A Soufflé of Suspicion: A French Bistro Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (July 10, 2018)
Hardcover 296 Pages
Digital ASIN: B075QMR44B
The buoyant mood at Bistro Rousseau deflates when Chef Camille’s sister, Renee, turns up dead in the chef’s kitchen, and Mimi Rousseau must tease the real killer out of a mélange of menacing characters.Crush Week in Nouvelle Vie is a madhouse—in a good way. Tourists pour into town for the pressing of the Napa Valley’s world-renowned grapes and all the town’s businesses get a nice lift, including Bistro and Maison Rousseau. Mimi is raising the ante this year with a Sweet Treats Festival, a wonderland of croissants, cakes, tarts, and soufflés crafted with expert care by the area’s top talents.Chef Camille’s sister Renee is managing the festival with a cast-iron fist, upsetting everyone, including her sister. Which is bad for Camille when Renee turns up dead in the chef’s kitchen. Mimi is still building her business, so her first course of action is to whip up answers and catch the unsavory perpetrator before Camille takes a dusting and gets burned.
Festival time of year brings an abundance of tourists as well as getting the locals out and about. Called The Crush in this vineyard region, there is always something delightful and delectable going on. From wine tastings and castle tours to a sweet festival featuring a baked good competition, this book is jam packed with delicious descriptions and deadly deceit. Disaster strikes when the festival organizer, who also happens to be sister to the head chef at Bistro Rousseau, is murdered. Was she the intended victim? Who hated her so much? Can Mimi Rousseau temper her curious nature and stay out of the sheriff's way? Filled with all sorts of relationships and motives, and so many activities going on all at once, this story believably goes in many directions. It has an energy humming through it. The characters are wonderful and we get to know a bit more about their background and history. There is a romantic element to the book but it takes a back seat to the mystery. And the food! Even with the book having a murderous plot, there were moments of smiles and laughter as well. While I had my suspicions about who the murderer was, I needed to wait for it to be proven. I enjoyed my time in wine country.
About the Author
Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber is best known for her nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries and CHEESE SHOP MYSTERIES, which she pens as Avery Aames.
She will soon debut the new French Bistro Mysteries.
Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.”
She loves to cook, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!
Visit Daryl or Avery at www.darylwoodgerber.com.
Daryl’s Blog – Avery’s Blog – Mystery Lover’s Kitchen – Killer Characters –
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Twitter: @AveryAames @DarylWoodGerber
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