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The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense: Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries, Book 17 | [Diane Mott Davidson]

The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense: Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries, Book 17

>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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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©2013 Diane Mott Davidson (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Sarah Jacksonville, FL, United States 01-15-15
    Sarah Jacksonville, FL, United States 01-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I loved it"

    Great read couldn't wait to listen each day.
    Goldie does it again I love to hear Barbara Rosenblatt she is so talented

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    Amy Houston, TX 77036 10-20-14
    Amy Houston, TX 77036 10-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Another winner!"

    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.

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    Carol 04-10-14
    Carol 04-10-14
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    "Narrator ruined the story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


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    Lisa LENEXA, KS, United States 01-17-14
    Lisa LENEXA, KS, United States 01-17-14
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    "Excruciatingly boring"
    Would you try another book from Diane Mott Davidson and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

    No, this was my first and last.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diane Mott Davidson again?

    No, I would not.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-06-13
    Laura Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A Goldy Goody"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narration brings it all to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense?

    The ending was unexpected and moving.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to many of her performances and they are all great.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed. I love Marla. What a character.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Terri 11-29-13
    Terri 11-29-13
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    "Threw in a baby to keep us interested"

    This was a let down from the previous books in series. Sigh. :-(

    I even tried to give it a second listen but just found it annoying. Sorry.




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    Margaret Gainesville, VA, United States 11-25-13
    Margaret Gainesville, VA, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Strange wind up for a Goldie book."
    Would you try another book from Diane Mott Davidson and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    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.


    What aspect of Barbara Rosenblat’s performance would you have changed?

    I had problems distinguishing some of the voices. Too many side characters.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed with this one, but won't give up on the series.

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    John Houston, TX, United States 10-20-13
    John Houston, TX, United States 10-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Been waiting for Goldy all summer!"
    Would you listen to The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense again? Why?

    Yes! I love listening to Rosenbladt and knowing Diane Mott wrote the story


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    You bet. Never a dull moment.......you think you know......not.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Always comes through.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, wanted it to last.....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Lebanon, Ohio, United States 08-29-13
    Connie Lebanon, Ohio, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Author needs to do her research"

    I've listened to a lot of Diane Mott Davidson's Goldie Shultz series, and enjoyed them. They are formulaic, but I like the characters. This one however made me a bit angry. If the author chooses to have a character's religion play a part in the plot then the author should thoroughly research what they are writing. In this case a Catholic character is said to have attended an Episcopalian church because she was "refused communion" and "excommunicated" from the Catholic Church because she was divorced. Since this character had not remarried she would not have been either denied communion or excommunicated.

    Otherwise the book was sufficiently entertaining for a mystery of it's genre.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 09-22-13
    Toby Portsmouth, NH, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2014

    Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.

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    "Needs a better narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am a big fan of Diane Mott Davidson, but I found the overacting and horrible (acting) of the reader to be too much to bear. She took away from the prose.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julian because he is a saner voice.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barbara Rosenblat?

    I think her name is Nuala May -s he reads some of the Ngaio Mysteries or perhaps the reader of the Deborah Crombie mysteries.


    Do you think The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I think I am tired of this series. I find Goldie's pursuit into crime not so reasonable always and she puts herself too much in plotted danger. She was more entertaining in the earlier books than she is now.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I've finished reading books set in Colorado.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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