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Clobbered by Camembert (A Cheese Shop Mystery #3)

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Cheese store owner Charlotte Bessette is setting up for the town's Winter Wonderland fair. Then, when an old friend is found dead in the cottage of Charlotte's assistant Rebecca, a suspicion falls on Rebecca's boyfriend, a honeybee farmer. While the town buzzes with gossip, can Charlotte catch the culprit without getting stung herself?
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Berkley
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❂ Jennifer
Feb 14, 2012 ❂ Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I would have given this one 4 stars but the secondary character Rebecca, just irritated me this time out. Instead of coming across as panicky, as befitting the situation her character was in, she came across pushy, bossy and a tad hysterical. Otherwise, the story was a good one - interesting suspects and good character tension. All of the characters (with the exception of Rebecca) are becoming more likeable with each book and the author does an excellent job writing a vivid picture of the town a ...more
Really 3.5 stars

This started out really slow, and Charlotte was really annoying for the like first 1/3 of the book, but actually the last 2/3 of the book was very good, a huge improvement from the first two in the series. However, Rebecca was extremely annoying and pushy throughout the book. This one gets 3.5 stars, because it was very good by the end, however Rebecca was so annoying it took away from the book. I also, hope Charlotte can get some better investigation techniques by the next book.
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
Charlotte Bessette—proprietor of Le Petit Fromagerie, affectionately known in Providence, Ohio, as the Cheese Shop—is busy setting up her tent for the town’s Winter Wonderland faire, where she’ll offer fine wines and scrumptious cheeses. In the midst of the preparations, Charlotte meets an old friend of her mother, Kaitlyn Clydesdale, who has come back to Providence with plans to start a new honeybee farm.When Kaitlyn is found dead in the cottage of Charlotte’s assistant Rebecca, suspicion falls ...more
Michelle Randall
Apr 02, 2012 Michelle Randall rated it really liked it
Clobbered by Camembert is the third book in the Cheese Shop Mystery series, and in this one Charlotte's old boyfriend comes back from France, which stirs up trouble with Jordan.

This book find us in the middle of winter, a Winter Wonderland Faire is starting, the whole town is excited, except that there is a new lady in town, and she is making enemies at every turn, stirring up old memories and making Charlotte question the truth about her parent's death.

We find Matthew and Meredith working on pl
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Feb 20, 2012 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
Wow, I have a great opening sentence for this review, however, it would give away too much and this book deserves to be read so...

Do you enjoy cheese, the smell, taste, pairings, and appearance of cheese? Yes? Well, do you enjoy reading about small towns that a cheese store might be one of the exotic stores in town? Yes? Hmmn, well do you enjoy warm family interactions? Yes? Finally, do you love a sudden murder to stun you out of the bucolic setting? O.K. You will adore "Clobbered by Camembert."
Feb 12, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
3,5 stars. I really like this series and I love the small town, cozy feeling, but I was once again bothered by the sheer number of characters in this series. In other series characters pop in and out so we can see what they're up to, but they don't have to be involved in every book in some way. I wish the author would use that technique because it was annoying to be like, "oh, Deliliah is back, who is she again?" when Deliliah and a lot of other people like that had no real necessity to the stor ...more
Jul 14, 2016 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge
Good installment in the series with a culprit that I didn't see coming. I did find Rebecca pushy and annoying in this book, hopefully that will be better in the next. Can't wait to see what happens with Charlotte in the next book!
May 22, 2015 Jamie rated it liked it
The town of Providence, Ohio still considers itself to be the safest town in America, even though it has just experienced it's third murder in two years. As the annual Winter Wonderland and Founder's Day festival approaches, Kaitlyn Clydesdale arrives in town seeking to build upon her real estate empire. While Charlotte doesn't care for Kaitlyn, it turns out that Kaitlyn was a childhood friend of her mother, who died in a car crash when Charlotte was only three. She looks forward to learning mor ...more
Mar 08, 2014 LuAnn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all cozy mystery lovers
I am loving this series! And it all started with winning a print copy of the first book in The Cheese Shop Mysteries by Avery Aames in an online contest last year.

Charlotte Bessette is part-owner/operator Fromagerie Bessette in Providence, Ohio. She is fiercely loyal to family and friends, while sometimes being more forgiving of people that is strictly healthy or safe. (I sometimes feel like an older sister to Charlotte and want to "give her a good talking to" about some of the choices she make
May 13, 2012 Grey853 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, cozy
This one wasn't as strong as the other two novels in the series. For one, the mystery was weaker and, two, Rebecca was annoying as all get out. It was like she was a totally different character. Third, there was far too much romance and not enough mystery.

