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Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz cooks up big trouble as she tries to help her longtime friend and fellow chef Yolanda Garcia. When the rental house shared by Yolanda and her irrepressible aunt Ferdinanda is destroyed by arson, the pair move in with cop-turned-PI Ernest McLeod.
But then Ernest is shot dead and his house is set on fire, nearly killing Goldy, Yolanda, Ferdinand Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz cooks up big trouble as she tries to help her longtime friend and fellow chef Yolanda Garcia. But then Ernest is shot dead and his house is set on fire, nearly killing Goldy, Yolanda, Ferdinanda, and nine beagle puppies idane Ernest had recently rescued from a puppy mill.
Then a second body is found. Hardcover dinae, pages. A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery Denver, Colorado United States. To see what your friends thought diiane this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Crunch Timeplease sign up. Why doesn’t the Kindle version include Goldy’s recipes? See 1 question about Crunch Time…. Lists with This Book. Jan 07, James rated it liked it Shelves: Diane Mott Davidson ‘s “Goldy Bear Culinary” mystery series is one of my early favorites, and I’m duane that the author isn’t writing anymore.
There were about 20 books in total, but this review is for 16, Crunch Time. This was the second or third cozy mystery series I took on, and only the second where I’ve been able to finish reading all books. LJB’s “Cat Who” series is the other one.
In this book, the crime action comes right to Goldy’s dianf, which makes for even more fun. Friends are staying Diane Mott Davidson ‘s “Goldy Bear Culinary” mystery series is one viane my early favorites, and I’m sad that the author isn’t writing anymore. Friends are staying with Goldy after their house burns down, and Goldy knows they are keeping secrets.
She pushes her way in and tries to figure out how to help them, keep davidspn business running and ensure her own home and family aren’t impacted. But of course, Goldy falls prey to the culprit at one point, too.
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I enjoy this series because she is such a real character. And the supporting cast feel like people you’d love to be around. Goldy’s husband and son are very real people. As far as books in the series, this one falls somewhere in the middle. Not the best, not the worst. The recipes seem fairly easy to follow, if you like that sort of thing. Some folks thought this was a bit long. I can see why, but it’s still a fast read. It’s a fun series to read, but you probably only need to read a few throughout to get the gist Then by all means About Me For those new to me or my reviews I read A LOT.
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View all 4 comments. Mar 19, Benjamin Thomas rated it did not like it Shelves: I’ll start by savidson I have read every one of the series to this point and have enjoyed most of them very much. Mostly that’s diae I have grown to really know the main characters and I like to see them grow and change. But starting with daidson 13, Dark Tort, they seem to have lost something. I had hopes after 15, Fatally Flaky, once again returned to form with a decent mystery plot but now with this 16th entry in the series, I am afraid for the future of the entire series.
So what’s wrong wit I’ll start by saying I have read every one of the series to this point and have enjoyed most of them very much. So dians wrong with this one? Where should I start? There is just way too much going on here. Too many characters, too many subplots, too many attempts to throw the reader off course. I suppose with a cozy mystery, the reader expects to suspend their disbelief somewhat and just go with it. But Goldy just ignores any cruncn all precautions as she goes about gathering clues to solve the murders.
That happens in most of the books due to her personality but here she really defies logic in gathering evidence.
What was once an endearing quality of Goldy’s personality which is what really drives these books has now become simply annoying and making me, as a reader, have less and less sympathy for her. The plot is so convoluted it seems Ms Davidson was making it up as she went along. There are so many subplots here, with minor characters making one or two sentence appearances, that it is hard to follow.
The long-term characters, those that have appeared davidon the series, make zero strides forward. Goldy’s son, Arch, for example, is 16 years old now but she still treats him like he was 11, actually dismissing him from the room when the word “sex” is uttered out loud. The mystery itself is weak, the surrounding plot was weak, and I was looking forward to the last page so I could get on to another book.
That just ain’t a good sign. If it wasn’t for the setting Coloradoand hopes for further growth in characterization, I mktt give up on this series. I still may because there are just so many good books out there to spend my time with.
Ms Davidson is a talented writer as evidenced by her past work. Perhaps it’s time to move on to a new series. View all 5 comments. Mar 16, Dianne rated it it was ok.
With the death of a friend and cop turned PI, and the torching of his home where Yolanda and Ferdinanda, ex-patriot Cubans have been finding refuge, here starts the downward spiral of this book. As Goldy tries to help a fellow chef and old friend and her wheelchair bound aunt, Goldy of course not thinking or caring about her husband and son, takes these two annoying women into her home and opens herself and her family up to all sorts of danger. Unfortunately, long time readers know that this is With the death of a friend and cop turned PI, and the torching of his home where Yolanda and Ferdinanda, ex-patriot Cubans have been finding refuge, here starts the downward spiral of this book.
Unfortunately, long time readers know that this is typical Goldy behavior. However, this time it just seems to be the icing on the cake. The synopsis that the Publisher has curnch that says this book has laughs.
Well not so much. For first time readers there is no need to read the others in this series to be able to follow this book.
But then again I would say if you were a first time reader, you might want to stay away from this book, or get it from the library and save your cash and a tree. This was the most chaotic and unbelievable book in this series to date. Can this be the actual end of this series? View all 17 comments.
May 14, Susan Johnson rated it liked it.
In other words, just fun. In this one though there are many troubles. One is that it is too long. Two, the plot is very confused ti,e too many cases going on at once.
There are puppy mills, stalking, stolen jewelry, an affair, a murder, unexpected wealth a I love Goldy Schulz and her supporting cast of husband Tom, son Archie, and best friend Marla. There are puppy mills, stalking, stolen jewelry, an affair, a murder, unexpected wealth and trespassing all going on davidspn once. The third problem is that I didn’t like the characters. The story centers around Yolanda who is not likable.
She whines, lies, and is generally unpleasant. She has a spat with a priest that makes no sense at all.