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 Rousseau 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.
Fans of JoAnna Carl and Joanne Fluke will want a succulent second serving of A Soufflé of Suspicion, Daryl Wood Gerber's appetizing second French Bistro mystery.
Crooked Lane Books, hardcover, July 2018, ISBN: 9781683315865
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. That is until her best friend Jorianne James introduces her to entrepreneur Bryan Baker who enjoys investing in promising prospects. Now, with her own bistro and inn, 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 the morning rolls around, and Bryan is found dead on the premises with an éclair stuffed in his mouth. And the fingers point at Mimi, whose entire loan is forgiven in Bryan's will.
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.
Crooked Lane Books, hardcover, November 2017, ISBN: 9781683313410
"Gerber ticks all the boxes for a successful cozy: a capable protagonist, intelligent dialogue, a fine sense of place, eccentric yet plausible suspects, and clues galore. Rounding out the volume are 14 recipes, including, of course, one for Souffle au Chocolat."
—Publishers Weekly Reviews
"[An] enjoyable cozy plot."
"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."
—Dru Ann's Musings Blog
"Ooh-la-la! French food, Napa Valley wine, a celebrity wedding—and murder. A delectable new cozy series from Daryl Wood Gerber!"
—Lucy Burdette, best-selling author of the Key West food critic mysteries
"Fantastique! This was a delight to read. As a French fanatic, foodie, and cozy lover it was like winning the lottery. I have always enjoyed this authors story telling, and it wasn't anything less than superb in this book. Mimi is a character that readers can really enjoy and the quotes, scenes and wording will make the book breeze by with enjoyment."
"The first book in Gerber's delicious new cozy mystery series is sweet and savory and offers up a well-rounded menu for a variety of tastes!"
—Reading is My Super Power blog
"Daryl Wood Gerber has a new hit series on her hands!"
—A Cozy Experience Blog
"I savored this debut cozy mystery like a glass of fine wine. Set in the appealing wine country near Napa Valley, California, Author Daryl Wood Gerber plates up a scrumptious menu featuring mouth-watering foods, murder, and mayhem."
—Chatting about Cozies blog