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A Roux of Revenge

A Roux of Revenge

By: Connie Archer

Genre: Mystery

A Roux of Revenge is set in Snowflake, Vermont and is the third Soup Lover’s mystery by Connie Archer.

Lucky Jamieson and her crew are busy preparing for Halloween and the Harvest Festival.  Ahh, Vermont in autumn…red and gold leaves and cool evenings that are perfect for a big bowl of pumpkin rice soup cooked up by soup chef, Sage.

While many of the town folks decide to have a booth at the Harvest Festival, Lucky and By the Spoonful staff decide to host a pumpkin carving contest at the restaurant.  Everyone gets into the spirit except for waitress, Janie, who is weary of the man watching her from across the street.  Who is he?  Is he one of the gypsy/carnival travelers or someone else?

Meanwhile, Sheriff Nate Edgerton has a mystery of his own to solve.  A suspicious vehicle accident occurred outside of town and the dead man driving the stolen van has no identification, so Nate decides to investigate the carnival workers to see if there is any connection.

Another mystery appears in the story when a retired insurance investigator tells about an armed robbery that took place years before that is still unsolved.

Is there any connection between the man watching Janie, the unidentified man in an accident and the unsolved robbery?

Join Lucky Jamieson as she works to solve the clues…one at a time.

 

About Connie Archer:

Connie Archer is the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series set in Snowflake, Vermont — A Spoonful of Murder, A Broth of Betrayal, A Roux of Revenge, Ladle to the Grave and A Clue in the Stew. You can find excerpts from the Soup Lover’s Mystery series and Connie’s recipes in The Cozy Cookbook from Penguin Random House and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. Connie was born and raised in New England and loves writing about Vermont. Today she can be found on the other coast inventing soup recipes and designing plots.

You can visit her website and blog at http://www.conniearchermysteries.com

You can find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ConnieArcherMysteries

Twitter @SnowflakeVT
Writing as Connie di Marco, she also writes the Zodiac Mysteries from Midnight Ink. The first book in the series, The Madness of Mercury was released on June 8, 2016.

You can visit her at www.conniedimarco.com,

Facebook.com/ZodiacMysteries

Twitter:  @askzodia.

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Murder on Edisto

Title of Book: Murder on Edisto
By: C. Hope Clark
Genre: Mystery

Book Excerpt: When her husband is murdered by the Russian mob, Boston detective Callie Jean Morgan suffers a mental break and relinquishes her badge to return to South Carolina. She has no idea how to proceed with her life, but her son deserves to move on with his, so she relocates them to the family vacation home.

But the day they arrive on Edisto Beach, Callie finds her childhood mentor and elderly neighbor murdered. Her fragile sanity is threatened when the murderer taunts her, and the home that was to be her sanctuary is repeatedly violated. Callie loses her fight to walk away from law enforcement as she becomes the only person able to pursue the culprit who’s turned the coastal paradise into a paranoid patch of sand where nobody’s safe. But what will it cost her?

EXCERPT:
An explosion shot flames out of the roof. She pulled against the officer. “John!”

Firemen labored to unravel more hoses. In the background, she heard Jeb screaming for his father above all the sirens and people hollering.

A deafening blast. The force hurled her and the cop backward across the lawn. Air whooshed from her lungs as her back slammed into the grass. She lay half-dazed, but pain still tore through her left forearm.

Two firemen lifted her and smothered her burning sleeve, careful not to hit the jagged piece of embedded shrapnel.

She stared numb at the burning wreckage of her home as someone fussed over her arm. No one could have survived.

Then, as if to confirm the terrible finality, she caught the reality of John’s death in the sorrow of a fireman’s eyes, the slow shake of his head to his partner. Their glance back at her.

Jeb beat his way through the throng and threw himself into her arms. At first she didn’t hear his sobs, then her son’s deep wrenching cries reverberated hard against her collarbone. She dug her fingers into his hair, her injured arm around his trembling body.

“Shhh,” she said against Jeb’s shoulder. She couldn’t bring herself to say everything would be all right. Nothing would ever be right again. As she stroked his head, she squeezed her eyes shut and her tears leaked into his shirt. She could pray John was kidnapped, but her heart told her it just wasn’t so.

 

Author Bio: C. Hope Clark holds a fascination with the mystery genre and is author of The Carolina Slade Mystery Series as well as the Edisto Beach Series, both set in her home state of South Carolina. In her previous federal life, she performed administrative investigations and married the agent she met on a bribery investigation. She enjoys nothing more than editing her books on the back porch with him, overlooking the lake with bourbons in hand. She can be found either on the banks of Lake Murray or Edisto Beach with one or two dachshunds in her lap. Hope is also editor of the award-winning FundsforWriters.com. Find out more about her at www.chopeclark.com

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The Lady in the Attic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several years ago while browsing through an Annie’s craft magazine, I saw the advertisement for this book, The Lady in the Attic.  While I was captivated by the title and description, I never ordered it.

