Review: A Deadly Eclair
Title: A Deadly Éclair
Series: A French Bistro Mystery #1
Author: Daryl Wood Gerber
Release Date: November 7th, 2017
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 in A Deadly Eclair, the scrumptious series debut by Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber.
This book has all of the classical elements of a cozy mystery that will leave readers satisfied. The setting in Napa Valley is gorgeous and made me want to visits and the food descriptions left my mouth watering. The characters were well developed and likeable and the mystery was engaging and easy to follow. The only off putting thing was the fact that the main character was far more concerned with clearing her name than grieving her friend who had died. A little more emotion on her part would have made the story a bit more believable.
*I recieved this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*