Books by Diane Mott Davidson

THE WHOLE ENCHILADA by Diane Mott Davidson
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Davidson snaps back from the mediocre Crunch Time (2011) with a more tantalizing puzzle. But fans may well skim the mystery and focus on the many appended recipes and bits of cooking lore scattered throughout."
Three women formerly married to doctors had formed a support group named Amour Anonymous. Now, the past has caught up to one of them. Read full book review >
CRUNCH TIME by Diane Mott Davidson
Released: April 5, 2011

"Davidson's fans will not be disappointed with the usual lavish appended recipes. This time, though, the tale is overlong, with too much attention to food and a chaotic mystery."
Yet another murderer in Aspen Meadow, Colo., meets his (or is it her?) match in caterer Goldy Schulz (Sweet Revenge, 2007, etc.) and her detective husband Tom. Read full book review >
SWEET REVENGE by Diane Mott Davidson
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Not Goldy's brightest day. Her legion of fans may well prefer the ten appended recipes to the tale itself."
Goldy Bear Schulz, talented caterer and successful sleuth, has a Christmas party everyday—if she can just find the time to cook between solving murders. Read full book review >
DARK TORT by Diane Mott Davidson
Released: May 1, 2006

"Goldy and her coterie always provide some enjoyable moments, although the mind-boggling dénouement may send you to the kitchen to try the 11 appended recipes."
Watch your step. Goldy Bear Schultz, of Aspen Meadows catering (Double Shot, 2004, etc.), has tripped over a body at the law office of one of her best clients. Read full book review >
DOUBLE SHOT by Diane Mott Davidson
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

" Keeping the spotlight trained on so-familiar Goldy prevents Davidson from developing the other characters and plots she sketches in so intriguingly."
Once again, an attack on Goldy Schultz precipitates a cascade of calamities that disrupt her home life and her catering business. Read full book review >
STICKS & SCONES by Diane Mott Davidson
Released: April 10, 2001

"Like its nine predecessors (Tough Cookie, 2000, etc.), Sticks includes a batch of tasty recipes that make Goldie's cooking sound a lot easier to swallow than her adventures."
While her homicide cop husband Tom is off in New Jersey chasing a trio of lethal stamp thieves, caterer Goldie Schultz, the pride of Aspen Meadow, Colorado, has to vacate her house on the very day she's set to cook up an Elizabethan banquet for Eliot and Sukie Hyde—because an unknown sniper shoots out the front window. The Hydes offer Goldie and her son Arch temporary lodgings in their castle, brought over from England and reconstructed brick by brick, where a ghost roams, a stunning fencing teacher and daughter of the deceased caretaker shares a deep dark secret with Eliot, and the body of Andy Balachek, one of the stamp thieves, lies a-moldering by the rocks near the castle chapel. Tom flies back in time to get nicked in the shoulder by another sniper's bullet, and while he rests up in Goldie's castle quarters, his former fiancée, Sara Beth O'Malley, a nurse presumed dead in Vietnam, stakes out the Schultz house. Even worse, Goldie's ex, The Jerk, has been released from prison and is romancing Viv Martini, whose previous liaisons include both Eliot and a larcenous philatelist. The ghost pops in and out, former clients of Goldie stop by to criticize, a fencing demonstration goes awry, but Goldie still finds time to visit stamp-dealers, confer with her ex's other ex, cook up everything from steak pies to plum tarts, and sort through the wildly overstuffed plot. Read full book review >
THE GRILLING SEASON by Diane Mott Davidson
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

