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.
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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.
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.
Visit her website at http://www.conniearchermysteries.com
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