Lost and Fondue (A Cheese Shop Mystery, #2)
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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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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.

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...more
Suspense Magazine
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...more
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!
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...more
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...more
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
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
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...more
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...more
Mark Baker
Charlotte is catering a fundraiser at the old winery on the outskirts of town. During the scavenger hunt, she finds the body of one of the guests in the basement. With the police looking at someone Charlotte cares about, she must spring into detective mode to find the real killer.

I'm not sure why I waited so long to read this second book in the series. The characters were a tad overwhelming at first by their number, but I quickly had them all figured out. The plot slow down a tad in the middle,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
This is the second book in the Cheese Shop Mystery cozy mystery series. Charlotte is helping her friend Meredith for a fundraising event at an abandoned winery that the town hopes to turn into a liberal arts college. Complicating matters is the arrival of the ex-wife of her cousin and business partner, Matthew, who insists on seeing her daughters and intends to make life difficult. Surrounding the winery/mansion is a rumor of buried treasure. When Meredith's niece, an art student and some of her...more
Lori Henrich
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...more
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
Super sleuth and cheese shop owner, Charlotte Bessette is hosting a party with various wines and cheese dishes, at the old Ziegler Winery that is to be turned into a local arts college. All the local dignitaries are in attendance along with a smattering of students and potential financial donors.

The frivolity and search for missing treasure rumored to be buried on the grounds of the old winery come to a quick halt when the body of one of the students is found strangled to death in the bulding du...more
Lost and Fondue is the second book in Avery Aames' Cheese Shop Mysteries. In this book, Charlotte Bessette is helping her friend host a fundraiser that will eventually lead to a college being built with the formerly abandoned winery at the edge of town. But things do not go as planned. While everyone is checking out the newly updated old building, a young artist named Harker is murdered in the cellar and the prime suspect happens to be Charlotte's best friend's niece. Can Charlotte help the town...more
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...more
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...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Our sleuth, Charlotte Bessette, is busy with her "The Cheese Shop" when a murder of a budding artist, plops her in the midst of a murder investigation.

There is much, I adore about this series. The introduction of cheeses and wines throughout the pages keeps my taste sense engaged, while the pace of the action of the characters, keep my mind involved. The combination makes this book a read in one sitting novel for me.

The references to Edgar Allan Poe was intriguing and I found myself remembering...more
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 bodie...more
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Had to put book #1 on hold so read this one, #2, out of order. I'm afraid it spoiled it for me. Seemed sophomoric. ..like the author followed the formula for a cozy mystery. I didn't connect with Charlotte or really any other character, but maybe it's as a result of not learning about them in the first book. I'll read #1 when it's available but that's it for this series (although the recipes at the end look pretty good!).
This one rubbed me wrong from the start. The college kids playing in the street was weird. Their back and forth convo when they came into the cheese shop was grating. The "mystery" behind the old winery was lame. There were several nitpicky thing in this one too. For instance, the name of the cheese shop isn't actually The Cheese Shop. I get that people will call it that and even that the owners will refer to it as that. But would you engrave napkins with that? I don't think so. The cousin's ex-...more
Charlotte runs a cheese shop in her quaint, tourist-y Ohio town, and cousin Matthew, newly divorced, runs the wine part of the shop. When his greedy ex-wife shows up, no one believes it's to visit the nine-year-old twins she'd deserted. Meanwhile, Charlotte's best friend and Matthew's new squeeze Meredith is trying to convert an old winery, rumored haunted, to a new college. Her brother Freddie brings a crew of his art students to paint the winery. When a dead body is found in the cellar, Freddi...more
There is nothing better than a demi-baguette (olive is one of my favorites), good cheese and a glass of wine. That is probably why I enjoy the Cheese Shop Mysteries -- I certainly get my fill of cheese (with a little history) and a little wine. However, in LOST AND FONDUE, I found the writing a bit uneven -- the story was too convoluted for me. I kept hoping we'd get back to the cheese! I enjoy the repeating characters. If you could give halves I'd do 2 1/2 stars. Charlotte Bessette is the propr...more
This is the second book in the Cheese Shop seeries.

This series is good in educating you on cheeses and wines if you don't know anythng about either one. The heroine's family is very involved in their town and their various jobs are cheese, wine and food related with the grandmother not only being the mayor, but also the head of the local theater group.

There is to be a wine tasting in a long empty winery, everyone is trying to get it together for this event and of course there is a murder. The...more
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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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