Saturday, June 29, 2013

Wrongfully Accused



by Sage DuBois from A Spoonful of Murder, the first in the Soup Lover's Mystery Series, by Connie Archer


There was a time, not so long ago that I wouldn’t have even told you that much.  I didn’t want anyone paying much attention to me or poking around in my past.  That’s how I ended up in Snowflake, Vermont.  I grew up rough, had a real tough time as a kid, but I managed to escape, and with a lot of help from good people, and a lot of luck, I trained as a chef – not just any chef, but a top notch, highly-trained one. 
I was riding high then and, like they say, pride comes before a fall.  I went to work for the wrong person – the really wrong person – and it all fell apart.  It took more than a year out of my life.  I ended up with a prison record even though I hadn’t done anything wrong and when it was all over, I couldn’t get back on track.  It was Lucky Jamieson’s parents who threw me a lifeline.  They took a chance on me.  I knew I couldn’t command any kind of fancy salary at the By the Spoonful Soup Shop, but at least I had a job and a chance to rebuild my life. 

Photo © Gwen Roolf
Then it all started to unravel again when the Jamiesons died in that car wreck and their daughter, Lucky, came home to Snowflake.  I was scared.  I was sure she’d fire me or worse yet, close up the restaurant.  I’m ashamed to say now that I wasn’t very nice to her, just got along enough to hang on to my job.  My job!  Well, it’s a lot more than a job.  It’s what I was born to do.  It’s what I love the most.  The Spoonful specializes in soups, but we serve all kinds of dishes -- sandwiches, salads, fresh bakery bread.  I can make a fantastic soup out of just about anything and Lucky, to her credit, didn’t get in my way.  She let me create whatever I wanted. 

Then the unimaginable happened.  The same person who had caused me so much trouble in the past showed up in Snowflake, of all places, and ended up murdered and frozen to death in a snow bank behind my restaurant.  When the cops found out about my past . . . well, they didn’t look any further.  They pinned the crime on me.  I saw everything crashing down around me and as I sat in that jail cell, I pretty much gave up. 
 
It was Lucky who didn’t believe I was guilty.  And I owe her a debt of gratitude I doubt I’ll ever be able to repay.  She never gave up.  She kept turning over stones until the real murderer was unmasked.  You can read all about it the first book of the soup lover’s mystery series – A Spoonful of Murder.  The second book, A Broth of Betrayal, just came out a couple of months ago and there are more to come, but my favorite is the book that’s all about me and my story. 

I hope, if you’re curious about the By the Spoonful Soup Shop, maybe you’ll read A Spoonful of Murder first, and then maybe you’ll understand why I could never leave the Spoonful or Snowflake, Vermont.  


Connie Archer is the national bestselling author of A Spoonful of Murder and A Broth of Betrayal, the soup lover’s mystery series set in Vermont, from Berkley Prime Crime.  


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


Twitter:  @snowflakeVT

Connie will give a book to each of two lucky winners today. To qualify, post a comment below.

44 comments:

  1. I enjoyed "A Spoonful of Murder" and am looking forward to reading "A Broth of Betrayal".

    Thanks for having this giveaway!

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    1. Thank you, Elaine. I hope you enjoy your second visit to Snowflake! The next out is A Roux of Revenge, coming in April 2014.

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  2. I like soups and was pleased when our youngest daughter gave me a recipe for a chicken and dumpling soup which we like. I never was able to make a decent chicken soup before. I was not familiar with this series before so I am thankful to Killer Characters for making me aware of this series. May be there will be soup recipes too.

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    1. Hi Dianne ~ Each book offers several recipes. I hope you get a chance to enjoy them all! Thanks for joining in.

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  3. Nothing beats a nice bowl of soup, especially on a crisp fall or winter day. I've been wanting to read your story-hopefully soon, I will!

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    1. I agree -- soup is SO comforting! Especially in cold weather, and there are chilled soups too for the summer!
      Thanks for joining in.

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  4. Looking forward to reading A Broth of Betrayal. Loved A Spoonful of Murder. Yummy ;)

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    1. Thanks so much! I hope you love your next visit to Snowflake, Vermont. Thanks for joining in!

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  5. I love soup, my favorite would have to be tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich, it hits the spot every time. It's great that soup helped inspire you to write these books. Thanks for the giveaway !!! Hope to win. Looking forward to reading both books.

