A Clue In The StewThat’s right. You heard it here first. I AM BACK! And this time my author actually listened to my complaints. And no, Connie Archer, I wasn’t whining. I had valid complaints. I mean, do you blame me?

Look at my life! It’s just not fair. Everybody at the By the Spoonful Soup Shop knows I have . . . had . . . a very bad crush on Sage DuBois, the chef at the Spoonful. I mean, who wouldn’t? He’s handsome, he’s sweet, he has gorgeous eyes and of course, he’s taken. Just my luck! But frankly, I thought my author wrote way too much about my blushing and taking off my glasses when Sage was around. Really! Did she have to describe my embarrassment so well?

And now that Janie, the other waitress at the restaurant, went off to nursing school after A Roux of Revenge, I have to do all the work myself. Well Lucky and Sage are always there, and Jack. And Sophie helps out sometimes. But one waitress for all our customers is just not enough. I’ve told Lucky I need help and I’ve warned her. I’m not gonna put up with it anymore. Sigh. I know she’s tried to hire someone but she hasn’t had any luck. I’m not gonna let her off the hook though. She needs to try harder.

I can’t wait till you read A Clue in the Stew. Thanks to a wonderful woman named Elise Varey who gave me a name, I finally have a last name! It’s ‘Findly’ and I like it. I think it suits me. Did my author come up with a last name for me???? Noooooo she didn’t! It was a complete stranger. You can see why I’m so cranky and disgruntled.

And this time, in A Clue in the Stew, they all thought they were gonna ignore me, sideline me, treat me as if I’m not important, just because I’m a waitress. But I’m gonna show them. When that famous mystery writer comes to town, I’ll be the only one who’s actually read her book. I have more knowledge in my pinky finger about solving murders than the whole bunch of them.

I spotted them through the window of the Spoonful one night. There they were, chatting and plotting and not even thinking about inviting me in to solve the crime. Just wait till April 5th! I’ll have a very nice role to play in A Clue in the Stew.

And now I suppose I’ll have to forgive my negligent author. Hmph! We’ll see . . .

A Clue in the Stew is the fifth book in the Soup Lover’s mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime, April 2016.

Soup shop owner Lucky Jamieson stirs up more trouble in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Ladle to the Grave. . .

When Lucky Jamieson opens up By the Spoonful to host an event with a famous author, she’s not expecting a bunch of nuts to descend on her small-town soup shop. But the author’s exasperating entourage—from a prickly publicist to a snippy son and his tipsy wife—give fresh meaning to the phrase, too many cooks spoil the broth.

The evening is more than spoiled, however, when it ends with a homicide. When the manner of the murder—as well as another recent unsolved crime—echoes the author’s fiction, Police Chief Nate Edgerton realizes he has a copycat killer on his hands. And Lucky hopes that one of her regular customers who has mysteriously gone missing isn’t involved. Once again, the soup shop owner will need to stir up some clues to find her friend and catch a cunning killer—before things really take a tureen for the worse. . .

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About the author
Connie Archer is the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. A Clue in the Stew is the fifth book in the series. You can find her excerpts and recipes in both The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. Visit Connie at conniearchermysteries.com, on @SnowflakeVT and on Facebook.

Writing as Connie di Marco she is also the author of the upcoming Zodiac Mystery series from Midnight Ink featuring San Francisco astrologer, Julia Bonatti. The Madness of Mercury, first in the series, will be released on June 8, 2016. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. You can visit her at her website: www.conniedimarco.com, or Facebook.com and Twitter: @askzodia.

Giveaway: Leave comment below for your chance to win a print copy of A Clue in the Stew. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end April 20, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

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