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Goldy Schulz is thrilled to be catering a holiday breakfast feast for the staff of the Aspen Meadow Library. But little does she know that on the menu, alongside the Great Expectations Grapefruit, Chuzzlewit Cheese Pie, and Bleak House Bars, is a large helping of murder.


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Goldy Schulz is thrilled to be catering a holiday breakfast feast for the staff of the Aspen Meadow Library. But little does she know that on the menu, alongside the Great Expectations Grapefruit, Chuzzlewit Cheese Pie, and Bleak House Bars, is a large helping of murder.

30 review for Sweet Revenge

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Book Review 3 of 5 stars for Sweet Revenge, the 14th book in the "Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary" cozy mystery series, written in 2007 by Diane Mott Davidson. I enjoyed this book and have been rather fond of the series, but it was not without its issues. What's great about this edition is not only do you have the normal delicious and fun recipes, but you've got a mystery about old maps and books. Goldy's catering at the library and serves up some fun themes between what she's preparing a Book Review 3 of 5 stars for Sweet Revenge, the 14th book in the "Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary" cozy mystery series, written in 2007 by Diane Mott Davidson. I enjoyed this book and have been rather fond of the series, but it was not without its issues. What's great about this edition is not only do you have the normal delicious and fun recipes, but you've got a mystery about old maps and books. Goldy's catering at the library and serves up some fun themes between what she's preparing and the murder she needs to solve. And on top of the normal fun, the woman who killed Goldy's ex, thought to be dead, has popped back up. Is it her our a look-a-like? And if it's her, does she want revenge on Goldy, or are they on the same side? Lots of open questions, but given this deals with stuff that happened in a prior book, you need to have read the first one. But you also feel it's a bit repetitive. That said, Goldy is a great character and I love all the shenanigans. 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lain

    This could very well be the worst Goldy mystery yet. Not only are the characters mere two-dimensional puppets, Goldy has turned into a narcissitic busy-body who I found myself rooting against. The supporting characters are merely that -- props that allow Goldy to to do whatever the heck she wants and then pull her out of trouble when she finds herself stuck. How many times can one person put themselves in harrowing circumstances with no clear reason? How often can Goldy tromp over her friends an This could very well be the worst Goldy mystery yet. Not only are the characters mere two-dimensional puppets, Goldy has turned into a narcissitic busy-body who I found myself rooting against. The supporting characters are merely that -- props that allow Goldy to to do whatever the heck she wants and then pull her out of trouble when she finds herself stuck. How many times can one person put themselves in harrowing circumstances with no clear reason? How often can Goldy tromp over her friends and lie to everyone under the sun to stick her nose where it doesn't belong? How many map dealers could there possibly be in one small town? And how often can DMD use the phrases "white stuff," "two-step," and "quickstep?" The mystery itself doesn't make much sense, and Goldy vacillates from feeling sorry for Sandy to quaking in her boots at the mere mention of her name. I used to love this series, but I'm afraid it just went onto my "don't waste your time list."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Skip to the last chapter. Read that. It's faster and less painful. I can suspend reality and accept the coincidences of all those involved in the murders are in Goldy's life right now, that she's super-sleuth compared to the cops, and similar quirks associated with the murder-mystery genre. But Super Goldy, as she is in this book, is just too much. What human can set up for a catering event, and deal with cops after finding a body one evening, then the next day cater three events, plus run around Skip to the last chapter. Read that. It's faster and less painful. I can suspend reality and accept the coincidences of all those involved in the murders are in Goldy's life right now, that she's super-sleuth compared to the cops, and similar quirks associated with the murder-mystery genre. But Super Goldy, as she is in this book, is just too much. What human can set up for a catering event, and deal with cops after finding a body one evening, then the next day cater three events, plus run around town, deal with visitors dropping by, and taxi her son and his friends from snowboarding, and the next day get up early for church, crash a car, fall down a ravine (hitting treeS and rocks), run around town again, visit the ski slope and be knocked out, go to the hospital, get up the next morning for a quickie with her husband before catering another event...and solve a mystery. Did I mention that it was snowing the whole time? Caffeine is great, but please. That's 72 hours. No way. My other big beef with the book is that the plot, at least for the first half of the book, only moves along by people TELLING Goldy information. What a boring way to develop a mystery. And then once a chapter (at least) Goldy reviews the information and events (I swear she narrates the main murder three or four times within 50 pages of it happening). She throws in speculation/question after speculation/question that are already obvious to a reader only half paying attention. "Why is Sandee here? How did she not die in the fire? Who murdered Drew Wellington?" Duh. We realize those are questions to be answered: you don't have to spell them out for us OVER AND OVER. The characters are all pretty flat and unimaginative, and in this audio version, the men all sound impatient, angry, and rude; the women are self-centred and weepy; and the kids are whiners. Or maybe that's just the writing. If you like to read a chapter a week, this book is for you. If you want to be treated like an intelligent reader, try PD James. I think I'm done with Goldy Bear and her stupid catering business "Where everything is just right boring".

