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
Good God this is tedious. Is it really necessary to describe in painstakingly detail actions such as taking cookies out of the oven, or putting a car into drive? Nine chapters into it and NOTHING has happened. I'm bored out of my skull and moving on.
While these books have provided me with hours of escape in the past, not this one. I think Ms. Davidson must have been on autopilot when she penned it. It was as if she couldn't figure out where to go, so she listed everything that was going on and what happened--she didn't tell a story. Wrong to do this to followers and people who need a bit of ghoulish fun. Shame.
This book avoids the flaw of the last book - that of characters who are past their prime to the story development (i.e. Marla). The author's use of Goldie's "mental recapitulations" of the evidence and where it may lead - false trails and all - helps keep the suspense up and the story fresh in the listener's mind.
That said, having this competent, intelligent woman commit, at a minimum, 3 Burglaries, about as many felony thefts, uncounted episodes of trespass and a score of minor criminal offenses in her search for the "truth" became irritating. The tacit approval of her Sheriff's Department Investigator Husband at her illegal activities - to the Department's benefit is just wrong. A good investigator such as Tom Schultz would not allow it - and - if faced with it would have to turn his own wife over to the DA to prosecute
I marvel how authors can place otherwise intelligent protagonists in situations that someone of normal sensibilities would avoid. It leads to an interesting story but somewhat demeans the character.
It is well worth the listen and, as always, well read by Barbara Rosenblat.
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