Caterer and sleuth extraordinaire Goldy Schulz jumps from the frying pan into the fire as she tries to solve a puzzling murder that is much too close to home, in this latest entry in the New York Times best-selling series from "today's foremost practitioner of the culinary whodunit" (Entertainment Weekly).
Goldy Schulz knows her food is to die for, but she never expects one of her best friends to actually keel over when she's leaving a birthday party Goldy has catered. At first, everyone assumes that all the fun and excitement of the party, not to mention the rich fare, did her in. But what looks like a coronary turns out to be a generous serving of cold-blooded murder. And the clever culprit is just getting cooking. When a colleague - a woman who resembles Goldy - is stabbed, and Goldy is attacked outside her house, it becomes clear that the popular caterer is the main course on a killer menu. With time running out, Goldy must roll up her sleeves, sharpen her knives, and make a meal out of a devious murderer, before that killer can serve her up cold.
©2013 Diane Mott Davidson (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
The story is cute and at times, I think exceptionally portrayed. At other times it seems to go on and on with colorful descriptions that don't really factor into the story. No offense to Rosenblat, but it's a bit over-'acted.'
For those who have the time, maybe. For those who want crisp story telling, no.
Loved the story & have read all of Diane Mott Davidson's books in this series, however, this is the first audio book I've listened to though. The narrator has a gravely voice & mispronounced several words, in addition to not being able to keep the "voices" of the characters consistent. I wish I would've just read it the old fashioned way instead of listening to it!
Great read couldn't wait to listen each day.
Goldie does it again I love to hear Barbara Rosenblatt she is so talented
I have been reading Diane Mott Davidson since she started writing the Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries. When my family took road trips, YEARS AGO, we would order the books on tape of the series.
This book is yet another winner. I hope she writes a few more. I really do.
I love reading Diane Mott Davidson, this was the first audio book I listened to of her stories about Goldie. I will return to reading. The narrator was too perky to the point of distraction from the plot. One other concern was Goldie' s police escort was in some situations that were a little inappropriate for a policeman.
Goldie' s friend Holly has a heart attack and dies after a duel 17th birthday party for Holly' s son Drew and Goldie' s son Arch. Goldie and Marla are devastated as is Julian who use to work for Holly years ago. Holly has been keeping big secrets from her friends. Was it really a heart attack that killed her. Goldie and Marla begin to investigate Holly.'s secrets but need a police escort because either Goldie is accident prone or someone is trying to get rid of her. I could relate to Goldie' s communication issues with her 17 yr old Arch. Teenager's parents usually say or do the wrong things in their teenager's eyes.
No, this was my first and last.
No, I would not.
This book was filled with unnecessary, excruciatingly boring details about every morsel of food the characters consumed. I get that the main character is a caterer, but isn't the main theme mystery/suspense? The book could have been half as long, or even shorter than that, and been more interesting and captivating.
Yes. The narration brings it all to life.
The ending was unexpected and moving.
I have listened to many of her performances and they are all great.
I laughed. I love Marla. What a character.
There is so much to like about the book. The characters are dimensional. The plot is intriguing. I like how Goldy fits the investigation into her life. I also like the way she makes each meal special. I love the warmth of the extended family. Nice addition to the series.
I like Barbara Rosenblat, but even in this book there are too many incidental people to keep all the voices distinct. I will probably try the next Diane Mott Davidson novel just to see if it improves.
Instead of wrapping it up, an entire second book gets jammed into the last few minutes. Strange and disappointing. There was lots that would have made a good stand-alone book.
I had problems distinguishing some of the voices. Too many side characters.
No. Not enough action for a movie. There could be more teen issues with Arch, girlfriend action from Julian, wacky and stuff from Marla and detective sleuthing from Tom, but this book is not eventful enough for a movie. Some of the earlier ones could be good.
Disappointed with this one, but won't give up on the series.
Yes! I love listening to Rosenbladt and knowing Diane Mott wrote the story
You bet. Never a dull moment.......you think you know......not.
Yes. Always comes through.
No, wanted it to last.....
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