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Catering to Nobody | [Diane Mott Davidson]

Catering to Nobody

Get ready for a smorgasbord of delicious suspense prepared by Goldy Bear, an irrepressible mistress of menus and amateur sleuth. Filled with a cast of colorful characters and superb recipes, Catering to Nobody is the first in a series that has made Diane Mott Davidson a best-selling author and the Queen of the Culinary Mystery.
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Publisher's Summary

Get ready for a smorgasbord of delicious suspense prepared by Goldy Bear, an irrepressible mistress of menus and amateur sleuth. Filled with a cast of colorful characters and superb recipes, Catering to Nobody is the first in a series that has made Diane Mott Davidson a best-selling author and the Queen of the Culinary Mystery.

Goldy Bear, recently divorced, has made a home for herself and her young son in scenic Aspen Valley, Colorado. There, calls for Goldilock's Catering have been steady enough to pay the bills. But when a mourner is felled by rat poison during a funeral buffet Goldy is serving, the police quickly close her business. Now it's up to Goldy to find the rat who has tainted her food and her reputation.

Diane Mott Davidson whips up a spicy mixture of cooks and crooks, and veteran narrator Barbara Rosenblat brilliantly conveys Goldy's intelligence, wit, and energy. As the mystery unfolds, its tension is sweetened by delectable recipes, including Goldy's Dream Cake, Dungeon Bars, and Honey Ginger Snaps.

©1990 Diane Mott Davidson; (P)1996 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Nancy Ventura, CA, United States 02-24-13
    Nancy Ventura, CA, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2008

    I love a good story that entertains and has well developed characters and realistic life situations where good is recognized as good.

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    Barbara Rosenblat does an outstanding job narrating this 'light hearted' murder mystery. I love her semi-sarcastic style! The story was not 'corney' although it contained romance, friendship and family love. There were suspenseful scenes and it wasn't easy to figure out the ending! In fact, I didn't figure it out...I had to read it. Quite enjoyable!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia SAN JOSE, CA, United States 12-12-11
    Patricia SAN JOSE, CA, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great listen- Catering to Nobody!"
    Where does Catering to Nobody rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank this in the middle.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Catering to Nobody?

    Description of Colorado, characters and food. Dianne Mott Davidson is a gifted writer with an outstanding ability to draw you into her story.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

    I liked Goldy the most.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I like to savour the mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    I had read a review complaining about Barbara Rosenblat's breathing. I found this to be a trivial matter as most people have idiocycrancies in their breathing patterns. Went well with Goldy's exasperation at being closed for the busiest season of the year.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Erin St. George, UT 11-07-10
    Erin St. George, UT 11-07-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Narrator issues"

    So I actually disagree with the other review about how you can hear her breathe and swallow. You can a little but it isn't distracting. The problem is her interpretation of the text. Sure, the main character is carrying around a ton of baggage, has absolutely no patience, and is insecure about her ability to do almost anything (and yet keeps doing it all), but the tone the narrator gives to the woman makes her flat-out unsympathetic. Goldy ends up just sounding immature and whiny. This same treatment is given to multiple female characters. It's one thing to read these books and see the issues of the characters but the narration adds an extra level which pushes them over the top. The wimps are wimpier and whiners are whinier, and the cheerful optimists are so full of bon mots in the face of grumpiness that they all become extreme caricatures. I listened to this book on a road trip and found myself not caring about how it all ended up even though I have enjoyed reading other books in the series (actually reading, not listening). A different tone for many of the sentences uttered by characters could have salvaged this. They are predictable but would be pleasant enough to listen to when falling asleep except for this issue.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    joy brentwood, ca, United States 08-18-13
    joy brentwood, ca, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Narration horrible"

    I like the idea of the story line, but I could not listen anymore. The narrator sounds like she is about to slurp hot coffee. Completely ruined the story for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Becky TEXARKANA, TX, United States 06-17-12
    Becky TEXARKANA, TX, United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorite series"

    I liked the story. I keeps you entertained all the way to the end.

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    nancy Milwaukee Wisconsin 04-09-12
    nancy Milwaukee Wisconsin 04-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "very enjoyable"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Catering to Nobody to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print edition.


    What other book might you compare Catering to Nobody to and why?

    The same light touch is in all DMD's books


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. They are all good.


    If you could take any character from Catering to Nobody out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Goldie, because she has a great sense of humor'


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    Susan Zornek-Stevens 03-09-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Overall OK, but to many fillers."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    For my taste there were to many recipes, and repeated scenes. It seemed to me the author was trying to lengthen the book. I lost interest and felt I was skipping ahead to many time which is hard to do on an audio book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Diane Mott Davidson? Why or why not?

    Possible, this was her first and the story line was OK.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat???s performance did you like?

    Her raspy voice


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Coral Gables, FL, United States 03-05-12
    Cynthia Coral Gables, FL, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2005
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    "First book in a series: mysteries and cooking"

    This first book in an on-going mystery series about a single mother and her catering business in Colorado presents the main characters and their back story. It is a pleasant story with interesting people, somewhat exaggerated in behavior. Having read the first three books, in which a different member of Goldie’s family is threatened. I have been interested enough to downloaded the nest to hear who will be the next potential victim
    The description of the catering business forms a background, and the food is lovingly described. Some recipes are included.

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    betty halsey OCEANA, WV, US 03-05-12
    betty halsey OCEANA, WV, US 03-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to Catering to Nobody the most enjoyable?

    Having listened to several books in this series, it was very enjoyable to get the back story and get to know some of the recurring characters better.


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    Caroline Stoneham, QC, Canada 03-05-12
    Caroline Stoneham, QC, Canada 03-05-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A solid debut novel!"

    Diane Mott Davidson has written a strong debut to her now very popular Goldy Schultz culinary mystery. All the ingredients are there for a solid mystery and the food and recipes mouthwatering and to die for. As always, Barbara Rosenblat is a fantastic narrator (I have several of her narrations), very versatile and she knows how to create tridimensional character with her talent for accents and her knack to create personalities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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