A Deadly Éclair: A French Bistro Mystery

A Deadly Éclair: A French Bistro Mystery

by Daryl Wood Gerber


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683316046
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Series: A French Bistro Mystery , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 236,643
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber writes the brand new French Bistro mysteries as well as the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook mysteries. She also pens the Cheese Shop mysteries, as Avery Aames. A Deadly Éclair , the first French Bistro mystery, comes out November 2017. Daryl has also written stand-alone suspense novels, including 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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A Deadly Éclair: A French Bistro Mystery 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
LBD88 More than 1 year ago
Mimi has just recently opened a French bistro and inn with the assistance of her mentor, Bryan. Bryan talked her into hosting the wedding of his niece, Angelica ,a talk show host, and her fiancé, Lyle. After the dinner for out of town guests, Bryan is found dead in the kitchen with one of her eclairs found shoved in his mouth and a text from Mimi asking him to meet her. As the prime suspect, Mimi, with her interesting cast of quirky but loyal friends and family, has to find the murderer or risk losing everything. I really enjoyed this book. The murderer was not initially obvious, but once you know who it is, all the clues make sense. I even went back and re-read the book to be sure I caught all the valid clues and could tell which ones were red herrings. This book was as good in the second reading as the first. Since this book involves a French bistro, there are several wonderful recipes, including (surprisingly to me), several gluten free ones. My favorite is the chocolate eclair recipe (sadly, not gluten free). I intend to try this soon and often, as chocolate eclairs are a personal favorite of mine. All in all, this is a strong start to what will be a great series. I look forward to reading them all.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Loved reading about the activity in the kitchen.
rgp1950 More than 1 year ago
What a marvelous way to debut a new series. French Bistro Mystery is the first of what I hope will be many installments of a cozy mystery with a great cast of characters, and a good mystery with interesting suspects and motives, twists and turns. I enjoy mysteries that keep me guessing who did it, and this one does. I am looking forward to reading A Soufflé of Suspicion. On a side note, it you enjoy this book, and I know you will, you’ll also enjoy this author's other series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. The descriptions were evocative and brought things to life. The mystery stayed a mystery until the end, and the romance was a nice addition. The recipes from the bistro look delicious.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this first in a new series. Mimi opens a French Bistro with help of funding from Bryan, he then hosts his niece's wedding there. At the pre dinner things don't seem all that happy among some of the bridal party members. When Bryan is found dead the next morning by the bride to be, everyone is in shock. Mimi starts to search for who could have done this to this kind man, but as she questions people she finds that Bryan wasn't quite loved by everybody. There are plenty of suspects and the mystery is good, it kept me switching suspects. The characters are likable, and the setting sounds beautiful. I will continue on with this series.
Hershey07 More than 1 year ago
Great cozy mystery filled with all the things I love...great characters, great storyline, great food, and a dash of romance! Mimi Rousseau is returning home in hopes of achieving her dream...opening her own little bistro. She isn’t quite sure that is in the cards for her until her best friend finds her an investor, Bryan Baker. She is finally on the right path when Bryan is murdered. All clues point to her. She will have to work hard to clear her name if she wants her freedom and before all her dreams go up in smoke. The murder mystery itself has a cast of suspects, and the author kept me guessing throughout the entire book. The heroine, Mimi, was a great character. I admired her independence and intelligence. She needed both of those things to get her out of the predicament she was in. I am also looking forward to seeing where her potential romance with Nash will lead her. This was an enjoyable, witty, cozy mystery. The fabulous scenery of the beautiful Napa Valley was an added bonus. Throw in a great cast of secondary characters and an AMAZING collection of recipes, and you have yourself a wonderful beginning to what promises to be a wonderful series!!!
