Cozy Wednesday with Connie Archer – Author of A Roux of Revenge (Giveaway too!)

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am happy to welcome Connie Archer to Escapes With Dollycas.
She has just finished her Great Escapes Book Tour and
was gracious to make a stop here today!


Special thanks to Lori for inviting me to her blog today to spread the word about the third book in the souplover’s mystery series — A Roux of Revenge.

Cover.A_Roux_of_RevengeWhen a band of travelers arrives in the village of Snowflake, Vermont and a dead stranger is found by the side of the road, the past returns with a vengeance. Long kept secrets will be revealed, lost loves will be found and the lives of many in the village will be irrevocably altered.

Since today is April 23rd, I thought it only fitting to wish a happy birthday to the Bard. April 23rd is the assumed birth date of William Shakespeare, based on the fact that his baptism took place three days later on April 26, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England.

BindingConsidered the greatest playwright of all time and known for some of the most beautiful romances in literature, Shakespeare certainly knew how to let his dark side out to play. He would have made any thriller writer proud! He managed to kill off countless characters in unique, brutal and gory fashion, and in his time, his most popular plays were the most violent.

Here are a few highlights. (This is not for the faint-hearted.) Get ready for an orgy of poison, stabbing, suicide, bludgeoning, beheading and general rollicking mayhem.

In a jealous rage, Othello smothers his Desdemona. Overcome with guilt when he learns she had been faithful after all, he kills himself with a dagger. But don’t forget Emilia who is stabbed by her husband, Iago, when he learns of her part in the plot against Desdemona and Cassio. Oh, Rodrigo is stabbed to death too.

In The Winter’s Tale, King Leontes orders the death of his wife Hermione and their two children. Antigonus, ordered to take the King’s infant to the beach to be left to die, is dispatched by a bear! A bear? Say what?

Romeo upon hearing of Juliet’s (untrue) death, drinks the poison at the Capulet crypt When Juliet wakes to find Romeo dead beside her, she ends her own life by stabbing herself with a dagger. Oh, and let’s see, Mercutio, Tybalt, and Paris are stabbed, while Lady Montague dies of a broken heart.

Lady Macbeth
Lady Macbeth

Macbeth kills Duncan, King of Scotland, while Duncan sleeps during a visit to Macbeth’s castle. Our protagonist is a busy man, dispatching Macduff’s wife and children, Duncan’s guards, Banquo and Seward. Macduff of course avenges himself by beheading the reckless Macbeth, and Lady Macbeth dies from . . . not really sure, maybe suicide, maybe lack of sleep.

Nothing in his life
Became him like the leaving it.
Macbeth, Act I, scene 4

Hamlet learns from his father’s ghost that he was killed by poison poured into his ear while he slept, causing scabs over his entire body. Hebenon? What is that? Must have been henbane, also known as black nightshade or Jupiter’s bean. Ophelia, driven mad, falls from a tree branch and drowns. Okay, that’s a suicide. Queen Gertrude drinks from the poisoned chalice of wine intended for Hamlet. She dies exclaiming, “The drink, the drink! I am poison’d.”

Hamlet stabs Claudius with the poisoned rapier and then forces him to drink from the poisoned goblet. Polonius, acting as a spy for King Claudius, dies when Hamlet strikes through the curtain and kills the eavesdropper. Before this piece of fluff is over, both Laertes and Hamlet are dead from sword wounds and poison.

King Lear and his daughters
King Lear and his daughters

In King Lear, Cornwall and Oswald are stabbed. Gloucester is blinded and dies of shock.. Regan is poisoned by her sister, Goneril, after she sets her sights on Goneril’s lover. Cordelia is jailed and hanged in her cell. Finally, Goneril commits suicide when her plots are exposed and Lear dies of grief.

Golden lads and girls all must
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.
Cymbeline, Act IV, scene 2

For sheer blood and guts Titus Andronicus tops them all. Lavinia is raped by Demetrius and Chiron who then cut out her tongue and cut off her hands. When Titus, her father, learns of the rape, he murders her by breaking her neck and kills the two men. He hangs them upside down to drain their blood and bakes them in a pie which he feeds to their mother. Shades of Sweeney Todd! Titus then stabs her in the face before being brought down by Saturninus, who in turn is also stabbed to death. A veritable feast of gore (if you’ll pardon the pun).

The body count is rising. Midsomer Parva can’t hold a candle to the seacoast of Bohemia in this play. Alarbus’s arms and legs are cut off and he is thrown into the fire, the nurse is stabbed, Tamora dies of indigestion, Mutius and Bassanius are stabbed, Martius and Quintus are beheaded, the clown is hanged and Aaron, is buried up to his neck in the sand and starves to death.

Woe, destruction, ruin, and decay;
The worst is death, and death will have his day.
Richard II, Act III, scene 2

ShakespeareShakespeare died on his (probable) birthday, April 23, 1616.
Happy Birthday, Will – you’ve entertained us for centuries!


