A Deadly Éclair (A French Bistro Mystery, #1) by Daryl Wood Gerber

A Deadly Éclair (A French Bistro Mystery, #1)

It's always been Mimi Rousseau's dream to open her own bistro, but it seems beyond her grasp since she's been chased back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley by her late husband's tremendous debt. Until her best friend Jorianne James introduces her to entrepreneur Bryan Baker who invests in promising prospects. Now, working the bistro and inn until she's able to pay it off and call it her own, Mimi is throwing the inn's first wedding ever. The we...

Details A Deadly Éclair (A French Bistro Mystery, #1)

TitleA Deadly Éclair (A French Bistro Mystery, #1)
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherCrooked Lane Books
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery

Reviews A Deadly Éclair (A French Bistro Mystery, #1)

  • Carrie
    Mimi Rousseau had always had a dream of opening her own bistro but she certainly had to take the hard route to finally see her dream through. Mimi hadn't been able to attend culinary school so she got her training the hard way working herself up to being a chef. Mimi also saved every penny should could over the years but after her husband's passing she found herself back to square one when it was found that he had them deeply in debt. After Mimi ...
  • Stacie Amelotte
    I have been looking forward to the first installment of the French Bistro series from the moment I heard about it. Daryl Wood Gerber is one of my favorite culinary cozy mystery writers. The author has a unique way of combining an intriguing mystery while taking you on a deliciously delightful culinary experience. She always creates a close knit group of loveable characters and an intelligent main protagonist. I enjoy her books because I can truly...
  • Linda Langford at Chatting About Cozies
    I savored this debut cozy mystery like a glass of fine wine. Set in the appealing wine country near Napa Valley, California, Author Daryl Wood Gerber plates up a scrumptious menu featuring mouth-watering foods, murder, and mayhem.Protagonist Mimi Rousseau, has a smart and feisty personality I immediately liked and has successfully established a first-class restaurant and beautiful bed-and-breakfast inn with the financial help and guidance of weal...
  • Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
    Release Date: November 7, 2017 Genre: Cozy MysteryA Deadly Eclair is the first book in a brand new cozy mystery series by Daryl Wood Gerber. This is a culinary mystery that revolves around delectable french foods, a new bistro, and a murder! The characters are fantastic. Readers will have a ton of fun sleuthing with Mimi and enjoy the company of the secondary characters who easily warmed my heart. There is a little bit of a romance in this one-...
  • Dawn Halverson
    There is not much I enjoy more than a cozy mystery that captures my interest from the first page and keeps it until the very last. A Deadly Éclair, the first book in Daryl Wood Gerber’s “A French Bistro Mystery” series did just that. I could not put this book down! The pacing of the plot was perfect; the mystery was intriguing; there was a lot of humor, and a hint of romance too. This new series is set in Napa Valley, a place that is now o...
  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    The first book in Gerber’s delicious new cozy mystery series is sweet and savory and offers up a well-rounded menu for a variety of tastes!Mimi Rousseau makes for a heroine you’ll want as a friend, and in fact her friendships within the book are equally delightful. The bistro’s chef, the staff, Mimi’s best friend, her mom, and a bevy of friends and acquaintances from high school give the story flair and dimension. Additionally, her brewin...
  • Alyssa White
    Outstanding book by Daryl Wood Gerber. I could not put the book down! This lovely story had me guessing at every turn to figure it who did it, and I didn't guess it right which is a first! It was very enjoyable with all the wonderful characters. Mimi's pet fish were the perfect companions and I died laughing. I cannot wait to get the next book in this collection. DWG is truly a great writer.
  • Taryn
    I was excited to get my hands on an ARC of this book because I always take great enjoyment from reading this author, I've liked all her series. After the death of her husband, who left her with many unpaid debts, Mimi knows that she needs to make some changes in her life. She begins by moving back home and starting fresh. After coming home, a friend introduces her to Bryan, an entrepreneur who gets great enjoyment from helping young professionals...
  • Lisa Morin
