Author: Avery Aames
Series: Book 5, A Cheese Shop Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Source: Received for Review from Publisher
Reviewed by: Tina
It's not easy being cheesy, as cheese shop owner, Charlotte Bessette is finding out. With her cousin, Matthew and his family moved out of the house and Charlotte's boyfriend, on a secret outing, Charlotte thought she could rest easy but missing her boyfriend, he never strayed far from her mind. Then cousin Matthew asks Charlotte if his long time friend and renowned sommelier, Noelle Adams could stay with her for the time being so Noelle can start her new job with Shelton Winery, being the gracious host she is Charlotte agrees and soon befriends Noelle.
Noelle soon finds that her aggressive, alcoholic ex boyfriend has followed her and so has shady reporter Ashley Yeats, hoping for a exclusive story about the sommelier and her life and her tortured past, Charlotte then finds Noelle bludgeoned with a wine bottle screw in her workshop but before she dies Noelle utters the words "Hell's Key" to Charlotte, but can Charlotte make it her mission to find out what those words meant? Could it also be the key to who murdered her and why? There are more suspects that surface like the daughter of the owner of the winery, Liberty and the winery manager, Harold but with The police chief Urso, urging Charlotte to stay out of the investigation,Charlotte wants to avenge Noelle's death and find justice for her and Matthew's friend.
This is the first of the cheese shop mysteries I have read and I have to say I really enjoyed the fact that besides owning and running a cheese shop that Charlotte ate cheese with every meal, Only in a book could you live on a cheese diet, Don't we wish we could all have in real life, I sure do. That's what I loved about it. As I will say once again, I am a big fan of culinary cozy mysteries, this one was great and it had my mouth watering for all the different cheeses depicted at the cheese shop. I want to now go back and read the series from the beginning so I can swoon over all the wonderful cheeses and I'm sure the excellent mysteries as this one was. What could go better with a little wine than a wonderful cheese?