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The Caterer Meet Goldy Bear: a bright, opinionated, wildly inventive caterer whose personal life has become a recipe for disaster. She's got an abusive ex-husband who's into making tasteless threats, a rash of mounting bills that are taking a huge bite out of her budget, and two enticing men knocking on her door. The Dish Now determined to take control of her life, Goldy move The Caterer Meet Goldy Bear: a bright, opinionated, wildly inventive caterer whose personal life has become a recipe for disaster. She's got an abusive ex-husband who's into making tasteless threats, a rash of mounting bills that are taking a huge bite out of her budget, and two enticing men knocking on her door. The Dish Now determined to take control of her life, Goldy moves her business and her son to ritzy Aspen Meadow Country Club, where she accepts a job as a live-in cook. But just as she's beginning to think she's got it made--catering decadent dinners and posh society picnics and enjoying the favors of Philip Miller, a handsome local shrink, and Tom Shulz, her more-than-friendly neighborhood cop--the dishy doctor inexplicably drives his BMW into an oncoming bus. The Unsavory Killer Convinced that Philip's bizarre death was no accident, Goldy decides to do a little investigating of her own. But sifting through the unpalatable secrets of the dead doc's life will toss her into a case seasoned with unexpected danger and even more unexpected revelations--the kind that could get a caterer and the son she loves. . .killed.


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The Caterer Meet Goldy Bear: a bright, opinionated, wildly inventive caterer whose personal life has become a recipe for disaster. She's got an abusive ex-husband who's into making tasteless threats, a rash of mounting bills that are taking a huge bite out of her budget, and two enticing men knocking on her door. The Dish Now determined to take control of her life, Goldy move The Caterer Meet Goldy Bear: a bright, opinionated, wildly inventive caterer whose personal life has become a recipe for disaster. She's got an abusive ex-husband who's into making tasteless threats, a rash of mounting bills that are taking a huge bite out of her budget, and two enticing men knocking on her door. The Dish Now determined to take control of her life, Goldy moves her business and her son to ritzy Aspen Meadow Country Club, where she accepts a job as a live-in cook. But just as she's beginning to think she's got it made--catering decadent dinners and posh society picnics and enjoying the favors of Philip Miller, a handsome local shrink, and Tom Shulz, her more-than-friendly neighborhood cop--the dishy doctor inexplicably drives his BMW into an oncoming bus. The Unsavory Killer Convinced that Philip's bizarre death was no accident, Goldy decides to do a little investigating of her own. But sifting through the unpalatable secrets of the dead doc's life will toss her into a case seasoned with unexpected danger and even more unexpected revelations--the kind that could get a caterer and the son she loves. . .killed.

30 review for Dying for Chocolate

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    Book Review 3 of 5 stars to Dying for Chocolate, the second installment in the Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series, by Diane Mott Davidson, published in 1992. I stumbled on to this series after college and quickly purchased the first five or six books to read as quickly as possible. It's one of those series you should read the first few in a row, so you are immersed in the cozy world of fun. And with a title all about chocolate, how could you resist? The recipes in the book look fun and simple Book Review 3 of 5 stars to Dying for Chocolate, the second installment in the Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series, by Diane Mott Davidson, published in 1992. I stumbled on to this series after college and quickly purchased the first five or six books to read as quickly as possible. It's one of those series you should read the first few in a row, so you are immersed in the cozy world of fun. And with a title all about chocolate, how could you resist? The recipes in the book look fun and simple. But they tend to be a little non-diet friendly, and although I am not usually on a diet, I do watch what I eat. And when it comes to desserts, I can't make them too often unless I'm giving them away -- or I'll eat the whole thing. This book continues the intro to Goldy and her pre-teen/teen son, a good example of a parent/child relationship post-divorce. It helps that Arch is a good kid, but Goldy can sometimes be too motherly over some things. Her friendship with Marla is a hoot. And her interesting flirtation (if you can call it that) with the doctor and the policeman are heating up. But when 1 of them is killed, you know we won't suffer too long with the infamous cozy triangle. [image error] The mystery is a bit of a whodunit and keeps you guessing but it needs to be stronger in future books (and it does get there). Goldy settles into town just outside of Denver. I've always wanted to see Denver, and these books give you a little taste of it. The other thing about this book is that it's different than the first one in a way where you can tell the writer was reacting to fan feedback; setting changes, characters change... it's almost like she's testing out the best combination for readers. And I'm OK with that in the first few... then I like consistency with growth. Not just a complete turnabout. Fun cozy times... relaxing series. I go back and forth between this one and Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen series. Very similar styles. About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. [polldaddy poll=9729544] [polldaddy poll=9719251]

