Search This Blog

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A Deadly Eclair

A Deadly Éclair: A French Bistro Mystery

by Daryl Wood Gerber

About the Book

A Deadly Éclair: A French Bistro Mystery

Cozy Mystery

New Series

Crooked Lane Books (June 12, 2018)

Paperback: 368 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1683316046


It’s always been Mimi Rousseau’s dream to open her own bistro, but it seems beyond her grasp since she’s been chased back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley by her late husband’s tremendous debt. Until her best friend Jorianne James introduces her to entrepreneur Bryan Baker who invests in promising prospects. Now, working the bistro and inn until she’s able to pay it off and call it her own, Mimi is throwing the inn’s first wedding ever.

The wedding will be the talk of the town, as famous talk show host Angelica Edmonton, daughter of Bryan’s half-brother, Edison, has chosen the inn as her perfect venue. Anxious, Mimi is sure things are going to turn south, especially when Edison gets drunk and rowdy at the out-of-towners’ dinner, but by the evening, things begin to look up again. That is until six AM rolls around, and Bryan is found dead at the bistro with an éclair stuffed in his mouth. And the fingers point at Mimi, whose entire loan is forgiven in Bryan’s will.

Now it’s up to Mimi to clear her name and get to the bottom of things before the killer turns up the heat again in A Deadly Éclair, the scrumptious series debut by Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber.

What I Thought:

I really thought I was going to love this book, and I did like it, but not really as much as I thought I would. It is the first book in the French Bistro Mystery Series, and there were a lot of characters introduced at once and I got a little confused at first.  The premise is a french bistro in the wine country of Napa Valley, and the benefactor to the owner has booked a wedding weekend for his niece at the Bistro.  This is where we meet the many characters.  Mimi is the owner of the Bistro and Bryan is her benefactor.  Bryan ends up murdered with an eclair in his mouth, and of course, Mimi is the main suspect.  I thought the writing was superb, which helped this book flow well.  Once I got all the characters down pat, the book ended up being a very quick and entertaining read.  Of course with all the characters there were many suspects and Mimi has a time clearing her name.  I do look forward to reading the next in this series as it was a great setting with a great plot.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author

Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber is best known for her nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries and CHEESE SHOP MYSTERIES, which she pens as Avery Aames. She will soon debut the new French Bistro Mysteries. Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense: DAYS OF SECRETS and GIRL ON THE RUN. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!

Author Links

Visit Daryl or Avery at

Daryl’s Blog Avery’s Blog Mystery Lover’s Kitchen Killer Characters

Facebook: Daryl Avery

Twitter: @AveryAames @DarylWoodGerber

Goodreads: Daryl Wood Gerber Avery Aames

Purchase Links

Amazon B&N Kobo BookBub

a Rafflecopter giveaway

No comments:

Post a Comment