Clobbered by Camembert (Cheese Shop Mystery)
by Avery Aames
Cover Artist: Teresa Fasolino
Review by Sherry Lilley
Berkley Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425245873
Date: 07 February 2012 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Charlotte Bessette, owner of Fromagerie Bessette, (aka, 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. Also reappearing in town is Charlotte's old flame, Chip. And Chip, who is working for Kaitlyn, is not welcomed by one and all.
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.
The book gets off to a very good start, slumps in the middle, and takes off again toward the end. It is easy and enjoyable to read. The mystery is well done. The characters are interesting, and the setting is charming. The tidbits of cheese lore are interesting. All around, a good book.