A Clue in the Stew

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A Clue in the Stew

A Soup Lover's Mystery, #5

“A Clue in the Stew” by Connie Archer is a story that reminds one of the joys and challenges of living in a town small enough that everyone knows everyone else. I enjoyed the interaction between those who are faithful friends, and sympathized with the complications and frustrations of trying to find private time. It was frustrating to me that the chapters were so short, with frequently changing points of view, and I thought the challenge of introducing such a large cast of characters made the story flow a bit jerkily, especially with the number of conflicts being described. I enjoyed the multiple red herrings provided but I feel that some of them are a bit too contrived, so that the resolution of some of them seemed unrealistic to me. Despite this, I definitely wanted some soup by the time I was done and I appreciate the variety of recipes that are provided at the end of the story. I think this story will appeal to cozy mystery fans in search of a light afternoon read to savor with a warm drink and a delicious bowl of soup.

This cozy mystery is part of the ‘Soup Lover’s Mystery’ series and depicts the adventures that take place when the village of Snowflake has the opportunity to host Hilary Stone, a famous author, who is not only doing a well-publicized book signing, but plans to move there as well. The woman and her entourage not only disrupt the lives of the residents, but Lucky Jamieson and her friends must join together and find a way to keep each other safe and solve the series of mysteries that threaten to disrupt their lives…maybe permanently.

Book Blurb for A Clue in the Stew

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...

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2016 3.75