January 31, 2015

As Gouda as Dead by Avery Aames - Review, Recipe and Giveaway

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review
A Gouda as Dead by Avery Aames
Cheese Shop Mystery #6
ISBN: 978042573319

Synopsis: Someone is cheesed off . . .
Providence, Ohio, is celebrating Valentine’s Day with weeklong events, including lovers’ baskets with heart-shaped cheeses at Fromagerie Bessette. Charlotte Bessette is celebrating by finally walking down the aisle with the man of her dreams, handsome artisanal cheese farmer, Jordan Pace. But when a beloved bar owner is discovered murdered on Jordan’s farm, he believes they should reschedule their wedding given the grim turn of events.

Charlotte is heartsick over the postponement. This killer crossed the wrong woman. No one, but no one, is ruining her wedding plans!

My review: I love the cheese shop mysteries they rank on the top of my list when it comes to cozies. In this one I loved the whole Valentine's Day theme behind the story. It sounds like a fun time in Providence that is until you find a friend murdered. Again the characters in this book have been great to get to know and watch them grow. There are many twists and turns in this book and just when you think you have the mystery solved another twists comes along and you now need to find a new suspect. In this installment we have not one but two murders we must try and solve. Oh and we must not forget the foo mentioned in this book. Let me warn you will become hungry while reading this book. If you are a fan of cozies you must stop by this town and join in on the fun. 

About This Author

As AVERY AAMES, she pens the Agatha Award-winning, nationally bestselling Cheese Shop Mystery series featuring a cheese shop owner amateur sleuth, set in the fictional town of Providence, Ohio.

As DARYL WOOD GERBER writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mystery series featuring a cookbook store owner who is an avid reader and admitted foodie, set on the coast of California.

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.

Author Links

Visit Daryl or Avery atwww.darylwoodgerber.com.

“They” blog on www.mysteryloverskitchen.com as well as www.killercharacters.com

Avery's Five Cheese Mac n Cheese


(serves 2-4, depending on how ravenous you are!)

2 cups dried macaroni, cooked to tender (about 4-5 cups cooked)
3 cloves garlic chopped
8 tablespoons butter [a cube]
1 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup white wine
3 Tbs. rice flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
2 cups grated cheese (equal parts Cheddars, Smoked Gouda, Parmessan, Monterey Jack, Havarti)


Cook macaroni according to package directions.  Drain and set aside.  May be made a day ahead.  Note:  Do not forget to drain and set aside.  You do not want the pasta to be “wet.”

In a large sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat.  Add garlic and cook about 2 minutes.  Add rice flour and stir.  Cook 1 minute, let boil and thicken, stirring constantly.

Add milk and wine, stir and let boil to thicken. Remove from heat and add cheeses and seasonings. Pour sauce over drained macaroni.

Serve with a crisp salad.

I LOVE A MYSTERY SECRET CODE GAME: The 6th of the 7 words in Avery’s I Love A Mystery Secret Code Contest is
(Learn more about entering the I Love A Mystery Secret Code Game giveaway here on The As Gouda As Dead Great Escapes Tour Page.)

Be sure to stop by Escape with Dollycas (click here) to see all the stops on the tour. 

Tour Participants
January 26 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Recipe, Giveaway
January 27 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Recipe, Giveaway
January 28 – fuonlyknew – Review, Recipe, Giveaway
January 29 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review, Recipe, Giveaway
January 30 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Recipe, Giveaway
January 31 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Review, Recipe, Giveaway
February 1 – Traveling With T – Review, Recipe, Giveaway
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  1. My favorite cheese is cheddar--it' pretty versatile as far as eating and cooking with it! Nice review--I am looking forward to Charlotte's new story!

    1. I agree cheddar is one of th most versatile! Glad you stopped by. Hope you are enjoying the tour!

      Daryl / Avery

  2. I love almost all cheese, but cheddar is my go-to. One of my favorite foods is macaroni and cheese! Congratulations, Avery...love this series!

  3. I have recently discovered English white cheddar cheese. Great snack. Chunk of cheese, grapes, crackers, almonds, dried fruit, and sparkling water. Healthy refreshing snack. Also love a slice on the side of a piece of Apple pie! Great series!

  4. Both the book and recipe sound great! Love mac & cheese! Thanks for the contest!

  5. Oh, and my favorite cheese is sharp cheddar!

  6. My favorite cheese is mozzarella cheese. The recipe is delightful and the book great. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. So glad you like it!! :) Mozzarella, on pizza, just plain, with tomatoes. Love it!

      Daryl / Avery

  7. My favorite cheese changes with the situation. A creamy blue. A lovely goat. A sharp cheddar. An aged Romano. You see?
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  8. depends on what I am eating determines what cheese I like - pretty much like all cheeses - love the recipes we are seeing on this tour

    1. Aha, so exactly what cheese do you eat when you take a walk? I'm taking notes. :)

      Daryl / Avery

  9. My favorite cheese is sharp cheddar because it seems to go with many different food items.
    I enjoy reading the Cheese Shop series, and I am looking forward to reading As Gouda as Dead.

    1. Jen, thanks so much. I especially like cheddar when it's sharp. One of my new favorites is Barber's cheddar.

      Daryl / Avery

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  11. How can one pick a favorite cheese? I like so many. I guess my favorite today would be a smoked gouda.

  12. My favorite is medium cheddar, I use it in many dishes.

  13. My favorite cheese is cheddar cheese. It makes great mac & cheese. sclickner@juno.com

  14. I love smoked Gouda, cheddar, and so many more. Having a great time on this scavenger hunt.

  15. Currently Gouda but I had white cheddar today.

  16. Brie is my fave.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  17. Brie is my favorite, baked is even better.

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

  18. Cheddar is my favorite cheese and I'm looking forward to reading the series

  19. Love this series. I've developed a fondness for Muenster cheese lately. It has a buttery smooth flavor.
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  20. I'm a big fan of Mozzarella cheese.
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  21. My favorite cheese is Mozzarella with Provolone being a close second.

  22. Cheddar with caramelized onions in it

  23. That is a difficult question as I live cheese, but if I had to choose a favorite, it would have to be Gouda cheese.

  24. My favorite cheese? Hmmm...that's a tough one, I like cheddar, jack, smoked cheddar, swiss, .....I can't decide. It seems every time I try one that's my favorite. And that recipe looks yummy, I love Mac and cheese.