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Meg is baaaaack! by Connie Archer

A Clue In The StewThat’s right. You heard it here first. I AM BACK! And this time my author actually listened to my complaints. And no, Connie Archer, I wasn’t whining. I had valid complaints. I mean, do you blame me?

Look at my life! It’s just not fair. Everybody at the By the Spoonful Soup Shop knows I have . . . had . . . a very bad crush on Sage DuBois, the chef at the Spoonful. I mean, who wouldn’t? He’s handsome, he’s sweet, he has gorgeous eyes and of course, he’s taken. Just my luck! But frankly, I thought my author wrote way too much about my blushing and taking off my glasses when Sage was around. Really! Did she have to describe my embarrassment so well?

And now that Janie, the other waitress at the restaurant, went off to nursing school after A Roux of Revenge, I have to do all the work myself. Well Lucky and Sage are always there, and Jack. And Sophie helps out sometimes. But one waitress for all our customers is just not enough. I’ve told Lucky I need help and I’ve warned her. I’m not gonna put up with it anymore. Sigh. I know she’s tried to hire someone but she hasn’t had any luck. I’m not gonna let her off the hook though. She needs to try harder.

I can’t wait till you read A Clue in the Stew. Thanks to a wonderful woman named Elise Varey who gave me a name, I finally have a last name! It’s ‘Findly’ and I like it. I think it suits me. Did my author come up with a last name for me???? Noooooo she didn’t! It was a complete stranger. You can see why I’m so cranky and disgruntled.

And this time, in A Clue in the Stew, they all thought they were gonna ignore me, sideline me, treat me as if I’m not important, just because I’m a waitress. But I’m gonna show them. When that famous mystery writer comes to town, I’ll be the only one who’s actually read her book. I have more knowledge in my pinky finger about solving murders than the whole bunch of them.

I spotted them through the window of the Spoonful one night. There they were, chatting and plotting and not even thinking about inviting me in to solve the crime. Just wait till April 5th! I’ll have a very nice role to play in A Clue in the Stew.

And now I suppose I’ll have to forgive my negligent author. Hmph! We’ll see . . .


A Clue in the Stew is the fifth book in the Soup Lover’s mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime, April 2016.

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. . .

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About the author
Connie Archer is the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. A Clue in the Stew is the fifth book in the series. You can find her excerpts and recipes in both The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. Visit Connie at conniearchermysteries.com, on @SnowflakeVT and on Facebook.

Writing as Connie di Marco she is also the author of the upcoming Zodiac Mystery series from Midnight Ink featuring San Francisco astrologer, Julia Bonatti. The Madness of Mercury, first in the series, will be released on June 8, 2016. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. You can visit her at her website: www.conniedimarco.com, or Facebook.com and Twitter: @askzodia.

Giveaway: Leave comment below for your chance to win a print copy of A Clue in the Stew. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end April 20, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

My Musing ~ Ladle to the Grave by Connie Archer

Ladle to the GraveLadle to the Grave by Connie Archer is the fourth book in the “Soup Lover’s” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, March 2015

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.

This was a fun read in a fast-paced light-hearted whodunit that had everything imaginable in a story full of hopes and dreams and resolutions. Lucky is very determined to help prove that her grandfather had nothing to do with the dead woman; meanwhile she’s on the case when her BFF finds a dead body on her land and secrets are uncovered with surprising results. I like the tone and the way the story moved from scene to scene pulling me further into the drama as the pieces fell into place. The author did a very good job in setting this tale up and I enjoyed the interactions between Lucky and her friends, especially her grandfather. The was a delight to read and I can’t wait to see what happens next in Snowflake, Vermont.

Reminiscing With Martha Jamieson by Connie Archer

Ladle to the GraveMy name is Martha Jamieson. You’ve probably heard a lot about me in the Soup Lover’s Mystery series. I’m Lucky Jamieson’s mother and I used to be the owner of the By the Spoonful Soup Shop. Lucky runs the restaurant now and happily, she’s made sure our fantastic chef, Sage DuBois, has stayed on.

My husband Louis and I were so disappointed when Lucky decided to go to college in Madison, Wisconsin. Oh, don’t get me wrong. We were happy for her, happy to see her spreading her wings but I cried a lot when she left. I knew I certainly wouldn’t be able to see her very often, much less every day. Maybe I’d get to see her and hug her a few times a year when she had a break from school.

