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Fans of Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy Schulz, the gourmet gumshoe of Aspen Meadow, Colorado, love her modus operandi: "Treat every puzzle with questions and chocolate." In Tough Cookie, Davidson's ninth culinary mystery, Goldy is waiting to reopen her catering business, which has been shut down by the health department for lack of adequate drains. She's got a PBS cooking gig Fans of Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy Schulz, the gourmet gumshoe of Aspen Meadow, Colorado, love her modus operandi: "Treat every puzzle with questions and chocolate." In Tough Cookie, Davidson's ninth culinary mystery, Goldy is waiting to reopen her catering business, which has been shut down by the health department for lack of adequate drains. She's got a PBS cooking gig for a few weeks, and is trying to build a reputation as a personal chef, but she's desperate for a little extra Christmas cash, so she agrees to sell a pair of vintage skis to Doug Portman, a local art critic and former sort-of-romantic interest. When Portman's killed in a skiing accident at Killdeer Resort with Goldy nearby, the police treat her with suspicion. It turns out that Portman was the easily persuaded head of the Parole Board, and Goldy's ex-husband (a.k.a. The Jerk, who was imprisoned for domestic violence) is coming up for parole. But when Goldy herself narrowly escapes a chilly death after her van is forced off a snowy highway, she starts looking for connections and steps into a minefield of unsolved murders, including the three-year-old avalanche death of her friend Nate Bullock. There're a multitude of suspicious characters lurking around Killdeer: Barton Reed, a crazy ex-con who sent Portman a letter loaded with poison; Arthur Wakefield, whose wealthy mother was also killed in a skiing accident at Killdeer; Jack Gilkey, a handsome young chef who was convicted of manslaughter in the death of Wakefield's mother (and released by Portman); Boots Faraday, a local artist; and even Rorry Bullock, Nate's angry widow. As usual, Goldy manages to solve the murders (with the help of Chocolate Coma Cookies), save her own skin (just!), skewer a few local snobs in passing, and revive her catering business. Lots of fun, and recipes too. --Barrie Trinkle


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Fans of Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy Schulz, the gourmet gumshoe of Aspen Meadow, Colorado, love her modus operandi: "Treat every puzzle with questions and chocolate." In Tough Cookie, Davidson's ninth culinary mystery, Goldy is waiting to reopen her catering business, which has been shut down by the health department for lack of adequate drains. She's got a PBS cooking gig Fans of Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy Schulz, the gourmet gumshoe of Aspen Meadow, Colorado, love her modus operandi: "Treat every puzzle with questions and chocolate." In Tough Cookie, Davidson's ninth culinary mystery, Goldy is waiting to reopen her catering business, which has been shut down by the health department for lack of adequate drains. She's got a PBS cooking gig for a few weeks, and is trying to build a reputation as a personal chef, but she's desperate for a little extra Christmas cash, so she agrees to sell a pair of vintage skis to Doug Portman, a local art critic and former sort-of-romantic interest. When Portman's killed in a skiing accident at Killdeer Resort with Goldy nearby, the police treat her with suspicion. It turns out that Portman was the easily persuaded head of the Parole Board, and Goldy's ex-husband (a.k.a. The Jerk, who was imprisoned for domestic violence) is coming up for parole. But when Goldy herself narrowly escapes a chilly death after her van is forced off a snowy highway, she starts looking for connections and steps into a minefield of unsolved murders, including the three-year-old avalanche death of her friend Nate Bullock. There're a multitude of suspicious characters lurking around Killdeer: Barton Reed, a crazy ex-con who sent Portman a letter loaded with poison; Arthur Wakefield, whose wealthy mother was also killed in a skiing accident at Killdeer; Jack Gilkey, a handsome young chef who was convicted of manslaughter in the death of Wakefield's mother (and released by Portman); Boots Faraday, a local artist; and even Rorry Bullock, Nate's angry widow. As usual, Goldy manages to solve the murders (with the help of Chocolate Coma Cookies), save her own skin (just!), skewer a few local snobs in passing, and revive her catering business. Lots of fun, and recipes too. --Barrie Trinkle

