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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Souffle of Suspicion

A Soufflé of Suspicion: A French Bistro Mystery

by Daryl Wood Gerber

About the Book

A Soufflé of Suspicion: A French Bistro Mystery

Cozy Mystery

2nd in Series

Crooked Lane Books (July 10, 2018)

Hardcover 296 Pages

ISBN-13: 978-1683315865

Digital ASIN: B075QMR44B

The buoyant mood at Bistro Rousseau deflates when Chef Camille’s sister, Renee, turns up dead in the chef’s kitchen, and Mimi Rousseau must tease the real killer out of a mélange of menacing characters.

Crush Week in Nouvelle Vie is a madhouse—in a good way. Tourists pour into town for the pressing of the Napa Valley’s world-renowned grapes and all the town’s businesses get a nice lift, including Bistro and Maison Rousseau. Mimi is raising the ante this year with a Sweet Treats Festival, a wonderland of croissants, cakes, tarts, and soufflés crafted with expert care by the area’s top talents.

Chef Camille’s sister Renee is managing the festival with a cast-iron fist, upsetting everyone, including her sister. Which is bad for Camille when Renee turns up dead in the chef’s kitchen. Mimi is still building her business, so her first course of action is to whip up answers and catch the unsavory perpetrator before Camille takes a dusting and gets burned.
What I Thought:

 This is the second in A French Bistro Mystery and it was just as good or better than the first.  Like in the first novel, there were a lot of characters to try to keep straight, therefore, making for a lot of suspects.  It is the time of year for the pressing of Napa Valley's grapes and Mimi has decided to have a Sweet Treats Festival which is being managed by Renee, Mimi's chef, Camille's sister.  Renee makes some enemies and turns up dead in the kitchen of the Bistro.  This was a fast-paced read that kept my attention from the beginning.  Like I mentioned, there were a lot of characters to keep straight, therefore making it hard to pinpoint who the killer was.  The writing was superb and the plot well thought out.  I enjoyed revisiting the town and characters of this well-written series and I look forward to more in this series.

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!

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  1. Melina, thank you for a lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story. May your readers enjoy it, too. ~ Daryl

  2. Love reading all of Daryl Wood Gerber's books! So much fun and so many good eats!