Saturday, May 6, 2017

*Review* Éclair and Present Danger by Laura Bradford

The first book in the delicious new Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery series from national bestselling author Laura Bradford.

With her rent rising faster than her pie crust, bakery owner Winnie Johnson had hoped to be rescued by an inheritance from her wealthy friend and neighbor Gertrude Redenbacher. Instead all she inherits is the widow’s hostile hissing tabby, Lovey, and a vintage ambulance, restored by Gertrude’s late husband. As her dream crumbles, Winnie makes her final delivery—a peach pie to an elderly widower. But she finds Bart Wagner lying on his kitchen floor, smothered by a pillow.
To comfort her frightened and grieving neighbors, Winnie comes to the rescue with her baked goods—and an idea is born: dessert delivery via her ambulance and a new business called the Emergency Dessert Squad. When she’s not speeding to the scenes of dessert emergencies, Winnie is also racing to track down Bart’s killer—before she needs to call a real ambulance for the next victim...

My Review:
4 of 5 stars

I absolutely love the idea behind the Emergency Dessert Squad. How unique! The names of the desserts that Winnie and Renee came up with were fun and very creative. I loved getting to know Winnie, her neighbors, and her best friend Renee. They are all such great people with fun and quirky personalities. I've never had neighbors that stick together like that people who live on Serenity Lane do. It's such a tight-knit loving group.  I also love that a couple of the desserts that were mentioned in the story were listed with their recipe in the back of the book.  I'll definitely be checking those out - they sound delicious!

The mystery behind the murder really had me stumped. Once I thought I figured out who the killer was, suspicion was thrown back to someone else. I love that it was able to keep me guessing until literally the last part of the book. My only complaint is I wish a little bit more time had been spent investigating the murder and that there had been more of a police presence in the story.

I loved this book and am looking forward to reading more about these characters. I already have the next book in this series and will be reading it soon!

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