It’s All About the Cheese with Charlotte Bessette by Avery Aames

For Cheddar or WorseOccupation: Cheese Monger at Fromagerie Bessette

I love cheese. Especially cheddar cheese. There are so many varieties. From mild to sharp, smooth to gritty. Did you know that most cheddars start out white or pale yellow? Did you know Cheddar originated in the village of Cheddar in Somerset, South West England? Cheddar Gorge, to be exact. It’s a limestone gorge in the Mendip Hills near the village and is the site where Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton (Cheddar Man, about 9,000 years old) was found in 1903. How cool is that?? Jordan and I visited the area on our trip to Europe—you know Jordan and I got married, right? Anyway, the caves in the gorge provide ideal humidity and temperatures for maturing cheese. Jordan’s farm has caves created with the Cheddar Gorge in mind. Actually, Jordan used to own and operate the farm, but now his sister runs it; he’s moved in with me and started up a restaurant and, well, there’s so much for you to catch up on.

But, first, why am I waxing rhapsodic about cheddar cheese? Well, get this! We’re finally hosting a cheese festival in Providence. We—the town. It will run a whole week. Never one to shy away from setting up too many activities, my grandmother, the town’s mayor, has enticed a number of local restaurants to offer cooking classes or specialty dinners. She has also encouraged the farmers to hold creamery tours and wine tastings. Isn’t that fabulous? And we’re going to have a cheese competition. I’ll be one of the judges. Fun, right? The town’s bed-and-breakfasts and hotels are all booked!

Meanwhile, my friend Erin, who owns Emerald Pastures Farm is holding what she’s calling a cheese brain trust. She has invited about twenty people to participate, including a few cheese makers, distributors, journalists, Jordan, and me. Jordan is invited because he knows the art of affinage, which is the careful practice of ripening cheese (those caves I mentioned), and I’m tagging along because I understand the marketing side of cheese.

We’re going to be staying at the inn on the farm, which will be like a mini-vacation. Romance, cheese tasting, and no tension. Heaven! At least, I hope it will be heaven. Nothing should go wrong. There shouldn’t be any surprises. I really hate surprises, don’t you?

Except I did learn there is one surprise guest. She’s a cheese maven, and I’m a big fan of hers, but I hear some people are not so enamored with her. I hope everyone can be civil. I really want Erin to have a successful event. She’s such a good soul.

I shouldn’t be worried, right?

For Cheddar Or Worse is the seventh book in the “Cheese Shop” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime, February 2016.

It’s time for the annual Cheese Festival in Providence, Ohio, and Charlotte Bessette’s cheese shop is packed with homemade specialties. Meanwhile, her friend Erin is prepping her dairy farm and inn for cheese makers, marketers, journalists, and one surprise guest—Lara Berry, pretentious cheese whiz, pompous bestselling author, and pungent critic whose extra sharp tongue can crumble a reputation.

Even though any love for Lara by her friends curdled long ago, Charlotte is surprised when the foodie is smothered to death in her room at Erin’s inn. Accusations start flying, but the one laying blame on Erin strikes Charlotte as a crock. Now, to clear her friend’s name, Charlotte has to sift through Lara’s ex-lovers, former business partners, and unforgiving enemies to find a killer before Lara’s past casts a tainted pall on the festival’s future.

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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.

Visit Avery or Daryl at Avery & Daryl also blogs at Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen – a blog for foodies who love mysteries.

Giveaway: Leave comment below for your chance to win a print copy of For Cheddar Or Worse. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end February 11, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

107 responses to “It’s All About the Cheese with Charlotte Bessette by Avery Aames

  1. Yes please Dru, I’d love to win a copy of this book. I love the series and even own five of the books in this series and love it.

  2. I’d love to read this – and then see you at Malice or Bouchercon!

  3. Oh this sounds great…yes I think she should be worried..thanks so much for the review and contest.

  4. I have enjoyed reading the books in this series, and I am sad the series is coming to an end. Thank you for the giveaway.

    • Jen, I’m sad, too. It’s been a great run. 7 books in all! I’m blessed. But I have more to write. Another Cookbook Nook Mystery comes out in August. I’m going to publish a suspense novel. Lots to look forward to. ~ Avery aka Daryl

  5. Just started to read this series. Thank you for the chance.

  6. I hear rumors that this is the last in the series…I hope not.

    • Gram, the rumors are true. This is the 7th and last. There are a variety of reasons, but in simple form, the publisher merged with a bigger publisher and they want more “big” books and are probably getting out of the cozy business. They are certainly winnowing down. But as I said to Jan above. I have been blessed and have a lot more to write. Keep an eye out! ~ Avery aka Daryl

  7. Just from looking at the awesome cover on this new book, I can tell it is going to be super exciting as are all of the other books in this series!!! Looking forward to reading this one! Thanks so much dearest Dru for the chance to win it! God bless!

  8. Yvonne Gilbert

    I would love to win this book. What a great chance this is. Thank you!

