As part of our Spotlight on the Author series, we’re now on our third week and I’ve completed 400 reviews on the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog site. This week, I’ve selected… Diane Mott Davidson!
Diane Mott Davidson (1949 – Present) writes cozy mystery fiction. To learn more about her, you can check out her profile on Goodreads, Fantastic Fiction, Wikipedia, Facebook and Harper Collins publishing website. Though she doesn’t write novels anymore, you’ll occasionally see a fun post or recipe.
Book Series – Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary Mysteries
This is truly one of my favorite cozy mystery series and I am sad that it finished in 2013. I didn’t know it was the end of the series and finished reading #17. It felt like it had come to an end, but I assumed it was just a nice conclusive book. Then I checked out some articles on line and learned it was the last one. How sad!
It takes place in a small town outside of Denver, Colorado, where Goldy Bear is a caterer who ends up solving crimes. When she marries Tom, she becomes Goldy Bear Schultz. Each book is usually 25% recipe and 75% mystery story. Always humorous and fun, they range from strong mystery to very lightweight. Easy reads in about 4-hours.
Goldy: Primary sleuth. Mother to Arch. Best Friend to Marla. Wife to Tom. And mentor / boss / mother figure to Julian. She’s been almost killed a few times, and almost killed her ex-husband (Arch’s father) who physically and mentally abused her.
Marla: Goldy’s best friend who follows her to Aspen Meadow, Colorado. Rich divorcee. Helps with the sleuthing from time-to-time. Searching for her next husband. Julian’s aunt (although not known at first).
Tom: Aspen Meadow Police. Falls for Goldy and they eventually marry. They want to start a family together. Step-dad to Arch. Tough but good guy.
Arch: Goldy’s son from her marriage to ex-husband. He’s a teenager for most of the book, learning how to deal with his mother’s antics. Good kid, always respectful and caring with family and friends.
Julian: Marla’s nephew. Had some family issues and ended up coming to work for Goldy during his college years. Brilliant cook. Very sweet guy who has some dating issues.
- Catering to Nobody (1990)
- Dying for Chocolate (1992)
- The Cereal Murders (1993)
- The Last Suppers (1994)
- Killer Pancake (1995)
- The Main Corpse (1996)
- Grilling Season (1997) — least favorite
- Prime Cut (1998)
- Tough Cookie (2000)
- Sticks & Stones (2001)
- Chopping Spree (2002)
- Double Shot (2004)
- Dark Tort (2006) — most favorite
- Sweet Revenge (2007)
- Fatally Flaky (2009)
- Crunch Time (2011)
- The Whole Enchilada (2013)
Diane also wrote a cookbook full of Goldy’s recipes and general life musings. You can see more at: Cookbook. Though I’ve never cooked any recipes, the desserts sound amazing. And to think… you too can eat the murder weapon from some of her crimes!
Link to the Diane Mott Davidson page where you will be able to return in the future to see when I post new reviews and book thoughts. For now, I’ve posted reviews on all 17 books in the series.
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