A Cheese Shop Mystery, No 2
May 2011/ ISBN 978-0-425-24158-5
by Laura Hinds
Charlotte Bessette owns a cheese shop, appropriately named The Cheese
Shop, located in Providence, Ohio. She works with her cousin, Matthew
who manages the wine to go with the cheese, and an Amish girl named
Rebecca who has broken free of her heritage and become an asset
to the shop.
Charlotte’s best friend, Meredith, hires them to cater an
event at an abandoned winery, with the goal of raising funds to
convert the winery into a liberal arts college. All appears to be
on the track for success until the scavenger hunt activity; what
is found is not what was anticipated. The found item is a person.
A very dead person, one who just happens to be an artist who was
to paint the winery, and who also is the boyfriend of Quinn, Meredith’s
niece, and now the suspected murderer.
This is the second book in the Cheese Shop Mystery series, and
author Avery Aames was recently awarded with an Agatha Award for
the first book, The Long Quiche Goodbye. In my opinion, it was a
well deserved reward, and I was not disappointed in the least with
this sequel. Author Aames develops her characters well and imbues
them with secrets and hidden agendas as well as intelligence and
individuality that make them memorable.
The plot is clever and detailed accurately. The story is smart
and fun, and paced evenly. The settings are described so that they
come alive for the reader, and we are even treated to a selection
of delicious-sounding recipes at the end of the book.
This is a charming book, cozy-mystery lovers will devour it, and
my only caveat is to make sure you have cheese and or wine at hand,
because you’ll surely develop a longing for both as you read
this book! Pack a picnic lunch, include this book in the basket
(with that wine and cheese!) and head for a secluded spot to relax
and enjoy this yummy mystery.
Reviews of other titles in this series
and Fondue, No 2
by Camembert, No 3