    This is the first book in a new series. The title was quirky and I am a fan of the authors other works.This was a good story, I like Mimi and the other characters.This story was full of twists and turns, and I did get a bit confused as to who was who. Wealth and greed seem to play a big role in this story.When a death hits close to home, Mimi sets out to discover the truth, finding out some interesting secrets along the way. I voluntarily read an...
  • Merry Chapman
    This first book in the series was fantastic! I can't wait to read more! The characters were real and well developed. I loved the main character, Mimi! Her low self-esteem takes over, but her friends and employees who she considers family are there to boost her up. Especially Jo, her best friend since childhood. And her mother... what a charcter. I love the added humor - the interaction between Chef C and Stefan is hilarious! There is a major cele...
  • Peggy R
    This is the first in a new series for Agatha Awarding winning author Daryl Wood Gerber. It is a terrific culinary cozy set in a charming location and filled with terrific characters that are well written, dimensional and entertaining. The mystery is well plotted with plenty of suspects all believable and plausible. The clues, twists, turns and red herrings are laid out nicely and unfold over the course of the book. I found this story to have a ni...
  • Bertha
    There was a lot packed into Daryl Wood Gerber's new book, A Deadly Eclair. A celebrity wedding, wonderful wines and a murder. The story was fast paced and very easy to get into and her characters were well developed. I've read Ms. Gerber's other series, Cookbook Nook Mysteries and Cheese Shop Mysteries, and loved reading everyone of the books. After reading this book I know I'll love this series also.
  • Fred
    A Deadly Eclair is the first book in the A French Bistro Mystery series.Another exciting food-related series Daryl Wood Gerber.Mimi Rousseau is beginning to live her dreams, with the financial backing of Bryan Baker, she is about ready to open Bistro Rousseau and Maison Rousseau. To get her venture started she is hosting a party for the out-of-towners who will be staying at the inn for wedding Baker’s niece, Angelica and her groom, Lyle Ives. T...
  • K.A. Davis
    I have been a longtime fan of the various books that Daryl Wood Gerber writes, be it her cozy mystery series or her suspense novels. When I found out that she was debuting the first book in her French Bistro mystery series, I counted down the days until I could read it. The evening A DEADLY ÉCLAIR hit my Kindle, I poured myself a glass of wine and settled in to immerse myself in Napa Valley and get to know Mimi Rousseau. The author has created a...
  • Sue Ross
    I was one of the lucky people chosen to read this before it came out. I'm sure glad I was. I've met some new friends and learned a little French. I'm the kind of person that likes to guess who is murdered before its revealed. This time I was way off and it broke my heart. When you've got a society wedding party staying at your. B&B you kind Lt want things to go smoothly, especially since this is your first real test for your establishment. Needle...
  • Cindi Austin
    Escape to Wine Country with this Fantastic New Cozy Mystery SeriesAfter a few rough bumps along the road of life, things have started looking up for Mimi Rousseau as the proprietor of the Bistro and Maison Rousseau, thanks to her friend, mentor and investor, Bryan Baker. The rooms are filled with guests as she and her staff host their first big event, the celebrity wedding of Bryan's niece, Angelica. She and and her staff have prepared and are re...
  • Laura Frye
    Mimi Rousseau is living her dream. Thanks to the generosity of her mentor, Bryan Baker, she has opened her own bistro in Napa Valley, California. Things are going great, and she is about to host her first destination wedding at her inn.The bride is talk show host Angelica, Bryan's niece. Things are going great, until Bryan is found dead the morning after an out of towner's dinner with a jewel and an eclair stuffed in his mouth. At first the polic...
  • JoAn
    A Deadly Eclair by Daryl Wood Gerber is the first in a new cozy mystery series by this author and was a great introduction to the small and quirky small town of Novelle Vie in Napa Valley.Mimi Rousseau was a dynamic protagonist. She's smart, independent and with the help of entrepreneur Bryan Baker has made her dreams come true in Nouvelle Vie. She owns her own bistro and inn. She has surrounded herself with a great team including her best friend...
  • Nikki
    I very thoroughly enjoyed this novel by Daryl Wood Gerber! I found the main character, Mimi, to be a very genuine person that seemed to care deeply for her staff. It seemed to me as if Mimi viewed her staff as family. There were several times throughout the novel when Mimi displayed a great sense of humor. I enjoy reading books that provide moments of comic relief and the author did this well. Besides the characters, I also enjoyed the setting of...
  • Missy VanHoose
