This is the second book in the French Bistro series by well-known cozy author, Daryl Wood Gerber. Daryl writes the Cookbook Nook series (another series that I love!) and also the Cheese Shop series under the name of Avery Aames. I really love it when a series is new and I’ve actually read the first book and was familiar with the characters. This book could definitely stand alone, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll do whatever you can to try and read things in order. It doesn’t always happen that way, mostly because I like getting advance reader’s copies of books from NetGalley, which is where this one came from. Enjoy and bon appetit!
My Goodreads review:
A Soufflé of Suspicion by Daryl Wood Gerber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was another awesome addition to the French Bistro series! I enjoyed reconnecting with the characters I’d grown very fond of from the first book, and I’m happy that Mimi and Nash’s relationship is growing, as well as (finally) Jo and Tyson’s. Mimi’s mom and Stefan’s dad seemed really happy together too.
When Chef Camille’s sister Renee took over the Sweet Treats Festival from the previous owner, then Renee was found dead at Camille’s house, it may have looked a little like her sister had something to do with it. Mimi had a feeling she knew who it was, but the problem was, she may have possibly just hired that person as help for Camille when she came back. With the Sweet Treats Festival and Crush Week going on, the bistro and inn were enjoying some major success, and Camille had definitely needed the extra help. Mimi was worried that she was getting a little too close to the truth when a couple of things happened that could have been taken to mean someone was trying to scare her. But of course, she didn’t give up and the real killer was found. I liked this showdown for a change, it was safe and a lot calmer (to me the reader lol) than I usually find in my cozies. I hadn’t guessed the killer until it was supposed to be known.
It was fun visiting with some of my favorite characters in the Napa Valley and I’m looking forward to the next book!
I received an advance reader’s copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed it.