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Caterer Goldy Schulz's lucrative new gig, preparing breakfasts and conference room snacks for a local law firm, is time-consuming, but she's enjoying it . . . until the night she arrives to find Dusty, the firm's paralegal, dead. The deceased also happened to be Goldy's friend and neighbor, and now Dusty's grieving mother is begging Goldy to find out who murdered her daugh Caterer Goldy Schulz's lucrative new gig, preparing breakfasts and conference room snacks for a local law firm, is time-consuming, but she's enjoying it . . . until the night she arrives to find Dusty, the firm's paralegal, dead. The deceased also happened to be Goldy's friend and neighbor, and now Dusty's grieving mother is begging Goldy to find out who murdered her daughter. Just because the police are on the case doesn't mean Goldy can't do a little snooping herself. While catering a party at the home of one of the firm's lawyers, she just happens to overhear an incriminating conversation. She also discovers a few tasty clues in the kitchen. Before long, Goldy finds herself knee-deep in suspects. But one of them is incredibly dangerous . . . and very liable to cook Goldy's goose.


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Caterer Goldy Schulz's lucrative new gig, preparing breakfasts and conference room snacks for a local law firm, is time-consuming, but she's enjoying it . . . until the night she arrives to find Dusty, the firm's paralegal, dead. The deceased also happened to be Goldy's friend and neighbor, and now Dusty's grieving mother is begging Goldy to find out who murdered her daugh Caterer Goldy Schulz's lucrative new gig, preparing breakfasts and conference room snacks for a local law firm, is time-consuming, but she's enjoying it . . . until the night she arrives to find Dusty, the firm's paralegal, dead. The deceased also happened to be Goldy's friend and neighbor, and now Dusty's grieving mother is begging Goldy to find out who murdered her daughter. Just because the police are on the case doesn't mean Goldy can't do a little snooping herself. While catering a party at the home of one of the firm's lawyers, she just happens to overhear an incriminating conversation. She also discovers a few tasty clues in the kitchen. Before long, Goldy finds herself knee-deep in suspects. But one of them is incredibly dangerous . . . and very liable to cook Goldy's goose.

30 review for Dark Tort

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    Book Review 3+ of 5 stars to Dark Tort, the 13th book in the "Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary" cozy mystery series, written in 2006 by Diane Mott Davidson. Although I love this series, I would have purchased this book no matter what... the cover is delicious. I love chocolate and had a thing for cooking torts right around the time this book was released. The desserts came out great, but I didn't use her recipe, as I have one of my own! Anyway... back to the book review... the clever title Book Review 3+ of 5 stars to Dark Tort, the 13th book in the "Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary" cozy mystery series, written in 2006 by Diane Mott Davidson. Although I love this series, I would have purchased this book no matter what... the cover is delicious. I love chocolate and had a thing for cooking torts right around the time this book was released. The desserts came out great, but I didn't use her recipe, as I have one of my own! Anyway... back to the book review... the clever title play in this one is amusing, given it's all about a law firm. And a character named Dusty... and someone "bites" the "dust." OK, two bad puns in a row, I better wrap this one up. A good mystery for the series. Fun characters. Typical book in the series. Worth a read. I know we're coming up on the end of the series, which is a good thing... as 15 should be the max. The setting is the best part of this one, as Goldy gets to travel all around town, more than usual, and learns a lot about the law! 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 13th book in the 'Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery' series, Goldy Schulz, who's a professional caterer and amateur sleuth, sets out to discover who killed her neighbor. The book can be read as a standalone. ***** Goldy Schulz, who has a catering business in Aspen Meadows, Colorado, caters delicious breakfasts for a local law firm and occasionally provides food for lawyer-client meetings. Things take a bad turn when Goldy arrives at the law firm one night - to prepare for the next day - and stum In this 13th book in the 'Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery' series, Goldy Schulz, who's a professional caterer and amateur sleuth, sets out to discover who killed her neighbor. The book can be read as a standalone. ***** Goldy Schulz, who has a catering business in Aspen Meadows, Colorado, caters delicious breakfasts for a local law firm and occasionally provides food for lawyer-client meetings. Things take a bad turn when Goldy arrives at the law firm one night - to prepare for the next day - and stumbles over the body of her young neighbor Dusty Routt. Dusty had been training to be a paralegal for the law firm and was meeting Goldy for a cooking lesson. Dusty's mother doesn't trust the police and begs Goldy to find out what happened to her daughter. Goldy, who's solved many murders in the past, agrees. To find Dusty's murderer, Goldy does her own sleuthing AND gets inside information from her husband Tom Schulz, who's a sheriff's detective. As Goldy is snooping around she discovers that there have been shenanigans at the law firm, including extramarital affairs. Goldy also learns that Dusty may have stumbled on irregularities in the affairs of Charlie Baker, a deceased client and famous artist, whose possessions she was inventorying. As all this is going on, Goldy caters a birthday party for one of the firm's lawyers; gives driving lessons to her fifteen-year-old son Arch (which are ALWAYS a disaster 😊); hosts Arch's recently discovered half-brother; prepares recipes with her assistant Julian; chitchats with her best friend Marla; snuggles with her hubby Tom; and so on. There are plenty of suspects, but Goldy sorts through the flotsam and jetsam to solve the case. The novel isn't as good as the early books in the series (IMO). The stories were more interesting when Goldy was a single mother struggling to make a living who had to deal with an abusive (but colorful) ex-husband named John Richard Korman (aka 'the jerk'). It was satisfying to see Goldy and her friend Marla plot against the troublemaker. It's great that Goldy is now settled down and happily married, but the cozies are less exciting. Still, this is a pleasant read to pass an afternoon. FYI: There's food preparation throughout the story, and - for people whose taste buds are stimulated - the recipes (including crustless asparagus quiche) are furnished at the end. Crustless Asparagus Quiche You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....