See, I always knew Lucky was impatient to leave Snowflake. She loved us – me and her dad – but I think she was afraid she’d feel stifled if she didn’t head for a bigger city and a more adventurous life. It was all I could do to beg her not to leave but in the end I let her go. I had to. It’s not good to keep your children tied to your apron strings.

CupSo life went on in Snowflake, Vermont at the By the Spoonful Soup Shop pretty much as usual for the next several years. But in spite of all my friends, I still felt lonely. Lucky finally graduated and I was hoping against hope she’d decide to come back to the village. But she didn’t. She stayed on in Madison for a number of years. She wasn’t ready to come home. I’m not really sure what she hoped to achieve there but again, I had to let it go. It’s the hardest thing in the world for a parent, believe me.

I really missed her and there were things going on in town that I was very suspicious of. She wasn’t here to share Townmy worries. I hope I’m wrong, but I’ve noticed there’s something very strange at the restaurant. There’s an older couple who’ve come to town with their grandson. And there’s something about them that’s not quite right. I don’t really know what to do about it. I have my suspicions but I can’t possibly prove anything.

TracksI’ve taken some photos and I’ve marked them with the date. I just wish I could show these to Lucky now. She’d know what to do. Something tells me I should hang on to them. They’re not very good pictures but maybe if Lucky comes back some day they’ll help her solve the mystery in Ladle to the Grave.

Who knows . . . maybe I won’t be here myself by then. If I’m not, I hope Lucky finds these and figures out who these people really are.


You can read more about Martha in Ladle to the Grave, the fourth book in the “Soup Lover’s” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. Other books in the series are A Spoonful of Murder, A Broth of Betrayal and A Roux of Revenge.

Ladle to the Grave
A local woman is poisoned at a pagan ritual in the woods and Lucky Jamieson’s grandfather Jack, who provided the herbs for the gathering, is suspected of making a terrible mistake. But when a dead man is found floating in a creek just outside of town, his face unrecognizable, Lucky is certain both deaths are murder. Can she find the connection and clear her grandfather’s name before more victims fall prey to a killer?

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About the author
Connie Archer is the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. A Spoonful of Murder, A Broth of Betrayal and A Roux of Revenge are set in the imaginary village of Snowflake, Vermont. The fourth book in the series, Ladle to the Grave, has just been released. You can visit her website and blog at conniearchermysteries.com, Facebook and Twitter @SnowflakeVT.

A Roux of Revenge by Connie Archer

A Roux of RevengeA Roux of Revenge by Connie Archer is the third book in the “Soup Lover’s” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, April 2014

STIRRING UP TROUBLE

Snowflake, Vermont, is known for its skiing in winter—and its soup all year round, thanks to Lucky Jamieson’s By the Spoonful. Autumn brings golden leaves, pumpkin rice soup, the annual Harvest Festival…and murder.

Lucky’s soup shop is busier than usual this October, with groups of itinerant travelers in town to work the Harvest Festival. One newcomer seems to take a particular interest in Lucky’s young waitress, Janie, spying on her from across the street. Is the stranger stalking Janie?

After an unidentified man is found murdered in a van by the side of the road, simmering suspicions about the travelers are brought to a boil. But when Janie is put in harm’s way, Lucky must join forces with the travelers to turn up the heat on a killer.

This was a good read from beginning to end. The mystery kept me glued to the pages and the writing style had an easy flow that made it hard to put down. In this character-driven series, I read the book more for the interpersonal relationships between the characters with the mystery as a side dish yet to be served. New England as a backdrop makes perfect sense and caters to the “home-style” feel that takes place in this light whodunit. With how this book closed, I can’t wait to see what happens next in this delightfully charming series.

A Few Words From Meg by Connie Archer

A Roux of RevengeHi . . . I’m Meg. I’d tell you my last name except I DON’T HAVE ONE! At least not yet. I guess you can tell I’m more than a little miffed. You see, everybody in Snowflake has a last name. Lucky’s is Jamieson. Janie, the other waitress at the Soup Shop, is Janie Leonard. Elizabeth is Elizabeth Dove. Even Marjorie and Cecily have a last name – it’s Winters. I don’t know what my author was thinking, but she wasn’t think ing about ME when she neglected to give me one.

I’ve been described as short and plump, with a round face and glasses. Makes me sound like a geek, doesn’t it? And my author has blabbed about my terrible crush on Sage DuBois, the chef at the Spoonful. She can’t seem to keep her mouth shut about anything, that one. Sage is SO handsome though! Of course, my crush is going nowhere. He’s seeing the gorgeous Sophie Colgan . . . hate her! And I heard they might even be getting married, so it’s a no hope situation.

