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Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz encounters Bridezilla--and murder--in another delectable novel by the New York Times-bestselling author.


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Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz encounters Bridezilla--and murder--in another delectable novel by the New York Times-bestselling author.

30 review for Fatally Flaky

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Book Review 3 of 5 stars to Fatally Flaky, the 15th of 17 books in the cozy mystery series by Diane Mott Davidson, published in 2009. You can tell the series is coming to a close soon as it seems like the stories are getting harder and harder to write, It's rare a book series should go past 10, and if it does, it cannot be one written right after the other. The author should have a few series going on, or alternate between series and non-series fiction, just to give time for the actua Book Review 3 of 5 stars to Fatally Flaky, the 15th of 17 books in the cozy mystery series by Diane Mott Davidson, published in 2009. You can tell the series is coming to a close soon as it seems like the stories are getting harder and harder to write, It's rare a book series should go past 10, and if it does, it cannot be one written right after the other. The author should have a few series going on, or alternate between series and non-series fiction, just to give time for the actual mystery to pull itself together. Although nothing bad in this particular edition, it's just a little less than I want it to be each time. There are certainly interesting escapades with BrideZilla, Spa Machinations and Doctor Suspicious, but it's still a bit outta control. At least this time, we have Uncle Jack, Goldy's godfather, as something else to focus on. I do love the characters, the setting and many of the books. But this was not one of the better ones. 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

    Barbara

    In this 15th book in the 'Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery' series, caterer/amateur sleuth Goldy Schulz is catering a couple of weddings when her godfather and his friend are the victims of two separate crimes. Goldy helps her cop husband investigate. The book can be read as a standalone. ***** Goldy Schulz, owner of Goldilocks Catering, is thrilled when her godfather Jack moves to Colorado and purchases a home near her. Jack and his friend, Doc Finn, can always be counted on when Goldy needs a hand. As In this 15th book in the 'Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery' series, caterer/amateur sleuth Goldy Schulz is catering a couple of weddings when her godfather and his friend are the victims of two separate crimes. Goldy helps her cop husband investigate. The book can be read as a standalone. ***** Goldy Schulz, owner of Goldilocks Catering, is thrilled when her godfather Jack moves to Colorado and purchases a home near her. Jack and his friend, Doc Finn, can always be counted on when Goldy needs a hand. As the story opens Goldy - who is married to police detective Tom Schulz - is preparing to cater a couple of weddings: the O'Neal nuptials and the wedding of Billie Attenborough to Dr. Craig Miller. Billie is a narcissistic pain-in the-neck who has driven Goldy crazy by continually changing the wedding menu, wedding guests, and wedding venue. Finally, Billie decides to hold the event at the Gold Gulch Spa owned by Victor Lane - a man Goldy dislikes and distrusts. Prior to the Attenborough wedding, Goldy and Jack drive over to check out the Gold Gulch Spa facility - for catering purposes. Jack soon gets caught snooping around the usually locked 'smoothie shack' where delicious fruit beverages are prepared for spa guests. Jack, however, pretends he entered the shack to nuzzle one of the spa employees and won't explain the incident to his goddaughter. The first tragedy strikes when Doc Finn has a fatal car accident on the day of the O'Neal wedding. An investigation shows that, before his death, Doc was thinking of having a mysterious vial analyzed. A few days later, Jack is attacked at the Attenborough affair. When Goldy visits Jack in the hospital he provides her with mysterious clues, though Goldy doesn't immediately know what they mean. However, spurred on by Jack's clues Goldy helps her husband investigate the crimes. Seems there are odd goings on in the local medical community and at the Gold Gulch Spa; things that Doc Finn and Jack were looking into. The plot of the book is satisfactory for a light mystery and Davidson's popular recurring characters are on hand: Goldy's rich (and hungry) friend Marla; Her teen son Arch; And her talented assistant Julian. The additional ancillary characters are also well-drawn and interesting. As always in the Goldy series, the characters consume lots of mouth-watering food (for which Davidson provides the recipes). I'd recommend the book as an enjoyable light mystery. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....