  4. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    I usually favor Goldy over Hannah and Lucy when it comes to the most popular three cozy heroines. Towards the end of the 14th book I was ready to throw in the towel and dub Goldy a moron. But hey I've read all of Flukes dragged out mysteries and many Meier's lackluster mysteries. I don't give up easily. Besides the fact the book was much longer than usual and the end felt very rushed and that the killer's motive was weak and not thought out I felt like Goldy was a total idiot. This time around I I usually favor Goldy over Hannah and Lucy when it comes to the most popular three cozy heroines. Towards the end of the 14th book I was ready to throw in the towel and dub Goldy a moron. But hey I've read all of Flukes dragged out mysteries and many Meier's lackluster mysteries. I don't give up easily. Besides the fact the book was much longer than usual and the end felt very rushed and that the killer's motive was weak and not thought out I felt like Goldy was a total idiot. This time around I started questioning why cozy heroines end up in the clutches of a killer in every book? Why these women who are able to figure out what the cops can't cannot prevent their own abduction and attempted murder? This time around it was pretty blatant Goldy was acting recklessly and asking for trouble. What normal person who has been brutally attacked twice in once day decides to go towards where they think a killer is hiding? An idiot. Usually I felt bad for Goldy and wondered why Davidson made her the victim all of the time. Now I am just starting to think Goldy's choices make it easier for her to be the victim. No one's luck is that good she should be dead by now. With 2 books left to go in the series I'm hoping Davidson will wither start to wrap it up or get with the program and Goldy will start to behave more rationally. Either way this tripe is getting old.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Terrie Shortsleeve

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I used to really love the Goldy Bear mysteries. The way she would wax rhapsodic about the food she was preparing or tasting was always a fun read. Unfortunately, this book was the worst of the entire series so far. Honestly, how many times can one person endure life-threatening injuries in one day? In Goldy's case, the answer is apparently 3. I also found her constant questioning of the facts for pages and pages at multiple points in the story to be tedious. This is not a 1000 page novel!! I'm s I used to really love the Goldy Bear mysteries. The way she would wax rhapsodic about the food she was preparing or tasting was always a fun read. Unfortunately, this book was the worst of the entire series so far. Honestly, how many times can one person endure life-threatening injuries in one day? In Goldy's case, the answer is apparently 3. I also found her constant questioning of the facts for pages and pages at multiple points in the story to be tedious. This is not a 1000 page novel!! I'm sure your average reader can remember everything that happened in the previous 25-30 pages without the author needing to go over it ad nauseum. And, frankly, I'm with Arch: let the boy grow up already and stop being such a freakishly over-protective mom!!! I don't know if I'll read any of the further mysteries in this series or if I'll just start back over with Catering to Nobody and stop before I get to this stinker.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Overly longgggg and wordy. I actually like the food/cooking descriptions, but I can't stand the repetition and tangents. Plus, I was bummed that even though this book takes place at Christmas there is virtually no discussion of the holiday season. Goldy doesn't even cater any holiday parties or make any seasonal recipes, it might as well have taken place in March :( Overly longgggg and wordy. I actually like the food/cooking descriptions, but I can't stand the repetition and tangents. Plus, I was bummed that even though this book takes place at Christmas there is virtually no discussion of the holiday season. Goldy doesn't even cater any holiday parties or make any seasonal recipes, it might as well have taken place in March :(