While at a yard sale recently, I came across a book case of “free” books and among them was The Lady in the Attic.  I could not pass up this book!  I added it to my shopping basket and took it home.

Now, I am reading another book, but since this one had been on my radar for several years, I took a few moments to start reading it.  Before too long, I was finished.

I was going to write a review here on my blog, however, I think you will get a better understanding for the book by viewing the book trailer here.

The Lady in the Attic was written by Tara Randel.

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3 Ways to Create Red Herrings in Mystery Novels

Red Herrings plays two important roles in a mystery novel.  One, they heighten the suspense and two, add challenges to solving the mystery by misleading the reader/sleuth.

A writer can create a red herring with characters, the setting, and with objects.

Characters.

In many classic mysteries, almost every character encountered benefited some way from the crime.  Therefore, give them all motives.

Provide a character with the means and opportunity.  If a person appears capable of committing a crime but has no motive, there are two possibilities created.  The person has a motive that has not been discovered or the person is working with someone who has a strong motive.

Setting.

Place – Where did the crime happen?  Did it happen in the city, country, a small village? During a New Years Eve party? During Mardi Gras?

Date –  Was the bank robbed on Friday before a national holiday?  If so, who had inside information?

Time – Did the crime happen around a holiday or while the characters were on vacation?

Weather – Was it rainy, snowing or hot outside?

Objects.

What object appear and what objects do not appear?

What does the detective see at the crime scene? What is not at the crime scene that one might expects to find?  Could someone have removed an item?  Do all the items belong?

Introduce objects with more than one explanation.  Various nuts may be a common item found in a victim’s apartment, unless it is revealed the victim is allergic to nuts.  Does the nuts implicate the killer or did the victim have a visitor who brought the nuts with them?

The more ways a reader can interpret an item, better the chance they will make the wrong assumption.

Caution.

Do not place “red herrings” in a story just to mislead readers.  Always have an explanation as to why the objects are in the story.  After all, the purpose is to make the mystery more challenging and exciting for the reader.

 

 

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What is a Red Herring in a Mystery Novel?

What is a Red Herring?

A red herring is something in a mystery novel or story that appears to be a clue but instead is a false clue that sends readers apprehending someone who is not the real villain.

An example of a “red herring” would be to choose an innocent character and give them a motive that makes them a strong suspect as the murderer.

 

To study “red herrings” read Agatha Christie who has been dubbed “the Queen of red herrings.”

 

 

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Death Pledges a Sorority

Title of Book: Death Pledges a Sorority51nm0hly3kl-_sy346_

By: M. K. Scott

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Book Excerpt:

Mark had asked her to find out who the victim and the murderer were in the game. She pulled out her phone and dialed her mother’s number.

“Hello, Mom.”

“What’s up, sweetie?”

“I need to know if you know who the murderer and the victim were in the game last night.”

“No. I made a point of not reading the cards. Did you read yours?”

Caught. Besides, when did she have time to do all this stuff? “I scanned it. About all I got from it was I had a disappointing romance with the chauffeur.”

“Well, that’s more than what I know.”

Her lips tightened as she considered what Mark’s response would be when she informed him no one had read the cards.

“Was this a program or something? Could we print the cards out?”

“We could. I’ll do that, but I don’t have a clue what order I gave the cards out. I made myself the housekeeper, you the cook, and Ten the man servant.”

“Jenna was some medium or something.”

“True.”

“We could ask the ladies if they remember what character they were.”

“We could. I’m sure some still have their cards. We’re doing this why?” Cecilia’s voice had taken on a wheedling tone.

Of course, her mother sniffed out a mystery. “Well, ah, there’s no reason to think Taylor’s death was anything but accidental, but you know Mark. The man’s always on the job.”

The silence on the end of the phone didn’t bode well. “Mom? Are you still there?

“Yes. I thought as much. It’s always odd when someone who is hated that much ends up dead.”

“Hated? Isn’t that a little strong? No one had to come to the girls’ weekend if they didn’t want to.” Donna would have put Jenna down as a hater, but she couldn’t say about the others. A few probably had even admired Taylor and wanted to be somewhat like her.

Her mother’s sigh carried across the line. “Donna, you are my strong-willed child. Probably came from being the first-born. You have no clue what it is like to be a follower.”