  3. 5 out of 5

    John

    “To Carolyn Marino – with deep gratitude for excellent editing and for possessing a kind heart and a light touch” I cannot vouch for Ms. Marino’s “kind heart”, but her “light touch” is certainly in evidence. A sample paragraph (emphasis mine): “Because Father Pete says there are letters from the diocesan office he can’t find in the church files, and was wondering if I could go help him try to figure out how the new secretary’s mind works. Since I recommended that he hire this woman, it’s all my fa “To Carolyn Marino – with deep gratitude for excellent editing and for possessing a kind heart and a light touch” I cannot vouch for Ms. Marino’s “kind heart”, but her “light touch” is certainly in evidence. A sample paragraph (emphasis mine): “Because Father Pete says there are letters from the diocesan office he can’t find in the church files, and was wondering if I could go help him try to figure out how the new secretary’s mind works. Since I recommended that he hire this woman, it’s all my fault, apparently, that the diocesan letters were placed in some random file drawer instead of on Father Pete’s desk. I even warned him she had ADD, but he just said he didn’t think that would mean needing CIA assistance to find some random letters from the diocesan office.” A couple of paragraphs later … “If we don’t find those diocesan letters ….” No, “the diocesan letters” have absolutely nothing to do with the plot of the story at all. In other words: “Thanks for taking my manuscripts ‘as-is’ because I’m such a big money-maker for you.” In this 15th installment we meet Goldie’s godfather from New Jersey, who (presumably) has moved into a house across the street since book #14; it is mentioned that he did not tell her of his plans until the last minute. Goldie tells us repeatedly of what a great support he’d been to her during her time with The Jerk; moreover, it was he who gave her the money to start her business. Yet there’d been no mention of his existence until now. Nada, zip, zilch. Ms. Davidson and Ms. Merino must have figured that needed no explanation. How convenient. Partway through the series, (her best friend) Marla suffered a serious heart attack, pointedly giving up alcohol on the stern advice of her cardiologist. In this book, we have her drinking like a fish, getting sloshed more than once, during the day! Not only does Goldie not say anything about it in a friendly, indirect manner, she never thinks anything of it! In addition to the hooch, Marla scarfs down several eggs (real ones, not low cholesterol substitute), as well as other of Goldie’s yummies. Nor is she the only drinker … Godfather Jack and his new “best friend” Doc Finn spend most of their time sloshed. Jack’s ladyfriend (in her mind at least, though he does lead her on heavily at one point) arrives in his hospital room after he’s attacked, drunk as skunk, with her daughter-from-hell and wimpy son-in-law in tow. The daughter, Billie, is so exaggeratedly awful I could accept her, but an incident leads me to a discussion of Tom. At one point, Billie smacks Goldie so hard (in front of witnesses!) Goldie thinks to herself a couple of hours later that the folks in the local hospital are staring at her swollen face (she’s there to visit/sleuth, not be treated). Nary a peep from lawman Tom about this regarding pressing charges. Nada. Yet he goes on and on later about what danger she’s in at the (principal) crime scene, insisting on sending a county cop along (at taxpayer expense) solely to protect her as she sleuths undercover as a temporary chef. Tom’s “concern” seemed a bit “selective” to me. In Literary Monopoly there must be a card reading: “Move a comma, collect editoral salary.” P.S. Two words I hope never, ever to see again: Smoothie Cabin (they wore out their welcome on the 100th encounter).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Yes, I am addicted to Diane Mott Davidson, even though the plots are thin, the writing confusing, the motivations unreadable, the characters unbelievable, and each chapter utterly predictable. You get to read about cooking and good food! Every book comes with recipes! If only she was a good writer, these would be perfect books! Or maybe if P.D. James would incorporate cooking and recipes in HER books, i would be able to read the perfect book. Here is an example: the main character, Goldy, arrives Yes, I am addicted to Diane Mott Davidson, even though the plots are thin, the writing confusing, the motivations unreadable, the characters unbelievable, and each chapter utterly predictable. You get to read about cooking and good food! Every book comes with recipes! If only she was a good writer, these would be perfect books! Or maybe if P.D. James would incorporate cooking and recipes in HER books, i would be able to read the perfect book. Here is an example: the main character, Goldy, arrives home at "just half-past five". Here is what she does in the next 30 minutes: Drinks a sherry, thought about Dr. Finn for 20 lines, takes a shower, , makes a pie crust, starts the computer and reads her next catering job's to do list and recipes, prints out the lists she needs, answers the phones and has a long conversation, makes a fruit filling by washing and chopping berries and finishing the pie, chops a number of vegetables and makes and cooks about 100 crab cakes, and then 2 friends come over. It is now ALMOST 6 !!!!! What would be an entire day for any normal person, is 30 minutes in the book. I must stop this review and eat now.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andreia

    Did it! Finally finished this series (at least what is out so far). I'm looking forward to trying two of the recipes but I must admit I am not looking forward to the next installment (if there is one). I hate to say it but I'm getting sick of Goldy. I find her character irritating. She seems to have very little regard for her husband's job. Also, with her getting hit on the head so much I really think she needs a brain scan Did it! Finally finished this series (at least what is out so far). I'm looking forward to trying two of the recipes but I must admit I am not looking forward to the next installment (if there is one). I hate to say it but I'm getting sick of Goldy. I find her character irritating. She seems to have very little regard for her husband's job. Also, with her getting hit on the head so much I really think she needs a brain scan