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elena Santangelo

    This was an audiobook, so I'll begin with the reader. Barbara Rosenblat is one of my favorite readers, though I have to admit, I don't think this was her best work. A lot of her male voices sounded so similar, I sometimes had trouble telling them apart. They all sounded adolescent, which was fine for the adolescent character, but not for the adults. And more than once, when she read an attribution followed by an adverb ("she said hesitantly"), I didn't think the tone of her voice matched the adv This was an audiobook, so I'll begin with the reader. Barbara Rosenblat is one of my favorite readers, though I have to admit, I don't think this was her best work. A lot of her male voices sounded so similar, I sometimes had trouble telling them apart. They all sounded adolescent, which was fine for the adolescent character, but not for the adults. And more than once, when she read an attribution followed by an adverb ("she said hesitantly"), I didn't think the tone of her voice matched the adverb. It was enough to pull me from the story while I wondered why she'd said it the way she had. Still, her reading may have been what got me all the way through the story. I had trouble caring about the characters and I'm not sure why. It's not that they were all unpleasant or even uninteresting. I did have a bit of trouble keeping the suspects/victims/other players straight. They almost all seemed to be cut from the same mold~ that is, all the same type of people (mega-wealthy, white, entitled, and not much else). The main character, Goldy, is a caterer, and this was set in December, so it was her busy season, yet I really got tired of her cooking constantly and describing her cooking in great detail as she did it. I didn't need that much detail (I do like to cook, but perhaps not so much as I thought). There were plenty of nice red herrings in the mystery plot, fairly well laid out, and the solution worked, but somehow, I was unsatisfied. But I'll give the novel the benefit of the doubt~ it was a library book and some of the CD tracks skipped so I missed bits of the story. Maybe I missed something important.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Syd Perry

    It was refreshing to read a gentle mystery. There were murders, crazy people, mean people, skulduggery but all without the graphic details. This is an example of the only sex scene in the book, "We made love in the shower." I don't need to know any more than that. There are plenty of humorous antics and recipes at the end (Goldie, the main character, is a caterer). It was refreshing to read a gentle mystery. There were murders, crazy people, mean people, skulduggery but all without the graphic details. This is an example of the only sex scene in the book, "We made love in the shower." I don't need to know any more than that. There are plenty of humorous antics and recipes at the end (Goldie, the main character, is a caterer).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Murder and mayhem set against the backdrop of stealing maps from rare book libraries...Although if we had referred to said libraries as "what's called Special Collections" one more time, I was going to go crazy. Murder and mayhem set against the backdrop of stealing maps from rare book libraries...Although if we had referred to said libraries as "what's called Special Collections" one more time, I was going to go crazy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl

    As always, I enjoyed this book in this series

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    I grabbed this audio book as an antidote to a long 8 hour drive this summer. I wanted something entertaining and engaging enough to keep boredom at bay and my eyes wide awake. I broke my own rule with this story and deviated from starting a series at the very beginning. As everyone always says about most series, "you don't need to read them from the beginning." This is one of the places I exhibit a little OCD in my life, let me have it. But, that statement does apply in this case. A little long I grabbed this audio book as an antidote to a long 8 hour drive this summer. I wanted something entertaining and engaging enough to keep boredom at bay and my eyes wide awake. I broke my own rule with this story and deviated from starting a series at the very beginning. As everyone always says about most series, "you don't need to read them from the beginning." This is one of the places I exhibit a little OCD in my life, let me have it. But, that statement does apply in this case. A little long (10 disks) but enjoyable and I'm happy to report that it keep me awake and engaged the whole way...and then some. My only criticism is the author's habit of having her character review everything that has happened up to that poin,t on numerous occasions. She must encounter a lot of readers with short term memory. A minor inconvenience for a fun little murder mystery with recipes to boot. I'm afraid I can't remember the name of the woman who read the novel for the CD but she was very good. She had an amazing ability to alter her voice just slightly for a different character that was easily discernible. Not the easiest thing to do when asked to do voices for more than 5 woman and 6 men, a few of which were teenage boys. Well done!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Auntie