  2. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Zapata

    I needed something to read while on a trip, and this book was given to me by my Mom as something 'light, easy to read when you can't really concentrate, and fun'. Yep, she was right. I found out later this is the third in a series of 'culinary mysteries' featuring a main character who is a caterer and has the (sorry) ridiculous name of Goldy Bear. The 'Goldy' is explained as a childhood nickname that carried over into adulthood. I must say I think this was unfortunate for everyone, because even t I needed something to read while on a trip, and this book was given to me by my Mom as something 'light, easy to read when you can't really concentrate, and fun'. Yep, she was right. I found out later this is the third in a series of 'culinary mysteries' featuring a main character who is a caterer and has the (sorry) ridiculous name of Goldy Bear. The 'Goldy' is explained as a childhood nickname that carried over into adulthood. I must say I think this was unfortunate for everyone, because even though the name gave the author a reason to insert a couple of little side plots, every time I read the full name I either cringed or rolled my eyes in disgust. I guess I don't really appreciate such cuteness in mysteries, even light mysteries such as this one. Aside from the name issue, I did like the book and I agree with Mom: it is fun and easy to read. Besides, Davidson (Goldy?) has a good attitude about chocolate: Opening a wrapped imported chocolate is like a moment from Christmas Eve. Your mouth waters. Each tiny crinkle of paper, each flash of colored foil is agony. You think if you don't get this chocolate into your mouth in the next five seconds, you're going to die. Our Goldy uses her chocolate (and her cooking) as stress relievers. She has an abusive ex-husband to deal with; a son who is about to join the ranks of the dreaded Teenagers; a very unusual boss; and suddenly people around her start dying like Spanish flies. So I can certainly understand her need to indulge in good chocolate every so often. I do not think I would intentionally search out any other titles in the series, but if I came across them in a used book sale I would pick them up. Mother will be looking for more of Davidson's books though, so I imagine that someday I will see what else is on Goldy's menu. Meanwhile I whole-heartedly agree with Ms. Bear when she says: Anything tastes good when you wash it down with chocolate.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Goldy has taken a job to be a live-in chef for an older couple. She hopes to avoid the abusive ex. But avoiding him isn’t easy when they share custody of their son. Meanwhile murder follows her. Good book with a solid plot.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mistress ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist)

    There are some likable things in this novel: the food porn, interactions with Shultz, Marla, and the quaint setting. But Goldy in the end is too much of pushover for my tastes, even her bratty son bullies the hell out of her. She does make a wry remark or two at times but only to the harmless (that are usually trying to help her). Along with the dated feel to the dialogue and my total confusion re: John Richard ( seriously how does a documented abuser get unsupervised weekends with their child, There are some likable things in this novel: the food porn, interactions with Shultz, Marla, and the quaint setting. But Goldy in the end is too much of pushover for my tastes, even her bratty son bullies the hell out of her. She does make a wry remark or two at times but only to the harmless (that are usually trying to help her). Along with the dated feel to the dialogue and my total confusion re: John Richard ( seriously how does a documented abuser get unsupervised weekends with their child, why would you stay in such close proximity to him if he's still a constant threat...especially if he only sometimes pays child support, in fact why don't you sic your lawyers on him when he doesn't or report when he continues to threaten/stalk you, and yeah while you're at it go ahead and move to a town big enough for you to have a less shaky employment situation. rant/off), it's time for me to abandon ship on this cozy series. Good Riddance -_-

  5. 5 out of 5

    Loreen ☕️

    Warning! don't read this book if you are on a diet! This is the first of the Goldy Bear cozy mysteries that I read. I enjoyed it so much that I went back to the used bookstore and bought more books from the series. Then I went to the library to read all the copies that they stocked. These are just fun books to read. The best part of the stories for me are the descriptions of the food/coffee and the inclusion of recipes! I have tried many of them and they are good. If you are looking for somethin Warning! don't read this book if you are on a diet! This is the first of the Goldy Bear cozy mysteries that I read. I enjoyed it so much that I went back to the used bookstore and bought more books from the series. Then I went to the library to read all the copies that they stocked. These are just fun books to read. The best part of the stories for me are the descriptions of the food/coffee and the inclusion of recipes! I have tried many of them and they are good. If you are looking for something to read just for fun, then this series of mysteries fit the bill.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Price

    I love listening to this series on cd audio as I drive. Great culinary mystery series and fun to listen to. I am waiting for book 3 in the series to arrive now. I recommend to anyone who likes a good mystery that is not too complicated or "deep".