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    OK, after fifteen times around the block, I have to admit I'm getting a little tired of Goldy withholding evidence, breaking the law, obstructing Tom's investigations, and making stupid decisions about her own safety. I really, really understand that she has to, or there isn't much story, but the device is wearing a little thin for me. Of course, I *have* read all fifteen books, and no one was forcing me to, so there you go! I've read all the books because I like reading about the cooking and th OK, after fifteen times around the block, I have to admit I'm getting a little tired of Goldy withholding evidence, breaking the law, obstructing Tom's investigations, and making stupid decisions about her own safety. I really, really understand that she has to, or there isn't much story, but the device is wearing a little thin for me. Of course, I *have* read all fifteen books, and no one was forcing me to, so there you go! I've read all the books because I like reading about the cooking and the catering business; I feel like her relationships with her friends, husband, and son are all genuine; I get a big kick out of Marla, and I totally have a crush on Julian. (I also was fascinated, in a watching-the-train-wreck kind of way, with Goldy's relationship with her late ex-husband.) There's another aspect of the series that I appreciate, and I keep waiting for exactly the right reader's advisory interview to capitalize on it. It's that Davidson matter-of-factly shows Goldy and her family as active members of a vital church community. There's lots of Christian fiction where the character's faith is a defining thread of the story, and there's lots of contemporary fiction in which religion isn't mentioned at all, so I appreciate it when a book manages to stake out some ground in the middle. (JA Jance's Joanna Brady mysteries is another series that does this well.) All of which have been enjoyable enough to keep me coming back, and though right now I don't feel like I need to keep up with the series any more, by the time the next one comes out I'll probably succumb again!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melodie

    After reading the first couple of chapters of this book I found myself wondering why I ordered it! I haven't particularly liked any of the last 3 before this and recall saying I wouldn't buy anymore of them last year. I guess I'm a creature of habit and when I see this author's name, it goes in my online shopping cart. Well, after this one, NO more!! Though Diane is a lovely lady and very personable, she seems to be phoning these in now. I think I was supposed to develop a deep affection for Unc After reading the first couple of chapters of this book I found myself wondering why I ordered it! I haven't particularly liked any of the last 3 before this and recall saying I wouldn't buy anymore of them last year. I guess I'm a creature of habit and when I see this author's name, it goes in my online shopping cart. Well, after this one, NO more!! Though Diane is a lovely lady and very personable, she seems to be phoning these in now. I think I was supposed to develop a deep affection for Uncle Jack, but it never happened. He just came across as a fairly nice old drunk. Lots of unlikeable people in this one and the story was just not very good. So long, Goldy! I used to really enjoy visiting you every year, but now you've just grown stale.

  8. 5 out of 5

    C

    Found this a little tedious, but because the characters are "old friends" and I like the recipes, I stuck with it. Not one of the better ones in the series. Found this a little tedious, but because the characters are "old friends" and I like the recipes, I stuck with it. Not one of the better ones in the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    This series is wildly popular, and I've had them recommended to me many times, as I'm a foodie. The heroine, Goldy (or Miss G, or Gertie Girl --annoying terms of affection, in my opinion) is a caterer, so there's a lot about food. She includes recipes at the back of the book, and they sound really good. However, in the body of the book, there is a bit too much detail about making them. It's sufficient to include something like, "The frittata was beautifully browned, and we all sank our hungry so This series is wildly popular, and I've had them recommended to me many times, as I'm a foodie. The heroine, Goldy (or Miss G, or Gertie Girl --annoying terms of affection, in my opinion) is a caterer, so there's a lot about food. She includes recipes at the back of the book, and they sound really good. However, in the body of the book, there is a bit too much detail about making them. It's sufficient to include something like, "The frittata was beautifully browned, and we all sank our hungry souls into it." It gets a bit too much if it's written, "I broke the three eggs into the bowl, got out the stainless steel whisk and beat them until frothy, went to the walk-in to get the broccoli, got out another cutting board, chopped the broccoli, got the water boiling and then blanched the broccoli .. etc. etc. etc. " I just made that up, but that's sort of what the book is like.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Traci Haley