I do like the cheese references, but I don't like all the love stuff.
Annabel Sheron
Feb 20, 2012 Annabel Sheron rated it liked it
I normally love this series but things felt forced this time around. Suddenly Charlotte is surrounded by suitors, Rebecca has turned into a spoiled brat and Matthew's ex has the run of the town and no one puts her in her place. Although I love learning about the cheeses, not sure that the series will continue to tempt...
Mar 27, 2012 Alice rated it liked it
Well it as okay. Some of the supporting characters are really annoying. Especially Rebecca. Her going around saying your the murderer all the time. I just wanted to slap her. Liked the other books better. Love the cheese discussion though. Grandparents are my favorite characters.
Mark Baker
Jun 05, 2014 Mark Baker rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, mystery
The annual Winter Wonderland is about to open when Kaitlyn Clydesdale comes back to town. While she hints at knowing information about Charlotte's parents, Charlotte also wonders if she can trust this woman. Before Charlotte can learn more, Kaitlyn winds up murdered, and the police focus on Rebecca's boyfriend. Can Charlotte clear him of the crime?

The mystery is strong, and I have a hard time figuring out the killer. The story moved quickly, and the characters were mostly great. My only real iss
Tracy Weber
Jan 31, 2014 Tracy Weber rated it really liked it
Probably would give it 3.5 stars. I liked it, and I have to admit that the odd words, particularly the French-language words and unusual names threw me, but I think that shows my lack of sophistication and most wouldn't notice it. I also found the frequent questions the sleuth asked herself distracting. Could George (random name--not a character in the book) have done it? Kind of questions. In most sections there were several in a row. I briefly thought of making a drinking game out of it, then ...more
Micky Cox
Jan 03, 2016 Micky Cox rated it really liked it
Another visit to Providence and the Cheese Shop gang finds us following along hot on the trail of a killer who may have inadvertently done the town a favor! However, the prime suspect is the sweet bee farmer, friend of the cheese shop, which puts Charlotte hot in pursuit of other suspects! This series is a cozy mystery series that is just plain fun! The characters are a hoot, the cheese descriptions keep me drooling and the plots are just twisty enough to keep you guessing even when you are pret ...more
Apr 06, 2014 Carlin rated it liked it
Shelves: on-kindle
There are so many other cozy, food-related mysteries I'm not sure why I keep reading the Cheese Shop Mysteries, especially when I have to buy them. But I've now finished #3 and figure I might as well go on to the next one. I know the main characters and want to know what happens next in their lives I suppose. There are several romances blooming so I would like to see if marriages actually occur (thank heavens that creep Chip is out of the running!). At least there aren't that many books left so ...more
Feb 04, 2012 Fred rated it really liked it
Clobbered by Camembert is the third book in The Cheese Shop series by Avery Aames.

It's always enjoyable to take a trip to Holmes County, OH and visit with Charlotte Bessette at the Fromagerie Bessette, and this book is no exception.

Charlotte and her cousin, Matthew are putting the final touches to tent they have for the Winter Wonderland faire that is about ready to begin. Matthew causally mentions that Charlotte ex-fiancee is back in town. She doesn't want to believe that, as she has gotten ove
May 07, 2015 Ariel rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The town is gearing up for the Winter Wonderland fair where the Cheese Shop will have a booth. Kaitlyn Clydesdale, who grew up in Providence. breezes into town with grand plans of buying up land and starting a competing honeybee farm. Kaitlyn proves to be a cut throat business woman and is killed in short order. Unfortunately, the prime suspect - the established honeybee farmer, is the boyfriend of Rebecca, Charlotte's employee. Charlotte is also working out some questions surrounding her boyfri ...more
Jun 04, 2012 Terri rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Gave this book one star because there was nothing lower...The heroine goes downhill fast when she goes to the murder scene, sees a man leaving, and decided to chase him down, all throught the town. She catches him, gets him on the ground, and steps on his wrist. While he's in this postition, she argues with 2 different men, one of the them police chief, and the guy on the ground just lays there...come on, he's not strong enough to move his arm away??? And why does the police chief let him lay th ...more
John Kilgallon
Feb 29, 2012 John Kilgallon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cozy Readers and Foodies
Shelves: mysteries-i-like
Whew! Charlotte Bissette what have you gotten into now? Sounds like something Sheriff Urso would say throughout this entire mystery! Twists and turns galore keep you engaged in the "who dun it" behind developer Kaitlyn Clydesdale's death. Rebecca's boyfriend is the prime suspect, but Charlotte of course won't let him hang for it.

