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

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  1,898 ratings  ·  252 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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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
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,
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
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.
Lorna Barrett
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 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.
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
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
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
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 3 of 5 stars
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Shelleen Toland
First book of a cute cozy mystery series.
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
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.


This was out first foray
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
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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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
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
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
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
Erin O'Riordan
I'm not a mystery reader. I do love Agatha Christie's Hallowe'en Party which I was required to read in middle school. I also love cheese, which was what attracted me to Avery Aames' 'The Long Quiche Goodbye.' It's the first in the Cheese Shop Mysteries series.

The cheese shop is Fromagerie Bessette in the little town of Providence, Ohio. Charlotte Bessette inherited her love of fine foods from Bernadette and Etienne, the grandparents who raised her. Charlotte lives with her cousin Matthew, recen
A decent mystery, but:

As others have stated, it is about a cheese shop owner - who doesn't make cheese. She gets all of her cheese from other places, and sells it. Okay. To me, that is like going to a bakery to buy cinnamon rolls and finding out they were originally from Cinnabon. It wouldn't be so bad if she at least labeled the cheese as originally from other places, but she doesn't. And she has an awful lot of it. So much so, that all anyone eats is cheese or things made with cheese. People
This mystery is set in a small town in Ohio. The cheese shop in town run by Charlotte and her cousin is where most of the action in the story takes place. There is a murder outside the cheese shop and the police are called in to investigate. Charlotte decides to investigate on her own.

Since the majority of the story takes place in the cheese shop, there is a lot of discussion of different cheese and wine pairings, as well as, some recipes. Charlotte's French grandparents used to run the business
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
If you're a big fan of cheese and wine pairings, you're in for a treat in this new cozy series. This new cozy have everything you want and more. Charlotte Bessette has a lot going on with her grandmother's re-election campaign for mayor, and someone buying the building her cheese shop's located in Providence, Ohio--a small town near the Amish community. When her grandmother's accused of murder, things take a quick turn for the worse. It's up to Charlotte to find out who's behind in--and she won' ...more
Shannon Pierce
This story was good, especially for the first in the series. The characters were well developed, some very likable and some annoying - just like in real-life. The main character does more than her fair share in solving the mystery, taking care of her cousins little girls - which was a bit irritating but again, similar to real life situations. I gave it 3 stars because of the focus on the main characters pet cat. I very much enjoy characters who have pets or a fondness for animals but it was just ...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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