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Edward Trencom's Nose: A Novel of History, Dark Intrigue, and Cheese

3.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  451 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
Situated on London's Foster Lane, there is a quintessentially Georgian, redbrick house with a green door bearing the sign trencoms, 1662. It's the home of the Trencom family's cheese store, a generational establishment begun by Humphrey Trencom that now, 303 years later, is run by Edward Trencom. Quaint though it may seem, it bears witness to a strange occurrence of "accid ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 17th 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published 2007)
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I had the feeling that this was labelled a comic novel simply because it didn't fit conveniently into any other category. There is some history and plenty of cheese - a cheese shop is one of the principal settings in the novel, but 'dark intrigue' is over egging it. This could be a thriller for people who don't like to be frightened and wouldn't go near the edge of their seats without a safety harness on.

Although largely set in London at the end of the 1960s occasional chapters zap back in time
Feb 22, 2008 Cathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: foodies - solely for reference
quirky characters mixed up with a half-baked plot about revolution and muddled heavily with irrelevant Greek history lessons. edward trencom owns a successful cheese shop in london, complete with a vast cellar of rare and delectable preserved dairy products from around the world. what makes his shop so great is his prominent and highly recognizable nose, namely its intense sensitivity to smell and his ability to uncover the cheeses that taste the best.

his store undergoes an unavoidable catastrop
C. Janet Austin
May 05, 2011 C. Janet Austin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was actually a different clever little book... something a bit out of the norm but intriguing indeed! I did not get bogged down in the cheese names but rather just followed the story & have been pleasantly pleased with the entire experience :-)

i actually bought the book partly because i felt sorry for it being on the clearance rack and each week when I went to my bookstore & saw all the copies were still there, so I read the inside cover & decided to give it a go... I am
Jun 20, 2007 Jam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like cheese, mysteries and/or Wodehouse
Possibly not a book for the lactose intolerant, unless they like tormenting themselves.

It's enjoyably written, with some nice darkly humorous moments, characters that are generally likeable and an author that obviously loves words as much as he loves the components of the story.

And cheese.
Jul 04, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: foodies, anglophiles, mystery lovers, lazy readers
If you were the kind of person to call a book a 'romp,' then you'd waste no time in calling 'Edward Trencom's Nose' one. I'm not that kind of person. I WILL call it a quirky, fun novel---kind of a cross between 'Tristram Shandy' and Susskind's 'Perfume,' but jollier than both.
Edward Trencom is the last of the famous English cheese-purveying Trencoms. Like his forbears, he has a passion for cheese and knows everything about them. He can tell you where any given cheese was made, when, what the co
Jan 13, 2010 Karl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
London-based journalist Milton is my favorite author. He is known for writing about exploration and travel history. This is his first novel. The story is that of the nine generation Trencom family cheese shop in London and an ancient Byzantine riddle. As the mystery unravels, the characters search for meaning and purpose in life in the attempt to discover their true genealogy. It's an expertly told, fascinating story.
Jun 18, 2008 Oceana2602 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
The most entertaining thing about this book were the cheese metaphors I came up with while I read it.

It started with a weak "cheesy", developed into "emmentaler - not exciting and not classic, but still quite good on pizza", briefly climaxed with "Gorgonzola - excellent, though you don't want to look at the blue parts too closely", and then it went downhill to "cheese skewers - the cheese is fine for the evening, but what are the barely alive pickles doing there?" until it finally reached "Gouda
Jul 21, 2008 Audrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was charmed by this book. It wasn't gripping or profound, but it was comfortable, dryly witty, clever and a bit unusual. I like books that don't grab you by the gut and drag you through the story and this was definitely one of them. NOTE: If you are conservative, as I am, you might want to be warned that there is some very integrated married sex--not graphic, not titillating. It is used to drive the plot and define the characters. There is one non-married sexual relationship which was again, n ...more
Oct 13, 2014 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Historical fiction and cheese. What more can a girl ask for? Lots of intrigue...not necessarily a mystery but more a family quagmire. So many cheeses and I barely knew any. Makes you very hungry to read, at least I was.
MB (What she read)
Re-reading for the 2nd time. I love this odd book. (I think you'd have to have an weird sense of humor to enjoy it me.) It is quirky, unique, and witty! In some ways it reminds me of some of Joan Aiken's adult novels like Blackground or The Trouble With Product X.
Jose Vera
Giles Milton nos entrega una novela ágil, divertida, rápida de leer y con un objetivo fundamental en mente: Entretener.

Y lo logra.

Edward Trencom es el dueño de Trencoms, una quesería en Londres con más de 300 años de antigüedad. En realidad es la quesería más importante que hay. Pero Edward tiene también una habilidad especial su nariz ha sido bendecida con una sensibilidad (y forma) única. Es capaz de detectar las sutilezas de un tulumotiri, la procedencia exacta de un tomme, o que vaca dio la
Oct 10, 2010 Polly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why: Sale rack at the book store and we are flying to Montana on Monday
Review: Delightful book. Michael was so enthralled that he is reading his non fiction books as well. One is about white slaves in the Arab world. We are eating more cheese.
Aug 17, 2008 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well now, I think the subtitle is nearly perfect. This is unique. If smell is the sense that best brings back memory, then this should be memorable book... and it is. Read it.

