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A Broth of Betrayal

(Soup Lover's Mystery #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  509 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Even a town called Snowflake, Vermont, has a summer season. In August, Lucky Jamieson’s By the Spoonful serves chilled soups—celery and green onion, cream of asparagus—and salads. The shop also serves as a gathering place to talk about cold-blooded murder…

A protest to stop the construction of an ugly car wash in the middle of the town’s picturesque Village Green is interr
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Berkley
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Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like the previous book, A Broth of Betrayal is warm and comforting like a bowl of hot soup on a cold day. Purely a pick-me-up and comfort food for the soul.
Jessica Wilhoite
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good! It was told from a couple of viewpoints which I really liked - the view of Lucky and Elizabeth. Excellent addition to this series! Put it on your TBR list!

4.8 stars
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Book two in the Soup Lover’s Mystery series. There’s a lot going on this summer in Snowflake, Vermont. A developer is running afoul of local residents with his plans to build a big car wash in a prominent location. Construction workers uncover a skeleton that may require examination by an archeologist or historian. There’s to be a Revolutionary War battle re-enactment. The village’s car mechanic is found murdered in his office. The mayor has gone missing. And then another murder takes plac
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Snowflake, Vermont is picturesque town frequented by tourists from the nearby Snowflake Ski Resort during the winter season. Off season it is home to year round residents, many who own businesses supported by the tourists. But there is a new business trying to open and none of the residents are happy. An ugly car wash has been approved by the town council and the people are protesting with a march in front of the site. Then all of the sudden the digging stops, it seems they have uncovered a skel ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it

Connie Archer does it again with a page turner cozy I could not put down!
Summer brings with it alot of changes, heat, clothing but I don't think Lucky thought it bring some old bones, dead bodies, secrets plus add in a adduction. Time is running out to figure out how all these pieces fit..

Connie Archer writing flow smoothly and quickly with A Broth of Betrayal. She surprises her reader from page one giving us a different POV right off the bat.The town of snowflake is reading themselves for a
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Safe, picture perfect Snowflake, Vermont is not what the surface shows, as 'By the Spoonful' restaurant owner, Lucky Jamieson is finding out.

Not only is the town in an uproar about the construction of a car wash downtown spoiling the ambience of the town for the tourists and year rounders alike, now there has been a senseless, or so it seems murder of the town's auto repair owner, Harry.

As the town readies for their annual Revolutionary War re-enactment, a skeleton is found dating to those preci
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was even better than the last one. And it had one of my favorite themes, by which I mean something less profound than the larger literary themes, like man v nature. No, it had the sort of perfect village mystery scenario with encroaching development, and people who consider it important to be solidly connected to the long arc of local history. I thought this story had great characters, and was very exciting compared to the standards of the cozy genre. Actually, I'm kind of down, because I c ...more
May 21, 2014 rated it liked it
This was definitely better than the first book in the series. My biggest complaint were all the characters with similar names or all starting with the same letter. It got confusing and I kept having to go back and reread who these people were. A little more variety in character names could help.
Richard Rowland
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
It is August in Snowflake and it isn't only the weather that's heating up, the majority of the town is up in arms at the building of a car wash in the centre of town (totally out of character with the rest of the buildings!), so demonstrations are planned - but during one of them a skeleton is found and things go downhill from there on it with murder and kidnapping on the menu!
Janet Robel
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a cute mystery. I read the first one also, but so far they haven't grown on me as much as I'd hoped.
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Broth of Betrayal is the second book in the a Soup Lover's Mystery series. A delightful addition, it is.

The folks of Snowflake, VT are excited about preparing for the Revolutionary War enactment in town, but are also upset by the imminent construction of a car wash in this quaint little town.

Harry Hodges has been helping to organize demonstration, hoping to get the site of car wash moved to another location. On the day of the demonstration some bones are uncovered as excavation begins and Hodg
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was so good to be back in Snowflake, Vermont. A BROTH OF BETRAYAL reconnected me with all the delightful characters that I got to meet in A SPOONFUL OF MURDER. Lucky Jamieson and her grandfather Jack, as well as the rest of the characters from the first book, were as I remembered them, but even more fleshed out.

I enjoyed the storyline of the skeleton from Revolutionary War days and the connection it had to someone in present day Snowflake. The mystery of who killed auto mechanic Harry Hodges
E.Michael Helms
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
It's Sizzling in Snowflake!

It's a sizzling hot summer in Snowflake, Vermont, and it's not only the weather that's broiling. An extremely unpopular commercial venture in the heart of downtown has the townspeople hot under the collar. Stir in 18th--Century skeletal remains discovered during groundbreaking ceremonies and the pot AND plot are soon boiling over!

