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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

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BEST book in the entire series.

What made the experience of listening to The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense the most enjoyable?

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. <br/>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.<br/>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.<br/>Very touching.....I laughed....then I cried (with joy) for Goldie.

What other book might you compare The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense to and why?

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.

Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

Toss up between Marla and Goldie. Love em both.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing

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.

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I can't imagine Goldy with this voice!

What did you like best about The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense? What did you like least?

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.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Enjoyed the book, the plot and characters.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

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.

Do you think The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes--kept up with characters and what you would expect, but not the same same thing.

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DIANE IS THE BEST!

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!

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Fun voice for the character

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.

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  • Holly
  • ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States
  • 04-15-16

Very re-playable, so worth the investment

I am a big fan of the Diane Mott Davidson Colorado culinary mysteries. They are extremely re-readable, i.e., re-playable. This is exactly the kind of recorded book that makes for engrossing listening. The narrator, Barbara Rosenblatt, does a superior job on all voices, especially the main character, her best friend, her husband, and her son. This was my fourth time to listen to the entire 17 books in a row, and this last one is deeply satisfying. The author and the narrator really make you care and I confess to having tears in my eyes at the conclusion despite knowing exactly what would happen. Well-done, indeed! Fingers crossed that Davidson will one day write some sequels to the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Strange wind up for a Goldie book.

Would you try another book from Diane Mott Davidson and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

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.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

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.

What aspect of Barbara Rosenblat’s performance would you have changed?

I had problems distinguishing some of the voices. Too many side characters.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

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.

Any additional comments?

Disappointed with this one, but won't give up on the series.

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  • Carolyn
  • Oxford, MI, United States
  • 09-24-13

Fun listen!

What did you love best about The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense?

It had to been to moment in the church where Goldie found Father Pete.

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I am never let down

Diane Mott Davidson never lets me down. And if you are a fan you will love the ending on this one!

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So unrealistic yet entertaining

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful