In Dying for Chocolate, intrepid caterer Goldy Bear has moved to the posh Aspen Meadows Country Club, where her tasty concoctions are a hit with the wealthy residents. But when her boyfriend, a local analyst, perishes in a car accident, Goldy suspects that his death has all the ingredients of a homicide.
If you have an appetite for murder as the main course, you will relish every word of Goldy's perilous adventure. Veteran narrator Barbara Rosenblat brilliantly conveys all the intelligence, wit, and energy of this irrepressible mistress of menus.
©1992 Diane Mott Davidson; (P)1996 Recorded Books, LLC
The Goldy Mysteries aren't meant to be serious literature or even, I think, all that logical - they're a silly way to make it through vacuuming the living room or backwashing the pool. I know Barbara Rosenblatt is a popular narrator, but her mouth noises gross me out. The listen would have been more enjoyable if the sound engineer had dealt with all that juicy smacking, popping and wheezing. Yuck.
I can't imagine anyone liking this book. Her over use of adjectives and dramatic scenes is enough to choke you.
It could have been a cute story, but she drones on and on for each scene.
Barbara Rosenblat is FANTASTIC. Yes, I'm using caps because she deserves them. The book was only okay for me. It had some good parts mostly to do with Goldy emotionally hitting rock bottom in her on-going divorce, but I did not like Goldy as a character. In the book, she came across as too stupid to live. But, when Barbara read the book she made me believe in Goldy. Instead of being a failed detective wanna-be, she came across as a real woman with all of her pain and confusion and imperfections.
I am about halfway through this book and find myself wishing it was over already!! I got the first two books in this series when Audible was running a special, and I really wish I had my money ( or credits!) back!! while Diana Mott Davidson seems to be a good writer - I don't hate all of the characters - our "hero" Goldie Behr is unappealing to to the point of being offensive. Perhaps Barbara Rosenblat's portrayal of her makes her more dislikable (I wonder if a more sympathetic performance, like one by Amanda Ronconi, would make Goldie less abrasive), but I really think not. I highly DON'T recommend these books!
I was unfamiliar with this series, but I enjoyed the audiobook. Barbara Rosenblat is a great narrator, although I had trouble visualizing how her voice matched the physical description of the character. This is, I'm sure, purely my own quirk, and should not be taken as a general criticism. It was a fun mystery that certainly kept up the suspense.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
Pretty good book. I wasn't sure what to expect but I did enjoy it.
I'm more of a paranormal romance type reader myself, but I enjoyed this book and the story as it unfolded. It kept my interest, and kept me guessing as to who the murderer was right up to the end. The only thing I didn't like was the looooong pauses between chapters. I often found myself checking my MP3 player to see if it had shut off by itself after the chapter ended........
After I suspended my irritation at the smoker voiced "young mother" narrator I enjoyed the first half of this book but the ending felt really weird. Like the Author rolled the dice to decide who was the murderer and then tried make it fit. Stupid choice for murderer to boot(must have been a bad roll) All the fun loose endings tied up dully. Plus the heroine is tough some moments and a doormat other times... matbe she, the heroine, was the psychopath and wrote this stupid story to frame the "murderer".
I've listened to other books in this series, but never this early one; I think this was the second book in the series. They had it on sale so I got it, and I'm so glad I did! I really enjoyed it. I can see why the series has gone on so long. It kept me guessing right to the end.
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