Ladle to the Grave by Connie Archer – Spotlight and Giveaway

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Connie will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

MediaKit_BookCover_LadleToTheGraveBy 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…

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Enjoy an excerpt:

One woman stepped forward and doused her candle on the stone altar. She grasped the bowl in both hands. Cordelia paused, about to speak, but before she could utter a word, the woman drank the brew in its entirety. Cordelia stared at her, then filled the bowl again as a second woman stepped forward.

A strangled sound came from the lips of the first woman to drink. She gasped, clutching her throat. Her eyes grew large in panic as she tried to speak. Her chest heaved with the effort to breathe. She dropped to the ground as her legs crumpled beneath her. The others watched helplessly as the woman lay before them, retching and gasping for air.

“Agnes,” Emily cried out.

“What’s wrong?” Cecily asked.

Someone replied in alarm. “She can’t breathe. Help her!”

“Let me through. I know CPR,” Emily Rathbone pushed the women aside. They stepped back and stared as Agnes continued to gasp. Emily struggled to lift Agnes’s head and open her jaw while Agnes writhed violently.

“Help me hold her.” Emily shouted. Two of the women knelt. One held Agnes’s arms and the other, her legs. Emily tilted Agnes’s head and checked her throat. “There’s nothing there. Nothing’s interfering with her breathing. Maybe it’s an allergic reaction.” She deftly rolled Agnes to her side. Agnes’s head fell forward, her movements still violent. She retched again and whispered, “help me.” Then her body went limp.

Complete stillness filled the clearing. No one spoke. Someone finally whispered, “Is she breathing?”

Emily felt for a pulse while the women watched in silence. She looked up at their concerned faces. “Agnes is gone.”

About the Author:MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_LadleToTheGraveConnie Archer is the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series from Penguin Random House (Berkley Prime Crime). A Spoonful of Murder, A Broth of Betrayal, A Roux of Revenge and Ladle to the Grave are set in the imaginary village of Snowflake, Vermont. A Clue in the Stew will be released in April 2016. Connie was born and raised in New England and now lives on the other coast.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

    • Hi Mai – I’ve tried to write early in the morning, but somehow night @ 9 PM seems to work best for me. I feel I can leave all the pressures of the day behind and I write until the words start to blur before my eyes. It’s the opposite of most writers. I wish I could get my brain to work at 5 AM, but so far no luck. Thanks for stopping by today!

  3. Thanks for sharing. What books do you want to write but cannot as yet?

    • Hi Debra – I’m working on a totally different story right now, one that’s set in Los Angeles. It’s slow going starting a new project but I’m managing to plow ahead. I have a new series coming out in June from Midnight Ink. Julia Bonatti is a San Francisco astrologer whose clients involve her in murder and crime. This series is written as Connie di Marco and the first book is titled The Madness of Mercury. I’m really looking forward to its release! Glad you could visit today!

  4. ‘Ladle to the Grave’ sounds like a great murder mystery! Loved the excerpt!

    • Oh, thank you, Anne. So glad you enjoyed it! I had a lot of fun writing about the village ladies in the woods at midnight. Oh, I see you had a new comment. I’ll reply to the next one.

  5. A soup shop setting is a novel one for me. Was there are a real life inspiration?

    • The soup shop was a wonderful spot for people to stop in and chat and hang out. From the point of view of writing the story, it made it very easy to drop clues, advance the plot, share gossip and generally move the story along. I grew up in New England and small towns there are pretty much like small towns all over the country. There’s always one place where people seem to like to come together. And in a cold climate, there’s nothing like soups and stews for comfort food! Thanks for visiting today!

      • I can see I wasn’t quite awake when I commented yesterday with the separate comments and the weird sentence (there/are). Not that there aren’t glitches between my thoughts and what actually gets typed at any time.

        I have a friend who will be Christmasing in Maine this year and I’m sure she would really benefit if there was a real By the Spoonful in the town she’s going to.

  6. Linda Romer says:

    Ladle to the Grave sounds like a fun mystery. I would enjoy reading this book. Thank you ♡

  7. Becky Richardson says:

    What books do you enjoy?

    • Hi Becky – My reading tastes are more along darker lines and I try to read all the books I can, especially favorite authors. Right now, by the side of the bed, is The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid. I became familiar with her books through the Wire in the Blood series on PBS. She’s a fabulous crime writer and I want to be her when I grow up! I also like to browse small bookstores and look for an author I’ve never heard of. I discovered Zoe Ferraris’s Saudi Arabia series that way. Those three books are wonderful! To be honest every shelf in my house is overflowing! Just wish I had more time to read. So glad you could visit today, thank you!

  8. kim amundsen says:

    Sounds like a good read.

    • Looks like my reply didn’t go through, Kim. Sorry about that! I really enjoyed writing Ladle, it has a more complicated plot and a real twist at the end, but fortunately my editor loved it. Best of luck in the giveaway. I I hope you get to read it soon!

  9. Perfect weather today for some soup. I’ll take it without the murder though, leave that to fiction. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. Looking forward to reading this book!

  11. Eva Millien says:

    Sounds like an exciting read, thanks for sharing and Good Luck with the tour!

  12. Lisa Brown says:

    Looks fantastic, thanks for the chance 🙂

  13. Sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

  14. Hi Victoria – I hope you get to visit Snowflake, VT soon! Good luck!

  15. New book for my TBR list!

  16. A great big thank you to Long and Short Reviews for hosting me and to Goddess Fish too – good luck everyone!

  17. I enjoyed the entire post. Thank you for sharing it!

  18. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you!

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