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Crunch Time | [Diane Mott Davidson]

Crunch Time

Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz cooks up bigtrouble as she tries to help her longtime friend and fellow chef Yolanda Garcia. When the rental house shared by Yolanda and her irrepressible aunt Ferdinanda is destroyed by arson, the pair move in with cop-turned-PI Ernest McLeod. But then Ernest is shot dead and his house is set on fire, nearly killing Goldy, Yolanda, Ferdinanda, and nine beagle puppies that Ernest had recently rescued from a puppymill. Concerned for her friends, Goldy invites them to stay with her while the sheriff’s department investigates. Yet even Goldy's house isn't safe....
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Publisher's Summary

Caterer and sleuth extraordinaire Goldy Schulz returns in another tasty and suspenseful adventure from New York Times best-selling author Diane Mott Davidson

Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz cooks up bigtrouble as she tries to help her longtime friend and fellow chef Yolanda Garcia. When the rental house shared by Yolanda and her irrepressible aunt Ferdinanda is destroyed by arson, the pair move in with cop-turned-PI Ernest McLeod. But then Ernest is shot dead and his house is set on fire, nearly killing Goldy, Yolanda, Ferdinanda, and nine beagle puppies that Ernest had recently rescued from a puppymill.

Concerned for her friends, Goldy invites them to stay with her while the sheriff’s department investigates. Yet even Goldy’s house isn’t safe, and after a failed break-in by an unknown intruder a cop is sent to keep an eye on things.Then a second body is found.

Swapping her chef’s hat for a sleuthing cap, the intrepid Goldy steps up the investigation. But she’s got to move fast. It’s crunch time to close in on a killer, before he can close in on her.

Filled with danger as well as laughs, wonderful food, and scrumptious recipes, Crunch Time is a delicious indulgence sure to satisfy all of Goldy’s fans.

©2011 Diane Mott Davidson (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Kindle Customer ELLSWORTH, ME, United States 04-17-11
    Kindle Customer ELLSWORTH, ME, United States 04-17-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "More like slightly soggy time"

    I normally love Davidson's cozy mystery series, but this volume has left me with a sour taste. Goldy barely cooked in this story, and the best parts of her story such as Julian and Arch were hardly mentioned. I hope Davidson's next attempt serves up more excitement or I fear this will be my last purchase of her work.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen HOPKINS, MN, United States 05-07-11
    Kathleen HOPKINS, MN, United States 05-07-11
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    "This is a fun story to listen to"

    Although I have read all of Diane Mott Davidson's books, this is the first one that I have listened to. This is a bit different from her other novels, but I liked the focus on Goldy's relationship with Tom.
    This was a fun book. I bought it to help me get through my spring cleaning, and it was perfect. There were spots that made me laugh out loud while I was fighting dust bunnies and reorganizing closets. The plot had enough twists that it kept my interest over my 2 day cleaning frenzy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    kristen west grove, PA, United States 06-16-11
    kristen west grove, PA, United States 06-16-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Not so good"

    I have listen to or read all of author's books and I have decided that I'll only read the next one. the narrator made Goldie too whiny, too shrill and that was unpleasant to listen to. All the female characters sounded the same so was hard to distinguish one from another. The story plot was good and I enjoyed the story but not the narration. I have liked this narrator before but might not listen to her again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie Marietta, GA, United States 06-14-11
    Valerie Marietta, GA, United States 06-14-11

    I get so excited sometimes about writing a review..good or bad...that why sometimes I misspell words..lol..

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    "LOVED IT!!!"

    I'm a huge fan of Diane Mott Davidson's books. Crunch Time is really good! I love the fact that they focused more on Goldie and Tom. Arch and Julian is getting older so not so much on them but that didnt bother me much because the story line was so well done. I cant wait until the next one!!!!
    I really loved Crunch Time...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Nashville, TN, United States 06-04-11
    Caroline Nashville, TN, United States 06-04-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Best yet!"

    My daughter, Mimi, and I are great fans of Diane Mott Davidson's books. We listen to one each road trip.
    Crunch Time is the best one yet.
    We thought the first one we heard so long ago was crazy but we became addicted.
    This one is a little different with less Arch and very little Julian. They are growing up and changes are happening.
    I really enjoyed Crunch Time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer R. Golden California 08-15-12
    Jennifer R. Golden California 08-15-12 Member Since 2012

    Mother Grundy

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    "Entertainment without Tears"
    Would you listen to Crunch Time again? Why?

    There is something addictive about Davidson's series, a bit like sinking into a comfortable leather armchair with a cup of hot cocoa and a dash of brandy while you watch a classic movie. You won't be shocked or challenged, but you will relax into a known and perhaps even loved series of characters. I expect to return to Crunch Tim again when a need arises for an escape from the current reality in a pleasant world with just that frisson of evil to keep me from falling into lassitude.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Rosenblat does her usual, remarkable job of bringing characters to life with different voices and rhythms. Long may she narrate!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Daugherty Princeton, KY USA 05-28-11
    Jeff Daugherty Princeton, KY USA 05-28-11 Member Since 2003
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    "crunch time"

    I was warned in advance that the latest Goldie was not as good. I agree that it is not the greatest of these volumes, but it was a good read for me. I have always enjoyed these stories as they are an ok mystery and are fairly uncomplicated and easy to follow. I like the characters and have always felt like I had taken a pleasant trip while reading one of these stories; this time was no exception, I enjoyed the ride. Be warned however, this time Ms Davidson expands things and tells a longer story with more plot, but was not none the less still a good trip to Colorado for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    WilliamsinNC Swansboro, NC, United States 05-20-11
    WilliamsinNC Swansboro, NC, United States 05-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Enough"

    Rather wordy light fare but maybe I've been reading too many hard hitters in this genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MARY NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, United States 04-16-14
    MARY NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2012

    I have limited mobility so the kindle has allowed me freedom to buy and enjoy materials without leaving home. Love it.

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    "Avery, very, very good listen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Crunch Time to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As always my favorite character was Goldie, she gets into tangles that seem impossible to get out of, but she does with flair.


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

    This performance was exactly as expected, very good and expressive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was light hearted, but there periods of sadness.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad they finally got rid of the jerk, he was no longer relevant. Can not wait to see who will replace his character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RCA WAUKESHA, WI, United States 10-27-13
    RCA WAUKESHA, WI, United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2004

    Fudge eater

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    "Weaker than most in this series."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I found this book slow and switched to another book twice before finishing it. I think I only finished it because I had paid for the book.


    What was most disappointing about Diane Mott Davidson’s story?

    The story moved slow and lacked the interesting turns of others in the series.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Barbara Rosenblat’s performances?

    I consider her performances to be average.


    Do you think Crunch Time needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO I just want to move on to another of Mott Davidson's books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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