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!
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!