Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–A Deadly Eclair

I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Daryl Wood Gerber and her book A Deadly Eclair.  This is the first book in her A French Bistro Mystery series.


A Deadly Éclair: A French Bistro Mystery
Cozy Mystery
New Series
Crooked Lane Books (June 12, 2018)
Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683316046


Purchase Links

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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 éclair 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 Éclair, the scrumptious series debut by Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber.





The characters are well written and well developed.  Mimi is a smart strong caring woman. She is just about to fulfill her dream of owning her own bistro and inn.  She is thrilled to be hosting the wedding of a famous celebrity and is praying that everything goes as good as it can.  She was not planning for there to be a murder during the festivities. When she becomes a person of interest, she knows she has to find the killer before her life goes up in smoke.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  It defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words.  It drew me into the story and carried me along at an exciting pace. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through most of the book I felt like I was right there watching all of the action taking place.  And the descriptions of the foods had me salivating.

The mystery was well plotted and not easy to solve.  There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.  There were a lot of red herrings thrown in and twists and turns to maneuver and i did not figure the identity of the killer until it was revealed at the end which in my opinion is great.   

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  And if you like eating food, this is a must read book.

The next book in the series is scheduled to be released in July.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

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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. She will soon debut the new French Bistro Mysteries. 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!

Author Links

Visit Daryl or Avery at

Daryl’s Blog – Avery’s Blog – Mystery Lover’s Kitchen – Killer Characters –

Facebook:   Daryl      Avery 

Twitter: @AveryAames @DarylWoodGerber

Goodreads:    Daryl Wood Gerber     Avery Aames







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Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours–As The Christmas Cookie Crumbles


I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Leslie Budewitz and her new release As The Christmas Cookie Crumbles.  This is the fifth book in her A Food Lover’s Village Mystery series.



As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles (A Food Lovers’ Village Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Midnight Ink (June 8, 2018)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738752419
Digital ASIN: B075W25FNF


Purchase Links

Amazon  B&N  BookBub   Kobo


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“Budewitz’s finely drawn characters, sharp ear for dialogue, and well-paced puzzle make Jewel Bay a destination for every cozy fan.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Clean-as-a-whistle dialogue, endearing characters, and a solid plot make this cozy a winner.”—Publishers Weekly

“Cozy readers will relish the small-town,Christmastime frame accompanying details of frenzied wedding planning and running a family food business. And, of course, recipes, too.”—Booklist


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Erin is one smart cookie, but can she keep the holiday spirit—and herself—alive till Christmas?

In Jewel Bay, all is merry and bright. At Murphy’s Mercantile, AKA the Merc, manager Erin Murphy is ringing in the holiday season with food, drink, and a new friend: Merrily Thornton. A local girl gone wrong, Merrily’s turned her life around. But her parents have publicly shunned her, and they nurse a bitterness that chills Erin.

When Merrily goes missing and her boss discovers he’s been robbed, fingers point to Merrily—until she’s found dead, a string of lights around her neck. The clues and danger snowball from there. Can Erin nab the killer—and keep herself in one piece—in time for a special Christmas Eve?


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The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Erin is a smart, spunky and scrappy woman and she does not back down from any challenge.  When the murder of her friend occurs, she knows she has to solve the murder for her friend’s sake.  I really like her family relationships and the fact that they are so close. Their interactions were realistic and very enjoyable to read.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the story I felt that I was right there watching all of the action taking place.  I really liked the setting of  Jewel Bay, Montana, and it would be a place I would like to visit.  It has a typical small town feel and everyone knows everybody else’s business.

The mystery was well plotted and it was not easy to solve.  There were enough suspects to consider and plenty of clues to sift through.  There were plenty of twists and turns and it made the mystery that much more difficult to solve.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  This is the first book that I have read in this series, but it will not be the last.  

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Midnight Ink, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.





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about author


71TAO+4LUDL._UY200_Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician, and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model, and avid bird-watcher.

Connect with her on her website,, on Facebook, or on Twitter.


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