A Soufflé of Suspicion by Daryl Wood Gerber

Mimi Rousseau is still working to get her new French Bistro on the lips of the tourists and locals alike, so Maison Rousseau is hosting the Sweet Treats Festival during Crush Week.  Her head chef Camille's sister Renée is the coordinator but things are not all good.  Renée purchased the Festival rights from Allie O'Malley and now since the Festival seems to be on the verge of success, Allie is feeling cheated.  The discovery of Renée murdered has many of the vendors wondering if Allie is the murderer or is it Camille or Renée's estranged husband.  There are many possibilities since Renée was not everyone's favorite person.

Mimi feels the need to help find the guilty person since her friend Camille needs closure as well as clearance of guilt. The characters as just a well-developed and charming as in the first installment and once again I find myself wishing that the Bistro really did exist and I could go and taste all the delectable sounding dishes.

Great story!


Murder in the Manuscript Room by Con Lehane

Spies can be found anywhere including the library but when an undercover agent is found murdered and stuffed on the shelf, Raymond Ambler knows he needs to figure why his library was "targeted" 

I have  to admit that this second installment was a bit easier to read than the first and I got the beginnings of an interest in the characters.  They seemed more real this book, but still have need to grow.  I do think that the plot was a bit to convoluted and the book could have withstood a bit more editing..