Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Éclair and Present Danger {+ Giveaway}

◊ Series: An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery
◊ Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
◊ Genre: Cozy Murder Mystery
◊ Publisher: Berkley (June 7, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0425280896
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0425280898


 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... 

Being familiar with author Laura Bradford’s writing, I was intrigued to check out her new series. It’s even more entertaining than I anticipated.

Bradford combines scrumptious desserts with a vintage ambulance, wacky characters and a fascinating plot for a delightful read. The setting pulls you in, but it’s the suspense and characters that hold you captive until the end.

The characters are realistic and well-developed. Protagonist Winnie Johnson has traits and quirks readers can relate to like the on-going conversation she has with herself in her head. The humor and touch of romance blend well with the suspense.

A steady moving mystery, ÉCLAIR AND PRESENT DANGER will have you craving baked goods as you try to uncover the killer before Winnie. Toss in  a not-so-loving cat named Lovey, a vintage ambulance as a delivery van and this quirky cast of characters are off to a great start in a delectable new series. Tasty dessert recipes are included as an added bonus.

Éclair and Present Danger by Laura Bradford, An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery (Book #1), Berkley, @2016, ISBN: 978-0425280898, Mass Market Paperback, 304 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin/Random House, I have a print copy of ÉCLAIR AND PRESENT DANGER by Laura Bradford to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, June 22.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you’ll check out this new series by this national bestselling author. Do you like vintage vehicles? Have you ever considered owning an ambulance (one that’s not in service naturally)?


  1. Just reading the title makes me hungry!

  2. I am very, very glad that the Dessert Emergency Squad is fictional. My girth would escalate.

  3. Please come to my house with a sampler platter!

  4. I looks great, love cozies with a "sweets" theme :)

  5. A not so loving cat? Aren't they all just a bit aloof?
    Great play on words in the title.

  6. Thanks for sharing this, Mason. It does sound like fun. And I absolutely love the title!! So clever!

  7. I have been looking forward to Bradford's new release, I really like her other series too. Hopefully the snacking will stay to a minimum while reading!

  8. Wonderful blog today! This sounds very good,

  9. What a unique name for a bakery! This sounds like a fun read, thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  10. The title just captured me! What a cute idea.

  11. This sounds like so much fun. I was telling my cozy book club members about it and I'm sure we will be adding it to our list. Really different concept. Hope I win!!!

  12. This cozy sounds delightful and special. Thanks.

  13. It's always fun to find a new cozy series :-)

  14. This does look entertaining, both suspenseful and delicious.

  15. Emergency Dessert Squad??? Sold! :)

  16. I'm looking forward to reading this! Thank you!


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