Only flaw is a slightly predictable ending.
Dec 15, 2007 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Went into this book somewhat dubious , but it was an utter delight to follow the remarkable trencomes trough history and pray Edward avoids the curse. It has also helped my knowledge of cheeeeesssse
Jul 27, 2011 Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If, like me, you love odd, bizarre, and extremely unconventional stories then this is for you. Otherwise, don't try it.
Nov 10, 2009 Clare rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unusual-fiction
The title gave the indication that this was no ordinary, run-of-the-mill read and it lived up to that promise.
Jun 15, 2010 Kalyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This book was fun! Some repeated overuse of specific words, but a very interesting and funny story.
David Frankstone
Aug 03, 2008 David Frankstone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to David by: Laura
I liked this book very much. I learned a good bit about cheese and appreciated an inventive plot.
Jan 03, 2012 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover description of this mystery held so much promise! What a concept - a man with a powerful nose and a family history in the cheese business. One day while rummaging in his shop's cheese cellar he finds a box of papers tracing his lineage back to London's Great Fire of 1666. As he delves into previous generations of Trencom men, he discovers they all met murderous ends, perhaps in part to their nose leading them astray, and the more he learns the more he realizes he is being caught in the ...more
Oct 20, 2008 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun but, in many ways, disappointing book. First, the good: In Edward Trencom and his many ancestors, Milton has created quirky and amusing comic characters. In particular, Edward's domestic routines and preoccupations, while stereotypically "English eccentric", are nonetheless amusing. The book is refreshingly odd, and there are genuine laughs to be had. I will also say that the initial hints at the book's mystery are likewise engaging. I was curious about Edward's familial history a ...more
Sep 24, 2010 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
"Edward Trencom has bumbled through life, relying on his trusty nose to turn the family cheese shop into the most celebrates fromagerie in England. His nose -- able to discern the composition, maturity, and quality of cheese -- is the very same nose bestowed on all the Trencom men.

One day, Edward's world turns upside down when he stumbles across a crate of family papers. To his horror, he discovers that nine previous generations of his family have come to sticky ends because of their noses. Edwa

A quirky enjoyable read about the Trencom family history and cheese shop in London - in business since 1662.

The distinctive Trencom nose, both in ability to analyze cheeses, as well as a marked physical anomaly, has lead to 303 years of strange accidents resulting in murder, with no small bit of intrigue.

Edward Trencom's life is upended when he stumbles across a crate of historical family papers. His investigation, plus realizing he is being watched, leads back generation after generation
Oct 28, 2007 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like puns, mysteries, and cheese
What if your birthright were a hereditary knowledge of cheese and a rather remarkable nose? You would likely, as Edward Trencom and all the Trencom's before him, become a cheesemonger. This little mystery centers Trencom, his nose, his family history, and a whole lot of cheese. I can't really go into detail, because after 77 pages, not much had happened, and I gave up. I picked this up as a lark, but found that I don't have the patience to suffer through an awful lot of pretentious cheese refere ...more
Apr 12, 2015 Meg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This started out so well - a quirky book about an English cheese shop established in 1662, and still run by the Trencom family. The "Trencom nose" is distinctive - not just in shape, but in prodigious olfactory capabilities. Tracing this distinctive nose through the family history to the original nose is where the book starts to lose luster. I still liked it, but the Greek connection did not wow me.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Who could resist a title like that, especially when cheese is involved? Certainly not me.

However, I was a little disappointed by the insufficiency of cheese geeking in the book. I expected there to be more. It's as if someone took a Kage Baker with less knowledge of the writerly craft and Dan Brown, made them do the fusion dance, and had the result write this book. (+ for bothering to look up the names of actual med/Ren health/food manuals, - for concocting an ostensible 18th C. newspaper articl
Kori Kissell
Nov 02, 2014 Kori Kissell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I wish there were subsets of rankings as I give this one five stars because of its value, its quirkiness and the surprise at a Red Dot discount rack novel being so surprisingly brilliant. The ending isnt totally solid but a great read.
Jos Geluk
May 01, 2015 Jos Geluk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the funniest book I have ever read. After writing a book entirely about cheese, Mr. Milton went and wrote a book about nutmeg. I like that.
Sep 17, 2011 Lizzie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this! Right up until the end! I was SO disappointed! I really was!
I loved the characters in the book, sometimes I did get a little confused about which generation of Trencom's the story was about, but the development of the story really made it worth reading. It was interesting to see how Edward Trencom's character changed throughout the book, and his determination to find out his families history. The ending, as I said earlier, really disappointed me. I was expecting some acti
Aug 12, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Here is a story about a line of men with magnificent noses capable of detecting the most minute scents and also capable of predicting one's own doom. The main character is Edward Trencom, owner of the finest cheese shop in London. He discovers some family papers and the family "curse". From there, we follow Edward in his attempt to decipher the mystery of these other unfortunate Trencoms.

The premise might sound silly, but it's actually a pretty good book. Don't just assume the whole thing is go
Dec 11, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kooky, funny suspense story. Who knew cheese could be so much fun? I wish there had been a family tree in the book because I had trouble keeping track of the nine generations of Trencoms and their wives. The author kept me in the dark until the very final pages and I wish we had gotten a few more details earlier on in the story. All in all, a silly, light-hearted comedic suspense story. I highly recommend you go back to the preface and reread it after finishing. I would definitely read another G ...more
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British writer and journalist Giles Milton was born in Buckinghamshire in 1966. He has contributed articles for most of the British national newspapers as well as many foreign publications, and specializes in the history of travel and exploration. In the course of his researches, he has traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East, Japan and the Far East, and the Americas.

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