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Cozy Chronicles: The Long Quiche Goodbye

I actually read A Long Quiche Goodbye a while ago, but decided to re-read it before continuing on with the rest of the series. The Long Quiche Goodbye is the first of Avery Aames’ Cheese Shop Mysteries:

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The other three books are, in order: Lost and Fondue, Clobbered by Camembert, and To Brie or not to Brie. But I’m getting ahead of myself…

Summary:

Welcome to Providence, Ohio, home to Fromagerie Bessette and its proprietor, Charlotte Bessette. Exciting changes are afoot in the Cheese Shop (as Providence’s residents call the Fromagerie Bessette), including the addition of a wine annex and plans to sell gourmet goodies, artisanal breads, and gift items like olive wood-handled cheese knives from France. Unfortunately for Charlotte (and even more so for the victim), one of those beautiful knives ends up buried in someone’s chest not long after the last Travertine tile had been laid–and someone very near and dear to her is the prime suspect. Can Charlotte figure out the killer in time to save her beloved grandmother and The Cheese Shop?

Review:
The short version of my review: A Long Quiche Goodbye was as good a read the second time and I would highly recommend it to cozy fans. As I mentioned in a previous post, however, do not read this book on an empty stomach. Or if you don’t have any cheese in the house. It was all fun and games until I was reading on a Sunday morning and got to the part where Charlotte makes herself a breakfast of sourdough toast with Dalmatia fig spread with a thick slice of Perrin Haute-Savoie…and all I could do was stare sadly at my almost bare cheese drawer.

The Long Quiche Goodbye embodies cozy. Not only is the Cheese Shop cozy, but the town itself is cozy with an ice cream shop, a quilt shop, a Village Green–it’s the kind of place that makes me wish I lived in a small town.

I also love books where the setting becomes every bit a character as the people who inhabit its pages. I don’t think I’ll ever walk into another cheese shop and not expect it to look like Fromagerie Bessette the same way I expect every mystery bookstore to look like Carolyn Hart’s Death on Demand, and every tea shop to look like Laura Childs’ Indigo Tea Shop.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was that even if Providence is a small town, there are enough suspects to keep you guessing. It’s not the kind of small town setting where you start with six suspects and three of them end up dead. There is also a good mix of long-time residents, newcomers, and visitors that keeps the novel from crossing from cozy into claustrophobic; I look forward to getting to know all the characters better as I read the subsequent books. Lastly, there is a nice surprise at the end that will make you want to read the next book ASAP.

I highly recommend A Long Quiche Goodbye, and look forward to Lost and Fondue.

On a related note, Avery Aames, writing under her real name Daryl Gerber Wood, is releasing Final Sentence, the first title in A Cookbook Nook series, in July. I’ve already pre-ordered my copy, and am very excited to start another series.

Happy reading! Let me know what you’ve been reading–I’m always on the lookout for more books to read and authors to meet!

P.S. As I promised last week, I have been noodling around with a new section of the blog that will include A Long Quiche Goodbye. I will talk about that in a separate post–I need to iron out a few glitches. Hope you’re having a good week and see you again soon!

P.P.S. If you’re new to the blog, check out my previous post where I write about having the pleasure of meeting Avery Aames and Rochelle Staab (of the Mind for Murder series) at a recent book signing.

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Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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As promised…text for Tuesday’s post!

On Tuesday I posted a few pictures from spending the day at Mysterious Galaxy’s 20th birthday celebration. As promised, here’s the text to go with the photos. 😉

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I was fortunate enough to attend Avery Aames (Daryl Wood Gerber) and Rochelle Staab’s author presentation before their book signing (they were both so gracious). I had read A Long Quiche Goodbye a while back and was looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

The part I enjoyed the best was listening to them talk about how their books take shape and how readers have become so invested. I particularly enjoyed Avery’s story about having encountered numerous folks from Wisconsin wanting to know why The Cheese Shop Mysteries are set in Ohio.

I am looking forward to reading the Mind for Murder books. I picked up a copy of Who Do, Voodoo at the signing–I’m the kind of reader who likes to start with the first book in the series whenever possible.

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I was patient and waited to pick up Dead, White, and Blue from Mysterious Galaxy on Saturday instead of running out on Tuesday. I also bought two other “firsts”: Liz Lippeman’s Beef Stolen-Off and Victoria Hamilton’s A Deadly Grind. I’m going to have to upgrade my to-read bedside basket to a to-read bedside steamer trunk soon!

The rest of my weekend haul included all The Cheese Shop Mysteries and Lucy Burdette’s Topped Chef. I had loaned my copy of A Long Quiche Goodbye to a friend so I decided to just buy another copy.

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Trivia Time: As you know, I am a big Murder, She Wrote fan so you can imagine how tickled I was to find that Avery Aames (as Daryl Lynn Wood) was on the “Simon Says, Color Me Dead”).

I am two-thirds through my (re)reading of A Long Quiche Goodbye and Tuesday’s post will be my review along with a new section of the blog!

In honor of Throwback Thursday, what was your first book?

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Have a good weekend, everyone! See you Tuesday!

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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My weekend in pictures…

I spent this past Saturday at Mysterious Galaxy‘s 20th birthday celebration. Check out a few pictures I took…text to be provided on Thursday. 🙂

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See you in a few days!

P.S. I decided to reread Avery Aamess’ A Long Quiche Goodbye since it’s been a little while. So far, the book is as fun as I remember. I may use my review to introduce a new blog section I’ve been noodling with for a while. Oh, my copy The Bletchley Circle is in the mail!

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Murder at Castle Rock and New Book Tuesday

A little while ago, I had the opportunity to read and review Anne Marie Stoddard’s Murder at Castle Rock as part of Cozy Mystery Book Reviews. Here is the link to my review on the CMBR page. Murder at Castle Rock is Anne Marie Stoddard’s first novel and I look forward to reading more of her work.

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(Photo taken from Anne Marie Stoddard’s website
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If you are a cozy mystery fan haven’t already checked out CMBR’s page, you’re missing out on a wonderful community and resource–so make sure you do so ASAP!

I’ve been slowly getting into a blogging rhythm, so to speak. What I’ve found works for me is posting at the beginning and end of the work week. I’ll probably post on Monday/Tuesday and again on Thursday/Friday going forward. Weekends will be for me to find fun things to tell you about at the start of the week. 😉 Stay tuned for my final post on “The Bletchley Circle” (although I’m sure I’ll be referring to the show numerous time in future posts–I’m a little obsessed).

I’m going to spend the rest of the week speed-reading my way through Lost and Fondue, the second installment in Avery Aames’ Cheese Shop Mysteries. She will be signing at Mysterious Galaxy’s 20th birthday celebration this weekend and I will be buying her latest book then. We are going to make a day of it, as my husband is looking forward to the afternoon signings, which include John Scalzi and Vernor Vinge.

Lastly, it’s New Book Tuesday! I am particularly excited because Carolyn Hart’s Dead, White, and Blue (her 50th!) is being released today. The other books I’m hoping to pick up at Mysterious Galaxy this weekend are Victoria Thompson’s Murder in Chelsea (also being released today–I’m working on being more patient and waiting until Saturday 🙂 ) and Liz Lipperman’s Heard it Through the Grapevine. What new releases are you looking forward to?

See you at the end of the week!

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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