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The Long Quiche Goodbye (A Cheese Shop Mystery #1)

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Welcome to the grand opening of Fromagerie Bessette. Or as it's more commonly known by the residents of small-town Providence, Ohio-the Cheese Shop. Proprietor Charlotte Bessette has prepared a delightful sampling of bold Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, delicious tortes of Stilton and Mascarpone, and a taste of Sauvignon Blanc-but someone else has decided to make a little crime ...more
Kindle Edition, 325 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Berkley (first published June 9th 2010)
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Hannah
Jun 07, 2011 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
2.5 stars. I had heard a number of good things about The Long Quiche Goodbye, but my excitement was ultimately rewarded with disappointment. I'm really on the fence as to what I felt about this book. I neither liked nor disliked it, and I could see a lot of potential for this to become a great series. It just didn't fall into place here.

Firstly, I must say I loved everything to do with The Cheese Shop. I like cheese, but I don't have many opportunities to eat any, and frankly my knowledge of it
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Riccarla Roman
When Agatha Christie wrote the Miss Marple series about a little old lady in a sleepy village solving mysteries, they were called "cozies", nice, little domestic situations. I have noticed a prolific number of new mysteries for a niche market that I call "crafties". These are mysteries set in a small town that depends on tourism to survive. They turn their downtown areas into quaint little villages with all kinds of little specialty shops. The mystery (usually a murder of someone nobody likes) i ...more
Cece
Overall concept: B-. Return to hometown to nurse broken heart (x2) go into business, meet new potential romance......been done before-better.
Mystery: B- pink herrings at best
Setting: B-charming small town, adorable shop.....been done before, but it is nice to read about a dream location
Characters: C-. Shallow and cliche characters who do not act consistently-characters in mysteries MUST be consistent. It's a rule. Secondary characters are dizzyingly staccato. Motivations are sketchy or missing,
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Lorna Barrett
Jun 18, 2010 Lorna Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a terrific story. I loved all the "cheesy" references and was happy to give Avery a blurb for the cover of the book. (Love Charlotte Bessette and her whole family.)

Here's what I wrote for the blurb: Avery Ames's delightful debut novel, The Long Quiche Goodbye, ia lovely Tour de Fromage. It's not just gouda, it's great!

Can't wait for the next installment.
Terri
Dec 28, 2010 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, culinary
I love cheese. SO a cheese shop mystery - I HAD to read. I really liked Charlotte, her shop and her interesting family and friends. After a very unlikeable man (Ed) is killed outside her shop, her grandmother is accused and Charlotte sleuths around to find the killer. I did like that she shared all her information with the local cop and that he did follow up on her information. Not common with amateur sleuths. And I found the killer a really sad figure. Look forward to the next in the series.
Diane
Oct 30, 2012 Diane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After reading this book for daaaaaays, it seemed that it was never going to end - the "sleuth" just kept going around town bothering the same people with different questions and bossing the police chief around - and I realized that I just didn't care anymore. I skimmed the last few chapters and called it done. I did give an extra star because the language is clean and I liked the recipes at the end, but I probably won't be looking for more in this series.
Dawn
Jan 19, 2013 Dawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I lost a lot of respect for the main character when she broke up with her PASTRY CHEF boyfriend because he wanted to MOVE TO PARIS. She runs a cheese shop--I would think she would do quite well in Paris. She sees wanting to move to Paris as a character flaw. I didn't buy it. The rest of the characters are all standard cozy stock and this didn't hold my attention.
Jonathan
I bought this book awhile ago when I decided to pick up some Agatha Award winning titles, and to tell the truth, I was slightly disappointed with this.
The setting was amazing, the author did a superb job of making me see this part of Ohio with clarity and ease.

But, the characters were flat, and sometimes annoying. I found the main character to be almost arrogant at the beginning of the book, though she got tons better by the end. And her cousin, where do I start with him? I absolutely could not
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Kwee Lewis
I gave it two stars because there is a cute kitty, but.....