  7. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Although this is just the second book I've read this series is really good and I'm looking forward to many Goldy Bear antics and mysteries

  8. 5 out of 5

    G.V.R. Corcillo

    2.5 stars because I like the character Goldy and her bevy of friends, family, and neighbors in Aspen Meadow. But this story was weird! In one of the opening scenes, a middle aged woman hosts an aphrodisiac dinner in an attempt to win back her philandering husband. But this is not an intimate dinner for two, but a party for 6. Guests, when you are trying to seduce your husband? Wait, it gets weirder. One of the middle aged couples can't make it at the last minute, so the hostess invites two high 2.5 stars because I like the character Goldy and her bevy of friends, family, and neighbors in Aspen Meadow. But this story was weird! In one of the opening scenes, a middle aged woman hosts an aphrodisiac dinner in an attempt to win back her philandering husband. But this is not an intimate dinner for two, but a party for 6. Guests, when you are trying to seduce your husband? Wait, it gets weirder. One of the middle aged couples can't make it at the last minute, so the hostess invites two high school seniors to fill in. Really? Two high school seniors at an aphrodisiac party with two middle-aged couples? And no character even comments on the total weirdness of this! And one of the older guys at the party in his fifties is lasciviously flirting with the hot teenage girl not only at the party, but throughout the book, and nobody does anything about this except grit their teeth at the guy's bad behavior. Nobody threatens to call the cops or even informs the girls parents that a fifty-something Lothario is after her. The weirdness of the whole situation made me feel as if I were in the Twilight Zone as I was reading it. On an up note, I started reading the Goldy Books late in the run, so it was pretty cool to read about the characters as they were years before I "met" them. I found the pacing of this book a bit jarring and stilted, whereas the later books flow along beautifully. This is the third Goldy book I've read, and even though this one was a little disappointing and weird, I am definitely going to read more!

  9. 5 out of 5

    C-shaw

    Starting over with the wonderful Goldy Bear series. This is No. 2. Davidson has written 17 books in this series! Eek, I shouldn't have dropped out; I'll never catch up. * * * * * This is a great one. Goldy's relationship with Schulz warms up. As always, Davidson includes yummy recipes.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Fun, fluffy, with a few twists, enjoyable summer read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Brown

    A very fun mystery about the caterer, Goldy Bear, and a murder she tries to solve. It was much better than the first of the series, as it not nearly as full of the heavy history of her abusive husband. (He played only a minimal part in the story this time.) And I have to say, the author succeeded in leading me astray on who the murderer was almost until the very end. A light book that is great for a fun read. PS. The recipes in this book sound devine, and I found myself wanting to stop reading ju A very fun mystery about the caterer, Goldy Bear, and a murder she tries to solve. It was much better than the first of the series, as it not nearly as full of the heavy history of her abusive husband. (He played only a minimal part in the story this time.) And I have to say, the author succeeded in leading me astray on who the murderer was almost until the very end. A light book that is great for a fun read. PS. The recipes in this book sound devine, and I found myself wanting to stop reading just to go make one of them. Yum!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Markie

    I love mysteries!!! I love chocolate!!! I loved this book!!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lisa B.

    I am really enjoying this series. I listen to the audio version and I think the narrator is awesome.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa C

    Guilty pleasure- perfect on audio for road trips!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dez Nemec

    At this point, I don't know why I am still even reading this series (this is the 6th I've read, obviously not in order). While I enjoy the mysteries, the characters are completely annoying. Goldy whines about everything, Arch is a spoiled brat, and Marla, while not too bad in this one, is a complete busybody, albeit a kind-hearted one. Tom is the only decent person to be found. And I have 5 more on my shelves. *sigh*

