Friday, November 10, 2017

Book Review: A Deadly Eclair

Author: Daryl Wood Gerber
Title: A Deadly Eclair
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publish Date: November 7, 2017
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: 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.

Review: A Deadly Eclair is the first book in a new series by Daryl Wood Gerber. It gets two thumbs up from me.  The setting is a bed and breakfast and bistro in the Napa Valley. The description of the area makes you long to be there and eat all the glorious food.

Mimi is a great cozy heroine. She's smart and curious and she seems to find trouble at every turn. The wedding that is the focal point of the start of the novel sees Mimi's friend and mentor dead outside the bistro.

There are so many characters that easily could have been the killer, and for awhile, Mimi is a suspect too.  I've never read a story where so many people that were family had so little trust in one another. Angelica's fiance's family really had some issues. Lots and lots of issues.

Mimi also has a possible love interest in the hunky Nash, who has women all over him including an ex-wife that doesn't want to be an ex-wife. I'm not sure how I feel about him, but there are definitely sparks between the two of them.

The book combines a great mystery with an even better introduction to all the characters that you'll be seeing more of in future books.

The resolution to the mystery was an interesting twist that I didn't totally see coming.

I can't wait to see how this series develops

Rating: 5 flowers


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