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As Gouda as Dead

(A Cheese Shop Mystery #6)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  651 ratings  ·  120 reviews
Someone is cheesed off . . .

Providence, Ohio, is celebrating Valentine’s Day with weeklong events, including lovers’ baskets with heart-shaped cheeses at Fromagerie Bessette. Charlotte Bessette is celebrating by finally walking down the aisle with the man of her dreams, handsome artisanal cheese farmer, Jordan Pace. But when a beloved bar owner is discovered murdered on J
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Berkley
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Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it

Love is in the air in Fromagerie Bessette aka "The Cheese Shop". The proprietor is Charlotte Bessette. She is organizing a wine and chesse tasting to be held in her shop for "The Lovers' Trail Festival"along with other businesses in Providence, Ohio. Charlotte and her fiance, Jordan, A Chesse farmer, who has dreams of running his own restaurant again plan on getting married, Charlotte's Grandmother is Putting on a play with the Providence Players for the event called "Love Letters" that Charlott
Mar 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
I finished it. Of all the cozies I've ever read I think this was the first that was totally unbelievable. I know things would never really happen the way they do in cozies, but they could. I don't believe anything in this book would ever really happen ever. And so many paragraphs of questions. Full long paragraphs of Charlotte just asking herself questions. Ugh. And I can't help but think that Charlotte is snotty. I keep telling myself that she probably isn't meant to be but I start reading agai ...more
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Providence, Ohio is the place for lovers in this 6th installment of the spectacular series.

But murder plays havoc with a certain couples plans and they are not taking it laying down. Charlotte is very determined to catch the killer and get her plans back on track!

Avery Aames continues to make this series better and better. We have Charlotte’s crazy bachelorette party, all the shops are doing something special for Lover’s Trail Festival, the Providence Players are performing Lo
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Releasing just in time to enjoy for Valentine’s Day, Avery Aames has another winner in AS GOUDA AS DEAD. This book is based during Valentine’s Day, so it is perfect to get you in the mood. Ummm…for love and chocolate, not murder. ;-) Let’s leave the murder between the pages.

In this sixth installment of her Cheese Shop Mystery series, Ms. Aames once again pens a winning story so full of intrigue, I was on the edge of my recliner with every chapter. This author’s writing is a true gift. Flawless
May 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really REALLY wanted to like this book. I won it in a contest directly from the author. She was so nice – she sent it out right away, and included some nice swag in the package. It was such an attractive offering, that I started the book immediately.

And it was awful.

The main character, or the sleuth as we call ‘em, is Charlotte, and man oh man is she annoying. She spends most of her time ditching her fiancé and making mountains out of mole hills. There is no real sleuthing – just a bunch of go
May 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Eh. This one was alright. But Charlotte's starting to annoy me. I've never been overly fond of all the cheese descriptions, but I get it...that's this series' niche. But EVERY one in this town is super into cheese. I don't know one person in my real life who's into cheese even a quarter as much as these people. All the cutesy love letters were just weird. I mean, they made me want to vomit a little bit. And they felt TOTALLY out of character for Jordan. I mean, I'd buy Charlotte's grandfather wr ...more
It is February in Providence, Ohio and the whole city is celebrating Valentine's Day with week long festivities. Charlotte Bessette is celebrating by finally marrying Jordan, the man of her dreams. A body is found is found on Jordan's farm ... a close friend and another murder follows in town. Charlotte is mad -- her marriage has been postponed and she is determined to find the culprit.

I really wanted to love AS GOUDA AS DEAD. I've enjoyed the first five in the series, but this one was just ok.
Mar 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cheese-cozy
One star for the cheese descriptions. As a person with tattoos, who also happens to be intelligent and kind, I was very turned off by Charlotte's bigoted attitude, and the author's tired stereotype of people with tattoos. Prior to this book, I LOVED this series, and would devour books as they came out. I was so turned off early on, and soldiered through for a little while, but I disliked the book so much that I couldn't even get through half of it. I skipped to the end, and that was that. Maybe ...more
Mark Baker
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, mystery
Just days before Charlotte and Jordan are to wed, the body of Tim O’Shea, the local bar owner, is found on Jordan’s cheese farm. The personal nature of the murder leads Charlotte to start investigating to figure out who would want to kill the man who was a friend to so many.

I was surprised when I realized who the murder victim was going to be, but I liked that it made the case more personal to me as well as the characters. The large cast is charming and fun as always. I do grow a little tire of
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jordan and Charlotte are about to get married. On the night of their bachelor and bachelorette parties a friend of Jordan's is killed on his farm. The wedding gets rescheduled so that the killer can be found and life can get back to normal. Then another murder occurs.
Who killed them and why? Are the murders connected?
There are twists and turns till the very end.
Yummy recipes are on the back of the book.
Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge, e-books
A great read for Valentine's Day! I really enjoyed this entry in the series. The mystery kept me guessing right up to the reveal. Charlotte and Jordan were so cute in this story. Recipes are included at the end, this always makes me happy.
Nothing Like A Good Book!!!! wood
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This story seemed to take me forever to finish. Really can't say why, possibly because I hadn't read any of the previous ones. I will be sure to get the first of the series to start and learn more about the characters.
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kayt

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt

When As Gouda As Dead begins, the town of Providence, Ohio is getting ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Oh boy are they doing it up in a big way. The whole main street is getting involved, including Fromagerie Bessette. This is the 6th installment of the Avery Aames’ Cheese Shop Mystery series and the first one I have read. I can honestly say it will not be the last one though. The main character, Charlotte Bessette, i
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Yep, just as good as I remember.

