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Clobbered by Camembert (Cheese Shop Mystery Series #3)

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

SAY CHEESE!!

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 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 on Rebecca’s boyfriend, a honeybee farmer himself. Charlotte knows this beekeeper wouldn’t hurt a fly, so she decides to find the real killer. While the town buzzes with gossip, can Charlotte catch the culprit without getting stung herself?



Dollycas’s Thoughts
Charlotte Bessette is a wonderful strong woman, raised by her grandparents. Her parents were killed in an accident when Charlotte was just a toddler. She has had more than a few bumps already in life but emerges from each them even stronger. She also has a huge heart which means it is hard for her to say “no” to anyone which sometimes leads her to yet another bump in the road. The trouble is lately this bumps have been dead bodies or live ones she just wishes would leave her alone. Rebecca is quite demanding of Charlotte in this installment but then again her boyfriend is being accused of murder. You can’t help but love these characters.

As you can see from the cover of the book illustrated by Teresa Fasolino, the setting is gorgeous. The Winter Wonderland Faire sounds like an awesome event, the food, the ice sculptures, the choir, the author puts you right there, you may even shiver from the cold weather as the snow starts to gently fall.

Avery also sculpts a wonderful winter mystery. New characters come to town shedding some light on the past and also with big ideas that could mean major changes to Providence making many upset as they learn the details. But who would commit murder? We are kept guessing until the very end.

The setting may be winter but that makes this is a perfect cozy to curl up in front of the fire to read. Don’t forgot to pour a glass of wine and make a little cheesy snack. The story will have you craving both.

posted by Dollycas on February 9, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Boring

Does anyone else think Penguin pay reviewers to give this mediocre nonsense a five star review?

posted by Edgy on April 20, 2012

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

    Good leisure reading

    Enjoyed the book. The characters and set up were intriguing. There were surprises mixed with a nice amount conflict and romance. I would consider other books in this series for future reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Fun read

    A cozy mystery with fun, quirky characters. Will read the next one.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2012

    Light But Tasty Read

    Charlotte Bessette was excitedly preparing cheeses for her cheese shop's tent in the Providence, Ohio's Winter Wonderland Fair when her young Amish assistant Rebecca Zook rushes in with the devastating news that a woman is buying up land to start up a honeybee farm. This is devastating not at all to Charlotte, but her assistant assures her that Kaitlyn Clydesdale's plans will put out Rebecca's boyfriend out of business. Far more disconcerting to Charlotte is Kaitlyn's disclosure about the real cause of Charlotte's parents fatal car accident. Before Charlotte can learn much more, though, Kaitlyn is killed in Rebecca's home with the most likely culprit being Ipo Ho, the rival honeybee farm and Rebecca's unlikely suitor. Despite warning from her good friend who happens to be the police chief and her own need to focus instead on own boyfriend's mysterious past, Charlotte finds herself probing into the lives of her fellow Providence residents. Which, unfortunately, may soon include the man who once shattered her heart. This is a cozy on the lighter side, with a protagonist who generally has no business investigating but manages to allow herself to be pushed into territory that is both dangerous and illegal. While Rebecca Zook is supposed to be naive and sheltered, Charlotte's nine-year old cousins show more maturity and knowledge of the world. Rebecca literally pokes, prods, and pushes her employer into interrogating suspects, with some foot stomping and tantrums thrown in for color. As an employee, Rebecca is less than ideal and Charlotte either deserves a medal or is a complete glutton for punishment. Normally I don't use a list of characters at the beginning of books, but with the sheer number of Providence residents who flit in and out of the chapters I did find myself flipping back to it. Couples fall apart and come together so quickly that I wish that more time was spent focusing on fewer relationships rather than providing only brief glimpses into so many. An entirely new complication is introduced with Charlotte's boyfriend Jordan Pace, only to have it abandoned and be put off until a probable future novel. This was rather frustrating, but does have me anxious for the next in this series to discover the direction the many characters' lives are going. - Cindy Chow

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    I like this series

    I do like this series, but I am concerned that the main character seems to be getting a bit "ditzy" in this installment. Still a fun read. The author just needs to make her the sharp business woman she started out to be and keep her on that track. The characters are developing so well and it is fun to check in on their lives.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2014

    Why Would a Returnee be Murdered? It's February, which means it

    Why Would a Returnee be Murdered?

    It's February, which means it is time for Providence, Ohio's Winter Wonderland faire.  All the town merchants set up tents, and Charlotte Bessette and The Cheese Shop are no exception.  One night, she is busy setting things up when Kaitlyn Clydesdale walks into the tent.  This woman, a stranger to Charlotte, claims to know details about the accident that killed Charlotte's parents many years before.  Something seems off about Kaitlyn, like she isn't quite what she appears, but Charlotte is so anxious for the information she is willing to overlook it.

    Before Charlotte and Kaitlyn can really talk, Kaitlyn is murdered.  Police Chief Umberto Urso zeros in on Ipo Ho, the boyfriend of Charlotte's assistant Rebecca.  With Rebecca demanding that Charlotte solve the crime, she begins to gather clues.  But do they add up to a killer?

    The author has created quite a cast of characters, and I enjoyed getting to see them all again.  There are some on going stories that I enjoy, and it was fun to see what happened next with those characters.  Unfortunately, I did feel that Rebecca was over the top here.  Usually, I enjoy her antics, but this time they were just too much.  The mystery was great, with several viable suspects along the way until we got to the logical climax.

    Overall, this was another fun enjoy in a great series.  I'm glad I'm working to catch up on Charlotte's adventures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Love the setting, the characters and the cheese. A fun series

    Love the setting, the characters and the cheese. A fun series

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