Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ Ladle to the Grave by Connie Archer

Please welcome Connie Archer author of Ladle to the Grave.

Connie will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

 

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Ladle to the Grave

by Connie Archer

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GENRE: Mystery

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BLURB:

 

A poisoning at a pagan ritual . . . a dead man floating in the creek . . . Are both murders connected and will more victims fall prey to a killer?

 

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EXCERPT:

 

One woman stepped forward and doused her candle on the stone altar. She grasped the bowl in both hands. Cordelia paused, about to speak, but before she could utter a word, the woman drank the brew in its entirety. Cordelia stared at her, then filled the bowl again as a second woman stepped forward.

 

A strangled sound came from the lips of the first woman to drink. She gasped, clutching her throat. Her eyes grew large in panic as she tried to speak. Her chest heaved with the effort to breathe. She dropped to the ground as her legs crumpled beneath her. The others watched helplessly as the woman lay before them, retching and gasping for air.

 

“Agnes,” Emily cried out.

 

“What’s wrong?” Cecily asked.

 

Someone replied in alarm. “She can’t breathe. Help her!”

 

“Let me through. I know CPR,” Emily Rathbone pushed the women aside. They stepped back and stared as Agnes continued to gasp. Emily struggled to lift Agnes’s head and open her jaw while Agnes writhed violently.

 

“Help me hold her.” Emily shouted. Two of the women knelt. One held Agnes’s arms and the other, her legs. Emily tilted Agnes’s head and checked her throat. “There’s nothing there. Nothing’s interfering with her breathing. Maybe it’s an allergic reaction.” She deftly rolled Agnes to her side. Agnes’s head fell forward, her movements still violent. She retched again and whispered, “help me.” Then her body went limp.

 

Complete stillness filled the clearing. No one spoke. Someone finally whispered, “Is she breathing?”

 

Emily felt for a pulse while the women watched in silence. She looked up at their concerned faces. “Agnes is gone.”

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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 http://www.ConnieArcherMysteries.com, Facebook.com/ConnieArcherMysteries and Twitter @ SnowflakeVT.

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Connie will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1427

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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25 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Ladle to the Grave by Connie Archer

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    December 15, 2015

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Mai Tran
    December 15, 2015

    Where did you get your information or ideas for this book?

    • conniearcher
      December 15, 2015

      Hi Mai – this plot came from a very odd story I stumbled across online. It was one of those news pieces that raises more questions than it answers and it intrigued me. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I do hope you get to visit the village soon!

  3. Anne
    December 15, 2015

    I didn’t realize ‘Ladle to the Grave’ was part of a series. Should they be read in order or is each one a stand-alone?

    • conniearcher
      December 15, 2015

      Hi Anne – You’d have absolutely no problem reading this series out of order. Each book works as a standalone, even though they follow the same characters. The series begins with A Spoonful of Murder when Lucky, my protagonist, returns home to the village. Some people do like to start a series from the beginning, but it’s not necessary. Best of luck in the giveaway!

  4. achristay
    December 15, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

    • conniearcher
      December 15, 2015

      Thanks so much for hosting me today, Christine!

  5. Kim M
    December 15, 2015

    I love this book and this series!

    • conniearcher
      December 15, 2015

      Oh thank you, Kim! That’s so great to hear. The next in the series will be out in April — A Clue in the Stew, and the adventures continue . . . Best of luck in the giveaway too!

  6. Victoria
    December 15, 2015

    Great excerpt, thanks for sharing!

    • conniearcher
      December 15, 2015

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Victoria! And thanks for visiting today! Best of luck!

  7. Rita Wray
    December 15, 2015

    I liked the excerpt.

    • conniearcher
      December 15, 2015

      Thank you, Rita! I hope you get to visit Snowflake soon! Good luck!

  8. tiago rosado
    December 15, 2015

    would you ever see this going to the movies???

    • conniearcher
      December 15, 2015

      Oh wouldn’t that be exciting! I don’t know about the movies, but maybe the Hallmark channel on TV? Thanks for stopping by today and best of luck!

  9. Eva Millien
    December 15, 2015

    Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing!

    • conniearcher
      December 15, 2015

      That’s great, Eve! Best of luck in the giveaway!

  10. Cali W.
    December 15, 2015

    Thanks for the giveaway. I like the excerpt. 🙂

    • conniearcher
      December 15, 2015

      Oh thanks, Cali. Happy holidays and thanks for visiting today. Good luck!

  11. Sandy S
    December 15, 2015

    Thanks for the excerpt. Congratulations Connie on the new release.

    • conniearcher
      December 15, 2015

      Thanks so much, Sandy! Best of luck in the giveaway too!

  12. Betty W
    December 15, 2015

    I really enjoyed the excerpt, thank you for sharing!

    • conniearcher
      December 15, 2015

      Hi Betty – I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by and best of luck in the giveaway! If you have a chance, please post your email, or send it to conniearchermysteries@gmail.com.

  13. conniearcher
    December 16, 2015

    Dear Christine – thanks again for hosting this leg of my tour! Happy holidays!

  14. Ree Dee
    December 20, 2015

    I love the sound of this book and am looking forward to reading more. Thank you for sharing.

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