  3. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Galman

    Almost didn't buy this because her last book sucked so much. This one wasn't nearly as bad, but still wasn't that good. The main problems with this one is that Goldy has no plausible reason to be involved with the investigation, that she goes about it in such a haphazard way, and she leaves the vital clue lying around for a week, only to discover it just as the killer comes to polish her off. Then there's the fact that she and her husband Tom have multiple conversations where they tell each othe Almost didn't buy this because her last book sucked so much. This one wasn't nearly as bad, but still wasn't that good. The main problems with this one is that Goldy has no plausible reason to be involved with the investigation, that she goes about it in such a haphazard way, and she leaves the vital clue lying around for a week, only to discover it just as the killer comes to polish her off. Then there's the fact that she and her husband Tom have multiple conversations where they tell each other things they should already know, and the strained dialog (like when Goldy asks a young woman if the murdered girl had had any "romantic liaisons"). I really enjoyed this series more when Goldy had real obstacles to overcome and her involvement with the murders was more immediate and personal.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    It has been years since I read a "Goldy Bear" mystery and it was kind of weird to be back in her world. There were people and events that I had totally forgotten about or just plain don't remember at all. It was like knowing people, but really having to relearn who they were again. This one was very good - I had no idea and was really kind of shocked. The story was very good and I enjoyed listening all afternoon on my lazy Sunday. I look forward to the other two I have left to read before the se It has been years since I read a "Goldy Bear" mystery and it was kind of weird to be back in her world. There were people and events that I had totally forgotten about or just plain don't remember at all. It was like knowing people, but really having to relearn who they were again. This one was very good - I had no idea and was really kind of shocked. The story was very good and I enjoyed listening all afternoon on my lazy Sunday. I look forward to the other two I have left to read before the series is finished for me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Carbone

    I always love the Goldy Schultz mysteries, so when I saw this at my father's assisted living library, I borrowed it. As always, it was sweet but formulaic. With Goldy, you know that, whatever the nasty crime, she will solve it and, while she does, scarf up a ton of espresso and make a ton of great food (recipes always included). One summer a book group I belonged to each read a different Goldy Schultz and made a recipe from the book. We all ate together. Wasn't anything that wasn't delicious. Tr I always love the Goldy Schultz mysteries, so when I saw this at my father's assisted living library, I borrowed it. As always, it was sweet but formulaic. With Goldy, you know that, whatever the nasty crime, she will solve it and, while she does, scarf up a ton of espresso and make a ton of great food (recipes always included). One summer a book group I belonged to each read a different Goldy Schultz and made a recipe from the book. We all ate together. Wasn't anything that wasn't delicious. Try it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katarina

