A Deadly Eclair: A French Bistro Mystery

A Deadly Eclair: A French Bistro Mystery

by Daryl Wood Gerber

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Overview

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 Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 291,815
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 Eclair: A French Bistro Mystery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
kayteerufus More than 1 year ago
I love anything Daryl Wood Gerber writes. Her writing style pulls the reader in no matter what the subject, characters or setting. So when I heard she was writing a new series dealing with a French Bistro set in the Napa Valley, I was super excited. I could not wait for the release of A Deadly E’clair. Well that day has come, wahooo!! This book delivered more than even I was hoping for. Super characters, great atmosphere, fun mystery, a tiny bit of romance, and fantastic recipes. Mimi Rousseau, the protagonist, is a strong, yet caring character with flaws and even insecurities. She has surrounded herself with amazing friends and is striving to make her dream bistro a success. What could go wrong when everything is as it should be? Bryan Baker is a dream maker. He is an entrepreneur with a heart and he financed Nouvelle Vie, Mimi’s dream bistro and Inn. It is really making a name for itself and so is Mimi. She gets the chance to throw their first wedding and it is a big one. Bryan’s half-brother Edison has a famous talk show daughter, Angelica Edmonton. Her wedding will be a vrai succès (true success). Everyone will be talking about it, but not for the reasons Mimi and company had hoped. Her mentor Bryan ends up dead. Who would do such a thing and why. So many suspects, so many motives, can Mimi and her friends find the real culprit before her business is no more? A Deadly E’clair is fun, compelling, entertaining and just magnifique! The mystery is intriguing and full of nefarious characters that could be the murderer. Clues point this way and that, but never get too passé. The descriptive writing style of author Daryl Wood Gerber drew me in so I was fully immersed in the Napa Valley setting. I was able to visualize each character, each place they were and of course the amazing meals. Poor Mimi not only loses her mentor and backer, but becomes the number one suspect when it becomes known that her loan is forgiven in the event of Bryan’s death. Surely someone else has more reason and motive to kill her hero. I was so thrilled to read this new book in a new series from one of my favorite authors. I was prepared for the slow pace most first books in a new series are forced to have in order to get the reader acquainted with the characters and premise. Daryl Wood Gerber has a way of filling a book with life and color even from the first book. A Deadly E’clair bursts with flavor, color, charm, and mystery. If you enjoy foodie cozies, a well written mystery and lively characters, this book is definitely for you. I cannot wait for the next in this delightful series. I was given a copy by the publisher, however the opinion is my own and unbiased.
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!).
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.
MandaLuvsToRead More than 1 year ago
This is a fun start to the new French Bistro series by Daryl Wood Gerber. Mimi has finally made her way up in the culinary world with her determination, hard work, and some wonderful mentoring. She's both nervous and excited to overseeing the Inn's first wedding and wants everything to go perfectly. The worst thing possible happens when Mimi's dear friend and business partner/mentor is murdered, leaving Mimi as the one with most obvious motive. Mimi is devastated and not only wants to clear her name but find out who did this to her friend and why. The list of suspects is long and there are plenty of secrets to uncover. I was left guessing right up until the end. Great read for cozy fans. *I was provided this book for free. This is my honest review.
Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
A new book that I hope will become a new series! The character development was fantastic and very realistic. The plot was nicely laid out with some interesting twists and turns to keep you suspecting multiple characters of the dastardly deed. It was very interesting how the author played out the ending and even unraveled some of the main characters misperceptions about a few characters that had led her and the reader astray while figuring out the "whodoneit" part of the story. Now my question to the author is, how long are you going to make us wait for another installment??? I'll be patiently pacing, er I mean waiting.......
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.
ValerieL More than 1 year ago
This is a great start to the series and I enjoyed it. I did have a little trouble getting into it, but once it caught my attention, I couldn't put it down. Our main character, Mimi, is great. She's well-rounded, complex, and fun to read about. Her sidekicks, Heather, Jo, and Raymond are all great too. In fact, I almost like Heather and Raymond more than Mimi. Almost. :) The setting descriptions were great, which I've come to expect from this author. She usually has a good balance of details and leaving some things to the imagination. I'm totally in love with the fact that the inn and gardens are based on Monet's house in Giverny. Visiting Giverny is on my bucket list of "someday I'll get there". :) The plot line was well done and well-written. I didn't know who the villain was until very close to when they revealed it, which is always great in a mystery! I like mysteries that keep me guessing. :) I really enjoyed this book. It didn't quite have enough sparkle and pizzazz to put it over the top into a 5 star book, and it did take me a bit to get into it, but it's a solid 4 out of 5 stars and I definitely recommend it for those who love cozies and/or other books by Daryl Wood Gerber! Enjoy it!