  16. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    This book was a little slower than the first book in this series and didn't pick up until near the end. I did enjoy revisiting the wonderful cast of characters. Goldy, our catering heroine, takes a live in cook job with General Bo and Adele Farquhar, in Aspen and between them and their neighbors, the well off Brian and Weezie Harrington, I got a bit confused as to whom she actually worked for cause it seemed someone had an event almost every evening! But that is one of the wonderful parts of the This book was a little slower than the first book in this series and didn't pick up until near the end. I did enjoy revisiting the wonderful cast of characters. Goldy, our catering heroine, takes a live in cook job with General Bo and Adele Farquhar, in Aspen and between them and their neighbors, the well off Brian and Weezie Harrington, I got a bit confused as to whom she actually worked for cause it seemed someone had an event almost every evening! But that is one of the wonderful parts of these books is the menus and listening to Goldy describe what she is cooking, as well as the inclusion of her recipes. Her son, Arch, not so keen about moving is enrolled in a ritzy summer school and befriends Julian, and Sissy, whom I think is his girlfriend. The book opens at a catering event at the country club and Marla, if you'll recall her from book 1, was married to Goldy's former husband, Richard, and she is also Adele's sister. Also, present is Phillip, a psychiatrist whom Goldy had been dating, and we again have Police Office, Tom Schulz. At the party, Phillip tells Goldy had has something to tell her and they agree to meet after the event, with Goldy following Phillip down the winding mountain roads to town. It soon becomes apparent something is wrong as Phillips begins weaving from side to side, finally crashing. He is killed immediately and from there the story does stall a bit as we have Goldy still catering her events for these vapid people. Goldy soon hears that Phillip may have been having an affair with Weezie while Brian keeps an eye out on every available female, including Julian's girl, Sissy. I had thought Goldy and Marla might band together to 'investigate' Phillip's death as they did in book 1, but that never happens. Richard, the ex, continues to be his usual antagonistic self, and I was glad to see Goldy and Tom resume their relationship. If it seems I'm rambling a bit without really saying anything its because the book itself seemed to just stall a bit. When Arch and Julian disappear, Goldy is frantic and following the clues her son leaves, figures out they are at pool in the park but before she can get there, she is confronted by Adele. Finally, at the end, when Goldy and Tom realize who the killer is, its almost too late as they realize they've ingested poisoned espresso but Goldy saves the day with ipecac and a call to 911. It appears the issue may have been Julian's parentage that led to Phillip's death but again, this one was a little disjointed. I'm moving on to book 3 with hopes it will pick up the ease of book 1.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    As mystery stories go, the villain wasn't predictable but possibly could have been guessed, while the reason and back story never could have. My issue really was that Goldy never seemed to do that much investigating. It was more prompting every once in awhile from Tom to ask questions, and she had to be there anyway, sometimes she would overhear stuff, other times she would be in the right place at the right time, and even still the wrong place at the wrong time. She didn't act like a detective As mystery stories go, the villain wasn't predictable but possibly could have been guessed, while the reason and back story never could have. My issue really was that Goldy never seemed to do that much investigating. It was more prompting every once in awhile from Tom to ask questions, and she had to be there anyway, sometimes she would overhear stuff, other times she would be in the right place at the right time, and even still the wrong place at the wrong time. She didn't act like a detective besides perhaps one to two incidents, but then didn't carry them much farther other than to inform authorities higher up. Still, the mystery lasted but a week or so and there was plenty of action to keep one reading. The cooking details, since she is a busy caterer, is of course a primary focus of the book. I was delighted to find so many generous recipes throughout, and am sure to try some, especially the Anniversary Hamburgers. I wish she had put the recipe for the Chocolate cake she made up, but since it included fillings of actual chocolate mouse and an outer painting of tempered chocolate, it sounds pretty complicated anyway. More's the pity. Tom Schultz just doesn't seem like a desirable leading man to me. He seems sweet but from this book alone I didn't glimpse that much personality, attraction, or mystique. The unfortunate Phillip seemed a bit more interesting for the short scenes he had, just because of the looks, his work, and his dialogue dished out more human quirks than ol' Toms. Arch seemed like a typical child with a mouth when things get stressed but not a bad seed; the general was especially funny in his unusual and quirky ways. The abusive ex seemed to be portrayed realistically enough. He didn't get tons of time but enough to make the points needed. Even if this ones mystery fell a bit flat in its execution, and the method of death was a tad unrealistic and far-fetched, I still greatly enjoyed the story. Goldy isn't a humorous fun type of character, but she's an interesting, stressed one. There's not much of a romantic involvement to speak of, despite claims that it's supposed to be so (just no spark anyway to make that count). The bizarre situations among the various catered parties helped create the book, especially when it surrounded the main whodunnit sort of characters that helped keep this story alive.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ag