    I was surprised how much I liked this book. I picked it up cheap at a library sale, figuring I wouldn't mind reading just one more food-themed mystery. Dark Tort begins with Goldy literally stumbling over her friend Dusty's body. When Dusty's mother charges her with finding out what happened, Goldy, who has questions of her own already, begins sleuthing around (as much as a busy caterer can) to find some answers. Two things really impressed me: I felt that the characters were well-developed, rat I was surprised how much I liked this book. I picked it up cheap at a library sale, figuring I wouldn't mind reading just one more food-themed mystery. Dark Tort begins with Goldy literally stumbling over her friend Dusty's body. When Dusty's mother charges her with finding out what happened, Goldy, who has questions of her own already, begins sleuthing around (as much as a busy caterer can) to find some answers. Two things really impressed me: I felt that the characters were well-developed, rather than relying on "types". That's not to say each and every character was given a complex back-story and multi-faceted personality. Some of them were just friendly or colorful or snobby, but those were characters the reader didn't necessarily see much of. On the whole, the characters felt realistic to me. The other thing I found cool was that Dusty's mother doesn't just let the police handle the investigation because she and her family have been routinely shunted aside as 2nd-class citizens. Dusty's ambition and the bigotry of the suspects comes up over and over in the course of Goldy's investigation. I wouldn't say that Diane Mott Davidson tackles these issues, but she does raise them, which I appreciated.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This one was signed by Diane for me at my first author signing.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda Day

    I find myself defenseless when it comes to Diane Mott Davidson ... I read her ! Good or bad I read her, and this was more good than bad, but not THAT good. Sorry, Diane. My main complaint is that Diane has become redundant. How so, you ask ? In trivial word usage for one thing. Goldy is forever having "a shot of latte" or a "triple shot of latte" or "expresso latte" from her little machine in the kitchen-to-die-for until I wonder if many of her continual crisises happen because she is so jacked u I find myself defenseless when it comes to Diane Mott Davidson ... I read her ! Good or bad I read her, and this was more good than bad, but not THAT good. Sorry, Diane. My main complaint is that Diane has become redundant. How so, you ask ? In trivial word usage for one thing. Goldy is forever having "a shot of latte" or a "triple shot of latte" or "expresso latte" from her little machine in the kitchen-to-die-for until I wonder if many of her continual crisises happen because she is so jacked up on caffeine ! Dark Torte is the story of the discovery of yet another body. This of Dusty over whom Goldy trips when entering the Law Offices where she caters breakfasts (recipes included, of course). Dusty is dead, naturally, and the rest of the book is spent solving her murder. I had it solved by mid-book which is another disappointment as Diane usually keeps me engaged much longer. I did read on needing to solve the very many sub-plots which were more interesting in some cases than the main plot. Sorry to not sell the book, Diane. But then, that's not MY responsibility. Maybe a "shot of dulche latte" will help ease the pain.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    AUTHOR Davidson, Diane Mott TITLE: Dark Tort DATE READ 03/08/2018 RATING 4.5/B+ GENRE/ PUB DATE/PUBLISHER / # OF Mystery/2006/ Harper Collins/ 282 pgs SERIES/STAND-ALONE #13 FIRST LINES: I tripped the body of my friend Dusty Routt at half past ten on the night of October 19. CHARACTERS Goldy Schulz/caterer TIME/PLACE: 2006/Colorado COMMENTS It has been some time since I read the Goldy Schulz series and it was good to revisit. Goldy now has a consistent job with a local law firm, preparing breakfast AUTHOR Davidson, Diane Mott TITLE: Dark Tort DATE READ 03/08/2018 RATING 4.5/B+ GENRE/ PUB DATE/PUBLISHER / # OF Mystery/2006/ Harper Collins/ 282 pgs SERIES/STAND-ALONE #13 FIRST LINES: I tripped the body of my friend Dusty Routt at half past ten on the night of October 19. CHARACTERS Goldy Schulz/caterer TIME/PLACE: 2006/Colorado COMMENTS It has been some time since I read the Goldy Schulz series and it was good to revisit. Goldy now has a consistent job with a local law firm, preparing breakfasts, snacks for meetings and other events. Her young neighbor, Dusty is working there as a paralegal and is getting cooking lessons from Goldy. When Goldy shows up one night to prepare for the next day's breakfast she finds the dead body of her friend and neighbor. Dusty's mother has not had a good history with local law enforcement and asks Goldy to look into things for her.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Golfy caters breakfasts at a law firm. This morning is different; she stumbles on the body of one of the paralegals, a good friend named Dusty. There's no shortage of suspects. Does this have anything to do with a hit and run? With a local painter falling to his death? And what's with Goldy not being able to make a Journey Cake? What happened to the expensive bracelet that Dusty promised to tell Goldy about? Was the motive robbery? Or something more sinister? These books make me want to cook (and Golfy caters breakfasts at a law firm. This morning is different; she stumbles on the body of one of the paralegals, a good friend named Dusty. There's no shortage of suspects. Does this have anything to do with a hit and run? With a local painter falling to his death? And what's with Goldy not being able to make a Journey Cake? What happened to the expensive bracelet that Dusty promised to tell Goldy about? Was the motive robbery? Or something more sinister? These books make me want to cook (and eat). The process of preparing food is spelled out in so many ways. Sometimes, it feels sensual in these books. This is the 13th in the series. It is getting annoying that Goldy still has bald tires on her catering van. We know that she and Tom are not that hard up....but yet, the ramshackle nature of the van persists. Otherwise, a passable mystery. I think I've red all but one in the series, if not all of them (I actually think I read this one maybe when it came out in 2006, but did not remember it, or who dun it). The various mysteries in the book, about the painter, the paralegal and why she was murdered, all dovetailed at the end.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    this book was ok but it wasn't one of my favorite I borrowed from my mom . I coulded finish it because got kinda boring for me. this book was ok but it wasn't one of my favorite I borrowed from my mom . I coulded finish it because got kinda boring for me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jayme(the ghost reader)

