Killer Pancake

Happy 4th of July!!!!!

So to celebrate today we are going to feature a 4th of July mystery!

Killer Pancake (Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #5) by Diane Mott Davidson

Goldy has a new gig doing a low-fat catering job for a very expensive make up line, Mignon’s, show of its new product.

After that she will have a booth at Furman County’s Food Fair, over the 4th of July weekend, and a 4th of July party for a rich and very irritating client.

Between all that she is trying to adapt to married life as she is no longer Goldy Bear, but Goldy Schulz, wife to Tom Schulz of the Sheriff’s department. It’s great having this man in her life as he loves her and loves to cook, but being the wife of a policeman has its rough moments as well.

I’m scared!

Arch has ended his magic phase and has entered into a new love of all things ’60s. Hopefully it ends soon (may the next book he be into something else please!).

Goldy is preparing to say good-bye to Julian as after the summer he will go away to Cornell. He has become a true part of the family and a great help in taking care of Arch and in her catering.

Speaking of Julian, he has a new love interest. A knock-out gorgeous, blonde, Australian: Claire. She’s everything a guy could want and everything girls want to be. She is a sales rep for Mignon cosmetics and the one that got Goldy her low-fat gig.

They head over to where the demonstration will be and right smack in the middle of a group of protestors saying that Mignon is testing on animals and making rabbits go blind. One member and Goldy get into a confrontation, with grilled veggies going everywhere.

To make things shockingly worse, Claire is killed in a hit-and-run that turns out to be murder!

Then Goldy’s best friend Marla ends up in the hospital with a heart attack!

Goldy is visited by her abusive ex-husband, John Richard Korman!

What?!

And reporter Frances Markasian keeps popping up everywhere trying to question Goldy or involve her in her “investigation”.

Goldy tries to help find out what happened to Claire and finds out there is a lot more going on in this case-shoplifting, cooked books, love affairs, peeping toms, industrial espionage, and more. Will she make it to see the fireworks? Or be the next victim?

Thoughts After Reading:

I thought it was pretty good and grabbed you well. You kept reading to find out what happened next and it had quite a group of characters to choose from as to who the killer was.

Hmm…

I figured it out though and thought the ending was missing the extra oomph.

Meh

For more Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries, go to The Last Suppers

For more on the 4th of July, go to Death by Cashmere

For more industrial espionage, go to Betty and Veronica: Stranger Than Fiction

For more mystery reviews, go to Death by Divorce

Happy 4th of July!

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The Last Suppers

Takes place during Lent and ends just before Easter so I am posting on Maundy Thursday

The Last Suppers (Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #4) by Diane Mott Davidson

So a lot has happened since the last book. Julian has been going to a community college while having applied to  Cornell and hoping to get in.

Arch has crossed off magic and swimming on his list of hobbies, but instead has an obsession with a show about UFOs and other weird/mysterious things.

And Goldy is going to marry Tom Schulz. Yes, she went from being in love with the victim of the last book, and uncertain about love; to marriage.

It is the day of the wedding and things are not going according to plan. The food isn’t ready

The minister is late

The reception house is locked and no one has spare keys, etc.

Things take an even darker turn when Tom calls to postpone the wedding. He went to pick the minister up and found him dead.

Oh no!

The police rush to the scene of the crime and find that things have gotten much worse. It appears that Tom was attacked and kidnapped or killed, living behind a cryptic note that neither the cops or Goldie can decode.

Now Goldie is involved in a race against time as she tries to find her fiancé before death tries to part them.

Goldie’s investigations turn her to her own church! One of the members killed the reverend, but why and who?

Thoughts After Reading:

I hated this book. I thought it was absolutely awful.

Al the characters were horrible and unrelatable.

The author appeared to have a lot of anger at the Episcopalian church as she is venomous against the people and the faith, which makes me wonder why Goldy didn’t just leave her “awful” church and go somewhere else.

Apparently the Author has some issues she needs to address.

Seriously!

The book was also extremely boring as it went on and on and on about the charismatic and traditional Episcopalian faith. And she uses all the terms that we as layman have no clue what they are or mean.

And the end made no real sense as to why the person was a murderer and holding Tom hostage. It felt like the author wasn’t sure how to end it and just flipped a coin to come up with a solution.

If I hadn’t already read later books in the series I would be tempted to quit the series as the last few books have been duds.

For more Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries, go to The Cereal Murders

For more wedding mysteries, go to For Whom the Bluebell Tolls

For more mysteries with missing fiancés, go to A Case of Identity

The Cereal Murders

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The Cereal Murders (Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #3) by Diane Mott Davidson

Things are going well for Goldy. She had to change her name, but since then she has a contract with her son’s school, Elk Park Preparatory school, providing refreshments for the senior college advisory events.

Julian Teller, the boy that Goldie is caring from since her last adventure in Dying for Chocolateis a senior and involved in all these events. He is having a particularly hard time competing with all these other kids who are striving for Ivy League, while he wishes for culinary school.

The first event is a tired affair, as the parents are insufferable. To make things worse, her assistant’s child is also a senior so she has to hear “my kid is best” in the kitchen and in the hall.

The child who is getting the prized scholarship is Keith Andrews, “Saint Andrews” to others. He gives a speech, but upsets many people.  When the event continues with no problem, other than the wiring being bad and the lights going out.

Goldie is in a hurry to get home as it is snowing ferociously outside. As she prepares to leave she spots something in the snow. It looks like a coat and she goes to pick it up when it turns out to be a body.

Keith Andrews.

It turns out old Keith wasn’t any Saint. He was a blackmailer with something on everyone, had lied about his resume and who he was, and had a newspaper story that is rumored to blow the top off “something.”

Hmm…

No one liked him which means there are a numerous amount of suspects out there.

Goldy tries not to get involved, but soon finds herself a target; from broken windows, iced walkways, threatening calls, and Arch being victim of some extremely creepy pranks. (So creepy I would have sued the school for not doing anything.)

But the body count doesn’t stay with just one. Others are killed in gruesome ways in order to help a child continue to their Ivy League Dream. But which child? Or which parent?

Hmm…

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Thoughts After Reading:

It was an extremely compelling mystery, although the “college” and “my kid is best” talk gets very boring.

However, the rest of the novel kept me turning pages as I just had to know who the killer was.

The end, fantastic. I loved it.

For more Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries, go to Dying for Chocolate

For more blackmail mysteries, go to Secrets Can Kill

For more mysteries, go to The Butterfly and the Violin