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
Setting, characterization and plot all come together beautifully in A Deadly Éclair, book #1 in Daryl Wood Gerber’s entertaining new French Bistro series. The stage is superbly set for future stories as the cast of characters is introduced and fleshed out, but not in an overwhelming way. Supporting characters, some a little quirky, add richness and depth. Through the fictional setting of Nouvelle Vie, as well as the bistro and inn, the sights and smells of Napa Valley felt so very real. A Deadly Éclair has a delightful traditional cozy feel. As you would expect from a bistro series, food plays an important part, but descriptions don’t slow the pace down – they only make me hungry! Several appealing recipes are included at the end, introduced by little notes from Mimi and Chef C that make them more personal. They don’t appear to be all that difficult and I plan on trying one or two. I enjoyed Ms. Gerber’s writing style and all the twists & turns involving the suspects. Readers will be easily drawn to Mimi. It was fun to follow her logical and methodical questioning of the suspects as background info was gradually revealed, and it was refreshing to come across a protagonist who didn’t put herself in dangerous situations. She also employed one of my favorite techniques – listing suspects and motives on a blackboard – which helped me keep things straight. And the chemistry between Mimi and Nash added just the right touch of romance, with lots of room for development. A Deadly Éclair is a clean, enjoyable read. Mimi, as well as her family and friends, are strong, appealing characters, and I look forward to seeing them grow through the series. The only negative for me is the surprising mention of the political leanings of a couple of secondary characters toward the end of the story, something that I want the books I read to be free of. Recommended. I was provided a free copy of this book through The Review Crew and Great Escapes Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
RudyLKR More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this first book in the series! The Napa Valley setting was great and I’d love to eat at Mimi’s bistro and have the French onion soup! The characters were likeable and relatable. We were just flirting with the line of there being to many that it got confusing and I think if this was a later book in the series where you already knew all the main characters this wouldn’t have been a problem. I really liked Mimi’s detective style too, she’s like me suspecting everyone until the solution becomes obvious. Lots of yummy sounding recipes at the end of the book, including gluten free versions. I’m looking forward to reading more books in this series.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
A Deadly Éclair by Daryl Wood Gerber is the first book A French Bistro Mystery series. Mimi Rousseau owns Bistro Rousseau and Maison Rousseau in Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley, California thanks to her mentor, Bryan Baker. Mimi is hosting her wedding at Maison Rousseau for Angelica Barrington and Lyle Ives. The out-of-towners dinner is going beautifully until father-of-the-bride, Edison Barrington arrives late and drunk. Mimi handles the situation and the event proceeds. The next morning, Angelica finds Bryan dead on the bistro patio. Unfortunately, the evidence points to Mimi as the killer. Mimi wants to clear her name and that of her establishment. Mimi uses her deductive skills to track down the real killer and clear her off the suspect list. A Deadly Éclair is nicely written, contains good characters, and luscious food descriptions. Daryl Wood Gerber sets up a lovely backdrop for A French Bistro Mystery series. I appreciate the descriptions of Mimi’s establishments and the area. We are provided the backstory on Mimi and how she came to live in Napa Valley. I found Mimi to be a relatable character along with the other people in the story. I am glad that she is an intelligent woman running her own business. I did feel that readers are introduced to a few too many characters in the first couple of chapters. It was hard to keep track of everyone in the beginning. The pace of the book is a little slower that I usually like, but it does go with this story. The author is setting the stage for her new characters. I am rating A Deadly Éclair 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). I wish the murder had been more complex. One clue (if you need it) gives the identity of the killer. The why takes a little longer to discern. I did like the author’s use of misdirection to throw readers off the trail of the real culprit. There are recipes at the end of the book for the dishes mentioned in the story. I am eager to read more stories in A French Bistro Mystery series.
