Sunday, August 7, 2011

Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson

The Back Story: I read my first Goldy Schulz mystery back in the 90s when we did a book swap at work. I got my hands on Catering to Nobody the first book in the series. It was the first time I had heard of a cozy culinary mystery. I loved it; still love it, though I’ve yet to make one of the recipes!

Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson

This is not Goldy’s first turn at the rodeo but she does get a few surprises thrown at her. Goldy, a Colorado Caterer and owner of Goldilock’s Catering “where everything is just right,” finds herself in a bear of job. Simply put, why did she decide to cater the wedding reception of Bridezilla Billie, a spoiled, indulgent little rich girl? They make reality shows about girls like Billie. Unfortunately for Goldy, her penchant for espresso is not going to help this case one bit.

The sudden death of Aspen Meadows’ beloved doctor in a car crash is thought to be an accident but was it really murder? Goldy’s godfather Jack is convinced that is the case as the doc was investigating some shady goings on at the Golden Gulch Spa. So Goldy slips into her chef‘s whites and does a little digging at the spa where she also happens to be catering Bridezilla Billie’s reception.

My Take: If they did a reality show about bridezillas – oh wait, they do! – then this bride would take home the cake! I have enjoyed Goldy’s adventures in the past but perhaps it has become a little too familiar for me. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy a girl who can make lemonade when life throws her lemons and then some. But I missed Tom, Arch and Marla and wish they weren’t relegated to the background so much but I did enjoy meeting Yolanda, a spitfire of a chef.

About the Author:

Diane Mott Davidson is the author of 16 cozy mysteries with a culinary theme featuring Goldy Schulz. Mott Davidson studied political science at Wellesley College and interestingly enough lived across the hall from Hillary Clinton. I’m assuming there was no cookie baking going on in the dorms! You can visit with Diane at her Harper Collins website or follow her on Facebook.

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