Monday, February 13, 2012

Please Welcome Avery Aames, Author of the Cheese Shop Mysteries

Be sure to leave a comment with your email address. Avery will be sending out to three lucky winners the first two books of her Cheese Shop series: The Long Quiche Goodbye and Lost and Fondue.

Avery Aames is the Agatha award wining, nationally bestselling author of The Cheese Shop Mystery series, which launched in 2010 with The Long Quiche Goodbye. The latest Cheese Shop Mystery is Clobbered by Camembert (Cheese Shop Mystery book 3). The Cheese Shop Mystery series follows cheese shop owner Charlotte Bessette as she dishes up tasty morsels of goodness while solving the murders that threaten to the peace and charm of the quaint fictional town of Providence, Ohio.

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About her Latest Cheese Shop Mystery - Clobbered by Camembert

Charlotte Bessette—proprietor of Le Petit Fromagerie, affectionately known in Providence, Ohio, as the Cheese Shop—is busy setting up her tent for the town’s Winter Wonderland faire, where she’ll offer fine wines and scrumptious cheeses. In the midst of the preparations, Charlotte meets an old friend of her mother, Kaitlyn Clydesdale, who has come back to Providence with plans to start a new honeybee farm.When Kaitlyn is found dead in the cottage of Charlotte’s assistant Rebecca, suspicion falls on Rebecca’s boyfriend, a honeybee farmer himself. Charlotte knows this beekeeper wouldn’t hurt a fly, so she decides to find the real killer. While the town buzzes with gossip, can Charlotte catch the culprit without getting stung herself?

Now, Avery Will Tell You -
Why a Cheese Shop?

I’m often asked the question, “Why did you set a mystery in a cheese shop?” The answer is pretty simple. The publisher realized there are a lot of foodie mystery readers, and there was a niche that needed filling. No one was writing about cheese. There were mysteries about chocolate, coffee, tea, but no cheese. And cheese was becoming the “in-thing” around the country. The question for me was how could I cook up a tasty and exciting mystery for the reader?

In The Cheese Shop Mysteries, I have made Fromagerie Bessette—what the locals call The Cheese Shop—a hub for gossip. The movement in The Cheese Shop is never static; there are lots of comings and goings and lots of “drama.” Okay, perhaps a little over-the-top drama, but always fun and lively. The quaint, fictional town of Providence is built around a Village Square. The Cheese Shop sits on the southern border and attracts tourists as well as locals. Because the shop is not a one-woman business, the protagonist, Charlotte, (thanks to a well-versed and talented staff) is able to come and go when sleuthing. In addition to the staff, Charlotte has her family to rely upon. Her grandfather, who used to own the store, and her cousin, a former sommelier who is half-owner with Charlotte, are available to take charge on short notice. Because Providence is small, Charlotte knows everyone—the sheriff, the farmers, and all the shop owners.

But locale alone will not make a mystery good, so when creating Charlotte, I wanted to write a character with whom readers could identify and enjoy. I adore Charlotte and her passion. She is not a snoop by nature; she is a fixer. She adores her family and she hates to see anyone suffering or in trouble. In the first book, her grandmother, who happens run the town as well as the acclaimed regional theater, is accused of murder. How can Charlotte not get involved?

What makes writing about a cheese shop fun for me [and hopefully makes reading about a cheese shop enjoyable for readers] is the way cheese stirs the senses. I love the flavors, the textures, and the aromas, and I try to make sure my readers do, via Charlotte and her staff. How about these names for cheese--Truffle Tremor, Roaring 40’s Blue, and Humboldt Fog? In the past year, I have tasted over 200 new cheeses. Now multiply the choices by thousands, worldwide. The way cheesemongers describe these cheeses is soooooo appetizing. At times, I find myself salivating. I kid you not! In addition, I write on a blog, Mystery Lovers Kitchen, with other foodie mystery authors, so I am cooking and testing recipes all the time.

