Diane Mott Davidson
Bantam, 2003 (2002)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
iane Mott Davidson is one of my favorite authors of cozy mysteries, certainly my favorite of culinary mysteries. And I always enjoy Goldy, even though she does remind me of a caterer/PI version of Lucille Ball, at the mercy of fate as she continually blunders into absurd situations.
his time, Goldy is burnt out from too much catering success, her best friend Marla is on her case, and her son Arch (whom I have always wanted to shake) is developing materialistic attitudes from the spoiled rich kid crowd at his new private school (paid for by the
, who fortunately remains in jail). Barry Dean, a charming old college '
' of Goldy's has awarded her an elite shopper catering gig at the new mall (whose grounds are still under construction) that he manages.
f course, things immediately go amiss, starting with a dump truck that attempts to run Goldy down as she delivers delicacies. Then her assistant's son is arrested by mall security; a compulsive shopper gets into fisticuffs with her husband; and Goldy unearths the obligatory corpse from a stash of shoes. The caterer comes under suspicion; close family friend (and Marla's nephew) Julian is arrested for murder; and Goldy inherits a dog named Latte and a scavenger hunt from the victim.
nder stress, Goldy cooks, since '
In cooking, you could take out your frustrations by
' (never thought of it that way, but she does have a point!) Marla is an invaluable source, plugged in as she is to the local gossip net. And, as always, Goldy
her way through a succession of munchies, murders and manic shoppers. It's a perfect recipe for success, resulting in one of the best entr9es yet in this
, farcical series.
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
iane Mott Davidson has created her 11th culinary mystery in
. Caterer Goldy Shultz again falls, unwillingly at first, into the investigation of a death that leads to Goldy snooping where her policeman second husband has forbidden her to go.
nd what delightful snooping. While she indulges her natural bent to solve crimes, Goldy's teenage son has problems only a teenager can create for himself. Her ex, the Jerk, is in jail for probation violations. Her courtesy son / catering partner is arrested for murder (we wonder why the murder victim carried a powerful painkiller) Goldy attends a meeting of Shoppers' Anonymous, is almost run down by a construction truck, and inherits a basset hound named Latte. Goldy has good reason to suspect several of her friends. She consumes great quantities of caffeine in the guise of uncountable lattes. All of which sends the caterer into a frenzy of cooking. I wouldn't want the difficulties in my life, but would that I could cook like she does.
avidson, in her tender words and obvious delight in the meals she cooks, speaks of food as though it were much more than something to be devoured in a few moments of time. In the author, I can see my chef daughter describing a dish she has created. With a dreamy light in her eyes, expressive hands and fingers moving again to the motions of cooking and then the ultimate account of the final sight, taste and texture of the finished dish. Wonderful to watch.
is studded with recipes for mouthwatering dishes Goldy creates for her catering business.
Shoppers' Chocolate Truffles
sound sinful enough to murder for.
Quiche Me Quick
seems like no other quiche I have had - or made, for that matter. Must try it. I would have been tempted to buy the book for its recipes for salads - both
Wild Girls' Grilled Mushroom Salad
Chopping Spree Salad
- alone. But a fun mystery is thrown in for good measure. What more can one ask? Try
and tell me you don't agree.
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