    This is the thirteenth book in the series and we are moving right along. Goldy got a steady gig catering breakfast meetings for a law firm. Her neighbor, Dusty works at the law firm and she was teaching Dusty how to cook. Goldy shows up for their weekly cooking lesson and she finds her friend dead on the floor. All Goldy knew was Dusty wanted to talk to her about something but is not sure what. It gets stranger the more Goldy investigates and she feels she should since she knew the victim. The m This is the thirteenth book in the series and we are moving right along. Goldy got a steady gig catering breakfast meetings for a law firm. Her neighbor, Dusty works at the law firm and she was teaching Dusty how to cook. Goldy shows up for their weekly cooking lesson and she finds her friend dead on the floor. All Goldy knew was Dusty wanted to talk to her about something but is not sure what. It gets stranger the more Goldy investigates and she feels she should since she knew the victim. The mystery gets stranger and stranger the deeper she digs in to solve the mystery.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeri

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. At this point, Goldy should be a veteran sleuth. So it comes as a surprise when she's even more clueless than ever in the 13th book in the series. I have always really enjoyed Goldy's recipes and I was disappointed that there weren't as many of them in this book. The descriptions of the food are always nice though. Davidson has always had a better style with food than she does with characters (Marla was wearing orange sequined jeans? I didn't know Denver and its suburbs were stuck in 1988.) David At this point, Goldy should be a veteran sleuth. So it comes as a surprise when she's even more clueless than ever in the 13th book in the series. I have always really enjoyed Goldy's recipes and I was disappointed that there weren't as many of them in this book. The descriptions of the food are always nice though. Davidson has always had a better style with food than she does with characters (Marla was wearing orange sequined jeans? I didn't know Denver and its suburbs were stuck in 1988.) Davidson's writing has always been pretty weak. It seems like she's consulting her Thesaurus a bit too much as she throws in random smart-sounding synonyms that are totally out of place (she'll say "I felt allergic to..." instead of "I don't like..."). But the plot has always seemed to move along and I liked the construction of the story. In this book though, she's really losing her touch. The "investigation" is random and haphazard. Some of the clues are so obvious that you want to reach through the pages and slap Goldy (it took you a week to draw the connection to New Mr. O? Come ON!) And other plot points are so poorly explained that you can't figure out where the story is going at all. I hear the 14th book is out already and I'm wondering if I can stomach another helping of sweet, clueless, obnoxious Goldy.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lyn (Readinghearts)