So, “Why a cheese shop?” Why not? Stirring the reader’s senses on multiple levels matters. What makes you read a mystery and what makes you hungry for more?
Avery Aames


“[A] lovely Tour de Fromage. It’s not Gouda, it’s great!”
—Lorna Barrett, New York Times bestselling author

“A tasty morsel of a mystery.”—Kate Carlisle,
national bestselling author of the Bibliophile mysteries

AND IN THE EXAMINER.COM, Crime Fiction in National review, The Long Quiche Goodbye was included as one of the best books of 2011.

Don't forget to leave a comment with your email address for Avery to make you eligible in the drawing for the first two books of her series.


Morgan Mandel said...

Welcome to Make Mine Mystery, Avery. I love your beautiful book cover and the premise for your series. Good luck with your new release!

Morgan Mandel

Daryl Wood Gerber a.k.a. Avery Aames said...

Good morning, Morgan. I'm up early and already have my laptop at hand and my fingers warmed up. I'm working on a new outline for the next book. This is always a fun moment in the creation process! Thank you for the sweet compliment about the cover and the premise. I have had a ball writing the series.



Terry P. said...

Who does'nt love cheese? And who does'nt love a good mystery? Seems like the best combo. And of course a little gossip helps! Beautiful covers on your books, Avery, and thank you for the chance to win. Hope you sell lots of them. And by the way, a wonderful interview.

Alicia Farage said...

This is a series that I'm long overdue to read! It would be great to win the first two!
Have a wonderful day!


Daryl Wood Gerber a.k.a. Avery Aames said...

Terry and Alicia, lovely to see you here today. Terry, I agree on both. Who doesn't love cheese and a good mystery? (Well, I have to admit there are a few, but they don't count, right?) LOL

Alicia, I hope you enjoy the books when you get the chance!


Wendy Newcomb said...

I LOVE Cheese Soup, so I think I will LOVE this series. Thank you for hosting the giveaway and thank you Avery for the giveaway.


Jubilee Reviews said...

I have just started reading some of these cozy romance books. I love cheese! Would love to win the first 2 in the series and snuggle in for some cozy reading.
melanieinoh2003 at yahoo dot com

Grace said...

Can't wait to read your books Avery!


Unknown said...

Looking forward to reading this one..have ordered Lost and Fondue from the i'll be ready when this one comes out. Thanks, Avery


Daryl Wood Gerber a.k.a. Avery Aames said...

Wfnren (Wren), I adore cheese soup! Melted cheese on just about anything for me. I hope you enjoy the books!


Daryl Wood Gerber a.k.a. Avery Aames said...

Melanie and Grace, that's exactly what cozies are. Books to snuggle with. Last night I was writing and I put up a fire and nestled in a "throw" blanket. And nibbled cheese, of course. Heaven!


Daryl Wood Gerber a.k.a. Avery Aames said...

Marianne, I'm thrilled that you have ordered Lost and Fondue from the library. Great! I'm actually at work on book five, if you can believe it. Book four is titled To Brie or Not To Brie (one of my favorite titles, I have to admit). :)


Maggie Toussaint said...

Avery, I love your return question to Why a cheese shop -- why not?! In my household, cheese is practically an entree all by itself. We're into the basic cheese groups here, your swiss, cheddar, colby jack, mozzarella, and feta. Nothing I like better than a veggie greek salad with feta, mmmmm, I'm hungry just thinking of it.

Congratulations on pubbing book 3 of your series. You're really on a cheese roll (sorry, I couldn't resist the pun)!

Death, Island Style and Murder in the Buff coming in March

Tina Rucci said...

Hi Avery,
Charlotte sounds a lot like me, I'm a fixer and I always try to find a way to help someone along with the other things.
Happy Valentine's Day!


Anonymous said...

Wonderful interview. Really enjoyed it. Now who is not up for cheese. A glass of wine, some good cheese and a great mystery to read. Please enter me in for a chance to win your book
Thank you.

Steven J. Wangsness said...

That's a great premise for setting and main character.