Anyway, I’m putting my foot down. I really need some attention here. Fortunately, my author has listened. RestaurantShe’s giving me some nice little scenes in the fifth book of the series which won’t be out for quite a while, but I can wait. Unfortunately, she’s still having trouble coming up with a last name for me. Can you believe that??? I’ve suggested a few, but they haven’t appealed to her.

So – here’s the deal. My author, Connie Archer, has agreed to seriously consider any suggestions for a last name for me. It’s a contest. If anyone out there in cyberspace who’s a fan of the Soup Lover’s mystery series, or even if you’ve just heard about all of us in Snowflake, Vermont, please, please suggest a last name for me. Please?

If the name you suggest is chosen, you will receive a copy of your choice of one of the three books (so far) in the Soup Lover’s mystery series, and a grateful acknowledgment in the fourth book of the series. Naming contest ends April 11, 2014.

Please?


You can read more about Meg in A Roux of Revenge, the third book in the “Soup Lover’s” mystery series. The first book in the series is A Spoonful of Murder. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

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Meet the author
Connie Archer is the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. A Spoonful of Murder, A Broth of Betrayal and A Roux of Revenge are set in the imaginary village of Snowflake, Vermont. The fourth book in the series will be released in April 2015.

Connie was born and raised in New England. She now lives on the other coast.

Visit her website and blog at www.Connie.Archer.3.com; on Facebook or Twitter


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An Interview with Jack Jamieson by Connie Archer

A Broth of BetrayalI don’t know why you’d wanna talk to me — I’m not very interesting . . . it’s my granddaughter Lucky you wanna talk to – she’s the star of the show . . . well, she’s the star of my life in any case.

I’m Jack Jamieson and I live in Snowflake, Vermont. I’m retired now, but I spent most of my life in the Navy. I was just a kid when I signed up and WWII was on then, so you can imagine what happened to me. I ended up in the Pacific. Even now, it’s hard to talk about. Sometimes . . . well, sometimes I have some pretty bad spells. When one of ‘em comes over me, I’m back in that boat pullin’ screaming men and bodies out of the ocean, trying to save ‘em from the sharks. Can’t help the spells though. I try but the sight of blood always sets me off.

I guess I picked the Navy for a career because Vermont’s the only state in New England without a seacoast. And the ocean called my name. I wanted to go out to sea and travel the world. I guess that’s why I did it. But I have no complaints. I was one of the lucky ones, I survived and now I’m real glad to be back in Vermont. If I never see the ocean again, it’s just fine with me. These days I help my granddaughter run the By the Spoonful Soup Shop. She could probably do just fine without me, but she keeps telling me she needs me there, so I keep showin’ up.

After all those years in the Navy, I tell time by the bells. It’s the only way I can think of the hours of the day goin’ by. Most people have a hard time gettin’ it, but not Lucky. I taught her pretty good when she was young and now she’s just about the only one who can understand what I’m talkin’ about when I say it’s three bells. She knows exactly what I mean.

Our town, Snowflake, is pretty quiet most of the time. But since Lucky returned . . . wait, I gotta go back a bit. You see, Lucky went off to school in Wisconsin and when my son and his wife, Lucky’s parents, were killed in that damn car accident . . . that’s another thing that’s pretty hard to talk about. Anyway, when that happened, Lucky decided to come home and take over the restaurant, keepin’ me a useful old man I guess.

Most days, I get there early. Sage, our chef, is the first one in and he’s always in the kitchen cookin’ up his soups. They’re great. You’ve gotta stop in and have a bowl. You’ll fall in love with the Spoonful if you do. I take care of the cash register and help out any other way I can – whatever’s needed.

As I was sayin,’ our town’s pretty quiet, but some strange things have happened recently. Last winter, that tourist was murdered and they found her behind the Spoonful. That was a pretty rough time. Sage got arrested, but Lucky . . . she’s so smart, she wasn’t gonna take that. She made it her business to find out who the real murderer was.

And now, it looks like it’s startin’ up all over again. It was when they found that skeleton they think is real old, maybe more than 200 years old. Can you believe that? And they’re pretty sure he’s a Revolutionary War soldier – of all things! Pretty interesting but I knew then it was a bad omen. I knew it was a signal that other things were comin’ down the pike. I just hope I can help Lucky sort it out in our second book, A Broth of Betrayal.

