• The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense

  • Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries, Book 17
  • By: Diane Mott Davidson
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (831 ratings)
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The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense

By: Diane Mott Davidson
Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
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Publisher's summary

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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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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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.
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.

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!

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The narrator's voice was terrible

I tried to listen but the narrator's voice was such a distraction that I had to stop

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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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Fun!

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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Author needs to do her research

I've listened to a lot of Diane Mott Davidson's Goldie Shultz series, and enjoyed them. They are formulaic, but I like the characters. This one however made me a bit angry. If the author chooses to have a character's religion play a part in the plot then the author should thoroughly research what they are writing. In this case a Catholic character is said to have attended an Episcopalian church because she was "refused communion" and "excommunicated" from the Catholic Church because she was divorced. Since this character had not remarried she would not have been either denied communion or excommunicated.

Otherwise the book was sufficiently entertaining for a mystery of it's genre.

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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.

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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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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.

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