    My friend Gretchen shared this author with me. Diane Mott Davidson has a series of Culinary Mysteries that are, in Gretchen's words, "potato chips for the mind". No deep, dark insights here...but wonderfully commentary on the foibles and peculiarities of the mountain community people of Colorado..some of whom are Episcopalians. Yes, the main character espouses faith. So delightful! Best bonus is that the main sleuth is a Caterer and proceeds to solve crimes while on the various jobs she takes on. My friend Gretchen shared this author with me. Diane Mott Davidson has a series of Culinary Mysteries that are, in Gretchen's words, "potato chips for the mind". No deep, dark insights here...but wonderfully commentary on the foibles and peculiarities of the mountain community people of Colorado..some of whom are Episcopalians. Yes, the main character espouses faith. So delightful! Best bonus is that the main sleuth is a Caterer and proceeds to solve crimes while on the various jobs she takes on. All the recipes mentioned are collected in the back of the book. Yum!!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Judyw

    I know some may think it's corny, but I really like the food-related mysteries by Diane Mott Davidson. Every once in a while, I actually find a recipe I like. But mostly, Davidson writes a good story. In Sweet Revenge, Sandee Brisbane returns. The story takes place during a winter season, and I finished it during my own snowy season. Another good mystery. I know some may think it's corny, but I really like the food-related mysteries by Diane Mott Davidson. Every once in a while, I actually find a recipe I like. But mostly, Davidson writes a good story. In Sweet Revenge, Sandee Brisbane returns. The story takes place during a winter season, and I finished it during my own snowy season. Another good mystery.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Helen E Baker

    Good book It amazes me how well the author knows how teenage boys act and feel. Having one of my own, I can attest to the eye rolls. All of the books in this series make me think about the duality of humans; how people can be generous and dangerous, good and evil. It is in everyone to be either way...it is up to the person to choose the right path.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    Another good mystery by this author. Good recipes included also. I always get hungry when reading her books! I recommend this book and others from her series for a nice read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    The Goldy Bear mysteries are brain candy. Fun characters, good recipes at the end.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    I like this series of books. They are quick read books that are fun. Goldie Schlutz is always getting into some kind of trouble. She is funny.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kitty Tomlinson

    Goldy deals with map dealing and murder.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Sweet Revenge is a solid 2.5 star novel, that unfortunately doesn't work well as a stand alone novel or else it would be closer to a 3 or 3.5 star. I got this book and a few others by Diane Mott Davidson at a used book sale, without realizing this was the 14th installment in a series. The bulk of this story involves elements from a previous story (apparently in book 12) and the summaries given in this book are not sufficient for someone who hasn't read that story. The basic gist can be understoo Sweet Revenge is a solid 2.5 star novel, that unfortunately doesn't work well as a stand alone novel or else it would be closer to a 3 or 3.5 star. I got this book and a few others by Diane Mott Davidson at a used book sale, without realizing this was the 14th installment in a series. The bulk of this story involves elements from a previous story (apparently in book 12) and the summaries given in this book are not sufficient for someone who hasn't read that story. The basic gist can be understood but I wouldn't recommend reading this book without reading Double Shot first. That being said the rest of the story is enjoyable. While setting up a catering event at the local library, Goldy is the second on scene when a dead body is found in the reading room. Drew Wellington, the former district attorney, was involved in dealing in high end antique maps and meeting clients at the library was his well known routine. His girlfriend, Patricia Ingersoll, a former client and acquaintance of Goldy asks for her help in clearing her name and finding out what really happened to Drew. With her husband Tom, a sheriff's department investigator, Goldy risks life and limb to get to the bottom of things; all while preparing and serving fabulous catered meals. (view spoiler)[ The ending was a little bit disappointing. Patricia didn't seem like a viable suspect and her stepdaughter, who was a large part of her motive, wasn't really in the book enough. The methodology of Patricia's killing didn't really fit with the timing. Supposedly Drew (and Patricia) found out about the ruling only four days before he died. Its unrealistic to believe that Patricia could come up with such a complex plan to kill Drew in such a short time. And while they explained that Patrica was able to get the Rohypnol from the dealer she got her Ritalin from, they never did explain how she got the Cyanide. (hide spoiler)] Overall the story was decent but unremarkable and without the context of the previous book the Sandee Brisbane elements weren't strong.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Rosenthal