    There are some book characters who grow so familiar and well-loved that reading a new book about them is like visiting a friend who lives far away and can only visit once every couple of years or so. Goldy Bear has become one of those characters for me. I feel like I've known her forever. I've cringed through her son's angry teen years, celebrated her falling in love again, and stood by her side when her ex-husband died. Now she's returned after being gone a long time and we had a nice, intimate There are some book characters who grow so familiar and well-loved that reading a new book about them is like visiting a friend who lives far away and can only visit once every couple of years or so. Goldy Bear has become one of those characters for me. I feel like I've known her forever. I've cringed through her son's angry teen years, celebrated her falling in love again, and stood by her side when her ex-husband died. Now she's returned after being gone a long time and we had a nice, intimate "visit". And of course, as always, it was fabulous! Within the pages of "Fatally Flaky", don't expect to find a story that hasn't been told before -- the mystery in itself is typical, though well written. It is truly the character of Goldy -- and the people in her life -- who shine out of the pages and make this book a five-star mystery novel. If you're a fan of the series, you're already planning to read it...if you're not yet a fan, it'd be a mistake to start with this book -- go to the first one and fall in love with Goldy and her family from the beginning. A couple observations: -- This book is the "yummiest" of the series. The recipes made me practically drool! I shall be trying some of them...Julian's frittata especially sounds amazing. -- Can I just say I love the person Arch has grown to be? I really gritted my teeth through the books in the series where he was a sullen teen...this was definitely a worthwhile pay-off!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I have just finished reading, in sequence, all the Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries that are available on Kindle. (The latest title is "Currently Under Review" at Amazon and not available). Out of the 15 books in the series that I have read there were only two that I thought were not as good as the others. For the series as a whole, I rate them 5 stars. I found the characters fun to follow although a few characters were a little flat. Arch is always difficult; Marla is always extravagant but loyal. I have just finished reading, in sequence, all the Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries that are available on Kindle. (The latest title is "Currently Under Review" at Amazon and not available). Out of the 15 books in the series that I have read there were only two that I thought were not as good as the others. For the series as a whole, I rate them 5 stars. I found the characters fun to follow although a few characters were a little flat. Arch is always difficult; Marla is always extravagant but loyal. I would like a little more from hubby, Tom, than "Please don't . . ." and warm hugs. The best part of the novels were the plots. I rarely figured out who did it until the final reveal. These are cozy mysteries: no explicit sex, no blood, gore and gratuitous violence. I fear that Goldy may be coming to a point where the series has run its course. That said, I am still looking forward to the next (last?) novel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Grey853

    I keep trying to like Goldy, but she wears thin very quickly. She's got the victim mentality that grates on my nerves, like the whole world is out to get her, nothing going right. Yet, she keeps putting up with crap from clients and others like the good little doormat she is. I don't get it. Are we supposed to cheer for her as a positive protagonist? I sure don't. No successful person would behave the way she does and continue to be business for long. Plus, her plots are super thin and not very w I keep trying to like Goldy, but she wears thin very quickly. She's got the victim mentality that grates on my nerves, like the whole world is out to get her, nothing going right. Yet, she keeps putting up with crap from clients and others like the good little doormat she is. I don't get it. Are we supposed to cheer for her as a positive protagonist? I sure don't. No successful person would behave the way she does and continue to be business for long. Plus, her plots are super thin and not very well developed. The bad guys are bad from the start and there's no surprise. I haven't really liked the last few books I've read of this series, so I might give the rest a miss.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    Fatally Flaky (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery) A murder mystery. A bit slow for my taste. But it did have likable characters and the plot was interesting enough. The recipes look tasty, but no way could I EVER attempt to make them. A fun read and I would like to try a few of her others to see how they are.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sasha

    I think Ms. Davidson may just be tired of this series. Perfunctory and blah.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    I'm not entirely sure why I keep reading the books in this series. Over the years, they've become increasingly similar and I don't particularly like the main character. Bluh. I'm not entirely sure why I keep reading the books in this series. Over the years, they've become increasingly similar and I don't particularly like the main character. Bluh.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    #15 in this cozy mystery series; I've read almost all of them, I believe. I'm a sucker for a setting (Colorado) that I'm familiar with and the characters in Goldy's life throughout the series have been pleasant enough. Plus the mysteries have been enough to hold my interest. #15 was pretty much a waste of my time, however. Not only was I bored but it seemed like Ms. Davidson was also bored with her bread-and-butter. Characters were thrown in and used in peculiar ways, or not used. The sense of t #15 in this cozy mystery series; I've read almost all of them, I believe. I'm a sucker for a setting (Colorado) that I'm familiar with and the characters in Goldy's life throughout the series have been pleasant enough. Plus the mysteries have been enough to hold my interest. #15 was pretty much a waste of my time, however. Not only was I bored but it seemed like Ms. Davidson was also bored with her bread-and-butter. Characters were thrown in and used in peculiar ways, or not used. The sense of this plot was aggravating. Example, Goldy makes a tomato salad and two pages later book-wise and maybe an hour or two time-wise in the storyline, she is searching into the depths of her refrigerator to find the tomato salad. Huh? That was not the only instance of this reader asking, "Where have all the good editors gone?" I'm probably done with this series. There are too many good books out there to read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Spes

