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3.0 out of 5 starsLoved it BUT...
Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2019
I loved it BUT... it was about 100 pages too long. Completely essential reading for the overall Goldy Schulz story arc but at times it felt repetitive and playing plodding. Hard to connect with some of the “players”. Some of Goldy’s antics were unbelievable and surprised her husband didn’t arrest her. But everyone should have as good a friend as Marla is to Goldy - in fact if the story had more of Marla and Goldy interplay then I could have given it one more star. I did wish i could have seen her haircut though.
Time for the fourteenth book in this series that follows the misadventures of Goldy the Caterer in a little town just west of Denver. In this one, Goldy is about to hit the Holiday rush when she also runs into someone that appears to be a ghost from the past. While driving to a catering assignment, Goldy sees a woman who reminds her greatly of Sandee Brisbane, the woman who killed Goldy's ex-husband and then fled into a raging forest fire to be, presumably, consumed by it. Was it really her? To make matters more interesting, Goldy is donating books at the local library when a murder occurs there. Was that the Sandee ghost lurking about at the time of the murder?
As Goldy goes about the Holiday catering rush, she is also assaulted by the murder in the library and the other bodies that start showing up. The police department, and her husband, are investigating, but Goldy takes the lead on all of this and tries to figure out who did what, to whom, when, and how did the ancient maps fit into all of this. Of course, all of this is done with the normal distractions offered by her teenage son and his activities and all of Goldy's friends and church associations.
Like all of the Goldy books, there are recipes galore and some of the fun is in reading the descriptions that the author provides of the cooking. Unfortunately, this book is not one of the better ones in this series. I have two main complaints:
1. The plot is overly convoluted. While I picked up on who the murderer is quite early on, I was not sure why the crime was committed until the end of the book. When it was finally revealed, I was quite disappointed as the whole chain was quite prepostorous. 2. Another ghost in this book is Goldy's murdered ex-husband. The man was a huge presence in all the previous volumes, but he was killed off in the last one. So, let him go already. There was very little reason for all the reminisces of who he was, how he acted, and why Goldy and he were "exes". It is time to move beyond this character.
If you have not previously read one of the books in this series, then you will likely not enjoy it very much as some of the material does not make sense unless you know the history. If you are a fan of the series, then this book will fill the gap - but again, it is not one of the best.
Another outstanding murder mystery by the talented Diane Mott Davidson. She not only conjures up a plate of delicious murder, she also cooks up wonderful recipes for the reader's pleasure. All of the recipes featured in the life of her amateur sleuth, Goldy Schulz (Professional Caterer), are included in the book so the reader can have more of a "being there" experience, if desired. This novel stands on its own, but if read in sequence with the rest of the Goldy collection, the broader, more complete story of Goldy's life unfolds. So much fun!
The female-sleuth here is Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz. The premise of this book is that Goldy is investigating the murder of Drew Wellington, the former district attorney. She was setting up for a breakfast she was to cater in the city library when she and the head librarian find the dead body of Mr. Wellington. Of course Goldy has to try to figure out what happened, even though her police detective-husband Tom reminds her to stay out of the case and let the police handle it.
And there is another mystery to be solved: Goldy also thinks she sees a woman who is supposed to be dead named Sandee Brisbane. Sandee murdered Goldy's ex-husband and then committed suicide. Now Goldy wonders if Sandee really did commit suicide? Did they ever find her body? Why was Sandee, or someone who looked just like her, in the library right before they find Mr. Wellington's body?
This book is well written and I would recommend it. The ending is a real page-turner and is quite clever. We discover, along with Goldy, just 'who done it'.
5.0 out of 5 starsDiane Mott Davidson is a definite step up from the ...
Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2016
Diane Mott Davidson is a definite step up from the various cozy-series. In some cases 3 steps up. The reading is light-hearted about serious issues and complex characters. The detail descriptions of the Boulder-Denver area in all kinds of weather are very vivid and enjoyable. Her detailed descriptions of cooking and catering are a pleasant break from the narration of murders and murderous people. Her quips about the characters are enjoyable--sometimes dry humor and sometimes laugh-out-loud.
Yes,I know this series can be predictable but you still look forward to the next one. The twists and turns in each novel manage to continue to be intriguing enough to keep you coming back for more. The recipes of the food she has catered in the book are at the end of the book. I have used several and haven't been disappointed.
I can echo all of the other criticisms already stated. I like the Goldy Schulz series, but this book threw me. The plot was boring and repetitious and Goldy worked my last nerve. I grow weary of her always being beaten up and battered; frequently multiple times within a given day. Arch is super annoying as well. I also noted all of the typos and other errors of consistency. I am reading "Double Shot" and hope it turns out better.
4.0 out of 5 starsno recipes included in the kindle version!
Reviewed in Germany on November 4, 2016
I have read the whole series and always tried some of the recipes included in the books. this is the first time I bought a kindle version of her books (I actually bought 3 of them) and alas, no recipe. Big disappointment!