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For Cheddar or Worse By Avery Aames: Review/Giveaway

IN THE February 13 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of For Cheddar or Worse, along with a link to purchase the book where a portion goes to help support KRL & an indie bookstore, and a link to purchase the book from Amazon.

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.

Considering she’s a big deal in the cheese world—her recommendation can make a place or her criticism break it with a snap—it’s a surprise that the event planner didn’t publicize her appearance to sell more tickets. It’s said to be a last minute thing, but Charlotte wonders. book

The brain trust is being held at Erin Emerald’s farm/B&B/cheese operation. It’s small and a bit run down, but in the midst of a rehab as time and money permit. Charlotte’s looking forward to the meeting since it will also give her more time with hubby, Jordan. He recently took over a restaurant and works nights to Charlotte’s days in the cheese shop.

Other members of the group are Shayna, Lara’s ex-business partner (didn’t end well), Victor, a self-absorbed lady killer who paired with Lara for a bit (didn’t end well), Kandice, the event planner who didn’t arrange for someone to pick Lara up (not going to go well), Ryan Harris, a cheesemaker from Texas (hunky guy), and a snoopy reporter among others.

Erin’s brother is autistic. When Lara makes fun of him, the fur starts to fly which upsets Andrew even more. Lara heads off to bed, mission accomplished, evening ruined. Erin takes Andrew to his room to calm down. Of course, the party fizzles and everyone heads for bed.

The next morning, Lara’s absent for breakfast—but found in her room, behind a locked door, dead on the bed. It looks like natural causes until the police notice some telltale clues. Now the question is, who hated Lara enough to do her in and how did that person get in and out of the room? Clues are there, the police are investigating, but with so many suspects who each point the finger at the other, it’s going to be a challenge to solve this one.

Sad to say, this is the last in the Cheese Shop Mystery series. Readers will miss regular updates on Charlotte, Jordan, Meredith and Matthew, and all the rest of the family and friends who make up a unique group of characters. You’ll be delighted with the changes in their lives as they move on.

As a nice sendoff, Charlotte has shared a number of recipes—zucchini with cheddar kabobs, BLT salad, blue cheese dressing, grilled cheese, apples and onion sandwich, penne with tomato-vodka cream sauce, bacon, olive, cheddar quiche, pine nut carrot quiche, peanut butter quiche (with green apples and bacon), cheddar chocolate Stracciatella ice cream, and caramel cheesecake.

Avery Aames is a pen name. Under her own name, Daryl Wood Gerber, she also writes the Cookbook Nook series. Look for Grilling the Subject coming from Berkley Prime Crime soon. She promises other series and some stand-alone books as well.

Good luck, Charlotte. Have a wonderful life.

To enter to win a copy of For Cheddar or Worse, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “cheddar,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen February 20, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

You can use this link to order this book & a portion goes to help support KRL & Mysterious Galaxy:

Or you can also use this Amazon link:

Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the arch, in the land of blues, booze and shoes—St Louis, Missouri. While writing magazine articles to support her mystery book habit, she secretly polishes two mystery books of her own, hoping, someday, they will see the light of Barnes and Noble. You can also find several of Sandra’s short stories on UnTreed Reads including her newest, “Arthur”, included in the anthology titled, Flash and Bang, available now.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa Brown February 13, 2016 at 2:35am

Love the title; thanks for the chance to win 🙂
jslbrown2009 at aol dot com


2 Margaret Rushton
Twitter: @cupcake5858
February 13, 2016 at 8:33am

Who doesn’t like cheese? This looks a great read. Thanks for the chance to win.


3 Kathleen Costa February 13, 2016 at 10:23am

I have entered by email, but am commenting in support of KRL contests and this book review and giveaway. I am a big, big fan of Daryl Wood Gerber as she channels Avery Aames for the Cheese Shop Mystery series. Saddened that this is the final installment, I retire this series knowing I have gained a wonderful,passion for cheese. The stories are clever, humorous, and filled with great characters that keep your interest. Thanks, Daryl! Thanks, Avery! Thanks, Lorie! (Fingers crossed!)


4 Celia Fowler February 13, 2016 at 10:29am

I hate to see this series coming to the end!! I would love to win a copy of For Cheddar or Worse ~ 🙂


5 Jen February 14, 2016 at 3:44am

I love this series, and I am sad that this will be the last installment. Thank you for the chance to win.


6 Jill February 14, 2016 at 5:29am

I’m sorry to see that this will end the series.


7 Sara C February 14, 2016 at 10:57am

Love Daryl Wood Gerber!!! Love this series!!! Really want to win this one!!! Thank you!!! saracarver07@gmail.com


8 Cynthia E. Blain February 14, 2016 at 2:08pm

Most often when one door closes (the ending of a series will qualify for that), then another door will open, and I am sure we will all be blessed with another one or two wonderful series after this one is now done. I would love to become the recipient of a copy of this book, especially if the author inscribes it to me. How nice.
Thank you for the nice posting. Enjoyed a lot.
Cynthia Bayer Blain on FB


9 Wanda downs February 14, 2016 at 4:37pm

I love her books


10 sara hyman February 14, 2016 at 9:10pm

I love these books and love cheese.


11 Meg C February 15, 2016 at 7:18pm

This is one of my favorite authors as well as one of my favorite series. Can’t wait to read For Cheddar or Worse, even though I’m sad that this is the end of the series. Thank you very much for the chance to win.


12 holdenj
Twitter: @.
February 17, 2016 at 2:58pm

I am sorry to see this is the finale, but can’t wait to see how it all wraps up! Thanks so much for the chance to win!


13 KarenM February 18, 2016 at 6:26pm

It is hard to see a series end, but delightful that the author can close it on a schedule. So many series never got that chance and I can’t help wondering what ever happened to?…


14 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
March 1, 2016 at 1:02pm

We have a winner!


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