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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: Fatally Flaky

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Fatally Flaky Book Review
3 of 5 stars to Fatally Flaky, the 15th of 17 books in the cozy mystery series by Diane Mott Davidson, published in 2009. You can tell the series is coming to a close soon as it seems like the stories are getting harder and harder to write, It’s rare a book series should go past 10, and if it does, it cannot be one written right after the other. The author should have a few series going on, or alternate between series and non-series fiction, just to give time for the actual mystery to pull itself together. Although nothing bad in this particular edition, it’s just a little less than I want it to be each time. There are certainly interesting escapades with BrideZilla, Spa Machinations and Doctor Suspicious, but it’s still a bit outta control. At least this time, we have Uncle Jack, Goldy’s godfather, as something else to focus on. I do love the characters, the setting and many of the books. But this was not one of the better ones.

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Review: Killer Pancake

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Killer Pancake Book Review
3 of 5 stars to the fifth entry in the “Gold Bear Culinary” mysteries, Killer Pancake, written in 1995 by Diane Mott Davidson. As we’ve all come to expect, Goldy’s off searching for the killer in another crazy story line. In this one, she delves into the seedy cosmetic business where too much pancake makeup (just kidding, sort of) has claimed the latest victim. And this time, it’s the girlfriend of my favorite character, Julian. So much death, such a small family. How does this happen time and time again? Oh, that’s right… it’s fiction, to I really shouldn’t give that a second thought. Reliable author. Good characters. Decent story, but a bit weak from a reasoning and character likability perspective. Goldy’s getting a little too narrow-minded and preachy about a few things, and I wish this would have gone a little more open-minded and fresh, but it’s still always a fun read. But I want more with Marla! She brings the laughs.

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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. 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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Review: The Last Suppers

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The Last SuppersReview
3 1/2 (rounded up to 4) out 5 stars for The Last Suppers, the fourth in the “Gold Bear Culinary Mystery” series, by Diane Mott Davidson. In this book, Goldy’s about to get married, but unfortunately the wedding might be delayed when Tom calls about a murder. And it’s a priest!

Goldy’s close with other parishioners and the clerical folks in her Colorado church, but she is shocked to discover what’s lurking beneath the surface when she digs a little deeper this time. For a bride-to-be, she’s certainly not having any fun. Drama everywhere, both in her personal life and with the murder. Tom warns her to stay out of it, but she can’t help herself.

The book follows the normal pattern and is another good edition in the series. I enjoy the characters and there is growth… unlike some cozies where the main character tosses back and forth between two suitors forever. In this one, there is actually forward motion and a marriage. I like when love wins out a bit. A nice surprise in the latter portion of the book makes things better.

Smooth sailing with the series at this point… I had no real concerns
at this point
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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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Review: Double Shot

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Double ShotReview
Diane Mott Davidson‘s “Gold Bear Culinary Mystery” series were one of the original cozy series I started reading, and once I started, I ran through the first ten as quickly as I could. By then, I was caught up and had to wait for the successive ones to be released. Double Shot, her 12th book in the series, was the first one I had to wait for… and I was restless. My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goldy and her antics, and friends, were a nice release from the reality going on around me at the time. And when her ex-husband, Dr. John Richard Korman, showed up, we all knew there’d be trouble. From the beginning of the series, Marla and Goldy talked up so many bad things about him, I was certain he’d be killed in the future only to cast suspicion on one of them… and the payoff happens in this book.

The doctor is first being stalked, then found dead. The police, even though Goldy’s new husband, is one of them, can’t help but find her behavior a little shady. Even Marla wondered what Goldy had been up to. And the whole time, Goldy’s trying to protect her son Arch from the bad side of his father. As expected, she handles it well and even Arch is grateful for her support during his father’s murder.

After a dozen books hearing about the louse, it was good to see it taken care of. Yes, I know… I shouldn’t condone murder. But it was in a book… where fantasies are healthy, my friends. Even Jessica Fletcher agrees with me in the books she writes — and that I’ve read!

Series fans must read this one purely to see the comeuppance. But it would not be a good one to start the series with, as history is important.

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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. 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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Review: Crunch Time

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Crunch Time
Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Diane Mott Davidson‘s “Goldy Bear Culinary” mystery series is one of my early favorites, and I’m sad that the author isn’t writing anymore. There were about 20 books in total, but this review is for #16, Crunch Time. This was the second or third cozy mystery series I took on, and only the second where I’ve been able to finish reading all books. (LJB’s “Cat Who” series is the other one).

In this book, the crime action comes right to Goldy’s home, which makes for even more fun. Friends are staying with Goldy after their house burns down, and Goldy knows they are keeping secrets. She pushes her way in and tries to figure out how to help them, keep her business running and ensure her own home and family aren’t impacted. But of course, Goldy falls prey to the culprit at one point, too.

I enjoy this series because she is such a real character. And the supporting cast feel like people you’d love to be around. Humor, sarcasm, love… Goldy’s husband and son are very real people.

As far as books in the series, this one falls somewhere in the middle. Not the best, not the worst. The recipes seem fairly easy to follow, if you like that sort of thing.

Some folks thought this was a bit long. I can see why, but it’s still a fast read.

It’s a fun series to read, but you probably only need to read a few throughout to get the gist… unless you can commit to all ~20. Then by all means…

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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Review: Catering to Nobody

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Catering to Nobody
Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Diane Mott Davidson‘s “Goldy Bear/Schultz” series was one of the first cozy books I began reading. I started with Lilian Jackson Braun‘s “Cat Who” series and found myself intrigued by the genre. As I began doing background research, I realized it all stemmed from my early love of Agatha Christie back in school days.

The Goldy series was a fun read that created a world of characters I enjoyed learning about. Understanding the relationship between the protagonist sleuth and the local police detectives, I quickly fell in line with loving this series. In this first book, the author draws you in and leaves you wanting more providing just enough quirky settings. I think it’s a good approach to have two best friends both recently divorced from the same man — the conflict setup is perfect. As the series continues, more characters appear and the stories get stronger.

Cozy readers will like this series!
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