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  • Well written case

    In "A Deadly Éclair", Mimi, who was leading a mostly quiet and placid life, is suddenly involved in a murder investigation when her investor is found dead in her bistro. As if that wasn't bad enough, she is seen as the prime suspect because there are some leads pointing her way and she seems to have a motive. To prove her innocence, she starts looking for clues herself - and soon finds out that every single one of her guests is hiding something. Since Mimi does not work in law enforcement, I liked that the author gave her a plausible reason to get involved in the investigation. Not only is she VERY curious about everything, but she also doesn't want to go to jail for a murder she didn't commit. I could understand that she was trying to find the real killer and the way she went about it felt feasible to me as well. I did think it was a bit unrealistic that the people she spoke to told her as much as they did, but that's only a small point of criticism - especially considering that the characters objected to some of her questions or got angry when she was accusing them or loved ones. That behaviour felt very realistic to me and I liked that it made Mimi's investigation more difficult. What did not totally convince me was that she was more or less solving the case on her own; I hope the sheriff will cut a better role in the future. The case itself is well written and not predictable. Every theory I had while reading proved to be wrong and I only noticed a lot of the clues that the protagonist put together at the end in hindsight. There were some clever false leads and the author made Mimi investigate in different directions, so the resolution surprised me, even though it fit the rest of the story. I also liked that while the crime dominated the plot, the lives of the characters and the work in the biestro were important too. It provided some balance. I would rate "A Deadly Éclair" with 3.5/5 stars. It was not a hundred per cent realistic that Mimi could solve the case with relative ease, but that aside the detective work was well portrayed and definitely interesting. I'm just wondering how the author is planning to get her protagonist in future investigations since she can't always be directly involved. But I guess the next book will answer that.

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  • Fantastic Cozy Mystery!!!

    Great cozy mystery filled with all the things I love...great characters, great storyline, great food, and a dash of romance! Mimi Rousseau is returning home in hopes of achieving her dream...opening her own little bistro. She isn’t quite sure that is in the cards for her until her best friend finds her an investor, Bryan Baker. She is finally on the right path when Bryan is murdered. All clues point to her. She will have to work hard to clear her name if she wants her freedom and before all her dreams go up in smoke. The murder mystery itself has a cast of suspects, and the author kept me guessing throughout the entire book. The heroine, Mimi, was a great character. I admired her independence and intelligence. She needed both of those things to get her out of the predicament she was in. I am also looking forward to seeing where her potential romance with Nash will lead her. This was an enjoyable, witty, cozy mystery. The fabulous scenery of the beautiful Napa Valley was an added bonus. Throw in a great cast of secondary characters and an AMAZING collection of recipes, and you have yourself a wonderful beginning to what promises to be a wonderful series!!!

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  • First book in A French Bistro Mystery!

    A Deadly Éclair by Daryl Wood Gerber is the first book A French Bistro Mystery series. Mimi Rousseau owns Bistro Rousseau and Maison Rousseau in Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley, California thanks to her mentor, Bryan Baker. Mimi is hosting a wedding at Maison Rousseau for Angelica Barrington and Lyle Ives. The out-of-towners dinner is going beautifully until father-of-the-bride, Edison Barrington arrives late and drunk. Mimi handles the situation and the event proceeds. The next morning, Angelica finds Bryan dead on the bistro patio. Unfortunately, the evidence points to Mimi as the killer. Mimi wants to clear her name and that of her establishment. Mimi uses her deductive skills to track down the real killer and clear her off the suspect list. A Deadly Éclair is nicely written, contains good characters, and luscious food descriptions. Daryl Wood Gerber sets up a lovely backdrop for A French Bistro Mystery series. I appreciate the descriptions of Mimi’s establishments and the area. We are provided the backstory on Mimi and how she came to live in Napa Valley. I found Mimi to be a relatable (and likeable) character along with the other people in the story. I am glad that she is an intelligent woman running her own business. I did feel that readers are introduced to a few too many characters in the first couple of chapters. It was hard to keep track of everyone in the beginning. The pace of the book is a little slower that I usually like, but it does go with this story. The author is setting the stage for her new characters. I am rating A Deadly Éclair 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). I wish the murder had been more complex. One clue (if you need it) gives the identity of the killer. The why takes a little longer to discern. I did like the author’s use of misdirection to throw readers off the trail of the real culprit. There are recipes at the end of the book for the dishes mentioned in the story. I am eager to read more stories in A French Bistro Mystery series.

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  • I loved it!

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. To be honest, I am not a fan of the author's other series, but this new series really grabbed me. This book had an engaging cast of characters and a well paced whodunit. I look forward to reading the next in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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  • Great New Series!

    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.

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