30 review for Tough Cookie

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to Tough Cookie, the 9th cozy mystery in the "Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary" books, written in 2000 by Diane Mott Davidson. This was one of the stronger books in the series, but it didn't start off that way. When I first began reading the book, I was put off by the death and initial suspect. Goldy sells some skis to another guy, as her catering business was temporarily shut down due to some kitchen issues, which eventually cause an accident. A convoluted con Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to Tough Cookie, the 9th cozy mystery in the "Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary" books, written in 2000 by Diane Mott Davidson. This was one of the stronger books in the series, but it didn't start off that way. When I first began reading the book, I was put off by the death and initial suspect. Goldy sells some skis to another guy, as her catering business was temporarily shut down due to some kitchen issues, which eventually cause an accident. A convoluted connection is made with the death given that person had something to do with someone from Goldy's past and her ex-husband... blah blah blah... I thought it was going to be a weak plot. But that's just what initially happened, as tons of suspects showed up creating a very complex plot. Sometimes you have to forgive the way the death happens and how the main character is connected... as in a book series, the person can't always be the first to find the victim, or it gets too overplayed. Once I accepted that piece, then I was good with the actual mystery piece. 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

    melissa

    This series has grown, and I like the changes it’s making. Not only has Goldie and her family grown and changed, she has ‘matured’ too. She doesn’t do (as many) stupid things as she used to (I equate it to the girl that goes by herself down in to the dark basement in a horror movie.). I think Tom has been a good influence on her. And yet they are not less interesting, and there is not less action. For a caterer she gets sucked in to a lot. I like that they are light, fast reads. It bothered me a This series has grown, and I like the changes it’s making. Not only has Goldie and her family grown and changed, she has ‘matured’ too. She doesn’t do (as many) stupid things as she used to (I equate it to the girl that goes by herself down in to the dark basement in a horror movie.). I think Tom has been a good influence on her. And yet they are not less interesting, and there is not less action. For a caterer she gets sucked in to a lot. I like that they are light, fast reads. It bothered me a little that this one (and I think the last one) were ‘out of town’. But I guess there can only be so many murders in one small town before it get hokey. And it’s as good of way as any other to get new blood (no pun intended) into a series. Definitely and addict, and will definitely be finishing the series. =D

  3. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Johnson

    My mom originally read this book and recommended it to me. I liked how there were actual recipes throughout the book. However the actual mystery was a little crazy for my taste. It seemed like so much was happening that I had a hard time keeping everything straight. I was thrown for a loop when we found out what actually happened in the end though. Overall this was a fun read and one I’m glad my mom recommended.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa B.

    Still one of my favorite series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    3.5 stars. Recipes look GREAT and I liked the setting/mystery. I didn't like the typical "go off alone ignoring warning" that seems to be a common cozy trope. And a couple of times there were a few pages summarizing the suspects/story - I can remember well enough with 300 pages that I just felt annoyed with that. But I'll certainly continue with the series. 3.5 stars. Recipes look GREAT and I liked the setting/mystery. I didn't like the typical "go off alone ignoring warning" that seems to be a common cozy trope. And a couple of times there were a few pages summarizing the suspects/story - I can remember well enough with 300 pages that I just felt annoyed with that. But I'll certainly continue with the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    This is a decent whodunit but seemed busy and the skiing lingo made it a more difficult read for me. In this series, the protagonist is a caterer married to a police officer and solves crimes as she prepares dishes for various events. In this novel, she is doing a PBS cooking show on a ski mountain and everyone seems to be involved in some way. She is exceptionally nosy in this book, more overtly than in the last Goldy novel I read, and though I think that I'd be able to let Angela Lansbury slid This is a decent whodunit but seemed busy and the skiing lingo made it a more difficult read for me. In this series, the protagonist is a caterer married to a police officer and solves crimes as she prepares dishes for various events. In this novel, she is doing a PBS cooking show on a ski mountain and everyone seems to be involved in some way. She is exceptionally nosy in this book, more overtly than in the last Goldy novel I read, and though I think that I'd be able to let Angela Lansbury slide on some of this stuff, Goldy doesn't doesn't really have the "good person" capital to pull it off.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ronica