    Love the recipes and mystery combo

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Fun mystery set in Colorado. Caterer Goldy Schulz solves mysteries in addition to catering two weddings and cooking for a spa. The author shares recipes at the back of the book!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Nothing satisfies a sweet tooth like a Goldy Schulz novel. She’s a crime fighter armed with killer blueberry-cream pie, chocolate glaze to die for, and vanilla buttercream frosting that will soften even the most hardened criminal. Fatally Flaky is number 15 in this series about the in’s and out’s of catering in the murder capital of the United States: Aspen Meadow, Colorado, and boy, does our highly caffeinated Goldy have her hands full! Apparently Aspen Meadow is a bit like the Hellmouth in Buf Nothing satisfies a sweet tooth like a Goldy Schulz novel. She’s a crime fighter armed with killer blueberry-cream pie, chocolate glaze to die for, and vanilla buttercream frosting that will soften even the most hardened criminal. Fatally Flaky is number 15 in this series about the in’s and out’s of catering in the murder capital of the United States: Aspen Meadow, Colorado, and boy, does our highly caffeinated Goldy have her hands full! Apparently Aspen Meadow is a bit like the Hellmouth in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but instead of supernatural activity being at its center, murderous behavior seems to gravitate to this location. What a real estate market they must have! This time around, instead of a string of dark and stormy nights, it’s been a long, rainy summer for Goldy Schulz. Doc Finn, a local beloved physician and dear friend of her godfather, has just been murdered. With a string of wedding receptions to cater, including one with Bridezilla herself, Goldy has never been busier. She doesn’t have time to solve this mystery, but when you’re the wife of the chief investigator of the Furman County Sheriff’s Department, and your godfather’s somehow gotten himself mixed up in the mess (much to his peril), what’s a blonde, curly-headed sleuth to do? Break out the recipe book of course, and cook. As always, we are treated to a slew of straight from Martha Stewart’s vaulted library recipes, all made with unsalted butter, sea salt and “best-quality” ingredients. One of which I tried and will include at the end of this review. Apparently caterers eat very well. Having now read all 15 of these culinary mysteries, I generally rate each by two standards: how believable was the story and did any of the recipes look interesting. This one was not my favorite of the series, but was just interesting enough to finish. The plot line was predictable, but well written. There are very few surprises in this one. I knew well in advance what was going to happen. Perhaps Davidson tried to stir things up by introducing a main character in Goldy’s life that I think would’ve been mentioned by now, like in book 2, and some of the characters names? Billie Attenborough? Doesn’t really roll off the tongue does it. I think she ran out of good names by book 6. Aside from that, as always, there’s a great cast of returning characters. Her sixteen-year-old lanky son Arch is learning to drive, and her swimmingly handsome, vegetarian assistant Julian is back from college again. Goldy’s good friend and sisterly ex-wife to the Jerk, Marla, as usual has all the best lines, but I would’ve liked it better if Goldy’s husband Tom, a character I enjoy immensely, was more involved in the story line. Now, on to the superbly named recipes. Hmm. Usually there are at least one or two, maybe more that I would actually make, but this time most were too…how can I put this…off-the-charts hard. Who would really make these recipes? Enough with the nuts and bits of candied fruit! Seriously, they’re only good together at Christmas time. We know you like them. Time to add other ingredients to your cakes, cookies, and breads. I did try the Fatally Flaky Ice Cream Cookies. See my slummed up version below, sans the sea salt, pure vanilla, best quality cocoa and real vanilla ice cream, and of course, unsalted butter. (My butter is plenty salted thank you very much!) These little chocolate numbers were tricky and not much to look at, but pretty dang good. Beware if you use the recipes in these books. Be prepared to have bits of oats and brown sugar fall out from the pages if you choose to reread it again. Unfortunately, I probably won’t have that problem with this one. Fatally Flaky Cookies – The Peasant Version ½ cup unsalted butter ¾ brown sugar, packed 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa 1 ½ cup quick-cooking oats 1 tblsp flour 1 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp salt 1 egg 2 tsp vanilla Preheat oven to 350 Melt butter in a pan over low heat. Add sugar. Stir until mixture bubbles, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool while you mix the other ingredients. In large bowl, combine cocoa, oats, flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl beat together the egg and vanilla. Add to oat mixture and then add the cooled butter mixture. Stir well. Using a 1-tablespoon ice-cream scoop, measure out the batter onto cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until cookies are completely cooked. Allow to cool on the sheet for 5 minutes, then carefully transfer to cooling racks. Layer with ice cream or vanilla frosting. Makes about a dozen sandwiched cookies.