Another excellent story that moves at a quick clip around Providence, Ohio during the Winter Wonderland Faire. Not only is there a murder to be solved, but Charlotte's e
Dec 11, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the third book in the Cheese Shop cozy mystery series and is set in the winter. Things are hectic, as they are splitting their time between the shop and their tent at the winter fair. Charlotte is surprised to meet an old friend of her mother's, who has come to town with several business interests in mind, including the purchase of a farm where she plans to set up honeybees, a business that would be in direct competition with the boyfriend of Charlotte's employee, Rebecca. Charlotte is d ...more
Oct 31, 2012 Roberta rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery

I am one of the First Reads lucky winners! I have received a free copy of Clobbered by Camembert It is #3 in the Cheese Shop Mystery series. It's entertaining and a light read like the other books in the cupcake/bed&breakfast/quilting genre. Most of the characters are fairly typical of the expected residents of the murder mystery small-town.

I have two small quibbles so far. My husband says I am nit picking but (page 25) the cheese shop in the book, Fromagerie Bessette, sells among the vario
Lori Henrich
May 15, 2012 Lori Henrich rated it it was amazing
Charlotte Bessette runs the Fromagerie Bessette cheese shop, she also has a tendency to get involved in solving mysteries. This is the third installment in the Cheese Shop Mystery series.

The Cheese Shop is busy setting up for the town's Winter Wonderland faire. Many of the businesses in town will have a tent where they will set up the wares. An old friend of Charlotte's mother is back in town. Kaitlyn Clydesdale is back to open a new honeybee farm. Tagging along with Kaitlyn is Chip, former fian
Oct 04, 2013 Avry15 rated it liked it
This is the third book in The Cheese Shop series and I do wonder what other mysteries Charlotte has encountered. And I'll admit that I was lost with the sudden mass of characters. All of which apparently don'tneed to be introduced except for a newbie in this series like me. But soon enough, things started getting clearer in my head, and I'm good to go along with the story.

I think CLOBBERED BY CAMEMBERT is a good mystery, I actually didn't really guess right who the murderer is, not until the sam
Dec 09, 2012 Melissapalmer404 rated it it was amazing
Book #80 Read in 2012
Clobbered by Camembert by Avery Aames

This is the third book in one of my favorite cozy mystery series. Charlotte owns a cheese shop and seems to have a knack for getting involved in on-going police investigations. This usually results in some threat on her well-being but she handles it with style. Her partner in crime is her co-worker Rebecca. In this book, Rebecca's boyfriend is accused of murdering a business woman and Rebecca asks Charlotte to help prove his innocence. Al
Victoria Wright
Mar 19, 2012 Victoria Wright rated it it was amazing
Loved this book and love this series. Reading these books is like visiting friends and catching up with their lives. I like the whole idea of a cheese shop as a focal point for goings on. I like learning about cheese and wine pairings and recipies, too. I don't experiment too much with cheese in real life, so I can do it vicariously through the character's descriptions.

The mystery is well-plotted and had me guessing till close to the end. Another book where the author plays fair with the clues a
Judy Alter
Apr 07, 2012 Judy Alter rated it really liked it
Charlotte is getting ready to showcase her cheese selections and accomaniments at the town's annutal winter faire when an old friend of her mother's wanders in, bringing up all Charlotte's old memories of the death of her parents when she was very young. Kathryn Clydesdale is in town to establish a bee farm--and maybe a dynasty. Charlotte never gets a chance to ask Kathryn much, though, because the older woman is found murdered. Suspicion falls on Ipo, the boyfriend of Charlotte's assistant, Reb ...more
Mar 15, 2015 Jenn rated it it was ok
This one just...annoyed the hell outta me. First, there was Rebecca. She's come across as sweet, naive, and obsessed with tv crime dramas in the past. In THIS one? She's hella annoying. She's hysterical ALL the time. She won't listen to a thing anyone says and she's belligerent in regards to her boss.

Then, there's the ex. I don't see the appeal here at all. He creeped me the hell out from the moment he was introduced. Which would have been okay, as a story point, except that Charlotte seemed to
Feb 01, 2014 Rose rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, mystery
The delightful part of this book is in its charm. The owner of a Cheese Shop in the middle of a winter festival is trying to help her coworker whose boyfriend is accused of murder. As a person whose knowledge of cheese is limited to American, Cheddar, and Mozzarella, I was kind of fascinated by the types of cheese that were described throughout the book. The small town atmosphere was also very enjoyable as it reminded me a little of my own upbringing.
That said, I thought the book was a little h
Elizabeth Dodd
Nov 05, 2015 Elizabeth Dodd rated it really liked it
This is an entertaining series.
Good characters. People you can really care about.
Well, except for one in this story. Kaitlyn is instantly dis-likable. Pushy, obnoxious, self-centered.
The main downside to her death is that a really nice person is thought to have killed her.
As you read your way to the solution you are tempted with descriptions of delicious cheeses.
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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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