    This one started out very slow for me, once I got over the first 100 pages the pace picked up. I still had a little trouble as the main mystery was overshadowed but two events that are mentioned throughout the book, if we could give half stars I would have given this a 3 1/2. I have been reading the series on and off for the past year and I do enjoy them and will continue to read every chance I get.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    This was a very well crafted and enjoyable mystery. It reminded me a lot of Mary Daheim's mysteries. I really enjoyed it and found she was very good with the tension. The only drawback is the recipes. I always find these mysteries with recipes or hints seem to detract from the story itself. This was a very well crafted and enjoyable mystery. It reminded me a lot of Mary Daheim's mysteries. I really enjoyed it and found she was very good with the tension. The only drawback is the recipes. I always find these mysteries with recipes or hints seem to detract from the story itself.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Plot was good. I felt the book is somewhat 'wordy.' Overall an okay cozy mystery. Plot was good. I felt the book is somewhat 'wordy.' Overall an okay cozy mystery.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    I've just started reading this one again, for the 10th time, lol. I love this series! I've just started reading this one again, for the 10th time, lol. I love this series!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Priscilla Dicarlo

    This was a fun read and of course enjoyed the recipes!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marji Morris

    I enjoy the Goldie Shulz mysteries, but this one was the most puzzling I've read. There was a huge cast of characters, and I must admit I got lost a time or two and had to go back to figure out who was who. That may be because I wasn't paying enough attention or because I just finished another book with a lot of characters. Goldie, a caterer, finds herself in the middle of numerous blizzards, murders, and bad guys masquerading as good guys all while she is in the middle of rebuilding her busines I enjoy the Goldie Shulz mysteries, but this one was the most puzzling I've read. There was a huge cast of characters, and I must admit I got lost a time or two and had to go back to figure out who was who. That may be because I wasn't paying enough attention or because I just finished another book with a lot of characters. Goldie, a caterer, finds herself in the middle of numerous blizzards, murders, and bad guys masquerading as good guys all while she is in the middle of rebuilding her business and taping a series of PBS cooking shows. It was entertaining, and it includes lots of recipes that sound wonderful, but I'll never make because they contain a scary list of ingredients (like 1/2 lb of real butter) in almost every one. And Goldie says you can NEVER substitute other ingredients. But if someone else is motivated to try them, I'll volunteer to be a taster.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marietta Slater

    I am so enjoying rereading this series and Tough cookie is one of the best in the series. It is fast paced, well written and full of mystery. I was glad to see Julian was in it, at least a little. It amazes me how much trouble Goldy gets into each book. Since Goldy's business is shut down by the health department, she takes a gig working for a PBS station on a cooking show and trying to promote herself as a personal chef. Most of the action takes place either on a ski slope or in a smi town. Gol I am so enjoying rereading this series and Tough cookie is one of the best in the series. It is fast paced, well written and full of mystery. I was glad to see Julian was in it, at least a little. It amazes me how much trouble Goldy gets into each book. Since Goldy's business is shut down by the health department, she takes a gig working for a PBS station on a cooking show and trying to promote herself as a personal chef. Most of the action takes place either on a ski slope or in a smi town. Goldy is trying to help a friend to find out what actually happened to the husband 3 years previously on the ski slopes. More accidents and Goldy being shot at makes this book a great read. As usual, great recipes are included.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy Ayers

    These are fun little stories but I would not call them great. It passes the time. After 9 of them they are beginning to get really repetitive. The problem is I bought the next 5 Novels and now am not sure I want to keep reading the series. My biggest complaint is each novel she adds a whole new set of people with their own conflicts and history. I do not feel there is enough time to get to know or care about any of them. Most of them treat Goldy like “the help” and I have no respect for people l These are fun little stories but I would not call them great. It passes the time. After 9 of them they are beginning to get really repetitive. The problem is I bought the next 5 Novels and now am not sure I want to keep reading the series. My biggest complaint is each novel she adds a whole new set of people with their own conflicts and history. I do not feel there is enough time to get to know or care about any of them. Most of them treat Goldy like “the help” and I have no respect for people like that so it is hard to care what happens to them or who is the murderer. As a single mom, I don’t know how she finds enough time to ski, do fund raising, church events, have a TON of “old friends” and investigate murders all while running her own business.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy Howard

