Avery Aames: Lost and Fondue A Cheese Shop Mystery #2

S arrive for the eventart exhibition there is much rama between them ending in a shocking Six Days in Leningrad deathMany of the characters seemed a bit oneimensional in this one and were freuently annoying Meredith was uite scatterbrained and was constantly barging into the police chief s office to give her opinion on the identity of the murderer I enjoyed the first book in the series much than this one On the positive side the series has some really interesting titles I have given this series a try and The Darkness despite the wonderful recipes I have not found anything in the main character to motivate me to return again Adieu cheese shop mysteries I would give this book the same grades I gave the first and am not waiting eagerly for book 3ue out in early 2012 Aames Flyboy definitely hasifficulty with characterization Why A Dark Sicilian Secret does the boutiue owner start a flyer protest about the prices charged in the cheese shop Whyoes she create scenes in the cheese shop when she should be taking things up with city hall Why Wolf Creek Homecoming (Wolf Creek did the museum owner passionatelyevoted to the museum in the first book Black Beech and Honeydew: An Autobiography decide to take a long vacation Howoes the elementary school teacher think she is going to start a COLLEGE in an abandoned vineyard Lost and Fondue by Avery Aames is the second book in the Cheese Shop Mystery series A fundraiser is held at an abandoned winery which is to be turned into an art college Unfortunately one of the student artists is killed at the event and there is talk of a hidden treasure I enjoyed this book very much and I loved catching up with Charlotte and the other cheese shop characters I At the Italians Command drooled over the cheeseescriptions and the recipes sound Oh Baby! delicious The mystery was well written and I look forward to catching up with the series After the first book I was hesitant to read this book but Iecided to pace a hold on it from my library hoping it would get better Unfortunately the first half of the book was worse and I almost put the book Her Rancher Hero (Saddlers Prairie, down but the last half was entertaining and enjoyable Let s start with why I could not stand the first half First of all Charlotte was once again extremely unlikeable she thought she knew everything and had to give her opinion on everything she saw Secondly Charlotte s consistent thoughts of how the police chief wasn toing his joba t one point she wondered if he should be having The Maid of Lorne dinner with his mother and father when a murderer was on the loose That was the point I wanted to throw this book across the roomNow the second half was good granted Charlotte was nosy but the mystery was well put together and the ending surprised me It was smart Towards the end most of the problems in the first half were fixed but there were still two major things that weren t really major to the plot but allowed me anywayFirst every single time the love interest Jordan walked into the room Charlotte said something about how he made her feel like there were butterflies in the stomach or how sexy he looked in what he was wearing Now that would be fine if she onlyid it one two or even three times but no she id it literally every time she saw him Secondly it made me upset that she called the police chief by his high school nickname U ey instead of his nameOverall not a great book and if the next one oesn t pick up I probably won t continue this serie. But as Charlotte starts to turn up the truth the killer starts turning up the heat.

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I have given this series two chances and I m How to Become a Virgin done with it The main character is completely unsympathetic the supporting characters annoying Charlotte has an obnoxious judgment about everything and everyone not to mention her offensive nicknames for her neighbors In addition her main argument inefense of the presumably wrongly accused is that I know this person she s almost like family therefore she can t possibly be guilty is weaker than over cooked pasta I m willing to suspend my Dangerous Disguise (Cavanaugh Justice, disbelief for the small town that can unaccountably support expensive niche retail establishments but this one really pushed the limits of plausibility The tacky fundraising event for potentialonors for a new college Sad Also if the abandoned wineryestate had really been shuttered for as long as suggested it would take than some light cleaning and staging to make it useable Just saying The newest installment to Aames enjoyable Cheese Shop Mysteries should The Bosss Baby Surprise definitely carry aisclaimer Do not read on an empty stomach In addition to the feisty cast of characters and light murder mystery you ll find yourself being led own a path of culinary elight making you want to run not walk to the nearest cheese shop for a tasty biteCharlotte Bessette Fromagerie Bessette s owner is always ready to lend a helping hand and when Meredith Charlotte s best friend asks her to cater a small fundraiser she s game Only the party seems monumental when the menu is changed a Command Performance day in advance the guests exceed fifty and the folklore that billows around the site begins to course rapidly through townThe old and abandoned Ziegler Wineryoes not have a pleasant past but it could have a bright future if Meredith has anything to say about it One major hurdle other than the building s illustrious past and the rumor of buried pirate booty hidden somewhere on the grounds screeches everyone and everything to an immediate halt when the body of a young artist is found in the Loveknot (Welcome to Tyler, dilapidated wine cellar In life this former stud had a raging temper and a serious jealous streak but no obvious suspects stand outEver helpful opinionated Charlotte can t refrain from adding her amateur sleuthing skills into the mix If truth be told she s technically forced into it when the Sheriff heads in an investigatoryirection that many The Perfect Blend disagree withReaders can always tell when an author loves what theyo and it s clearly the case with Avery Aames The town of Providence and its charming cast is a place worth visiting Reviewed by Shannon Raab for Suspense Magazine When Charlette Bessette owner of Providence Ohio s fancy cheese shop Fromagerie Bessette is asked by her friend Meredith to cater a fund raiser at the old abandoned Ziegler winerey it is with some trepidation For years rumors have abounded of buried treasures and possibly a few buried bodies at the winery The fundraiser is to purchase the winery and turn it into a local collegeMeredith s niece uinn and her artistic friends are all excited as they want to search for the treasure they put no stock in the buried bodies legend Someone uses the occasion and subseuent scavenger hunt to murder one of the party Unfortunately uinn becomes the prime suspect Since the police chief Umberto Urso went to school with Charlotte and had a small crush on her he give. When a body is found in a long abandoned winery cheese shop owner Charlotte Bessett.

