Thursday, February 19, 2015
Ladle to the Grave - Blog Tour Review + Giveaway
Ladle to the Grave by Connie Archer
Rating: 4 Star
Source: Blog Tour
Description: When a woman falls dead during a spring celebration in the woods immediately after drinking a glass of an herbal concoction suspicion falls immediately on soup restaurant owner Lucky's grandfather. Lucky's sure her grandfather wasn't responsible but before she has time to learn more she stumbles on a body with her friend Sophie. Now all of a sudden Lucky has more than she can handle with planning Sophie's wedding, solving the murders and keeping her grandfather from being suspected.
Why I Picked This Book: I've been wanting to read Connie Archer's soup series since I first stumbled across it so I couldn't request this one fast enough!
Pro: I loved Lucky and her friends. They were nice, interesting and didn't act like children. The setting is beautiful and I really want a restaurant that specializes in soup nearby! The little glimpses of Lucky's parents were nice and I really enjoyed her relationship with her grandfather. They were close but not right on top of each other. It felt very much like a real relationship. It was nice to get a feel for Sophie and Lucky's childhood and definitely helped me connect with both characters more. I liked that police weren't portrayed as inept and Lucky, while investigating, wasn't going against the orders of police. There were no slow spots or places it felt like the story was dragging and the reveal was a surprise which is pretty rare for me! While I haven't read the first 3 in the series (though I own them) I don't feel like that prevented me from enjoying the story and connecting with the characters.
Con: No major objections. While I enjoyed this book very much and liked Lucky I do prefer the main character to have a real reason for investigating - being a reporter or PI - but I knew going in that Lucky is an amateur detective. Other than that my only con is that it really made me crave soup and yummy bread!
Overall:This was a cup of tea kind of mystery. This is an interesting story, great pacing, nice characters and soup. What more can you want!
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Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely! I'll be pulling the first 3 off my TBR shelf as soon as I can!
Would I Recommend this Book?: Absolutely! This is a really nice cozy mystery!
Challenges Met? New to Me (Author), Reading Road Trip (Vermont), Alphabet Soup (L)