For Cheddar or Worse (Cheese Shop Mystery Series #7)

For Cheddar or Worse (Cheese Shop Mystery Series #7)

by Avery Aames

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In the new Cheese Shop Mystery from the Agatha Award-winning author of As Gouda as Dead, an extra-sharp tongued cheese critic is cut down during a summer cheese festival.

It’s time for the annual Cheese Festival in Providence, Ohio, and Charlotte Bessette’s cheese shop is packed with homemade specialties. Meanwhile, her friend Erin is prepping her dairy farm and inn for cheese makers, marketers, journalists, and one surprise guest—Lara Berry, pretentious cheese whiz, pompous bestselling author, and pungent critic whose extra sharp tongue can crumble a reputation.
Even though any love for Lara by her friends curdled long ago, Charlotte is surprised when the foodie is smothered to death in her room at Erin’s inn. Accusations start flying, but the one laying blame on Erin strikes Charlotte as a crock. Now, to clear her friend’s name, Charlotte has to sift through Lara’s ex-lovers, former business partners, and unforgiving enemies to find a killer before Lara’s past casts a tainted pall on the festival’s future.


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ISBN-13: 9780425273326
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Series: Cheese Shop Mystery Series , #7
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 425,003
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Avery Aames is the Agatha Award–winning author of the Cheese Shop Mysteries and, as Daryl Wood Gerber, the Cookbook Nook Mysteries.

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For Cheddar or Worse (Cheese Shop Mystery Series #7) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
CheliD More than 1 year ago
Providence is holding the annual Cheese festival and along with the usual activities there is going to be a Brain Trust at one of the farms. Charlotte and Jordan are attending but are unfortunate in that they discover the body of a well-known cheese specialist dead the morning after she criticized just about all of the other guests. Having faith in friends, Charlotte sets out to clear them of any connection with the murder which took place in "a locked room". I love this series and when I heard that the publisher was not going to continue, I was very unhappy. I sincerely hope that the author will find another publisher so that these wonderful characters can continue to live in her stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SunnyCarolinaGirl More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! I love Charlotte and how loyal she is to her friends. In this book, her friend Erin is suspected of murder and Charlotte does everything that she can to figure out who really committed the crime to clear Erin's name. I love the recurring characters in this series including Jordan, Rebecca, Grandmere and Pepere, Delilah and Urso. I like how the story kept me guessing as to who the real killer was up to the end. The locked room murder added an element to the mystery that I haven't seen in a lot of mysteries since Agatha Christie. I also love all of the cheese references and descriptions of the cheeses in this series. The only thing is that I get hungry for cheese while I am reading them! As cheddar is one of my favorites, this book gave me the names of a lot of new cheeses to try, if I can find them in my local area. I am sad that this is the last book in this series, but am looking forward to what Avery Aames/Darryl Wood Gerber writes next.
c2br2 More than 1 year ago
RobynKFLNJ More than 1 year ago
I love this series and am sad to know that this is the last time we will be spending with Charlotte, Jordan and the rest of these wonderful characters. One of Charlotte's friends is accused of murder and Charlotte is determined to find the real killer and clear her friend's name. I was sitting on the edge of my seat reading this book and I couldn't put it down. I love the characters and the way their lives intertwine. Another great read by Avery Aames! I highly recommend this series and I hate to see it end.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