Daryl Wood Gerber a.k.a. Avery Aames said...

Maggie, I adore puns. They are not the lowest form of humor. They take the brain to be in gear! That's why I write "cheese-y" books. (Groan! LOL)


Tina, I think a lot of women can relate to Charlotte "the fixer." I think it's ini our female DNA.

Anonymous - so glad you liked the interview. Enjoy the wine!

Steven, thanks. I think the premise works. The hardest part is making sure there is someone tending the store at all times when Charlotte finds she MUST investigate. :)


Tonja Mast said...

Absolutely love your books - when I get when I can't put it down.

academia-research said...

Thank you so much for posting :)

Daryl Wood Gerber a.k.a. Avery Aames said...

Tonja, I'm thrilled to hear this! Thank you for the compliment. All my best,


Daryl Wood Gerber a.k.a. Avery Aames said...

Academia-research, wow, I'm impressed by your moniker! :) I hope you enjoy the stories.



Unknown said...

Your books sound great ~ I love to read and I love that you are from Wisconsin. Me too - but live in Oregon now. I miss the cheese factories and always bring cheese home when I visit! I haven't read your books - but I know have them on my list to get.

Ashley said...

I'm so excited to read these books and would love to win them here. Thank you for the opportunity!


Jacqueline Lichtenberg said...

Hi Avery! I'm a reviewer for a New Age magazine, and I cover Science Fiction, Fantasy, and anything strange and different. But I go for the core of the philosophical meaning hidden behind the themes. So I've reviewed mysteries such as Faye Kellerman's Decker and Lazarus series. I write Science Fiction Romance, and review some Romance in my column. I'm in the SFWA directory so your publicist could send me copies of your books.

Sue Farrell said...

Just seeing the titles of your books makes me relive the smell of the cheese shop I used to go to when I lived in Minneapolis---and head for the refridgerator to get a cheese snack to nibble on while I'm reading.

Angela - Bookaunt said...

I would love the chance to win these books. Thank you

griperang at embarqmail dot com

Margot Justes said...

What a terrific original premise and I love cheese.
Margot Justes

Daryl Wood Gerber a.k.a. Avery Aames said...

Kay, how are you liking Oregon? Great cheeses up there!!!

Jacqueline, I'll see what my PR person can do. that would be lovely to have a review by someone who reads so extensively outside the genre. Thanks!

Sue, I adore the aroma of a cheese shop. I'm glad even the titles are stirring those memories for you. Nice.

Angela, thanks for chiming in.

Margot, thanks for that comment. It is definitely a niche my publisher thought was timely! :)
Lucky me.


Danielle McDonald said...

This book sounds amazing what inspires you to write like this ?

Daryl Wood Gerber a.k.a. Avery Aames said...

Danielle, I'm so glad you like the theme. I adore food, and now adore cheese, and writing about a wonderful "fixer" woman who can't stand injustice is what inspires me. I love setting the stories in a little town where bad things shouldn't happen...but as is true in all of life...bad things do.


Anonymous said...

love a good mystery!

Daryl Wood Gerber a.k.a. Avery Aames said...

Ashley, I'm thrilled that you want to read the books. Great.


Daryl Wood Gerber a.k.a. Avery Aames said...

Anonymous "Gypsywatch" - I love a good mystery, too. I've been reading them since I fell in love with reading!


Mayra Calvani said...

This looks like a great new series. Your pub was right...I had never heard of 'cheese' mysteries. :-)

Best of luck with the book!

Linda Hope Lee said...


What a clever idea for a series! And I love the cover for your latest book. Hope it does well for you.

Cheryl said...

This sounds like a fabulous series. I love mysteries and food. Sounds like a great match.

Wishing you the best,


ccmal(at)charter(dot)net review said...

This is absolutely awesom! Great work!

Anne Duguid Knol said...

Shall most certainly be looking out for the cheese mysteries from now on. Made me raid the fridge for the Jarlsberg just reading this LOL said...

Interesting post. Thanks.