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Cheesecake, beefcake, and a pair of dueling caterers whet someone's appetite for murder in this sinfully delicous novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Sticks & Scones Caterer Goldy Schulz is convinced things couldn't get worse. An unscrupulous rival is driving her out of business. An incompetent contractor has left her precious kitchen in shambles. And she has Cheesecake, beefcake, and a pair of dueling caterers whet someone's appetite for murder in this sinfully delicous novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Sticks & Scones Caterer Goldy Schulz is convinced things couldn't get worse. An unscrupulous rival is driving her out of business. An incompetent contractor has left her precious kitchen in shambles. And she has just agreed to cater a fashion shoot at a nineteenth-century mountain cabin with her mentor and old friend, French chef Andr� Hibbard. Together Goldy and Andr� struggle in a hopelessly outdated kitchen to cater to a vacuous crowd of beautiful people whose personal dramas climax when a camera is pitched through a window . . . into the buffet. Then Goldy's contractor is found hanging in the house of one of her best friends. A second murder follows and Goldy must somehow solve a mystery and prepare for a society soir�e that could make--or break--her career. It's a mystery that involves the dead contractor's unwholesome past, a food saboteur, the theft of four historical cookbooks, and an overzealous D.A. who has suspended Goldy's detective husband, Tom, from the force. What Goldy discovers is the perfect recipe for murder. And she may be dessert!


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Cheesecake, beefcake, and a pair of dueling caterers whet someone's appetite for murder in this sinfully delicous novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Sticks & Scones Caterer Goldy Schulz is convinced things couldn't get worse. An unscrupulous rival is driving her out of business. An incompetent contractor has left her precious kitchen in shambles. And she has Cheesecake, beefcake, and a pair of dueling caterers whet someone's appetite for murder in this sinfully delicous novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Sticks & Scones Caterer Goldy Schulz is convinced things couldn't get worse. An unscrupulous rival is driving her out of business. An incompetent contractor has left her precious kitchen in shambles. And she has just agreed to cater a fashion shoot at a nineteenth-century mountain cabin with her mentor and old friend, French chef Andr� Hibbard. Together Goldy and Andr� struggle in a hopelessly outdated kitchen to cater to a vacuous crowd of beautiful people whose personal dramas climax when a camera is pitched through a window . . . into the buffet. Then Goldy's contractor is found hanging in the house of one of her best friends. A second murder follows and Goldy must somehow solve a mystery and prepare for a society soir�e that could make--or break--her career. It's a mystery that involves the dead contractor's unwholesome past, a food saboteur, the theft of four historical cookbooks, and an overzealous D.A. who has suspended Goldy's detective husband, Tom, from the force. What Goldy discovers is the perfect recipe for murder. And she may be dessert!

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  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    Book Review 3.5 out of 5 stars for Prime Cut, the 8th book in the "Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary" cozy mystery series, written in 1998 by Diane Mott Davidson. We're midway thru the series with this installment and it's still going strong. Goldy's working with her mentor, trying ot retain her catering business, as the competition has turned up the heat and stolen some business in their Denver-adjacent town. But the trouble doesn't stop there, as anything that could go wrong, does go wron Book Review 3.5 out of 5 stars for Prime Cut, the 8th book in the "Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary" cozy mystery series, written in 1998 by Diane Mott Davidson. We're midway thru the series with this installment and it's still going strong. Goldy's working with her mentor, trying ot retain her catering business, as the competition has turned up the heat and stolen some business in their Denver-adjacent town. But the trouble doesn't stop there, as anything that could go wrong, does go wrong for her this time. Her contractor, who is taking too long on the repairs, ends up being murdered. Goldy's police detective husband is removed from the case and told to stay home for the short term, limiting Goldy's access to important information. But when she almost bites the dust, she knows it's time to step up her own investigation to save her business, her friend, her husband and her life. Another fine edition, full of good recipes and spot-on characters. The mystery is more complex (for a cozy) than usual, given various sub-plots. Seeing someone else besides Marla that used to know Goldy is great. But there's also some sadness towards the end. I enjoy her relationship with Tom, wondering a bit about how close to reality this whole thing could play out, but then again... it's supposed to be just literary fun. So... consider it an accomplishment. I enjoyed it. 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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa B.

