Monday, July 9, 2018

Souffle of Suspicion: A French Bistro Mystery

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
ISBN-13: 978-1683315865
Digital ASIN: B075QMR44B

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. Her latest creation is A French Bistro Mystery series which includes A Deadly Eclair and A Souffle of Suspicion. 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! Visit Daryl or Avery at She also posts on Mystery Lover's Kitchen and Killer CharactersDaryl Wood Gerber on Facebook, Avery Ames on Facebook, Avery on Twitter and Daryl on Twitter.   @AveryAames @DarylWoodGerber.  Readers can also follow the author on Goodreads:  Daryl Wood Gerber and Avery Ames.  

A Souffle of Suspicion by Daryl Wood Gerber is the second novel in A French Bistro Mystery series.  Mimi Rousseau owns Bistro and Maison Rousseau in Napa Valley.  It is Crush Week and the tourists are pouring into the valley.  On top of that, Maison Rousseau is hosting the Sweet Treats Festival organized by Renee Wells, Chef Camille’s sister.  There are many delectable delights available for the attendees to enjoy.  Mimi is relaxing at home after a long day when she receives a frantic call from Chef Camille.  Mimi rushes to her house where Renee is dead on the kitchen floor from a whack on the head from the countertop mixer.  Chef Camille is devastated and, unfortunately, Sgt. Tyson Daly’s prime suspect.  Renee had created quite a stir lately and there is no shortage of suspects to sift through.  Mimi whisks into action to whip up the suspects and deliver the guilty party to the police on a silver platter. 

A Souffle of Suspicion can be read alone.  The author nicely summarizes A Deadly Éclair (as of 07/08 it is $1.99 for ebook on Amazon) along with the background information on Mimi.  I found A Souffle of Suspicion to be well-written and it has a nice steady pace.  The author has a conversational writing style that is engaging.  I was drawn into the story which I found easy to read.  Mimi likes to read cozy mysteries, so the author worked in references to Krista Davis and Kate Carlisle which I found amusing (I also love their books).  There are some great characters in A French Bistro Mystery series.  Mimi is a strong, intelligent female who runs two businesses with the aid of Jo James at Maison Rousseau and her wonderful kitchen staff at Bistro Rousseau.  There were some humorous moments throughout the story that had me  chuckling.  The mystery is appealing with several suspects, misdirection and good clues.  The one downfall was I identified the killer before Chef Camille found Renee deceased on her kitchen floor (is anyone else curious if the mixer survived).  There are many delectable dishes mentioned throughout the book and recipes are provided at the end.  A Souffle of Suspicion is a charming cozy mystery that pairs nicely with a glass of wine and a comfortable chair. 

A Souffle of Suspicion releases on July 10 and you can pre-order it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, GooglePlay and Bookbub.  As a part of the Great Escapes Tour, there is a giveaway.  The prize is a tote bag with A Souffle of Suspicion inside along with some delightful goodies.  You can click here to enter or use the Rafflecopter entry below.  Leave a comment below for an extra entry.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thank you for taking the time to visit.   Please take the time to visit the other stops on the Great Escapes A Souffle of Suspicion Virtual Book Tour (see below). I will return tomorrow with my thoughts on Killer Green Tomatoes by Lynn Cahoon.  It is the second novel A Farm-to-Fork Mystery series.  May you have a day filled with merriment.  Stay  cool and Happy Reading!  

The Avid Reader


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  1. Thank you for your review on "A Soufflé of Suspicion" by Daryl Wood Gerber and being part of the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour.

    Love this author's books and I know this one is bound to be as great a read as the others were. I've had it on my TBR list since it was first mentioned. Can't wait for the opportunity to read it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Kris, thanks for sharing my book with your readers! The review was lovely! All my best, Daryl