291713 More than 1 year ago
A new cozy mystery series is always exciting. A new series by one of your favorite authors is a gift. Being an avid fan of the Cheese Shop Mysteries, I was excited to learn of this new series. Staying true to her writing style and foody expertise, the author introduces the reader to a brand-new cast of characters, location, cuisine and she does not disappoint. With the murder of her mentor, the main character, Mimi, believes she can help to expedite solving the murder even if it is against the advice of everyone she knows and even a few she does not. She can be blunt at times, calling attention to herself, especially to the murderer. You would wonder how a chef could solve a murder and I think that Mimi says it best herself. “A chef is always trying to figure out what’s in a recipe. Investigating comes naturally to me…” The author clearly develops a long list of suspects each with strong motives for the murder. She intertwines friends, family and a love interest throughout the mystery to develop the relationships for a strong foundation for the series, including aptly named fish, Cagney and Lacey. I enjoyed the book from cover to cover and I was kept in suspense until the very end. I am looking forward to the next book and hopefully many more. I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
dmhalvers More than 1 year ago
There is not much I enjoy more than a cozy mystery that captures my interest from the first page and keeps it until the very last. A Deadly Éclair, the first book in Daryl Wood Gerber’s “A French Bistro Mystery” series did just that. I could not put this book down! The pacing of the plot was perfect; the mystery was intriguing; there was a lot of humor, and a hint of romance too. This new series is set in Napa Valley, a place that is now on my bucket list thanks to Ms. Gerber’s vivid description of this area of California and the interesting pieces of its history. A Deadly Éclair introduces us to a strong, relatable, and feisty heroine, Mimi Rousseau, who has finally been able to open up an inn and the bistro of her dreams after a local entrepreneur, Bryan Baker, offers to support her dream financially. When Bryan ends up dead though, Mimi becomes the number one suspect in his murder. As Mini tries to clear her name, we meet the book’s supporting characters…Mimi’s mother, her best friend, a new love interest, and the staff at the inn and bistro…all of whom lend a unique depth to the story because they are all so different yet united in their love, friendship, and support of Mimi. Overall, I found this to be a fantastic book, and I can’t wait to read the next one in this series. By the way, don’t forget to check out the delicious and mouth-watering recipes included at the end of the book!
MargoSue More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad Daryl Wood Gerber has a new series. With its cast of characters running from the quirky to the traditional, she has woven a story that kept me reading. I didn't want to put it down! While the murder mystery was the hook to get me reading the book, learning about the characters, their lives, their relationships kept me enthralled. The bits of humor added a layer of fun also. The descriptions of the wine and food added a bit of education, and I'm looking forward to trying the recipes. A Toast to Mimi and her friends!
Denise King More than 1 year ago
I am new to this author and am delighted to have found her. I am an avid fan of mysteries and knew who the killer was, and why, before the murder. However, Ms. Gerber had me second guessing myself occasionally with her witty use of clues and true to life characters. I like that the interaction between the main character, Mimi, and the various suspects isn't forced. She finds time in the course of her day as a busy restaurant and inn owner to question them as they cross her path. The characters are believable with their reasons for lying during the investigation - not something off the cuff that only happens in fiction. Too often a book will fall into the trap of over explaining a scene setting to death so that you skip over parts of the story, or so little detail that the story doesn't draw you in. A Deadly Eclair hits just the right note. You can see the story unfold in front of your eyes like watching a good movie. The setting is well crafted and believable. The mystery keeps you guessing with just the right amount of misdirection with life like characters with believable flaws and quirks. The setting unfolds before you with crystal like clarity and holds your interest at a steady pace, not rushing the story ending after plodding along. The food descriptions make you hungry without trying to give you a full on cooking class, and the included recipes look scrumptious. If you like culinary mysteries, you will love this one. I can't wait for more.