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Lost and Fondue

(A Cheese Shop Mystery #2)

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When a body is found in a long-abandoned winery, cheese shop owner Charlotte Bessette trades in her fondue fork for a flashlight to clear a friend's niece of suspicion. But as Charlotte starts to turn up the truth, the killer starts turning up the heat. ...more
Paperback, 297 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Berkley (first published April 12th 2011)
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Sarah
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zread-in-2020
This was another fun, action-packed instalment in Avery Aames' Cheese Shop Mysteries series.
Charlotte Bessette, proprietor of Providence, Ohio's Fromagerie Bessette (commonly referred to by residents simply as "the Cheese Shop"), has been asked to provide catering - the titular cheese fondues - for a function at the spooky Ziegler Winery. Her best friend, Meredith, is part of a committee pushing for the establishment of a liberal arts college in the grandly proportioned, but long abandoned, buil
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Jonathan
After the first book I was hesitant to read this book, but I decided to pace a hold on it from my library hoping it would get better. Unfortunately, the first half of the book was worse, and I almost put the book down, but the last half was entertaining and enjoyable.

Let's start with why I could not stand the first half. First of all Charlotte was once again extremely unlikeable, she thought she knew everything, and had to give her opinion on everything she saw. Secondly, Charlotte's consistent
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Anastasia
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lost and Fondue by Avery Aames is the second book in the Cheese Shop Mystery series. A fundraiser is held at an abandoned winery, which is to be turned into an art college. Unfortunately one of the student artists is killed at the event and there is talk of a hidden treasure. I enjoyed this book very much and I loved catching up with Charlotte and the other cheese shop characters. I drooled over the cheese descriptions and the recipes sound delicious. The mystery was well written and I look forw ...more
Cece
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
I would give this book the same grades I gave the first, and am not waiting eagerly for book #3, due out in early 2012. Aames definitely has difficulty with characterization. Why does the boutique owner start a flyer protest about the prices charged in the cheese shop? Why does she create scenes in the cheese shop when she should be taking things up with city hall? Why did the museum owner, passionately devoted to the museum in the first book, decide to take a long vacation? How does the elemen ...more
Maureen Jackson
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
I have given this series a try and despite the wonderful recipes; I have not found anything in the main character to motivate me to return again. Adieu cheese shop mysteries!
 Olivermagnus
Charlotte Bessette, owner of the Fromagerie Cheese Shop, is helping her best friend, Meredith, throw a fund-raiser to create a liberal arts college out of an abandoned winery. The winery is rumored to have some lost treasure hidden somewhere on the prooerty. When Meredith's niece, an art student and some of her friends arrive for the event/art exhibition, there is much drama between them, ending in a shocking death.

Many of the characters seemed a bit one-dimensional in this one and were frequent
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Kevin Kern
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I am sorry to say, the heroine is a ditz, and steps over the line of helping the police way too much. The books are fun to read, but sometimes they are like being in a hamster cage, with 5 wheels going at once.
LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte Bessette and her cousin Matthew are partners in The Fromagerie Bessette or The Cheese Shop as it known to the locals. Charlotte handles the cheese shop and Matthew a former sommelier, runs the wine annex. They have been hired to cater a fundraiser for their friend Meredith at an abandoned winery that Meredith hopes to turn into a college campus. Not everyone in town is happy about this as the winery has been the source of some wild stories including hidden treasure and buried bodies.

Th
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Kaye
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-challenge
When Charlette Bessette, owner of Providence, Ohio's fancy cheese shop, Fromagerie Bessette, is asked by her friend Meredith to cater a fund raiser at the old abandoned Ziegler winerey, it is with some trepidation. For years rumors have abounded of buried treasures and possibly a few buried bodies at the winery. The fundraiser is to purchase the winery and turn it into a local college.

