Murder à la Mode by Susan Kiernan-Lewis
With the wine harvest behind them, things had just started to calm down for Maggie and Laurent in their French village of Saint-Buvard when a team of celebrity judges arrives to put on a contest to decide in a blind taste test which country makes the best pastries—the Brits, the Americans, the Germans or the French.
When one of the contestants ends up stabbed to death, the suspect is a friend. Maggie will need to find a way past the woman’s obvious motive and the damning circumstantial evidence to free her—without putting herself or Laurent in the hot seat in the process.
(Bonus: Laurent’s classic chocolate soufflé recipe is at the end of the book.)
This book is a clean read: no graphic violence, sex or strong language
Genre: culinary cozy mystery, women amateur sleuth, cozy animal (dog)