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Lost and Fondue (A Cheese Shop Mystery #2)

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When a body is found in a long-abandoned winery, cheese shop owner Charlotte Bessette trades in her fondue fork for a flashlight to clear a friend's niece of suspicion. But as Charlotte starts to turn up the truth, the killer starts turning up the heat.
ebook, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Berkley Books (first published April 12th 2011)
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Jonathan
After the first book I was hesitant to read this book, but I decided 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 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
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Cece
I would give this book the same grades I gave the first, and am not waiting eagerly for book #3, due out in early 2012. Aames definitely has difficulty with characterization. Why does the boutique owner start a flyer protest about the prices charged in the cheese shop? Why does she create scenes in the cheese shop when she should be taking things up with city hall? Why did the museum owner, passionately devoted to the museum in the first book, decide to take a long vacation? How does the elemen ...more
LORI CASWELL
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 bodies.

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Kaye
May 29, 2011 Kaye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-challenge
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 college.

Meredith's niece, Quinn, and her artistic friends are all excited as they want to search for the treasure; they
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Suspense Magazine
Jun 30, 2011 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The newest installment to Aames’ enjoyable Cheese Shop Mysteries should definitely carry a disclaimer. 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 down a path of culinary delight making you want to run, not walk to the nearest cheese shop for a tasty bite.
Charlotte 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 sma
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Maureen Jackson
I have given this series a try and despite the wonderful recipes; I have not found anything in the main character to motivate me to return again. Adieu cheese shop mysteries!
Nora-adrienne
Aug 03, 2011 Nora-adrienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
Lost and Fondue
By Avery Aames
Copyright May 2011
Publisher Berkeley Prime Crime

The fair town of Providence has settled down to normal after last year's murder. Jonquils are in bloom. The Cheese Shop is thriving, and Charlotte's romance with Jordan is flourishing. But when her friend, Meredith, decides to throw a fund-raiser to create a liberal arts college out of a long-abandoned winery--a winery that is rumored to hold not only buried bodies but buried treasure--Charlotte's joie de vivre deflates
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Loraine
Jul 24, 2015 Loraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
SUMMARY: The fair town of Providence has settled down to normal after last year's murder. Jonquils are in bloom. The Cheese Shop is thriving. and Charlotte's romance with Jordan is flourishing. But when her friend, Meredith, decides to throw a fund-raiser to create a liberal arts college out of a long-abandoned winery--a winery that is rumored to hold not only buried bodies but buried treasure--Charlotte's joie de vivre deflates like a bad souffle. Charlotte's fears are realized when an art stud ...more
Melissapalmer404
Book #48 Read in 2012


Lost and Fondue by Avery Aames


This is the second book in a cozy mystery series set in a cheese shop. This series really makes me regret my lactose intolerance, LOL.


In this book, Charlotte once again dons her amateur detective hat when a local artist is killed at a fundraiser. The niece of Charlotte's friend is taken into custody and Charlotte wants to clear her name. However, this puts Charlotte herself at risk as she finds out the hard way.


This series is a good cozy mystery
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Jodi
May 21, 2016 Jodi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2016-read
The second book in this "cheesy" mystery series was a little more interesting than the first installment. Although the mystery was still centered around something personal to Charlotte, there was less expository segments and mor cheese. On the down side, this is a pretty close knit town, so much so that it's hard to have a really good mystery because either the characters we know have to go bad or one of the few walk on characters have to be guilty. It's not complex. On the plus side there reall ...more
Dizzy
Sep 16, 2013 Dizzy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It is the second in the cheese shop mystery series, and I had read the first one and like it, so I had high hopes for this one as well. I really like the main character, Charlotte, and her co-worker Rebecca who is always using stuff she sees on tv to try to solve mysteries. I definitely didn't see the culprit coming in this one. I also REALLY enjoy all the talk about cheese, and the sweet romance between Charlotte and another one of the characters. Looking forward to ...more
Angelica
Dec 28, 2016 Angelica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fa
Well... I can't remember exactly why I liked the first one so much.
There's a lot I can excuse and overlook, but the level of racism, sexism and homophobia in this book made me retch. On top of that, the story is silly, the characters are naive and cliche, and the research the author made for it was minimal at best.
I'm done with this series.
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Linda
Jun 05, 2015 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't finish this bood. Didn't hold my attention.
ashley
Jan 16, 2017 ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: liked, mystery, cozy, bad, 2017
I think said everything when I reviewed the first book.

-plot is poorly done, it's to the point it's convoluted
-too many characters
- vapid main character, I mean just incredibly annoying and stupid. I can't stand her.
-annoying secondary and supporting characters
-more unbelievable than many cozies, and there some really unbelievable ones out there

+cheese
+talk about cheese
+history about cheese

Honestly, everything else in this book was a negative. I'm trying a third in the series because there ar
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Emily Cullen
At a fundraiser run by Charlotte's best friend Meredith, a body is found in the wine cellar. When Meredith's niece is arrested she asks Charlotte to investigate. This is book #2 of the "Cheese Shop" cozy mystery series. Charlotte is the owner of a cheese shop and it will definitely make you hungry! Her mysterious boyfriend and his sister will keep me reading on!
Melissa
Dec 21, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food, mystery
This 2nd book in the Cheese shop mysteries did not hold as much charm for me as the first. The good news is that you don't have to read the first one in order to enjoy this book though. But if you've read the two, the first one is better.

We return to Charlotte who runs a small town artisan cheese shop. Once again she has found herself in the middle of a murder and desperately wants to prove that a friend's cousin is not the murderer. But the boy murdered has a lot of people who don't really like
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Stacy
Sep 23, 2016 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know what to say. It wasn't the worst book I've read... I mean, I could actually finish it. It was okay.

