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A Spoonful of Murder (Soup Lover's Mystery #1)

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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
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Berkley
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I'm not big on cozies that center around food. Maybe because the author tends to focus alot on the food? Maybe because I get hungry reading about all the said food?
Either way I went into reading this not all hopeful. Connie Archer hooked me into the story and didn't let go! Everything was written with just the right amount to keep the reader page turning.

Lucky Jamieson is at a hard cross road in her life. Her parents tragic deaths has left her to pick up the pieces and taking over their Mom
"A Spoonful of Murder" is a cozy mystery. It started out well, but I stopped enjoying the story once the murder happened.

I did not like spending time with Lucky. She was extremely self-centered. Lucky was upset when people repeated that a murder victim was found in the alley behind her shop because she felt this was ruining her shop's good reputation. Yet basically on the basis of a vague bit of gossip, she accused three men to their face of having an affair with and murdering the victim and als
Welcome to Snowflake, Vermont. Tourists arrive to hit the slopes and stop into By The Spoonful for a nice hot bowl of soup and a sandwich.

Lucky is forced to return from Wisconsin when she inherits the restaurant after an accident claims both her parents. She has a lot of decisions to make about her Grandfather who seems to be developing Alzheimer's, the restaurant, and basically her future.

When a blonde tourist is found behind dead and frozen behind the soup shop and her chef is the number one s
What is it with editors and publishers these days? Just to make a buck is it? Well the discrepencies are blatant in this novel. The questions as to why Lucky didn't just move into her parents' house are there. Why is she painting the apartment in one chapter and then nothing is said again about that? It is all just filler. I don't like filler. I want a story that flows. This one doesn't. Random conversations draw me out of the story and say "what?" Interviewing "lovers" of the murder victim and ...more
Linda at Chatting About Cozies
Lucky inherits her parents soup shop, By the Spoonful, after they are killed in a car accident. Her grandfather, Jack, still helps run the shop. They have a great soup chef, Sage, who makes the most unique and delicious homemade soups and sandwiches for their customers. When Sage is accused of killing wealthy Patricia Honeywell, a winter visitor at the local ski resort, he's arrested, and Lucky's left without a soup chef. The majority of her customers stop coming to the shop to eat. Fearing bank ...more
Lisa Kelley
In A SPOONFUL OF MURDER, my first visit to Snowflake, Vermont was a delightful one. You know, with the exception of a dead body. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Lucky Jamieson, her grandfather Jack, the entire staff of By the Spoonful, as well as Dr. Elias Scott and Mayor Elizabeth Dove.

The entire story held my attention and the search for the killer kept me guessing. There were plenty of suspects to go around and so little to know about the victim, that anything was possible.

They were a few typos
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I read this book in one evening. For a debut book, it truly caught my attention.

A young woman returns to the family business after the tragedy of losing both parents in an automotive accident. Lucky Jamieson hardly feels worthy of her name, but, to her luck, her grandfather Jack is still with her and helping greatly. Jack isn't in the best of health but his spirit and strength helps our Lucky keep the 'By The Spoonful' soup restaurant open and thriving.

Until one day, when one of the restaurants
Shelley Giusti
Lucky Jamieson left everything behind to move back to Snowflake Vermont. Since the death of her parents she inherited the family business, By the Spoonful, a Soup Shop in the busiest tourist season of the year. With a lot on her plate she takes the responsiblity of running the shop with the helpof her grandfather Jack and her chef Sage. But did she take on more than she could handle ? When a tourist is found dead behind the shop, business is no longer heating up. Sage is taken into custody for h ...more
This rating depresses me. As a challenge junkie, I need this series. It's got too many things going for it. But I didn't like it. In a review of another cozy, I mentioned how refreshing it was to come by information without losing your decency. This book is the opposite. Lucky wasn't really a good person. She had issues with a couple of random ladies talking about her restaurant badly because there was a murder there, but she asks so many questions and spills so many secrets entrusted to her - a ...more
Ok first outing. I'll take a page through the second book to see how things shape up.

