Friday, July 6, 2018

A Souffle of Suspicion - Review & Giveaway


The Second French Bistro Mystery

Visitors are flocking to Bistro Rousseau. Not only is it Crush Week, when tourists descend on Nouvelle Vie as vineyards harvest their grapes and start to turn them into wine, but Maison Rousseau is the location for the Sweet Treats Festival. Chef C.'s sister, Renee, is the dynamo behind the event, running it like a well oiled machine. But not everyone is happy with Renee, including the woman who originally started the event and the husband she left. When Chef C. comes home to find Renee dead in her kitchen Mimi Rousseau knows she has to help solve another murder.

Sisterly love, spousal love and hate, budding romantic relationships as well as developing ones, relationships are at the heart of A SOUFFLE OF SUSPICION. I love the balance shown between them all, and I'm especially enjoying the growing relationship between Mimi and  Nash. I also enjoy Mimi's relationship with not only Cagney and Lacy, but Scooter and Scoundrel as well.

The mystery is an intriguing one. While most people seemed to like and respect Renee, there are some obvious suspects. Suspicious activity abounds, but is it related to the murder or something else entirely? I like how Mimi explores possibilities, while still keeping up with her business, and her romance. I also wonder how she still likes Willow!

Warmth, humor, a few chills, a soupçon of intrigue, and plenty of charm make for a great read. A SOUFFLE OF SUSPICION is a delectable entrée in the French Bistro Mystery series.


A Soufflé of Suspicion: A French Bistro Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Crooked Lane Books (July 10, 2018) 
Hardcover 296 Pages
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.

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. Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense: DAYS OF SECRETS and GIRL ON THE RUN. 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!

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  1. Sounds like a great read. I have read previous books in this series. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

  2. This sounds so good and that tea towel is so cute!

  3. Thank you for being part of the book tour for "A SOUFFLE OF SUSPICION" by Daryl Wood Gerber.

    I love this author and have had this book on my TBR list since I first knew what it's name was going to be. Can't wait for the opportunity to read it!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  4. I love book tours! And love this series. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. I really loved the first book in this series and can't wait to read the second one!

  6. I love the first book in the series and I'm looking forward to reading "A Souffle of Suspicion".

  7. Love your books & this is another great one, Thanks for your generosity.

  8. Thank you , Cathy, for such a lovely review, and for hosting a stop on the cozy tour! You're the best! ~ Daryl

  9. Thank you for being part of this tour. I love Daryl's books and can hardly wait to read this one. Thank you for the giveaway!