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Author Alert: Diane Mott Davidson

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As part of our Author Alert 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!

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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.

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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.

Key Characters

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.

  1. Catering to Nobody (1990)
  2. Dying for Chocolate (1992)
  3. The Cereal Murders (1993)
  4. The Last Suppers (1994)
  5. Killer Pancake (1995)
  6. The Main Corpse (1996)
  7. Grilling Season (1997)  — least favorite
  8. Prime Cut (1998)
  9. Tough Cookie (2000)
  10. Sticks & Stones (2001)
  11. Chopping Spree (2002)
  12. Double Shot (2004)
  13. Dark Tort (2006)  — most favorite
  14. Sweet Revenge (2007)
  15. Fatally Flaky (2009)
  16. Crunch Time (2011)
  17. 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.

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking. Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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Review: Chopping Spree

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Chopping Spree Book Review
4 out of 5 stars to Chopping Spree, the 11th book in the “Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary” cozy mystery series, written in 2002 by Diane Mott Davidson. Don’t you just love the titles? This was a good book in the series, as it focused on Julian, my favorite character, and it took place in a mall. Goldy’s always in the middle of things, and this one took it to new levels. She gets herself into the worst situations, but they are always amusing and educational. She’s almost run over in this book, a somewhat new way to die for mysteries… A definite read in the series!

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Review: Sticks & Scones

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Sticks & Scones Book Review
4 out of 5 stars to Sticks & Scones, the 10th book in the “Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary” cozy mystery series, written in 2001 by Diane Mott Davidson. When the book is about scones (which I absolutely love), Shakespeare (which is a favorite), and a castle that’s been torn down in England and re-built in Colorado (how cool is that), the book had a very small chance of going wrong. And it didn’t! It was a good mystery, eccentric but fun characters and very tasty-sounding recipes. I never make any of them for two reasons: (1) too many cookbooks to choose from already on my shelves and (2) I rarely use a recipe to cook. I kinda skim it, get the basics and then do whatever I want to do. It’s worked in all but two occasions. Both were in baking. Sometimes the ingredients only work together a certain way. I digress… this was a good one in the series. I enjoyed the whole premise of Hyde Castle and would love to build a place like that myself!

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Review: Tough Cookie

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Tough Cookie Book Review
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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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: Dark Tort

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Dark Tort Book Review
3+ of 5 stars to Dark Tort, the 13th book in the “Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary” cozy mystery series, written in 2006 by Diane Mott Davidson. Although I love this series, I would have purchased this book no matter what… the cover is delicious. I love chocolate and had a thing for cooking torts right around the time this book was released. The desserts came out great, but I didn’t use her recipe, as I have one of my own! Anyway… back to the book review… the clever title play in this one is amusing, given it’s all about a law firm. And a character named Dusty… and someone “bites” the “dust.” OK, two bad puns in a row, I better wrap this one up. A good mystery for the series. Fun characters. Typical book in the series. Worth a read. I know we’re coming up on the end of the series, which is a good thing… as 15 should be the max. The setting is the best part of this one, as Goldy gets to travel all around town, more than usual, and learns a lot about the law!

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: Prime Cut

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Prime Cut Book Review
3.5 out of 5 stars for Prime Cut, the 8th book in the “Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary” cozy mystery series, written in 1998 by Diane Mott Davidson. We’re midway thru the series with this installment and it’s still going strong. Goldy’s working with her mentor, trying ot retain her catering business, as the competition has turned up the heat and stolen some business in their Denver-adjacent town. But the trouble doesn’t stop there, as anything that could go wrong, does go wrong for her this time. Her contractor, who is taking too long on the repairs, ends up being murdered. Goldy’s police detective husband is removed from the case and told to stay home for the short term, limiting Goldy’s access to important information. But when she almost bites the dust, she knows it’s time to step up her own investigation to save her business, her friend, her husband and her life. Another fine edition, full of good recipes and spot-on characters. The mystery is more complex (for a cozy) than usual, given various sub-plots. Seeing someone else besides Marla that used to know Goldy is great. But there’s also some sadness towards the end. I enjoy her relationship with Tom, wondering a bit about how close to reality this whole thing could play out, but then again… it’s supposed to be just literary fun. So… consider it an accomplishment. I enjoyed it.

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: Sweet Revenge

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Sweet Revenge Book Review
3 of 5 stars for Sweet Revenge, the 14th book in the “Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary” cozy mystery series, written in 2007 by Diane Mott Davidson. I enjoyed this book and have been rather fond of the series, but it was not without its issues. What’s great about this edition is not only do you have the normal delicious and fun recipes, but you’ve got a mystery about old maps and books. Goldy’s catering at the library and serves up some fun themes between what she’s preparing and the murder she needs to solve. And on top of the normal fun, the woman who killed Goldy’s ex, thought to be dead, has popped back up. Is it her our a look-a-like? And if it’s her, does she want revenge on Goldy, or are they on the same side? Lots of open questions, but given this deals with stuff that happened in a prior book, you need to have read the first one. But you also feel it’s a bit repetitive. That said, Goldy is a great character and I love all the shenanigans.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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