The clue is in the title.
The Long Quiche Goodbye, first in the Cheese Shop mystery series, is pure cheese.
Author Avery Aames sets the tone on page one with references to Abbaye de Belloc, Manchego and Humboldt Fog – the latter, apparently, a great pairing with Chardonnay.
Inevitably the murder victim, the most hated man in small town Providence, Ohio, is stabbed with a wood-handled cheese knife.
Number one suspect is Bernadette, grandmére of Charlotte, new proprietor of Fromagerie Bessette, aka the Cheese Shop.
Of course, Bernadette is innocent and Charlotte, after several false starts – and endless cholesterol-inducing references to fromage, formaggio and queso – finally unmasks the real killer.
The plot, the writing, and the characters are exactly what you’d expect from a winner of the US-based Agatha award for writers in the “cozy” mystery sub-genre – closed setting, no sex or violence and an amateur detective.
Cosy – but more-ish.
Review by Sue Featherstone.
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