Friday, May 27, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Lost and Fondue by Avery Aames



Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Berkley (first published April 12th 2011)
ISBN 0425241580 (ISBN13: 9780425241585)

When Charlette Bessette, owner of Providence, Ohio's fancy cheese shop, Fromagerie Bessette, is asked by her friend Meredith to cater a fund raiser at the old abandoned Ziegler winerey, it is with some trepidation. For years rumors have abounded of buried treasures and possibly a few buried bodies at the winery. The fundraiser is to purchase the winery and turn  it into a local college.
Meredith's  niece, Quinn, and her artistic friends are all excited as they want to search for the treasure; they put no stock in the buried bodies legend. Someone uses the occasion and subsequent scavenger hunt to murder one of the party. Unfortunately, Quinn becomes the prime suspect. Since the police chief Umberto Urso went to school with Charlotte and had a small crush on her, he gives her some leeway in interfering with the crime investigation. Charlotte is determined to find the guilty party and free Meredith's niece Quinn but with a lot of suspects and different motives, that might prove very difficult indeed.

Avery Aames does a terrific job of creating an atmosphere and setting the scene of the crime. I never knew there were so many different cheeses! Along with the cheese shop plot line and Charlott'es new love interest, there are several other plot lines going on that added to the realism of the characters. However, I did have a quibble with the mystery part. Some of the clues were symbolic and had me somewhat sceptical at their plausibility but as with a lot of cozies, a little suspension of disbelief is necessary. Lost and Fondue is still an enjoyable read for cozy fans. 3.5***

Avery Aames is also the author of The Long Quiche Goodbye, the first book in the cheese shop series. Lost and Fondue is the sequel. Recipes are included in the book using some of the cheeses mentioned.

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Berkley in exchange for my honest opinion.

To celebrate the release of Lost and Fondue, Berkley is allowing me to giveaway 1 copy of the book. Open to US only. Deadline to enter is June 5th at 5 PM (est). Bonus entries available:

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42 comments:

  1. I love cozy mysteries!!

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  2. I'm a follower through GFC, under the name Harvee Lau/Book Bird Dog/Book Dilettante.

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  3. I like cozys and would like to try this one.

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  4. Sounds interesting but since right now I'm craving some cheese after reading your review I don't think I'd better start another cozy series. My doctor (who treats my cholesterol issues) will be happy, haha.

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  5. I'm planning to spend my summer reading cozies, so I'd love to have this one.

    +2 I follow on GFC as Tina

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  6. I love to cook and have wanted to start a cozy series that contain recipes. Since I love cheese, except Swiss and Brie, thought this might be the one.

    Follower on Google blogs as kt

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  7. I love it when you have giveaways for books that are on my wish lists!

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  8. GFC follower as Karen B.

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  9. I am becoming a convert to these comfy mysteries and this one sounds like another fun read. Thanks for the chance!

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  10. I follow through GFC +1

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  11. I follow thro GFC +2

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  12. I love cozy mysteries, this sounds very good!
    I saw your Blog link on goodreads.com.
    The "Follow" area on your blog..wasnt showing up, so I signed up with my Google Reader.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. The Cozy Mysteries are such fun to
    read and the coy names are fabulous!
    Many thanks to you!
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  14. I am an "old" follower of your via
    Google Friend Connect...(windycindy)
    Again, many thanks!
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  15. Please enter me. I'm a follower, and will try to post it in the sidebar later (no time right now).

    Hope you have a GREAT holiday weekend!

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  16. I enjoy cozy mysteries also.

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  17. I am an old follower under the name Ann on GFC.

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  18. I have you on my sidebar.

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  22. Sounds good! A new to me author which I love finding!! Enter me please.

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  23. sounds like a yummy mystery!
    Melanie

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  24. I am a GFC follower #2
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  25. I'd love to win a copy of this book.

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    +2 I'm a follower (Susan)

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  26. I love mysteries and I love cheese. Count me in. I follow as bookmagic.

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  27. Sounds like a fun book and I love anything even remotely connected with fondue. Thanks for the opportunity.

    I'm a follower with GFC.

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  28. I have a feeling that reading this one will make me want to eat cheese.....I just love cheese really I do!!

    Sounds like another fun cozy!!!

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  29. A cozy mystery and recipes... now for me that is a great bonus!

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  30. I'd love to read this mystery.
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    (follower via GFC)

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  31. please count me in...thanks :P

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  32. i'm a follower ;)

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  33. I have been meaning to read this series.

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  34. Enjoyed her first, looks good!
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  35. GFC follower--holdenj
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  36. Fondue! Do you remember when that was all the rage? I had a small fondue in copper for chocolate, a larger stainless for beef and a wonderful black and white ceramic for cheese. I still have the color coded long handled forks but the pots are gone! Actually the black and white one overheated and cracked spreading molten cheese like white lava all over my coffee table. What a mess--hopefully the situations in the book are not so much.

    I follow as kt

    and will post the info about Lost and Fondue on my blog kt-themindtraveler.blogspot.com

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  37. I'm a new follower:
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  38. I am a big cozy mystery fan. I haven't been able to win any by this author yet despite so many tries.

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  39. I am a longtime follower of yours with Google Friends Connect.

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  41. Im so sorry - I thought I had left a thank you note for this book..and just doublechecked and dont see one.
    I won the copy and want to say a Big Thanks!! =)

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