You’d Cheddar Read This Book My favorite type of cheese is cheddar, so I was thrilled when I saw that it would be the featured cheese in the latest Cheese Shop Mystery. And fans of the series will be delighted to read For Cheddar or Worse. The town of Providence is hosting the first annual Cheese Festival, and to go along with that, several of the people involved in making cheese are participating in a brain trust in order to help each other. Naturally, Charlotte, owner of the Cheese Shop, is included in the retreat, and she and her new husband, Jordan, are treating this as a weekend getaway, even staying at the bed and breakfast just outside of town where the meetings are to take place. The brain trust is surprised when Lara Berry shows up the first day. She has written books on various cheeses and cheese farms and is a recognized expert in the field. However, Charlotte soon sees through her pleasant shell to the truly mean woman underneath. At dinner after the first full day, Lara unloads some horrible comments on the rest of the group before storming off to bed. The next morning, she is dead inside her locked room. While at first glance it might look like natural causes, the police soon determine it was murder. But how did the killer get into and out of the locked room? I don’t find very many locked room mysteries in the books I read, and I greatly enjoyed that aspect of things. Yes, there is a very logical solution to that part of the puzzle. I did feel that the plot was a bit uneven. On the other hand, those bits are balanced out by some of the tensest scenes in the series. In fact, I found it easy to believe that all of the suspects were capable of the murder. Despite the clues, I didn’t have the killer figured out until Charlotte identified the villain, and the climax was great. There is quite a large cast of series regulars, and they all get a moment or two or shine. Series fans will be delighted to see these friends again and gets updates on them. Obviously, I found the suspects just as fleshed out. Author Avery Aames has shared the bad news that this is the final book in the series. However, she was given a chance to wrap things up for the characters, and she does a great job of doing just that in this book. A couple of these wrap-ups felt a little rushed, but that’s a minor complaint. Honestly, I loved how things are left – major things wrapped up and a hint at the immediate future while still leaving things open to imagine what else the future might hold. Some TV shows could take a page or two from this ending. Of course, there are recipes; in fact, I think we have a record number for the series with right around a dozen. We’ve got recipes for everything from quiche to a cheddar-chocolate stracciatella ice cream and caramel cheesecake. My mouth is watering just reading them. I think the biggest kick I got out of this book was a couple of throw away lines about Murder, She Wrote. I love little jokes like that. While For Cheddar or Worse might be the end of this series, Avery Aames is still writing under her real name, Daryl Wood Gerber. Still, it is always hard to see a well-loved series end. I do believe fans will be satisfied with this book; I know I was. NOTE: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Servedogmom More than 1 year ago
For Cheddar or Worse is the 7th book in the Cheese Shop Mystery series by Avery Aames. Charlotte Bessette’s cheese and wine shop, "Fromagerie Bessette," in Providence, Ohio is filled with homemade specialties in preparation for the annual Cheese Festival. Charlotte’s grandmother, town mayor, cheese and wine expert extraordinaire has instituted an annual Cheese Festival and is present for the festivities to the delight of many, but not everybody. Charlotte’s friend, Erin has prepared her dairy farm and inn (a Bed & Breakfast) for cheese makers, marketers, journalists. Among her guests is, Lara Berry, an imperious, overbearing, pontifical, grandiose, pretentious, arrogant , haughty, conceited, egotistic, condescending, patronizing, self-proclaimed cheese expert, and renowned, best-selling author. Erin becomes the primary suspect finds when Lara Berry is found dead at her inn. Charlotte is determined to investigate and clear her friend from all suspicion. Unfortunately for Charlotte, the list of potential suspects is extensive. The characters are fully developed friends you’d like to meet. The setting is wonderfully described so the reader has the feeling of “being there” to appreciate the sights, sounds and smells (especially of the delicious cheeses). Ms. Aames has crafted a tight plot with numerous twists and turns. This is the third book that I have read from this series, and, I believe it is the best. Ms. Aames crafted a wonderful ending to this series. Unfortunately, like so many other wonderful series recently, the Cheese Shop mysteries has come to an end with the publication of For Cheddar or Worse. There is an expression, “All good things must come to an end.” I wish this series wasn’t one of them! The end of the book is filled with delicious recipes (the Caramel Cheesecake is delectable), and there is an excerpt from Grilling the Subject a Cookbook Nook mystery by Ms. Aames a.k.a. Daryl Wood Gerber which will be published August 2, 2016. If you enjoy a superbly written cozy mystery, this entertaining, informative book is one you don’t want to miss. Full Disclosure – An ARC copy of this book was given to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