    Another cute story from author Diane Mott Davidson in the Goldy Baer Catering Culinary series. In this story, Goldy's friend and neighbor is found murdered in the law office that she worked at....and Goldy is the one who found her. She literally "stumbles" over her. And then it is off to the races as Goldy once again tries to find the killer while keeping up with her catering appointments and trying to stay alive herself. I had put these books aside for a while, but am glad to get back to them. Another cute story from author Diane Mott Davidson in the Goldy Baer Catering Culinary series. In this story, Goldy's friend and neighbor is found murdered in the law office that she worked at....and Goldy is the one who found her. She literally "stumbles" over her. And then it is off to the races as Goldy once again tries to find the killer while keeping up with her catering appointments and trying to stay alive herself. I had put these books aside for a while, but am glad to get back to them. I especially liked the fact that this installment contained all of my favorite characters to some degree. Tom was back to being the teddy bear he is, Arch is in high school and is still shy, but no longer a moody jerk, and Julian Teller is back in all his glory. A great cozy mystery read ... Keep them coming, Diane!

  15. 4 out of 5

    KrisAnn

    This book was okay. I certainly agree that the quality of this series has slowly been declining. The books are becoming predictable and less and less believable. I don't know if the ideas are running out or what. The murder seems distant from the main characters, the plausibility of the story seems insane, and the actually writing seemed a little strained as well, mostly in word choice and flow. I still enjoyed the book, it was a quick read and pretty light. And sometimes a formula book (caterin This book was okay. I certainly agree that the quality of this series has slowly been declining. The books are becoming predictable and less and less believable. I don't know if the ideas are running out or what. The murder seems distant from the main characters, the plausibility of the story seems insane, and the actually writing seemed a little strained as well, mostly in word choice and flow. I still enjoyed the book, it was a quick read and pretty light. And sometimes a formula book (catering + murder + hubby = story) is all I need.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    This was in a pile of books from a friend and, while I've liked Goldy and her antics in the past, it's worn quite thin and it's the same old, same old. This book involves catering for the breakfast crowd at the old law firm and finding a body (gasp!)(ho-humm) that Goldy recognizes as that of a neighbor girl who works for the firm and who was supposed to meet Goldy for a cooking lesson. I think if Davidson would stop doing a running commentary on what Goldy's discovered every other page and beef This was in a pile of books from a friend and, while I've liked Goldy and her antics in the past, it's worn quite thin and it's the same old, same old. This book involves catering for the breakfast crowd at the old law firm and finding a body (gasp!)(ho-humm) that Goldy recognizes as that of a neighbor girl who works for the firm and who was supposed to meet Goldy for a cooking lesson. I think if Davidson would stop doing a running commentary on what Goldy's discovered every other page and beef up the plot a little, she'd still be in the running.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    This was a recording of a Diane Mott Davidson book. I have a particular voice I hear when reading a Goldy mystery, and the actress reading this got it all wrong. Although Goldy sympathizes with the grieving in her stories, she is not overly sad, and there is a self-deprecating ineptness in her catered affairs. Also, she has great descriptions of food. The actress got it all wrong. She was horribly sad, had none of the humor and irony so present in the writing, and the editor had cut out all of t This was a recording of a Diane Mott Davidson book. I have a particular voice I hear when reading a Goldy mystery, and the actress reading this got it all wrong. Although Goldy sympathizes with the grieving in her stories, she is not overly sad, and there is a self-deprecating ineptness in her catered affairs. Also, she has great descriptions of food. The actress got it all wrong. She was horribly sad, had none of the humor and irony so present in the writing, and the editor had cut out all of the recipes. This is the last one I listen to.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Duke

    S.L.O.W....very slow moving plot. Seriously. Nothing happened until the last 3 chapters and then it was if the author said, "OK, that's enough pages, let's tie this thing up and be done with it." Not impressed. S.L.O.W....very slow moving plot. Seriously. Nothing happened until the last 3 chapters and then it was if the author said, "OK, that's enough pages, let's tie this thing up and be done with it." Not impressed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Courtney the Great

    Okay, so this is a did not finish for me. I just couldn't get past the sub-par writing. The strange way Goldy responded to discovering the body, and the bizarre sensation of the characters not being characters but paper cut outs just put me off. Okay, so this is a did not finish for me. I just couldn't get past the sub-par writing. The strange way Goldy responded to discovering the body, and the bizarre sensation of the characters not being characters but paper cut outs just put me off.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    I really enjoyed this book. All of her cooking made me very hungry! I like the way she describes her characters. You really feel like you get to know them. I recommend this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marylogo2

    Ok, I admit I read mysteries. Mott is enjoyable, entertaining and a light read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kitty Tomlinson

    Goldy stumbles uupon the body of friend and neighbor, Dusty Routt, at the law firm where she is catering meals. It sets off a whole new investigation.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline O.

