The Pumpkin Butter Murder
by Meg Benjamin
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.
EXCERPT (Exclusive Excerpt):
“Let’s get loaded up and go home,” Nate said. “We can figure out who to contact tomorrow, assuming they don’t contact us first.”
Considering the number of people in the hospital, I was guessing the health department would be contacting us at first light.
I was helping load the clean containers and implements into the boxes we’d used to transport them when I heard the doorbell ring again.
Nate frowned at me. “You think somebody forgot something?”
“Possibly.” Or maybe it was the health department getting a head start on things. “I’ll go see who’s there.”
I made my way to the front door, avoiding the unspeakable dining room. Then I peered through the peep hole.
And saw Chief Ethan Fowler staring at me.
Fowler was the last person I expected to see on Tera’s doorstep. I threw open the door, then stood blinking at him. “What are you doing here?”
Fowler raised his eyebrows. “I might ask you the same thing.”
“We fixed dinner. Nate and I. We were just putting our stuff together so we could drive down to Shavano.”
Fowler stepped inside. “You cooked dinner, the two of you?”
I nodded. “Yeah. We’d just finished. And then people got sick.” All of a sudden my heart beat sped up alarmingly. “Why are you here? What’s happened?”
Fowler ignored my questions in favor of his own. “Where’s your partner?”
“You mean me?” Nate asked from behind me. “I’m right here. I agree with Roxy. We need to know what’s happened.”
Fowler gave us a long look, as if he was weighing a lot of different possibilities before he answered. Then he sighed. “Ms. Bloomfield passed away about a half hour ago. I’m here to secure the scene.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
Meg’s Web site is http://www.MegBenjamin.com.
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