It's been a long, rainy summer for Goldy Schulz, who is engaged in planning wedding receptions for what seems to be all of Aspen Meadow. It's bad enough that Billie Attenborough, the bride from hell, wants to move the location to the Gold Gulch Spa just a scant two days before tying the knot to her doctor fiance. Then Doc Finn, best friend of Goldy's godfather Jack, is killed when his car tumbles into a ravine. But Jack thinks Doc was murdered because of research he was doing at the spa, allegations that are confirmed when Jack himself is attacked.
So Goldy dons chef's whites and goes undercover at the spa. Add in the obstreperous owner, who years ago tried to sabotage Goldy's fledgling business, and she's got her hands full.
Above all, there seems to be a clever killer on the spa grounds, watching her every move. After what befell Jack, Goldy knows that she might be next. Catering weddings, and cooking low-fat food, could be killing her...literally.
©2009 Diane Mott Davidson; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
OT in the Garden
I've listened to all the other audiobooks in this series, enjoyed them and usually looked for opportunities to listen while driving, making meals, etc. For this latest, I really didn't care if or when I finished the book.
As others have mentioned, Goldie seems like an entirely different person in this book. Tom and Marla are almost absent. Arch may be a teenager, but he's turned into a selfish, bullying brat. Goldy is supposed to be the former victim of domestic abuse who learned to stand up for herself, but she's bullied constantly by Arch. I kept thinking: come on Goldy, where's your backbone? The bridezilla is nothing but a stereotype and some of the things Goldy does are either stupid or contrived or both.
When this book came out, I was glad I'd have another Goldy story to read, but less than halfway in I just stopped listening. I finally came back to finish the book, but doubt I'd read any additional releases in this series.
This audio book was, well... odd. The producers cut in what sounded like 80's elevator music at the chapter changes, and faded them out while the narration began. I like this series- it isn't brilliant, but brilliance isn't what I am looking for in "theme mysteries". They just have to be fun. This was ok, but I probably will avoid the audio versions of this series in the future- the production quirks were a distraction.
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