Today, I am spotlighting my previous review of A DEADLY ECLAIR by Daryl Wood Gerber as part of her blog tour to promote the release of the trade paperback edition of the book as well as to celebrate the upcoming publication of the second book in the series A SOUFFLE OF SUSPICION hitting shelves July 10! You can pre-order HERE!
Genre: Cozy Mystery
A scrumptious series debut!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Fun tidbit: Daryl appeared on “Murder, She Wrote.” She has also jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and hitchhiked around Ireland by herself. She loves to read and has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky.
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.
This was such a fabulous debut and definitely one that you are going to want to pick up if you are a fan of culinary cozies as well!
From the feisty protagonist, Mimi, to the eclectic and suspicious cast of characters each with their own motives for murder, there is so much to love about this book. All of the people that make up Mimi’s staff are so endearing and have created a heartwarming and welcoming place for visitors. It was such a treat to be in their company and move through the story along with Mimi as she tries to solve the case. I especially loved how much investigative work Mimi conducts herself; however, very few clues are revealed as the story unfolds, ultimately creating a truly well layered and plotted mystery that has to be read to the end in order to find out who the killer is. Her amateur sleuthing skills are far more competent and ambitious than Tyson’s, the law enforcement officer charged with finding out the truth. And despite this scenario being the case in all cozy mysteries, it was incredibly well done and came across as highly believable, providing some light humor into their interactions with each other.
The author’s descriptive style beautifully captures the setting and paints a lush and inviting place you would want to visit on your next holiday. And all the talk about the French food served in the bistro will leave your mouth watering! So make sure you have some snacks available while reading or cook up some of your own versions using the provided recipes at the end of the book! Maybe one day I’ll get some time to recreate them myself!
I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to read this great start to a series that I will now be on the look out for and highly recommend! I definitely look forward to returning to Napa Valley in order to experience more adventures with Mimi at her bistro, but for now, I’m adding the author’s backlist to my TBR while I wait!
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Many thanks to Great Escapes Book Tours and especially Daryl Wood Gerber. It was a pleasure hosting and providing a review! And be sure to check out the blog tour for more opinions and author extras!