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 Chocolate, is 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.
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.”
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?
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