  20. 5 out of 5

    SS

    Fatally Flaky starts off with the author’s dedication that reads: …and with gratitude for the excellent editing and for possessing a kind heart and a light touch. Well,, the author and I disagree on the excellence of the editing, but I agree that the editor, whose name I’m not including in this review, used a light touch, a very light touch. This book has so many continuity errors, it isn’t even funny. Here are a few of them: Goldy, a veteran of other murder investigations, blithely dishes out info Fatally Flaky starts off with the author’s dedication that reads: …and with gratitude for the excellent editing and for possessing a kind heart and a light touch. Well,, the author and I disagree on the excellence of the editing, but I agree that the editor, whose name I’m not including in this review, used a light touch, a very light touch. This book has so many continuity errors, it isn’t even funny. Here are a few of them: Goldy, a veteran of other murder investigations, blithely dishes out information about the case that she knows she shouldn’t. I didn’t find this very believable. At the wedding at the spa, Goldy, Julian, Boyd, Yolanda, and Yolanda’s crew all worked well and smoothly together in the spa’s kitchen. The next time Gertie wants to work in the same kitchen with the same number of people, nothing has changed, Yolanda says, “There’s not enough room in that kitchen for you, me, my two assistants, and a cop.” How ridiculous is that? There’s no explanation for why she’s changed her mind on their ability to cook together. Goldy serves alcoholic beverages at all hours of the day and night, but she thinks it’s sad that “by half past ten, the place (a bar) would be filled, with patrons – usually men, sad to say --- who couldn’t get through the day without booze, and plenty of it.” Not sure it’s okay for her and her friends to drink at all hours and it’s not sad, but in the bar it is. I found this book to be very predictable; I knew who was behind the murders before I was halfway through.. The characters are stereotypes, not real at all. The dialogue is stiff and unnatural through many of the pages; I mean, in what world does every single character refer to an ambulance as an “ambo?” Not the one I live in, that’s for sure.. Events that occur in the story seem contrived in the worst possible way. There’s also never ending repetition. The characters tell you what they’re going to do, then they tell you again as they do it. It’s possible that this book was edited for spelling and grammar, but that’s about it, and it needed sooooooo much more. I found this book to be a massive disappointment. I own a few more of Diane Mott Davidson’s books that I picked up at one book sale or another. I’ll give some thought to trying another in hope that this is the oddball, but I’m not overly confident that those will be any better. I don’t recommend this book. There are so many better cozy, food-oriented ones available.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    This series is on-going and I've read every entry. Goldy is a caterer that keeps finding corpses. The corpses range from those she never knew to very personal, giving this series a bit broader latitude than some series. Goldy had an abusive husband, past tense from the start of the series. Diane handles this well, as it is not a social statement, a cry for sympathy, or otherwise dark. Normally, this would have stopped me from reading it, as hearing these things make me very angry and want to go el This series is on-going and I've read every entry. Goldy is a caterer that keeps finding corpses. The corpses range from those she never knew to very personal, giving this series a bit broader latitude than some series. Goldy had an abusive husband, past tense from the start of the series. Diane handles this well, as it is not a social statement, a cry for sympathy, or otherwise dark. Normally, this would have stopped me from reading it, as hearing these things make me very angry and want to go eliminate any spouse that is abusive. But she makes it work, because Goldy is now move on, and it is closer to a fact, not an emotion. Goldy has a child that is now a teen, and sometimes Diane uses him well, other times he is at camp or otherwise not a part of the story. In this entry (Fatally Flaky) he is away for the most part. Diane allows them to have a good relationship, but there are the awkward teen years acknowledged. There is couple additional important relations, but those doesn't start in the first book, so I'll not spoil those by revealing them here. This last entry (Fatally Flaky) is similar to the the previous one in that it felt there was more emphasis on the non-murder related story lines than on the murder one. Up to this point I've felt it well balanced, but if the next one is the same, I may lose interest. We'll see. So far, I've been enjoying them. 1 Catering to Nobody (1992) 2 Dying for Chocolate (1993) 3 The Cereal Murders (1994) 4 The Last Suppers (1995) 5 Killer Pancake (1996) 6 The Main Corpse (1997) 7 The Grilling Season (1998) 8 Prime Cut (2000) 9 Tough Cookie (2001) 10 Sticks and Scones (2001) 11 Chopping Spree (2003) 12 Double Shot (2005) 13 Dark Tort (2006) 14 Sweet Revenge (2007) 15 Fatally Flaky: A Novel (2009)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lain

