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Gregory B. Davis
1.0 out of 5 starsDid Diane Mott Davidson actually write this mess?
Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2016
I stopped reading the Goldy Schultz mysteries several years ago, not because I didn't enjoy them, I just found new authors. Crunch Time was my reintroduction and I've got to say, it's a mess. To begin, it's way too long. The book is filled with multiple plots that border on the absurd. These plots are finally strung together at the end although in an unbelievable manner. By this time, I was so tired of the book, I didn't care. None of the characters are likable, not even Goldy. Yolanda, the caterer who moved in with Goldy, along with her aunt, do nothing but scream, drop things, and cause confusion. Who would allow these women to live with them? I found myself hoping Yolanda would get killed so I wouldn't have to read any more about her. Goldy is even more obstinate than usual. Even though she's told (by her investigator husband, naturally) of the danger of a specific area, she still goes there. It's not even believable. Overall this book is very disappointing. I'm not even sure Diane Mott Davidson wrote it.
I've read Diane Mott Davidson since this series started many years ago and was pleased when I found this latest title. I'm a bit behind in the series, so I had to do a little catch up and chose to read "Crunch Time." It had all the usual Davidson elements and I was glad for it. I felt like I was being reintroduced to old friends and discovering what was going on in their lives. I like Diane Mott Davidson's writing style and her fast pacing when writing a story. The action, Colorado weather reports and settings were meaningful for me this time around because I've now been to Colorado and felt that much more acquainted with the area. Let's not forget the recipes! Always an important aspect of this book series. The combination of good writing, reading and a plan to try a few recipes out has always appealed to me. What's a mystery book anyways? it's a crime, a puzzle, a time to sort it all out and a resolution. I think Ms. Davidson's got it covered and I was delighted to jump back into the pages of Crunch Time.
4.0 out of 5 starsAnother terrific Goldy Schulz mystery
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2019
As always, Goldy Schultz mysteries combine great culinary ideas(for those of us that like to cook) with an intriguing plot, multiple murders and various other crimes. It is definitely a page turner. The only thing I didn’t really like is how things get turned and twisted with the various characters. You begin to wonder if the crime can ever get solved-especially since Goldy has a tendency to pull some “illegal” tricks. Still a good read.
I have read most, if not all, of the author's previous books and liked them. This one, not so much. It was very long, which I like if I'm loving the book, but this one had too many characters and the point seemed to be to just drag it out. And Goldy, who is usually so likable, seemed annoying to me. I know this is fiction and you have to suspend believable a little bit, but she just seemed way too out there this time. Her antics, which are usually amusing, were just too irresponsible and risky to be funny.
Davidson can really write a good page turner of a plot. As usual Crunch Time kept me up long past my bedtime wanting to know what happened next. And as usual I spent a lot of that time thinking how stupid Goldy Schulz is. It bothers me that Davidson has to make Goldy constantly make stupid decisions, and get herself into trouble, and especially get involved in lying to her husband, and breaking the law to propel that great plot forward. I keep reading them, but don't like that I like them, because it bothers me that the plots are so dependent on Goldy's stubborn, reckless stupid behavior.
3.0 out of 5 starsMs. G. is the heroine of the book ...
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2017
Ms. G. is the heroine of the book. She's a caterer and her husband is a cop in the Sheriff's Department. So it is no wonder that she is the one who is expected to solve a complex murder case. We learn that while cooking, one part of the brain was focused on cooking, and the other part can think of other things. So it saves time to think over a the murder case. While her husband always sticks to rules, she opts to gather evidences surreptitiously and sometimes illegally. She takes risks annoyingly. One more thing, do not read this book on an empty stomach, because preparation, cooking and serving food are described so well that, you suddenly fell hungry.
4.0 out of 5 starsI liked it more than I thought I would.
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2019
I am reading all of the Goldy books in order this time as the first one I read was in the middle of the series. I did like the book & didn’t figure out how it all came together. I am getting a little tired of Goldy trying to do the police department ‘s job. As the wife of a former cop, I know that most of them do not talk to their wives about their cases, & the wives I know would never try to interfere.
I have loved this series, however, I thought this was too long with too many side issues, making the plots very convoluted. Also, there seemed to be too much family tension (unusual for these folks). Even son, Archie, was a little snarky throughout. I think it's time this series ends. 😥
I've read Goldy from the beginning over a span of years, and seriously - how the woman is alive beats me. These are rollicking good tales - but some quirks (like the coffee thing) were beginning to get to me, and I sort of hope this is the last of them (for reasons I won't explain but I think you'll understand when you read the book). I've just read a book where the heroine annoyed me for being well, annoying. Goldy annoys me a bit because I actually like her and feel a bit invested in the character. So is it worth a read - I'd say so. The recipes, on the other hand, often floor me as I've never heard of at least one key ingredient :) If it is the last Goldy, I hope there's a new series in the works.
I bought the book after the initial hefty price had come down.The set-up does not strike me as convincing- a murder suspect in the cop's home who is investigating her?? This is not a spoiler as it happens on the first few pages.The unlikeliness of the situation is not helped by the necessity of a long explanation at the end of the book.Compared to her other books it is rather clunky.However, I baked the coffeecake from the recipe section and it was brilliant, not tricky and well worth it.The jam can be substituted by other flavours no problem if you can't get guava.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat book in good condition, fast despatch
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 19, 2018
I love this series of books, and am enjoying it already. This is a longer story than most of the series, so the book is bigger to hold whilst recumbent. Received very quickly and in very good condition.