Catering to Nobody

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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.

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Plot Synopsis:

Goldy has had a hard time of it lately.

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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.

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It hasn’t been easy, but Goldy has been working hard making a name for herself in Aspen, Colorado.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Except she drinks espresso.

But then something happens that destroys everything. Her father-in-law drinks poisoned coffee at one of her events!

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Because of that her catering business is shut down.

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But Goldie won’t let that go without a fight. She sets out to prove she wasn’t the one poisoning Fritz.

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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.

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To further heat this up, Officer Tom Shultz has taken an interest in Goldie and hopes to cook up some romance.

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Thoughts After Reading:

I loved it.

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I thought the characters were great and enjoyable.

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The mystery wonderful.

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And I can’t wait to read the next one.

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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

Good, Clean, Murder

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Good, Clean, Murder (A Plain Jane Mystery #1) by Traci Tyne Hilton

Sweet, kind, Jane’s ultimate dream is to become a missionary. When her parents wouldn’t pay for any type of Bible college or seminary, Jane decided to go it alone, cleaning houses to pay for school.

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One morning she is doing one of her regular jobs, when she discovers that her client, and owner of the Roly Burger fast-food franchise, dead she decides that cleaning isn’t all she can do.

Private Investigating!

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Jane feels it is her duty to discover who murdered her best client. The police think it was natural causes, but Jane knows that with all the changes her client had been making and the protests surrounding him; there are plenty of possible suspects.

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When her air-headed roommate loses their apartment, she accepts the housekeeping job provided by her recently deceased client’s son, Jake; as it will give her a roof, food she could never purchase, and a chance to investigate the family.

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To further complicate her life, one of Jane’s new classes has been given a young, attractive professor. Both are interested in each other, but with the school’s rules stand in the way.

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Besides this Jane also has her walk with God to consider, as some days are harder than others to live a Christian life and be Christlike to those who cause her pain.

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Thoughts After Reading:

The beginning is strong,

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But the mystery is easily solved and falls flat.

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I also fail to understand why she would be so interested in her professor, Isaac. He sounds like a weirdo and worst of all he knows that his flirting and asking her out will be harmful to her. BUT does it ANYWAY!!!

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I hope Jane ends up with Jake; riding the J train all the way.

I’d give this book three out of five stars.

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For more mysteries involving cleaning ladies, go to Grime and Punishment

For more mystery reviews, go to Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters