To BrieI’m Matthew Bessette.

I run Fromagerie Bessette with my cousin, Charlotte. She manages the cheese side of the shop; I oversee the wine annex. I used to be a wine sommelier, but after my wife Sylvie ran out on me and our twin girls—long story—I wanted a simpler life. I returned to Providence, Ohio. It was the right choice. I have family and friends here. And I met the new love of my life, Meredith Vance. We’re getting married soon. I can’t wait. Truly. I am blessed to have Meredith in my life. She’s so wonderful. A teacher, she inspires me and the girls to be the best we can be. She’s always so positive, so gentle. She’s Charlotte’s best friend. I have to say dating was a little dicey at the beginning. We fell in love right away, but we didn’t want to tell Charlotte about it. We thought she might be, you know, worried that we were moving too fast. But we couldn’t help it. Love hits and, pow, you’re smitten. What can you do? Go with the flow, right? I know, that sounds trite, but it was how it was for Meredith and me. We speak with the same rhythm. We appreciate the same things in life.

Our wedding is coming up and I’m excited. Nervous, but excited. Nervous because we have family heading to town and there’s so much to do. Excited because, well, I explained that a second ago…Meredith. I get to spend the rest of my life with her.

Today, I’m preparing the cellar for a wine tasting for the rehearsal dinner – did you know we had a cellar below Fromagerie Bessette? We just installed it. With Jordan’s help –you know Jordan, right? He’s the love of Charlottte’s life. Real cool guy. Knows cheese, knows wine. I’m not sure what his entire story is. He keeps his past close to the vest, but he’s cool. I like him, and I have to trust my instinct. Anyway, with Jordan’s help, we installed a cellar beneath The Cheese Shop. At Pace Hill Farm, Jordan makes cheese. Around here, he’s the go-to guy when it comes to storing cheeses. He has these fabulous cellars built naturally into the hills. Our cellar holds the wines that I bring in from all over the world as well as the cheeses that Charlotte likes to age.

When I’m done setting up the cellar, I’ll head home—right now, my girls and I live with Charlotte in her old Victorian on the north side of town—and I’ll continue packing. We’re moving into Meredith’s place. There are so many boxes. When did we acquire so much stuff? It’s been fun going through everything. Seeing old photos, reliving memories with the girls. Major changes ahead.

When was the last time you made a major change in your life?


Thanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of TO BRIE OR NOT TO BRIE to give away. Contest open to US residents only and ends February 8. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. The book will be shipped directly from the publisher.


You can read more about Matthew in To Brie or Not To Brie, the fourth book in the “Cheese Shop” mystery series. The first book in the series is The Long Quiche Goodbye.

Meet the author
Avery Aames is the pseudonym for Daryl Wood Gerber. As Avery, she writes the nationally bestselling A Cheese Shop Mystery Series. The first in the series, The Long Quiche Goodbye, won the Agatha Award for best first novel. The series is set in the quaint, fictional town of Providence, Ohio, and features Charlotte Bessette, a feisty cheese shop owner with a colorful extended family.

Daryl writes short stories, the latest, “Palace on the Lake” has been nominated for numerous awards, and she has a new mystery series debuting in July 2013, The Cookbook Nook mysteries. This new cozy mystery series features Jenna Hart, an avid reader, admitted foodie, and owner of a cookbook store in picturesque coastal California.

Prior to her career as a novelist, Daryl wrote screenplays and created the format for the popular TV sitcom Out of this World. A fun tidbit for mystery buffs, Daryl was also an actress and co-starred on Murder, She Wrote, as well as other TV shows. Daryl is originally from the San Francisco Area and graduated from Stanford University. She loves to cook, read, golf, swim, and garden. She also likes adventure and has been known to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. She has been happily married for over twenty-five years, and she and her husband have a grown son who has flown the coop.

Avery & Daryl blog at Mystery Lover’s Kitchen, a blog for foodies who love mysteries. And some of their characters show up at the Killer Characters blog.

Visit Avery at her website to see a sneak preview, her book trailer, find recipes, and more and Daryl at her website for the same.

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

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