It's the event of the shopping season: the Princess Without a Pricetag party for the wealthy shopaholics who drop at least a thousand dollars a week at the mall. Goldy has been hired by charming mall manager Barry Dean to cater the jewel-encrusted affair. But she has hardly begun setting up when she finds herself in the path of a truck that has no intention of stopping until both she and Barry are crushed beneath it.
Muddied, bruised, embarrassed, but determined to do her job, Goldy manages to get the party started on time with the help of her trusted assistants Julian Teller and Liz Fury. But with the outbreak of an ugly spat among the guests, the behavior of Barry's flighty young girlfriend, and Barry's own strange actions after the truck incident, the event is - by Goldy's standards - a catastrophe. And it's about to get worse. When she goes to pick up the check, she finds an old friend lying dead in a pile of sale shoes - stabbed with one of Goldy's new knives. Hours later, Julian is the prime suspect in the murder.
To prove Julian's innocence, Goldy must catch the real killer. But to do that, she will have to figure out why the victim was carrying a powerful narcotic. And why was a private investigator called in shortly before the murder? Was the killer connected to a mall renovation project - or the eviction of a disgruntled tenant? Or was the villian the odd lover out in a violent love triangle?
Between whipping up Sweethearts' Swedish Meatballs, Quiche Me Quick, and Diamond Lovers' Hot Crab Dip, and digging up clues, Goldy knows this is going to be one tough case to crack. And her gourmet sleuth's instinct tells he...
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OT in the Garden
I've listened to all of the other Goldilocks catering books and have really enjoyed the characters, the plots and the recipes.
Not this book--it's taken me weeks to get to the end of part 1, and I'm not sure I'm even going to bother to listen to the second download. Arch has been transformed from an interesting multidimensional kid to a brat and a bully--and Goldie is the prime target of his bullying. Goldie's response is to chalk it up to Arch being a teenager--and then she buys him the expensive birthday gift he's bullied her about. This is supposed to be the woman who survived the Jerk and learned to be assertive. I kept waiting for her to show-or grow--a backbone. Goldie repeatedly breaks the law while doing her sleuthing. Tom is nothing more than prop who cooks while she's playing detective, and even when he discovers that she's done something grossly illegal, he gives her a hug and goes back to making dinner. Marla is almost absent, and Julian is only slightly more prominent(so far). More than in any other book, we hear ad nauseum about rich people in fabulous houses who send their kids to Elk Park Prep but don't seem to have the slightest bit of sense abouut running the businesses that supposedly support their sumptuous lifestyles. While I prefer Barbara Rosenblatt to Joyce Bean, a change in narrator wouldn't fix all of this. I agree with the reviewer who questioned whether Diane Mott Davidson actually wrote this. If I download part 2, it may be just to get the recipes at the end--at least the spice cookies. I don't CARE who did it or how Goldie figures it out. I'm glad I read all the other books in this series before encountering this one, or I would never have considered reading another. I haven't submitted a review on any of the other books, but I'd recommend ANY of them over this one.
I keep wondering if this book was really written by Ms. Davidson. I've enjoyed this series in the past. They are light and fun. This one is ridiculous, forced and just off the mark. Maybe the problem is the narration. I enjoy Barbara Rosenblatt's Goldie quite a bit and maybe she brings in much needed irony. I've almost abandoned this one and have asked, out loud, "really?" several times.
I love the Goldilocks Catering series. Although I'm used to Barbara Rosenblat's reading and totally enjoy the way she narrates, I love the way this book changes the sound so you know when someone's on the phone, on a microphone etc. This adds to the enjoyment of the story.
I adore British literature from the Victorian Age through World war II, primarily, and fantasy, but also enjoy mysteries once in a while.
I have been listening to all the Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries in order. Because of the negative reviews given for this particular book and the narrator, I delayed purchasing it, then put off listening to it. Having just finished it, I feel compelled to post a review because I disagree wholeheartedly with the negative reviews I have read here. The narrator, the plot and the characterizations were all just fine and I actually found the plot of this particular installment more engrossing than many of its predecessors.
It took me some time to get used to the original narrator of the series, although I finally did, and I enjoy her. However, I enjoy Joyce Bean just as much, with the exception of her voice for Tom. The plot was really quite good...I found myself listening to the details with even more attention than usual and was surprised at what was eventually untangled. I thoroughly enjoyed the scene when Goldy is catering a luncheon for potential investors in a snowstorm. Very well written and funny! As for Arch, well, I have never much liked him, and his behavior as "a teen" is exaggerated, but there is at least a kernel of truth in the mother/teen scenario. Is it a bit much at times? Probably....but it resolves well.
Please don't be put off by the negative reviews posted here. I am so happy I decided to soldier on with this fun, engaging mystery series, with the added attractions of dealing with food and the Colorado Rockies, two things I adore.
No. I am still a fan of the author and I will download the next book in this series.
I have really enjoyed all the books in the Goldy Bear Series up to this point. The narration in this book is unbearable. The narrator's accent combined with mispronunciation of words drove me crazy. I decided to give up and download the next book in the series.
Love DMD books but was really disappointed in the narration.
Less enjoyable than other Goldy Bear books.
I like light reading, usually mysteries. I also enjoy quilting novels.
Goldy bear fans will probably still want to listen to it.
Arch has turned into an unlikeable character.
I've disliked the story line for son Arch and Goldie's doormat behavior. I guess this is how teenaged, mass-murdering gunmen get their start.
predictable, but satisfying.
Julian, as always. He's the most level-headed character in all the stories.
Because I'm addicted to serialized cozy mysteries, I have purchased and listened to the whole series a few times, but every time I listen I become more annoyed with Goldie's unending capacity to allow herself to insert herself into situations that are none of her business. I hope her newest story (The Whole Enchilada) takes a different turn. If not, I'm done.
I've read every book in the series up to this one. For the most part, they are always entertaining, and fun. This book however is overshadowed by the behavior of Goldy's son Archie. I realize that as teenagers get older they become more difficult, but that is when parenting becomes a verb and not a noun. His constant whining and disrespectful behavior towards Goldy ruins the book. Davidson still delivers a clever mystery and all is well in the end, but I almost didn't make it to the end. I would still recommend it to fans of the series.
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