Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Kari's Kave: The Long Quiche Goodbye: a Review

Good morning everyone! Todayy I wanted to talk to you about a book I just finished reading.

THE LONG QUICHE GOODBYE: A Cheese Shop Mystery
by Avery Aames

Avery is a fellow Berkley author, and she just won an Agatha Award for Best New Novel with this book. It's also a national bestseller! I couldn't be more thrilled for her. And also a bit curious.

It got me thinking what exactly is so special about this novel? What did she do to earn that kind of honor? Well, let me tell you, her book didn't disappoint! I literally couldn't put it down. That's saying a lot for me. As an author, it's hard to read for pleasure. We constantly analyze everything, so it's difficult to simply get lost in a story. I was pleasantly surprised when that's exactly what happened to me.

Here's the book blurb so you know what the story's about:

Welcome to the grand opening of Fromagerie Bessette. Or as it's more commonly known by the residents of small town Providence, Ohio--The Cheese Shop. Proprietor Charlotte Bessette has prepared a delightful sampling of bold Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, delicious tortes of Stilton and mascarpone, a taste of sauvignon blanc, and for the piece de resistance, a little crime of passion...

Charlotte has barely begun melting like fondue in front of a handsome artisanal cheese supplier named Jordan when a blood-curdling shriek disrupts the festivities. Right outside the shop, Charlotte finds a body, the victim stabbed to death with one of her prized olive-wood-handled knives. As the police leap to conclusions, it's up to Charlotte to find the real killer...

I love this series! Right from page one, I could understand how she became a bestseller and why it won an Agatha. It's all in the details! Aames creates such great characters. They are so richly drawn, you can "see" them clearly. They have quirks and are unique and a whole lot of fun. And her world...she uses amazing details to describe pretty much everything. Her story really has that "big book" feel to it. Cozies are all about a great mystery with a satisfying conclusion, fabulous characters we get to visit time and again, and a really cool setting we'd love to take a trip to. This Cheese Shop Mystery has all that and more, and recipes to boot. My mouth is watering already. I'd like some wine and cheese please :-) Two of my favorite scrumptious treats!

Aames has made me take a second look at my own series, and realize I have to dig deeper and really put everything I have into making my books rich, lavish reads that satisfy all of the reader's senses. Taking that extra step and really polishing a story with rich details makes all the difference. I cannot wait to read her next book, Lost and Fondue! But first I guess I'd better finish book two in my own series Corpse in the Crystal Ball: A Fortune Teller Mystery.

So tell me, people. Have you discovered any new authors or fabulous mysteries you'd like to share? And what do you think makes a story "special?" I'd love to hear all about it. In the meantime, happy writing, and read on my people!

5 comments:

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Anyone read this book yet? If not, go out and buy your copy now. It's fabulous!

Anita Clenney said...

I haven't read it, but it sounds like a great read. I love to get lost in a story, and I love it when a story encourages me to dig deeper in my own writing. That's a great moment.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

I agree, Anita! I am so pumped to finish book two now. Avery Aames really is a fabulous writer.

Cassy Pickard said...

This sounds great! I'm putting it on my TBR list. Thanks for bringing to our attention. I've started a new book and you've got me thinking. Details. I need more details. Thanks Kari and Avery.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

I'm telling you, it's the details that make a book sparkle and shine. Sometimes I write so fast, I forget to add that in. I have the plot and characters down, but the last thing I add are the details. Must make as much time for them as everything else. It's a real eye opener when you read someone who does it so well.