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
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.
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.
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.
I get so excited sometimes about writing a review..good or bad...that why sometimes I misspell words..lol..
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...
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.
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.
Rosenblat does her usual, remarkable job of bringing characters to life with different voices and rhythms. Long may she narrate!
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.
I love rejoining Goldie and the people in her life! It is always a fun read and Diane Mott Davidson never fails to boost my appetite with her scrumptious recipes. Aunt Ferdinanda is probably my favorite part of this book. It's nice to see an older adult portrayed as vital and useful.
The plot was excellent in this book. It's always an exciting challenge to figure at least part of it out before the end. Then, I get to feel smart and victorious! I was unable to figure out all of this one, but I had a good idea of who dunit.
I have listened to many of Barbara Rosenblat's performance. I adore her voice. Like whiskey - and yes, I equate it with the voice of Goldie! Why shouldn't a curly-haired blonde have a rich voice? I'm a straight-haired blonde with a deep, southern accent.
The part when aunt Ferdinanda proved exactly how useful and skilled she is! You go Ferdinanda!!
I have limited mobility so the kindle has allowed me freedom to buy and enjoy materials without leaving home. Love it.
Did not read the print version.
As always my favorite character was Goldie, she gets into tangles that seem impossible to get out of, but she does with flair.
This performance was exactly as expected, very good and expressive.
It was light hearted, but there periods of sadness.
Glad they finally got rid of the jerk, he was no longer relevant. Can not wait to see who will replace his character.
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