Friday, August 15, 2014

Birthday Celebrations




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I’m sure I don’t have to introduce myself to anyone.  Everybody in town knows who Arnie Hicks is.  I’m pretty quiet most of the year.  I live in my cabin in the woods down by the river and nobody bothers me till they want the odd job done.  The only time I make a big fuss is in August -- that’s my birthday month.  

 So I have a few drinks . . . and sing a few songs . . . so what? 

I don’t know why everybody in the village gets up in arms about it.  Or why Nate Edgerton, Snowflake’s Chief of  Police, treats me like I’m public enemy number one.  I’m just a harmless old guy and once a year I like to celebrate . . . well, okay, maybe I do tie one on.  Tell you the truth . .  I don’t always remember my celebrations but I always remember the morning after.  That’s 'cause I usually wake up in a jail cell at the police station.  Nate says he’s doin’ it for my own good.  Hah!  If he’s so concerned about what’s good for me, he’d leave me alone and let me wish myself a happy birthday.

Some years I’ve been able to hide from Nate when he drives through town looking for me.  Sometimes I get caught.  Last year was a great birthday.  It was the big seven-O and Nate didn’t catch me!  I had a great time!  Everybody in town could hear me singin’ Molly Malone all night, but nobody could find me.  Not until the next morning.  It turned out not so funny though.  I woke up in a dirt pile on a construction site on top of a really old skeleton.  As the kids say, it freaked me out for a little bit.  I even promised myself I’d be better behaved the next year. Gotta tell ‘ya though, my new resolution didn’t last.  

Here it is, August again, and this year I woke up in the cemetery right outside the village.  At least I wasn’t huggin’ a skeleton.  In fact, it was real pretty there, trees and flowers and all.  Nate missed out again.  He didn’t get to throw me in the slammer this year either.  Happy birthday to me!  I’m 71 years young! 



You can read all about the part I played in A Broth of Betrayal.  And I’m hoping to be back in future books too!

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Don't forget to leave a comment here before midnight to win a signed copy of your choice in the Soup Lovers’ Mystery Series.  Good luck and be sure to include your email address so I can notify you!

Connie Archer is the national bestselling author of the Soup Lovers' 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, will be released in April 2015. You can visit Connie at her website and blog, Facebook and Twitter @SnowflakeVT


64 comments:

  1. I have read all three in this series and really enjoyed them all.

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    1. Oh, thanks for writing! And I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed the village! Do you think Arnie should come back for another appearance?

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  2. This series is on my TBR pile. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. You're so welcome ~ and best of luck with the giveaway too!

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  3. Looks like a great cozy mystery.
    xzjh04@ gmail.com

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    1. Hi Kiki ~ There's a bit of a high murder rate in the village, but lots of adventures for everyone!

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  4. I have not as yet read any of the books in this series but I would love to!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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    1. Good luck today! I really hope you get to visit Snowflake, VT! Thanks for joining in.

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    1. Hi Sandy ~ Thanks for visiting today. There are more books to come. Ladle to the Grave will be out next April, with more adventures for Lucky!

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  6. How have I missed this series until now? bobbipad at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Barbara ~ I'm glad you're hearing about the Soup Lovers Mystery series! Best of luck in the giveaway!

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  7. I haven't read any of these books.
    CABWNANA1@bellsouth.net

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    1. Hi Charlotte ~ I hope you get to visit Snowflake, Vermont very soon! Good luck today!

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  8. Looking forward to this one!!!!
    afarage(at)earthlink.net

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    1. Hi Alicia ~ Some very exciting things happen in A Roux of Revenge, next will be Ladle to the Grave. Best of luck!

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  9. Love the title!


    patucker54 at aol dot com

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    1. Hi Pat ~ I love the title too! It just seemed to work well for this book. Thanks for visiting and best of luck today!

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  10. I haven't started this series yet. But I will be doing so soon. grammyd01 (at) Comcast (dot) net

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    1. Oh, I hope so! And I hope you love the village and everyone who lives there. Good luck today!

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  11. Will have to give this series a read.

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    1. Thanks for visiting today! There are lots of stories in Snowflake, Vermont plus recipes! Good luck!