    This is an enjoyable, not too heavy mystery. Although part of a series, I hadn't read any of the earlier books, but this didn't hamper my enjoyment. The characters seem real, the protagonist, Goldy, is an interesting person, and it took me into the worlds of a ski town and a personal chef quite convincingly. I don't ski anymore, so some of the references to the ski areas/equipment were unfamiliar, but I think that's a plus. The central mystery wasn't earth shattering, but was teased out nicely a This is an enjoyable, not too heavy mystery. Although part of a series, I hadn't read any of the earlier books, but this didn't hamper my enjoyment. The characters seem real, the protagonist, Goldy, is an interesting person, and it took me into the worlds of a ski town and a personal chef quite convincingly. I don't ski anymore, so some of the references to the ski areas/equipment were unfamiliar, but I think that's a plus. The central mystery wasn't earth shattering, but was teased out nicely and then built to a good conclusion. I would read more mysteries by her and I may try to make some of the recipes she includes! The description of everything cooking really made me want to join in.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mira

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Whenever Goldie does something sensible like announcing her husband is a cop and knows where she is, or she lets her husband know when she’s going to talk to a murder suspect, or she confronts someone in a public place I know she’ll be okay. It's when she forgets she's the target of a murderer and wanders off alone somewhere that I start groaning in disbelief! She seemed to be finally getting smarter in this one, and manages to get herself out of a sticky end so yay for her!! Arch is still being Whenever Goldie does something sensible like announcing her husband is a cop and knows where she is, or she lets her husband know when she’s going to talk to a murder suspect, or she confronts someone in a public place I know she’ll be okay. It's when she forgets she's the target of a murderer and wanders off alone somewhere that I start groaning in disbelief! She seemed to be finally getting smarter in this one, and manages to get herself out of a sticky end so yay for her!! Arch is still being a dreadful teen and Tom is still a lovely bloke, albeit being better at DIY than police work. Can't wait to try some of the recipes and looking forward to the next.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am a fan of this series, but this book was just meh. I had a hard time getting invested in the story. There were too many unlikable characters, and the likable characters were the ones that ended up being bad! Archer was a greedy jerk who seemed like he killed his mom and framed her husband all for the money. Jack was nice but misunderstood because he was so attractive until it was revealed that he was actually the greedy killer, and that he was trying to murder more rich women. Arch was being I am a fan of this series, but this book was just meh. I had a hard time getting invested in the story. There were too many unlikable characters, and the likable characters were the ones that ended up being bad! Archer was a greedy jerk who seemed like he killed his mom and framed her husband all for the money. Jack was nice but misunderstood because he was so attractive until it was revealed that he was actually the greedy killer, and that he was trying to murder more rich women. Arch was being a typical sullen teenager and there was not enough Tom or Julian in the book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Rebecca Shaw

    Pretty good story about investigating some deaths on the ski slope. There is a lot going on for Goldy in this one as she has had to take a break from her catering business because she needs to bring her kitchen up to code. She is the chef on a PBS show and there is a lot going on around her that she tracks down and eventually manages to nail the killer. Of course her family and friends suffer along the way as well as her possessions. It is an okay thriller and the recipes seem plausible if you w Pretty good story about investigating some deaths on the ski slope. There is a lot going on for Goldy in this one as she has had to take a break from her catering business because she needs to bring her kitchen up to code. She is the chef on a PBS show and there is a lot going on around her that she tracks down and eventually manages to nail the killer. Of course her family and friends suffer along the way as well as her possessions. It is an okay thriller and the recipes seem plausible if you want to try them.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Goldy is up to her neck in trouble as usual: the health board has closed her kitchen because of inadequate plumbing; her attempt to be a personal chef isn't going well and the PBS cooking show she is doing doesn't go exactly as she hoped; and then of course their are dead bodies; and worst of all people aren't exactly who they say they are. But of course Goldy figures it out before she gets herself killed and all ends happily. This one was better than the last one. Goldy is up to her neck in trouble as usual: the health board has closed her kitchen because of inadequate plumbing; her attempt to be a personal chef isn't going well and the PBS cooking show she is doing doesn't go exactly as she hoped; and then of course their are dead bodies; and worst of all people aren't exactly who they say they are. But of course Goldy figures it out before she gets herself killed and all ends happily. This one was better than the last one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeannine

