I adore this series. There is no delicious pleasure quite like hunkering down with a new Goldy Schulz book. Over the years I have grown extraordinarily fond of Goldy, her husband Tom, son Arch, and best friend Marla. I even love her pets. The setting of Aspen Meadow is very true to Colorado, a state that is dear to my heart. And if course, someone is always cooking something that sounds super yummy.
Having said that, Crunch Time is not the strongest installment in the series. It seems unusually chaotic. Every single social event that Goldy attends, as a caterer or as a guest, is a disaster. It's hard to imagine why anyone would want her at their party. The book seems to me, surprisingly, to go on a bit too long. There are so many suspects, I just wondered why any sane person would live in such a community. Finally, there is a plot twist that I will not reveal, that just feels a bit desperate. I don't believe it would happen, and certainly not the way it rolls out.
I have built up a large store of goodwill for Goldy Schulz and her entourage. I did enjoy this book but wish Diane Mott Davidson had not felt it necessary to throw in everything including the kitchen sink. This is not a series that needs to be read consecutively, you could enjoy any single book on its own merits, but I wouldn't start with this one.