Tuesday, July 10, 2018

A Souffle' of Suspicion by Daryl Wood Gerber- Great Escapes Tour-Review/Giveaway

About the book (provided by Great Escapes Tours)
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 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.
And others are saying
Warmth, humor, a few chills, a soupçon of intrigue, and plenty of charm make for a great read. A SOUFFLE OF SUSPICION is a delectable entrée in the French Bistro Mystery series.
~Cozy Up With Kathy
Delicious food, engaging characters, and a well-constructed plot join with the gorgeous setting to make this book a delightful read from start to finish.
~Reading is My SuperPower
A Soufflé of Suspicion, book #2 in the French bistro series, is delicious – and I don’t mean that as a pun. It is simply the essence of all that a cozy mystery should be.
~The Power of Words

I found A Souffle of Suspicion to be well-written and it has a nice steady pace. The author has a conversational writing style that is engaging.
~The Avid Reader
And I thought
A very fun read.  I enjoyed everything about this book.  
The storyline/plot was interesting and kept me turning the pages while trying to figure out Who Dun It?  
Daryl does a great job of leaving little tid bits and leading the reader on a ride while trying to figure it out.  
There are some subtle clues early on that kind of get swept away causing the reader and the characters to look for answers elsewhere. 
This book and series has some delightful characters. 
I loved Mimi's character.  I loved her name Mimi Rousseau so very french sounding.  Mimi is one talented business woman owning the Bistro Cafe and the Maison Rousseau.  Such charming places that almost come to life.  I wanted to visit! MiMi spends 
alot of time talking to herself and going over the clues and working things out in her head until finally she puts everything together 
and figures out who really killed poor Renee.  Everyone including this reader is a bit surprised at the out come and who the villain is. 
As the story progressed there was no shortage of suspects.  
But each are exonerated in due time as their alibi's are covered.
There really are alot of characters running around.  But it was 
difficult to keep track of what was going on. 
If I was to choose a favorite among them it might be MiMi's mother.  She was delightful and charming at ready and willing to lend a hand whether it was watching over Camille in the early hours after she discovers her sisters body.  Or by bringing lots of diners to the Maison Rousseau for a dinner party.  
As Souffle of Suspicion is part of the French Bistro Mystery
series there is lot of talk about food.  There are some great sounding recipes at the end of the book.  
Souffle of Suspicion is book 2 in the series and is written as a 
stand alone.  If you pic it up you'll enjoy it and quite possibly have a hard time putting it down.   I did.  This was a fun and fast 5 star read for me.   I am looking forward to reading more in this series. 

I received a complimentary copy.  
My review will appear on retail sites, NetGalley and Good Reads.

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  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book! I adore Mimi's mother, too. :) She has heart. Thanks for sharing your views with your readers. ~ Daryl

  2. I loved "A Deadly Eclair", looking forward to reading "A Souffle of Suspicion".