aprilbluetx is the winner of Korina’s giveaway! Please watch for a message from her!
I’m always happy to welcome back a guest and especially Korina Moss! I read part of an early draft of her first book and am so happy she kept at it when that book was rejected. Now she has a hit series on her hands with her Cheese Shop Mystery series set in Sonoma Valley, California. Look for a giveaway at the end of the post as we celebrate the release of her fourth book, Case of the Bleus!
FOOD AS INSPIRATION
Korina: Have you ever tasted food that was so amazing, you couldn’t stop thinking about it? That’s what happened to me last year when I first tried Rogue River Blue—a World Champion blue cheese made from the Rogue Creamery in Oregon. I felt “meh” about blue cheese until Rogue River changed me forever. It was like no other blue cheese I’d ever tasted. Covered in Syrah grape leaves that are soaked in pear spirits, it gives you the punch of blue cheese balanced with a fruity essence, all with a fudgy texture. I loved it in my salad, but honestly it was so good, I just ate it by itself with a spoon. It’s a seasonal cheese, released every year on the autumn equinox and is so popular that it’s only in shops for a few months. Because I couldn’t stop thinking about this cheese, I decided to write about it. I used it as inspiration for my fourth Cheese Shop Mystery, Case of the Bleus.
In Case of the Bleus, the secrets to an enigmatic and award-winning blue cheese may be gone forever when its creator –Willa’s former boss, Max — dies. But when the person everyone thought was inheriting the cheese is killed for those secrets, the hunt for Max’s Church Bleu begins. When Willa discovers she’s the intended heir, she must decipher the riddles Max left in order to find the cheese and a killer before the killer finds her.
GIVEAWAY (US only): If you’d like a chance to win a signed copy of Case of the Bleus, tell me about a food experience that rocked your world! Winner will be chosen by a random drawing.
CASE OF THE BLEUS
Released Sept 26, 2023
What in the bleu blazes is happening in Yarrow Glen now?
Cheesemongers from across the Northwest have come to the Sonoma Valley for the Northwest Cheese Invitational. As owner of the local cheese shop, Curds & Whey, Willa Bauer loves it. The event showcases custom cheese creations, and it’s the perfect time to gather with old colleagues to honor her former boss, the late and grate cheese legend, Max Dumas. He was famous for journeying into the wild bleu yonder to where he aged his award-winning custom Church Bleu. Only Max knew the recipe and location to his beloved cheese, and many are eager to have these revealed at his will reading.
But instead of naming someone to inherit his cheese and its secrets, Max stuns everyone with one cryptic clue. When a fellow cheesemonger dies under mysterious circumstances––the woman they all thought would get the secrets to Max’s prized possession––everyone falls under suspicion. Willa adores Church Bleu as much as the next cheese connoisseur, but it’s not to die for. Is a killer trying to get away with murder…and the cheese?
KORINA MOSS is the author of the Cheese Shop Mystery series (St. Martin’s Press) set in the Sonoma Valley, including the Agatha Award winner for Best First Novel, CHEDDAR OFF DEAD. Her books have been featured in PARADE Magazine, Woman’s World, AARP, and Fresh Fiction. For more information about Korina, her upcoming events, and her books, and to subscribe to her free monthly newsletter, visit her website at korinamossauthor.com.