    I listened to the audiobook. I find this series to be smart and funny.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jayme(the ghost reader)

    In this installment, Goldy Bear Schultz's business is not doing so good. She has to fight for every booking because a rival caterer is trying to put her out of business. Her husband gets suspended for a disagreement he has with his superior. His superior is a real jerk to begin with and it wasn't Tom's fault. Goldy has to get her window fixed because of the Jerk. She hires a guy but he just wrecks her kitchen and then runs off. A little while later he ends up dead in the home of one of her good In this installment, Goldy Bear Schultz's business is not doing so good. She has to fight for every booking because a rival caterer is trying to put her out of business. Her husband gets suspended for a disagreement he has with his superior. His superior is a real jerk to begin with and it wasn't Tom's fault. Goldy has to get her window fixed because of the Jerk. She hires a guy but he just wrecks her kitchen and then runs off. A little while later he ends up dead in the home of one of her good friend's house. If that isn't bad enough, her cooking teacher Andre Hibbard dies of a heart attack which she isn't so sure is a heart attack. Plus her ex husband is trying to get revenge from jail.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Book eight in the Goldy Culinary Mysteries. As a result of a visit from "the jerk" in the last book, Goldy hires a contractor to repair her kitchen window. Unfortunately, the contractor in question, Gerald Eliot, takes her money, tears the kitchen apart...and disappears. A rival caterer emerges and seems determined to put Goldy out of business by stealing all of her clients, and Tom gets suspended after a run-in with his extremely obnoxious boss. Badly in need of work, Goldy helps out Chef Andre, Book eight in the Goldy Culinary Mysteries. As a result of a visit from "the jerk" in the last book, Goldy hires a contractor to repair her kitchen window. Unfortunately, the contractor in question, Gerald Eliot, takes her money, tears the kitchen apart...and disappears. A rival caterer emerges and seems determined to put Goldy out of business by stealing all of her clients, and Tom gets suspended after a run-in with his extremely obnoxious boss. Badly in need of work, Goldy helps out Chef Andre, her former teacher, as he caters a fashion shoot for a Christmas catalogue. On her way home after the first day of the fashion shoot, Goldy stops to drop off some food for her friend Cameron. While looking for his coffee pot, she makes a grisly discovery--the body of Gerald Eliot, who had also taken money from Cameron for work that was never completed. With Cameron in jail for a murder she is sure he did not commit and Tom suspended from work, Goldy plays detective again in order to bring the real killer to justice (and to figure out what's up with the cookbooks stolen from the local museum). The bodies and the delicious recipes just keep piling up...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bernard

    Poorly plotted and with wooden characterisation. The recipe gimmick fails to stop this soufflé from imploding.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Ok, I have read a bunch of these books. They are a quick read, have managed not to get too predictable and sometimes I can figure out who the murderer is. Reading them as ebooks makes it hard to get the recipes, but I have copied a few off of my reader. The biggest problem I have found and I realize it must be because I have read a bunch of them at the same time, but for God's sake, tell your kid your ex is a rotten bastard instead of bending over backwards to accomodate him. The #2 recurrent th Ok, I have read a bunch of these books. They are a quick read, have managed not to get too predictable and sometimes I can figure out who the murderer is. Reading them as ebooks makes it hard to get the recipes, but I have copied a few off of my reader. The biggest problem I have found and I realize it must be because I have read a bunch of them at the same time, but for God's sake, tell your kid your ex is a rotten bastard instead of bending over backwards to accomodate him. The #2 recurrent theme after the cooking, is how Goldy bends over backwards so her exhusband can see their son, Arch. Now, this in and of itself is a good thing. The unfortunate part is that she is constantly covering up for "the jerk's" belittling of her and the new life she has created. She downplays the rude, disrespectful, dangerous and humiliating things he does. From my point of view, the message she is giving her son is that it is ok for a man to act any way he wants and it is a womans place to submit to it. While telling herself how dangerous he is, even though they are divorced, he has no compunction in injuring her or her property with no consequences, she repeatedly puts herself in situations where he can hurt her and he does. He has made it obvious that he really only takes Arch for visitation, if it screws with her plans. He brushes off his son when it is convenient for him and doesn't care how he disappoints him. Her 2nd husband, Tom, is a real sweetie and a great guy, but no matter how often he tries to make her see she needs to change her behavior, she maintains a giant blind spot about this. Enough of ranting, like all the books and will keep hoping she wises up when it comes to "the jerk".