About This Author

Connie Archer is the author of A Spoonful of Murder, A Broth of Betrayal and just released, A Roux of Revenge.
You can visit Connie at
On Facebook:
Twitter: @SnowflakeVT

Cover.A_Roux_of_RevengeA Roux of Revenge
(A Soup Lover’s Mystery)

3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Cathy Gendron
Cover Design by Diana Kolsky
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425252420
E-Book File Size: 1846 KB


It’s time for the Harvest Festival just outside of Snowflake, Vermont. Lucky’s By The Spoonful Soup Shop is busy with not only tourists coming to town for the festival but a group of travelers that have come to work at the festival. One of the travelers seems to be particularly interested into one of Lucky’s waitresses. Does Janie have a stalker?

An unidentified man has also been found murdered in a van just outside of town and the travelers seem to be the prime suspects.  When Janie’s life is put in danger Lucky has no choice but try to help her even if it means working together with the travelers under suspicion.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

From A Spoonful of Murder to A Broth of Betrayal and now in A Roux of Revenge, Snowflake, Vermont is a hotbed of mystery.

In this installment tension is as hot as the soups. The travelers are sometimes referred to as gypsies as they travel around from place to place taking jobs like working at festivals like the one taking place in Snowflake. When one of them appears to be watching the soup shop and especially Janie, Lucky senses something is up right away.

Archer has crafted a very interesting mystery with very unexpected twists.  She also mixes in Lucky relationship with Elias that seems to be ending its course unless something changes in a hurry. I will admit I found Elias’ actions or lack there of very frustrating myself so I was feeling heartbroken for Lucky.

I really enjoy the way all the characters meet and check in at By The Spoonful and the way Lucky and her grandfather, Jack, interact with everyone. If you want to know what is happening in Snowflake this is the place to be. It reminds me so much of the cafe my mother used to run.

The author continues to top herself and has left me anxiously awaiting my next visit to By The Spoonful.

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61 thoughts on “Cozy Wednesday with Connie Archer – Author of A Roux of Revenge (Giveaway too!)

  1. I’m dying to read this series , I love the setting , and who doesn’t love soup ??

  2. Congratulations on the publication of A Roux of Revenge! It sounds like an intriguing mystery, without all the blood and violence of Shakespeare.

  3. This series sounds captivating and unique. I enjoyed this post and learning about the background.

  4. I love cozy mysteries so I’m so excited to have found you! Can’t wait to start reading some of your series. Thanks!

  5. I like to watch Shakespeare but I never liked to read his works. Now if they were rewritten in today’s English…

  6. The best performances are the ones that make you forget you’re listening to English from hundreds of years ago. I love the modern film versions of Shakespeare too! Good luck today!

  7. I totally agree with you, where Elias is concerned. I think when I read the book, I was unsure as to Lucky’s exact age. I found that she didn’t confront him to be a little irritating. But I gathered that she’s still filling her way around.

    I CAN’T wait for the next book, to find out what happens. But I need to go back andh read the other two books in the series.

    Connie~ Why is Shakespeare called Bard?

    1. Hi Kim ~ I really hope you enjoy the first two in the series! It will also give you some background on Lucky and Elias’s relationship. I can’t say more because I wouldn’t want to give anything away — it would be a spoiler but thanks so much for stopping by today!
      Oh, just saw your last paragraph. A bard is a storyteller, and Shakespeare’s considered “The Bard” of the English language because he was so prolific and still his stories are well known and popular.

  8. One thing with Shakespeare tragedies you pretty much know everybody is going to die, he didn’t seem to leave too many standing in the end. I really need to get started on this series, soup and murder, what could be better, LOL.

    1. Hi Debbie ~ That’s so true. It’s a wonder there were enough actors left to take a bow!
      I hope you get to visit the village very soon ~ best of luck in the giveaway!

  9. I have a birthday coming up. I’m just looking around to see who would be fun to kill – in a story of course! Thanks for the Shakespeare info and good luck with A Roux of Revenge.

  10. I’m looking forward to reading this mystery 🙂
    Thanks for sharing the info on Shakespeare. I haven’t read any of his work since highschool.

  11. Oh my! Never realized Shakespeare was so grisly. Of course, don’t think I ever read much Shakespeare – and certainly not since college!
    Much rather read newer authors, and newer stories. Cozies are more my cup of tea — or at least mysteries I can understand & follow.
    Thank you, Connie, for writing books I like.

  12. Long kept secrets and lost loves makes this book a must read. I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  13. Book sounds fantastic. Looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the opportunity of this giveaway.

  14. This sounds marvelous! I love cozies that are set in small towns because I grew up in what used to be a small town where everyone knew everyone and the dynamics were so interesting. Thank you for this opportunity.

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