Monday, October 21, 2013

Cozy Monday Book Review ~ A Spoonful of Murder by Connie Archer

If there is enough snow this weekend, we can ski the resorts just outside Snowflake, Vermont. But we will be sure to stay in Snowflake because of its coziness and wonderful stores. There’s a clothing store run by two sisters and a really good restaurant that serves soups and sandwiches. Hopefully Lucky can prove her Chef’s innocent of murder and get him released from jail soon, or we may not get the gourmet soups the place is known for.

When a body is found in the back alley of By the Spoonful, the Chef is suspected of murder and the citizens stay away. Having just returned back home, Lucky is trying to run the family restaurant after her parents were killed in a car accident. Not sure if she wants to continue the business, Lucky learns of many reasons to stay and keep the business running.

Title: A Spoonful of Murder
Series: Soup Lover's Mystery #1
Author: Connie Archer
Publish Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Berkley
Source: paperback from Library


Characters: My favorite character was Jack, Lucky’s grandpa. What a great asset to the characters and at least Lucky wasn’t left completely alone. He is quite a character even in his dealings with Sage’s brother Remy.

Location and Setting: I really enjoyed the soup store. Even though the customers did stay away for a while, the die hards make the store really quaint. It would be wonderful to walk by or visit a shop and see the same people every day. Really create a cozy little town. The town is small enough that everyone knows everyone, and anybody who is “new” is titled a tourist. I’m sure there are a lot of visitors with the ski resorts just up above the town. Most probably stay at the resorts, but the few who venture down enjoy a cozy little town.

Crime: The crime happened at the very beginning of the book and was a really good opener to meet a lot of the citizens of town. Lucky was a very new sleuth and showed some amateur ways, but thank goodness she found some help along the way. The turn of events throughout the story kept the pages turning and my mind guessing.

Romance: Yep, it was there. The doctor in town who was a crush from younger years. Loved the few sparks that were evident and can’t wait to read on for more.

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Author Bio:
“Writing about Vermont and the By the Spoonful Soup Shop has been a marvelous trip home — home to winding roads, brilliant autumn trees and the winter snows of New England.” 

Connie Archer was born and grew up in New England, ice skating on neighborhood ponds, clamming on the beach at Cape Cod and skiing in Vermont. As a schoolgirl, she spent several years wading through Caesar’s Gallic War journals and the twelve books of the Aeneid. During her summers she performed in a children’s theater troupe that traveled the suburbs of Boston, mounting productions in parks and children’s hospitals. After majoring in biology in college, she did an about face and earned a degree in English literature. Since then she’s worked at many different jobs — laboratory technician, cocktail waitress, medical secretary, and dinner theatre actress, to name just a few.

Connie lives in Los Angeles with her family and a cat named Basil.

You can stalk Connie at:
Connie Archer Mysteries
Connie's Blog


  1. Connie is on my to try list :) I hope to get to her over the holiday!

  2. I really enjoyed the book and definitely need to continue the series.

  3. I have this book out on my shelf, and Im looking forward to reading it! =) Thanks for the review!

  4. It was a flash bang type read, but more of those soothing cozies. Definitely great story and set up for potential books. I loved the setting/location.