To Brie or Not To Brie (Cheese Shop Mystery)

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  1. See a Problem?
  2. To Brie or Not To Brie
  3. Author Daryl Wood Gerber
  4. Cheese Shop Mysteries
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Jan 21, Jonathan rated it it was ok Shelves: First of all, the characters went back to being as annoying as they were in books 1 and 2 and I couldn't even finish it, I had to skim through the last like 80 pages. Probably not going to continue this series. View all 5 comments. Jan 03, Micky Cox rated it really liked it. A winter fair, Hamlet in the park, a grape race, a wedding and a dead body in the ice cream shop freezer all wrapped up into a mix of intrigue and suspicion. As usual, we find the cheese shop brimming with activity and in the center of the mix are the wonderful characters who make Providence a town to want to keep coming back too!

If you like a good cozy mystery then this is the book for you. In fact, I'd say the entire series has been delightfully developed and I can't wait to see what the author has in store for us in the next book! Apr 28, Nancy Rogan rated it it was ok. I have read the previous books in this series and this one just wasn't very good. There are far too many characters who have no depth. Again, none of them have any depth and I had to keep reminding myself who they were each time they appeared in the story. Charlotte does ridiculous things going through a "suspect's" car in broad daylight when it's parked on the street that I have read the previous books in this series and this one just wasn't very good.

Charlotte does ridiculous things going through a "suspect's" car in broad daylight when it's parked on the street that separate a good cozy from the kind that I find annoying. Since the previous books were better, I might give this series another chance, but I doubt it. Jan 22, Debbie rated it it was ok Shelves: It's the fourth book in a series, and you'll probably enjoy it most if you've read the previous books in the series which I haven't. We're introduced to 25 characters in the first 28 pages--along with their back story--while several of the women are yelling accusations and cat-fighting with each other.

Since I was new to these characters, it was terribly confusing and hard to keep track of. Since the next scene occurred days later and introduced yet "To Brie or Not To Brie" is a cozy mystery. Since the next scene occurred days later and introduced yet more characters, I set the book down and read two other books before trying it again. It was difficult for me to keep track of who everyone was because there were so many characters and some of them didn't show up again for chapters. It took about pages before I felt like I was getting a good handle on who was who. All of the characters were very opinionated and most seemed to specialize in annoying each other, so it's not surprising that I found about half of them annoying, too.

I might have liked those characters better if they were more developed, which I'm assuming would be another benefit of reading the previous novels. Charlotte was passive aggressive, scatterbrained, and very imaginative. She invented wildly imaginative scenarios about whodunit rather than logically thinking things out. She stumbled across the answer to whodunit, but it was a clue-based puzzle mystery.

I guessed whodunit about halfway through though it wasn't obvious , the clues kept confirming that idea, and my guess was correct. There was some fake bad language e. If you're a cheese expert and love all things cheese or if you enjoy watching cat-fight dramas, then you might enjoy this book. But I'd recommend starting with the first book in the series. I received this book as a review copy from the publisher. Mar 07, Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing. I just love when a book ties in with not only the cover art but the clever titles. This fourth novel in the excellent series known as the 'Cheese Shop Mysteries' in a good example.

Both the themes of a wedding and Shakespeare were featured in this excellent murder mystery of a cozy nature. Our Cheese shop owner, Charlotte Bessette is busy trying to make sure her cousin's wedding goes smoothly, her grandmother's outdoors play be successful, and think about setting a date for her own wedding.

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All I just love when a book ties in with not only the cover art but the clever titles. All is going as smoothly as a fine slice of Brie Charlotte and her friends just have to aid the Chief of Police whether he wants or needs their help. There is humor and suspense throughout this finely crafted novel. Recipes that will have you in transports of imagination, until you can run to the grocery to fulfil your dreams.

Not to mention, an ending that makes you anxious for the next installment. A fine example of the genre of a cozy mystery! Jun 09, Kaye rated it it was amazing. Charlotte Bessette, owner of the Fromagerie Bessette, or better known as The Cheese Shop, has lots on her plate as usual.

