As Gouda as Dead (Cheese Shop Mystery)
by Avery Aames
Cover Artist: Teresa Fasolino
Review by Sherry Lilley
Berkley Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425273319
Date: 03 February 2015 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Charlotte's wedding is just days away, and her friends are throwing her a party -- a painting party. But the model, who is also the deputy, gets a call from his uncle and rushes out. Charlotte follows. Once found, the uncle is dead. Now what? Um, well, lots. There’s a murder to solve, after all.
First up on the list of happenings, is Charlotte and Jordan, the man she loves completely, decide to postpone their wedding. This makes for an on-going bit in the book about whether or not there will be a wedding, and allows others to show their concern about the possibility. Of course there will be a wedding! Love at first sight, as happened to Charlotte and Jordan, is never wrong and won't be shunted aside for long, not even for murder. Delaying the wedding also gives Jordan a little more time to woo Charlotte. It makes for some interesting scenes.
As for the murder, and the solution, well, you'll just have to read the book. It all fits together quite nicely.
The setting, a small town, makes for a wonderful cast of characters, and they all get to spend some time on stage. Some of them literally, as there is a new play being cast. Others just make their appearances in the normal course of the story. All of them are wonderfully, drawn. The little squabbles, and the wonderful support for each other, the small town jealousies and pride in each other's success, all come through in the writing.
The story is interesting, the murderer is not obvious, and the changes in people's lives as a result of the murder, were unexpected.
This is a highly entertaining book, but don't read it when you're hungry. There is a lot of talk about, and description of, food. Mostly, it all revolves around cheese, of course, and it sounds absolutely fabulous. So, this might be a book to pick up on a full stomach. But full stomach or not, pick it up.