First off, the book started with a way too familiar plot; ile., a new store is opening and a vengeful neighboring shop owner is determined to persecute the child of the person they have an age-old quarrel with. Second, to me, the book seemed more like a Peyton Place soap opera produced by the Cooking Channel. Between the discussions of food, a mystery broke out. In the same paragraph there would be one sentence mentioning the death, with
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Barbara
Apr 23, 2014 Barbara rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Oh my God. Talk about "too stupid to live heroines", Charlotte Bessette is the epitome of the TSTL cozy mystery heroines. She's also extremely nosy and pushy and she's almost difficult to like or to feel sympathy toward. She bugs the chief of police in this small town - someone she grew up with - almost relentlessly. He's actually more sympathetic than her, because you can understand his frustration with her interference in the investigation, yet he tries to keep his patience (as much as possibl ...more
Book Concierge
Charlotte Besette and her cousin Matthew have taken over the cheese shop previously run by their grandparents. Their grand re-opening celebration is interrupted by a scream just outside their door, and when they rush to investigate they spy one of the shop’s special cheese knives sticking out of a dead man’s heart, and their beloved grandmother with the victim’s blood on her hands and splashed over her dress.

This has all the ingredients for a promising cozy mystery set-up: small town business o
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bella
Dec 05, 2011 bella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the cheesy titles of cozy mystery novels. There is SENTENCED TO DEATH and SPRINKLE WITH MURDER. The titles just scream at me "pick me up and read me" and of course I can't resist, as friends will tell you by my overflowing bookshelves.

With all these cheesy novels, I decided that my next read would have to involve cheese, and you can't get more cheese than THE LONG QUICHE GOODBYE.

THE LONG QUICHE GOODBYE is set the town of Province, with Charlotte and her cousin (and business partner) Matth
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Christyn
I think the series as a whole has potential. I certainly learned a great deal about cheese, even if most if it will probably be forgotten by tomorrow. I wish the author had spent as much time with her characters and setting as she did with the cheese & the cheese shop. It was a diverting read, but a tad inconsistent at times and a bit overwhelming with people. I have to agree with several other reviewers in that Ms. Aames introduced too many characters, too quickly - it got confusing trying ...more
Amy Palmer
Jan 15, 2013 Amy Palmer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cozy mystery fans
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I love cheese. I really love cheese. When I spotted a series called "A Cheese Shop Mystery" I knew I had to read the first book. Written by Avery Aames, The Long Quiche Goodbye is a cozy mystery with Charlotte Bessette acting as the novice detective while she is busy running her family's cheese shop, Fromagerie Bessette.

At the grand opening of the store, Ed Woodhouse is murdered right outside the front door. Charlotte's Grandmère, also the town's mayor, was found near his body, covered in blood.
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Lori Henrich
Nov 20, 2011 Lori Henrich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the theme of this series of mysteries. I love cheese, maybe being from Wisconsin has something to do with it. The development of the characters, makes you fall in love with them. The twins were adorable and you just want to wrap them up in a hug. Rebecca, formerly Amish, has an exuberance that makes me chuckle. The Bessette family, the main characters of this story, are great. Charlotte reluctantly takes over the part of sleuth, amongst her other duties, to help save her Grandmother from ...more
Suzanne
Jan 06, 2012 Suzanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Suzanne by: Stack the deck challenge - full house
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This was more of a 2.5 stars. The Cheese Shop mysteries debut has a lot going for it. I love the setting, love all the cheese lore, love the wine and wine info, sometimes liked the protagonist Charlotte, loved Providence, OH, loved Grandmere and Grandpere.

