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A Clue in the Stew

(Soup Lover's Mystery #5)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  313 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Soup shop owner Lucky Jamieson stirs up more trouble in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Ladle to the Grave...

When Lucky Jamieson opens up By the Spoonful to host an event with a famous author, she’s not expecting a bunch of nuts to descend on her small-town soup shop. But the author’s exasperating entourage—from a prickly publicist to a snippy so
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Berkley Books
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A CLUE IN THE STEW is a delicious delight I didn’t want to end!

The Soup Lover’s Mystery series became one of my “must have – go to favorite” from book one, A SPOONFUL OF MURDER. Just as this series deals with comfort food like soup and sandwiches, it has become one of my most looked forward to comfort reads.

This story, is made up of all the ingredients that make not only this series, but all of cozy mysteries so enjoyable…a cast of characters that feel like friends and family, a lovely, quaint
K.A. Davis
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lucky Jamieson and her spunky grandfather, Jack, own By the Spoonful in Snowflake, Vermont. Trouble comes finding Lucky when Hilary Stone, a famous national bestselling mystery writer, arrives in town for a book signing and to look for property to buy. The venue that was supposed to host the book signing cancels at the last moment so Lucky is nominated to host the event at By the Spoonful. Short on staff she hires Nanette, a new arrival to town. Nanette is a great waitress but she’s set her eyes ...more
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
In A Clue in the Stew, Snowflake, Vermont is all abuzz when mystery author Hilary Stone decides to do a book signing in the small town. The excitement is squashed when bodies are discovered similar to the crimes found in her book, Murder Comes Calling.

When it’s discovered that a friend/customer has more than enough motivation to commit at least one of the murders, Lucky and her employees/friends of By the Spoonful form the Murder Investigation Club. If the police won’t catch a killer, they cert
April Schilling
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! This was another one of those books that you can't put down once you start reading. I've always enjoyed the Soup Lover's mysteries and this one was fantastic! Snowflake is about to be the setting for a famous author's book signing when a woman is found murdered up near the local pond. Add to that all of the drama when the author finally has her signing, and then is also murdered in the same way and you have a book full of twists and turns. I was really surprised at who the killer was ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series
Shelves: 2018, series, cozy-mystery
The main mystery this time was a twist one but I have to say that I really liked the villains chosen this time. It felt like there were more than the usual side stories and sidelines, I cared about them in varying degrees. Still, I felt this wasn't the best book in the series. This felt like the end of the series, with all the threads of the series tied up (the Ambien that is the love story between Lucky & Elias, the best couple by default, Sage & Sophie, and Grandpa Jack's health & romantic pro ...more
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Clue in the Stew by Connie Archer is the fifth book in the Soup Lover’s Mystery series. The town is all abuzz because mystery writer, Hilary Stone is coming to Snowflake, Vermont to do a book signing. Eleanor Jensen had set up the book signing to take place at the Congregational Church Hall, but they have a leaky roof (and it is currently being repaired). Eleanor needs to find a new location and only one place is big enough. By the Spoonful is owned by Lucky Jamison. Lucky agrees to have the e ...more
Katherine P
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-read, 2016
I expected to enjoy this latest Soup Lover's Mystery because I had enjoyed the previous book but I didn't really expect to become so immediately hooked on the story. I loved the character but even more I wanted to know what happened next! Cozy mysteries are definitely one of my preferred genres and add food to the murder and I'm even more interested. That being said I'm pretty picky with them - particularly if the main character is an amateur detective which is the case here. There has to be a r ...more
Paula Ratcliffe
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was looking forward to finding a new cozy mystery series. Sadly, I'm still looking.

Famous author, Hilary Stone, is coming to small town Snowflake, VT and everyone is all aflutter. But before she shows up, a dead body is found and the town is a buzz about how and why. The crazy characters that come to town with Hilary provide some humor and of course when Hilary is found dead, they provide a great line up of suspects.

My main issue concerned the dialogue. They spoke in full sentences, as in com
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There were several reasons I enjoyed this book, one I felt that I could easily identify with Lucky, the main character. The main mystery plot and the sub plot had me guessing until the end but I was truly touched with the way that Connie Archer wrote about the relationships of the characters. I felt that (with out giving anything away) the story was written from a very thoughtful and very positive place. I felt that Connie Archer choose to take a very emotionally charged situation and character' ...more
E.Michael Helms
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I've only read an early ARC version of "A Clue in the Stew," but I can say it promises to be as entertaining and perplexing as the previous "Soup Lover's Mysteries." Ms. Archer has created a family of characters all looped around Snowflake, Vermont's favorite gathering place, By the Spoonful Soup Shop.
In this latest adventure, shop owner Lucky Jamieson plays host to a famous author. The gaiety of the evening's event ends with the discovery of a body (no spoilers here!) setting off a string of ev
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books
A popular series, but this is the first time that I have read one of the series. Lucky Jamieson owns a restaurant that specializes in soup. Lucky agrees to hold a book signing in the evening as the restaurant is the only place that is large enough. The book is MURDER COMES A CALLING, a best-selling publication. Later that evening the author is found strangled in her room. Earlier in the day, a strange woman is found strangled in the nearby woods. Lucky and friends search for answers. Are murders ...more
Mar 17, 2016 added it

