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  • Well done crime story

    “A Soufflé of Suspicion” is the second book about Mimi Rousseau, a woman who owns her own bistro. Her life is disturbed again by a murder and while she herself is not the suspect this time, one of her employees and friends is, so Mimi is once more trying to solve a crime. I liked that the author found a good reason to involve her protagonist in investigations a second time since I was a bit unsure about how she was going to do that after reading “A Deadly Éclair”. Because the series is tied to the bistro, the setting is limited and I am interested to see what will happen in the next few books, but Mimi’s involvement in the proceedings certainly made sense in this one. The case itself was intriguing; there were many possible theories and most of the people involved had a plausible motive and the opportunity. Therefore, it was not easy to get to the truth. I was trying to guess who the killer could be the whole time and I appreciated that you had to keep guessing until the end since the author had a lot of strong suspects. The false leads were convincing and every time the protagonist uncovered a new piece of evidence, she had to question herself and what she had previously believed to be the truth. I liked that, even more so because the conflict between believing in her friend and trying to be objective was nicely written. While I enjoyed the book, there were some points that bothered me a bit. With the first book, I had criticised that Mimi sometimes got information too easily and that the sheriff did not play much of a role. That is sadly the case once again, even though I have to say that the sheriff seemed to be more important in this book, which I liked. It is also important to note that the witnesses do sometimes react angrily when she more or less accuses them of being guilty and not everyone is willing to tell her everything. Still, there were times when they just volunteered a lot of information. It’s a small point and easily overlooked, but nonetheless worth a mention. Because of these two points, I’d rate the book 3.5 stars.

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  • The second book is even tastier than the first

    It’s crush week in Napa and Maison Rousseau is hopping as a week-long festival is held on the grounds. Mimi and her staff are working hard with the increased foot traffic and when Chef C’s sister is murdered, Mimi has to step in to fill in in the kitchen while she also tries to price Chef C’s innocence. The author’s writing will whisk you off to Napa and you can almost smell and taste the food and wine. The writing is fantastic and supporting characters served up compliment the strong and well developed protagonist. This is a must read book for your Summer reading list!

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  • A Souffle of Murder?

    Mimi Rousseau, owner of Bistro and Maison Rousseau, is ready for Crush Week and the Sweet Treats Festival that is being held on the premises. Chef Camille’s sister, Renee, is managing the event with an iron fist. But, when she’s found murdered, can Mimi find the culprit before the Festival becomes a disaster? This was a wonderfully woven mystery with great suspects drawn from unique characters. Once I thought I knew who did it, I was surprised by a new twist in the plot. The ending was very satisfying. I can’t wait to read another book from this great series. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.

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  • Is Mimi a target?

    I like Mimi and her crew. Glad to see Mimi and Nash progressing. Still don't understand why Mimi is friends with Willow. This is a good mystery and a fun story. When Chef C's sister is murdered, Chef C becomes a suspect. Mimi will not let someone she cares about become a murder suspect. She just knows that Chef C is not capable of murdering her sister. There is someone skulking around her house. Is Mimi a target? Will she be able to help find the murderer before she becomes a victim?

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  • Another French Bistro Mystery

    In this second book of the French Bistro Mystery, Mimi is looking forward to all the tourists attending the Sweets Treat Festival, part of Crush Week in Nouvelle Vie. But when Renee, the festival's manager turns up dead, Mimi realizes she needs to help with the investigation. Especially since her own Chef C, Camille, is also Renee's sister. The action moves along at a nice pace, with several possible suspects and motives. I love the introduction of a new cat for Mimi (black!), as well as a possible changing relationship with Nash. I enjoyed the descriptions of the festival's activities and contests, as well as the delectable foods served at Mimi's Bistro...with these recipes included at the end of the story! Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing this book.

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