She is feeding the actors in her grandmother's production of Hamlet, planning the menu for Matthew and Meredith's wedding,setting a date to marry Jordan, and running The Cheese Shop. Her new creation, Brie blueberry ice cream has turned out sinfully delicious. So what could possibly go wrong? Well, a dead body in the freezer of the Igloo Ice Cream Parlor for one, even worse h Charlotte Bessette, owner of the Fromagerie Bessette, or better known as The Cheese Shop, has lots on her plate as usual. Well, a dead body in the freezer of the Igloo Ice Cream Parlor for one, even worse his head was bashed in with a container of her Brie blueberry ice cream.

Charlotte finds out that the victim, while visiting, is not a stranger to some of the people she loves, so she races to solve the murder before everything she loves is destroyed. I love this series, Charlotte and her family are people that I care about, and I want to see them be happy. Their personalities jump off the page. I particularly love the cheese tipe, the wine tips, and the recipes.

Aug 28, Steph rated it did not like it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The characters were awful!

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Charlotte reads like a mix between judgmental old lady and an immature brat. Jun 30, Lori rated it it was amazing. Charlotte is running The Cheese Shop in her town with her cousin Matthew who is preparing to marry Meredith her best friend. Charlotte is preparing a Brie ice cream for the wedding while also running the shop, and trying to make plans for her own wedding.

When a man ends up dead in the local ice cream shop killed by Charlotte's Brie ice cream.

Author Daryl Wood Gerber

Now Charlotte is on the mission to solve the crime, host a rehearsal dinner, and keep the ex of the groom from causing problems. This was one of those book Charlotte is running The Cheese Shop in her town with her cousin Matthew who is preparing to marry Meredith her best friend. This was one of those books that I kept saying one more chapter, okay one more chapter. I read this book out of order and would really recommend reading them in order but nothing to much was given away from earlier books.

I would highly recommend this book and series. I will be going back and reading the ones I missed. Dec 29, Emily Cullen rated it really liked it. Cheese shop owner Charlotte Bessette is helping to finalize plans for her friend's and cousin's wedding when a stranger turns up dead in the local ice cream shop, his head bashed in with a container of ice cream. But the dead man turns out to be more than he seems and may threaten Charlotte's own chance of happiness.

I really like the "Cheese Shop" cozy mystery series. Good mysteries, an interesting romance and this book had a great cliffhanger that made me want to read the next one right away! May 31, Peggi Warner-lalonde rated it really liked it. Another fun Cheese Shop mystery. Dec 03, Knight rated it really liked it. Shakespeare in the Park and a wedding. Feb 26, Heather L rated it it was ok Shelves: Had a heard time getting into this one. Jul 14, Haley Addie rated it it was amazing. Aug 11, Alisha rated it really liked it. Feb 26, Ann Boytim rated it really liked it.

Murder mystery and cheese! Charlotte owns The Cheese Shop and always seems to be solving a murder! You are hungry all the time wanting to try the different cheeses and recipes in this book. Mar 16, Theresa rated it it was ok Shelves: I have not read the previous books in this series, and it's probable I would have enjoyed this book more if I were familiar with the backstory, but it's improbable that I would have, on balance, actually liked it.

The author is extremely wrapped up in her cutesy setting. We hear about every single outfit everybody wears, the details of everyone's cute little businesses with their punny names and the descriptions of what everyone is eating are just interminable. I honestly don't need an in-depth d I have not read the previous books in this series, and it's probable I would have enjoyed this book more if I were familiar with the backstory, but it's improbable that I would have, on balance, actually liked it.

I honestly don't need an in-depth description of every cheese's flavour profile, and I definitely don't need the details of one character's gluten free option for each meal. The main character is self-absorbed, petty and painfully interfering. Without reading previous books, the reasons we're meant to dislike her rivals are shallow and stupid. We are supposed to hate one character because she dresses a bit punky and once cheated on a tenth grade quiz.

No book about a thirty-something businesswoman should include the line "would I ever forgive her for getting me in trouble with the science teacher? If the other characters thought she was being unreasonable, this might be the mark of a flawed character. Instead, almost everyone in town goes around shaking their fists and scowling about what a no-good cheater Edy is.


