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A Souffle of Suspicion
French Bistro Series #2
BY Daryl Wood Gerber

Crooked Lane
July 10, 2018/ ISBN 978-1-68331-586-5

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Napa Valley wineries traditionally press grapes during Crush Week and that brings in hordes of tourists. In Nouvelle Vie, business owner Mimi Rousseau is swamped with work running her restaurant Bistro and Maison Rousseau, a popular inn. It’s also the week for the Sweet Treats Festival where delicious desserts are sold all day making it a popular attraction.

Chef Camille is the French chef who runs the Bistro kitchen, and her sister, Renee is managing the festival. While Chef C is adored by all, Renee has a knack for upsetting people and is hard pressed to find any friends in town. Renee is murdered, in Camille’s kitchen at home, and Chef C falls hard into grief and is unfortunately considered a suspect.

There are plenty of other people who had motives to kill Renee, and as Mimi sets out to find the murderer, and get the police to look further than Camille, she soon realizes that she’s asking too many questions and is in the killer’s crosshairs herself!

Author Daryl Wood Gerber is right on point with this mystery packed with interesting twists and turns and a setting that will make you wish you could attend the Sweet Treats Festival. I was surprised at who the killer was as there were plenty of suspects and this one was low on my radar. That’s a hallmark of a good mystery writer who is able to keep the reader guessing and turning those pages as the tale unfolds.

Great for a beach read or for your mystery book club. There are even several recipes in the back of the book. What are you waiting for? Order your copy today!

Reviewed 2018