CarolynR1950 More than 1 year ago
If you want a fun weekend read, than this book is for you! The main characters, Charlotte and her husband, Jordan, are newly weds and are looking forward to spending some time together, as well as learning more about their chosen profession of making and selling cheese, at the "Brain Trust" event being held at their friend, Erin's farm and inn. Their time is cut short however when a surprise guest, Lara Berry, shows up. Lara is very well known in the field of cheese making, not only for making cheese, but for making enemies as well. After an awkward and unpleasant dinner where Lara verbally attacks the other guests, she is found dead in her locked room at the inn. It's up to Charlotte and Jordan to find out who had a grudge against Lara and try to save their friend Erin from being arrested for a crime she didn't commit. I would recommend reading the other books in the series if you haven't read the Cheese Shop Mysteries. I received this ARC from the author free of charge for a fair and honest review.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Charlotte is passionate about cheese which is why she's excited to be part of the Brain Trust event that is taking place at Emerald Pastures Farm. Also, she is happy to get some alone time with her new husband. Unfortunately her plans are destined for failure. Lara Berry, a renowned wine and cheese expert, arrives and unhappiness ensues. She argues and insults everyone. She has a talent for making enemies. When she's murdered, everyone is a suspect. When the police focus on Erin as the killer, Charlotte is determined to find the truth. After all she has a talent for investigating. I love Charlotte with her fiery determination and her sleuthing ability. She is dedicated to family and friends. Jordan, her husband, is loving and supportive. They are a perfect couple. There are a stellar cast of secondary characters. They provide their love and support to our heroine. Providence is peaceful and bucolic. It's the perfect backdrop for murder. This cozy mystery had plenty of suspects who had a reason to kill Lara. I was kept guessing until the very end. For Cheddar or Worse is an exciting story with the added bonus of delicious recipes. I'm a fan of this author and her Cheese Shop Mystery series.
Judi_Dorsey More than 1 year ago
This is the 7th book of Avery Ames' Cheese Shop Mystery series. I have not previously read any books in this series or by Avery Aames. To say I enjoyed it very much is an understatement!!! In fact, I read the entire book in a single day. I wish I'd found this series sooner. I had no problem at all following along with each character. Aames is very good about catching the reader up on their backgrounds. I really enjoyed following along with Charlotte as she tries to figure out who the murderer is. I was kept guessing until the end. I love books which explore areas of interest that I've not really investigated before. In this case CHEESE!!! I have to admit that I had a craving for cheese the whole time I was reading! As a cat lover, I have to say I love how kitties were included in the story line! I wish I could get my ragdoll kitty to walk on a leash as Charlotte does:) I was sad to see this is the final book in this series but I have 6 other books in the series to go back and read now:) I would highly recommend both this book/series and Avery Aames as an author!! I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
jody714 More than 1 year ago
They say all good things come to an end and sadly this book is the end of the Cheese Shop Mystery series. A well written and well developed plot makes this cozy mystery an excellent read. I loved following the series and characters and am truly sad that I have to say goodbye. This books found Charlotte coming to the rescue of a friend accused of murder. You will thoroughly enjoy trying to solve the murder and definitely will become immersed in the story and the lives of all the characters. As an added bonus, there is awesome recipes in the back of the book.
MarshaG More than 1 year ago
Although this is the first book I have read in this series I thoroughly enjoyed it and will go back to the first book to read the rest of the series. I really liked that this book stood alone and you needn't have read the previous ones to understand what was going on. The characters are well rounded and believable. The story was engrossing, I found it hard to put down. The recipes in the back are delicious. I am sorry that this is the last in this series. I will readily recommend this book to anyone I know. *This book was given to me by the author in exchange for a fair review.
