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
Great story. The book kept my attention from the beginning to the end. Love this series but the author really went the extra mile with this one.
I enjoyed the "puzzle" within the story, the review of history for the main character and the way it was all tied up in the end.
BY THE WAY....SPOILERS......SO HAPPY with how this book ended. I for one have been waiting for this to happen in the storyline for a long time. Great way to bring it about.
Very touching.....I laughed....then I cried (with joy) for Goldie.
Perhaps this is comparable to the book (can't remember the title of the specific book in the series) in which Goldie's first husband the JeRK was murdered.
Toss up between Marla and Goldie. Love em both.
The end. SPOILERS.....the end was such a wonderful surprise and sweet gift the author gave us. Such a great way to end the story.
Read it or listen to it especially if you have read prior books in the series. This is the BEST one thus far. Thank you Diane Mott-Davidson for this one!
Suspense filled fun!
It was extremely funny.
Ms. Rosenblatt infuses so much personality into the characters that I feel as if I am in the story with them.
I laughed out loud in several spots.
I have read all Diane Mott Davidson's books and listened to approximately half of them. I so much prefer Ms. Rosenblat's performances that I have repurchased those that she has recorded, replacing the other narrator. This book was very funny, and intriguing. I always enjoy the interplay between Goldie and her friends. The larger role Marla played in the book probably heightened my enjoyment, as she is hilarious. When Goldie won't do what you wish she would because it is just too outrageous - in steps Marla - damn the torpedoes. I hate it when women are easily victimized and sometimes Goldie is too placid for my tastes. In this book she was very nicely balanced by the actions of Marla.
RETIRED & LOVING IT.
ANOTHER WINNER FOR DIANE MOTT DAVIDSON AND BARBARA ROSENBLAT. THESE TWO MAKE A WONDERFUL TEAM AND THIS ONE IS A GREAT MYSTERY. CUDO'S, DIANE!
I have read and enjoyed this culinary mystery series for years, looking forward to each new release. This was my first time listening, and I enjoyed the performance of Barbara Rosenblat. Her slightly raspy voice gave wonderful character to the rowdy Goldy Bear. I look forward to listening to the next one.
This voice is just not Goldy to me. I imagined her as younger and peppier. This simply sounds like an old lady smoker to me. Sorry, but it's awful.
Enjoyed the book, the plot and characters.
I just imagine Goldy with a younger, smoother, and less "dramatic" voice. This voice says a 65 year old woman in a caftan to me.
Yes--kept up with characters and what you would expect, but not the same same thing.
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I am a huge Diane Mott Davidson fan and am always looking for her next book. This one does not disappoint. Same great characters and lots of adventure. I really enjoy the narrator Barbara Rosenblat - she really brings the characters to life.
It had to been to moment in the church where Goldie found Father Pete.
Glad that Goldy is back but the premise of her having so much involvement in a police investigation makes the whole story unrealistic for me. The story itself was entertaining and I was looking for entertainment. Love Barbara Rosenblat as the narrator.
I've read all the books in this series, and was looking forward to this new release. What a huge disappointment. I've tried twice, and just can't finish it; it just doesn't hold my interest.
The plot is thin, and presented in a scatter-gun manner. The details are uninteresting: the whodunnit doesn't beg to be solved.
The characters are similarly uninteresting. Goldy, always a scatter brain, is no longer charmingly so; she's just irritatingly stupid.
The performance is similarly annoying. The sotto voce so often used is just boring.
Goldy has been a favorite for light reading since I picked up the first audiobook. This was to be a swing book between heavier reading, but I couldn't force myself to finish it. A light book should hold the reader's attention.
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.
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