I have read one other book in this series and I enjoyed it, but this one was great. This one grabbed my attention form the beginning and kept it throughout. There were so many twists and turns and so many suspects, I just could not put this book down because I needed to know what happened next. Of course, the writing was superb, the book flowed so well, and it was a very easy read. I really liked how this group of friends came together to try to clear the name of a friend. It would be great to h
Shelley Giusti
From the minute I opened this book I was drawn in to an action packed story in Snowflake, Vermont. With famous author Hillary Stone coming in town for a book signing and dealing with a new waitress that has other motives Lucky Jamison sure has her hands full. Getting the Soup Shop ready for the crowds that will come to the book event and keeping her grandfather Jack from making a mistake with the new waitress she doesn't need anything else to take up her time. So when a murder takes place that d ...more
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A Soup Lover's Mystery series is an example of a series that keeps getting better which seems very challenging! Each book is different even though we have the same characters, except for the extras needed for murder and mayhem. I love the people who are the regulars and that Nate does excellent police work! There definitely was a stew of suspects and more than one mystery to be solved, so I enjoyed reading! And I did not figure everything out--a bonus!
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Soup Lover's series is one my favorites. The characters are all interesting, and I love the relationship between Lucky, the main character, and her grandfather, Jack. The mystery kept me guessing, and the solution was a surprise. I can't wait for my next visit to Snowflake, Vermont and the By The Spoonful Soup Shop.
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You know a book is great when you finish it in less than 48 hours! The characters are great and the author does a great job of keeping there story lines up so you grow attached to them even more. I also loved how there was more than one mystery and they all intertwined And worked together in the plot! Hopefully there will be more in the series!
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Lucky ends up using her Restaurant as a signing place for a mystery writer who has come to town. On top of that Nanette (a stranger who just walks off the street) has decided to work there. Later after the signing early in the morning the author is found dead in her room by the same item that was used in her book. While Lucky is trying to keep her business going, find out who Nanette really is, Elias, her current boyfriend has shown the engagement ring (which was his mom's) to Sophie (Lucky's cl ...more
Trisha Georgiou
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Although it is the 5th book in the series, I started with this one.
I completely understood all of the dynamics of the characters. It reads as a stand alone book.
The plot twists were fantastic. I actually did not figure out the mystery. The villain was not whom I
expected which made the book even better. I can't wait to try the recipe that was included.
Karen Holman
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a difficult series to connect to for solving the mystery. After figuring out who was who in the large variety of characters, a Vermont setting, and an ending that was fitting for the story. I do not know if there will be more reading by this author.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
An enjoyable quick read. I thought I had it all figured out half way through, but I was wrong!! Several twists and turns made it a fun interesting story. Nice blend of characters. ...and recipes at the back of the book!
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book kept me guessing to the end! Great characters, and a fun setting.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Last book of the series, did not want it to end but had to finish it! Highly recommend this series!
Nicole McGimpsey
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
I dont think she has written anymore - but I wish that there were was a good book - and I enjoyed this one just as much as all the rest from this series.
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kayt

A Clue in the Stew
Soup Lover’s Mystery, Book #5
By Connie Archer
ISBN: 9780425273128
Author website:
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt


Soup shop owner Lucky Jamieson stirs up more trouble in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Ladle to the Grave…

When Lucky Jamieson opens up By the Spoonful to host an event with a famous author, she’s not expecting a bunch of nuts to descend on her small-town
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-read
A Clue in the Stew is our fifth visit with Lucky and Jack and Elias and Sage and Sophie and all the regulars at the By the Spoonful Soup Shop in Snowflake, Vermont. It’s easy in a series to say each book is better than the last, but with Connie Archer’s Soup Lover’s Mystery series it’s true. The characters are fully developed and their lives as every bit as interesting as the murders.

There is lot going on this time, with people coming and going, the past creeping up, and some difficult decision
If cozy mysteries are a sub-genre of mysteries in general, and food cozies are a sub-sub-genre of cozies, then each 'course' must be a sub x 3 genre. And I dub Connie Archer 2016 "Chef De Fer" of the soup course!

Seriously, what is more cozy than coming home after a day spent outdoors in winter (shoveling snow, hitting the slops, etc, etc) than to put your feet up on the couch while the wood fire warms your outsides and a nice bowl of soup warms your insides? Not much, let me tell you!

I really lo
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

What a stew Lucky finds herself in the middle of this time.

The quiet little town of Snowflake, Vermont is all atwitter. A famous author, Hilary Stone, is coming to town and a big signing event is being planned. The original venue has been hit with a leaky roof so By the Spoonful has been asked to host the event. When the author’s people show up Lucky realizes she may have bite off more than she can chew. But the night goes well even though it ended before everyone was able to
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
It started out a bit slow, picked up, and then the middle section bogged down until the pace picked up again in the closing chapters.

This is the most recent in a series, previous volumes which I haven't read. I assume that for those that have been with the series, most of the characters are already familiar. I had to first deal with the introduction of one new character after another in the opening pages, trying to keep them all straight.

The setting is a fictional small town in Vermont. Given h
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
This is my fourth Soup Lover’s mystery, and I’m impressed. It’s hard to keep a cozy series “realistic” — by which I mean, keep inventing mysteries that work within the fairly small community that usually comprises the setting, without having the situations and/or characters feel contrived or artificial. But Connie Archer manages it, and quite handily, too.

A Clue in the Stew introduces some new characters into tiny Snowflake, Vermont: Hilary Stone, a best-selling mystery author whose book event
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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

Other books in the series

Soup Lover's Mystery (5 books)
  • A Spoonful of Murder (Soup Lover's Mystery, #1)
  • A Broth of Betrayal (Soup Lover's Mystery, #2)
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