To Brie or Not to Brie (Cheese Shop Mystery Series #4)

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Murder, revenge, and secrets: Shakespeare has arrived in Providence, Ohio...

Charlotte Bessette—owner of Fromagerie Bessette, known by locals as The Cheese Shop—has a lot on her plate: setting a date with her fiancé, feeding the actors in her grandmother’s production of Hamlet, and planning the menu for her best friend and cousin’s upcoming wedding. At least her new creation—sinfully delicious Brie blueberry ice cream—has turned out perfectly.

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Overview

Murder, revenge, and secrets: Shakespeare has arrived in Providence, Ohio...

Charlotte Bessette—owner of Fromagerie Bessette, known by locals as The Cheese Shop—has a lot on her plate: setting a date with her fiancé, feeding the actors in her grandmother’s production of Hamlet, and planning the menu for her best friend and cousin’s upcoming wedding. At least her new creation—sinfully delicious Brie blueberry ice cream—has turned out perfectly.

Just days before the wedding, a stranger turns up dead in the Igloo Ice Cream Parlor's freezer, his head bashed with a container of Charlotte's signature ice cream. But this stranger turns out to be more than he seems, and his death threatens to unravel all that Charlotte has worked for. She has no choice but to add one more thing to her to-do list: find the killer before the villain destroys all that she loves.

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Praise for the Cheese Shop Mysteries:

“It’s not Gouda, it’s great!”—Lorna Barrett, New York Times bestselling author

“Fun, flirty, and full of local flavor.”—Kate Carlisle, national bestselling author of the Bibliophile mysteries

“A bold new series to be savored like a seductive Brie.” —Krista Davis, author of the Domestic Diva Mysteries

“For those who are unfamiliar [with The Cheese Shop Mysteries], we strongly recommend that you give these books a read.” —Culture Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425255544
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Series: Cheese Shop Mystery Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 285,289
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Avery Aames

Avery Aames loves to cook and enjoys a good wine. She speaks a little French and has even played a French woman on stage. And she adores cheese.

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

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    This October is a frantic time for Charlotte Bessette, owner of

    This October is a frantic time for Charlotte Bessette, owner of Fromagerie Besette, the Cheese Shop of Providence, Ohio. Not only is she busy running the store she finally took over from her grandfather, Charlotte is also planning the menu for her best friend's wedding while trying to nail down a date for her own wedding to Jordan Pace, a former chef and farm owner with his own secretive history. When a mysterious stranger is found murdered by Charlotte's own container of Brie Blueberry ice cream in the Igloo Ice Cream Parlor, suspicion falls on the new paramour of Jordan's sister, Jacky. Jacky had been hiding in Providence from her abusive husband and now everyone who had an interest in protecting her had a motive for murder. While the chief of police Umberto Urso believes that he and his small force have everything under control, virtually the entire town encourages Charlotte to investigate and protect the town from outsiders threatening her friends and family.

    Personally, Charlotte's own uncontrollable curiosity has her questioning her own fiancé, whom she knows is hiding in the Witness Protection Program and must keep his past hidden from her if he is to have hopes of protecting her. What better outlet could there be other to investigate another murder and protect her future sister-in-law's future?

    Providence is a town that lives and dies by gossip, and every new customer, friend, and frenemy of Charlotte brings her tidbits and secrets that point at one suspect or another. Characters that might be infuriating in the real world, such as the groom's ex-wife who forces herself into the wedding plans and Charlotte's pushy Amish assistant who is devoted to television mysteries, seem to blend seamlessly into the eccentric cast of residents. Even while interrogating the victim's menacing brother, dodging attacks, and coping with the realization that her young relatives will be moving out after the wedding, Charlotte still finds time to whip of tasty cheese recipes and construct a wedding cheese cake. This is a purely escapist cozy mystery full of whacky characters and delectable descriptions of food. - Cynthia Chow

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2013

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    Charlotte Bessette¿owner of Fromagerie Bessette, known by locals

    Charlotte Bessette—owner of Fromagerie Bessette, known by locals as The Cheese Shop is one busy lady. She is planning the menu for best friend and cousin’s wedding and she is trying to come up with new and unique choices like Brie Blueberry Ice Cream. Her grandmother’s theater group is doing Hamlet outside on the Village Green and Charlotte has to keep the cast and crew well fed. Plus she has her own wedding to plan or at least settle on a date for the wedding.

    As if she doesn’t ave enough on her plate, just days before her cousin’s wedding a stranger is found dead in the freezer at the Igloo Ice Cream Parlor. The murder weapon seems to be a container of Charlotte’s new ice cream creation. Charlotte has no choice but dive right in to investigation when she learns the strangers death could destroy everything she has worked for and everything she loves.

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    Another wonderful cozy from Avery Aames!

    She has blended together a colorful cast of characters that are as varied as the cheese and the wine in Charlotte’s Shop. Charlotte is as sharp as cheddar and as sweet as a Young Camembert. Her grandparents are aged to perfection, Rebecca has that fruity quality with her knowledge of television crime shows she is so determined to help Charlotte catch the killer. Jordan and Matthew are smooth and fine but Jordan has a secret which adds a smokey quality. Jacky is hiding something too, her history has that Swiss quality, full of holes. Then there are a couple of characters just trying to cause trouble that remind me of a good block of Limburger.

