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.
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