Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Excerpt Tour + #Giveaway: The Pumpkin Butter Murder by Meg Benjamin @megbenj1 @GoddessFish

The Pumpkin Butter Murder

by Meg Benjamin

GENRE: Cozy Mystery


Their gourmet dinner turned deadly. And now the murderer is after her. Roxy Constantine is looking for a way to spend her winter down time. Her true love Nate Robicheaux has a suggestion: she can serve as his sous chef when he prepares a dinner party for possible investors. But when several guests become ill and the hostess herself dies after eating their food, Roxy and Nate could be in deep trouble. Now they need to find out what really happened, and who wanted their hostess dead, before their culinary reputations go down in flames and the murderer turns his attention to Roxy herself.

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Just then I heard a siren coming from outside the house. I don’t think I was ever so glad to hear anything in my life. “Hang on. Sounds like the medics are here.” I handed him the water bottle and ran to the front door as someone outside rang the bell repeatedly.

I threw the door open. “They’re in the dining room. A bunch of people got sick all at once, vomiting sick.”

The medics rushed past me, but someone grasped my arm before I could return to the dining room. I turned to see Jean Bancroft, dressed in a dark blue uniform with a patch on the sleeve, giving me a very concerned look. “What’s going on here?”

Jean was a medic who was also a part time cop, and I had a feeling it wasn’t an idle question. “This is Tera Bloomfield’s place. She had a dinner party. Nate Robicheaux and I cooked. We were cleaning up. Some of the people left, but the ones who stayed were having after-dinner drinks. All of a sudden they started throwing up. That’s all I know.”

Jean narrowed her eyes. “Was it food poisoning?”

Please God, no. “I don’t know. I don’t think so. We didn’t serve anything tricky. No eggs, no fish, no chicken. All the perishables were kept under refrigeration. The food was served at the right temperature.”

Jean nodded slowly. “Are there any leftovers?”

Some. Not much.” And Alex had washed the dishes. So had I.

Keep what there is. I’m pretty sure there’ll be questions.”

I nodded. All of a sudden I was pretty sure, too.

One of the medics rushed through the room and out the door. Moments later he returned, pushing a gurney.

Shit,” Jean murmured and followed him toward the dining room.

I stood staring after them, more ice dripping down my backbone. It looked like we were in big, big trouble.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Meg Benjamin is an award-winning author of romance. Meg’s Konigsburg series is set in the Texas Hill Country and her Salt Box and Brewing Love trilogies are set in the Colorado Rockies (all are available from Entangled Publishing and from Meg’s indie line). Her new cozy mystery series, Luscious Delights from Wild Rose Press, concerns a jam-making sleuth based in the mythical small town of Shavano, Colorado. Along with contemporary romance, Meg is also the author of the paranormal Ramos Family trilogy from Berkley InterMix and the Folk trilogy from Soul Mate. Meg’s books have won numerous awards, including an EPIC Award, a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Holt Medallion from Virginia Romance Writers, the Beanpot Award from the New England Romance Writers, and the Award of Excellence from Colorado Romance Writers.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today!

Marcy Meyer said...

I like the cover and blurb. Sounds really good.

Meg Benjamin said...

Thanks for hosting me today!

Sherry said...

I look forward to reading this.

Kim said...

I definitely want to read this series.

Jessica Beard said...

The cover is so fun!