A Clue in the Stew by Connie Archer – Blog Tour and Giveaway!(ENDED)

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Available April 5th (or pre-order now) – the 5th book in the Soup Lover’s Mysteries series!

You can enter for a chance to win your own print copy in the Rafflecopter giveaway. (ENDED)

What a great cozy – even thought this book (#5) was the first I had read in this series, by chapter three the main characters all felt like old friends. The story is full of twists and turns that kept me guessing right up to the end, and the author’s smooth writing style kept the story flowing. If you’ve read any of the Soup Lover’s Mysteries, you should love this one. If not, now’s as good a time as any to start – you don’t need to have read the previous books to enjoy this story, and I did enjoy it!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Connie.Archer.2Connie 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, Ladle to the Grave and A Clue in the Stew are all set in the imaginary village of Snowflake, Vermont.  Connie was born and raised in New England and now lives on the other coast.  You can visit her at www.ConnieArcherMysteries.com

Author Links

Website:  www.conniearchermysteries.com
Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/ConnieArcherMysteries
Twitter:  @SnowflakeVT
Goodreads:  http://bit.ly/1MMQllp

Purchase Links

Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1QzfxSl
Barnes & Noble:  http://bit.ly/1O6lVOs

Tour Participants

March 21 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – Review

March 22 – View from the Birdhouse – Interview

March 23 – Babs Book Bistro – Review, Guest Post

March 24 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review

March 25 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – Review, Guest Post

March 26 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review

March 27 – A Blue Million Books – Interview

March 28 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – Review

March 29 – A. Holland Reads– Review

March 30 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – Review

March 31 – The Book’s The Thing – Review

April 1 – Back Porchervations – Review

April 2 – Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder – Review

April 3 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Guest Post

April 4 – Mystery Playground – Interview

NOTE: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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A Clue in the Stew by Connie Archer – #WAYRW

whatareyoureadingwed

What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. To participate, open the book you are currently reading to page 34 (or 34% in your ebook) and answer these three questions.

The Questions are:
1. What’s the name of your current read?

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a complete sentence. (or two!)

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

Now for my answers this week…

1. A Clue in the Stew by Connie Archer
A Clue in the Stew (Soup Lover's Mystery #5)
A Soup Lover’s Mystery, #5

2. As good as the book has been so far, nothing too exciting is happening on page 34! 🙂

Lucky finished laying placemats along the countertop, then unlocked the front door and flipped the sign over. The Spoonful was open for the day.

3. A small Vermont skiing town actually sounds perfect! I’d like it even better in the off-season when all the tourist had gone home. As long as murder wasn’t a regular occurrence, I think Snowflake would be a great hometown.

Ten Best Recent Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they post a new Top Ten list prompt. This week’s prompt is… Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently. These are all 4 or 5 star books that I’ve read over the last several months. They’re in chronological order here – I read number ten in November of last year, and reviewed number one just today. Let me know what you thought if you’ve read any of them!

Be sure to leave me a link to your own post, or let me know what you’ve read recently that was good in the comments below.

10. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven

9. Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz
Ashley Bell

8. Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Crimson Shore (Agent Pendergast, #15)

7. The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

6. Off the Books by Lucy Arlington
Off the Books (Novel Idea, #5)

5. Death of a Nurse by M.C. Beaton
Death of a Nurse (Hamish Macbeth, #31)

4. Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon
Try Not to Breathe

3. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
The Library at Mount Char

2. The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum by Kirsten Weiss
The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum

1. Girl on the Run by Daryl Wood Gerber
Girl on the Run

 

5 Stars – Girl on the Run by Daryl Wood Gerber

Girl on the Run by Daryl Wood Gerber
Girl on the Run Synopsis from Goodreads: When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, Chessa Paxton must run for her life…but will the truth set her free?

Chessa Paxton, an event planner in Lake Tahoe, celebrates a successful night at the Happily Ever After Ball, but her dream quickly becomes a nightmare when she wakes up beside the body of her dead husband. Nauseous and confused, feeling as if she’s been drugged, she can’t explain to the sheriff why her princess costume is bloodied. With her father already a convicted murderer, she feels invisible shackles ratcheting onto her wrists and ankles. She runs! But she can’t escape vivid flashes of memory: a massacre in a meadow; men and women in fairy tale costumes; Snow White’s dead body shielding her from bullets.

Though Chessa is a former costumer and a master of disguise, she quickly learns that hiding while trying to prove herself innocent is the most difficult task imaginable. Especially when the sheriff wants to throw her in jail and the real killer wants to silence her forever.

Genre: Mystery
My Rating ***** (5 stars)
Available 4/9/16 from Amazon, or pre-order now

I love Daryl Wood Gerber’s cozy mysteries, and was both curious and excited to get my hands on this, her first novel in the suspense genre. I was not disappointed!

At first glance, it appears to be a standard setup – woman found with her dead husband and accused of murder – but it quickly takes off in its own direction and never stops. Once Chessa decides that she is going to have to find the truth on her own and takes off running, the suspense doesn’t stop. She doesn’t know what is going on or who she can trust, and seems to encounter more questions than answers in her search for the truth. I was completely sucked in and had a hard time putting the book down.

Chessa is my favorite type of female heroine – strong and smart, but not perfect by any means. She’s just too stubborn to give up.

I really enjoyed this new venture from a favorite author, and hope there will be more to come!

Daryl Wood Gerber also writes the Cookbook Nook Mystery series and as Avery Aames, the Cheeseshop Mystery series. You can visit her at http://www.darylwoodgerber.com/ for info on all her books.

NOTE: I received a free advanced copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Robert Eggleton – Guest Post

I was recently contacted by an author whose science fiction novel, Rarity from the Hollow, had a unique premise. I knew it would be some time before I’d be able to read and review this book, but the author, Robert Eggleton, has written a guest post for us to tell everyone a little more about the book, and why he chose to write it. Be sure to keep reading past the author bio for an excerpt.
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Free Listen – Moby Dick (The Big Read)

Maybe I’m the last one to find this, but I just had to share. If anyone is an audiobook fan, be sure to check out http://www.mobydickbigread.com/ to listen to Moby Dick for free.

Each chapter in this massive undertaking is read by a different person of interest – authors (China Miéville), actors (Benedict Cumberbatch), even Prime Minister David Cameron reads a chapter.

You can listen to each chapter online, as a podcast, or download them from iTunes. There is also some great art inspired by the novel included on each chapter’s web page that’s worth checking out.

I’ve only managed to get 5 or 6 chapters into Moby Dick, so I think I’ll give it a try this way!

 

Girl on the Run by Daryl Wood Gerber – #WAYRW

whatareyoureadingwed

What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. To participate, open the book you are currently reading to page 34 (or 34% in your ebook) and answer these three questions.

The Questions are:
1. What’s the name of your current read?

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a complete sentence. (or two!)

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

Now for my answers this week…

2. Girl on the Run by Daryl Wood Gerber
Girl on the Run

2. As Chessa lifted the items, her body trembled with grief. Zach. How could you? She pushed the painful thought from her mind, slipped inside the guest bathroom, and took her first full breath since the sheriff’s department had arrived.

3. It very much depends…I would not have a problem living in Lake Tahoe, but if i had to take off like Chessa, then no thank you! 🙂

So tell me, what are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments, and feel free to leave a link if you have a post to share.