Ladle to the Grave
(A Soup Lover’s Mystery)
4th in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (March 3, 2015)
E-Book ASIN: B00LMGLY7E
By the Spoonful is Snowflake, Vermont’s most popular soup shop, but owner Lucky Jamieson doesn’t have any time to enjoy her success—she’s too busy trying to keep a lid on false accusations against her loved ones…
It’s almost May, and some of the local ladies have organized a pagan celebration in the woods to welcome spring. But the evening goes terribly wrong when one of the attendees winds up dead, apparently poisoned by an herbal concoction prepared by Lucky’s grandfather, Jack.
Lucky’s sure her grandfather could not have made such a tragic mistake. But before she can clear him of suspicion, her best friend, Sophie, is diverted from planning her wedding to By the Spoonful chef Sage DuBois when she finds a dead man floating in the creek on her property. Now it’s up to Lucky to get both Sophie and Jack out of hot water before a killer stirs up more trouble…
Review: I discovered this series last year with A Roux To Revenge, but don't worry if you haven't read that or the other books in the series, this is a cozy series you can jump into. Sort of test the waters to see if you like it, or the soup, in this case.
I love cozies that have recipes, and this is one of them.
There are two storylines going on in this story. There's the first death, of Agnes, that pulls Lucky's grandfather into the whole mystery, as the plants he picked could possibly have caused her death.
Jack is such a wonderful character and his PTSD will break you heart. You really want to shake anyone that thinks he would be capable of harming someone or incorrectly picking the wrong plants.
Then there's the discovery of the body by Sophie's mother's home.
Sophie's story seems to take over the main plotline, but really the two intertwine and make for a really fascinating mystery. I loved learning more about Sophie and her family, even though her brother Rick was a bit frustrating.
I also love how her wedding was becoming a whole town affair. Her friendship with Lucky is the kind we all wish we had. Lucky was such a good friend, who would do anything for her bff.
This was really a gripping cozy and I can't wait to try the Chicken pot pie soup!
Rating: 5 flowers
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