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A deadly éclair
First edition.
New York : Crooked Lane Books, 2017.
Physical Description:
340 pages ; 22 cm
Series title(s):
General Note:
Includes recipes.
The owner of a Napa Valley inn comes under suspicion when her business partner is murdered.

Back home in Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley after dealing with her late husband's tremendous debt, Mimi Rousseau meets entrepreneur Bryan Baker, who invests in promising prospects. Working in 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. Talk show host Angelica Edmonton, daughter of Bryan's half-brother, Edison, has chosen the inn as her perfect venue. Then Edison gets drunk and rowdy at the out-of-towners' dinner, and the next morning Bryan is found dead at the bistro with an éclair stuffed in his mouth. When it's discovered Mimi's entire loan is forgiven in Bryan's will, she becomes the prime suspect.


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Gerber, D.

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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 wedding will be the talk of the town, as famous talk show host Angelica Edmonton, daughter of Bryan's half-brother, Edison, has chosen the inn as her perfect venue. Anxious, Mimi is sure things are going to turn south, especially when Edison gets drunk and rowdy at the out-of-towners' dinner, but by the evening, things begin to look up again. That is until six AM rolls around, and Bryan is found dead at the bistro with an eclair stuffed in his mouth. And the fingers point at Mimi, whose entire loan is forgiven in Bryan's will.

Now it's up to Mimi to clear her name and get to the bottom of things before the killer turns up the heat again in A Deadly clair , the scrumptious series debut by Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber.

Author Notes

Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber writes the brand new French Bistro mysteries as well as the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook mysteries. She also pens the Cheese Shop mysteries, as Avery Aames. A Deadly clair , the first French Bistro mystery, comes out November 2017. Daryl has also written stand-alone suspense novels, including 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!

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sour notes overwhelm sweet in this culinary cozy series launch from Gerber (Grilling the Subject). Chef Mimi Rousseau has fled San Francisco after her overspending husband's death. Back home with her widowed mother in Napa Valley, she meets benevolent entrepreneur Bryan Baker through her best friend, Jo James; Bryan underwrites a Monet-themed bistro and inn for her to develop. To boost the property's wattage, Bryan persuades his celebrity niece, food show host Angelica Barrington, to hold her wedding there. At the out-of-towners' dinner the night before, Bryan praises jittery Mimi, but she's getting bad vibes from groom-to-be Lyle Ives. Early the next morning, Angelica discovers Bryan's body with an éclair stuffed in his mouth. When Sgt. Tyson Daly finds Mimi's mobile phone in a nearby basil pot, Mimi is scared. Can she save herself while fostering romance between Tyson and Jo? Alas, Mimi's brashness with a handsome wine rep plays better than her bluntness as a sleuth-for instance asking Lyle if Angelica might be the killer. Recipes, including gluten-free pastry, are a plus. Agent: John Talbot, Talbot Fortune Agency. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

Wedding plans go awry with the death of a treasured relative.With the help of entrepreneur Bryan Baker, Mimi Rousseau owns Bistro Rousseau and Maison Rousseau, a charming inn in the Napa Valley. Now that Bryan's encouraged her to spread her wings even further, she's hosting the destination wedding of his niece, talk show host Angelica Barrington, to Lyle Ives, who manages his family's high-end jewelry store in LA. Cracks soon appear in the joyful celebration. Lyle's father, David, and his sister, Paula, both express doubts about the marriage. So does Angelica's father, Edison, a problem gambler who arrives at the pre-wedding dinner drunk. When Bryan's body is found with an clair stuffed in his mouth and gems scattered nearby, Mimi's old friend Sgt. Tyson Daly catches the case. Things look bad for Mimi, whose cellphone is found on the scene. And they get worse: a letter from Bryan absolving her of debt for the bistro and inn upon his death is discovered among his papers. Although Tyson keeps telling her to butt out, Mimi knows she has a better chance than the police of worming secrets out of all the other suspects. Much to Edison's distress, Angelica inherits Bryan's estate, and when she and Lyle marry, Mimi wonders if Lyle is after her money. Fortunately, everyone on Mimi's loyal staff is willing to help her out, and she's comforted by a new romantic interest: hunky wine expert Nash Hawkes , a recent divorc whose gorgeous ex-wife seems understandably reluctant to let him go. Although Mimi's questions apparently get too personal for someone, the threatening warnings she receives don't deter her from continuing her search for the killer. On the evidence here, Gerber, who writes several other series (Day of Secrets, 2016, etc.), has aimed this new one at foodies who'll appreciate the cooking lore and appended recipes enough to overlook the unremarkable mystery. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Widowed and still recovering from the debts her deceased husband had racked up, Mimi Rousseau turns to her culinary skills for a new start. A childhood friend had introduced her to Bryan Baker, a wealthy investor who believes in her talent and sets her up in a bistro and bed-and-breakfast in Napa Valley. After renovating the place, Mimi is ready to start building her business, beginning with hosting a destination wedding for an actress friend of Bryan's. Mimi's plans for the elegant rehearsal dinner were perfect, but the guests appear to be at odds with one another. Then, setting off on her morning jog, Mimi finds Bryan dead on the grounds of the B&B. As a beneficiary of his estate, Mimi is a prime suspect. With her longtime friends and loyal staff, she sets out to find the killer and again have people flocking to the bistro for the food, not the scandal. As this is the first in a new series, the supporting characters have only just been introduced, but they are varied and feel genuine. A promising debut for foodie-mystery fans. Includes a dozen recipes, one of which is for, yes, éclairs.--Muller, Karen Copyright 2018 Booklist