Title: Lost and Fondue
Author: Avery Aames
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Rating: 4 out of 5
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.
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!