Someone gets their just desserts ~ Eclair and Present Danger ~ Cozy Review and Giveaway

Posted: June 6, 2016 in Blog Tour, Cozy Mystery, giveaways, reviews
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It’s always fun to find a new cozy mystery series. This is my first time reading a book by Laura Bradford and it won’t be my last.

Check out Eclair and Present Danger, An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery.

Enjoy my review.

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

ECLAIR AND PRSENT DANGER
Éclair and Present Danger (An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery)
New Cozy Mystery Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (June 7, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425280898
E-Book ASIN: B016JPTP4G

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My Review

I’m terrible about jumping into a series anywhere but the beginning so it’s always a thrill to actually start with the first book.

Eclair and Present Danger. Such a catchy title. And I’m sure you’ve noticed the fun cover art too. These are two of my favorite things about the cozy mysteries. Some others are the whimsical names of the characters and the fun themes. This book has the token murder mystery and it’s served up with some yummy desserts.

Due to her landlord’s greed, Winnie Johnson can no longer afford her lease payments and is forced to close down her bakery. The unfortunate passing of an elderly friend leaves her with a cat that hates her and an antique ambulance and plenty of time on her hands.

When Winnie stumbles upon her elderly neighbor’s body, she has plenty of time to sift through the clues and solve the crime.

Meanwhile, she has a great idea to start a new business. Why not use the ambulance to take her business mobile, give it a catchy name like the Emergency Dessert Squad, and drive her customers to ecstasy with her delicious concoctions.

Let’s throw in some blooming romance too. Greg Stevens, EMT and the new guy in town, referred to by some of the ladies as Master Sergeant Hottie, is just the man Winnie needs to talk to about how to outfit the ambulance for her business. It doesn’t hurt that he’s a yummy, tall drink of water, and seems to have some interest in her.

This book is all kinds of fun. The character’s are a mixed bunch of young and old, many older as Winnie lives in a senior community. The author did a wonderful job of giving voices to these different aged characters, keeping them in their roles and keeping me in stitches.

And the recipes. Let’s not forget those. There are some yummy ones used in the book and I’d especially like to try the Don’t- Be- Blue Berry Pie. Sounds delicious, eh?

This is one I highly recommend to all of you cozy fans looking for a new author and series. An all around good time!

5 Stars

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Synopsis

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…

Author Laura Bradford

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Laura Bradford (aka Elizabeth Lynn Casey) is the author of several mystery series and a handful of romance novels. She is a former Agatha Award nominee and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award.  In her free time, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, playing games, and catching up with friends. In addition to the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, Laura writes The Amish Mysteries and The Jenkins & Burns mysteries, as well as The Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (as Elizabeth Lynn Casey).

For more information, visit Laura’s Website, or get to know her even better on Facebook, and on Twitter  and Pinterest.

  Purchase Links:

Barnes & Noble    Indiebound.org      Amazon

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Comments
  1. I really really want to read this one!!!! Got my fingers crossed I win. I have always wanted to try this author. :)

  2. Thanks for the fabulous review!! So glad you enjoyed it!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      You’re welcome, and thank you for such a fun story and wonderful characters!

  3. Love Laura’s books. Looking forward to reading this one.
    thanks.

  4. kim hansen says:

    Sounds like a good read.

  5. This sounds like a lot of fun! I love this author and I’m always excited to get in on the ground floor with a new series. I love the premise of this one and the recipes sound delicious. Thanks for sharing and for hosting the giveaway!

  6. diannekc says:

    I can’t wait to start to read Laura Bradford’s new series. I really enjoyed her other series and I’m sure her new series will be just as amazing.

  7. Becky says:

    Can’t wait to read this.

  8. A dessert emergency squad? I need one of those, stat! This sounds like a delightful series and I will be on the lookout for it for sure.

  9. S. J. Pajonas (spajonas) says:

    This looks like an adorable read!!

  10. Great review and five stars for a cozy…Must be a fantastic read.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  11. penneyblog says:

    I’m looking forward to reading this it sounds very good.
    Penney