Catering to Nobody (Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #1) by Diane Mott Davidson
So I was first introduced to this mystery series when I scored a free copy of Chopping Spree. One day I was going to eat dinner alone when I realized I forgot the book I had been reading. I searched my car for something to read when I came upon Chopping Spree. I started reading it and became hooked! I then decided it was time to start at the beginning.
So this book takes place on Halloween, making it perfect to review in October.
Goldy has had a hard time of it lately.
After she and her abusive/cheating husband divorced; she discovered that even though he makes plenty of money he still hates parting with it. Instead of relying on his childcare payments (most of which never come) Goldy started her own catering business.
It hasn’t been easy, but Goldy has been working hard making a name for herself in Aspen, Colorado.
However, things have gotten grimmer as her son Arch’s favorite teacher just committed suicide. And Goldy is the one in charge of catering the wake.
But she does have some good in her life. Pomeroy, is a good friend, and her honey supplier. And she has her best friend Marla, one of her husband’s, John Richard’s, previous wives.
She’s supposed to have an assistant, who gets a free room for helping cook, but the girl, Patty Sue isn’t very smart and can’t do anything without making a mess or destroying what she is doing.
All Patty seems to do is see Goldy’s ex-father-in-law, Dr. Fritz. Supposedly she suffers from some severe medical problem and Fritz is the only one who can treat him. His wife, Goldy’s ex-mother-in-law asked if she would be willing to assist Patty. And Goldy being incredibly kind, agreed.
So Goldie works hard catering, her business subsidized by cleaning homes, and trying to do a great job with her horrible ex-husband and family there.
Except she drinks espresso.
But then something happens that destroys everything. Her father-in-law drinks poisoned coffee at one of her events!
Because of that her catering business is shut down.
But Goldie won’t let that go without a fight. She sets out to prove she wasn’t the one poisoning Fritz.
Along the way, she starts to come across some information that makes her question whether the teacher, Laura, actually committed suicide or if she was murdered.
To further heat this up, Officer Tom Shultz has taken an interest in Goldie and hopes to cook up some romance.
Thoughts After Reading:
I loved it.
I thought the characters were great and enjoyable.
The mystery wonderful.
And I can’t wait to read the next one.
For more caterers who start investigating a murder, go to Cherry Cheesecake Murder
For more suicides as covers for murder, go to Cookie Dough or Die
For more poisonings, go to The Postman Always Purls Twice
For more mystery reviews, go to The Girl on the Train