    I have been reading the Goldy Bear (Schultz) murder mysteries for a long time. This is not as good as some of the earlier works, but has enough twists and turns to keep you interested. One of my pet peeves is authors who use poor grammar unless it is part of the character they are trying to build. In this book, Goldy thinks she has seen the ghost of Sandee Brisbane, the girl who murdered her ex husband. As we find out later in the book, she did indeed see Sandee. Through most of the book, Goldy I have been reading the Goldy Bear (Schultz) murder mysteries for a long time. This is not as good as some of the earlier works, but has enough twists and turns to keep you interested. One of my pet peeves is authors who use poor grammar unless it is part of the character they are trying to build. In this book, Goldy thinks she has seen the ghost of Sandee Brisbane, the girl who murdered her ex husband. As we find out later in the book, she did indeed see Sandee. Through most of the book, Goldy is certain Sandee has comitted the murder that is central to the story. She is attempting to help exonerate Patricia, the girlfriend of the murder victim, who is first arrested for and then released on murder charges. As the clues come together, Goldy realizes she was wrong and solves the crime, all the while cooking up a stormcatering holiday parties. She has one very bad day where she totals her friend's Lexus and ruins her mink coat, falls down an embankment while trying to scope out a secondary murder scene and almost gets pushed over a ravine. C onstants throughout the book are her son, Arch, her husband, Tom, her BFF, Marla and her assistant, Julian. I thunk a fun story line woild be to involve them in thier own adventure

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chazzi

    It is Christmas and New Years time. Goldy Schultz's busiest time of the year. Her catering service is in high demand among the citizens of Aspen Meadow. How is she going to work in solving a murder with all her culinary demands? While she is setting up a special breakfast at the library, she thinks she sees a woman who should be dead! Is it really her or is it a look-alike? To top that off, the ex-DA is found dead in the library on the same morning. Not being the best thought of man, it is no sur It is Christmas and New Years time. Goldy Schultz's busiest time of the year. Her catering service is in high demand among the citizens of Aspen Meadow. How is she going to work in solving a murder with all her culinary demands? While she is setting up a special breakfast at the library, she thinks she sees a woman who should be dead! Is it really her or is it a look-alike? To top that off, the ex-DA is found dead in the library on the same morning. Not being the best thought of man, it is no surprise but then who among those who don't like him did him in? While Goldy is hunting for clues she uncovers a number of not-so-nice things about the ex-DA and the people he has associated with. Seems some of these folk are not the nicest and would have no problem making Goldy disappear. I've probably read almost the whole series, and it has been a while since I've picked one of Diane Mott Davidson's book up, but I find that I still enjoy the characters and the town of Aspen Meadow. I also like that the recipes mentioned and included in the book are grouped at the end for easy reading. A nice cozy of a read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    Sandee Blue is back and may be responsible for two recent murders. Goldy has her hands full with this one as she flies around catering, trying to convince her skeptical husband that she’s seen a woman who supposedly perished in a forest blaze and saving a friend from prison. As in Double Shot, clues and suspects abound, baffling the ever-resourceful Goldy and her long-suffering husband. Along with the stress of catering, Goldy is once again taking her lumps. She actually gets battered three times Sandee Blue is back and may be responsible for two recent murders. Goldy has her hands full with this one as she flies around catering, trying to convince her skeptical husband that she’s seen a woman who supposedly perished in a forest blaze and saving a friend from prison. As in Double Shot, clues and suspects abound, baffling the ever-resourceful Goldy and her long-suffering husband. Along with the stress of catering, Goldy is once again taking her lumps. She actually gets battered three times in one day! I keep wondering why she isn’t in traction by now. Along with the shattered thumb and aching shoulders she got from the Jerk, she’s been knocked unconscious, nearly strangled, had her arms twisted and suffered all manner of contusions, lacerations, body and head blows. You wonder just how much more she can take before she collapses of internal bleeding. As always, Ms. Davidson whips the culinary treats seamlessly into the story (with Goldy taking on some very willing helpers), proving her adeptness at the culinary mystery.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ingrid