    I like chocolate and I like a cozy mystery every now and then, so how can this book be bad? Well, think again. It started out ok, but there were so many things that did not make sense or just fit too perfectly together to make the story work. Spoiler Alert: She broke into Miller's office, she told her policeman boyfriend (kinda a boyfriend I think, considering he proposed at the end, which also didn't make sense) and she did not get charged with breaking and entering or even reprimanded. She cat I like chocolate and I like a cozy mystery every now and then, so how can this book be bad? Well, think again. It started out ok, but there were so many things that did not make sense or just fit too perfectly together to make the story work. Spoiler Alert: She broke into Miller's office, she told her policeman boyfriend (kinda a boyfriend I think, considering he proposed at the end, which also didn't make sense) and she did not get charged with breaking and entering or even reprimanded. She caters, but she doesn't have to let the reader know she brought "frozen" anything from home, a very irritating detail that is not needed. Her ex-husband is so abusive, yet she still lets him know where she is staying for the summer, really? Then she is surprised when he blows up and if he is the kind of man that would break gardening pots at a home he doesn't know, why would she let him know where she is, she left her home because she was so scared of him she was adding a security system. Then there are SO MANY details on the beautiful Colorado scenery that I finally skiped several pages at a time to avoid the overlong descriptions. At first they were nice and I could picture the beautiful places, but it went on and on, several pages at a time. Then, she is so paranoid about her lowly position as a caterer (the author implies this throughout) that there are several passages which describe how poor she is in a very rich neighborhood, this point was not important to the story, and didn't add any value to the character or the plot. Ok, so I will stop complaining, except for one major description, which many can perceive as racist: She "crouched like an Indian", what the heck, is that the best she could do to describe the character sneaking up on someone? With all the lengthy descriptions about Colorado, this is how she chose to describe crouching? Surprised and disappointed.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mookie

    The Goldy Bear mysteries is overall typical of banal mystery paperbacks, but regardless I genuinely enjoy reading it. Spoilers ahoy. Pros of book #2 Light, witty, realistic portrayal of mother/son dynamic and dealing with abusive exes and custody sharing. Goldy is genuinely funny and self-aware, I chuckled a few times. I'm into Schultz, even though I wonder if he's more attracted the her catering career than her personality (which by and large is rather caustic). Sardonic humour is my cup of tea, a The Goldy Bear mysteries is overall typical of banal mystery paperbacks, but regardless I genuinely enjoy reading it. Spoilers ahoy. Pros of book #2 Light, witty, realistic portrayal of mother/son dynamic and dealing with abusive exes and custody sharing. Goldy is genuinely funny and self-aware, I chuckled a few times. I'm into Schultz, even though I wonder if he's more attracted the her catering career than her personality (which by and large is rather caustic). Sardonic humour is my cup of tea, and this has lots. I really liked the poisoning scene where I'm sure Schultz and Goldy learned a lot more about each other than they wanted to. Cons Most of the recipes look majorly gross. Not really professional quality. But maybe that's just me. Also, I suspect that this might be a series in which they wait till marriage before sex. Boring, much? Schultz can also be pretty one-dimensional and flat, I wish we could trade his and the psychiatrists' personalities. And his mention that he DID have a girlfriend once... back in high school... had me raising my eyebrows. There's a charming kind of old-fashioned and a socially-concerning kind of old-fashioned. Perhaps it's cause I'm of a different generation/country/culture, but this whole purity thing and waiting for marriage blah blah blah is a really big literary turn off. And I'm saying this as someone who doesn't generally like sex scenes in a book. It's just unrealistic. I really think the whole Episcopalian aspect was unnecessary, no matter how easily you try to insert it into a text, it always comes across as preachy. Arch is a brat, but that just reminds me that most adolescents are brats. Overall, I dug it. Looking forward to reading #3.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    When I read the first book in this series, I wasn't sure if I would read another one. And yet, I was interested enough to give the second one a try. I did like the book and I think the series as a whole is starting to grow on me. It was slow and choppy in spots but ends with a bang and twists that I enjoyed. I didn't guess the killer or how all the threads would pull together. My reaction to the main character is on par with my star rating. I like her, but hoping to get to know her better with f When I read the first book in this series, I wasn't sure if I would read another one. And yet, I was interested enough to give the second one a try. I did like the book and I think the series as a whole is starting to grow on me. It was slow and choppy in spots but ends with a bang and twists that I enjoyed. I didn't guess the killer or how all the threads would pull together. My reaction to the main character is on par with my star rating. I like her, but hoping to get to know her better with future books. I do like the common sense aspect to her personality and her relationship with her son is interesting, although he acts like he's closer to 14 than age 11. It's a lighter read and enjoyable on that level, especially if that's what you're in the mood for. On the negative side, the descriptions outlining the cooking steps are not of any interest to me as I really don't like to cook, but I can see the appeal for those who do. As the story wore on, I began to get exhausted as Goldy tries to navigate a potential lawsuit, problems with her son and ex-husband, murder, physical injury, an inane vicious food critic, and other things making it seemingly impossible to have the time or energy to shop for groceries or cook anything. I also don't get how her ex-husband doesn't land in jail or is allowed to be anywhere near his son. His character seems a little overdone, and the romances Goldy does have at the present moment are not explored in any real depth. Since this is a series, this last part might be rectified in future volumes. I definitely will continue to see what develops.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Judi

