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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diane Mott Davidson Narrator: Elizabeth Marvel Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Goldy Schulz Culinary Mysteries Release Date: April 2006 ISBN: 9780061154362
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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 Colleen | 2/20/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. All of her cooking made me very hungry! I like the way she describes her characters. You really feel like you get to know them. I recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 2/12/2014

    " Not bad - I will have to listen to some of the other stories she has written. Since this is book 13, I guess there are at least 12 more I could listen to. If you like cooking, this one does have quite a cooking theme woven throught the book, plus the recipies she uses are included in the back. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ilka | 2/7/2014

    " I have liked some of the other books in this series and I always like books that include the recipes but I didn't care for this one too much "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 1/20/2014

    " yummy food "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 1/11/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 1/5/2014

    " Another in my favorite culinary. cozy mystery series. Goldy has landed a catering job with a local law firm, one in which her young neighbor has a job. The girl has had a hard life, marked by poverty, and is in the process of improving her condition when she is murdered. Goldy finds the body and embarks upon a mission to find the killer. A fast and funny little read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 12/28/2013

    " I really liked this culinary cozy mystery! There was alot of action going on and different twists and turns. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who likes culinary cozy mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Girolomo | 12/17/2013

    " 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 Risa | 12/17/2013

    " Dark Tort: A Novel of Suspense (Goldy Culinary Mysteries) by Diane Mott Davidson (2006) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Fowler | 12/15/2013

    " Intriguing plot until the end. Seems like should could figure how the finish the story so it read like an essay. Very disappointing conclusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 12/1/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 11/27/2013

    " Another good one. But, now the recipes are in the very back instead of included in the story. Still a quick easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxann | 11/7/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 10/31/2013

    " Great Characters delicious recipes and suspense--nice to find a series of mysteries that my children can read too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri | 10/20/2013

    " Loved this book and Goldie's crime solving techniques and the recipes aren't bad either. Liked it better than the Sugar Cookie Murders by another author from the Minnesota area. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 8/23/2013

    " Typical Goldie mystery. These are fun to read and make quick longer book interludes. I enjoy them. Although, I would like to know where husbands like Tom come from. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 8/15/2013

    " The ONLY things that I consistently do not like about these books is that they make me feel useless in the kitchen, and very hungry! Her use of adjectives in describing any food just borders on the erotic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Les | 7/12/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 7/1/2013

    " I was entertained, plus I love all the catering chat. And the recipes, too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carissa | 1/25/2013

    " All of the books in this series are very similar. The stories are interesting but not intellectual and they all tend to have the same ring to them. It's a great fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maddie | 1/16/2013

    " An easy, "i'm not doing anything important, so I'll read book" book. I listened to it while driving and was kept awake, and entertained. Characters are well developed and are easy to cheer on/crap on. The recipes at the end of the book are an excellent touch, and they all sound slammin! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi Karriker | 12/12/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxanne | 10/6/2012

    " Adore Goldy Bear Schultz Mysteries!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicky Beltz | 9/28/2012

    " Great cozy mystery with humor and recipes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaye Rabalais | 9/20/2012

    " I've read a number of the books in the Goldy Bear series and enjoyed them, but this book was not great. Definitely a disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JoAnne | 5/27/2012

    " fun and fast read.. enjoyable secondary characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 5/7/2012

    " A fun read and a bit lighter than the previous one, which dealt with the issues with the ex-husband. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marylogo2 | 4/15/2012

    " Ok, I admit I read mysteries. Mott is enjoyable, entertaining and a light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 4/9/2012

    " Goldy's neighbor is found dead in a lawyer's office - did one of the lawyers do it? "

  • 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.