    Aames has plated up a fine mystery as well that keeps the reader guessing until the very last clue falls into place. She also leaves us hungry for the next installment with a juicy tidbit on the final page. The Days of Wine and Roquefort cannot get to my door fast enough.

    Plus there are recipes including the one for Brie Blueberry Ice Cream!!

    To Brie or Not To Brie “Methinks” everyone should purchase this book as soon as possible. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    I like the series a lot. This one was not my favorite, though. T

    I like the series a lot. This one was not my favorite, though. Too frenetic for me. But I've read the sneak preview of her next one and I'm looking forward to it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

    To Brie Or Not To Brie by Avery Aames is the 4th book in the del

    To Brie Or Not To Brie by Avery Aames is the 4th book in the delectable A Cheese Shop Mystery series.

    Things are going good in Providence, Charlotte has gotten engaged to Jordan, she is helping to plan her best friend Meredith's wedding to her cousin Matthew. Life is good. That is, until Jordan's sisters, Jacky, estranged husband, Giacomo, shows up in town.

    With ice cream from the Igloo Ice Cream Parlor, across the street from The Cheese Shop, Charlotte has come up with a wonderful Brie blueberry ice cream. Baskin-Robbins doesn't have anything on Charlotte. Then Giacomo is found dead in the freezer of the ice cream parlor, having been struck over the with a 5 gallon container of Brie Blueberry ice cream.

    Soon, most everyone wants to accuse Jacky of the murder. Charlotte is sure she had nothing to do with and starts to check out other suspects.

    What about Hugo, the owner of the ice cream parlor, he seems to leave town quite a bit for days at a time. Or maybe Vinnie, Giacomo's brother, who has gambling debts and an inheritance would be most welcome. Or maybe it is someone else who is having money problems.

    All the characters from the previous books are back to entertain the reader. Charlotte's grandmother is putting on a production of Hamlet. Sylvia, Matthew's ex is there to torment everyone, that she does so well. And Rebecca..... Rebecca is favorite character to get upset with, but at the same time she is most helpful in assisting Charlotte and at the same time so funny.

    Another great addition to an enjoyable series. Lots of cheese talk and recipes as before.

    Looking forward to the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2013

    Life is good¿Meredith is getting married, Rebecca is engaged as

    Life is good…Meredith is getting married, Rebecca is engaged as is Charlotte, but events soon to happens threatens the upcoming wedding when a visitor is found dead in a freezer and suspicions falls on a friend. Try as she might, Charlotte is once again thrust into investigating who wants this man dead and why.

    What a wonderfully-crafted story that I could not put down. With all the elements that I love in a good mystery: intriguing plot twists, suspicious suspects, a mix and humor and romance and great characters, this was a very enjoyable read that quickly became a page-turner as I had to know what happens next. I had to laugh at Rebecca, who in her quest to help Charlotte solve this murder mystery, was relentlessly asking questions of the police, by mimicking what she saw on the TV crime shows. Reading this book is like coming home again and I can’t wait for my next visit with Charlotte and her friends in this fabulous series oozing with delectable flavor.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2014

    Another Murderously Fun Time in the Hamlet of Providence Autumn

    Another Murderously Fun Time in the Hamlet of Providence

    Autumn has hit the town of Providence, and it’s shaping up to be a busy but wonderful October for Charlotte and her friends and family in The Cheese Shop.  Her cousin Matthew is marrying her best friend Meredith, and Grandmere’s theater company is putting on an outdoor production of Hamlet that is bringing in the tourists.  If only Charlotte and Jordan could set a date for their own wedding, everything would be perfect.
     
    Into this bliss come two strangers who are not part of the normal tourist crowd.  Then one of them is murdered inside the local ice cream shop – beaten to death with a tub of Charlotte’s Brie Blueberry Ice Cream.  His connection to people in Charlotte’s life puts her future in jeopardy.  Suddenly worried about what might happen to those she loves, Charlotte starts digging, hoping to find the killer.  Can she succeed?

    When I sat down to start this book, I realized just how much I’d come to love these characters because I just couldn’t wait to spend time with them again.  They were their usual charming selves, and I was glad I got to revisit them.  The story was good, although there were so many sub-plots that the mystery seemed to get sidetracked at times.  That uneven pacing was really my only complaint with the book.
     
    So if you haven’t already visited Providence, I don’t recommend you start here since you won’t fully appreciate the characters yet.  Back up to earlier books and you’ll soon be hooked on the antics of Charlotte and her friends and enjoying this entry in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    great series

    I really enjoy this series. Can't wait for the next one to come out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    I will not recommend the book.

    I would not recommend this book to anyone nor would I recommend the book for club discussion. I will not purchase other books by this author. The mystery is lost in the clutter of what is going on around the would be detective's life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    not as good as her books usually are she could havetold the st

    not as good as her books usually are she could havetold the story in one half the pages

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    Posted March 2, 2013

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