“You do?” Her mother had one gear, and that was full speed ahead. The woman never suffered any doubts or second thoughts.

“Well, I do watch several reality shows. Those people tend to be followers. Anyhow, the weak are always making alliances and buckling under to the strong. We know from Jenna’s tell all séance that Taylor had something on the women. That’s how she manipulated them. Could be someone was tired of dancing to her tune.”

Author Bio:b1obko0koos-_ux250_

M. K. Scott is the husband and wife writing team behind The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries. Morgan K Wyatt is the general wordsmith, while her husband, Scott, is the grammar hammer and physics specialist. He uses his engineering skills to explain how fast a body falls when pushed over a cliff and various other felonious activities.

The Internet and experts in the field provide forensic information, while the recipes and B and B details require a more hands on approach. Morgan’s daughter, who manages a hotel, provides guest horror stories to fuel the plot lines. The couple’s dog, Chance, is the inspiration behind Jasper, Donna’s dog. Murder Mansion is the first book in The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries.

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Whomever Has the Courage to Read Part II

This is a story I wrote in the late 1980s for a Children’s Literature Class.

You can read the first part here.

A loud crack of thunder brought Matt back to the present with a start.  He felt his heartbeats quicken as shadows danced around the room and the light swayed from the ceiling.  A bolt of lightning flashed across the black sky and the wind blew the tree limbs across the bare windows.  He felt his heartbeats quicken and the hair on the back of his neck quivered.

As a bolt of lightning flashed across the black sky and the wind blew tree limbs into the bare window pane, Matt took in large gasps of air and slowly let them out trying to stop his pounding heart.  He looked around the room and found a safe place in the corner where he snuggled down underneath a heavy quilt and continued to read:

September 13th;

You think it’s all imagination, don’t you? It’s not you know.  You have psychic powers to help me solve this so long ago mystery.  The drowning of Judge Smith and the slaying of Doc Baker.

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Whomever Has the Courage to Read

Whomever Has the Courage to Read is a short story that I wrote in a Children’s Literature class in the late 1980s.  Over the years I have thought about turning this story into a book.  Maybe, someday.

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Being thirteen was difficult, thought Matt.  Too old to play with electric trains and too young to have a car. And, being stuck at Grandpa’s lake cottage for the summer and having it rain all day didn’t help.

Rainy days were easy to fill if you like to sleep, like Grandpa Henry did, listening to the squeak and hum of the fan, or sew like his ten-year-old sister Amber did on a scrap of fabric she had found in the attic.

“Attic.  A great idea,” Matt said to himself.  He climbed the old wooden staircase slowly, hoping he would not wake Grandpa, with the squeaking sound of the floorboards.

The heavy door groaned as Matt swung it back.  He reached for the light switch just inside the dark musky room.  Suddenly, the room filled with shadows by a long single bare light bulb swaying down from the rafters in the center of the room.

A huge cedar trunk stood in one corner.  Matt made his way to it watching the shadows lurk about and lifted the heavy lid.  Instead of patchwork quilts, the trunk was full of old books.

One book, in particular, caught Matt’s eye.  It was not very large and bound in soft leather the same yellow color of Grandpa’s work gloves.

Matt felt strange as he looked at the book.  He started to tremble and got the feeling he was trespassing.  Curiosity on what the book contained had him shoving aside his feelings and when he opened the book he read:

“To whomever has the courage to read me.”

“I have plenty of courage,” Matt said softly into the stale air.  He felt a breeze that caused the hair on the back of his neck to rise.  Matt looked around the room as though he was being watched and wondered where the breeze came from since the small windows were nailed shut.  Once he reassured himself he was alone, he took a deep breath and turned the page to read:

“July 9th;

“On the night Judge Smith drowned in Stockdale Bay, I saw you.  You were with him in his green beat-up flat-bottom boat.  Old Sheriff Taylor said Judge had whiskey bottles in the boat.  He then concluded that Judge Smith went out fishin’ alone, got drunk, fell overboard while trying to pull in a fish, and was, by then, too drunk to swim.

“But you know and I know Judge Smith was a good strong swimmer and drank nothing stronger than black coffee.

“Guess you had your reasons.”

Matt gasped, trying hard not to believe what he was reading.  Who was this Judge Smith and who was the author of this diary?  Scared and puzzled by the whole thing, Matt continued to read hoping he would find some answers.

“August 11th;

“Ma took me to see one of them new-fangled doctors they call psychiatrists.  I overheard them talking and they say I am crazy, but I’m not and you know it.