djerickson14 More than 1 year ago
For Cheddar or Worse is the seventh installment in the Cheese Shop Mystery series. Providence, Ohio is the setting for the annual Cheese Festival and Charlotte and her new husband Jordan have agreed to participate in a "brain trust" for cheese makers. Renowned cheese expert Lara Berry joins the group unexpectedly and all are surprised and disgusted by her sarcastic and mean comments aimed at the other participants. It appears that several of those gathered have had run-ins or complicated history with Lara. When Charlotte finds Lara dead, it is her friend Erin who seems to be the most likely suspect. Charlotte does not believe Erin can be guilty of murder and once again finds herself involved in interviewing the key players in an effort to figure out the truth and reveal the real murderer. The story is interspersed with interesting facts about all kinds of gourmet cheeses, and the recipes at the end of the book are a real bonus. For Cheddar or Worse is a well written cozy mystery, with a cast of characters that enhance the story, as well as make it difficult to guess who the real murderer might be I received this book in return for an honest review
maxtonsmamaw More than 1 year ago
Just finished For Cheddar or Worse, the 7th and last book in the A Cheese Shop Mystery series by Avery Aames! I have enjoyed this whole series and hated to see it end. It is time for the annual Cheese Festival in Providence, Ohio and the Fromagerie Bessette, the Cheese Shop (as locals called it) is packed with lots of people and yummy goodness. Charlotte Bessette Pace is the owner of the shop that was passed to her and her cousin from their grandparents. One of the events of this year's Cheese Festival is a brain trust to be held at Charlotte's friend, Erin's farm. Low and behold, a surprise guest shows up, a cheese expert that was not in the program and was known worldwide but was disliked by most. She ends up getting smothered in her bed and there seems to be no clues as to how the murderer got in or out. There were several little small mysteries scattered throughout the book and the book left me guessing to the end who was the murderer. I wish there were going to be more in this series so I could enjoy more of Charlotte and her family and town! One more thing, this book has very yummy descriptions of many cheeses throughout, recipes in the back and an excerpt from the next in the Cookbook Nook series, written by Daryl Wood Gerber, the alter-ego of Avery Aames. I was provided a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review. (less)
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
The series continues to delight. For Cheddar or Worse by Avery Aames The Seventh Cheese Shop Mystery Charlotte is adjusting nicely to life as Charlotte Bessette Pace. The fact that she and her husband, Jordan, are staying at a local inn for the duration of the cheese convention (AKA Brain Trust) works as an ongoing honeymoon. While the cheese professionals are kept busy learning and sharing information at the Brain Trust, tourists and locals are filling the streets of Providence to celebrate the annual Cheese Festival. Things are not all cheesy goodness, however. a well known, and as it turns out NOT well loved, celebrity arrives unexpectedly and clashes begin to occur. Aames explores the locked room mystery in For Cheddar or Worse, making the mystery even more challenging to solve. Not only do we have to figure out who killed Lara in her room, but how did the killer gain access as the door was locked from the inside and the windows sealed shut with paint! Adding to the puzzle are the many suspects, each of whom had ample reason to kill the victim. Heck, even I wanted to kill Lara after her scene in the dining room! This seventh book in the Cheese Shop Mystery series continues to delight. In For Cheddar or Worse we're given a complex mystery filled with interesting and fun filled facts about cheese. The lives of the main characters are changing and there's a sense of rebirth as things in Providence seem to come full circle. Recipes included. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
For Cheddar or Worse is the seventh book in the A Cheese Shop Mystery. Charlotte and Jordan are looking forward to having a wonderful weekend at Erin Emerald's Emerald Pastures at her B&B. Erin is hosting a cheese “brain trust”, a get together of experts in the cheese and cheese making field. What was hoped to be a friendly and informative discussion on the making, marketing and of various types, fell short of its goal. Most all of the attendees seem to have an ax to grind with each other. At the first nights dinner, Lara Berry has heated discussion with everyone, other than Charlotte and Jordan. They included her former partner, Shayna, a former suitor, Victor Wolfman, Ryan Harris, a former cheese make and currently an author of books on the cheese industry and Kandice Witt, the organizer of the “brain trust. The next morning when Lara doesn't come down to breakfast, Charlotte and Jordan and the others head to her room, once there they find the door locked. When they get the door open, they find the lifeless body of Lara in her bed, she had apparently been suffocated. Charlotte is faced with a classic “locked room” murder to help Chief Urso solve. Another wonderful story from Aver Aames and once again, she has skillfully written into the story descriptions of various cheeses which she matches with food and drink. Unfortunately, this is the last books in this entertaining series. I loved this series since the first book and have eagerly awaited the next. Aames has provided the reader with numerous types of cheese and recipes. As in the other books, this also has recipes included.
