suspects to consider and there are enough clues, twists and turns that this reader did not figure out the killer until it was revealed at the end of the book.
The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. I really enjoy reading about the relationship between Lucky and her grandfather, Jack. You can tell they care about each other greatly and this is the type of relationship everyone should have with their grandfather. This book centered around Sophie and it was nice to learn a little more of her story. I enjoyed getting to spend more time with all of the characters in this book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written cozy. I have read the first four books in the series and I have enjoyed them all. I am sure you will too.