    Wow, this is the worst one yet. Why do I keep reading this series? I sort of want to finish them all so I can cross it off my reading to do list, and at some point I did enjoy these books and I keep waiting for the good writing to return. Enough is enough. Not suffering through another of these books ever again! How many times did you count that Goldie should have called the police? I stopped counting at 10. Now she's blatantly breaking laws and truly obsessed with finding out something, ANYTHIN Wow, this is the worst one yet. Why do I keep reading this series? I sort of want to finish them all so I can cross it off my reading to do list, and at some point I did enjoy these books and I keep waiting for the good writing to return. Enough is enough. Not suffering through another of these books ever again! How many times did you count that Goldie should have called the police? I stopped counting at 10. Now she's blatantly breaking laws and truly obsessed with finding out something, ANYTHING. I would just sigh out of frustration each time she recklessly endangered other people. And if you know where a fugitive is, report it to the police. Don't be a dummy and try to deal with that person yourself. Goldie wasn't even trying to apprehend them! And how many injuries/accidents will it take for her to stay down? I am disgusted by the behavior of this character and can't believe I've wasted so much time on this series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

    This cozy mystery series about a caterer who lives outside of Denver are among the better written cozies in my opinion. I use them as "palate cleanser" after I read more serious or grizzly books. In this episode Goldy is stressed by having to cater multiple events over just a few days. She is shaken when she thinks she has caught a glimpse of the woman who murdered her ex-husband. Sandee, the murderer, is presumed dead herself. How can she be here? Goldy is catering for wealthy people who are in This cozy mystery series about a caterer who lives outside of Denver are among the better written cozies in my opinion. I use them as "palate cleanser" after I read more serious or grizzly books. In this episode Goldy is stressed by having to cater multiple events over just a few days. She is shaken when she thinks she has caught a glimpse of the woman who murdered her ex-husband. Sandee, the murderer, is presumed dead herself. How can she be here? Goldy is catering for wealthy people who are involved in collecting rare maps. When two of them are murdered just days apart Goldy cannot keep from inserting herself into the investigation, as she always does. Missing maps, fraud, cheating spouses, murder, and Sandee all stretch Goldy to her limits. Her meddling gets her attacked and threatened. Her husband is a sheriff's detective and he helps her with clues because he knows he can't stop her. I always enjoy these fast reads. Oh, an her recipes sound delicious.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Robb

    I've read other books in this series but not necessarily in order. I found this one on the book exchange shelves at the Y. I don't think it's the best in the series. There are a couple different "mysteries" going on in this book, so not all the plot points go to the same mystery. Goldy makes stupid choices--and more than once within the confines of this novel. Sometimes I do wonder how she's still alive--or what it will take to smarten her choices. Then again, I also wonder why people keep choosin I've read other books in this series but not necessarily in order. I found this one on the book exchange shelves at the Y. I don't think it's the best in the series. There are a couple different "mysteries" going on in this book, so not all the plot points go to the same mystery. Goldy makes stupid choices--and more than once within the confines of this novel. Sometimes I do wonder how she's still alive--or what it will take to smarten her choices. Then again, I also wonder why people keep choosing her as their caterer when dead people seem to "follow" her around, so . . . I enjoyed the history of maps that was a small part of this book's plot. It was interesting to learn that maps had to sometimes be smuggled out in the past because they were considered an important commodity--and also to learn about some of the inventive ways people found to smuggle them out.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Penny Evenson

    Goldy Schulz is thrilled to be catering a holiday breakfast feast for the staff of the Aspen Meadow Library. But little does she know that on the menu, alongside the Great Expectations Grapefruit, Chuzzlewit Cheese Pie, and Bleak House Bars, is a large helping of murder. While setting up at the library, Goldy spots a woman lurking in the stacks who bears a striking resemblance to Sandee Brisbane—the Sandee Brisbane who killed Goldy's ex-husband, the Jerk. But Sandee is supposed to be dead. Or so Goldy Schulz is thrilled to be catering a holiday breakfast feast for the staff of the Aspen Meadow Library. But little does she know that on the menu, alongside the Great Expectations Grapefruit, Chuzzlewit Cheese Pie, and Bleak House Bars, is a large helping of murder. While setting up at the library, Goldy spots a woman lurking in the stacks who bears a striking resemblance to Sandee Brisbane—the Sandee Brisbane who killed Goldy's ex-husband, the Jerk. But Sandee is supposed to be dead. Or so everyone believes. Goldy's suspicions mount when the body of Drew Wellington, a former district attorney, is found in a corner of the library with a map worth thousands of dollars stashed in his clothing. She's convinced that Sandee is involved. Great plot with a little humor!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kate Shannon

