I have a real passion for foodie cozies. Since I also happen know so many fabulous authors the setting for this part of the Soup Lovers Mystery series was perfect. A Clue in the Stew (Soup Lover's Mystery #5) by Connie Archer, was my first taste of the series, see why it won't be my last.
From the back of the book:
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 son and his tipsy wife—give fresh meaning to the phrase, too many cooks spoil the broth.
The evening is more than spoiled, however, when it ends with a homicide. When the manner of the murder—as well as another recent unsolved crime—echoes the author’s fiction, Police Chief Nate Edgerton realizes he has a copycat killer on his hands. And Lucky hopes that one of her regular customers who has mysteriously gone missing isn’t involved. Once again, the soup shop owner will need to stir up some clues to find her friend and catch a cunning killer—before things really take a tureen for the worse.
I was so taken by the quirky characters in this book. I can't wait to go back and start at part one to see how they all developed. This was based in a small town that reminds me of my own small town. Yes there really are still places like this, I live in one, and love the disconnected feeling.
I loved the twists and turns, that kept me guessing. There was a lot of depth and sub-plots mingled in with the main mystery. I will be checking out the other parts and I recommend you do as well. In the back of the book there are delicious recipes - always a plus!
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