The main character was too snoopy for me... She needed a better role or tie to the murder to solve it. So many circumstances where people/clues happened to be at the right place at the right time.

Also, I love cheese but realized I know nothing about cheese. I think I'm seriously missing out on some of these fancy cheeses.
Susan
Lost and Fondue by Avery Aames is the second book of the Cheese Shop cozy mystery series set in a small town in contemporary Ohio. Charlotte Bessette is the young, enthusiastic and energetic owner of Fromagerie Bessette, a gourmet cheese shop, recently expanded to include a wine tasting bar. Charlotte's Grandmere, mayor of Providence, has a passion for theater; she's putting on a production mixing Edgar Allan Poe and Sartre. Charlotte's best friend Meredith, an elementary schoolteacher, is in lo ...more
Barbara
Apr 26, 2014 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Not as bad as the first one. Enjoyed this one much more. Charlotte wasn't quite as pushy and intrusive as she was in the first, yet she still feels this compulsion to investigate, even though her childhood friend (and disappointingly not her boyfriend) is now the chief of police in the small Ohio town. Since the town is small, and proportionately, the police force is small (the chief and one other officer), she seems to feel it's her civic duty to help investigations.

What a crock. Just a writing
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Lucy Furr
I received this book through Good Reads First Reads.

I found Lost and Fondue, the second installment of the Cheese Shop Mystery Series to be as entertaining as the first, though I didn't find my self quite as giddy about it as I was during the reading of the first book. I attribute that mostly to the fact that the novelty of a mystery series with a backdrop of cheesy goodness is wearing off a little. This doesn't mean I like the idea any less, it just means I'm no longer seeing things through che
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Pearl
WHAT IS IT ABOUT:
Charlotte's business is booming, and her best friend Meredith has invited her to cater an event she is running at a local abandoned winery. But during the festivities one of the guests is murdered, and Meredith's niece Quinn is the main suspect. Charlotte agrees to help Meredith clear Quinn's name. However murder isn't the only thing Charlotte has to worry about. Strange things are going on with Jordan, and her Cousins estranged wife is back in town. Charlotte will have to stay
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Michelle Randall
This is the second book in the Cheese Shop Mystery Series by Avery Aames. Have to say that this one held more depth in the mystery and I enjoyed it to the end.

I love the family cheese shop, the information and cheese and wine in the book is fun, especially the wine, but I enjoy the cheese too, and the local craftsmanship of the area, The whole town is like a meca for small local farms in all kinds of services from cheese to honey to wine. It sounds like a place you would want to visit.

The charac
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Heather
Oct 01, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Title: Lost and Fondue (Cheeseshop Mystery #2)
Author: Avery Aames
Publisher: Penguin Group
ISBN: 0425241580


Synopsis (from Amazon.com):
The fair town of Providence has settled down to normal after last year's murder. Jonquils are in bloom. The Cheese Shop is thriving. and Charlotte's romance with Jordan is flourishing. But when her friend, Meredith, decides to throw a fund-raiser to create a liberal arts college out of a long-abandoned winery--a winery that is rumored to hold not only buried bodies
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Suzanne
Dec 25, 2012 Suzanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I like this series and I don't like this series. I love, love, love cheese and wine, so I'm definitely into the setting. I really like most of the characters, especially Grandmere and Papiere. I think is's the editing that gets to me. For example, Charlotte's cat, Rags, is at home. Then the cat is in the shop. Once, the book did mention that Charlotte was carrying the cat home, but she stops off somewhere, where a cat couldn't possibly enter and the cat is sort of forgotten about. Maybe I'm bein ...more
Grey853
Jul 27, 2011 Grey853 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
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Lori Henrich
Nov 20, 2011 Lori Henrich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte Bessette is busy getting ready preparing food for the fund-raiser that Meredith is having at the old winery. She hopes to raise enough money to transform the old building into a college. Word of the event has spread and it appears that treasure hunters are arriving to search for the treasure that is rumored to be buried somewhere inside. There is also a rumor circulating around that there is a body buried somewhere within its walls.

Meredith has invited her brother Freddy and his daught
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Rosa Cline
This is the second book in the A Cheese Shop Mystery series. Although you could read this without reading the first one, the first book gives you a good insight to personalities and characters. Where you would understand better in this book, but with that being said you 'Could' read this one without having had read the first.

The author did a better job (in my opinion) this time around where she included details but not as much as she did in the first book. The first book I nearly put it down due
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Fanficfan44
Jan 15, 2014 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the “A Cheese Shop Mystery” series by Avery Aames. I finally got to it in my TBR pile.

Fun cozy mystery, but not as quick a read for me as the first. I think there were so many characters and location changes (a closed winery, an inn, the shop, etc.) that I had to read more carefully. Many new characters and recurring ones from the first book round out a robust cast.

The mystery was well done and I really had no idea “whodunnit” until Charlotte, the protagonist, did. Cha
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Fred
May 04, 2011 Fred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This past Saturday Avery Aames(4/30/11) Avery won an Agatha for the Best First Novel. That book, The Long Quiche Goodbye, is the first in this delicious series.

Charlotte Bessette owns The Cheese and her cousin Matthew, handles selecting the inventory of wines for the store. Rounding out the shops help is Rebecca, an Amish girl who has left the fold, and has learned to love TV and especially police shows.

The book begins with Meredith, a good friend of Charlotte and Matthews girlfriend, asks if C
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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 ...more
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