A Broth of Betrayal
Snowflake, Vermont is an old town with roots as deep as the earliest days of the American colonies. And, like any other place on earth, it has its secrets, secrets that have lain buried for years, even centuries, until they erupt . . . in murder. Two men fall victim to a murderer and a woman disappears. Lucky Jamieson, the owner of the By the Spoonful Soup Shop is convinced the missing woman is the key to the mystery, but can Lucky find her before the town discovers another victim?


Thanks to Penguin, I have one (1) copy of A BROTH OF BETRAYAL to give away. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. The book will be shipped directly from the publisher. Contest ends April 5; US entries only per publisher’s request.


Meet the author
Connie Archer is the national bestselling author of A Spoonful of Murder, the first in the Soup Lover’s mystery series set in Vermont from Berkley Prime Crime. A Broth of Betrayal was released on April 2, 2013. Connie was born and raised in New England and now lives on the other coast.

Visit her website and blog at www.conniearchermysteries.com. Connie can also be found on Facebook or Twitter.

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

A Spoonful of Murder by Connie Archer

A Spoonful of Murder by Connie Archer is the first book in the new “Soup Lover’s” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, August 2012

Winter is big business in small-town Snowflake, Vermont. Tourists arrive to hit the ski slopes–and what could be more satisfying after a chilly day of carving powder than a steaming bowl of soup?

When Lucky Jamieson inherits her parents’ soup shop, By the Spoonful, she realizes it’s time to take stock of her life. Should she sell her parents’ house or move in herself? Does she really want to run a restaurant business? And what about her grandfather Jack, who seems to be showing signs of Alzheimer’s?

But her life decisions are moved to the back burner after an icy blonde tourist is found frozen to death behind the soup shop. And Lucky is bowled over when her soup chef, Sage DuBois, is led out of the kitchen by the police. As suspicion and speculations snowball, Lucky decides that the only way to save her employee and her business is to find out herself who iced the tourist–and landed her chef in the soup.

Coming back to Snowflake and keeping her parent’s business operational was top of mind until a dead boy is found in the back alley. When her chef is arrested, believing in his innocence and trying to keep her business afloat, Lucky seeks clues to find the real killer. I like this book. The writing was comfortable as was the tone of this endearing drama. The mystery was good and every time I thought I knew the identity of the killer, the author changed directions and caught me by surprise when the killer was revealed. Lucky is a great character who is surrounded by a wonderful supporting cast which includes her grandfather Jack, a friendly doctor and patrons who dine at her soup shop. This is a terrific read and I hope we get to see more of Lucky and her friends for a long time in this charmingly enjoyable debut with a bonus of delectable recipes.

Meet Lucky Jamieson by Connie Archer

Ten years ago, Lucky Jamieson left Snowflake, Vermont to attend college in Madison. She wanted to escape her small town roots and redefine herself. After graduation, she stayed on in Madison working at a series of dead end jobs, not at all sure where her life was headed. One day she receives a call and learns that her parents, Martha and Louis Jamieson, have been killed in a car accident on an icy road. She is devastated and wishes she had returned home sooner to spend precious time with her family.

Within a few days, Lucky decides that Snowflake is the place she wants to be. She wraps up her life in Madison and returns home where she has inherited her parents’ business — the By the Spoonful Soup Shop. As problems mount, she’s not at all sure she’s made the right decision but must forge ahead. Even when the fear of failure overwhelms her, the fate of her parents’ restaurant, beloved by the town, rests on her shoulders.

Snowflake has been hit hard by a sinking economy and Lucky learns the restaurant doesn’t have the reserves it needs to survive another blow. To make matters worse, her grandfather Jack, the only family she has now, is suffering from failing health. Jack has episodes of dementia and Lucky fears the worst. Jack has been doing his best to keep the business afloat in hopes that Lucky will decide to stay and make a go of the Spoonful. But when the body of a winter tourist is found frozen in the snow behind the restaurant, and their talented chef, a man who had a past history with the murdered woman, is arrested, the Spoonful’s business grinds to a halt.

Lucky Jamieson must do everything she can to clear her chef’s name before her business spirals into bankruptcy. Can she uncover the real murderer before it’s too late? Or will the clues lead her directly to the man she loves?


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Meet the author
Connie Archer is the author of A Spoonful of Murder, the first in a new “Soup Lover’s” series from Berkley Prime Crime. Connie was born and grew up in Boston, and has traveled throughout New England. Writing a series set in Vermont has been like a visit home to idyllic small towns and country roads. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.

You can visit her at www.conniearchermysteries.com, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.