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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,883 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diane Mott Davidson Narrator: Cherry Jones Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Goldy Schulz Culinary Mysteries Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553750638
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A deliciously deadly novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Prime Cut

Diane Mott Davidson's unique blend of first-class suspense and five-star fare has won her scores of fans and propelled her onto major bestseller lists across the country. Now she returns with her hottest entree yet, serving up another tantalizing menu for murder....

When caterer Goldy Schulz is offered a temporary stint hosting a cooking show for PBS, she jumps at the chance. After all, she could use the money -- not to mention the great exposure. Plus taping the shows at Colorado's posh Killdeer Ski Resort will be fun. A little cooking, a little chitchat. What could go wrong?

The answer: everything! When Goldy has to do one of her shows live for a PBS telethon, the broadcast is riddled with culinary catastrophes -- from the Chesapeake Crab Cakes right down to the Ice-Capped Gingersnaps. But the deadliest dish of all comes after the cameras go off -- and a baffling accident claims a life. Then a series of suspicious mishaps places Goldy's own life in jeopardy, and she knows she'd better whip up her own crime-solving recipe, and fast -- before a deadly dash of danger ends her cooking career once and for all....

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 2/15/2014

    " I liked reading Mrs. G's adventures this go round. I'm not a skier, but I really enjoyed reading about the happenings at the Killdeer Ski Resort in this murder mystery. Score another star for Davidson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne | 2/15/2014

    " Another good mystery with some good sounding recipes "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 2/13/2014

    " These are such fun mystery books. The main character is a caterer who always finds herself involved with a murder. Her life is chaotic to begin with and gets crazier as the story evolves. The author even throws in the recipes talked about in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb Sharp | 2/11/2014

    " This is such a FuN series,I found this book to be very busy with lots going in so that made it really xciting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi | 2/9/2014

    " Recipes and mysteries, what could be better? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 2/4/2014

    " Goldy's back, with her own TV show this time! Between that, the Killdeer resort and more great recipes, it's always good to be back with all the characters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Librarian2191 | 1/19/2014

    " Just reread. Just as good the second time around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 1/18/2014

    " Cute little qick mystery read. Fun but doesn't stick with you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nanette | 1/18/2014

    " Another great one in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 1/16/2014

    " Always like reading fun culinary mysteries! Easy light reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 12/29/2013

    " Okay, these books are getting to be just fluff, the formula is predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kel | 12/29/2013

    " My favorite of Ms. Mott's books thus far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 12/25/2013

    " I liked this one. Near the end it was very suspenseful and for the first time I did guess the right person who committed the crimes but never guessed the way it all fit together. Great book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Toni | 12/1/2013

    " I've read some of the books in this series before, and I know they're not that great, but I found myself skimming and skipping a lot on this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy Neal | 10/30/2013

    " Good as all her books are! Light reading, wonderful cooking with a mystery to solve. Skiing, avalanches, a cooking show on PBS. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tree | 10/30/2013

    " Formulaic. Tedious. Repetitive. At least there are recipes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgia Gibbs | 9/17/2013

    " I almost gave it five stars because I got one of my favorite cookie recipes from this book. Read it just for that. Pure entertainment and Chocolate Coma Cookies. This is the stuff of dreams. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 4/24/2013

    " Not my favorite of her books. I know noting about skiing or snowboarding so that was of little interest to me. There were too many characters to keep track of. But still not a bad mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phillipa | 9/15/2012

    " 'Tough Cookie' is an enjoyable quick read. I enjoyed the recipes sprinkled throughout the book, but the story was somewhat predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rochelle | 7/27/2012

    " loved it. the recipies inside sound good too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 6/9/2012

    " Absolutely love these books, they are filled with fun, action, suspense and the kind of writing that keeps you on the edge of your seat, never know what direction Goldy is going to head next. Would recommend this to all my mystery reading friends. (Plus there are some awesome recipes in each book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 5/9/2012

    " After reading most of her books, I could guess the ending. In fact I had it figured out before I was halfway done. Even with this said, I still enjoyed the book. I enjoy the characters and their lives. I was even brought to tears at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lonnie | 4/24/2012

    " Good murder mystery...made me miss Colorado, but not the snow! I might backtrack and read the whole series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Cohen | 2/16/2012

    " They get better as the series progresses! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 8/18/2011

    " A fun mystery that includes recipes from the "chubby" heroin chef. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sampsonem | 8/4/2011

    " Cute series with some great recipes. You can read them out of order and not be completely lost. Great summer-time fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie Lisle | 6/30/2011

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Toni | 6/25/2011

    " I've read some of the books in this series before, and I know they're not that great, but I found myself skimming and skipping a lot on this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 6/12/2011

    " Always like reading fun culinary mysteries! Easy light reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 5/2/2011

    " Goldy is doing a cooking show for her local PBS station at a ski resort. But she receives numerous threats, and with four mysterious murders at the resort, she needs to figure out what's going on! Enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 4/10/2011

    " This was a surprisingly delicious story, complete with recipes. Goldy (the caterer) not only tapes PBS cooking shows, bakes cookies for the local library, is a personal chef, she also solves crimes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne | 3/26/2011

    " Another good mystery with some good sounding recipes "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Librarian2191 | 1/2/2011

    " Just reread. Just as good the second time around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 11/14/2010

    " I enjoy this series for light, fun reading with some good recipes thrown in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teesa | 10/6/2010

    " A guilty pleasure! I love the Goldy Schultz mystery series. Tough Cookie is mt all time favorite...how can you go wrong with a comfortable mystery, including recipes for Chile Con Queso Dip and Chocolate Coma Cookies! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Kay | 9/21/2010

    " Read only if you have time to waste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 9/20/2010

    " I liked this one. Near the end it was very suspenseful and for the first time I did guess the right person who committed the crimes but never guessed the way it all fit together. Great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffiny | 8/30/2010

    " I love this series but how this woman hasn't died from shock or doesn't suffer from post traumatic stress disorder after all the near death experiences she's had, I have no idea... Ah, the beauty of fiction! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgia | 8/12/2010

    " I almost gave it five stars because I got one of my favorite cookie recipes from this book. Read it just for that. Pure entertainment and Chocolate Coma Cookies. This is the stuff of dreams. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 7/20/2010

    " This being the first book of Davidson's I picked up, and since it is the 9th in a series, perhaps I will give one of the earlier ones a try. Not a lot of character development, but I suppose that is what the first eight books did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 4/19/2010

    " I love the recipes included in the stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 4/18/2010

    " really interesting and funny. I'd never read a real ADULT book before this, just YA, but I am looking out for this series now. Also comes with delicious recipes since the main character is a cook. She's also a snoop so she runs into lots of trouble. So funny!! "

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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

Cherry Jones is an Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator who has won an AudioFile Earphones Award and twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, in 2001 and 2005. She is also well known as a premiere theater actress and winner of a Tony Award. She has acted in numerous television shows, and her film roles include Erin Brockovich, The Perfect Storm, and M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs.