Living in Paris and having a sidekick cat named Pepe le Pew gives Marci Beaucoup’s life a certain je ne sais quoi. Only Marci isn’t in France. She lives in Paris, Kentucky. Combining her love of baking and France, Marci opened La Belle Patisserie, but when a woman is discovered dead in front of her shop, Marci’s dreams come to a screeching halt.
Marci thinks mouthwatering pastries are just what her small Southern hometown needs. Most residents agree, saying that her baked goods are magical, creating love and good fortune all over town. When Kelly Lowry is shot in front of the shop, it gives the pastries a new meaning behind “to die for.” Who killed her and why was her murder followed by a strange Frenchman’s appearance? When Antoine Dubois wanders into her quaint shop, Marci is smitten immediately. But soon, more questions arise than answers: How did Antoine end up in Kentucky? And what was his connection to the dead woman?
Meanwhile Detective Maverick Malone is on the case and quickly connects the dots between Kelly and Antoine, accusing him of the murder. Could it be that Antoine had something to do with the dead woman? Marci, enamored by Antoine, is determined to clear his name.
Now Marci finds herself mixed up in the murder investigation, she has to find the killer before her half-baked theories result in her untimely death.
Thank you to the publisher Crooked Lane Books, and NetGalley for the eARC.
For me, this book was just okay. The premise was not particularly creative, and it also got a little boring at times. I had to skim through the book to get to the end. It was not particularly engrossing for me, like other cozy mysteries.