Review: A Deadly Éclair: A French Bistro Mystery, by Daryl Wood Gerber. Crooked Lane Books

Description (from NetGalley)

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.

 

My Review

We live just south of the Napa Valley, close enough to visit it and savor its beauty. It’s nice to have one of my favorite places become the setting for a tantalizing cozy mystery. There is a fine array of characters and a number of gourmet red herrings to keep us guessing and lots of lovely food to tempt our palates. All in all, this is a delicious tale. For us locals, though, just now the setting is bittersweet, as our treasured Wine Country has been through trying times with a destructive earthquake and, more recently, a truly heartbreaking cluster of deadly wildfires. But we, like our heroine Mimi, are a resilient bunch.

 

My thanks to author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing an advance copy to read and review.

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