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The Soup Lover's Mysteries
by Connie Archer
Greetings from the Vermont Institute for the Criminally Insane
Hah! Just kidding. Sort of. That’s what it used to be called. Of course, it’s just my opinion but there’s a few people in this place who really aren’t playing with a full deck. Problem is, they all work here and get paid for doing so!
I’m Fern. You’ll meet me in A Clue in the Stew. You won’t find me in any of the other Soup Lover’s Mysteries, just this one, but that’s okay because I have a really pivotal role in that book.
Right now, I’m a little distracted because I’m very worried about Dr. Cranleigh. She’s my boss – Dr. Cynthia Cranleigh. She’s a psychiatrist and one of the nicest, most compassionate people I’ve ever met. If it weren’t for Dr. Cynthia, I would have quit or retired a long time ago.
The reason I worry about her and try to keep tabs on her is that she gets too involved with her patients. She carries their worries around. I can see it on her face. Right now, she has a patient that I know she’s concerned about. The poor woman doesn’t have a lot of resources and I think she’s had a hard life. Dr. Cynthia spends a lot of time with her and I suspect, doesn’t charge her much at all. Maybe nothing. That’s the kind of person Dr. Cranleigh is.
This mysterious woman comes to see her in the evenings once a week. I’m not here when she comes so I don’t get to pick up much information. But the next day when I file Dr. Cranleigh’s notes away, I make sure I read them very thoroughly.
And now Dr. Cranleigh has taken a few days off. She wouldn’t tell me where she was going. And I can’t help but think it has something to do with this particular patient. I haven’t heard from her and I’m getting more and more worried. I wish she’d call and let me know she’s all right. I sit by the phone every day hoping to hear from her and praying that she’s not in any trouble.
What do you think? Should I be worried about her?
If you like to learn more about the mysteries and adventures in A Clue in the Stew, you can visit my author, Connie Archer, at her website on Facebook or Twitter @SnowflakeVT.