    I enjoyed this book more than the previous one in the series, though there are still the occasional issue. This time, caterer Goldy Schulz, has gotten a regular gig catering the early morning power breakfasts for a prestigious law firm, and the client brunches on Fridays. She's heading in to the law firm on Thursday night to prep for the next morning's client breakfast, when she literally trips over the body of the woman she's meeting, Dusty Routt a trainee paralegal that Goldy is also teaching I enjoyed this book more than the previous one in the series, though there are still the occasional issue. This time, caterer Goldy Schulz, has gotten a regular gig catering the early morning power breakfasts for a prestigious law firm, and the client brunches on Fridays. She's heading in to the law firm on Thursday night to prep for the next morning's client breakfast, when she literally trips over the body of the woman she's meeting, Dusty Routt a trainee paralegal that Goldy is also teaching how to cook. Why Goldy does her cooking at the law firm instead of her own kitchen is not explained. (It is explained that she can't use the Roundhouse, her catering location, due to renovations.) Goldy freaks out (not to mention adding to the mess in the office) and actually tries to revive the obviously dead Dusty before running off to call the police and an ambulance. In an attempt to find a phone, Goldy runs into a bit of bad luck - her phone is locked in her van and her keys are missing. She runs across the street, finds an all-night copy center, and uses their phone. The guy working at the copy center is Dusty's ex-boyfriend. Goldy was friend's with Dusty and her mother, and when she goes to visit the mother and ask offer her sympathies, the mother asks Goldy to find out what happened to her daughter. Dusty was a go getter who had managed to (until she was killed) land on her feet, despite some early setbacks in life. This doesn't prevent nearly everyone from criticizing Dusty for making something of her life despite the setbacks. Goldy, also, is catering various events - including a birthday party for one of the lawyers, where the theme is based on a piece of artwork that is food themed. The artist, Charlie Baker, was a Colorado native, who, first as a hobby, and later, professionally did paintings of food, hand-lettering the recipe at the bottom of the painting. The lawyer's wife asked Goldy to make Journey Cake based on the painting and recipe she was giving to her husband for his birthday. Goldy tries out the cake several times, and it fails each time. She makes an "Old Reliable" cake instead. But the failing recipe isn't a red herring or atmosphere - it's a vital clue. And while, it's easy to figure out that it's a vital clue (The Purloined Letter, anyone?), the ultimate denouement of the novel is still a surprise. That is, as a reader, it's easy to tell that the painting and the recipe are important, but it's still a surprise to find out how and why. As is usual in the Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries, Goldy splits her time between investigating the crime(s), digging up clues and gossip, and cooking and preparing her catering events. On the personal front, Goldy is doing much better, and some of the sweetest scenes in the book are between her son and his newly discovered half brother. I hope to see more of Arch and Gus in future books! Goldy seems less hands-on in investigating Dusty's death, more of passing gossip and info to the police, and urging people to come forth with what they know. As usual, there's a life-and-death struggle at the end with the murderer, which I'm not going to spoil. The social scheme for this book is Dusty's class and background and her mother's. Davidson condemns Dusty and her mom as "welfare people" - even though Dusty has a full-time job, a college education, and is enrolled in paralegal school, with plans of becoming a lawyer. Her character of Goldy doesn't seem to really condemn the 18th century attitudes of the people in Aspen Meadow. Goldy herself doesn't seem as keen to take on a murder investigation either because of her class issues. There's less ridiculous attacks on the police, local, and Federal government in this book than the previous one, though. In fact, because the victim was raised in a poor family (or at least not stinking rich), Goldy seems willing to leave it to the police. At least Goldy isn't accused of murder again. Dark Tort is a fun and very quick read. I enjoyed that part of the book. Recommended.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Robb