    This was actually a much more thought-out and carefully edited book than those in recent years from Mott Davidson. For a while there, I was wondering why I rushed to get the latest Goldy mystery as soon as it hit the shelves, as recent volumes were sorely disappointing. But this volume in the series has a lot of what fans love most -- cooking, a solid mystery, and quirky characters (Marla, Julian, Arch, Tom, and even Sergeant Boyd). The thing that bothered me most was the sudden appearance of Go This was actually a much more thought-out and carefully edited book than those in recent years from Mott Davidson. For a while there, I was wondering why I rushed to get the latest Goldy mystery as soon as it hit the shelves, as recent volumes were sorely disappointing. But this volume in the series has a lot of what fans love most -- cooking, a solid mystery, and quirky characters (Marla, Julian, Arch, Tom, and even Sergeant Boyd). The thing that bothered me most was the sudden appearance of Goldy's loving godfather, about whom we hadn't heard a word in the previous dozen-odd books. That was a little disconcerting, as was the convenient foisting of Arch off to Todd's or Gus's house. In addition, I can't help wondering how Goldy suddenly became a wedding planner -- doesn't she have enough on her plate with her regular customers and her conference center? The wedding milieu provides plenty of fodder for mystery, and at the center is a particularly annoying bride and her entourage. Goldy must unravel the death of her godfather's best friend, as well as some strange goings-on at the Gold Gulch Spa. The mystery is fairly transparent, but still interesting. A few more twists and turns could have livened things up. I also would like to see a little more character development... the primary relationships seem a bit stagnant. My favorite Goldy books have been the ones where our favorite characters take more of a center stage. All the same, this book renewed my faith in Goldy and has me anxiously awaiting the next entry in the series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Goldy claims it's bridezilla Billie who is flaky, but once again, Goldy tampers with evidence and does some really stupid things in the safety department while trying to work through her grief at the death of her godfather Jack, who was murdered trying to discover the murderer of his best friend Doc Finn. I like these books because they're pretty light reading. Actually, I tend to listen to them on audio in the car rather than read them. They don't distract me too much from driving except when I Goldy claims it's bridezilla Billie who is flaky, but once again, Goldy tampers with evidence and does some really stupid things in the safety department while trying to work through her grief at the death of her godfather Jack, who was murdered trying to discover the murderer of his best friend Doc Finn. I like these books because they're pretty light reading. Actually, I tend to listen to them on audio in the car rather than read them. They don't distract me too much from driving except when I find myself yelling at Goldy for doing something stupid. This one was pretty much typical of Goldy. Poor Tom, her ever patient homicide investigator husband. He must be the butt of tons of jokes at the station about sis busy-body wife. The two "kindly" characters in this book, who both end up dead, never really struck me as especially great guys, and made me think, once again, that if I lived in Aspen Meadows, I'd make sure my life insurance was paid up. The regular cast of characters appears again, and there are the usual allotment of nasty folks to distract the reader. Now highbrow literature, but for what it is, not bad. One thing that annoyed me is that we keep hearing about the fact that Marla had a heart attack, but she's wolfing down hi-fat food like there's no tomorrow and throwing back an awful lot of booze for someone on a heart protocol. Always interested in the recipes, particularly Julian's, though how only one of these characters has had a heart attack, with all that butter and cream used, is the real mystery.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    I surprised myself with finding this minor editing mistake about Jack's door. Compare page 9: "Jack opened his newly sculpted oak door - one of the things he'd actually managed to get subcontracted and completed since he'd been here." to page 62 "Jack's tone was grateful as he opened his massive door, a large sculpted oak number that he had picked up at a salvage yard." It's been a while since I've read a DMD book, and while reading this I realized my reading tastes have changed. Used to love DM I surprised myself with finding this minor editing mistake about Jack's door. Compare page 9: "Jack opened his newly sculpted oak door - one of the things he'd actually managed to get subcontracted and completed since he'd been here." to page 62 "Jack's tone was grateful as he opened his massive door, a large sculpted oak number that he had picked up at a salvage yard." It's been a while since I've read a DMD book, and while reading this I realized my reading tastes have changed. Used to love DMD's characters, plots, and recipes. Now characters just seem lame compared to those in books by Vince Flynn, David Baldacci, John Sandford, and David Housewright. (Comparing apples to oranges, I know...) On a positive note, the spa plot of drugging clients to keep them coming back was promising. Goldy seemed to lose her charm in Fatally Flaky. Her attitude seemed snarky. Tom seems to be a great guy but yet in the 15th book she is still going on and on about "the Jerk". Move on Goldy. I don't remember any previous mention of her close and wonderful godfather or the help he gave her. A lot of the book is repetitive; perhaps a page filler. Attenborough is written enough times to fill several pages. Overall, the writing is a shadow of earlier DMD books. It must be difficult to keep well-known characters fresh and interesting in as many books as DMD has written. I've found Janet Evanovich has the same problem with her Stephanie Plum series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Loreen ☕️

