I am thrilled to welcome Avery here today!
She is also touring this week with Great Escapes Book Tours.
WHERE CAN YOU Escape?
By Avery Aames aka Daryl Wood Gerber
Sometimes it takes a vivid imagination.
For a long time, I was carving out a space in my bedroom, right by the window, where I could take my computer and write to my heart’s content. Total privacy. Lovely. A hummingbird would visit daily and flutter above the agapanthus flowers. I could open the door and hear a lovely waterfall.
But life changed when I got a new puppy. We are leash-training the puppy, so we have restricted the house to the den and kitchen. Gates everywhere. My husband—love him to pieces—is not into training the dog in the way that I am. I am definitely the alpha dog. That means I have to stay in the den and kitchen. Where the dog and my husband are. [During the holidays, we had lots of family, too. Yipes!]
Adding a puppy to our happy household has changed the whole pattern of how and when I write. Yes, I have a window in the kitchen, and I can still see plants and birds. But there is noise all the time. My husband consults on sports so he’s always watching a sports program on the TV. The dog demands attention. Up down, up down, up down. Go out, come back in. Feed me!!
So…I have learned to write in shorter spurts—I write when the dog sleeps. I have learned to put in my earphones and turn on my music to block out the sports—I have a mix-up of some wonderful instrumental music, everything from Latin to classical. At times I play music that makes me think of being on a faraway island (tropical with tortoise shell music and possibly the sound of the sea; can you hear it?). At times I set my table with food (cheese, chocolate) to inspire me. Okay, true confession: yes, I had cheese and chocolate at my writing table in my bedroom, too.
Changing a pattern is a challenge, but I love a challenge. And I love my puppy and husband.
Where do you escape to when you need an immediate vacation?
About The Author
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.
Avery’s book is available now. Daryl’s Inherit the Word (A Cookbook Nook Mystery), the second book in the series hit store shelves March 4.
Days of Wine and Roquefort (CHEESE SHOP MYSTERY)
5th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Teresa Fasolino
Cover Design by Jason Gill
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
E-Book File Size: 1688 KB
Murder, like Roquefort, stinks…
Cheese Shop owner Charlotte Bessette’s life seems quieter than ever with her fiancé out of town and her cousin Matthew and his children out of the house. But before she can put up her feet and enjoy a glass of chardonnay, Matthew asks her to play host to Noelle Adams, a bright sommelier visiting to help grow business for the local winery.
An affable wine aficionado, Noelle is paired well with the cheese expert Charlotte—but something seems to be troubling the secretive houseguest, and Charlotte’s life is upended when she finds the sparkling woman dead. Between Noelle’s hotheaded ex, the cagey owners of the winery, its jaded manager, and a wily reporter, Charlotte has her pick of suspects, but she needs to act fast—this is a mystery that only gets more dangerous with age.
Warning this book will make you very hungry for CHEESE!!! Do yourself a favor and pick some up with some crackers and a bottle of wine before you start reading!!!
I love Charlotte’s family. They are always busy whether is be at Fromagerie Bessette, or directing the community play or finding a killer. There is never a dull moment. The Cheese Shop is really a gathering place and most residents of this small Ohio town stop there at least once a week. It is also a hot tourist stop. In this installment one of those visitors just happens to be a murderer.
Charlotte’s assistant just cracks me up as she tries to help Charlotte find the killer. You see she has a vast knowledge of criminal behavior and crime solving from her hours of watching television shows. Her heart is in the right place and sometimes she does come up with a valid point but she does much better keeping the Cheese Shop in order.
Avery writes a very tasty mystery for all of us to enjoy. I always want to savor her stories like a glass of fine wine but I just can’t. She grabs us from the start and pulls us in and before you know it you are at the last page and checking out the recipes. There were unexpected twists, plenty of suspects, and general good sleuthing to track down all the clues. There was also a nice balance of humor.
But the cheese, oh my, the cheese!! In between the lines of this wonderful mystery are descriptions of so many varieties of cheese. I want to try them all. Be prepared to make a list. I bet the author loves the research part of writing these mysteries. When she says “SAY CHEESE” she means it.
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