Lost and Fondue by Avery Aames is the second book in the “Cheese Shop” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), May 2011
A sip of wine, a bite of cheese…and a taste of vengeance.
Charlotte Bessette—proprietor of Providence, Ohio’s, charming Cheese Shop—is busy catering a fund-raiser for her best friend, Meredith. In addition to gourmet fondues, Charlotte is serving an array of delicious cheeses and delightful wines—the perfect complement to the setting of the wine-tasting party, a once-abandoned winery. But not everyone is happy, for the winery has long been a source of local legends about hidden treasures—and buried bodies.
When a fresh body is found in the wine cellar and Meredith’s niece, Quinn, becomes the chief 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 up the truth, the killer starts to turn up the heat.
All Meredith wanted to do was turn an old winery into a local college with a fund-raiser. Things don’t turn out that way when a body is discovered and her niece becomes the prime suspect. With prodding from her best friend and her young sleuth-in-training employee, Charlotte starts probing all that she sees and hears to find a killer. This wonderfully-written prose held my attention from the first sentence to the last chapter. The author did a good job of keeping me guessing throughout most of the book. With loving characters and delicious appetizers, this delightful and aromatic mystery will have you salivating for all things cheese.
Avery Aames is the pseudonym for Daryl Wood Gerber
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