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Along the Saltwise Sea by A. Deborah Baker
The Biograph Girl by William J. Mann Break the Chains by Megan E. O'Keefe
Cheddar Off Dead by Korina Moss and Erin Moon (Narrator)
The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon
Cryptid Club by Sarah Andersen
Curtain Call by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Illustrator)
Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney and Stephanie Racine (Narrator)
Due or Die by Jenn McKinlay and Allyson Ryan (Narrator) Empty Smiles by Katherine Arden
Guidebook to Murder by Lynn Cahoon and Susan Boyce (Narrator)
The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs
A Killing in Costumes by Zac Bissonnette and Melanie Carey and Paul Bellatoni (Narrators)
The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
Leviathan by Jason Shiga
The Liminal Zone by Junji Ito
Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape) by Carrie Jones
Manor of Dying by Kathleen Bridge and Vanessa Daniels (Narrator)
Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott and Karen White (Narrator)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie and Hugh Fraser (Narrator)
On This Airplane by Lourdes Heuer and Sara Palacios (Illustrations)
The Orphan and the Mouse by Martha Freeman and David McPhail (Illustrations)
Primordial by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino (Artist) and Dave Stewart (Artist)
Smile Beach Murder by Alicia Bessette and Karissa Vacker
Sophie Go's Lonely Hearts Club by Roselle Lim and Annie Q (Narrator)
The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner and Jeremy Holmes (Illustrator)
Tumble by Celia C. PĂ©rez
Unseen Magic by Emily Lloyd-Jones
What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

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Cheddar Off Dead: 12/06/22

Cheddar Off Dead

Cheddar Off Dead by Korina Moss and Erin Moon (Narrator) (2022) is the first book in the Cheese Shop mystery series. Cheesemonger Willa Bauer has moved to Yarrow Glen in the Sonoma Valley to open her business. After a nighttime class she finds a local food critic dead in his car. She is now one of many under suspicion.

There's a fine line between making someone an interesting murder victim and making them an obvious one. The critic was on the obvious side. He also wasn't at all sympathetic, meaning his death had almost no emotional hit beyond creating problems for Willa.

Like the Avery Ames Cheese Shop mystery series, there's a lot of information about cheese, cheese making, and the pairing of foods. While I admit to enjoying learning about new cheeses, I think sometimes the added details served as a distraction.

I think the second book when Willa's shop is better established will give her and the other supporting characters time to blossom.

The second book is Gone for Gouda (2022).

Four stars

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