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

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,322 Ratings  ·  296 Reviews
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
Paperback, 314 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Berkley (first published June 9th 2010)
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Jun 07, 2011 Hannah rated it liked it
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
Apr 23, 2014 Barbara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 05, 2011 Cece rated it it was ok
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,
Lorna Barrett
Jun 18, 2010 Lorna Barrett rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Book Concierge
Jun 08, 2016 Book Concierge rated it did not like it
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
Dec 28, 2010 Terri rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 30, 2012 Diane rated it it was ok
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.
Jan 19, 2013 Dawn rated it it was ok
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.
Rebecca Lewis
Jun 15, 2014 Rebecca Lewis rated it it was ok
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
Dec 05, 2011 bella rated it really liked it
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
Oct 13, 2014 Vicki rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, abandoned, series
It's my own fault for picking a book that uses a cheese pun in it's title, and I should have known better. I tried to read the entire thing, but I just couldn't get past the first ten chapters. THE LONG QUICHE GOODBYE is a terribly written book set in a cheese shop of all places. I've read some of these niche mysteries before, and while they weren't great literature, they were enjoyable enough. Coffee shop--fine. Book store--sure. But cheese? Sorry. It's just not that interesting.

Boring cheese
The Long Quiche Goodbye is the first book of the Cheese Shop Mystery series by Avery Aames. Set in a small town in present-day Ohio, it's a story of Charlotte Bessette and her cousin Michael, who manage their grandparents' cheese shop and modernize it by adding a wine tasting bar. Charlotte's grandmother is the mayor, her best friend is the schoolteacher, an old boyfriend is the police chief. A man with many enemies is murdered outside the shop, and Charlotte's grandmother is the main suspect. C ...more
Mar 22, 2013 Christyn rated it it was ok
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
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.
Megan Coppadge
Sep 25, 2014 Megan Coppadge rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: dnf
Did not finish:
I started reading this book because I was curious about the "cozy mystery" genre. The only reason I'm still reading this book is to find out who did it.
Why I'm not likeing this book:
1st: The main character, Charlotte, is an annoying twit. She keeps missing/refuses to see the most obvious things and refuses to accept reality.
2nd: Yes, I know, this takes place in a small town cheese and wine shop but having her describe every single cheese with great detail got old very fast. Like
Lori Henrich
Nov 20, 2011 Lori Henrich rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 06, 2012 Suzanne rated it liked it
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
Mar 14, 2015 Anne rated it did not like it
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
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
Oct 12, 2015 Micky Cox rated it liked it
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
Aug 05, 2010 Susan rated it it was ok
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Jack Powers
Mar 05, 2012 Jack Powers rated it it was ok
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.
Sep 09, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing
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.
Mary  (Biblophile)
Sep 03, 2011 Mary (Biblophile) rated it did not like it
Had to force myself to finish this book. Didn't care for the characters or the writing.
Sep 17, 2012 Lauren rated it did not like it
Page 66 & the main character has already "screeched" three times. Not a good omen.
Apr 06, 2012 Kim rated it did not like it
Shelves: funny-mysteries
Not my wheel of cheese. Stopped after a few chapters.
Shelleen Toland
Feb 26, 2013 Shelleen Toland rated it liked it
First book of a cute cozy mystery series.
Feb 20, 2014 Rex rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
simply dreadful
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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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