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

Fatally Frosted

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Fatally Frosted (A Donut Shop Mystery #2)

This is the sequel to Glazed Murder, and finds Suzanne Hart once again investigating a murder.

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Suzanne has recovered from her previous discovery of a dead body, is currently dating Jake Bishop, North Carolina Police Investigator, and has recently accepted an offer to give demos on her donut making.

Yep, a charity is putting on a kitchen tour; showing the top kitchens in April Springs, with chefs giving demos in each one. Suzanne’s friend Marge has her kitchen in the show and graciously asked Suzanne to show off the beautiful and functional features. Suzanne leaped at the chance as it allowed her free marketing, and the high possibility of more customers to her little shop.

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The only downside? Peg Masterson.

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Yep, Peg is a mean, gossipy, snobby woman who hates Suzanne and always gives her a hard time.

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But Suzanne is determined to have the best demonstrations out of the whole tour. She arrives early to Marge’s, but unfortunately has a run-in with Peg.

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Peg’s complaining once again. Ugh. Well, Suzanne just tries to put that behind her and move on.

She gets ready to start, when someone finds a dead body. Peg Masterson

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Canceling the tour.

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To make matters worse, the death is a rat poisoned coated, lemon filled, donut.

One of Suzanne’s donuts.

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Suzanne is once again the main suspect, propelling her into investigating the case. But this time more is on the line than her freedom, it’s her reputation and business.

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Thoughts After Reading:

So at first I found a hard time getting into this novel. It seemed like something I read before.

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I can’t think of an exact book, but this seemed so familiar, so much like some other small-town mystery novels.

I also thought that it was quite redundant. I mean the last book she was the main suspect, it seemed a bit cheap to have her number one suspect again.

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BUT then, then the mystery got really good. Peg turned out to be playing everyone and skimming off the top of her charity events. Then Suzanne discovers there are many people who want to get rid of Peg, and it is going to be a lot of work to figure out which one actually did her in.

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In fact it was in true Agatha Christie fashion. I thought it was one character, but just like the great Dame, Beck had one great twist in her.

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I say five out of five stars! 🙂

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For more Donut Shop Mysteries, go to Glazed Murder