The Fog Ladies: In the Soup
A San Francisco Cozy Murder Mystery
by Susan McCormick
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 04 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2021
The Fog Ladies are back, in the third installment of this endearing cozy murder mystery series.
"There was a man in the soup." When the Fog Ladies volunteer at a 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"?
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Average rating from 5 members
Interesting idea, but so many characters that it can be difficult to keep the fog ladies separated. However, Enid definitely stands out! Also Boris the dog was a hero in the story! Actually there was too much chatter but with this many older ladies the reader would expect much talk!! The story was cute and all the twists and turns kept you guessing about the murderer.
This is a unique mystery there is a group of elderly women who are friends one of them sees that the soup kitchen near her church needs help and she enlists her friends to help. They get involved in the Soup Kitchen and the upcoming soup contest. William who runs the kitchen is helped to fund his entry by Cornelius a famed restauranter. But Cornelius ends up in the soup deader than a bay leaf. The ladies go into high gear and work on solving the mystery and finding out who is the killer. The ladies suffer with the vagaries of aging and their learning to adapt is an interesting sidelight. They may be elderly but they are not to be counted out as methodically the follow clues and identify suspects. There is a plethora of suspects and they must be eliminated one by one before the ladies are eliminated. The killer is unexpected and a surprise. Thanks to NetGalley and Wild Rose Press for allowing me to have an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
There are so many things going for this series, including quirky old ladies, lovable dogs, and great location. McCormick places her Fog Ladies in a soup kitchen where they can serve the community, mingle with interesting characters, and compete in the “Big Pot” competition. Unfortunately, more than chopped vegetables end up in the soup. This is a fun read leading to the discovery of whodunit—and why. There are oh-so-many characters, almost too many to keep straight. Yet, I found myself eager to solve the murder and sympathetic with the ladies, even if I wasn’t sure which one had the dog, the secret, or the boyfriend. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries.
The Fog Ladies decide to volunteer at a soup kitchen but end up doing much more than chopping vegetables for the “Big Pot” competition. William, who runs the kitchen, gets support from famed restaurant owner Cornelius. The two men worked together in the past and Cornelius is determined to bully his way to get what he wants. The Fog Ladies end up finding Cornelius submerged in the huge soup pot and William is arrested for the murder. There are plenty of suspects for the Fog Ladies to investigate including Cornelius' estranged wife Geraldine, his current model girlfriend Belinda, soup kitchen client Cedric and local property owner Melvin. With the help of Cornelius' adorable Newfoundland puppy Boris, the ladies plan to confront the murder suspect in the soup kitchen. This was another enjoyable book in the Fog Ladies mystery series. I received a digital ARC from Netgalley and Wild Rose Press with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and provided this review.