Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Souffle of Suspicion by Daryl Wood Gerber

Posted July 7, 2018 by meezcarrie in contemporary, cozy mystery, Daryl Wood Gerber, giveaway, mystery/suspense / 16 Comments

about the book

SERIES: A French Bistro Mystery #2
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Crooked Lane Books
RELEASE DATE: July 10, 2018
PAGES: 296

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.

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I’m really enjoying this series set in California’s Napa Valley. I know nothing about wine or French food, but that doesn’t keep me from loving the characters and the setting.

Mimi is a delightful protagonist – she’s smart, engaging, creative, warm, and enterprising. Not to mention, she’s got an inner Nancy Drew that surfaces with each new murder that crosses her path. She also has a great support network of friends, family and employees (who double as friends) – and you’ll be just as invested in them as you are in Mimi.

There’s a lot going on in A Souffle of Suspicion – just enough that you feel the tension of everything Mimi has to juggle but not so much that it’s overwhelming or distracting. And, after all, between the restaurant, the inn, and the festival, there are plenty of opportunities for Mimi to interact with lots of different people and, in turn, get all the gossip and clues she needs to solve the murder! And the desserts at the festival? YUM. I wanted all of them. Not a fan of French cuisine, though, so I appreciated that most of the recipes are included in the back of the book rather than having to stop the story for a cooking lesson 😉

Things are heating up on the romantic front, as well. Both main couples – Tyson & Jo and Mimi & Nash – see some major progress in their respective relationships. Again, though, this is sort-of tucked discreetly into the fabric of the story and isn’t too distracting for people who would rather have more mystery than smooches.

Bottom Line: Delicious food, engaging characters, and a well-constructed plot join with the gorgeous setting to make this book a delightful read from start to finish. Readers will enjoy tagging along with Mimi as she runs the restaurant (including stepping in for her chef for the majority of the book), navigates a busy festival on her inn’s property, and solves the latest murder in her quaint town. A great pick for foodies, wine connoisseurs and wanna-be sleuths alike!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!

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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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16 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Souffle of Suspicion by Daryl Wood Gerber

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “A Souffle of Suspicion” by Daryl Wood Gerber and for being part of the book tour.

    I’m like you, I know nothing about wine or gourmet French food, but I love this author and her books. I read “A Deadly Eclair” and can’t wait for the opportunity to read this book as well.

  2. Dianne Casey

    I would say my favorite type of cuisine is just normal home cooking. The comfort food dinners that I grew up with.

  3. Gloria

    I enjoy all types of cuisine but probably Italian is my favorite. I have A Deadly Eclair and A Souffle of Suspicion is on my wish list. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

  4. Janet Estridge

    My favorite type of cuisine is what I grew up with.
    Down home, Southern cooking, like chicken and dumplings, lima beans, cornbread, and for dessert, peach cobbler.

  5. Faith Creech

    Looking forward to reading this new book. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway. Love your books!

  6. This is an author I’ve been wanting to read for ages (and we’re not even going to talk about how many books by her I own!) but somehow never have. This sounds wonderful and I love that the MC seems really likable. That’s not always the case in a cozy. Though I have a feeling this is not a book to be read on an empty stomach!

    • Carrie

      yes – make sure you’re full before you start because it could cause binge eating lol

  7. Julie Waldron

    This looks like a fun book, I love cozy mysteries! My favorite cuisine?? Hmm….I guess I’d say Italian.

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