5++ stars for The Fog Ladies: In the Soup by @SMcCormickBooks #cozymystery #cozy #bookreview
Title: The Fog Ladies: In the Soup
Author: Susan McCormick
Genre: Cozy Mystery
“There was a man in the soup.” When the Fog Ladies volunteer at a local San Francisco soup kitchen, these spunky elderly friends plus one overworked young doctor-in-training envision washing and chopping and serving. Not murder. Now the soup kitchen is doomed, and the mysteries have just begun. Was the death rooted in a long-ago grudge? Can they save the soup kitchen? Will they find the killer? Could the Fog Ladies, too, end up “in the soup”?
The Fog Ladies are back on the case and this time a chef is found floating in the soup kettle of a soup kitchen. When a group of elderly friends, known as the Fog Ladies, volunteer at a soup kitchen, they had no idea what will transpire. William runs the soup kitchen, and he announces his plan to win the largest soup competition. The prize money will go a long way to helping the soup kitchen feed people in need. The ladies agree to help chop and prep but soon discover murder is the secret ingredient in William's soup. But who offed the celebrated chef? Is it his ex-partner William? His ex-wife? Someone else? The Fog Ladies and Sarah aren't sure but they're on the hunt. They've got to nab the killer, save the soup kitchen from being shut down, all before the killer silences them forever.
The Fog Ladies: In the Soup is one of the best cozy mysteries I've read. Culinary cozies are one of my favorite tropes and while this book isn't technically a culinary cozy, it does blend culinary and cozy with ease. From the first page to the last, the Fog Ladies dominate the story. Their personalities are so quirky, so original, they are the reason why I adored this mystery. Taken out of their normalcy, they volunteer at a soup kitchen and interact with those less fortunate. What a fantastic premise for a cozy. The descriptive narration is on-point and you'll be transported to San Francisco. The mystery itself is a definite whodunit with plenty of suspects. At one point, I stayed up late to find out who the killer was and why. It surprised me when it was revealed, so kudos to Susan McCormick on a well-written mystery. This is book three in the series, yet it can be read as a standalone. Cozy readers, look out for these spry senior ladies. The Fog Ladies: In the Soup is a delightful cozy mystery and one I highly recommend!
My Rating: 5++ stars
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Susan McCormick is an award-winning writer and doctor who lives in Seattle. She graduated from Smith College and George Washington University School of Medicine, with additional medical training in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, where she lived in an elegant apartment building much like the one in the book. Susan served as a doctor in the U.S. Army for nine years before moving to the Pacific Northwest and civilian practice. In addition to the Fog Ladies series, she also wrote Granny Can’t Remember Me, a lighthearted picture book about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and The Antidote, a timely middle grade and up medical/STEM fantasy. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two sons. She loves giant dogs and has loved an English mastiff, Earl, and two Newfoundlands, Edward and Albert.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N