Eclair and Present Danger,
by Laura Bradford, is the first book in a new series! We are
quickly introduced to Winnie Johnson, a bakery owner on the
verge of closing her doors, when she inherits not only a cat
named Lovey, who despises her and doesn't miss a chance to
hiss at her and show her disdain, but also inherits a fully-restored,
vintage ambulance. Due to the quirky inheritance and lack
of cash she was hoping for, she is forced to close the doors
of her bakery. Upon making her final delivery, a delectable
peach pie, to her elderly neighbor, Bart, she finds him on
the floor, seemingly smothered to death by a pillow. Now Winnie
feels compelled to find the truth about the murder of her
friend while starting up her newly founded bakery business
run out of the vintage ambulance. Thus the Emergency Dessert
Squad is born!
With Eclair and Present Danger we are served up
a twist on the ever popular dessert-themed cozy mysteries.
The entire theme around this series is inventive and original.
I was first drawn to the beautiful cover, but I was doubting
whether the story line would stand up to scrutiny. I couldn't
have been more wrong! The story line was very imaginative
and well written. The characters were enduring and fun. Although
I did peg the "whodunit" of this story, I was left
second guessing my suspect list right up until the end. I
thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Don't forget to check
the back of the book for some delicious recipes to rescue
the loved ones in your own life! Overall, Eclair and Present
Danger is a fun and unique cozy mystery, and I can't wait
to get my hands on the next in this series, Silence of
the Flans, coming in March of 2017!
Reviewer Notes: Writes the Amish Mysteries and Jenkins
& Burns Mysteries. Writes the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries
as Elizabeth Lynn Casey.