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3.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 5 3.32 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diane Mott Davidson Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Goldy Schulz Culinary Mysteries Release Date: April 2006 ISBN: 9780061154386
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I tripped over the body of Dusty Routt sometime after 10 o’clock on the evening of October 19…

New York Times bestselling author Diane Mott Davidson cooks up a knockout treat featuring the irrepressible caterer Goldy Schulz.

Goldy Schulz has a lucrative new gig, preparing breakfasts and conference room snacks for a local law firm. It’s time-consuming, but Goldy is enjoying it—until the night she arrives to find Dusty, the firm’s paralegal, dead. The poor young woman also happens to be Goldy’s friend and neighbor, and Dusty’s grieving mother begs Goldy to find out who murdered her daughter.

Just because the police are on the case doesn’t mean Goldy can’t do a little snooping herself. While catering a party at the home of one of the firm’s lawyers, she overhears an incriminating conversation and ends up discovering a few clues in the kitchen. Before long, Goldy is knee deep in suspects, one of whom is incredibly dangerous and very liable to cook Goldy’s goose.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Davidson delivers another entertaining whodunit with delectable recipes.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In the subgenre of foodie mysteries, Davidson remains the master chef.”  

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 1/29/2014

    " I love this series of mysteries. I only wish I had read them in order. If you haven't read them yet, start with the first one. They make me hungry though... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meredith Galman | 1/27/2014

    " Almost didn't buy this because her last book sucked so much. This one wasn't nearly as bad, but still wasn't that good. The main problems with this one is that Goldy has no plausible reason to be involved with the investigation, that she goes about it in such a haphazard way, and she leaves the vital clue lying around for a week, only to discover it just as the killer comes to polish her off. Then there's the fact that she and her husband Tom have multiple conversations where they tell each other things they should already know, and the strained dialog (like when Goldy asks a young woman if the murdered girl had had any "romantic liaisons"). I really enjoyed this series more when Goldy had real obstacles to overcome and her involvement with the murders was more immediate and personal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/26/2014

    " I like Goldy she makes me laugh and she makes me hungry. Davidson's books are always good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheryl | 1/24/2014

    " This was definitely not my favorite of this series. The main character spent half the book crying and whining rather than solving the mystery. Generally, as a series though, I still enjoy the books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 1/14/2014

    " My favorite breathless writer. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea | 1/13/2014

    " I feel this book is so dry. Also I feel that the author is trying too hard to be "good author" because she put too much "fun scenes" and overexplaining on cooking, for instance, thermatsor (sp?) in pork tendions is 375 degree.. blah, blah.. rub butter and herbs in the bread. The book is suppose to about mystery. So I feel it has too many parts in a book. Ugh.. It took me forever to finish the book. Not my favourite. Unless you love reading about cooking, this book is for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/10/2014

    " I really enjoyed this series. All of the recipes are fun and the story line keeps you pretty much guessing. I definetely liked the books better after the exhusband died. The books were more engaging with more humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/10/2014

    " Typical, enjoyable Goldie Bear food mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Missy Townsend | 12/27/2013

    " My older sister gave me this book for my birthday.. It was a good mystery book with all kinds of recipes thrown in. If you love cooking this author is for you. It did make me very hungry in some places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/23/2013

    " This was a fun book that combined a murder mystery with cooking. After I read it I was really inspired to cook something wonderful. I can't wait to read more of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy Hall-scheufele | 12/14/2013

    " This was the first book that I read in this series. It was great! Then I found out it was a series I was hooked. Love the addition of recipes in each book but haven't tried them yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Les | 11/23/2013

    " As always, Diane Mott Davidson is a pleasure to read. Light and easy, she goes perfectly with chocolate cake and the cat sitting on my feet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 colleen | 11/19/2013

    " i think this is my favorite mystery series. i love goldy and her catering ways. dark tort is a great story about a murder at a law office, but i don't like how she wrapped up all the loose ends in the last two pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 11/11/2013

    " Kept me going till the end. Love having the recipes at the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie Lisle | 11/2/2013

    " A cozy mystery and I love trying the recipes that are included in the book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Collette | 10/31/2013

    " I like these murder mystery books with the culinary flair but this one was wrapped up too quickly in three pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 1/28/2013

    " I always like these because the food sounds so fantastic. The story is just a side-note:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/24/2012

    " Fun book to read. Has recipes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 6/8/2012

    " re-read 8/18/2012 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Haman | 6/2/2012

    " another fun mystery from Aspen Meadows. Lots of good recipes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 3/19/2012

    " This was an enjoy able and well written volume that combines food and mystery. The Dark Tort recipe is at the end of the book. This was a new author for me. I listened to it with my wife as we travelled together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 1/21/2012

    " Junk fiction- but what could be better than combining cooking, coffee, and a good murder mystery?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Girolomo | 12/13/2011

    " A lively and enjoyable fast paced read with just enough mystery to keep you guessing and a lot of great food to make you hungry! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lillian | 11/3/2011

    " typical Diane Mott Davidson fare; light and enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Mixon | 9/8/2011

    " Currently reading this book...but I love this author! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle Schryver | 8/24/2011

    " cybergift from Kris Xmas 08 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 6/6/2011

    " Fun mysteries with food mixed in. Who could resist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 5/3/2011

    " Love this series! Fun. One day I'm going to make one of her recipes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 3/4/2011

    " Good mystery with great food involved. What else do you need? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/15/2011

    " Typical, enjoyable Goldie Bear food mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekkila | 1/6/2011

    " I moved this up in my stack for the food and wine challenge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 12/18/2010

    " This was better then I thought it would be. I liked it. It was odd listening to so much cooking in a book, but the story was entertaining. I wouldn't go out of my way to read this series, but it wouldn't be my last choice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 11/29/2010

    " This book was fun and had a good mystery with lots of twists without being frightening. The main character comes across as genuine and caring and a bit bumbling too which is endearing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 10/26/2010

    " This one was just ok for me. It wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be as I began reading it. I got bored in parts, although did finish it to find out "who done it", and even then was not blown away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teesa | 10/16/2010

    " Murder and cheesecake...what's left to say? In this adventure Goldy has a steady catering gig...until she trips over a body. Has to be one of my favorites in the series. A chickpea bread recipe and blue cheesecake! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxann | 6/28/2010

    " I have read many of the books in this series. This was my least favorite so far. The recipes are usually good. The mystery was easy reading, but the characters were difficult to follow this time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 6/16/2010

    " An interesting enough yarn, but not my usual sort of book. Hard
    for me to articulate what it was lacking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 5/26/2010

    " If you like food, cooking, and mysteries, this is a fun, mindless read with some bonus recipes the characters make. "

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About the Author
Author Diane Mott Davidson

Diane Mott Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. She wrote three novels before one was accepted for publication—when she was forty-one. She has since written many more mysteries, all featuring Goldy the caterer. In addition, she has written short stories and poetry for various publications. She has won the Anthony Award from Bouchercon and has been nominated for the Agatha, another Anthony, and the Macavity Award. In 1993 she was named Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Writer of the Year.

About the Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned fifty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.