Sunday, January 4, 2015

As Gouda As Dead??

Giveaway below...

From AS GOUDA AS DEAD nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mysteries by Avery Aames aka Daryl Wood Gerber

By: Charlotte Bessette

I’m getting married! Yes. Soon. In days. I can’t wait. But there’s so much to do. Get my hair done. Get a massage and work out all the knots from last week’s cheese deliveries. Put together the boutonnieres which were cluttering my kitchen table. Freckles designed a pretty dress for me. Ecru silk with a lace overlay, cocktail length, cap sleeves. But it needs hemming. Where to find the time?

Especially now. Grandmère chose this week of all weeks to put on the Lovers Trail event. Everyone—and I mean everyone, in Ohio and nearby states—is coming to town. It is, after all, February, the month of love. Chocolate, cheese, wine tastings, sleigh rides, and more. At Fromagerie Bessete we have gift baskets to put together! At least a dozen. And Rebecca, my assistant, wants to do a special basket to offer for a drawing, to lure people into the shop.

Tomorrow, I told myself. Hemming tomorrow. First thing.

Rags, my Ragdoll cat, weaved around my ankles as I jotted a note on my long list of to-do items: touch base with Freckles. What’s up? he was asking.

“Nothing,” I said. “Just going crazy by the second.”

It didn’t help that Meredith, my best friend, just called and told me she had something up her sleeve. I’m not sure what she meant. Giggling, she said she was coming over to tell me all about it. She wouldn’t take no for an answer. I heard Delilah snickering in the background. Back in high school, they had talked me into an evening of tie-dying our hair, and I had blithely agreed. Yipes!

For strength I took a bite of Gouda from the plate of snacks I’d fixed. The morsel melted in my mouth. I followed it with a sip of sparkling water. Whatever my pals had in mind, I would be ready. Prepared. Fed.

What could be worse than tie-dyed hair?

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  1. I read all of your books. I look forward to reading this latest book in the Cheese Shop Mystery series. I would love to win a copy.

  2. I just hope Meredith and Delilah don't get Charlotte into to much trouble. Love your books.

  3. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    sgiden at verizon(dot) net

  4. Hi Daryl,
    A Happy New Year to you and your family. I'd love to add a cheese shop mystery to my collection. But I do love both series.


  5. I haven't read any of the Cheese Shop mysteries yet. They sounds fun! And I hope Meredith is not going to do something too embarrassing to Charlotte.


  6. This series sounds like fun! I haven't started reading it yet but would love to and also get to know more about Rags. Jeaniedannheim (at) ymail ( dot ) com.

  7. So looking forward to reading this. I have enjoyed all of your books. They just keep getting better.

  8. I read both series. Thanks for the giveaway!
    dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

  9. I can't wait for this book to come out! Thanks

  10. Love this series and hope to win a copy of As Gouda As Dead

  11. Would like to become acquainted with series. Your book covers signal lure to reading adventure.
    laughlincat @

  12. Just these blurbs make me want to go fix a plate of something with cheese and sit down and read. Thanks for all your generous giveaways. (and I can surely relate to the long long to-do list)

  13. Happy New Year to you & yours, Avery!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  14. Gouda is wonderful. In a book, on a plate, whatever.
    Happy 2015.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  15. I'm a fan of the Cheese Shop mysteries...would love to add "As Gouda as Dead" to the other five!

    patucker54 at aol dot com

  16. Thanks for the chance to win!

  17. Love both series. Looking forward to reading this next Cheese shop entry.
    dotkel50 at comcast dot net

  18. I haven't read any of the cheeseshop mysteries but winning one of the books would be one way to get started. Happy New Year to Everyone!

  19. I haven't read any of Avery/ Daryl's books but I've read some reviews and they all sound like great fun. I'd love to start reading any or all of her books. Thank you for the chance to win this giveaway.

  20. Another great book to obtain. Avery/Gerber always puts out a good read.

  21. Vera Wilson said

    This would be a new series for me. But would love to read it.

    snoopysnop1 at yahoo dot com

  22. I would love to win this book!

  23. Murder is worse than tie-dye hair. Bobbipad at

  24. I just started reading this series and I'm enjoying it. So nice to see a Dutch cheese featured!

  25. Happy New Yeaar, Avery/Daryl.
    I haven't read any of your cheese shop mysteries yet, but I think AS GOUDA AS DEAD will be a good one to begin with.
    We lived in The Netherlands for 4 years, courtesy of the US Air Force. "Gouda" there is pronounced with an "H" sound = sorta like 'How-duh' =, and it is an excellent cheese. We still like to eat it [not smoked gouda, however], and have even taught our granddaughter to enjoy it {and her mother was only 4 yrs old when we went to The Netherlands}.

    donna {dot} durnell {at} sbcglobal {dot} net

  26. Tie-died hair? Wow! Can't wait to read this! Thanks for the chance!

  27. Looking foreword to this new one.

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

  28. I am a fan of the Cheese Shop Mysteries series. The books are great.
    Thank you.

  29. I love the Cheese Shop series. It's encouraged me to seek out new cheeses and how bad could that be!?

  30. Really like this series, usually read with a cheese plate too! I don't think tie dye hair is the worst thing, but a murder to solve may help prewedding jitters!

  31. Thanks for a chance to win! :-)

  32. Thanks for the giveaway! raquel36m(at)gmail(dot)com

  33. These cheese shop mysteries are so much fun---and give me so many ways to eat cheese. Thanks for the giveaway.

  34. I enjoy reading both series and am looking forward to As Gouda as Dead. Thank you for a chance to win a copy. twbooks(at)cox(dot)net.

  35. This series is such fun and I love the cheese recipes.

    ecipes e e

  36. The Cheese Shop mystery series is one of my favorites and I can't wait for As Gouda as Dead. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the book.

  37. Hope this hasn't expired. I'd love to win -- foodie mysteries are my favorite!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net