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed backtracking to book 1 in this series. And I loved it but I couldn't help wishing for a little more. I loved the story and plot. I loved the characters. I just wanted the story about how Mimi got to where she is and a little more back story on the Mimi-Bryan relationship or story. With all the descriptions of Bryan I just missed getting to know him before he is clobbered over the head and left for dead in a rather gruesome (not blooded at all) way. Left with gems and an E'clair in his mouth is just a little sick. What's up with this villain? Hmm. This is surely a good 'ole mystery. As the story progresses Mimi puts off Tyson the detective handling the case. But they are long time friends so he gives her a little lee-way. Plus he is totally interested in Mimi's bestie and employee Jo so he doesn't chastise Mimi too much when she starts snooping. And who wouldn't when their benefactor is murdered. But opp's her cell phone is missing and when it's found the last text is to poor Bryan. For a bit Mimi is a prime suspect but Raymond the gardener saves the day or this case Mimi when he mentions he saw her about the time that Bryan met his demise. Mimi was doing what she does alot of pacing and talking to herself. The talking to herself helps her work out the mystery and sometimes daily operations of the Bistro. The French Bistro Mysteries is a great series. Even though I wanted a little more back story I can only hope that maybe in future installments we're given a little more. That says a lot because the author does a great job of introducing the characters making you feel like your apart of what is going on. I can only wonder what happens in book 3. I've already read book 2 where Mimi's Chef is the prime suspect when her poor sister is murdered. So hmm. Will Jo her bestie be the next suspect. Or maybe Raymond the gardener. Maybe even Irene the Chocolate Coffee Shop owner who tends to gather in a lot of gossip. Or maybe just some random new character. Who knows. I can't wait! If you like a good Cozy mystery. And if you enjoy food you'll love the French Bistro Series. You'll enjoy the addition of the recipes at the end. I received a complimentary copy.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
Daryl Wood Gerber writes well crafted mysteries. Her characters are interesting and engaging. In this story, the possible murderer is challenging to sort out among a generous collection of possibilities. The story is well done and the food references are very tempting.
BookloverUT More than 1 year ago
Mimi Rousseau has always wanted to open her own bistro, but her late husband’s debt chased the dream away until her best friend, Jorianne, introduces her to Bryan Baker, an entrepreneur who is looking for an investment. She starts working at a bistro and inn until she’s able to buy it and call it her own. Now, Mimi is throwing the inn’s first wedding ever for one of Bryan’s family members, Angelica, a famous talk show host. But, when Bryan is found dead with an éclair stuffed in his mouth, all eyes turn to Mimi. Her supposed motive: Brian forgives her entire loan in his will. Can Mimi find the truth before she is arrested for a murder she didn’t commit? I absolutely loved this cozy mystery. When I opened this novel and started reading, I lost track of time because the plot and characters drew me in and wouldn’t let go. Ms. Gerber has a knack of making readers seem like they are walking next to the protagonist and figuring out the mystery with her. When the culprit was revealed, I was stunned because I thought it was another character. I can’t wait for the next French Bistro mystery. An advanced readers copy was received in exchange for an honest review.
L_Cejka More than 1 year ago
I love Daryl Wood Gerber's writing and I was excited to win a copy of her newest book and the first in a new series, A Deadly Eclair. She has a way of drawing me into the story and I can't escape until I read the last pages. That being said, I couldn't wait to dive in so I put on my headphones, told the kids not to bother me, and slipped into the world of Mimi Rousseau. Sometimes, I expect too much from a favorite author, and end up disappointed with a delightful story because it isn't as delightful as I build it up to be. I shouldn't have worried this book is all expected and more. Mimi is extremely likable, she has excellent reasons for investigating the murder, and I liked all the supporting cast around her. I can usually spot the killer but in this book there were plenty of suspects and I was guessing until the end. I highly recommend this book! It's escapism at its best.
KTempleton More than 1 year ago
Destination Wedding, French Food, and Murder Mimi Rousseau passed away living her with a mound of debt to pay off. After selling off everything to pay off the debt Mimi moved back to her hometown of Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley. Mimi met Bryan Baker, very successful entrepreneur, through a mutual friend. Bryan saw something in Mimi’s dream to own her own French Bistro and decided to back her in opening a bistro and inn. The bistro and inn were starting to thrive and are hosting their first big event, a destination wedding of Bryan’s niece. After the dinner on the first night of activities, Bryan is found dead on the bistro’s patio. Mimi is devastated to lose her mentor and horrified to find out she is a suspect. Can Mimi clear her name and help find the real killer before any other bad things can happen? This is a great start to a book series. Author Daryl Wood Gerber is a great storyteller. I really enjoyed getting to know Mimi and her family and friends. The characters are really well developed, you feel like you are reading about some really quirky fun friends. The mystery is at a great pace with just the right amount of red herrings, I did not figure out the murderer until the moment Mimi starts to figure out who the murderer was. The storyline was very entertaining and the description of the setting is great, I could really picture the town and vineyards surrounding the bistro. The book includes recipes that are mentioned throughout the book. I recommend this book, it is definitely great for mystery lovers and foodies alike. I was provided with an ARC of this book with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ABCollins More than 1 year ago
A beautiful setting, French food, and wine – what more could you want in a Cozy Mystery? A Deadly Éclair is the first book in A French Bistro Mystery series by Daryl Wood Gerber, and it is a big hit as well as my new favorite series. Accused of killing her benefactor, chef & bistro owner Mimi Rousseau gets cracking more than eggs to find out who the real murderer is and clear her name. I would absolutely love to visit the bistro and inn Mimi runs, and wish it were a real place in Napa Valley. The author wrote the descriptions so well I could clearly see it all in my head as I read the book. Mimi is an accomplished chef specializing in French food, so her bistro and the inn are decorated with a French flair, built in the style of Giverny, Monet’s home, a place I’m dying to visit. The author has melded the world of French cooking (including recipes!), art, and wine to create an exciting world for these characters. I very much enjoyed this book! Well-thought out characters, a perfectly plotted plot, and plenty of red-herrings make this the perfect dish for Cozy Mystery aficionados. One word of warning: I was hungry the whole time I read the book. The descriptions of the food made me want to start cooking the recipes included in the back of the book—or run right out to a French restaurant! I’m looking forward to more in this series. I won an advanced copy of this book and am very pleased to write this review for A Deadly Éclair, a definite winner in my book (no pun intended!).
