A Deadly Éclair by Daryl Wood Gerber is the first book in the NEW “French Bistro” mystery series. Publisher: Crooked Lane Books, coming November 7, 2017

In Agatha-Award winning author Daryl Wood Gerber’s delectable series debut, Mimi Rousseau serves up piping hot suspects to clear her name of murder.

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 Bryan’s 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 wealthy friend, Eddie, has chosen the inn as her perfect venue. Anxious, Mimi is sure things are going to turn south, especially when Eddie gets drunk and rowdy at the rehearsal dinner, but by the evening, things begin to look up again. That is until six AM rolls around, and as Mimi arrives at the bistro to begin wedding preparations, Bryan is found dead 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.

Talk about a culinary delight, this book is the pinnacle of deliciousness as I devoured all that was written in this exciting new series featuring Mimi and her friends. When her beloved mentor is found dead on her property, Mimi takes it upon herself to find his murdered and the more questions she asks, the more the killer wants to remain cloistered.

This was a wonderfully light whodunit that had me involved in the various interactions between Mimi and those who visit her bistro. The mystery was nicely baked to perfection filling me with suspects and peppered with clues and a few twists that propelled this story forward. I did like that with each clue Mimi discovered, she went straight to the sheriff. The narrative was enticingly pleasing keeping me glued to the pages as I had to know how this was all going to end. All the main characters played pivotal roles that enhanced the telling of this tale. This book had everything, a nice little mystery, engaging conversation, camaraderie between friends, romance and the perfect setting of a French bistro. I can’t wait for the next book with Mimi, Nash, Tyson, Jo and the rest of the gang.

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FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

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