S her some leeway in interfering with the crime investigation Charlotte is etermined to find the guilty party and free Meredith Charlotte Bessette and her cousin Matthew are partners in The Fromagerie Bessette or The Cheese Shop as it known to the locals Charlotte handles the cheese shop and Matthew a former sommelier runs the wine annex They have been hired to cater a fundraiser for their friend Meredith at an abandoned winery that Meredith hopes to turn into a college campus Not everyone in town is happy about this as the winery has been the source of some wild stories including hidden treasure and buried bodiesThe fundraiser is going well people enjoying yummy fondue and wine and next on the agenda is a scavenger hunt that will send people running throughout the winery looking for certain objects It is a lot of fun until something that wasn t on the list is found in the wine cellar a ead body The body is identified uickly as one of the artists that had come to paint the winery He is also the boyfriend of Meredith s niece uinn She uickly becomes the prime suspect as they had been witnessed have a little tiff Wanted (Sealed with a Kiss during the party Soon they are many amateur sleuths including Charlotte trying to free uinn and find the real killer As Charlotte gets closer to the truth the killer turns up the heat and Charlotte may find herself fermenting in the wine cellarThis story is a mystery within a mystery and almost every character seems to have a secret I started this book and couldn t put itown and while some of the mysteries were solved and many of the secrets saw the light of Rayuan Sang Bos [Seduced By the Boss] day they are still that when the book ended I was almost bleu The authorropped a few crumbs of fine French bread by revealing a snippet of the next book in the series Clobbered by Camembert but I was left hungry for some fine morsels like a slice Humboldt Fog or a Porcupine or just one secret uncoveredThis story are superbly written I know why her work was recognized with an Agatha Award She sets each scene perfectly and Bachelor to the Rescue (Home to Dover, develops each character at a perfect pace even though I want to know about Jordan and Jacky right now Averyelivers a tasty treat that engages all our senses you can almost taste the cheeses She includes recipes too so we will be able to taste the Secrets At Maple Syrup Farm daily specials from The Cheese Shop I had escaped to Providence Ohio for a short time and can t wait to make return trip very soonDisclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from The Berkley Publishing Group aivision of Penguin Publishing I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am Whispers Of The Heart disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising I am sorry to say the heroine is aitz and steps over the line of helping the police way too much The books are fun to read but sometimes they are like being in a hamster cage with 5 wheels going at once Charlotte Bessette owner of the Fromagerie Cheese Shop is helping her best friend Meredith throw a fund raiser to create a liberal arts college out of an abandoned winery The winery is rud to have some lost treasure hidden somewhere on the prooerty When Meredith s niece an art student and some of her friend. E trades in her fondue fork for a flashlight to clear a friend's niece of suspicion.

Avery Aames author of A Cheese Shop Mystery for Berkley Prime Crime is the pseudonym for Daryl Wood Gerber Daryl created the format for the popular sitcom Out of this World and has won awards for her screenplays She also writes short stories and suspense novels Not one to simply read and cook she tends to look for adventure She has hitchhiked around Ireland by herself and she has jumped