Lost and Fondue (Cheese Shop Mystery Series #2)

Lost and Fondue (Cheese Shop Mystery Series #2)

by Avery Aames

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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780425241585
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/03/2011
Series: Cheese Shop Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 432,349
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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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Lost and Fondue 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
gerberbaby More than 1 year ago
I Highly Recommend this book - you must check it out. This book is great fun and a good read. I love it and can't wait for the next one.
EmpEbi More than 1 year ago
I'm really enjoying all the books in the Cheese Shop Mystery series. The characters are refreshingly real, and the relationships between them make sense. The culprit isn't easy to spot, so you are really kept involved and quessing until the end. The recipes given are very nice, and I'm also enjoying finding more about cheeses and wines. Altogether, a very enjoyable reading experience!
LadyFlash More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book about a week ago. I love the twists and turns throughout the book as Charlotte gets involved in yet another murder. It's amazing what she gets into and how she comes up with some theories on who did it, how they did it and why they did it. She reasons things out. How she accomplishes everything she does, running a successful cheese shop, taking care of her nieces, her cousin, her grandparents, running interference with her cousin's ex, is nothing short of amazing.
ts14no1fan More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book in this series by Avery Aames and the second book doesn't disappoint at all. The mystery keeps the reader interested in figuring out who the killer is while the interpersonal relationships add to the drama and the storyline. I love reading the cozy mysteries...especially culinary ones and this one doesn't let you down at all.
Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
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 small fundraiser, she's game. Only the party seems monumental when the menu is changed a day in advance, the guests exceed fifty and the folklore that billows around the site begins to course rapidly through town. The old and abandoned Ziegler Winery does not have a pleasant past, but it could have a bright future if Meredith has anything to say about it. One major hurdle-other than the building's illustrious past and the rumor of buried pirate booty hidden somewhere on the grounds-screeches everyone and everything to an immediate halt when the body of a young artist is found in the dilapidated wine cellar. In life, this former stud had a raging temper and a serious jealous streak, but no obvious suspects stand out. Ever helpful, opinionated Charlotte can't refrain from adding her amateur sleuthing skills into the mix. If truth be told, she's technically forced into it when the Sheriff heads in an investigatory direction that many disagree with. Readers can always tell when an author loves what they do and it's clearly the case with Avery Aames. The town of Providence and its charming cast is a place worth visiting. Reviewed by Shannon Raab for Suspense Magazine
Pixiepoe More than 1 year ago
Her first in the series Long Quiche Goodbye was a bestseller and won her an Agatha for Best First Novel in 2010. This one shows no less promise. Charlotte Bessette, owner of The Cheese Shop, agrees to cater her friend Meredith's fundraiser to turn an old winery that is rumored to hold buried treasure into a college. During a scavenger hunt at the event, Charlotte discovers not buried treasure, but a body. When Meredith's niece, Quinn, is arrested for the crime, Charlotte turns from caterer to crime solver for her friend. But as she begins to unravel the mystery, the killer may decide to silence her forever. There are plenty of probable suspects in this story- from the art students and treasure hunters to Charlotte's cousin Matthew's ex-wife who has mysteriously decided to reappear after abandoning him and their twin daughters. Does she really want to reconcile, is she hunting for treasure, or is she there for a more sinister purpose, like murder? I really love the way Avery Aames describes a scene. The descriptions of the cheeses leave my mouth watering. Her theatrical grandparents are adorable and the Poe references were most appreciated by this lover of his work. The ending had me tearing through the pages to the end and then wishing that the next in the series, Clobbered by Camembert, was already out.
NoraAdrienne More than 1 year ago
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 like a bad soufflé. Charlotte's fears are realized when an art student is found dead in the wine cellar, and Meredith's niece is the main suspect. Charlotte trades in her fondue fork for a flashlight to prove the case against Quinn has more holes than a slice of Swiss cheese. But as Charlotte's sleuthing starts to turn of the truth, the killer starts to turn up the heat. Charlotte and her Cousin Matthew are catering a fund raiser to convert an old (possibly) haunted winery into a Community College. The project has the whole town talking and taking sides with the pros and cons of the endeavor. The Pros talk about the added business the businesses will make, and the Cons are upset that all these strangers will overrun the town. Plus they feel that there will be problems with the students themselves. The eve of the event has Charlotte ready to pull out her hair as Quinn and her college friends show up, along with the unexpected and unwanted arrival of Matthew's ex wife. Things are definitely going to get interesting and tempers might flair brightly. The night of the event, Charlotte and her staff are set up and ready to receive the guests to the fund raiser along with their checkbooks. Meredith has the whole evening planned out, starting with Chinese Lanterns lighting the way to the entrance, a lovely buffet in the dining room, and then a scavenger hunt. A hunt which ends with the death of one of the art students and Meredith's cousin Quinn suspected of the murder. Charlotte has to take matters into hand and dig out everyone's secrets and past's to find the real killer and exonerate Quinn. This is the second book in the Cheese Shop Mysteries and Avery has served up a very tasty murder mystery which will entertain, baffle and intrigue you. I'm looking forward to many years of fantastic mysteries by this fantastic and creative author. FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book as a gift and decided to share my thoughts in a review.