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Stichtag by Diane Mott Davidson

Stichtag (original 2002; edition 2003)

by Diane Mott Davidson (Author)

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Authors:Diane Mott Davidson (Author)
Info:Ullstein Taschenbuch (2003), Ausgabe: 1., Taschenbuch, 415 Seiten
Collections:Your library, Fiction, gelesen 2013
Tags:Krimi, USA, Colorado, 2012

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Chopping Spree by Diane Mott Davidson (2002)



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The plot for this mystery revolves around competition and jealousy. With multiple examples of over the top materialism and greed, the list of suspects seems pretty long. Leave it to Goldy to figure out the (literal) clues her friend leaves her. The title is a nice play on words as well, since shopping sprees are very much featured. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Jul 10, 2015 |
Goldy meddles, ignores police advice, figures out stuff (like who did it) and drinks a lot of coffee. And, oh yes, she caters, too.

Interesting tidbit: too much caffeine can mess up a polygraph. Something to remember if you want your results to appear positive.

Recipes far too rich and fattening for me, but I still would like her kitchen. ( )
  bookczuk | Dec 2, 2013 |
Chopping Spree by Diane Mott Davidson is the 11th book in the Goldy Bear catering series. It is also the only one not performed by Barbara Rosenblat. As I didn't want to revisit familiar characters with a different voice, I read the book in print.

Goldy's catering service is taking off. It's the first time ever that she's earned enough money to think about splurging on things. Her now teenage son, Arch, has taken notice and has been bitten by the consumer bug. He wants an expensive guitar for his birthday. Goldy, feeling guilty for all their tight years as a single mother, agrees begrudgingly to get it for him after her catering gig at the new mall is complete.

Goldy also needing to pick up her gratuity after the investors' dinner at the mall, stumbles upon her employer among a heap of shoes. Before she do anything about it (like call 911), she's clonked on the head.

In fact, Goldy gets clonked on the head a lot in this book. When she's not being clonked on the head, she's drinking espresso — by the gallon it seems.

The mystery here revolves around problems with the mall construction. I think the inclusion of a mega mall in the otherwise rural / ski and hiking oriented Aspen Meadow area made believing the events of this book less plausible. Maybe too, it was the change in medium from audio to paper.

Then there was Arch's personality. He's usually a good, quiet kid who gets obsessed on his current hobby. Here, he's interested in music but he's so demanding. It's not like him and his personality change seemed mostly there for the sake of motivating the earliest chapters of the mystery. ( )
  pussreboots | Sep 4, 2013 |
Pretty fast, easy read. I didn't suspect whodunnit before the end. ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
Some mystery
Some recipes (actually good ones!)
Some easy characters and reading.
Reading my way thru this series now and in future.
Read in 2004. ( )
  CasaBooks | Apr 28, 2013 |
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a black-belt shopper, brilliant writer, and invaluable friend
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When Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz is hired by her old friend Barry Dean to provide a lavish buffet for the opening of his chic new Aspen Meadows mall, the last thing she expects to stumble over is Barry himself, stabbed to death with one of her very own carving knives. When the police arrest her assistant, Julian, for the murder, Goldy launches her own over-caffeinated investigation. There's enough espresso in this culinary cozy to keep the reader wide awake while Davidson's irrepressible heroine sets up the suspects, solves the mystery, sends up a Shopaholics Anonymous meeting, and dishes up 10 recipes for fabulous party food, including the Chopping Spree salad of the title. The plot's somewhat creaky and there's hardly any dramatic tension, but fans of this popular series won't mind a bit. --Jane Adams

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Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz, hired by old college friend Barry Dean to cater a cocktail party for the Westside Mall's Elite Shoppers Club, finds herself mired in a murder investigation when Barry is found stabbed to death with one of her new kitchen knives.… (more)

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