Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Deadly E'clair-by Daryl Wood Gerber Great Escapes Tour

About the book 
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.
And others are saying

Great cozy mystery filled with all the things I love…great characters, great storyline, great food, and a dash of romance!
~Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews
What a wonderful start to a new cozy mystery series . . . This really is a must read for fans of the genre and food. I just loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
My vocabulary also got a workout, which I enjoy. Reading a good cozy should expand your world and this does that very well.
~Laura’s Interests
A DEADLY ECLAIR serves up a delicious blend of characters, setting, and mystery in the first French Bistro Mystery.
~Cozy Up With Kathy
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through most of the book, I felt like I was right there watching all of the action taking place. And the descriptions of the foods had me salivating.
~MJB Reviewers
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 Power of Words
This was a great new series which leads us to another food cozy mystery . . . I love reading how Mimi clears her name.
~Community Bookstop
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.
~Valerie’s Musings
A Deadly Éclair is well-written, contains good characters, and luscious food descriptions. Daryl Wood Gerber sets up a lovely backdrop for A French Bistro Mystery series.
~The Avid Reader
And I thought
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. 
My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your review on "A Deadly E'clair" by Daryl Wood Gerber and for being part of the Great Escapes Tour for the book.

    Amazing author, great cover and wonderful storyline!
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