Wednesday, January 6, 2016

LADLE TO THE GRAVE BY CONNIE ARCHER - BLURB BLITZ & REVIEW + GIVEAWAY


Ladle to the Grave
by Connie Archer


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GENRE: Mystery


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BLURB:


By 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…


Recipes included!






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EXCERPT


When Lucky reached Jack’s front porch, she was dismayed to see the windows dark.  She heard thumps and banging and Jack’s voice crying out. He was inside, somewhere in the dark.


Jack knew it was happening again. He couldn’t block out the screams. The boat was rising and falling in the sea. The water was purple with blood.  A hand reached up from the dark waters. Jack grasped it and held on with all his strength. Then a quick glimpse of a shark’s fin, and the man was gone. He was holding a disembodied arm. All around him were the cries of men being torn to pieces. Jack sobbed. He couldn’t help them, no matter how quick he was, no matter how strong. He wasn’t fast enough to save them.


Lucky pushed the door open and called Jack’s name.  His moans were louder now.  He had barricaded himself in the bathroom in an effort to control the memories. The sound of shattering glass came from within.  She hurried to the kitchen and grabbed a small knife from the wooden block next to the stove.  Just as she slid the edge of the blade into the doorframe, a heavy thud hit the door and Lucky fell back in shock, the knife falling from her hands. Her heart was racing. She pushed the knife into the doorjamb again and finally the lock released.


Jack was slumped on the floor in a small pool of blood.  Broken glass was everywhere.  He was lost in his nightmare.  


“It’s okay now, Jack.  You’re home.  You’re safe.”


He looked into her eyes, confused. “Lucky?”


“You had a spell, but you’re okay now.”


Tears spilled down Jack’s face. “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.”


“Nothing to be sorry about. Everything’s going to be all right now.” She prayed her words would make it true.



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MY REVIEW
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ladle To The Grave is a fabulous cozy mystery.
With a dead body and the suspicion on one of her loved one, Lucky is back!!
Here we are again on Snowflake, with another case for our main character, but this one is too close to home. Is going Lucky to solve this case and save her grandfather?
Connie Archer, as usual, has another hit on Her hands The plot is fast paced, full of twists and turns, with extremely likeable and loveable characters and other not so much. Excellent written, with great dialogues, this mystery will keep you turning pages and guessing who's guilty.
Highly Recommended for lovers of the genre.

*I Received a Free copy in exchange for an Honest Review*


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:



Connie 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.  You can visit her at www.ConnieArcherMysteries.com, Facebook.com/ConnieArcherMysteries and Twitter @SnowflakeVT.






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GIVEAWAY
Connie will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner

25 comments:

  1. What's the longest you've gone without sleep (and why)?

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    1. Hi Mai. - such good questions! I'm not one of those people who does well without sleep. Maybe no one is. But to answer your question, I remember a couple of days when my daughters were little and both came down with chicken pox, very sick with it too, and running fevers all day and night. I spent two days and a night running from the bunk bed to the crib and back again, pretty much non-stop. So relieved when it was over! Glad you could stop by today!

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    2. Hi Mai! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  2. Thanks so much for hosting me today!!!

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    1. Hi, Connie!! Thank you for letting me be part of your Blog Tour!!

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    2. You're welcome, Julia! Glad to have you here!

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  3. Love this series! It's so much fun to visit Vermont
    Becky Prazak
    rjprazak6@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Becky ~ great to see you here and thanks for visiting. Hope you get to Vermont again soon. Best of luck in the giveaway!

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    2. Hi, Becky! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  4. Really great review!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

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    1. Hi, Victoria!! Thanks for your lovely comment!!

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    1. Hi Rita ~ hopefully you'll get to visit the village soon. Good luck!

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  6. Enjoyed the excerpt and your review, sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Eva ~ thanks for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed it and good luck!

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  7. Such a great post-I want to go to Snowflake, Vt!

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    1. Hi Betty - Me too! And you can! A Clue in the Stew will be out in April! Thanks so much for visiting!

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  8. I am really enjoying following this tour, thank you!

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  9. Hi Nikolina - Great to hear from you! Stay tuned, there's more to come. Best of luck in the giveaway!

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  10. Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

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  11. Great giveaway! Congrats on the book. :)

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  12. Love your books, Thanks for this chance. Linda May

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