Goldy Schulz, the catering queen of Aspen Meadow, Colorado, is once again embroiled in murder (The Main Corpse, 1996, etc.). The victim this time is Suz Craig—young blond top exec at the HMO known as ACHMO. Accused of the killing is her handsome, short-fused boyfriend, Dr. John Richard Korman, ex-husband to Goldy and later to her now best friend Mafia—and referred to by both as "the Jerk." Goldy, now happily married to homicide detective Tom Schulz, found the body—apparently battered to death—one early morning in front of Suz's house. Korman, with his history of wife-beating, is soon arrested, loudly protesting his innocence. Archer, Goldy's 14-yearold son with Korman, lives with Goldy and Tom but sees his father regularly. He believes Korman's denials and begs Goldy to try to find the real killer. That's all the encouragement our nosy food maven needs. Suddenly she's soon all over town, tracking down rumors and details of Korman's soon-to-happen bankruptcy; Patricia McCracken's malpractice suit against him and the HMO; Suz's firing of Dr. Ralph Shelton; reports of Suz's cruel verbal abuse of ACHMO's doctors, nurses, and department heads, and the vanished tapes she'd secretly recorded at private meetings. Meanwhile, Korman, out on bail, has disappeared; Archer is distraught; Tom and his police force seem ineffectual; and only Goldy, between cooking and catering, can get this job done. Our heroine's friends and foes on the local scene are mildly entertaining, her 11 recipes elaborate and inviting. But the plot is labyrinthine and beyond belief Amiable, readable, forgettable. Read full book review >
THE MAIN CORPSE by Diane Mott Davidson
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

Goldy Schulz, owner of Goldilocks' Catering in Aspen Meadows, Colorado, and surely the ditziest of the current crop of culinary busybodies (Killer Pancake, 1995, etc.), crashes over the top in this latest from Davidson. Goldy's best friend Mafia Korman, once married to Goldy's ex and now rich but plagued by cardiac problems, is in love with suave Tony Royce, partner with Albert Lipscomb in Prospect Financial Partners, a very hot investment firm—a firm promoting the long-closed Eurydice gold mine in the mountains nearby, their optimistic claims backed by positive ore assays. The company's chief investment officer Victoria Lear, attempting a firsthand look in her Land Cruiser, has died in what the police are calling an accident on the treacherous canyon road. Now, at a party that Goldy is catering for prospective investors, Maria is trumpeting doubts about the integrity of the assay reports. The next day Albert Lipscomb disappears, along with a few mil from the company's assets. But that's just the beginning, as Goldy's policeman husband Tom is taken off the case by detested superior Captain Shockley, a Prospect investor, and Tony Royce vanishes, Maria accused of killing him. With help from her son Arch, his bloodhound Jake, and more spectacularly, from Marla's hated brother-in-law General Bo Farquhar, released from his paramilitary compound, Goldy proceeds, through rockslides, downpours, explosions, and the like, to wrap up the case. Totally unbelievable and infrequently entertaining, except perhaps to backpackers and mountaineering mavens. The recipes, however, do sound intriguing. Read full book review >
KILLER PANCAKE by Diane Mott Davidson
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

Goldy Schulz, of Goldilocks Catering in Aspen Meadows, Colorado (The Last Suppers, etc.), is trying to tend to business while consoling a young boarder-helper, Julian Teller, who's recovering from a great shock. Beautiful Claire Satterfield, the love of his life, has been killed by a hit-run driver in the mall garage of upscale department store Prince and Grogan, where she was a rising star in sales for Mignon Cosmetics. On the fateful day of Claire's death, Goldy had catered the luncheon introducing Mignon's fall line amid jeers from a noisy animal-rights group (protesting cruelty to lab animals) fronted by manic Shaman Krill. Now, a blue rose found on the garage floor points to the presence of another of Claire's conquests—famed plant researcher Dr. Charles Braithewaite. Goldy is also puzzled by bumptious Reggie Hotchkiss, of Hotchkiss Skin and Hair, who's a constant visitor to the store's Mignon counter, presided over by Iongtime cosmetician Harriet Wells. Meanwhile, Goldy's new policeman husband does his best to restrain his wife's dangerous ferreting—especially after Prince and Grogan's security chief dies dramatically in the store—but to little avail . . . until Goldy becomes the killer's target in a frantic, near-ludicrous windup. Clunky plotting eased by a cheery heroine, an appealing Julian, lively, unpretentious prose, and those super-sounding low-fat recipes. Good-natured fun. Read full book review >
THE LAST SUPPERS by Diane Mott Davidson
Released: Oct. 15, 1994