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nolan

    Goldy Bear Schulz runs a small catering company in rural Colorado. Her husband, Tom, is a cop, and her son, Arch, is 14. Need I say more? As this book opens, a new caterer has come to town and is intent on undercutting Goldy’s prices and thereby garnering jobs that once were hers. Her friend, Marla, is being audited by the IRS, and it’s another hectic late summer as the book opens. Goldy’s kitchen has been torn up by an unscrupulous contractor who has taken her money and run, leaving the place in Goldy Bear Schulz runs a small catering company in rural Colorado. Her husband, Tom, is a cop, and her son, Arch, is 14. Need I say more? As this book opens, a new caterer has come to town and is intent on undercutting Goldy’s prices and thereby garnering jobs that once were hers. Her friend, Marla, is being audited by the IRS, and it’s another hectic late summer as the book opens. Goldy’s kitchen has been torn up by an unscrupulous contractor who has taken her money and run, leaving the place in utter chaos. In desperation, Goldy agrees to help her mentor cater a photo shoot, and before it’s over, she has found the body of the contractor who stiffed her. In the heat of the action, when she is initially considered a suspect, her husband comes to her aid only to be suspended from the police force. It’s up to Goldy to figure out who offed the contractor. But before she does, her beloved chef mentor is found dead under suspicious circumstances. This book runs slower than do most of the ones in the series. Still, it’s not so slow that you’ll get bored with it. The usual cast of colorful characters are all here, and I didn’t see the end coming.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jan C

    This was just ok. It is a terrible thing to be through with an author while you still have several of their books on hand. So you slog through the rest of them. Acutally, it is not too bad, it does have recipes. Of course, I have never yet found one of her recipes to be of any interest to me. Always one ingredient or another is on my verboten list or they are just too complicated to make. If anyone was interested in them in the first place. There are several mysteries going on - who's killing eve This was just ok. It is a terrible thing to be through with an author while you still have several of their books on hand. So you slog through the rest of them. Acutally, it is not too bad, it does have recipes. Of course, I have never yet found one of her recipes to be of any interest to me. Always one ingredient or another is on my verboten list or they are just too complicated to make. If anyone was interested in them in the first place. There are several mysteries going on - who's killing everybody and why and what is with this new caterer undercutting her prices. How does he know her prices?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    I Love this series, I haven't been disappointed by this series at all!!!!! All the the characters are absoulutety awesome!!!!! Arch is kind of a little snot though. I hope his character gets better. I was really shocked at who the killer was!!!! Anther thing that has me a little concerned is this new cater in town. I really don't like his style at all. I also like how "The Jerk" was in jail, too bad he still was able to bring discontent to Goldie and Marla though. I can't wait to read the next o I Love this series, I haven't been disappointed by this series at all!!!!! All the the characters are absoulutety awesome!!!!! Arch is kind of a little snot though. I hope his character gets better. I was really shocked at who the killer was!!!! Anther thing that has me a little concerned is this new cater in town. I really don't like his style at all. I also like how "The Jerk" was in jail, too bad he still was able to bring discontent to Goldie and Marla though. I can't wait to read the next one!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sharonbrown3158

    This is a series I love and collect. I love a mystery and the detective is a caterer! I love to cook and even though they rarely turn out I always try a recipe from each book. This time it was the spinach cheesecakes-oddly, not as good as it sounds. But the story was fun and I love all the characters-especially Marla! She reminds me of my sister. She is filthy rich and loves all the finer things in life and she is funny and flamboyant and "just says things"!~ This is a series I love and collect. I love a mystery and the detective is a caterer! I love to cook and even though they rarely turn out I always try a recipe from each book. This time it was the spinach cheesecakes-oddly, not as good as it sounds. But the story was fun and I love all the characters-especially Marla! She reminds me of my sister. She is filthy rich and loves all the finer things in life and she is funny and flamboyant and "just says things"!~

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    This one suffered from a severe lack of Marla and any sort of whimsy or color. Also I'm pretty grossed out by an adult contractor having an affair with a girl in high school, yet nobody else seemed bothered by this? This one suffered from a severe lack of Marla and any sort of whimsy or color. Also I'm pretty grossed out by an adult contractor having an affair with a girl in high school, yet nobody else seemed bothered by this?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ty Starks

    So glad Julian is back, but what happened to MacQuire?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carla

    This is a predictably fun series, and anything read by Barbara Rosenblatt is automatically awesome, so good as usual with Goldie Bear.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marty