    I like this series, but I found this one a bit tiresome. Goldy is always intent on getting to the bottom of things, but this time her driven behaviors felt more like immaturity and sometimes just down right stupidity. There was also a heavy dollop of unbelievabilty throughout a good portion of the story. There were also quite a few "well-we-saw-that-coming" moments. Many of the characters felt shallow and situations seemed contrived. If I had read this book first, I would never read another one. I like this series, but I found this one a bit tiresome. Goldy is always intent on getting to the bottom of things, but this time her driven behaviors felt more like immaturity and sometimes just down right stupidity. There was also a heavy dollop of unbelievabilty throughout a good portion of the story. There were also quite a few "well-we-saw-that-coming" moments. Many of the characters felt shallow and situations seemed contrived. If I had read this book first, I would never read another one. I normally finish reading a book from this series in a day or two. It is telling that it took me a week to get through this one since I kept putting it down and reading other things instead. It's probably closer to a 1.5, but I believe in rounding up.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Barbara Rosenblat reads Diane's cozy mysteries with such a flare. You are pretty sure Goldy is your best friend she portrays her so wonderfully. Almost Christmas Goldy is booked up to her ears in holiday parties. But the wealthy, although frequent customers of hers, are not always the easiest or best of clients. On her way to a gig Goldy thinks she sees the woman who murdered her ex-husband and father of her son, Arch. Of course everyone thinks she batty since there were witnesses of this woman thr Barbara Rosenblat reads Diane's cozy mysteries with such a flare. You are pretty sure Goldy is your best friend she portrays her so wonderfully. Almost Christmas Goldy is booked up to her ears in holiday parties. But the wealthy, although frequent customers of hers, are not always the easiest or best of clients. On her way to a gig Goldy thinks she sees the woman who murdered her ex-husband and father of her son, Arch. Of course everyone thinks she batty since there were witnesses of this woman throwing herself off a cliff into a raging wildfire. Suddenly men about town start dropping dead, again. Is she back for more revenge? Enjoy this holiday offering!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Grahamma1030

    This was my first GBCM mystery. Hopefully 1-13 were better. I absolutely hated this book and skipped to the end to find out who did it. For most of the book I was thinking Goldy was 50-60. She talks like an old lady and acts like one too. I found the dialog to be unnatural with words and phrases that bugged the heck out of me because no one talks that way. Too many characters and none that I was particularly interested in. And what's with Goldy and her husband? Should he really be giving her all This was my first GBCM mystery. Hopefully 1-13 were better. I absolutely hated this book and skipped to the end to find out who did it. For most of the book I was thinking Goldy was 50-60. She talks like an old lady and acts like one too. I found the dialog to be unnatural with words and phrases that bugged the heck out of me because no one talks that way. Too many characters and none that I was particularly interested in. And what's with Goldy and her husband? Should he really be giving her all that information about an open murder case?? If I want a mystery, there are too many really good authors who are page-turners. Bottom line - I don't recommend this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    I believe that this is the best in the series that I have read so far. Goldy is a caterer who unexpectly runs into murder. Goldy Schulz is catering a holiday breakfast for the staff of the Aspen Meadow Library when she becomes part of a murder investigation. Goldy's suspicions that Sandee Brisbane is involve mount when the body of Drew Wellington, a former district attorney, is found in a corner of the library with a map worth thousands of dollars stashed in his clothing. From there the story con I believe that this is the best in the series that I have read so far. Goldy is a caterer who unexpectly runs into murder. Goldy Schulz is catering a holiday breakfast for the staff of the Aspen Meadow Library when she becomes part of a murder investigation. Goldy's suspicions that Sandee Brisbane is involve mount when the body of Drew Wellington, a former district attorney, is found in a corner of the library with a map worth thousands of dollars stashed in his clothing. From there the story continues.

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