“Why did you kill Doc Baker?  Was he getting close to the truth about poor ole Judge Smith?

“Now you shouldn’t have killed Doc like that.”

…to be continued…

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A summer trip to the Klondike can be deadly…

klondikeTitle: Bloody Klondike Gold
Series: Randi Braveheart Mysteries
By: A. K. Taylor
Publisher: Soaring Eagle Books
Publication Date: September 19, 2016
Genre: Teen/YA Mystery, Thriller, Action Adventure

 

 

 

 

Blurb:

Randi Braveheart and her friend go to the Mineral Creek mining claim for summer vacation and to visit her father, Will, during the second half of the six month mining season. The time of happy reunions, summer fun, and gold mining come to a close after a night of sabotage, the theft of the first half of the season’s haul, and a death threat.

Will the motley crew of miners and teens survive until the end of the season?

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Bloody Klondike Gold is an introductory short story to the new Randi Braveheart Mystery Series by award winning Teen/YA author A.K. Taylor! Stay tuned for the first installment To Catch a Catfish coming in 2017.

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Book Excerpt:

In the dining hall, all fifteen miners fell in to eat a nice meal after a hard day’s work.

Randi and Brittany talked to Pappy and Will about what they explored.

Brittany wasn’t too enthusiastic about the woods, but she loved the view and scenery in the distance and the creek.

Randi spoke of doing a little fishing one day.

Brittany was going to pass on that. She didn’t like the fish or the bait. Anything that was smelly or slimy turned her off. It was totally gross!

Several big explosions came from outside, interrupting the dinnertime chatter. They were so loud and booming that they shook the windows of the dining hall and the foundation.

“What was that?” asked Brittany with here blue eyes wide in fright.

The huge gears, springs, and shaker from the derocker crashed through the roof and landed on one of the tables and brought with it wood and tin from the roof. Several people were hit with the fallen debris. Other people shielded themselves with their arms and herded toward the exit. The injured were wallowing on the ground and moaning in pain.

Everyone was in a panic and confused.

What was going on? What was all that racket outside?

People checked on and helped the injured. Nothing was serious, but they were going to need first aid. After a few moments, everyone ran outside to investigate what was going on and what the noise was.

Orange light from flames illuminated the night sky and the emerald-green foliage of the surrounding forest. Everyone gathered around and looked in horror at the mining equipment. It was engulfed in flames and completely ruined. Someone had sabotaged and completely destroyed everything.

Men were horrified beyond disbelief and completely lost on what to do next.

Pappy was furious. He took his hat off and slammed it on the ground. “Goshdarn it! I’m gonna blast the fur of’n the person’s hide, if I ever see ‘em!” he spat indignantly. When Pappy got angry, people related him to an old, cotton-haired Yosemite Sam.

Will ran into the cabin where the safe was without telling anyone.

“Dad, where are ya goin’?” asked Randi as she followed him.

Brittany brought up the rear behind them.

When the trio got there to the cabin, they saw the door had been kicked open. All three of them had that sinking feeling as their eyes went toward the safe. The safe was smashed and pried open. Everything from inside was gone.

Will was so overcome with so many emotions that he silently wept. He had high hopes that this mining year was going to make a serious difference for a better life for him and his daughter, since his wife had died about five years ago. Now because of someone’s thoughtless actions, everything he had worked and hoped for was now in jeopardy.

Brittany offered to give her shoulder for Randi to cry on. She knew Will and Randi’s sad story all too well. She shed her own tears for them and for her own grief.

No one slept a wink that night. They were going to wait till morning to survey the damage and decide what to do next. That wasn’t the extent of the bad news. The buyer was coming tomorrow and now there was no gold to sell to gather needed supplies or split among the men. That was going to kill the morale of the group and possibly turn everything for the worst.

As Randi wiped her eyes, she saw a folded piece of paper in front of the ruined safe. She picked up and unfolded the paper. This short message was sloppily scribbled on the paper:

All of you are going to die tomorrow night.

Randi showed it to her father and her friend. They were clearly appalled by the letter. They had to show this to everyone else.

It was definitely going to be a sleepless night tonight after discovering such a ghastly letter.

 

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A.K. Taylor grew up in the backwoods of Georgia where she learned about nature. She enjoys hunting and fishing, beekeeping, gardening, archery, shooting, hiking, and has various collections. She also has interest in music, Native American history and heritage, Egyptian history, and the natural sciences. A.K. Taylor has been writing and drawing since the age of 16. A.K. Taylor has graduated from the University of Georgia with a biology degree, and she shares an interest in herpetology with her husband.

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