    Everything seems to be going wrong for Goldy and Tom. Goldy’s kitchen is trashed and the contractor is found dead, Another caterer has opened for business and is undercutting Goldy’s prices and taking her customers, Tom is suspended without pay being accused of threatening a fellow officer, her best friend Marla is undergoing a serious IRS Audit and is not available to help, And then her mentor and good friend is found dead. What else could go wrong? – Usually I find Goldy Shultz mysteries to be Everything seems to be going wrong for Goldy and Tom. Goldy’s kitchen is trashed and the contractor is found dead, Another caterer has opened for business and is undercutting Goldy’s prices and taking her customers, Tom is suspended without pay being accused of threatening a fellow officer, her best friend Marla is undergoing a serious IRS Audit and is not available to help, And then her mentor and good friend is found dead. What else could go wrong? – Usually I find Goldy Shultz mysteries to be one of the better written of the cozy genre of fiction, but this one is not one of the better books. The story drags. Sorry, Goldie.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marietta Slater

    Not really sure about the accuracy of the title, but loved it any way. Goldy's food world is crashing down all around her. Tom, her husband, has been suspended for something he did not do; Goldy's kitchen is a mess thanks to a contractor who has taken her money but not finished the work (said contractor later turns up dead); there is a new caterer in town who is undercutting Goldy's prices and taking her clients. And then there is her ex-husband and even though he is in jail, he is still being a Not really sure about the accuracy of the title, but loved it any way. Goldy's food world is crashing down all around her. Tom, her husband, has been suspended for something he did not do; Goldy's kitchen is a mess thanks to a contractor who has taken her money but not finished the work (said contractor later turns up dead); there is a new caterer in town who is undercutting Goldy's prices and taking her clients. And then there is her ex-husband and even though he is in jail, he is still being a thorn in the flesh for both Goldy and Marla (the other ex-wife). Loved the mystery of it all and the sumptuous recipes that are included.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Libraryassistant

    Well, I sometimes find the overwhelming number of perils Goldy gets herself into annoying, but I just can't resist the many barely camouflaged references to the town where I grew up. I can picture the museum, I know the shopping center that used to be on the lake and recognize the infamous "Grizzly " bar on Main Street (though I've never been inside the original). It makes even the more obscure references fun to try to figure out... Plus all the food and cooking makes my mouth water. This one ev Well, I sometimes find the overwhelming number of perils Goldy gets herself into annoying, but I just can't resist the many barely camouflaged references to the town where I grew up. I can picture the museum, I know the shopping center that used to be on the lake and recognize the infamous "Grizzly " bar on Main Street (though I've never been inside the original). It makes even the more obscure references fun to try to figure out... Plus all the food and cooking makes my mouth water. This one even has a pretty ingenius mystery set-up. Enough to make me come back for future servings.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    I really enjoy Diane Mott Davidson's 'Goldy the caterer' mysteries. And Barbara Rosenblat, the narrator has probably added to the enjoyment. The plots are pretty elaborate and the action fast paced to hold your attention when commonplace family issues arise. I'm not sure why but in the scenic Colorado community where Goldy lives and works, she is sure to be involved in some person's mysterious demise. And she can't rest until the problem is solved despite her commitment to cater her client's mea I really enjoy Diane Mott Davidson's 'Goldy the caterer' mysteries. And Barbara Rosenblat, the narrator has probably added to the enjoyment. The plots are pretty elaborate and the action fast paced to hold your attention when commonplace family issues arise. I'm not sure why but in the scenic Colorado community where Goldy lives and works, she is sure to be involved in some person's mysterious demise. And she can't rest until the problem is solved despite her commitment to cater her client's meals. She's a tough cookie and a fabulous cook but maybe a magnet for murder too!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Linda Klinedinst

    I listen to this as a Audio Book through Audible with my Free Credit. I dearly love this book. It is so good. I dearly love this Series. I am going to continue with this series. I am not going to listen to them in order. Just which ever one shows up next in my Goodreads TBR Huge List that I have. I highly recommend this Book and this Series...I give this Book 5/5 Stars. Happy Reading :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Goldy's eighth mysterious adventure is less engaging than previous books in the series. A group of unappealing characters are competing against each other to a buried treasure and will stop at nothing to find the riches, not even murder. Meanwhile, Goldy is beset with problems at home as her police detective husband, who has been suspended, remodels her kitchen. Not my favorite title in the series. Goldy's eighth mysterious adventure is less engaging than previous books in the series. A group of unappealing characters are competing against each other to a buried treasure and will stop at nothing to find the riches, not even murder. Meanwhile, Goldy is beset with problems at home as her police detective husband, who has been suspended, remodels her kitchen. Not my favorite title in the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mira