    Goldy Bear is the caterer in Aspen Meadows, Colorado. To protect herself and her son, Arch, from her abusive ex-husband (a well known doctor in town), she accepts a summer job as a live-in cook at a very secure home. Part of the arrangement is that she can run her catering service from the Farquhar's home. And thus we start at this point in Goldy's life. She's seeing a very nice policeman, but has cooled it because she's just started up with Philip Miller, a college flame who's a shrink in town. Goldy Bear is the caterer in Aspen Meadows, Colorado. To protect herself and her son, Arch, from her abusive ex-husband (a well known doctor in town), she accepts a summer job as a live-in cook at a very secure home. Part of the arrangement is that she can run her catering service from the Farquhar's home. And thus we start at this point in Goldy's life. She's seeing a very nice policeman, but has cooled it because she's just started up with Philip Miller, a college flame who's a shrink in town. Meanwhile "Pierre" has written an awful critique on her catering. Her 11-year-old son is enrolled for the summer session in a very exclusive prep school which is pressuring everyone for fundraising. The Farquhar's are boarding one of the Prep's schools scholarship kids and Goldy is busy preparing for a decadent dinner party and posh society barbecue. Then Goldy witnesses Philip Miller die in a strange car accident and Goldy must understand what happened to put this behind her. I heard mention of Davidson's "Culinary Mysteries" for sometime and this is the first one I've read. Although I dislike the name "Goldy Bear," she and her son Arch are very likable. Perhaps the plot is a little contrived, but it's comfortable as she prepares mounds of food and keeps an eye out for her son and for clues. Ah yes, her mouth watering original recipes are included in the book---I gained a virtual 30 pounds reading this one!

  22. 5 out of 5

    An Odd1

    * "Dying for Chocolate" (Goldy 2) by Diane Davidson puts poison on chocolate, coffee (view spoiler)[ even contact solution (hide spoiler)] . I read this after "Fatally Flaky" with at least one dish from the 11 full recipes in this earlier book. I could guess how the first murder happened, but not who or why. I believe I tried her recipe(s) before without success. Caterer Goldy moves in with friends who have better security after her ex-husband threatens. After unpleasant meals with neighbors, two * "Dying for Chocolate" (Goldy 2) by Diane Davidson puts poison on chocolate, coffee (view spoiler)[ even contact solution (hide spoiler)] . I read this after "Fatally Flaky" with at least one dish from the 11 full recipes in this earlier book. I could guess how the first murder happened, but not who or why. I believe I tried her recipe(s) before without success. Caterer Goldy moves in with friends who have better security after her ex-husband threatens. After unpleasant meals with neighbors, two nasties end up dead, and she and a local cop who cares about her are poisoned too. Cast and soap-opera style complications still loom large: an anonymous critic and annoying fundraiser sidetrack but her son's magic tricks and trainee's biological parents advance plot development. She acts selfish heedless, even with her child. I dislike her. She uses "refulgent" (resplendent) in context, but thinks voles fly and screams away any chance for the paying birdwatchers to get their money's worth. She breaks an office door without consequences. More stupid than funny.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Though this book was a good read I felt that it had a few setbacks. First of all, the book took awhile to get into. I think it was because of the introduction of an almost entirely new cast of characters, only five of the major characters who appeared in the last book appeared in this book, and even the setting changed some. I felt that it was a hindrance to the pace and action of the book.However, some of the new characters were lovable and I hope that they will reappear in future volumes of thi Though this book was a good read I felt that it had a few setbacks. First of all, the book took awhile to get into. I think it was because of the introduction of an almost entirely new cast of characters, only five of the major characters who appeared in the last book appeared in this book, and even the setting changed some. I felt that it was a hindrance to the pace and action of the book.However, some of the new characters were lovable and I hope that they will reappear in future volumes of this series. I felt that the reason for murder was unique and the entire book was unique. I didn't guess the killer until about 20 pages from the end. I liked the action in this book, but hated the fact that so much happened between this book and the last one. It seemed like a lifetime had passed with everything happening between books, and I felt that it set the entire book into a rut, with Goldy having to explain something every two pages. Overall, however, a great book, and an ideal mystery! I'll be reading the next book in this series, for sure.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kandice Newren