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  12. Snowflake is an exciting place for a small town! And Nate is one interesting character. Can't wait for the next book.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Sally ~ Great to hear from you. I'm excited that Ladle to the Grave will be out in just seven more months! April 2015!

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  13. I really like this series. Read the first three books and recommend them all.
    agavigan@cox.net

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    1. Hi Annette ~ Thanks so much!! I'm happy to report there will be more coming. Ladle to Grave will be out next April! I hope you can come back to visit the village then!

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    2. I will definitely preorder as soon as I can.

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  14. Haven't read but all are on my wishlist!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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    1. Hi Karen ~ Thanks for joining in today. Best of luck in the giveaway and hopefully you'll be visiting Snowflake, VT very soon!

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  15. A delightful series which interests me greatly.Thanks for this feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. So nice to hear from you today and thank you! I'm so glad you like Killer Characters too! Best of luck!

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  16. This series is unique and captivating. Many thanks. best wishes. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting today! There'll be more adventures to come in Snowflake!

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  17. Still haven't read A Broth of Betrayal, but I'm planning on it soon. There are just so many books to read! (I especially love the title of the fourth book. That one sounds like it's going to be great!)

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    1. Thanks, Gabry! I think you'll really like "Broth." There's a very old crime, a couple of murders, a kidnapping, and an ending that I hope will come as a surprise! Good luck today!

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  18. I wonder what spot you'll find to celebrate your birthday next year----and try to evade the police.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Sue ~ I'll have to ask Arnie. I just don't want him to end up in the river . . . hmmm . . . that's an idea! But we don't want him to get hurt either. I'll give it some thought for next summer!

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  19. Sounds like a great series.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hi Rita ~ Thanks for stopping by today! Best of luck in the giveaway!

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  20. Sounds like a fun character. :)

    Pen Mettert
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    1. Hi Pen ~ Arnie's a handful, especially for the Chief of Police. But he only acts up once a year! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  21. I haven't started this series yet, I really need to get started, I've heard so many good things about it. Arnie sounds like a lovable character that I want to learn more about.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Debbie ~ I hope you visit Snowflake and the By the Spoonful Soup Shop soon to meet everyone, everyone important that is, in the village! Best of luck today!

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  22. Anything involving soup is a winner for me. Mom always made it for comfort food and we love soup at our house. Ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. Hi Ronna ~ me too, I love soup! I do make chilled soups in the summer, but love it when the weather gets cold and I can make a big pot of hearty soup!

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  23. Sounds like real fun. These are on my wish list.
    nlb1050@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh, that's great Nancy! Best of luck to you in the giveaway!

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  24. Oh I really want to read this. Thanks for the give away. kphans08@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Kiki ~ Nice to hear from you. Good luck with the giveaway and I hope you get to visit Snowflake again soon!

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    2. I loved A Spoonful of Murder, but somehow I just haven't managed to get my mittens on the second or third books yet. Though I'm sure I'll love both (and the fourth) just as much. Thanks for the giveaway. robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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    3. Hi Meg ~ I think you'd like both a lot, plus the next to be released. "Broth" is pretty exciting, a couple of murders, a kidnapping and an old crime (actually 2 old crimes). Best of luck with the giveaway!

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  25. Now that's how to celebrate!

    cozyupwithkathy at gmail dot com

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    1. No flies on Arnie! It's only once a year he goes crazy, but he has a lot of fun! Good luck today!

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  26. I have added these books to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Raquel36m(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by today, Raquel! Best of luck in the giveaway!

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  27. Oh my goshers. I have not read these yet but I added them to my TBR list. So funny. I cannot wait to hear more about Arnie's adventures!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by today. Arnie does get into a bit of trouble once a year!

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  28. I would love to read this series!
    Lisa
    hseaside5@aim.com

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    1. Hi Lisa ~ I hope you get to visit Snowflake soon! Best of luck!

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  29. Oh Broth of Betrayal! Thanks for the chance to win. Seascapelife@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Lexie ~ You're entered! Best of luck in the giveaway! Thanks for stopping by! Winner to be chosen soon.

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  30. Any of them would be great. Thereadmaster@me.com

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    1. Hi Virginia ~ Catching up with comments. I always wait till midnight for every time zone. I hope you get to visit the village very soon!

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  31. I've yet to start this series, but I hope to soon!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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