Book Review: Lost and Fondue – Avery Aames

Title: Lost and Fondue
Author: Avery Aames
ISBN: 9780425241585
Pages: 320
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Mystery
Source: Publicist
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Charlotte is thrilled because her family has weathered the murder from last year and her cheese shop is doing incredibly well. When her friend Meredith has the idea to turn a local abandoned winery into a liberal arts college, Charlotte is happy to help out with the fundraiser.  But when an art student is found murdered in the basement of the winery during the party and fingers point to Meredith’s niece Quinn as the prime suspect, Charlotte must return to her sleuthing ways to clear Quinn’s name.

Review:

I really enjoyed the first book in the Cheese Shop Mysteries, The Long Quiche Goodbye, so I was thrilled to read the second, Lost and Fondue. I was eager to return to the quirky personalities in Providence and to see what mysteries Aames had cooked up for her readers.

Once again, the food descriptions in Lost and Fondue are simply delectable. I loved Aames’ cheese descriptions, and they made my mouth water while reading.  In fact, while reading this book, I had a notebook and jotted down the names of the cheeses I’d like to try.  Aames does a wonderful job educating the reader about cheese while also fully entertaining them.

The mystery in Lost and Fondue is intriguing, and Aames had me guessing from beginning to end.  I had my own theories, and Aames bested me every time.  I was surprised, yet satisfied, by the end results.  It was also great to revisit with Charlotte; she was curious and often got involved where she really didn’t belong. However, it was understandable because of her personal stake in clearing Quinn’s name.  If Charlotte hadn’t been personally involved, it may have made her seem nosy, but Aames did a wonderful job balancing this book.

I thoroughly enjoyed Lost and Fondue and highly recommend it to fans of cozy mysteries.  Cozy mysteris can quickly spin out of control, so I highly recommend you pick up these books now, when there are only two books in the series – it makes it easy to get caught up!

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Comments

  1. There are quite a few of these, newer ones, that have come on the scene. At some point, I need to pick one and dive in. I LOVE cheese, even the stinky kind, so I’m totally drawn to this one!

  2. There are quite a few of these, newer ones, that have come on the scene. At some point, I need to pick one and dive in. I LOVE cheese, even the stinky kind, so I’m totally drawn to this one!

  3. Sounds like a fun cozy series – I love the title of this one.

  4. Sounds like a fun cozy series – I love the title of this one.

  5. Another foodie mystery! I love the idea of these, even though I have not read one yet, and like Sandy, I am a big cheese fan. This sounds really good, so I am going to add it to my list. Thanks!

  6. Another foodie mystery! I love the idea of these, even though I have not read one yet, and like Sandy, I am a big cheese fan. This sounds really good, so I am going to add it to my list. Thanks!

  7. I liked the first one too and have been patiently waiting for Lost and Fondue!

  8. I liked the first one too and have been patiently waiting for Lost and Fondue!

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