    I read this book as part of a reader's choice at my library. It took a long time to get into, and I didn't really like any of the characters. It's book two of a series, so maybe the characters are easier to relate to if you've read from the beginning. It was interesting to read because it was published in the early 90s, so there were no cell phones or internet. She went to a library and read from an encyclopedia at one point. It was weird being engulfed in a time period I actually remember (as o I read this book as part of a reader's choice at my library. It took a long time to get into, and I didn't really like any of the characters. It's book two of a series, so maybe the characters are easier to relate to if you've read from the beginning. It was interesting to read because it was published in the early 90s, so there were no cell phones or internet. She went to a library and read from an encyclopedia at one point. It was weird being engulfed in a time period I actually remember (as opposed to the historical fiction I normally read that is too far back), so it was kind of like a walk down memory lane. It was okay, but I wouldn't have chosen to read the book of my own volition. Maybe if I had read it when it was published I would have enjoyed it more. If you feel like cooking though, there are several recipes included that you can try out.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Marshall

    If I could use a fart noise instead of a star I would. This was my first Goldy Bear book and I will not be reading another one. The main character is incredibly unlikable. She's selfish and rude and completely clueless, an odd choice for the protagonist of a detective series. She's a terrible mother. Aside from the fact that naming your son Archibald borders on child abuse, she regularly releases him to his violent alcoholic father and his stereotypically busty blonde girlfriend. The story sucke If I could use a fart noise instead of a star I would. This was my first Goldy Bear book and I will not be reading another one. The main character is incredibly unlikable. She's selfish and rude and completely clueless, an odd choice for the protagonist of a detective series. She's a terrible mother. Aside from the fact that naming your son Archibald borders on child abuse, she regularly releases him to his violent alcoholic father and his stereotypically busty blonde girlfriend. The story sucked. The characters were unrealistic and unlikable. The murder mystery was lame. And there was waaaay too much information about local plant life. P.S. her brownies were hard and buttery and we tried flushing the Montessori Muffins but being used to tastier fare the toilet spat them out.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Miss Mouse

    I've read a number of the books from this series, and this one got to be hard to get through. A lot of the converstations were hard to follow. It was like the author used a random phrase generator for lines in conversation. I would have to keep going back and re-reading a conversation to make sure I was reading what I thought I was reading. However, the story line itself was pretty good.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    Truth be told I didn't finish, I got about 2/3 the way through and my dislike of the main character Goldy just grew. She is such a one dimensional character and I never understand why Tom Schultz would be interested in such an aloof person other than potentially for her cooking. I don't even care who dun it any longer.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ewa

    This one is slightly better than other book of this author I read recently. There is a like bit more mystery. However - I really don't like the main character, she is quite rude, selfish and doesn't see any flaw in herself. Book is rather slow-paced and there were moments I had to struggle with it a little. It idn't seem that cozy all in all...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    I have read a number of books in this series, but not in order. So, recently I started from the beginning. This is book number 2. I like these books. Goldie is always cooking, she is a caterer after all, and the food sounds delicious. The recipes are included at the end. A good murder mystery.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    This is one of those cookbook mystery novels. Definitely not reading another one of these. Although the end was unexpected there weren't a lot of clues to lead you there. The heroine wasn't really involved in solving the mystery. I will not read another.

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