4 of 5 stars to The Main Corpse, the 6th of 17 books in the “Goldy Bear Shultz Culinary” cozy mystery series, written in 1996 by Diane Mott Davidson. In this release, Goldy must protect her best friend Marla from a potential financial scheme and possible murder. They say “money is the root of all evil,” and sometimes, it is true. I’m not sure where that saying originated (perhaps something to research!), but it’s definitely accurate in this delectable cozy mystery. Marla, Goldy’s best friend, who has inherited and made a significant amount of money over the years, is looking to invest it in something new. When Marla mixes business with pleasure, Goldy warns her to be careful, but it ends up too late. Marla is accused of causing her boyfriend’s disappearance and then additional murders. Goldy uses her culinary skills to try and solve the case (by baking delicious meals for the financial firm, of course), hoping to clear Marla and make some money herself… Though I love these books, and I totally understand why not, wouldn’t it just be easier if Marla gave Goldy some money and they focused only on cooking — and not trying to pay the bills and track criminals? But then where would we be…
I enjoy cozy mysteries and this particular one is an example of why. It’s well-rounded, has some fun crimes to solve, delicious recipes and memorable characters. When I need a few hours of respite, away from work or the other stresses of life, curling up on the couch or in bed with some down-home, friendly people, putting my brain to a little bit of a welcome challenge, and immersing myself in someone else’s world, things somehow look rosier when I’m done. And this is one of those series that although there are a few weak books, for the most part a good 85% of them are either good or great stories. Certainly not a thriller or suspense series by any nature, but still a good mystery with several criminals and a few fun side stories with interesting characters.
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