This is the sixth instalment of The Cheese Shop mysteries. And Charlotte is in trouble again. This time however, it's personal (A cheesy line I know, cheesy..get it?). A badly timed murder, means that she has to postpone her wedding to Jordan, who i love unconditionally by the way. So this time she is even more invested in solving the mystery, so she can get her marriage back on track.

The best thing about these stories, is that i can never, EVER work it out before
Vicki Highley
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Avery Aames has done it again. What a wonderful visit to Providence, Ohio's celebration of Valentine's Day. It was wonderful visiting with old friends, Charlotte, Jordon, Delilah, Meredith, Rebecca and especially Grandmere andPepere. Because it is a cozy mystery you know someone will be murder, it is sad when it is a close friend. So Charlotte with the encouragement, kind of, she starts looking into it. There are enough twists and turns to keep your interest. What I really like about reading coz ...more
Sue Ross
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love is in the air and Charlotte and Jordan are about to be married. On the night of their bachelor and bachelorette parties, one of Jordan’s friends is killed. This put their wedding on hold as the murder took place on Jordan’s farm, where the wedding was to take place. In the course of trying to find out who the killer is, another person is killed and suspicion is cast on many of the citizens of the town. Who killed them? Why were they killed? If you want to find out you’ll have to read the bo ...more
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Charlotte is not a happy camper. First, she has to invite former cousin-in-law Sylvie to her wedding. Then her bachelorette party is interrupted
by a weird phone call. Jordan's bachelor party is stopped when a body is found in his cheese making farm, and now they may have to postpone their
wedding--again! Plus, the victim is the beloved pub owner and her friend's boyfriend. Will the killer be found in time to avoid ruining the wedding
and the town's Valentine's celebration?

I love reading this seri
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The sixth in The Cheese Shop Mystery series is “udderly” fantastic. I literally just put down As Gouda as Dead and I have tears streaming down my face. Happy tears. She weaves such an incredible love story throughout this cozy and you really become invested in the lives of the inhabitants of Providence, Ohio.
Charlotte Bessette, the proprietor of Fromagerie Bessette, know locally as The Cheese Shop, is planning her wedding to Jordan Pace, when Providence is once again rocked to its core with murd
I enjoyed this book. The book starts with celebrations that come to abrupt ends as a body is found. When combined with another the twists and turns that we are taken on is one fun ride. Every time I thought I had it figured a new twist arrived. My only drawback was all questions Charlotte asked herself every time she talked to someone or saw something. I found it annoying after awhile but this was only minor for me. The mystery came to a satisfactory conclusion that made sense as Charlotte put i ...more
Margo Sue
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As always, this cheese shop mystery was a blend of mystery, friendship and education! It was fun spending time with old friends. Yes, I know they are characters in a book, but enjoy getting to know them better. Going through the ups and downs of losing people they were close to, figuring out the twists, finding out the history of the relationships all braided together to keep me reading. The sprinkling of information about the cheeses and the wines were an added bonus. So, make a cheese plate, g ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-food
It is Valentine's time and in Providence everyone seems to be getting in the romantic mood, Charlotte and Jordan are planning on getting married out on his farm but during the pre wedding parties a body is discovered throwing everything out.

Can the crime be solved and the marriage go ahead? Is Rebecca still seeing one of the deputies and WHO is Chief Urso going out with? Murder, cheese and wine ..... perfect!
DJ =^^=
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read in the series. I loved it!! I did get a little annoyed by all of the name mentions but didn't let that keep me from enjoying the mystery. I am a new fan of this series! I can't wait for book #7
Vicki Gooding
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a delicious story. This is a fair and honest review I'm making in exchange for receiving a copy of this book. It involves a small town in Ohio. Main Street businesses preparing for a Valentine Day ritual. And murder. The book is rich in enjoyment, and I easily give it a thumbs up.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read Final Sentence by Daryl Wood Gerber (Avery Aames is her pen name) which is the first book in her Cookbook Nook Mystery series and really enjoyed it. So when I won a copy from Gerber off of Facebook, I was excited to give another one of her cozy mystery series a try.

The Cheese Shop Mystery series takes place in Ohio, which is in the midwest. And it revolves around a cheese shop that has a wine annex in the basement. It’s like Gerber peered into my brain to find out what things would entic
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
As always, this little cozy was very readable. In this one, Charlotte's friends have planned a surprise bacherlorette party complete with sketching the town's young handsome and boxers only clad deputy O'Shea. Things go south when the deputy's phone buzzes and soon the town's bar owner and deputy's favorite has died a particularly unusual and rather grizzly death. Not long after that, the town's patisserie shop owner has also died in an unusual and rather awful way. Of course Charlotte gets invo ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
A few chapters into this book, and I found myself hoping that the protag's fiance was the murderer. So, I don't think I'll be reading more books in this series, as I don't like the characters. It was written well enough that I finished it easily, though. Also, even for a cozy, this had some outlandish theories. It was posited--more than once!--that a motive for murder would be not wanting to be tempted by the desserts the baker was making. Considered more than once, seriously. In discussion.
Nicole Wrightson
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I kept misplacing this book. I would put it down and forget where I put it.

This book was amazing. It was filled with a puzzle of two murders and trying to figure out how they could possibly be connected. It was fun to try to follow the line of people giving witness. I loved the twists and turns. I also love how the book ends.
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the first book in this series but really disliked this book. I decided to abandon this book at the halfway point because I wasn't enjoying in and didn't feel like forcing myself to finish it. There were too many characters with little character development. I felt like the plot was a mess.
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first I’ve read of this series, and I liked it. I liked the cheese descriptions, and the mystery of who did the killings. The gossiping and questioning that Charlotte did, out of the blue, whenever she had a wild idea, was kind of irritating, but I still liked her and Jordan, and was happily surprised at the ending. I will read the rest of the series.
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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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