Meredith's niece, Quinn, and her artistic friends are all excited as they want to search for the treasure; they
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Suspense Magazine
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
The newest installment to Aames’ enjoyable Cheese Shop Mysteries should definitely carry a disclaimer. Do not read on an empty stomach. In addition to the feisty cast of characters and light murder mystery, you’ll find yourself being led down a path of culinary delight making you want to run, not walk to the nearest cheese shop for a tasty bite.
Charlotte Bessette, Fromagerie Bessette’s owner is always ready to lend a helping hand and when Meredith, Charlotte’s best friend asks her to cater a sma
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Liisa
Jun 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, mystery
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Tari
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-print-book
It's been so long since I read the first book in this series that I didn't really remember a lot of the previous storyline, but the author did a good job of catching readers up without giving any spoilers. I may still go back and read it again if I get time.

This was a really good murder mystery, and I didn't guess the killer at all. There were quite a few suspects, and I kind of gave up and decided to just read and find out. I knew that there were a couple of people I hoped would be the killer!
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Trish
Not bad, but it tried too hard, so it got repetitive. Plus, the editing had a few issues
Nora-adrienne
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies
Lost and Fondue
By Avery Aames
Copyright May 2011
Publisher Berkeley Prime Crime

The fair town of Providence has settled down to normal after last year's murder. Jonquils are in bloom. The Cheese Shop is thriving, and Charlotte's romance with Jordan is flourishing. But when her friend, Meredith, decides to throw a fund-raiser to create a liberal arts college out of a long-abandoned winery--a winery that is rumored to hold not only buried bodies but buried treasure--Charlotte's joie de vivre deflates
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Barbara
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Not as bad as the first one. Enjoyed this one much more. Charlotte wasn't quite as pushy and intrusive as she was in the first, yet she still feels this compulsion to investigate, even though her childhood friend (and disappointingly not her boyfriend) is now the chief of police in the small Ohio town. Since the town is small, and proportionately, the police force is small (the chief and one other officer), she seems to feel it's her civic duty to help investigations.

What a crock. Just a writing
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Loraine
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
SUMMARY: The fair town of Providence has settled down to normal after last year's murder. Jonquils are in bloom. The Cheese Shop is thriving. and Charlotte's romance with Jordan is flourishing. But when her friend, Meredith, decides to throw a fund-raiser to create a liberal arts college out of a long-abandoned winery--a winery that is rumored to hold not only buried bodies but buried treasure--Charlotte's joie de vivre deflates like a bad souffle. Charlotte's fears are realized when an art stud ...more
Fred
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This past Saturday Avery Aames(4/30/11) Avery won an Agatha for the Best First Novel. That book, The Long Quiche Goodbye, is the first in this delicious series.

Charlotte Bessette owns The Cheese and her cousin Matthew, handles selecting the inventory of wines for the store. Rounding out the shops help is Rebecca, an Amish girl who has left the fold, and has learned to love TV and especially police shows.

The book begins with Meredith, a good friend of Charlotte and Matthews girlfriend, asks if C
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Melissapalmer404
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Book #48 Read in 2012


Lost and Fondue by Avery Aames


This is the second book in a cozy mystery series set in a cheese shop. This series really makes me regret my lactose intolerance, LOL.


In this book, Charlotte once again dons her amateur detective hat when a local artist is killed at a fundraiser. The niece of Charlotte's friend is taken into custody and Charlotte wants to clear her name. However, this puts Charlotte herself at risk as she finds out the hard way.


This series is a good cozy mystery
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Kellene
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This series is a bit of a conundrum for me. I enjoy the setting and many of the characters. Unfortunately, Charlotte grates on my nerves too much of the time. The sheriff (whom she absolutely insists on calling by his nickname at all times) shouldn’t be having dinner with his parents with an unsolved murder being investigated, but her boyfriend may be a serial killer and that just might be okay. She’s quick to action tracking a killer, but indecisive about going on a trip. Seriously? I do love h ...more
Mark Baker
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, mystery
Charlotte is catering a fundraiser at the old winery on the outskirts of town. During the scavenger hunt, she finds the body of one of the guests in the basement. With the police looking at someone Charlotte cares about, she must spring into detective mode to find the real killer.