The small town and setting were fine. The support characters were ok. There wasn't a strong secondary character or "sidekick". Hopefully one will come along in the future - preferably a new one that brings some humor or sense (as in common sense) to the lead. The main character was exceptionally bullish, if that's the right word. What she did seemed a bit trite. The standard cozy mechanisms were overdone - too m
Laurie Stevens
I don't normally go in for cozy mysteries, but I know a lot of people do. I really liked this book. Most of the stuff I read is tantalizingly disturbing, but after reading A Spoonful of Murder, I can see why these cozies are so popular. Connie Archer knows her genre and you will be craving a creamy cup of coffee after you read this. The mystery is sound, the characters true to life, and it's a lively, fun jaunt which will cause no mental disturbances!
This was really enjoyable. Set in a small tourist town in Vermont, our investigator owns a restaurant that specializes in soups. When her Chef is arrested for murder and no longer able to hold down the kitchen duties she goes out on her own to solve the murder. Mostly I enjoyed this but there were 1 or 2 places where I had to suspend my common sense and just believe that an amateur sleuth would have the guts to invade a police station and search through a box of evidence. Overall it was enjoyabl ...more
A Spoonful of Murder brought me back to cozies. I had forgotten what it felt like to lose yourself in a cozy – but maybe a little scary and dangerous – story. A Spoonful of Murder brought that back to me.

When we meet Lucky, she is talking to her mom, reassuring her, telling her not to worry, that she will take care of things. Then we learn that Lucky is back home because her parents have died in a car crash. She has inherited the family business, the By the Spoonful soup shop, and she’s come hom
This first installment of the Soup Lover's Mystery series is sure to chase away the winter chills! Set within the small, ski resort town of Snowflake, Vermont, the By The Spoonful Soup Shop has been bringing customers in from the cold for many years...that is until a tourist is found dead at the back door and the primary suspect is the shop's very own chef himself! Pushing aside her heavy heart and desire to mourn the loss of her parents, Lucky is determined to discover the identity of the real ...more
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Sorry, book, but I'm leaving you for another. She also runs a restaurant, but more importantly, she's funny, in that wacky kind of way that I particularly like. You, alas, are not funny, you kind of annoyed me with the gloomy infodump and the quickfix of Lucky's friendship with whatshername, and, well, basically, I just don't think we're compatible. But you're not all that bad, really - I'm sure you'll find other readers who do love you!

Best of luck,

I picked up A Spoonful of Murder on a whim from my local indie bookshop. I really knew nothing about the series or the author. I usually go in with a list that I am looking for but I didn’t that day. I went home and checked the reviews on Goodreads and they were a mixed bag, but with some very critical ones. I decided to give it a shot anyway. I am really glad that I did!

I really enjoyed this mystery. A fun cozy with interesting characters. I liked the theme, a soup based restaurant, more of a s
E.Michael Helms
Lucky's in Deep Soup!

Lucky Jamieson finds herself in deep soup when the star chef of the restaurant she just inherited from her late parents is arrested for murder. A delightful cast of characters and just enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing make Connie Archer's first entry of the Soup Lover's Mystery series a satisfying read. Lap this one up spoonful by tasty spoonful!
Somehow, this mystery just fails to convince me of much. The idea of a soup shop seems far-fetched to begin with. Why the owner was so convinced the cook wasn't who dunnit totally didn't ring true at all. The victim wasn't likeable and the amateur sleuth's behavior was lame in the extreme. For me, the book didn't work at all.
Highlighted and bolded on the WWBL for a while, the stars aligned and I found a copy not long ago at the same time that I was between purse books...immediately put a postcard bookmark inside to become newest purse book.
Main character, Lucky Jamieson, finds herself back in her hometown. She thought she was only home to clear things up after the death of her parents, but she finds herself moving into an apartment, taking charge of her family's soup shop and taking care of her grandfather who is s
Lucky Jamieson inherits her parent's soup restaurant after their sudden death. She returns to her small hometown in Vermont to run the family restaurant, and decide what to do with her life, and her parent's estate. Life suddenly gets interesting, as a body is found behind her soup shop, and her chef is arrested for murder. Her customers have abandoned her business and she must solve the murder to save her chef and her parent's legacy!

This is the first book in the Soup Lover's Mystery series.