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ah this was a great return to form. Lots of additional elements that really enriched the Goldy recipe, including a treasure map, old timey historic backstory and some great character development. My usual two gripes remain: Goldy, stay away from the crime scenes when dodgy men can get you by yourself and for the love of culinary crikey discipline your ridiculous son! His contribution is a full on face palm moment. Most enjoyable.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amy Ayers

    This has been a nice little series so far. I can’t say that I have loved the stories, but I have liked them well enough to continue through 9 of them so far. I think, at least as of the last 2 of them, that the stories are improving. It’s a fun quick read. You just have to not focus on the fact that poor Goldy has discovered over a dozen dead bodies in the past couple of years and has known twice that may people who have died in the same amount of time.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ron Holmes

    This is my first read of a Diane Mott Davidson book. It was interesting if maybe too much about food including several recipes. It was supposed to be a lite read on a trip to Germany and it was. For those interested there was only on very short paragraph about sex/love making. I will be thinking about whether or not to read another book by Davidson.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    As always Goldy Bear had an amusing story. One thing has to happen soon - Goldy has to grow up and trust her husband and even herself more. She shouldn't still be so insecure. Old cabins, old cook books and old letters lead to injuries, death and then to reward. And the story proves that greed always leads to no good. As always Goldy Bear had an amusing story. One thing has to happen soon - Goldy has to grow up and trust her husband and even herself more. She shouldn't still be so insecure. Old cabins, old cook books and old letters lead to injuries, death and then to reward. And the story proves that greed always leads to no good.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This book was my train reading for a while, which I think made it seem to be going a little slowly, since I realized when I finished it that the events in the book took place over just a couple of weeks (less time than had elapsed since I started reading the book). Goldy is having trouble. Her kitchen has been halfway deconstructed, a new caterer in town is undercutting her business quite dramatically, her best friend is spending lots of time with the IRS and very little time with her, she can't This book was my train reading for a while, which I think made it seem to be going a little slowly, since I realized when I finished it that the events in the book took place over just a couple of weeks (less time than had elapsed since I started reading the book). Goldy is having trouble. Her kitchen has been halfway deconstructed, a new caterer in town is undercutting her business quite dramatically, her best friend is spending lots of time with the IRS and very little time with her, she can't get hold of her assistant Julian, and her ex-husband is in jail. (Okay, so the ex-husband in jail is a good thing mostly, but he has time on his hands to cause problems.) And that's before she finds the dead body of her deadbeat kitchen contractor in the home of a friend and gets in a tussle with the local DA which results in her husband being suspended without pay. As always, it is the characters who make a cozy mystery and the recurring characters in this book are pretty lovable. I think Goldy gets a bit neurotic on Tom when he is trying to help, and I worry about the love life of both Arch and Julian, but otherwise this was a fun installment. The mystery was one I came up with a solution for pretty early on, but I didn't know whodunit, only why -- and the reason turned out in the long run to be an exaggerated sense of the importance of something, IMHO. Some of my biggest questions, however, were not answered -- perhaps because they had nothing to do with the mystery itself. Things like "was this before or after HIPAA?" and "is it ethical for someone at the county morgue to tell a real estate agent the latest news about deaths in the area so they can ask the family about selling their home?" and "how was Rustine both in high school and allowed to model lingerie on a moment's notice without a parent's permission?" Oh well, guess these sorts of questions are an occupational hazard for me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carol Moore Kollar

    3.5 Goldy has some big worries. Tom has been suspended without pay. Goldy has been sabotaged by another caterer stealing her business. Her kitchen contractor doesn't finish the job and ends up dead. And her beloved cooking mentor dies suspiciously. Can she get to the bottom of this? 3.5 Goldy has some big worries. Tom has been suspended without pay. Goldy has been sabotaged by another caterer stealing her business. Her kitchen contractor doesn't finish the job and ends up dead. And her beloved cooking mentor dies suspiciously. Can she get to the bottom of this?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    Eh, it was fine but sometimes our heroine makes no damn sense and has really screwy dialogue. Also, her small town in Colorado has a serious Cabot Cove problem. And people seem to commit murder for really dumb reasons:)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Fairlee Corkran

    Goldy no longer is the only caterory in Aspen Meadows. Her competion seems to be able to uncut her at every turn. Her helper Julian is back but still trouble seem to follow them. Her best friend is being audited by the IRS. I love this series but this book finishes for me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    I

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Holte

    Good story but not my most favorite book ever.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Stillman

    Easy read and enjoyed the mystery.

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