Sometimes Charlotte drove me crazy with her constant jumping to conclusions and impetuous actions. I never did understand the whole (view spoiler). Everything was at times
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Chaitra
I spent an embarrassingly long time reading this book. I moved, I have a cranky toddler, I was being my OCD self in organizing every single item in every single box. These were the excuses I held on to when I was unable to move through a single page of this book in several days. I mean, it's a cozy. I've hated cozies before but never have I found them unreadable. Then I found myself reading 4 books, slower than I used to, but still in reasonable time, and I'm forced to conclude it's not me. It's ...more
Micky Cox
I quite liked this book, but I do have a bit of a cheese addiction so that could be a contributing factor. The book starts like a whirlwind of things happening and introductions as there are a lot of characters in this story. The family is extended, their friend list is long and the other shopkeepers are many. If you can stick through the mayhem, the book fleshes out a great little plot with nice clues tucked in a long the way to keep you intrigued and guessing. The character development was qui ...more
Susan
Aug 05, 2010 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jack Powers
This is a cozy mystery set in a cheese and wine shop. I disagree with a review which stated that the mystery line and the information on the cheese shop was in balance. I felt that the cheese shop was given too much emphasis. The sleuthing seemed rather simple-minded and clumsy to me.
Debbie
Sep 09, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this kick off book for a new series and I am anxious to continue with it. Now I want to eat cheese...a lot of cheese.
Anne
Mar 14, 2015 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I usually enjoy cozy mysteries but this book was a bit too much cheese and gossip, not enough mystery. There are better ways to insert information about cheese than inserting a cold description every time a cheese name in mentioned. Each one broke me out of the story and made it feel like a book written for the cheese board. Ugh

Also, the author followed the cozy mystery format to such an extreme that it becomes boring and trite. Barely made it through 5 chapters before I finally had to quit. I f
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Shelleen Toland
First book of a cute cozy mystery series.
Jodi
Jul 26, 2015 Jodi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2015-read
This is the first of the Cheese Shop mysteries and I am happy that the others are available via my library in electronic edition. Although I wasn't in love with this book, I thought it showed a lot of promise and I want to see where it leads. Charlotte Bessette is the co-proprietor of Fromagerie Bessette. Her grandparents, who raised her, brought her up in the shop and cheese and food is part of her blood. Her cousin runs the wine section of the store. Providence, Ohio is a small town that borde ...more
Angelica
Jan 22, 2015 Angelica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: female-author
I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. Having recently read The Long Goodbye, and having this one gathering dust in my TBR list, I thought it would be only natural that I should give this a try. Spoiler: it has nothing at all to do with Raymond Chandler.

It's a bit silly, most of the pages are taken by commentary on food or decoration, the mystery is no mystery at all, the romantic subplot is so conventional it's cringe-worthy. The investigation and police procedure... Oh. My. God. It's
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Pearl
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Charlotte has always dreamed of owning her own cheese shop. When this dream finally comes to fruition and she throws a grand opening for her store, the unimaginable happens. There is a murder right outside and her own Grandmother is the prime suspect. Charlotte, convinced of her grandmothers innocence, and getting no help from the local police force, starts digging around the investigation herself in hopes of finding the real perpetrator.

WHAT WE THOUGHT:

This was out first foray
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Holly
Jan 07, 2014 Holly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I started a review that got deleted, so here's the short version:

I decided to read this book because it won the Agatha Award for new novel. I've read others that have won this award in the past and enjoyed them much more.

I liked the setting of this book, but not the main character (or any of the characters for that matter). And it annoyed me that the main characters was constantly baking quiche. She owns a rather upscale cheese shop in a smallish city, so there's not real connection with quiche
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Nancy
Jul 25, 2010 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I didn't understand how the title actually went with the book that I read. The main locale is a cheese shop that also sells quiche. The title should have been more cheese related like - Goudas Dead, or something equally cheesy.

Nevertheless, back to the story - the murder of Ed Woodhouse happens on the night of the grand reopening of the Fromagerie Bessette, also known as the Cheese Shop, in the quiet town of Providence, Ohio, which is located close to Amish Country and geared to th
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Amanda
Even though the cozy genre is ridiculous and tough to explain, there are things that work for it and things that don’t. This book is definitely a cozy but it combines the cozy elements oddly, making it fall short of awesome into the decidedly meh category.

Most cozies have a moderately ridiculous plot involving a dead body being found and a woman ultimately amateur investigating the crime. The crime in this one was odd. A landlord who nobody likes is stabbed directly in front of the cheese shop o
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Melinda
It was not my favorite read. I gave it two stars because it was a clean read and I was able to finish it.

Ms. Aames introduced too many characters too soon. It was difficult to remember how each was associated to the protagonist. The town and the characters were not well drawn. Jordan, the love interest, has no background and no character traits to recommend him other than his looks. This, I believe, was supposed to create mystique, but it fell flat. Charlotte, the protagonist, is swayed by every
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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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