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Mimi Rousseau is thriving as a new business owner in the Napa Valley area. Her Bistro and Masion Rousseau are off to a good start, with a high profile wedding sure to help launch her new brand even more. The in house French Chef makes delectable sounding recipes, Mimi’s employees are all in and even her mother, still running the nearby family winery, all come together to make this event a success. The bride, Angelica, is the daughter of Mimi’s benafactor’s half-brother, Her investor, Bryan Baker, has been more than supportive with time, money and paternal like wisdom. There are a lot of characters converging at the beginning, and it was a bit hard to tell which ones were going to be more important than others. After Mimi’s cell phone is found by Bryan’s body, she has a vested interest in asking a lot of questions while the police team, lead by a childhood friend Tyson Daly, works the case. Great beginning to a new series, with lots of twists while on the way to the solution of the mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Agatha award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber gives her new "French Bistro" mystery series a strong start with the first book in the series, A Deadly Éclair. As the series opens, we meet Mimi Rousseau, a seasoned chef, who has been forced to leave San Francisco by her husband's untimely death and his enormous debt. She returns home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley, where her best friend Jo introduces Mimi to Bryan Baker. Bryan, a wealthy entrepreneur who loves to help young people who he thinks hold promise, sees something in Mimi and quickly agrees to finance her dream - a bistro and right next door to it - a cute little bed and breakfast. Both businesses are in need of "love" and Mimi quickly gets to work to build both businesses and work off her debt to Bryan. The first event at the inn is the wedding of Angelica Edmonton, a famous talk show host who also happens to be the daughter of Bryan's half brother Edison. No pressure to pull off the perfect event... Mimi and her devoted staff get to work to cook up some amazing, memorable food for both the wedding reception as well as the dinner the night before the wedding. While the food is amazing, some of the guests could use some lessons in manners, including the bride's father Edison, who gets drunk at the dinner and causes some problems. Mimi is able to get the guests, and the dinner, back on track and the evening finishes up on a strong note. But the real trouble is about to begin... The next morning, Bryan is found dead with an éclair stuffed into his mouth. Mimi is just as stunned as everyone else but when the evidence starts pointing to her, she knows she's going to have to work hard to clear her name - and find the real killer. Shortly after Bryan's body is found, Sergeant Tyson Daly, a childhood friend of Mimi's, arrives to question her. It seems that somebody called Bryan shortly before he was killed, and the call came from Mimi's cell phone. And then when it's discovered that Bryan left a letter in his office that said if he should die, his estate would forgive Mimi's debt, things go from bad to worse for Mimi. Strong motive indeed! Told in the first person by Mimi, it was easy to get drawn into the story quickly. The author brings Mimi to life and makes her a likeable character, and the reader can certainly feel the pressure she was under, hoping her first event would be a success. Background information is introduced quickly so that the story can gear up and get going. There were a few spots in the book where the story slowed a bit, but overall it was a very enjoyable read. It's not the sort of mystery where I have to stay up late into the night to finish the book, but rather an easy read over several days. Note that when you read this book, you'll likely get hungry over and over as Mimi is always cooking up something delicious. Fortunately, the author has included numerous recipes at the back of the book so readers can enjoy some of the same delicacies that the protagonist created at her bistro. Quill says: A Deadly Éclair is a strong start to a new cozy mystery series.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
An interesting thing occurred to me while I was reading this cozy---the main characters were not always very likeable, or relatable for that matter, but it didn't really matter all that much. In fact, I'm usually bothered by a very large cast but not this time because Ms. Gerber makes them all so individualistic and memorable. Most satisfying to me, the protagonist, Mimi Rousseau, has a very legitimate reason to do her own investigating because she's been pegged as a prime suspect. That's what happens when the death of a murder victim benefits one person in such a generous fashion. Mimi is a smart lady, not inclined towards putting herself in jeopardy (which I appreciate greatly) and a wedding party full of hostile relatives of both the bride and groom gives her a plethora of potential killers to check out. That's the trouble, actually---too many possibilities send Mimi and the reader in so many directions that solving Bryan's murder becomes something like wading through a bog but Mimi finally gets to the other side. As for me, I was kept guessing almost to the denouement, mainly because I kept changing my mind. This author clearly has a sure hand with whodunnits. I haven't read any of Ms. Gerber's earlier work and there's a lot of it but, if A Deadly Eclair is any indication, I think I need to start reading.
PNWBookworm More than 1 year ago
This book has all of the classical elements of a cozy mystery that will leave readers satisfied. The setting in Napa Valley is gorgeous and made me want to visits and the food descriptions left my mouth watering. The characters were well developed and likeable and the mystery was engaging and easy to follow. The only off putting thing was the fact that the main character was far more concerned with clearing her name than grieving her friend who had died. A little more emotion on her part would have made the story a bit more believable.