    I listened to the audiobook version of this title. I think they changed readers for the audiobooks because it sounded like a different person than the last book in the series that I listened to as an audiobook. The narrator's raspy voice didn't do the audio version as much justice as the former narrator's did. I kept thinking I'd get used to it, but I never did. I did catch the double meaning of tort/torte long before it came up in the book. It's a dessert and a legal term so it does double duty I listened to the audiobook version of this title. I think they changed readers for the audiobooks because it sounded like a different person than the last book in the series that I listened to as an audiobook. The narrator's raspy voice didn't do the audio version as much justice as the former narrator's did. I kept thinking I'd get used to it, but I never did. I did catch the double meaning of tort/torte long before it came up in the book. It's a dessert and a legal term so it does double duty in this case since the murder takes place at a law firm where Goldy's been catering breakfasts and lunches--something that apparently started in between the events of the last book and this one as best I can tell. Goldy's son Arch is learning to drive. Yet Goldy's the one who ends up taking the door off Julian's range rover then leaving trash bags in it for a week or so. Poor Julian!! Also, at the party, it sounded like she asked Julian to take additional trash bags out of the trash bins but when she goes to the repair shop to get the bags after the mechanic demands she come get them, it sounds like only one bag. So which is it? Especially since that trash is what tips off the murderer. Would most people miss one bag of trash from their trash bin? I don't know--maybe.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I like this series, but this was just okay. The ending was a bit convoluted; Nora kills three people to keep the secret that her dad is a thief and save her marriage and tries to kill a 4th because of a secret that may or may not be in her trash. Yeah, Goldy found a pencil image (the kind you would use to find a hidden message, or uncover what was written on the previous page) in the trash showing that Donald wants to get a divorce and Nora is conveniently there with a rope to strangle and drag I like this series, but this was just okay. The ending was a bit convoluted; Nora kills three people to keep the secret that her dad is a thief and save her marriage and tries to kill a 4th because of a secret that may or may not be in her trash. Yeah, Goldy found a pencil image (the kind you would use to find a hidden message, or uncover what was written on the previous page) in the trash showing that Donald wants to get a divorce and Nora is conveniently there with a rope to strangle and drag her to the pond. Well, it turns out Dusty, the girl who died and started this whole mess at the beginning of the book, discovered that her uncle, Richard was stealing from renowned painter, recently deceased from a fall down his stairs (because he was frail from the cancer, or so we thought). Dusty was also having an affair with Donald, husband of the killer. Turns out Nora killed an old woman because that old woman told Charlie the truth about her father and his sticky fingers, so she ran her over. Then, she sunk into Charlie's house and pushed him down the stairs. It was a lot to follow. Despite that, I will be continuing with the rest of this series. I really like Goldy and Tom, and hope to continue to see more of Julian.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    I love the Goldy Schultz series. This one was a little more difficult to read. The story was about Goldy looking into the death of her young neighbor Dusty who was studying to be a paralegal and working at a law firm where Goldy was catering. The mystery behind her murder was very cleverly thought out. I liked the backstory of Charlie Baker but it had me wondering if I had missed something in a previous book. The author does a good job introducing new characters relevant to the story to keep yo I love the Goldy Schultz series. This one was a little more difficult to read. The story was about Goldy looking into the death of her young neighbor Dusty who was studying to be a paralegal and working at a law firm where Goldy was catering. The mystery behind her murder was very cleverly thought out. I liked the backstory of Charlie Baker but it had me wondering if I had missed something in a previous book. The author does a good job introducing new characters relevant to the story to keep you guessing who did it. The challenge i had with this particular book was the continuous addressing of Goldy struggling with Dustys death. The previous stories would touch on this but not to the depth of this one. I almost wonder if Ms Davidson was grieving when she wrote this book. I just lost someone so reading the constant references made me think of my own loss which made reading it difficult for me. I hope going forward the stories are not as grief stricken for Goldy. I love reading about her not so secretive amateur investigating and the love of her family and close friends. I admire the character of Goldy and her selfless and caring nature.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Suzibe

