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Clobbered by Camembert

(A Cheese Shop Mystery #3)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  995 ratings  ·  132 reviews
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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Janet Robel
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyable series with lots of delectable cheeses. Charlotte Bessette does a nice job as an amateur sleuth. I plan on reading the next one because the characters have grown on me, and would like to see what happens in this charming community.
❂ Jennifer
Feb 12, 2012 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
"I thought I'd seen a ghost, Charlotte," Matthew said.

Charlotte of Fromagerie Besstte is setting up a tent for the annual Winter Wonderland Faire in Providence, Ohio when she meets an old friend of her mother's. Kaitlyn Clydesdale is a rather obnoxious woman who is in negotiations to buy the land beside local beekeeper, Ipo Ho. Her plan is to compete with Ipo for the honey business. Ipo is dating Charlotte's assistant Rebecca who is terribly upset by the whole situation. Ipo becomes the prim
Jan 28, 2012 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
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 b
May 13, 2012 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 12, 2012 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...
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this out of sequence, but it was still good. Lots of characters in this, but she does provide a guide in case you need to refresh. Good story with plausible ending.
Michelle Randall
Jan 31, 2012 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 an
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Feb 18, 2012 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
Jun 04, 2012 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
May 19, 2011 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
Mar 25, 2012 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.
Jul 11, 2016 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!
Mar 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
This story was totally inane. I enjoyed the first book in the series, somehow missed the second book, and after reading this one, I won't waste my time reading any more by this author.
Sandra Holladay
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
I wavered between a 2 or 3 stars, probably more of a 2.5 star rating. The story is an ok mystery, but I did have some issues. I don’t see how Charlotte’s business stays afloat when she’s got customers lined up but allows herself to be pulled off in two different directions to investigate things and then leaves the shop with one person to take care of everybody.

Word usage: “”Not Arlo.” Delilah frittered her hand.” Fritter means to waste time, money, or energy on trifling matters, to dwindle or d
Alton Motobu
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Combination of romance and mystery with emphasis on the romance. Charlotte has three love interests, Chip the ex, Umberto the cop and Jordan the spy(?) all of whom are hopelessly infatuated with her. But she wants Chip to go away, she treats Umberto condescendingly, and has suspicions about Jordan, so why do they hang around? In fact throughout the book Charlotte suspects practically everyone of being a murderer. This one is only for fans of this genre - romantic mystery. It should have been adv ...more
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2019-read
I was somewhat disappointed in this book. Although I love all the cheese descriptions I found all the characters to be incredibly wimpy except for lapsed Amish Rebecca Zook who became aggravatingly aggressive in defense of her new beau. Charlotte is busy setting up for the winter fair when a former town resident returns just in time to stir up bad memories, create new problems, and get murdered. Unfortunately, at first glance, the person with the most to gain is Rebecca's new beau, the honey mak ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crafties
Another fun mystery in the Cheese shop mystery series. I like the main characters. I have given up expecting rational behavior from Charlotte and Rebecca. It's the only way to enjoy the books.

This book introduces some annoying, manipulative, and nasty people. Fortunately one of them got murdered by Chapter 3. That's in addition to the resident annoying, manipulative, and nasty character, Matthew's ex-wife Sylvie. (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
This series hasn't been terrible, but it hasn't been good either. This was the last chance I gave to the Cheese Shop Mystery series. The murder mysteries aren't bad, but the character drama is not interesting at all. Jordan the love interest, for instance, is not interesting enough for me to really care about his mysterious background. And a love triangle with him and U-ey? No, thank you. Paired with this uninteresting drama/characters is a lot of melodrama- especially from Charlotte. She tends ...more
Cyndi Atwell
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would give this 5 stars, but actions by Rebecca drove me crazy. Granted, her love was highly suspected of murder, but that didn’t give her the right to be so shrill and bossy. Aside from that, great story. A nasty lady comes to town and gets bumped off. Lots of folks were being blackmailed by her in order to get their property. Throw in the appearance of Creep Chef, Charlotte’s former fiancé, and lots of intrigue ensues. Of course, everything works out in the end, but will Charlotte find her h ...more
Muffin Pam
Jan 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OMG, why do I keep reading these? Story was lame and the mystery was super dumb. Charlotte is once again confronted with an inept police force and peer pressured into finding out who killed the blackmailing entrepreneur who came to town with the intent of owning everything.

Everyone thinks it's a Hawaiian guy with no motive but (spoiler alert) it turns out to be her ex-boyfriend who killed by slap-shotting a cheese container to the victim's neck. Totally reasonable.

Julie Runge
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Didn't connect with any of the pretentious characters. Haven't read any other books by this author, maybe the characters were developed in earlier books. Once I start a book I feel compelled to finish it, this one was a challenge.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Avery Aames continues to delight with the Cheese Shop mystery series with wine and cheese education being an added bonus. The characters and setting are relatable and intriguing. The mystery had me guessing until the very end.
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
My love of cheese pushes this from 3 to 4 stars.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first in this series that I have read and I enjoyed the characters and the story - so I will likely read more. Be warned - you may want to buy cheese while or after reading!
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very silly, cute cozy mystery. It's the winter equivalent of a beach read.
Debi Emerson
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Very good! And a nice, unexpected ending.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Another good book to the series. So far I like the characters, the plot, and the ending with a twist. Her recipes and cheese are fun. I like her other main characters as well.
Haley Addie
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good read, though I had to ignore Rebecca a little. She was quite the spaz in this one.
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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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