I'm not sure why I waited so long to read this second book in the series. The characters were a tad overwhelming at first by their number, but I quickly had them all figured out. The plot slow down a tad in the middle,
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Jodi
May 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2016-read
The second book in this "cheesy" mystery series was a little more interesting than the first installment. Although the mystery was still centered around something personal to Charlotte, there was less expository segments and mor cheese. On the down side, this is a pretty close knit town, so much so that it's hard to have a really good mystery because either the characters we know have to go bad or one of the few walk on characters have to be guilty. It's not complex. On the plus side there reall ...more
Dizzy
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It is the second in the cheese shop mystery series, and I had read the first one and like it, so I had high hopes for this one as well. I really like the main character, Charlotte, and her co-worker Rebecca who is always using stuff she sees on tv to try to solve mysteries. I definitely didn't see the culprit coming in this one. I also REALLY enjoy all the talk about cheese, and the sweet romance between Charlotte and another one of the characters. Looking forward to ...more
Melodie
May 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2011
This was a good enough book, but all the cheese talk is not a good thing for me. I don't eat it and find even the smell of most types of cheese actually revolting! The author is a very good writer and if she writes about another subject I will definitely be up for them, but I think I will leave this series alone from now on.....it's terribly unappetizing to me! (Home with a cold, so finished this in one day!) ...more
Aspasia
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Our favorite cheese-loving, amateur detective is back in the second installment of the Cheese Shop Mystery series. An abandoned winery is being converted into a college. During the scavenger hunt fundraiser, a nasty surprise is found that was not on the scavenger hunt list: a dead body. The list of suspects is varied and the crime scene is full of symbolism. Was it the angry fiancee, the jealous best friend? The art instructor?

Angelica
May 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
Well... I can't remember exactly why I liked the first one so much.
There's a lot I can excuse and overlook, but the level of racism, sexism and homophobia in this book made me retch. On top of that, the story is silly, the characters are naive and cliche, and the research the author made for it was minimal at best.
I'm done with this series.
JL 646
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Linda
May 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
I didn't finish this bood. Didn't hold my attention. ...more
Ine Airlcana
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Sequel couldn't quite keep up with the Expert Ripening of the First Volume

Maybe I remember their personalities from the first volume wrong, but the main characters seemed more like impulsive teenagers in volume 2, losing their head over love and bitching about the people around them like there was no tomorrow.
This is necessary to an extent since a mystery needs to shift the reader's attention from suspect to suspect, but it was overdone, in my opinion.
Then there's the investigation that's st
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Dawn
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, picnic-bingo
Providence seems to have put last year’s murder behind them. Spring has finally arrived and Charlotte couldn’t be happier. Her business is thriving and her romance with Jordan is moving in a positive direction. Charlotte’s best friend Meredith has a new project on her hands. She is in the midst of organizing a fundraiser to create a college in an abandoned winery outside of the town. The winery has an infamous history and is surrounded by rumors of murders and buried treasure. Charlotte reluctan ...more
Julie
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
This cozy mystery series is better than usual.
There are plenty of suspects, and although the murderer is among them the solution is not totally predictable. Although there are a few characters that provide comedy, and a few plot twists are unrealistic, none of them are outrageous.

The murder mystery was just as satisfying as the first novel. This story introduces Mathew's ex wife and starts to develop the character of Jackie. Unfortunately, that many that some of the funniest characters, like G
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Joni
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Clever, entertaining second installment in the Cheese Shop Mystery series by Avery Aames. Besides learning so much about different types of cheeses and getting new recipes Aames provides a good mystery with likeable, well-crafted characters. Descriptive without being overly so, the characters leap from the pages without being caricatures or so simplistic as to bore the reader.

Charlotte and her cousin Matthew own the cheese and wine shop in Providence, Ohio. The town, inhabited by the cousin's gr
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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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