  9. I love cheddar too and I would like to read this book. Thanks for a chance to enter.

  10. I can’t eat cheese but I still enjoy this series.

  11. Kathleen Walsh

    I love cheddar and this book sounds like a great read! Would love to win a copy!!

  12. Nothing is better than cheddar, this book sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  13. Patricia Wagner

    Another great story.

  14. Amy Newman Connolley

    Love this series and really sad to see it come to an end. Will miss the cheese shop and all the characters. Looking forward to reading this one!!
    Am a big lover of cheddar!

  15. I have just started reading this series and enjoy it! Thank you for another giveaway.

  16. Looking forward to reading this one. Thanks

  17. This book would be very enjoyable and delightful. Thanks for this lovely feature.

  18. Linda Kuzminczuk

    I enjoy this series but all good things must come to an end. I would rather a series end on a high note than continue past its prime. Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. This sounds like a fun festival. What could possibly go wrong? Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Please, please, please!

  21. Really want this book!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  22. Hi, I look forward to reading For Cheddar Or Worse. It sounds like a great book. Thank you

  23. Sounds like a great read.

  24. I would love to win a copy of this cheddar book as this is the last book and it is a print book which is wonderful!

    • Peggy, I love books in print, too, though I’ve occasionally read in digital, and it seems my digital books are doing quite well. Something for everyone, I suppose. 🙂 ~ Avery / Daryl

  25. I love cheese and I love mysteries!

  26. This is one of my favorite series. Sad that this is the last, but I’m still looking forward to reading it very much. Thanks for the chance to win.

    • Meg, thanks for saying that. Made me smile. Yes, I’m sad, too, but new things on the horizon! Plus another Cookbook Nook Mystery coming in August: GRILLING THE SUBJECT. ~ Avery / Daryl

  27. Very best wishes on your newest book baby.

  28. Like Charlotte, I love cheddar cheese, and now have some nice trivia about Cheddar Man! I love this series too, and hate to see it end, but look forward to what Daryl has in store for us! Thanks for the giveaway, Dru!

  29. I am a big fan of Daryl’s books and love the Cheese Shop Mysteries when she is channeling Avery. Along with delightful characters and intriguing story, I have renewed my passion in all things cheese. Thanks, Daryl…Avery!

  30. Oh I’m so sad that this the last in the series.

    I did hear that about a lot of authors

    • Dru, I know. It is very sad. Penguin is cutting back, so we’ll see a lot of series ending. But I had 7 and it was a great run. I enjoyed every minute. ~ Avery aka Daryl

  31. Love this series! Definitely on my TBR list.

  32. Sorry to see the end of this series but glad for the Cookbook Nook series will continue . Looking forward to new series from you.

  33. Love this series and have them all except this one. So sad to see it ending but at least we can always revisit!

  34. I love this series and would love to win a copy of the book!!!!! So glad you will still be doing the other series, I dont want to lose my favorite cozy mystery books!

  35. Jess Dimovski

    Love this series!

  36. Who doesn’t love cheese or this series? Waiting for your suspense book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. I would love to learn all about Cheddar! I love every book that I have read that Daryl Wood Gerber has written! I have been hoarding a few on my TBR bookshelf for a special reading treat. I am so glad that she writes these cozies!!! Thank you for the chance to win. Since I want to eventually visit England where my ancestors are from, I am adding the Cheddar Gorge to my list of what I want to see.

  38. It’s sad this is the last in this series. I’ve loved reading several books in the series and hope I may be lucky enough to win a copy of For Cheddar or Worse.

  39. So sad this series is coming to an end, but I will be looking forward to your future endeavors!

  40. I’ve enjoyed the previous books in this series–I can’t get enough cheese or books about cheese.

  41. I always feel guilty because I get all of my books from the library.
    Glad you don’t have a problem with that. I would love to have a copy of this book for my very own.. thanks.

  42. I have loved this series for not just the stories but also the recipes. I’d love to win this last one.

  43. elainehroberson

    This would be a great title to add to my cozy challenge list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  44. Debbie Hazelton

    This book looks great! Thanks for a chance to win.

  45. I love the recipes and the stories in this cozy series. Been nice to grab a cozy mystery and a cup of hot chocolate on these cold days and read thank you for the chance to win

  46. It’s on my to-read list!

  47. Della Williamson

    For Cheddar or Wurst looks like a really great read. Post was so intriguing. A must read, on my TBR. But am so hoping I will get the chance to read it sooner. Thanks for this

  48. Sharon Lovering

    It’s all about the cheese … and cheddar’s my favorite! This book looks like a winner. Thanks for the chance to win.

  49. Can’t wait for this one!

  50. I love this series! I can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the chance to win!

  51. Patricia Pinkston

    I love this series. Sad that For Cheddar Or Worse is the last book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  52. I love this series and am sad it’s the last book.

  53. While I know this is the last in the series, I can’t wait to see how it all wraps up and where Daryl/Avery will take us next! Thanks for the chance to win.

  54. So nice when an author can end the series with all of the loose ends tied up. Look forward to your future endeavors.

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  55. One of my favorite cozies!!!
    Thank you for the giveaway….