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
A Deadly Eclair by Daryl Wood Gerber is the first in a new cozy mystery series by this author and was a great introduction to the small and quirky small town of Novelle Vie in Napa Valley. Mimi Rousseau was a dynamic protagonist. She's smart, independent and with the help of entrepreneur Bryan Baker has made her dreams come true in Nouvelle Vie. She owns her own bistro and inn. She has surrounded herself with a great team including her best friend Jorianne, who manages the inn, Chef C, Stefan and Heather who work in the bistro. I enjoyed meeting all of them and found them to be likeable, a little quirky and yet serious about being the best at the bistro. Ms. Gerber has a distinctive writing style and the description of Novelle Vie and the cast of characters made me feel like I was right there with them throughout the story. The plot moved so quickly with red herrings, lots of suspects, and twists that I just couldn't put the book down. Oh, and the food sounded so delicious that I was hungry the whole time that I was reading. Luckily, Ms. Gerber provided many recipes at the end of the book. Seriously, you cannot go wrong with this book. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. All of the above opinions are my own.
jiskett More than 1 year ago
In "A Deadly Éclair", Mimi, who was leading a mostly quiet and placid life, is suddenly involved in a murder investigation when her investor is found dead in her bistro. As if that wasn't bad enough, she is seen as the prime suspect because there are some leads pointing her way and she seems to have a motive. To prove her innocence, she starts looking for clues herself - and soon finds out that every single one of her guests is hiding something. Since Mimi does not work in law enforcement, I liked that the author gave her a plausible reason to get involved in the investigation. Not only is she VERY curious about everything, but she also doesn't want to go to jail for a murder she didn't commit. I could understand that she was trying to find the real killer and the way she went about it felt feasible to me as well. I did think it was a bit unrealistic that the people she spoke to told her as much as they did, but that's only a small point of criticism - especially considering that the characters objected to some of her questions or got angry when she was accusing them or loved ones. That behaviour felt very realistic to me and I liked that it made Mimi's investigation more difficult. What did not totally convince me was that she was more or less solving the case on her own; I hope the sheriff will cut a better role in the future. The case itself is well written and not predictable. Every theory I had while reading proved to be wrong and I only noticed a lot of the clues that the protagonist put together at the end in hindsight. There were some clever false leads and the author made Mimi investigate in different directions, so the resolution surprised me, even though it fit the rest of the story. I also liked that while the crime dominated the plot, the lives of the characters and the work in the biestro were important too. It provided some balance. I would rate "A Deadly Éclair" with 3.5/5 stars. It was not a hundred per cent realistic that Mimi could solve the case with relative ease, but that aside the detective work was well portrayed and definitely interesting. I'm just wondering how the author is planning to get her protagonist in future investigations since she can't always be directly involved. But I guess the next book will answer that.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Mimi is working hard to make her dream come true. With the help of her benefactor, Bryan Baker, she's now running a rustic inn and a French Bistro restaurant. Their first destination wedding is being held here. Everything has to be perfect. What Mimi doesn't need is a murder with herself as the prime suspect, but unfortunately that's what she gets when her mentor is found dead. Daryl Wood Gerber starts off her French Bistro series with a suspenseful, well written mystery. The characters are likable. They captured my interest with their quirks as well as their past. They quickly involved me in the story. The attendees at the out-of-towers dinner all have the means and opportunity to murder Bryan which added to the suspense. With so many suspects I wasn't sure who was guilty until the very end. Napa Valley was the perfect setting for this brutal murder. Also, I loved the touch of romance and the sparkling dialogue. I'm curious about Nash's intentions. I always enjoy the mysteries written by this author. She keeps me entertained. I'm looking forward to getting to know more about Mimi and her family and friends. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.