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Editorial Reviews

Barbara Rosenblat proves once again why she is one of the top narrators in the profession. She portrays this funhouse of colorful characters with a personable and, at times, gossipy style. Her well-rounded performance includes pauses, knowing exhalations of exasperation, and perfect timing for the many funny observations and jokes of a stand-up comedian. With her experience and talent, listeners can count on Rosenblat to bring an edge to this mystery that elevates the material into a very enjoyable read.

Publisher's Summary

Goldy Schulz is thrilled to be catering a holiday breakfast feast for the staff of the Aspen Meadow Library. But little does she know that on the menu, alongside the Great Expectations Grapefruit, Chuzzlewit Cheese Pie, and Bleak House Bars, is a large helping of murder.

While setting up at the library, Goldy spots a woman lurking in the stacks who bears a striking resemblance to Sandee Brisbane - the woman who killed Goldy's ex-husband, the Jerk. But Sandee is supposed to be dead. Or so everyone believes.

Goldy's suspicions mount when the body of Drew Wellington, a former district attorney, is found in a corner of the library with a map worth thousands of dollars stashed in his clothing. She's convinced that Sandee is involved.

But the holiday madness is only just beginning for Goldy. Soon she's drawn into the dangerous, double-crossing world of high-end map dealing. And like the ghost of Christmas past, Sandee keeps making an appearance. Could she be out to prove that revenge is sweet?

©2007 Diane Mott Davidson (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Davidson is at the top of her form....Readers will happily sink their teeth into Goldy's latest case and come away hungry for more." ( Publishers Weekly)

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    5 out of 5 stars

Sweet is a Treat

Well read as always.A plot with the twists and turns of an accomplished writer. The only thing lacking is the recipes come at the end of the audio version and not as easily followed as in the book versions. Davidson has captured the "upscale" mountain community west of Denver and its snobs, hippies and suburbanites. The characters introduced in the beginning of her books have the half life of a Travis McGee girlfiend but then the mystery is who killed them.

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  • Sylvia
  • Bronx, NY, United States
  • 09-13-12

I love this series and the narrator

What made the experience of listening to Sweet Revenge the most enjoyable?

Entertaining and funny. Especially relevant if you know the characters.
Sometimes unbelievable situations but they make you smile. Good for
your down periods.

What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

Barbara Rosenblat's narration brings all the characters to life and in their own
sphere.

Any additional comments?

Each book that I finish puts you into the mood for the next installment.

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Great light read - Perfect for the beach!

Reading a Goldy novel is like visiting old friends. Just enough mystery, just enough family life and, of course, great food.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Mott Davidson books are ALWAYS a good read.

I always enjoy reading Diane Mott Davidson's books. She has a way with words that no one can match.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Barbara Rosenblat is BACK!!!! And Amazing!!!!

If you could sum up Sweet Revenge in three words, what would they be?

My favorite Goldie reader is BACK!!! Thank you audible for bringing back the real sound of Goldie!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sweet Revenge?

Tom's husky voice asking Goldie if she needed glasses, in regards to Sandee.

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

YES!!! SHE'S BACK. I can't remember the reader from the last book that was replaced but she read the Goldie character like a soap opera character. I hated the old reader's mens voices. Tom sounded horrible and I couldn't love Marla the way that I do when Barbara Rosenblat reads her. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for bringing Barbara Rosenblat back!!!!!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I would be the same line they used in a newspaper article about Goldie in one of the books.
Something like: "Tough cookie Goldie the Caterer, solves murder in a small Colorado Mountain Town, while being a single mom and cooking gourmet food for the towns elite."

Any additional comments?

I've really grown to love this characters the way the Barbara Rosenblat reads them. Thank you again for bringing back the real Goldie Schultz.

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good book

this book should be titled, "if you don't know, shut up" yet again the main character talks to the killer too much to not notice the con being run, but if you knew the number of murder victim the she does, I guess you would be as air headed. being an acquaintance of the main character is like putting your name on a hit list. the story was well thought out, the plot was interesting, and the narrator brought the characters to life.

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Always keeps you guessing

the Goldy Series always keeps you interested & trying to figure out the ending. You have to wait until the very last minute for the answers.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 10-03-14

Goldy isn't so gold anymore

It was okay. I think that Goldy's character is a bit silly and it amazes me that she never ages. Tom as always was very forgiving. I might listen to the next book. The supporting characters are the real draw for me. I think Julian should get his own series. But I guess he is smart enough to mind his own business so that wouldn't work.

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  • Holly
  • ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States
  • 02-27-14

Sweet plot, sweeter reading & sweetest characters

The plot is terrific--so good I kept sliding my progress bar back to re-listen, the characters are rich in detail, and the narrating is perfect. I love to be made to laugh in the midst of a mystery, and I was laughing out loud in several places, often AT Goldy, but in a nice way. This is one of my favorite in the series.

A definite sweet re-read...

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  • Shelley
  • Newburgh, IN, United States
  • 01-07-11

I really tried....

I swear to you, I love Goldie... I love that big, great looking, great cooking hubby of hers, I love Arch...but I really didn't love this book! The writing was terrible...I'm not even sure Diane Mott Davidson wrote this book! The story line was choppy, Arch was moody and sullen and Goldie was so ditzy and predictable that I just couldn't tolerate her. Please, I beg you, save your credits and try another one. I only got to chapter 4 or 5 I can't even remember.... or maybe the memory was so painful that I have repressed it.... Shame, shame Diane, next time slow down and write an engrossing book like we know you can!!