    For someone who lives in a rather well-to-do area in Colorado and works for some very well-heeled people, Goldy Bear seems to cater to more murder victims than foodies. While the plot is muddy at times and the main character's actions are not in line with someone married to a police officer, it was a fairly enjoyable cozy with some good recipes. For someone who lives in a rather well-to-do area in Colorado and works for some very well-heeled people, Goldy Bear seems to cater to more murder victims than foodies. While the plot is muddy at times and the main character's actions are not in line with someone married to a police officer, it was a fairly enjoyable cozy with some good recipes.

  21. 5 out of 5

    BonLivre

    This was a very fun and enjoyable read, comprising of a well written and smoothly flowing plot complete with mystery intrigue and great recipes. Ironically, I seem to always read "beach books" during the Winter, so what fun it was to read a Colorado "snowy holiday" book during the Summer. This was a very fun and enjoyable read, comprising of a well written and smoothly flowing plot complete with mystery intrigue and great recipes. Ironically, I seem to always read "beach books" during the Winter, so what fun it was to read a Colorado "snowy holiday" book during the Summer.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Linda Klinedinst

    I listen to this as a Audio Book through Audible. I love Goldy the Lady Detective...she reminds me of Nancy Drew a little bit. I dearly love this Series. It is so good. I highly recommend this Series to anyone that loves to read Mysteries. I give this Book 5/5 Stars. Happy Reading :)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Soc Page

    mexican egg rolls with spicy guacamole dipping sauce chesapeake crab cakes with sauce gribiche ice-capped gingersnaps snowboarders' pork tenderloin chocolate coma cookies chile con queso dip marmalade mogul muffins sonora chicken strudel skier's swiss cereal julian's five-grain bread mexican egg rolls with spicy guacamole dipping sauce chesapeake crab cakes with sauce gribiche ice-capped gingersnaps snowboarders' pork tenderloin chocolate coma cookies chile con queso dip marmalade mogul muffins sonora chicken strudel skier's swiss cereal julian's five-grain bread

  24. 5 out of 5

    Josephine Hawkins

    Avalanche Definitely some good recipes in this book. The killer wasn't revealed until the end. Goldy as always snooped around until she found the key bit of information she needed to solve the case. Plus on raising a teenager are included as well. Good read. Avalanche Definitely some good recipes in this book. The killer wasn't revealed until the end. Goldy as always snooped around until she found the key bit of information she needed to solve the case. Plus on raising a teenager are included as well. Good read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lawona

    This series is just getting better by the book. I still believe that she sleuths just because she wants to know what happens. There are multiple spots that I keep asking why didn't she let the cops know. Especially about the tape. This series is just getting better by the book. I still believe that she sleuths just because she wants to know what happens. There are multiple spots that I keep asking why didn't she let the cops know. Especially about the tape.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cindi Mansell

    My favorite part of Diane Mott Davidson's books is reading about the food and then using the recipes to try to make some of the treats myself. I also love how Goldie falls into trouble every book and her wonderful bear of a husband is right there with her. Nice easy reads. My favorite part of Diane Mott Davidson's books is reading about the food and then using the recipes to try to make some of the treats myself. I also love how Goldie falls into trouble every book and her wonderful bear of a husband is right there with her. Nice easy reads.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Fun, easy read and loved the recipes!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Typical Goldy Bear story. There were some interesting points and as always some good recipes. The only thing about the recipes is that they are multistepped.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Reader

    Needed some light fiction to read. I read several of Diane Mott Davidson's books several years ago. They are "cozy mystery" books. Needed some light fiction to read. I read several of Diane Mott Davidson's books several years ago. They are "cozy mystery" books.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Stillman

    I enjoy the familiar characters and the little things the main character gets involved in throughout the books.

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