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by Daryl Wood Gerber


About a month ago, my son Patrick called us. Nothing dire, as my law partners at Livingston, Strom, and Willoughby would say. Quite the opposite. Patrick was so excited. Tasha, his beautiful, talented bride, had gotten a small publishing deal for her bodice-ripping romance novel. Small was an overstatement, but I kept my tongue. His wonderful thrillers were not yet published, but he didn’t sound jealous. Not in the least. Tasha was going to be on a panel at Romance Extraordinaire, he went on.

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by Sandra Murphy



It’s the second Annual Cheese Festival, and the Cheese Shop, as the locals call it, is geared up and ready to go. Charlotte is newly married and loving it, helping with all the festival events, and involved in what’s called the brain trust. It’s a brainstorming session for cheese makers, journalists, marketers, and a surprise guest—the infamous and generally hated Lara Berry. She’s one of those people who say what they think and what they think is always designed to hurt or embarrass.

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by Sunny Frazier


Candy is fattening; flowers wilt. Books make the best gifts for book lovers!
Brew a cup of tea while you enjoy The Grim Steeper, #3 in Amanda Cooper’s Teapot Collector Mysteries. It’s time for the annual Fall Fling Town-wide Tea Party in the upstate NY town of Gracious Grove.

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by Sandra Murphy




If you keep your stash of culinary mysteries close to the kitchen, if you dog-ear the pages and have Post It tabs marking your favorite recipes, if you’ve ever wondered, “Why can’t these all be in one place?” —well, ask no more, The Cozy Cookbook is here.

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As Gouda as Dead By Avery Aames

IN THE February 14 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
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by Sandra Murphy



It’s Valentine’s Day and Charlotte Bessette, cheese shop owner, is marrying artisanal cheese farmer Jordan Pace. First, however, Charlotte has to endure a bachelorette party with Deputy Devon O’Shea as the entertainment. During the festivities, Devon gets a frantic phone message regarding his uncle and the town’s beloved bartender, Tim.
The bad news is that Tim is dead and his body is on Jordan’s property, and now it’s in Charlotte’s best interests to find the real killer so she can take that walk down the aisle. Running the cheese shop is almost a distraction with all she has going on.

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by Sandra Murphy


This is book five of the multi-layered wine and cheese series. Charlotte runs the local cheese shop while her cousin Matthew takes care of the other side of the business, the wine that pairs so well with cheese.

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by Daryl Wood Gerber


“David!” I pounded on the apartment door. “David, are you in there? Dave—”
The door swung open and my breath caught in my chest. David hung from a rope in the middle of the room, his face blue, body slack, boxers soiled. All the booze and crap I had consumed last night gushed up my throat. I drove it down and stared harder in an attempt to memorize the scene.

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by Cynthia Chow


Leaving San Francisco and her successful career as an in-demand marketing expert, Jenna Hart allowed her Aunt Vera to convince her to return to her hometown of Crystal Cove, California. Aunt Vera owns the Fisherman’s Village Mall and wants Jenna to reopen the cookbook store and café.

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by Daryl Wood Gerber


My sister never listens to me. I have warned her to avoid crowds. People are walking germ carriers. They do not bathe often enough; they eat with their hands and lick their fingers. I have seen kids drop cookies in the middle of the road, moms pick up the danged things and hand them right back to the kids. Disgusting. But crowds at a sports event are a necessary evil and an LPGA tournament as prestigious as the Avonita Classic needs crowds–also known as fans.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Avery Aames



Just in time for last minute Valentine’s Day celebrations this weekend we have a wonderful guest post called A Love Affair With Cheese that includes a heavenly chocolate and cheese fondue recipe from mystery author Avery Adams, author of the Cheese Shop Mysteries. We also have a review of Avery’s latest book, To Brie or Not To Brie, and info at the end of this post on how to win a signed copy of one of the Cheese Shop Mysteries.

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by Sandra Murphy & Lorie Lewis Ham



This week we are reviewing the latest Cheese Shop mystery by Avery Aames, Clobbered by Camembert, and going Behind The Book to find out from Avery how this book came about. At the end of the interview are details on how to win your own copy of Clobbered By Camembert.

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by Marilyn Meredith & Terell Byrd


Marilyn Meredith interviews mystery author Avery Aames aka Daryl Wood Gerber, and Terell Byrd reviews her latest book in her Cheese Shop Mystery series, Lost and Fondue. At the end of this post is a chance to win a copy of Lost and Fondue & the first book Long Quiche Goodbye.

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