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Product Details

  • Series: CHEESE SHOP MYSTERY (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425235521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425235522
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The charm of the story is greatly enhanced by a very rich cast of characters."
--Booklist A.L.A. Magazine

"Not since Agatha Christie has a female author created an amateur sleuth with a penchant for details."
--Mark Sadler, Suspense Magazine

"The Long Quiche Goodbye marks the start of a successful, long-running series. Aames' characters are enjoyable, and Charlotte stands out from other amateur sleuths." 
~Lesa Holstine
--lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com/

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The characters are well developed.
Beverly L. Archer
The plot was a little slow to get going, but once it did I was hooked and had to see how it would end.
Mark Baker
I read this book in 2 days and could not put it down.
Sally Wilsey

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By E. Douts on July 11, 2010
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Avery Aames' new series will become a favorite of all cozy lovers. The Long Quiche Goodbye combines all the elements of other cozies, good food, wine, recipes, and small town amateur sleuthing, but increases the standard by which cozies are measured through her fresh and descriptive narrative and solution to the plot, which is not obvious. I already look forward to reading the next book in the series because this one was a treat to read.

The action centers around the cheese shop owned by Charlotte Bessette, the main character, and Matthew, her co-owner cousin. Although the shop was originated by their grandparents, Charlotte and Matthew put their own signatures on the shop, and during its grand re-opening murder occurs on the sidewalk just outside. Charlotte's investigation of the murder is as natural as the cheese sold because the police chief places her grandmere at the top of the suspect list. The secondary characters, Matthew and his twin daughters, Charlotte's best friend and grandparents, her exAmish assistant, the town folk and her potential lover, add complexity to the plot with secondary storylines that spread like blue veins enriching Roquefort.

Nicely sandwiched into Charlotte's day-to-day business, Aames includes information on the cheese industry, production, storage, presentation throughout the book. I would buy this book not only because of the story, but to keep as a reference. Aames describes cheeses that I've never heard of or tried before, but now will seek out.

If you love other food based series, try this one and enjoy a mini vacation to Providence, OH.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 7, 2010
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The Fromagerie Bessette, know by the residents of Providence, Ohio, as The Cheese Shop, has been passed down to another generation. Charlotte Bessette is the new cheesemonger and her cousin Matthew is the wine expert and Grandmére and Pépére are trying to retire but are still spending many hours at the shop. Some renovations have been made and a wine annex has been added and the grand opening is just minutes away. The cheese platters are out and the wine bottles opened and the doors thrown wide and the shop starts to fill with people.

But there is an undercurrent of tension, Grandmére is also the mayor of this fine little town and the election is right around the corner. Her opponent, Kristine, and a few of her friends are in high rally mode. Her husband, Ed, owns most of the buildings in the area and he is a complete leech, cheating on his wife and moves around through the party pinching, leering and acting highly inappropriate with most of the females in attendance. He also is threatening to evict the owners of The Cheese Shoppe and many others on the street which causes him to have a heated conversation with Grandmére.

Even with the the tension, Charlotte and Matthew know they have a success on their their hands and are very excited until "a shriek cut the air" and Charlotte rushed out of the store and found the leech's body dead on the sidewalk and Grandmére covered in blood.

Everyone including the Chief of Police doesn't believe Grandmére killed this man, but she was the one with the knife in her hand and covered with blood, she is placed under house arrest.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Maggio on July 9, 2010
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As others have already covered the plot I'll just pass along a few things I found to be so special in The Long Quiche Goodbye. Wonderful characters that you can't help but get involved with, great storyline, and the the town of Providence is a place you won't want to leave. I can't wait for the next book. I guess I'll just have to read this one again! Avery Aames is definitely an author I'm going to be watching.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SuzieQ on July 10, 2010
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I really enjoyed reading the first book in this series. Charlotte is a very believable character as
she does make errors along the way. It was fun to see her delve into the murder as well as see her
try to interest Jordan.

The secondary characters were also fun and multi-faceted. The description of the cheeses made
my mouth water.

I will be looking forward to the next installment. I really loved reading this book, Avery!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JAH on July 29, 2010
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I could tell you how much I enjoyed reading The Long Quiche Goodbye, but since you don't know my tastes, that doesn't really help, does it? I also don't think it's particularly helpful for me to rehash the plot. After all, so many other reviewers have covered the plot points already. And some have done it so much better than I can.

What I do want to say is that it is so refreshing to read a book where the family ties are strong and real. From Charlotte (the main character) to her cousin, grandparents, and young nieces, every bit about their interactions is so genuine, you'll close the book feeling as though you really know these folks. Not only that, but you'll count the days until you can visit them again - I'm already looking forward to the next book coming out. It's rare to find a book with such a loving, caring family supporting the amateur sleuth as she investigates murder and mayhem.

I thought the story was great, the characters (yes, even the background characters) well-defined and fun, and the title was tres magnifique!

My only complaint? That I didn't have cheese paired with wine nearby to enjoy as I read. When I pick up Avery Aames' next installment in the Cheese Shop Mysteries, I'll be better prepared. Couple of new cheeses, nice glass of wine, favorite comfy reading chair. Ah. bliss.
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More About the Author

Avery Aames is the nationally bestselling author of A CHEESE SHOP MYSTERY series for Berkley Prime Crime. The first, The Long Quiche Goodbye, won the Agatha Award for "Best First Novel." Avery is the pseudonym for Daryl Wood Gerber. Daryl writes the nationally bestselling COOKBOOK NOOK MYSTERIES. Daryl also created the format for the popular sit-com, "Out of this World" and has won awards for her screenplays. Both Avery and Daryl like to read, cook, and garden.

Avery & Daryl blog at Mystery Lovers Kitchen, http://www.mysteryloverskitchen.com -
a blog for foodies who love mysteries.

And some of their characters show up at the Killer Characters blog, http://killercharacters.com

Visit Avery at her website: http://www.averyaames.com to see a sneak preview, her book trailer, find recipes, and more.
Visit Daryl at her website: http://www.darylwoodgerber.com for the same.

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