It's a perfect day for caterer Goldy Bear's wedding to Furman County (Colo.) homicide investigator Tom Schulz — or it would be if somebody hadn't killed the priest and kidnapped the groom. Before he vanishes, Tom has time only to make a brief phone call to explain why he's late and scribble an even more cryptic note, which Goldy will have to decode in order to track him down and fix the guilt. Is the murderer Agatha Preston, who went to Father Ted Olson for counseling because she feared losing her husband, Bob, but ended up falling for the counselor? Is it Bob, the oil man who's plumb out of oil? Zelda Preston, Bob's possessive, conservative mother? Or Zelda's old crony Lucille Boatwright, self-righteous head of the Altar Guild? Though Davidson shifts uneasily from Goldy's well-etched tension over Tom's disappearance to her willingness to get involved in another round of leisurely amateur sleuthing, you'll be glad to know that Goldy eventually gets to prepare everything the original wedding menu had called for and to serve it all to her regular supporting cast (preteen son Arch, boarder Julian, etc.), most of them so much more engaging than the guest stars that it's a shame they have to get dragged through a detective story at all. Davidson (The Cereal Murders, 1993, etc.) deftly dovetails Episcopal intrigue and more formulaic genre mayhem, though the conflict between the old guard and those huggy-feely charismatics wears a little thin. Includes a dinner menu and ten recipes (seen but not sampled), in case you'd like to try and improve on Goldy's nuptial festivities. Read full book review >
DYING FOR CHOCOLATE by Diane Mott Davidson
Released: Aug. 14, 1992

Aspen caterer Goldy Bear (Catering to Nobody) is horrified when her new beau, psychologist Philip Miller, suddenly begins driving erratically, crashes, and dies, while she, right behind in her own car, is helpless. Is there any way in which his death might have been caused by a patient? Among his appointments last week were munitions stockpiler General Farquhar and his wife Adele, who accompanied teenager Julian, their boarder and charity student; and the day before Philip died, he had had lunch with Weezie Harrington, who, to Goldy's surprise, was supposed to be his lover. Did Weezie's lecherous husband kill him? If so, then who dispatched him later on in the week? Goldy again turns to handsome cop Tom Schultz for advice, while trying to sidestep the irrational rages of her own ex-husband. Delving into the pasts of the Farquhars and the Harringtons, she discovers an unacknowledged birth—which is brought to light between Goldy's pig-outs on chocolate. A flat second effort, which weighs Goldy down with a battering former husband (this year's mystery trend), pedestrian menu-planning, and a contrived plot. Son Arch, however, rings true and likable. Read full book review >
CATERING TO NOBODY by Diane Mott Davidson
Released: Aug. 23, 1990

A genial debut that, in tone, is reminiscent of Susan Isaacs' Compromising Positions: chatty, sort of sexy, amusingly improbable. Divorced Colorado mom Goldy Bear supports herself and her sixth-grader son Arch with Goldilocks Catering, "Where Everything is Just Right." When her ex-father-in-law, a randy gynecologist, nearly dies from a sip of her lemonade, which had been poisoned, police investigator Tom Schulz closes down her business. To get it reopened as quickly as possible, Goldy begins an investigation of her own, which turns up a link between this incident and the sudden death of Arch's teacher Laura Smiley (an inveterate punster), as well as the death of Goldy's alcoholic ex-mother-in-law. While Arch and his chum Todd stage Dungeons and Dragons shenanigans and Schulz casually uses Goldy as his stalking horse/confidante, a tangled revenge tale emerges—involving a years-ago pregnancy and medical culpability. Somewhat too cute (recipes included) but funny, nonetheless. And certainly adequate fare for those in search of a friendly—though scatterbrained—heroine. Read full book review >