Today, Traveling With T is a stop on the DAYS OF WINE and ROQUEFORT by Avery Aames blog tour sponsored by Escape With Dollycas. This tour has multiple stops- guest posts & giveaways! There is a big, huge tour-wide giveaway happening (with a great prize- 4 Cheese Shop Mystery Books PLUS the 1st book in the Cookbook Nook series- written by Daryl Wood Gerber, who you know as Avery Aames!)
Days of Wine and Roquefort
Charlotte’s life is becoming quieter by the day. Her cousin Matthew and his twin daughters have moved out of the house and her fiancee is out of town on a secret mission- Charlotte wonders if she’ll have some time to refinish some furniture. Then Matthew asks if a friend of his, a beautiful sommelier named Noelle, could stay with Charlotte for a few days as she waits for her apartment to be ready- and Charlotte readily agrees. Noelle and Charlotte actually seem to have a lot in common and Charlotte looks forward to inviting her to girl’s night out, but all that comes to an end when Charlotte finds Noelle in the garage- bludgeoned with a wine bottle screw (how appropriate for a sommelier). Before Noelle dies, she tells Charlotte the cryptic words “Hell’s Key”.
Charlotte puzzles over what that means- but does not puzzle over likely suspects- with Noelle’s ex in town and a shady reporter that made Noelle nervous- Charlotte feels there are at least 2 viable suspects. Coupled with the winery that Noelle was about to start working at- and a fight overheard between the boss and his daughter about Noelle…. well Charlotte seems to have multiple suspects!
Can Charlotte get to the bottom of what happened to Noelle, run the Cheese Shop, and come up with cute slogans for the cheese? Of course she can! Especially with the help of Rebecca- who always manages to make a movie or TV reference and Matthew, who seems almost driven to find out what happened to Noelle.
With Charlotte following the clues- this mystery is sure to get solved quickly- and all the better- so Charlotte can have more time to enjoy some cheese.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
This is my first Avery Aames book and while enjoyable, I did feel a bit lost at times (although, this is the downside of reading a story in the middle of a series!) The mystery was quite enjoyable and I found Charlotte to be interesting and enjoyable. The best thing- I enjoyed Days of Wine and Roquefort so much- between the characters and the setting- I’m going to read the backlist of Avery’s books.
If you enjoy cozy mysteries, like cheese and small town settings (plus like to learn a bit about wine!), I highly recommend checking out Cheese Shop Mystery series!
Want to know more about Avery Aames?
DARYL WOOD GERBER aka AVERY AAMES. As Daryl, she writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series. As AVERY, she pens the Agatha Award-winning, nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mystery series. Daryl’s short stories have been nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, and other awards. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl has appeared in “Murder, She Wrote” and more. Visit Daryl aka Avery at www.darylwoodgerber.com. Check out recipes on her blog www.mysteryloverskitchen.com and friend her on Facebook.
Remember how I told you that Avery Aames was the other name for Daryl Wood Gerber? Well, I didn’t just tell you that for you to know a fun tidbit- Daryl’s series, Cookbook Nook, will have it’s second book being released in March! So, if you like Avery’s books- be sure and check out Daryl’s- chances are that you will like them too!
Summary from Goodreads:
Jenna Hart moved back to Crystal Cove, California, with the intention to relax and help her aunt, Vera, run the local culinary bookshop and café. But it’s hard to follow a simple recipe for relaxation when murder gets thrown in the mix…
The Cookbook Nook is set to host the town’s upcoming Grill Fest, a tasty tradition which pits local amateur chefs against one another to concoct the most delicious dishes. This year’s challenge: Grilled Cheese. But with competing chefs bearing grudges from past years, more mouths are running off than salivating.
The expression “too many cooks” proves all too true when the eight-time champ is found murdered in the alley behind the café. Soon a local diner owner (and Jenna’s “second mother”) is suspected of bumping off the competition, and Jenna has to douse the flames before the wrong person gets burned…
Don’t forget- Check out the giveaway (the big, HUGE giveaway!)
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T