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First the good. There are one or two recipes that look really yummy and I am going to try them. Also, I borrowed this book from the library, so I didn't actually buy this book and now need to find someone to take a hard back off of my hands.(My local used bookstore doesn't take hard backs). If these two things are the good, well, you can imagine the bad. It followed the same formula as the rest of the Goldy Bear cozy mysteries. Someone close to Goldy dies, she uses her catering business as a cov First the good. There are one or two recipes that look really yummy and I am going to try them. Also, I borrowed this book from the library, so I didn't actually buy this book and now need to find someone to take a hard back off of my hands.(My local used bookstore doesn't take hard backs). If these two things are the good, well, you can imagine the bad. It followed the same formula as the rest of the Goldy Bear cozy mysteries. Someone close to Goldy dies, she uses her catering business as a cover, almost dies uncovering an important clue, and in between her Scooby-Doo sleuthing, she cooks some awesome sounding food. The biggest difference between this book and the rest of the series is that not enough time is spent describing the cooking. So, for me, if the best thing about a mystery is the description of the cooking, well, it may be time for me to bid Diana Mott Davidson and Goldy Bear farewell. However, I may check out the next book in the series at the library for the recipes.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    I used to thoroughly enjoy this series, however, I find I no longer can. I went through a lot of changes over the past few years and aggressively in the past few months. One of the many things I realized is that I have an issue with codependency, which includes taking responsibility for other people's problems and wanting to fix them because Heaven forbid that people don't like me. Listening/reading this book really drove that idiocy of a codependent life and choices home. I find that Goldie is I used to thoroughly enjoy this series, however, I find I no longer can. I went through a lot of changes over the past few years and aggressively in the past few months. One of the many things I realized is that I have an issue with codependency, which includes taking responsibility for other people's problems and wanting to fix them because Heaven forbid that people don't like me. Listening/reading this book really drove that idiocy of a codependent life and choices home. I find that Goldie is constantly taking responsibility for all these people and goes on and on about how she is failing them. Ugh and sigh! I'm nostalgically sad that I can't enjoy the series anymore, but life goes on. As far as the reader goes though, Barbara Rosenblat is definitely one of my favorites. I specifically search her out at the library and I recommend her often. She has won many Audie awards and is a joy to listen to.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    cozy mystery read by the marvelously talented Barbara Rosenblatt. For those of you who might not know the name but are familiar with the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, Ms. Rosenblatt played Rosa, the inmate undergoing cancer treatment. She is a wonderful actress and her skills as an audiobook narrator are awesome. She turns what might otherwise be a 'meh' cozy into a delightful experience. Occasionally I find cozies to be a bit heavy on the nyuck-nyuck factor and light on actual storyli cozy mystery read by the marvelously talented Barbara Rosenblatt. For those of you who might not know the name but are familiar with the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, Ms. Rosenblatt played Rosa, the inmate undergoing cancer treatment. She is a wonderful actress and her skills as an audiobook narrator are awesome. She turns what might otherwise be a 'meh' cozy into a delightful experience. Occasionally I find cozies to be a bit heavy on the nyuck-nyuck factor and light on actual storyline. But listening to Rosenblatt? I wanted to sit in my car so I could find out what happens. If you like audiobooks and cozies are your thing, this one is recommended. If you decide that you love Barbara Rosenblatt as much as I do, search and find the Mrs. Polifax series by Dorothy Gilman. Another series brought to life by the remarkable Barbara Rosenblatt.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kellene

    Why do I keep reading these books? Maybe because they are easy to find on CD and I actually listen to them during my commute? Whatever the reason, I’ve got to stop. I really, really like Julian, the protective assistant, and Tom, the long-suffering detective who is married to a woman who obviously has no faith in his capabilities. Golde irritates the devil out of me, keeping evidence from her husband (the detective), inserting herself in murder cases, not listening to Tom’s advice. And she’s jus Why do I keep reading these books? Maybe because they are easy to find on CD and I actually listen to them during my commute? Whatever the reason, I’ve got to stop. I really, really like Julian, the protective assistant, and Tom, the long-suffering detective who is married to a woman who obviously has no faith in his capabilities. Golde irritates the devil out of me, keeping evidence from her husband (the detective), inserting herself in murder cases, not listening to Tom’s advice. And she’s just plain dumb in this one. You never want to think the MC deserves to be killed for doing DUMB stuff, but in this case…. The mystery itself was ridiculous. The supporting cast was a bunch of creeps, and apparently the whole crew was a bunch of drunks. There was just not a redeeming quality in this book for me. Time to walk away….

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love her books. In this one, Goldy's godfather has moved across the street from her and his son hates her for the fact that his father did make this choice. While she is catering two weddings in one weekend, she loves one bride and deals with all the trials that come from her wedding with grace, the other bride is a bridezilla. First, the man who was to make the first toast at the first wedding is found murdered, then her godfather while investigating the man's murder (his friend), he stumbles I love her books. In this one, Goldy's godfather has moved across the street from her and his son hates her for the fact that his father did make this choice. While she is catering two weddings in one weekend, she loves one bride and deals with all the trials that come from her wedding with grace, the other bride is a bridezilla. First, the man who was to make the first toast at the first wedding is found murdered, then her godfather while investigating the man's murder (his friend), he stumbles across the same information that the original man had and is murdered for the effort. Goldy stumbles along in grief over the deaths of so many she cared for.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Janice Llewellyn

    I hadn't read a "Goldy" book in quite awhile, so when a cousin gave this one to me, I figured, "what the heck",..a free book. But I soon realized why I haven't read Mott Davidson lately...she writes really badly. The plot starts out pretty good and some of the minor characters were interesting. But, as usual, her main characters are boring and unbelievable. The writing is bad...why does her husband of many years now call her "Miss G"....huh? And could her friend Marla be any more downright crazy du I hadn't read a "Goldy" book in quite awhile, so when a cousin gave this one to me, I figured, "what the heck",..a free book. But I soon realized why I haven't read Mott Davidson lately...she writes really badly. The plot starts out pretty good and some of the minor characters were interesting. But, as usual, her main characters are boring and unbelievable. The writing is bad...why does her husband of many years now call her "Miss G"....huh? And could her friend Marla be any more downright crazy dumb?? But seriously, I always finish these books wondering WHY I don't also become a published author?? Surely I could do at least as bad as this...

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