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.
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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!
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I would rank this in the middle.
Description of Colorado, characters and food. Dianne Mott Davidson is a gifted writer with an outstanding ability to draw you into her story.
I liked Goldy the most.
No, I like to savour the mystery.
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.
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.
I haven't read the print edition.
The same light touch is in all DMD's books
Yes. They are all good.
Goldie, because she has a great sense of humor'
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.
Possible, this was her first and the story line was OK.
Her raspy voice
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.
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.
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.
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.
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