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
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.
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.
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.....
This is my first of the series of 17 Goldie Shultz culinary mysteries. It was easy to jump right in. Would I read others? – Sure, if the price was right. I think what makes this series great is 1) you don’t have to go through a lot of back story to get to the current story. 2) You can pick up in the middle and all the characters feel like old friends. 3) No stress reading and no one is schooling you on technical skills.
This story is enjoyable and fun, despite its rather improbable events. Goldie Shultz caters a birthday dinner for a family member which results in the death of a friend. Goldie and her friend Marla set off to find the cause of the death with the assistance of her police chief husband and way to many of his staff to be reasonable.
I think Barbara Rosenblat did a perfect job with narration. Yeah, her teenage boy voices were a bit rough but, so are teenage boys.
The writing is clumsy. There are way too many people in this story to keep track of in an audio book. The author must cook by magic for she puts parties together between lots of breaks and through a lot of physical injury. When you go into a book like this I think one doesn’t expect C.S. Lewis, but rather something light and fun. I loved all the Denver references too.
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.
Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.
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.
Julian because he is a saner voice.
I think her name is Nuala May -s he reads some of the Ngaio Mysteries or perhaps the reader of the Deborah Crombie mysteries.
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.
I think I've finished reading books set in Colorado.
I'd like to try the other Diane Mott Davidson books, but will stick with the print editions.
The food connection was interesting, and I enjoyed the way it was woven into the plot.
I don't care for Barbara Rosenblat, but this is her worse performance by far. Doubt that I will listen to another one.
Only extreme reaction was to the narration. The book itself seemed quite good.
I've purchased many Audible books in the past, but was extremely disappointed in this one.
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