    She doesit again I have read all of this series of books. You think you know who did it but, Goldie keeps turning g the page until the end. Always fun to read books by Diane Mott Davidson. I like that it"s Goldie and her family and friends. can't wait for the next the books Great book, good mystery. I didn't"t want to put it down. Also enjoyed the recipes at the end of the book. Characters are great the way she describes them you can visualize them. You love Diane Mott Davidson, I like that she keep She doesit again I have read all of this series of books. You think you know who did it but, Goldie keeps turning g the page until the end. Always fun to read books by Diane Mott Davidson. I like that it"s Goldie and her family and friends. can't wait for the next the books Great book, good mystery. I didn't"t want to put it down. Also enjoyed the recipes at the end of the book. Characters are great the way she describes them you can visualize them. You love Diane Mott Davidson, I like that she keeps Goldie in character along with her family and friends. you keep thinking that a particular person is filthy d at these d are surprised by who is the guilty party. ?over the series g a d real ?I've loved the way experienced of the characters. you think you know who it is then out the book a d are surprised at the end who is the guilty party. looking forward to the next book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Bidstrup

    Goldy Bear is a caterer who lives in a small Colorado town, Aspen Meadows, near Boulder. One of her current jobs is to prepare breakfast for a small law firm each Friday. She is going to do this on a Friday at 10:00 and is to meet a neighbor who works there as a para-legal. She, Dusty, says she wants to learn to cook for her new boyfriend. Goldy trips over Dusty, who it turns out is dead. Dusty's mother asks Sally to help her investigate Dusty's death as she doesn't trust the police. The proble Goldy Bear is a caterer who lives in a small Colorado town, Aspen Meadows, near Boulder. One of her current jobs is to prepare breakfast for a small law firm each Friday. She is going to do this on a Friday at 10:00 and is to meet a neighbor who works there as a para-legal. She, Dusty, says she wants to learn to cook for her new boyfriend. Goldy trips over Dusty, who it turns out is dead. Dusty's mother asks Sally to help her investigate Dusty's death as she doesn't trust the police. The problem with this is that Goldy's husband, Tom, is a police detective, but she agrees to help the distraught mother. Although I read a lot of mysteries and I can usually narrow down the suspects to one or two, this one was a complete surprise. I have read and enjoyed two or three other Goldy Bear books (and the scrumptious recipes included at the end of the book), but was somewhat disappointed in this one. The firs 3/4 of the book are full of details and interesting conversation, but the last quarter seemed to be more of a summary than Ms. Davidson's actual writing.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marietta Slater

    My goal is to re-read this series this year and I am getting close to the end. Because I was traveling I chose to listen to this book while driving. I loved the book; however, I did not like the audio version. It wasn't the book, but the reader. She did an adequate job; however, she made Marla's voice too harsh and Tom's voice too wimpy in places. I visualize Tom having a really sexy voice and this wasn't it. I realize that it is difficult to have voice changes in the dialogue but this was a hug My goal is to re-read this series this year and I am getting close to the end. Because I was traveling I chose to listen to this book while driving. I loved the book; however, I did not like the audio version. It wasn't the book, but the reader. She did an adequate job; however, she made Marla's voice too harsh and Tom's voice too wimpy in places. I visualize Tom having a really sexy voice and this wasn't it. I realize that it is difficult to have voice changes in the dialogue but this was a huge distraction for me. The plot itself kept me interested. Once again, Goldy finds a body, this time it is her young neighbor, Dusty, in a lawyer's office of all places. Once again there are lots of characters to keep track of, but luckily I got to listen to this in one day so keeping everyone straight wasn't a big deal this time.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I love this series. Light, easy going and always a great listen thanks to Barbara Rosenblatt. Holy Buckets that woman can tell a story. Our favorite caterer, Goldy, has been working for a local law firm serving breakfast and preparing conference room snacks for their clientele. It's been fun and lucrative for her business. She has been teaching her neighbor Dusty and the law firm's law clerk in training to cook. Goldy agrees to meet Dusty the night before one of the breakfast meetings to teach her I love this series. Light, easy going and always a great listen thanks to Barbara Rosenblatt. Holy Buckets that woman can tell a story. Our favorite caterer, Goldy, has been working for a local law firm serving breakfast and preparing conference room snacks for their clientele. It's been fun and lucrative for her business. She has been teaching her neighbor Dusty and the law firm's law clerk in training to cook. Goldy agrees to meet Dusty the night before one of the breakfast meetings to teach her the basics of baking bread. Goldy arrives a bit late for their class and trips over Dusty's dead body in the lobby of the firm's office. Even though her beloved husband is working the casy Dusty's Mom begs Goldy to find the killer.

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