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Everyone in this book is catty, in thought if not in action. Frequently the reader is prompted to make assumptions about characters because they don't dress in a way the author thinks is appropriate or stylish. These characterisation shortcuts are probably less obvious if you've read the previous three books and gotten acquainted with the citizens of Providence. Some of the book's flaws are par for the course with this type of cozy mystery e.

Cheese Shop Mysteries

Some of them, like the sloppy characterisation and overall bloat are not. It took me forever to read this because I kept putting it down. I didn't hate it enough to give up altogether, but I won't be looking for the rest of the series. Plus she has her own wedding to plan or at least settle on a date for the wedding. Charlotte has no choice but dive right in to investigation when she learns the strangers death could destroy everything she has worked for and everything she loves.

Charlotte is as sharp as cheddar and as sweet as a Young Camembert. Her grandparents are aged to perfection, Rebecca has that fruity quality with her knowledge of television crime shows she is so determined to help Charlotte catch the killer. Jordan and Matthew are smooth and fine but Jordan has a secret which adds a smokey quality.

Jacky is hiding something too, her history has that Swiss quality, full of holes. Then there are a couple of characters just trying to cause trouble that remind me of a good block of Limburger. Aames has plated up a fine mystery as well that keeps the reader guessing until the very last clue falls into place. She also leaves us hungry for the next installment with a juicy tidbit on the final page.

The Days of Wine and Roquefort cannot get to my door fast enough. Plus there are recipes including the one for Brie Blueberry Ice Cream!! Jan 03, Fred rated it really liked it. Things are going good in Providence, Charlotte has gotten engaged to Jordan, she is helping to plan her best friend Meredith's wedding to her cousin Matthew.

That is, until Jordan's sisters, Jacky, estranged husband, Giacomo, shows up in town. Baskin-Robbins doesn't have anything on Charlotte. Then Giacomo is found dead in the freezer of the ice cream parlor, having been struck over the with a 5 gallon container of Brie Blueberry ice cream. Soon, most everyone wants to accuse Jacky of the murder.

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Charlotte is sure she had nothing to do with and starts to check out other suspects. What about Hugo, the owner of the ice cream parlor, he seems to leave town quite a bit for days at a time. Or maybe Vinnie, Giacomo's brother, who has gambling debts and an inheritance would be most welcome. M urder, revenge, and secrets: Shakespeare has arrived in Providence, Ohio At least her new creation—sinfully delicious Brie blueberry ice cream—has turned out perfectly.

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Just days before the wedding, the estranged husband of Jordan's sister turns up dead in the Igloo Ice Cream Parlor's freezer, his head bashed with a container of Charlotte's signature ice cream. His death threatens everything that Charlotte has been working toward, and she has no choice but to add one more thing to her to-do list: Praise "The only problem with an Avery Aames book is—it will make you hungry!

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C harlotte 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? Praise "Add the moments of romance and a great deal of humor, and Clobbered by Camembert is a gift. C harlotte Bessette—proprietor of Providence, Ohio's charming Cheese Shop—agrees to a cater a fundraiser that her best friend Meredith is hosting to raise money to form a liberal arts college.

In addition to gourmet fondues, Charlotte offers an array of delicious cheeses and scrumptious wines in a once-abandoned winery, long a source of local legends about hidden treasures—and possibly 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 Praise "And, just as before, cheese lovers will find it hard to resist all the references to delicious flavors.

Settle in with a nice cheese, a glass of wine and enjoy Lost and Fondue. W elcome to the grand opening of Fromagerie Bessette. Or as it's more commonly known by the residents of small-town Providence, Ohio—the Cheese Shop. When the shop's landlord, Ed Woodhouse, big real estate holder and notorious womanizer, is found with one of Charlotte's olive-wood handle knives jutting out of his chest, her grandmother is the prime suspect.

After all, Grandmere Bernadette had been arguing with Woodhouse earlier in the evening, and, mais oui , she's covered in blood. Now it's up to Charlotte, along with handsome artisanal cheese supplier Jordan, to save her grandmother's name and find the real killer—not to mention get a new set of knives. It's not just gouda, it's great!