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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. The fundraiser is going well, people enjoying yummy fondue and wine and next on the agenda is a scavenger hunt that will send people running throughout the winery looking for certain objects. It is a lot of fun until something that wasn't on the list is found in the wine cellar, a dead body. The body is identified quickly as one of the artists that had come to paint the winery. He is also the boyfriend of Meredith's niece, Quinn. She quickly becomes the prime suspect as they had been witnessed have a little tiff during the party. Soon they are many amateur sleuths including Charlotte trying to free Quinn and find the real killer. As Charlotte gets closer to the truth the killer turns up the heat and Charlotte may find herself fermenting in the wine cellar. This story is a mystery within a mystery and almost every character seems to have a secret. I started this book and couldn't put it down and while some of the mysteries were solved and many of the secrets saw the light of day, they are still more that when the book ended I was almost "bleu". The author dropped a few crumbs of fine French bread by revealing a snippet of the next book in the series Clobbered by Camembert but I was left hungry for some more fine morsels like a slice Humboldt Fog or a Porcupine or just one more secret uncovered. This story are superbly written, I know why her work was recognized with an Agatha Award. She sets each scene perfectly and develops each character at a perfect pace, even though I want to know more about Jordan and Jacky right now! Avery delivers a tasty treat that engages all our senses, you can almost taste the cheeses. She includes recipes too so we will be able to taste the daily specials from The Cheese Shop. I had "escaped" to Providence, Ohio, for a short time and can't wait to make return trip very soon. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Berkley Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Books_And_Chocolate More than 1 year ago
Charlotte Bessette, proprietor of Fromagerie Bessette, otherwise known as The Cheese Shop, is catering a fund-raiser for her best friend Meredith to help create a liberal arts college out of a long-abandoned winery that is rumored to hold a buried treasure. While taking part in a scavenger hunt as part of the festivities at the winery, Charlotte stumbles upon the murdered body of a college student and Meredith's niece Quinn becomes the suspect. As she tries to help Meredith clear Quinn of the charges and find the real killer, Charlotte has a family crisis to deal with as her cousin Matthew's ex-wife returns from England to gain custody of their twin daughters. I did like the storyline of this second book in the series and it held my interest well enough. However, one thing that was slightly irritating to me was that in this book Charlotte's nemisis from the first one (Kristine Woodhouse) has moved away and sold her upscale clothing boutique to one of her friends (Prudence, also from the first book) who is basically a Kristine clone with the same "mean girl" personality and vendetta against Charlotte and her family, not to mention the same business. Why not just keep the original character or at least give Prudence a different personality? Despite the bit of angst I have with that minor issue, I will read the next installment in the series with hopes that the author creates more diverse characters and uses more variety in her descriptions. This book is a good one for reading at the beach or while on vacation because it is light and entertaining.
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Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Missing Jewels and Murder On the outskirts of Providence, Ohio, is an old winery that hasn't been used in a long time. Charlotte's best friend Meredith has decided to turn the Ziegler Winery into a college, and she's throwing a fund raiser to help with the cost. Charlotte has been roped in to cater the event, including several different kinds of fondue. One of the events is a scavenger hunt designed to get the guest exploring the entire house, something some of the guests love since they believe the rumors that there is a fortune hidden somewhere inside. However, as it is almost over, Charlotte stumbles on a dead body in the basement. When the police focus on a friend, Charlotte feels the need to find the real killer. But what do the strange clues felt behind mean? I read the first book not too long after it came out and for the life of me I can't figure out why I didn't get to this book sooner. Yes, the number of characters was a bit hard to keep straight at first, but as I worked at it, I got them figured out pretty quickly. And they were lots of fun. The plot bogged down a bit in the middle, but it was mostly strong and kept me guessing until the strong end. Several sub-plots also kept my interest. This series is definitely on my radar now, and I'll be diving into the next book soon.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charlotte, our favorite Cheese lady, is helping out her friend Meredith by catering the fundraiser for the old winery conversion to the local college when she comes across the body of her niece's boyfriend. Certain that Quinn is not guilty of the murder, Charlotte steadily investigates the circumstances of the victim as well as his "friends" placing herself in danger. A fun cozy to entertain while munching on CHEESE!
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If I had written this, as much as I love cosy mysteries, it woyld have had the whole middle excised. Yes, we know that you know cheese, that your ex-inlaw is a strange person, that your g'parents are eccentrics. But the middle part with all the soapy subplots....forget it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love cozy mysterties. I have read two other cheese shop books and enjoyed them. This one does not disappoint. I think any cozy mystery fan would enjoy this book.
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