08 April 2014

Today's Read & Giveaway: A Roux of Revenge by Connie Archer

Roux of Revenge by Connie ArcherWhat would you do if you lived in a small town and thought one of your employees was in danger? Would your protective instincts kick in? Whether she likes it or not, Lucky Jamieson, owner of the By the Spoonful restaurant, can't help but get involved when one of her waitresses seems to be the target of a stalker and that stalker just might be a suspect in a murder investigation.

Nate Edgerton, Snowflake's Chief of Police, reached over and flipped off the siren and flashing light. He pulled his cruiser to the side of the road, slowing and coming to a stop behind a bright blue sports car. Early morning sunlight reflected off the rear bumper of the car where two people, a young couple, sat huddled together. Nate could tell from their expressions there was no need to hurry.

He turned to his deputy. "Cancel the ambulance."
A Roux of Revenge by Connie Archer (Penguin Random House / Berkley Prime Crime, 2014, p. 1)

Quick Facts
  • Setting: Snowflake, Vermont, in modern times.
  • Circumstances: Just before the Harvest Festival, a stranger is found dead at the side of the road; meanwhile a group of Gaelic travelers arrive in Snowflake, and a waitress thinks she's being stalked
  • Characters: Lucky, the owner of a soup restaurant; Jack, her grandfather, Elias, her boyfriend; Janie, a waitress; friends, townsfolk, tourists, and police officers
  • Genre: cozy mystery
  • What I liked: I loved the way Archer captures the nature of small town life and makes the fictional village seem real. The soups on the By the Spoonful menu sound so good, I wish I could become one of the regulars. The restaurant is perfect for Lucky (and us!) because she's able to keep up with local gossip and gets to know her neighbors well. Roux of Revenge had everything I like in a cozy: great setting, fun characters, and enough suspects to make it hard to figure out who done it.
  • What you need to know: This is the third installment in Archer's Soup Lovers series, but readers are given enough background so they won't feel lost if they start with Roux of Revenge. At the back of the book, you'll find recipes, which are from the author's own kitchen and include both her twists on classics and her own inventions.
The Giveaway

Thanks to the good people at Berkley Prime Crime, I have one copy of A Roux Revenge to giveaway to one of my readers. All you have to do to enter for a chance to win is to have a U.S. mailing address and to fill out the following form. I'll pick a winner via random number generator on April 15 (to ease the sting of taxes). Once the winner has been confirmed, I'll delete all personal information from my computer. Good luck!

ISBN-13: 9780425252420
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Juli Rahel 4/8/14, 7:16 AM  

I love that the genre is 'cozy mystery', it sounds like exactly the kind of book you can snuggle up with in bed! :) Thanks for sharing! I'm a new Twitter follower!
My Teaser
Juli @ Universe in Words

Yvonne 4/8/14, 7:43 AM  

I love the cozy genre and this one sounds really good. I have this series in my TBR and hopefully will get to it soon.

Kim@Time2Read 4/8/14, 7:57 AM  

Great teaser! Now I want to know WHY there is no need to hurry. Is it 'too late' to hurry?
Today I'm spotlighting 'Second Star' by Alyssa Scheinmel.

bermudaonion 4/8/14, 8:03 AM  

This sounds like fun - I need a book like that from time to time.

(Diane) bookchickdi 4/8/14, 8:19 AM  

I like novels with recipes, this one sounds like fun.

Beth Hoffman 4/8/14, 8:46 AM  

I'm always drawn to stories set in small towns. This sounds like a good cozy.

Daryl 4/8/14, 8:50 AM  

i love that term 'cozy mystery' and the idea of soup recipes .. thanks

grammajudyb 4/8/14, 9:13 AM  

Yea for cozies! I'm going to add this one and the proceeding 2 in the series to my list. I'm kind of anal about reading them in order. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Martin 4/8/14, 9:31 AM  

Sounds like a fun story. My teasers this week are from The Chance by Robyn Carr and House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple. Happy reading!

kelley jensen 4/8/14, 11:14 AM  

Sounds like a fun book to read. I hope you enjoy it. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

Tea norman 4/8/14, 11:23 AM  

I really like this one. The recipes are a bonus.

Sandra Nachlinger 4/8/14, 11:47 AM  

Sounds like a good cozy mystery. The book's title is clever, and I like the name of the restaurant too.
My Teaser is from SNOW FENCE ROAD.

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 4/8/14, 12:28 PM  

I'm not sure this one is for me, but do love the soup angle!

Here's Mine: http://www.sarahsbookshelves.com/nonfiction/first-chapter-first-paragraph-tuesday-intros-flash-boys-michael-lewis/

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow 4/8/14, 1:51 PM  

This one has captivated me...thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

cleopatralovesbooks 4/8/14, 2:00 PM  

This sounds like a great cosy mystery, I love the way you went through the setting, characters etc. A really accessible way of getting the feel of a book. Here is my TT http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/teaser-tuesday-april-8/

Peggy Farooqi 4/8/14, 3:16 PM  

I couldn't initially figure out whether it's 'humorous' crime or more serious, but the 'cozy mystery' sounds indeed like a very nice read.
My post is here

Margot 4/8/14, 3:29 PM  

The intro has my interest. I can tell it's a cozy but it also hints at a little humor. I like it.

Myra C 4/8/14, 3:47 PM  

This sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the giveaway!

Heather 4/8/14, 3:58 PM  

Am not familiar with this cozy series, though it does sound good. My teaser: The Widow’s Walk

Nise' 4/8/14, 8:48 PM  

Like that it is set in Vermont. Sounds good.

Connie Archer 4/8/14, 9:03 PM  

Hi everyone ~ I've been following the comments all day and it's really great to hear from people. Best of luck to all with the giveaway and I hope everyone gets to pay a visit to Snowflake, Vermont -- a lovely village, even if the murder rate is a little high!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 4/8/14, 9:41 PM  

The intro doesn't grab me, but I hope you enjoy this one.

Connie Archer 4/9/14, 10:14 PM  

Checking back in from my blog stops. All the best to everyone in the giveaway!

Kathy Gonzales 4/11/14, 8:24 PM  

I love this series, it's very well written !

Connie Archer 4/11/14, 8:27 PM  

Thank you, Kathy! I'm so glad to hear you've enjoyed life in Snowflake!

Stephanie Jones 4/12/14, 9:57 AM  

I own the first two, and enjoyed them tremendously; really appreciate the opportunity to win one!

Tina 4/12/14, 11:24 AM  

Haven't read this series yet, but springtime makes me want to try something new. Thanks for having the giveaway.

Connie Archer 4/12/14, 11:45 AM  

Hi Stephanie! I' m so glad to hear you enjoyed the first two books! Best of luck in the giveaway!

Connie Archer 4/12/14, 11:46 AM  

Hi Tina - I hope you have a chance to meet everyone in Snowflake, Vermont!

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