BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: A Deadly Eclair by Daryl Wood Gerber (Cozy Mystery)

Greetings Friends!

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!

Daryl Wood Gerber
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Date of Publication: November 2017
Number of Pages: 320
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A scrumptious series debut!

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 eclair 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


Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author Daryl Wood Gerber also writes the bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries, and as Avery Aames, she pens the Cheese Shop Mysteries

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.

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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!

Tour Participants
June 6 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – REVIEW, RECIPE – GUEST POST
June 6 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews– REVIEW
June 7 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
June 7 – Ruff Drafts – RECIPE – GUEST POST
June 7 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT
June 8 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT
June 8 – Cozy Up WIth Kathy – REVIEW, RECIPE – GUEST POST
June 9 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW
June 9 – The Power of Words – REVIEW
June 10 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW
June 11 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW, RECIPE – GUEST POST
June 11 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW
June 12 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
June 12 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW
June 13 – Mysteries with Character – REVIEW
June 14 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW, RECIPE – GUEST POST
June 14 – That’s What She’s Reading – REVIEW (YOU ARE HERE)
June 15 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
June 16 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW
June 16 – Lisa Ks Book Review – REVIEW
June 17 – The Cozy Pages – REVIEW
June 18 – The Montana Bookaholic –  REVIEW, RECIPE – GUEST POST
June 18 – Sapphyria’s Books – REVIEW
June 19 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW
June 19 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW


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