I love cozy mysteries and this one lived up to all my expectations. The heroine is loveable and real, trying to balance her own life and hardships, help her friends and neighbors, and solve a murder all at the same time. I found myself asking, "how much can one girl take?" as blow after blow happened to Lucky throwing her life into a seeming wreckage. She not only manages to solve the murder, but create new friendships, rekindle an old friendship, and start a relationship all while dealing with ...more
I enjoyed this book. There were a couple of things that really bothered me, cleaning a crime scene, and breaking and entering, I am not a fan of. If Lucky had taken some of her info to the police it might have given them a reason to look somewhere other than Sage. That being said what I did enjoy was the interaction of characters, I liked Lucky quite a bit especially her love for her grandfather, and I loved her grandfather. I loved the whole backstory of Sage, definitely a highlight. I also enj ...more
Norma Huss
I won this book, and got to choose between the first and second of the series. Since it was a new series to me, I chose the first, naturally. For a soup shop, winter in a town called Snowflake, is ideal. Lucky, the protagonist who has taken over the shop and her Grandfather when her parents died, is not necessarily all that lucky. There's a body in the snow, a lot of suspects, attack from un unknown assailant, a man who makes her heart go thump, former friends and new friends, as well as an empl ...more
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
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I will admit to reading the Soup Lover’s Mystery series out of order. But the cool thing is that I still had no idea how events were going to play out.

Lucky Jamieson is at a crossroads in her life. She’s in her late twenties and has spent most, if not all of her adult life in Wisconsin, where she went to college. She has pretty much just been surviving without a career goal in mind. An only child, she has just returned to her hometown of Snowflake,
This is the first book in the Soup Lover's Mystery series. An entertaining series it looks to be.

Lucky Jamieson has returned to her hometown of Snowflake, VT. after her parents have been killed in an automobile accident. Her main priority is to decide what to do with her parents house and really foremost, what to do with family business, By The Spoonful. Her grandfather, Jack, spends his time helping out at the restaurant and who might be showing the onset of Alzheimer's.

The little soup shop has
Lucky moves back to her hometown, Snowflake, VT, after both her parents pass away in a horrific car accident. Her parents were the proud owners of By the Spoonful, a cozy kitsch soup and sandwich shop. Jack, her veteran grandfather, has been holding down the fort while Lucky debated whether or not to take over the family business. Her decision is made more difficult because her chef, Sage, has been arrested as the prime suspect for the murder of Patricia Honeywell, wealthy socialite and ski bum. ...more

Title: A Spoonful of Murder (Soup Lover’s Mystery #1)

Author: Connie Archer

Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group

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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 hersel
Lucky is forced to return to her hometown and take over her parent's soup shop. But business gets iffy when a tourist with a less than stellar connection to her cook turns up dead.

Any ambivalence Lucky feels for staying in this small town is overrided once she gets motivated to protect her friend, and the reputation of her parent's restaurant.

I loved this book. In a word, it was delightful. I read it in less than three days. The story pulled me through. Most of all, it was just what I was in th
Lucky comes back to her hometown to run her parents business after their sudden death. I have a soft spot for this type of character, I love the way they feel somewhat guilty that they didn't spend enough time with their loved ones while alive that they need to move back home and take over the family business. Yes, I'm a sap.... Ok, I'm not too bad. I loved the way she took care of her grandfather, she was concerned about the possibility that he has Alzheimer's. Plus taking care of a business, a ...more
Lucky Jamieson inherited her parent's soup shop in Snowflake, Vermont, and is running it while she decides what to do with the rest of her life. Does she sell her parent's house or move into it? Along with that goes lots of other questions. However, when her soup chef finds the body of a blonde in back of the cafe, the game plan radically changes. Then when he is arrested for her murder, Lucky goes into investigative mode.

Lucky and her friends all pull together to keep the soup shop open, and t
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Connie Archer is the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery Series from Berkley Prime Crime: A SPOONFUL OF MURDER, A BROTH OF BETRAYAL, A ROUX OF REVENGE and LADLE TO THE GRAVE. The fifth book in the series, A CLUE IN THE STEW, will be released in Spring, 2016. Connie's recipes can be found in THE COZY COOKBOOK from Penguin Random House and THE MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA COOKBOOK. ...more
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