“Another enjoyable book in the Cheese Shop mystery series. Charlotte once again solves the mystery in this interesting cozy. The characters once again steal the show and the plot is pretty good.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Another enjoyable book in the Cheese Shop mystery series. Charlotte once again solves the mystery in this interesting cozy. The characters once again steal the show and the plot is pretty good. ”Rick B wrote this review Friday, April 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ I just love when a book ties in with not only the cover art but the clever titles. This fourth novel in the excellent series known as the 'Cheese Shop Mysteries' in a good example. Both the themes of a wedding and Shakespeare were featured in this excellent murder mystery of a cozy nature.
Our Cheese shop owner, Charlotte Bessette is busy trying to make sure her cousin's wedding goes smoothly, her grandmother's outdoors play be successful, and think about setting a date for her own wedding. All is going as smoothly as a fine slice of Brie...until...a stranger is murdered at the Igloo Ice Cream Parlour with a container of Charlotte's signature ice cream.
Charlotte and her friends just have to aid the Chief of Police whether he wants or needs their help. There is humor and suspense throughout this finely crafted novel.
Recipes that will have you in transports of imagination, until you can run to the grocery to fulfil your dreams end the novel. Not to mention, an ending that makes you anxious for the next installment.
A fine example of the genre of a cozy mystery!”
“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.
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. ”
“Avery Aames did it again. What a wonderful mystery!!! It had me guessing until the very end. This time Matthew is getting married, but there is a murder involved. Will the wedding go off as planned or will the killer mess up everything? Charlotte is responsible for planning the food for the wedding all the while trying to figure out who the killer of not one but two people are. To add to her job, she has to worry about Jordon and his sister Jacky...are they involved?? What is Jordon's secret?? There were tears as well as breath holding moments. All in all a great read and I can't wait for the next one to come out. ”Sue Ross wrote this review Monday, February 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Avery Aames Serves Up a Deliciously Murderous Mystery with To Brie or Not to Brie
This, To Brie or Not to Brie, is the fourth novel in the Cheese Shop Mystery series by Avery Aames. It is well-written, filled with information, and an extremely clear view of everyday small-town experiences. Some reading the novel may hold the stance that details are a bit overdone in that many of the details focused on have little to nothing to do with the actual storyline. While I can see the logic behind this stance, the tactic in which the author adds extra information to a tale is simple diversion; and it does add a more vivid and life-like experience for those readers who may have problems visualizing a work or its landscapes.
The main character, Charlotte Erin Bessette, is the owner of a place the locals call “The Cheese Shop.” She is goodhearted and well meaning, and the kind of friend everyone wants, but then inevitably takes for granted. Each character is a shining example of small town life, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Readers would not be surprised to see any one of the characters walking down his or her street. Every one of the inhabitants within this tale, whether liked or detested, are very much beings of reality to the reader.
The plot, like in any successful mystery has its twists and turns, but is mainly straightforward. Readers will be treated to the happenings in Charlotte’s town, including the chaos of several major events, in the hopes he or she can find the killer, or killers, before Charlotte solves the mystery for them. This is no easy task. Killers by nature are not forthcoming or obvious. Some may set his or her focus on one character, and then, at the end, find out the character(s) chosen is (are) not the killer(s).
An added bonus to readers is that Aames has included a section of recipes from the novel at the back and followed it up with a preview of her next novel in the series. It seems to follow in the steps of its predecessor. Readers will look forward to further involving him or herself in Charlotte’s world of deliciously captivating mysteries.