vt_loki More than 1 year ago
*I received an ARC from the author through Facebook in exchange for a fair and honest review.* For Cheddar or Worse, the latest in Avery Aames’ Cheese Shop Mysteries, was an absolute delight. In this 7th volume, our favorite cheesemonger Charlotte Bessette is at last happily married to her love, Jordan, and is gearing up for a cheese brain trust event at Emerald Pastures, a local farmstead. When Lara Berry, a sharp-tongued critic, insults many of the attendees and then is subsequently murdered, the event quickly goes sour like badly curdled milk. Charlotte may want to stay out of it, but she can’t help but get involved when many fingers start to point to her friend Erin, the owner of Emerald Pastures. As is usual with this series, there’s as much focus on the different residents of Providence, Ohio as on the mystery at hand. I would even go as far to say that this book (as well as the rest in the series) is defined more by relationships and character development than the mystery itself. Sure, we as readers want to know “whodunit”, but the path to that truth is paved by Charlotte’s use of the people in her life as informational sources. She isn’t hesitant to seize (or manufacture) situations to ask questions, whether at the Cheese Shop, out on the street, or in this case, at Emerald Pastures. It’s certainly possible to read this book without having read the rest of the series. However, I would strongly recommend starting from the beginning with The Long Quiche Goodbye and going forward from there. By doing so, you will be able to better appreciate the end-points that all the characters (Charlotte & Jordan, Matthew & Meredith, Chief Urso, Rebecca, Delilah, and so on) reach at the end of this series. I am sad to see this series end. I will miss Charlotte and gang—even Rebecca (who has annoyed me in the past with her dogged persistence in trying to get information out of Charlotte and push her into investigating). I will miss the delicious descriptions of all The Cheese Shop’s cheeses, quiches, and torpedo sandwiches (as well as Charlotte and her grandparent’s various culinary delights). I will miss returning Providence, Ohio each February to see what mystery Avery has cooked up next. Adieu, The Cheese Shop Mysteries…. Adieu!
Michelle_Palmer More than 1 year ago
A fantastic addition to the series. The characters were even more well written. The mystery was a locked room mystery that truly had me wondering and I didn't guess the murdered until the end. Bravo!! Each book in this series has been good, this one was excellent. As usual, reading this book made me crave all kids of different cheeses. Beware, you will come away hungry. :) I love the relationships that have developed through the books in this series. Familial relationships that have deepened, friendships that have become stronger, and romances that have come to fruition all seem so realistic and true to life. If you like this series I suggest that you also read the Cookbook Nook series, it is written by the same author but that one is written under her real name Daryl Wood Gerber. Wonderful books.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
A delicious mystery, author Avery Aames is a true artisan in the cozy mystery world! Sadly, like so many other wonderful series this past year, the Cheese Shop mysteries have some to an end with FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE being the last. It will be missed. Each and every chapter of FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE made me hungry for more. Literally! Being a cheese lover, I could smell and taste every offering that was mentioned. But I also hungered for more and more if this amazing plot. Well written, as always by author Aames, this installment of the Cheese Shop mysteries was filled with scene after scene of excitement and surprises. And not only entertaining, but as with all the other books in this series, informative. With this last story in the series, Avery Aames has done an amazing job of letting us spend time with these wonderful characters. She has taken this series to the height of enjoyment, and given the character and readers a satisfying, if bittersweet farewell. You’ll find the back of the book packed with yummy recipes, and there is an excerpt for GRILLING THE SUBJECT a Cookbook Nook mystery by Ms. Aames under her real name, Daryl Wood Gerber!
Nate_Stolldorf1 More than 1 year ago
First off I would like to say that I am deeply disappointed that this is the final book in the series. I have grown over the past couple years and 6 books to fall in love with Charlotte and the entire cast of characters! But I should never ever doubt the fantastic and fabulous Daryl Wood Gerber/Avery Aames in telling a fantastic story as well as ending a series so well. When food critic Laura Berry is found dead, Charlotte must clear her friend Erin's name! I was with Charlotte every step of the way and enjoyed all the cheese references as usual. We will miss reading about Charlotte but hopefully will come across her at another time in another series!!!!! I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review