By Avery Aames
Copyright May 2011
Publisher Berkeley Prime Crime
The fair town of Providence has settled down to normal after last year’s murder. Jonquils are in bloom. The Cheese Shop is thriving, and Charlotte’s romance with Jordan is flourishing. But when her friend, Meredith, decides to throw a fund-raiser to create a liberal arts college out of a long-abandoned winery–a winery that is rumored to hold not only buried bodies but buried treasure–Charlotte’s joie de vivre deflates like a bad soufflé.
Charlotte’s fears are realized when an art student is found dead in the wine cellar, and Meredith’s niece is the main suspect. Charlotte trades in her fondue fork for a flashlight to prove the case against Quinn has more holes than a slice of Swiss cheese. But as Charlotte’s sleuthing starts to turn of the truth, the killer starts to turn up the heat.
Charlotte and her Cousin Matthew are catering a fund raiser to convert an old (possibly) haunted winery into a Community College. The project has the whole town talking and taking sides with the pros and cons of the endeavor. The Pros talk about the added business the businesses will make, and the Cons are upset that all these strangers will overrun the town. Plus they feel that there will be problems with the students themselves.
The eve of the event has Charlotte ready to pull out her hair as Quinn and her college friends show up, along with the unexpected and unwanted arrival of Matthew’s ex wife. Things are definitely going to get interesting and tempers might flair brightly.
The night of the event, Charlotte and her staff are set up and ready to receive the guests to the fund raiser along with their checkbooks. Meredith has the whole evening planned out, starting with Chinese Lanterns lighting the way to the entrance, a lovely buffet in the dining room, and then a scavenger hunt. A hunt which ends with the death of one of the art students and Meredith’s cousin Quinn suspected of the murder.
Charlotte has to take matters into hand and dig out everyone’s secrets and past’s to find the real killer and exonerate Quinn.
This is the second book in the Cheese Shop Mysteries and Avery has served up a very tasty murder mystery which will entertain, baffle and intrigue you. I’m looking forward to many years of fantastic mysteries by this fantastic and creative author.
FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book as a gift and decided to share my thoughts in a review.