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    1. Actually a tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich figure heavily in the plot of A Spoonful of Murder. Soups are my absolute favorite too!

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  6. Looking for a new series to add to the summer reading list and I just found it. Can't wait to get started. Thanks for the give-away.

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    1. Oh, you're so welcome, Ronda! I hope you love the murder and mayhem in Snowflake, Vermont. Thanks for joining in!

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  7. I love soup and homemade bread. You have my attention.

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    1. Hi Libby ~ Lots and lots of soups, and sandwiches and salads in these books! Thanks for chiming in! Best of luck.

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  8. I will have to see if the library has this series.

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    1. Hi Maureen ~ I have done several library panels, but am not sure which libraries might be carrying this series. I wish I knew, and will try to find out.
      Thanks so much for joining in and best of luck!

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  9. Great story, great series, and I even had some soup for lunch today despite how hot it is here in Southern California!

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    1. Hi Linda ~ you're a brave soul! I too love soup no matter the weather! Thanks for joining in.

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  10. I love soup, ( and cozies about food )..this book sounds very interesting! =)
    Im adding it to my "to be read" list.

    Thanks for the chance to win it!

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    1. Hi Melissa ~ Thanks for joining in! I hope you love your visit to Snowflake, Vermont!

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  11. Like soup. Interesting series

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for joining in! And if you love soup, plenty of recipes too!

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  12. Love soup series sounds perfect for me lomazowr@gmail.com

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    1. I think you'll really like the recipes in this series. I love soup too! Thanks so much for joining in, Rhonda.

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  13. Thank you for the chance to win this book. It looks like a fun series and I would love the recipes.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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    1. Best of luck, Angela ~ lots of good recipes in these and lots of interesting characters too!

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  14. I love soups and wish there was a dedicated soup retaurant in my area! Looking forward to trying your book. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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    1. Thanks for joining in! You'll definitely enjoy the By the Spoonful Soup Shop in Snowflake, Vermont!

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  15. A SPOONFUL OF MURDER is in my TBR stack. The cover makes me hungry for some good soup. Chicken soup is my favorite, but I had some yummy crab bisque today.

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    1. Hi Lisa ~ I think you'll enjoy lots of recipes in this series! I haven't offered a crab bisque as yet, but I'll definitely think about that one! All the best!

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  16. I have never heard of you or your books, but my other favorite authors have led me to you, and now I am CURIOUS to read your stories!! The list is being made.....! Looks like a fun, enjoyable, pleasant read.....

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    1. Thank you, Sue Ann ~ Hope you really enjoy your visit to the By the Spoonful Soup Shop and all the local denizens of Snowflake, Vermont! Thanks for joining in!

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  17. What a great idea --- A Soup shop & a great location for one -- Vermont. I am so glad you were on Killer Characters as I've not heard of your mysteries!
    Thank for the chance to win a free one --- for a good start with a new mystery series. Both A Spoonful of Murder & sequel, Broth of Betrayal. If Lucky makes a chicken tortilla soup - I'm there!

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    1. Hi Linda ~ You know, chicken tortilla is absolutely my favorite soup too! I haven't offered that one as yet, but I really should. I'll take your idea to heart. There are lots of other great recipes - I've tried to offer a wide range that would appeal to a lot of people, but I'm definitely partial to tomato based soups. Hope you love Snowflake, Vermont!

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  18. I'm looking forward to reading both of these books. I wish there was a soup shop near here.

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    1. Hi Mary ~ hope you visit the soup shop in Snowflake soon! All the best.

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  19. Wow this looks like a geat cozy mystery. I love soup. Can't wait to read this book. Thanks for great giveaway.

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    1. Hi Kiki - Best of luck and thanks for joining in!

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  20. I love soup too, in fact I have been having it every day lately! Would to read this cozy!!!


    CaroLNWOng(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Carol. Hope you enjoy the By the Spoonful Soup Shop!
      All the best ~

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  21. This is a new series for me! Sounds great!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  22. That is hard, being accused wrongfully twice. And I think somehow a relief that the bad guy or girl was killed after causing you so much trouble in the first place.
    But I can understand your loyalty, and I would love to come to dinner in your restaurant.

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  23. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you get to love all the denizens of Snowfflake!

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  24. A soup shop is a terrific idea--I wish we had one here, especially in the cold winter. Food and cozy mysteries just seem to go together. I'd like to read this book.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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