A planned reenactment of a Revolutionary War battle quickly takes a backseat in Snowflake when Elizabeth Dove, the town's mayor and Lucky Jam
Emmalee Miller
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book through GoodReads First Reads. This book follows Lucky who owns her recently deceased parents restaurant, By The Spoonful. This is the 2nd book in the series and I could not put it down. Her town of Snowflake is demonstrating against a car wash that's being built in the middle of it and an old skeleton is found. After that Harry, the town's mechanic, is found murdered and the town mayor Elizabeth (who is very close to Lucky) goes missing. Lucky starts searching for Elizabeth ...more
May 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Lucky Jamieson, who runs a soup restaurant, is upset at the local murder--especially since her Grandfather, Jack, and she discovered the corpse. And she's outraged at the attempt by a returning native son to build a car wash on the local green. But what really has her in a state is the disappearance of mayor Elizabeth Dove, Lucky's mother's best friend and her surrogate mother after her parents' death. The culprit was a bit obvious, but I enjoyed the atmosphere.
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

It is the 2nd book in the Soup Lover's Mystery series. Set in the small town of Snowflake, Vermont, with memorable characters and a good storyline. A fun little whodunit. Oh and a fun added bonus in the back of the book... recipes of soups and salads that are served in the By the Spoonful (the soup shop owned and ran by amateur-sleuth and heroine Lucky Jamieson)

I am definitely going to read the 1st book, A Spoonful of Murder and then the 3rd.
May 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
The town of Snowflake has a dark underbelly. The mystery had a few layers that when finally revealed, I had to pay attention just to keep up with the whos and whys of why it all happened. I like how the relationship between Lucky and Elias is progressing. I'm warming up to Sophie. She was a pill in the first book and I didn't think she and Lucky would get along again like they did in the past. I'm not sure the DAR story line had to be there. It felt unresolved in the end.
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this second book in the series of the soup lover's mysterys. It was fast moving
and full of suspense. I liked the characters and the turn paging challenge of what would happen
next. I do plan on reading the next book, this author is writing and reading it soon.
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
good plot, hints on characters but with the twists + turns-the ending is Good!
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: cozy mystery fans
Shelves: 2017, series, cozy-mystery
This one zipped right along and had quite a lot going on. There's a skeleton found on the town green that's being dug up for the construction of a car wash (of all things), Harry the autobody repair shop owner is found murdered in his office and Elizabeth Dove, Snowflake's mayor, has gone missing. As if that weren't enough, someone else dies by immolation. There's a lot to be sorted out with all the dead but there's also some historical artifact theft going on. With all this, the two person Snow ...more
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Jun 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mysteries, cozy
The book begins with the year 1777 when someone is murdered. Then we fast forward to the present day where the people of Snowflake are completely against a car wash in town. (Really? You'd rather just stand in your driveway and wash your cars on a regular basis? Or do these people drive to another town that has a car wash?) I also wondered why they didn't suggest somewhere else in town for the car wash, maybe not so close to the town square. Honestly, why would he want to build it in the town sq ...more
Genevieve Bomes
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A protest to stop the construction of an ugly car wash in the middle of the town’s picturesque Village Green is interrupted by the discovery of a skeleton that may date back to the Revolutionary War. While the remains pose a historical mystery, a present-day murder shakes the town to its core when local auto mechanic Harry Hodges is found dead in his shop. Lucky starts looking into the murder when her dear friend Elizabeth, the Mayor of Snowflake, goes missing. No matter how much trouble she has ...more
An oddly endearing little culinary cozy, despite the heroine's tendency to melodrama and the author's POV bobbles. (If you're going to be telling your story from two POVs, add the second one in waaaaaaaaaaay before page 50. Also don't then add in three seconds from a third POV on page 200. Get it together.)

The included recipes undered my whelm, but the recipes that weren't included, but were just sprinkled throughout the book (set, as it is, in a diner) sounded amazing and included enough detail
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Good competent mystery.
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Dawn Devine
This was a cozy-cozy! A fast read for a weekend.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Second book of the series and loved it as much as the first one! Can’t put these books down!
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
A slight improvement over the first book. Still not invested in any of the characters.
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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, LADLE TO THE GRAVE and A CLUE IN THE STEW. Connie's excerpts and recipes can also be found in THE COZY COOKBOOK from Penguin Random House and THE MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA COOKBOOK. Connie was born and raised in New England. Sh ...more

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Soup Lover's Mystery (5 books)
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