    Mimi Rousseau has opened “Bistro Rousseau” with the help from her mentor Bryan Baker. For opening weekend the bistro is hosting a wedding and the bride just happens to be Bryan’s niece. When Bryan is found murdered the next morning after the “out of towners dinner”, Mimi becomes the prime suspect. Mimi and Her best friend Jo go digging around for clues to find out who would’ve wanted Bryan dead. This is the first in a new series and a...
  • Gail
    I won a copy of the book in a goodreads giveaway. Thanks for the copy.A fun loving cozy mystery that takes place at a Bed & Breakfast plus Bistro in the Napa Valley. Some interesting characters. Filled with twists and turns and a surprise ending.
  • Amy
    This is the first book in a new series and I really loved this book. Mimi Rousseau is starting over with a beautiful Bistro and Inn with grounds inspired by Monet's work in charming Napa Valley, California. Presently she is very busy with a high profile wedding and reception and all is going smoothly. Well it was until the bride's uncle is found murdered. This book has wonderful food descriptions and recipes are included at the end. Some quirky, ...
  • The Cozy Review
    Mimi Rousseau is starting to be more optimistic about her Bistro and Inn. The debt her late husband hid from her in the past had paralyzed her belief in the future. With the aid of Bryan Baker who liked to invest in promising prospects, she is more confident and secure for the future. The dream of opening her own business felt unattainable when she moved back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley. Then her best friend, Jorianne James introduced her...
  • Kimberly
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Mimi Rousseau has been given the start over of a lifetime. A local investor, Bryan Baker, believes in Mimi's entrepreneurial spirit, work ethic and talent. He quickly mentors her and backs a quaint inn and French Bistro. The inn is hosting its very first wedding with a high profile bride. Mimi wants everything to be just perfect in hopes of getting a raving review and an influx ...
  • Deana Dick
    What a wonderful start to a new series. The author has mesmerized me with her exquisite meals served at the beautiful restaurant our main character runs. The French Bistro and Inn was becoming quite the place to eat at. I found myself feeling like I was sitting at a table watching Mimi as she ran her business with precision. The way the author describes the menu makes you want to run in a French Bistro and order all the food in the book. Mimi is ...
  • Melissa
    I saved reading this book until October, knowing that I’d be writing my review to go live on Halloween, and I ended up reading it while watching the wildfires in California decimate a significant amount of the Napa valley and surrounding areas, which made this lovely, cozy mystery feel just a little bit bittersweet. I can’t help but wonder if the author, Daryl Wood Gerber, will use the fires in future entries into this series.Brutal reality a...
  • Linda
    This is the first in a new series for the author, already known for her Cookbook Nook series and Cheese Shop Mysteries (as Avery Aames) and promises to be equally enjoyable. Mimi Rousseau has put her life back together again after a recent tragedy and is opening a bed and breakfast inn and bistro in Napa Valley, thanks to the help of entrepreneur Bryan Baker. He even has arranged for his niece, famous talk show host Angelica Edmonton, to use this...
  • Denise King
    I am new to this author and am delighted to have found her. I am an avid fan of mysteries and knew who the killer was, and why, before the murder. However, Ms. Gerber had me second guessing myself occasionally with her witty use of clues and true to life characters. I like that the interaction between the main character, Mimi, and the various suspects isn't forced. She finds time in the course of her day as a busy restaurant and inn owner to ques...
  • Kendrea Parsons
    A Deadly Eclair by Daryl Wood Gerber is a great start to a new mystery series. To be honest, I didn't expect to like it as much as I did because I figured it'd be just like any other cooking/food-related mystery series out there, but I was wrong. I finished the book in one day, it was that good. I really enjoyed the characters, especially the main character, Mimi Rousseau. Mimi is very likeable and I found it easy to root for her throughout the s...
  • Christine Martin-resotko
    Even the most beautiful French bistro isn't safe from murder. Daryl Wood Gerber starts on another beautiful location, with lots of yummy food, and a habit of people getting murdered. The French Bistro series follows Mimi Rousseau in her new endeavor of a French bistro with an adjoining B&B in the Napa Valley. Mimi is a fun character with very understandable issues in her past. The cast of characters are interesting and relatable, and add to the s...