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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Lrg edition (April 5 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062017802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062017802
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #528,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro on June 21 2011
Format: Hardcover
Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson

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With the death of a friend and cop turned PI, and the torching of his home where Yolanda and Ferdinanda, ex-patriot Cubans have been finding refuge, here starts the downward spiral of this book. As Goldy tries to help a fellow chef and old friend and her wheelchair bound aunt, Goldy of course not thinking or caring about her husband and son, takes these two annoying women into her home and opens herself and her family up to all sorts of danger. Unfortunately, long time readers know that this is typical Goldy behavior. However, this time it just seems to be the icing on the cake. The synopsis that the Publisher has included that says this book has laughs. Well not so much.
For first time readers there is no need to read the others in this series to be able to follow this book. But then again I would say if you were a first time reader, you might want to stay away from this book, or get it from the library and save your cash and a tree.
This was the most chaotic and unbelievable book in this series to date. It had a confusing plot, distasteful and annoying whiny 'too stupid to live' secondary characters and the red herring was so convoluted and unbelievable that it was laughable.

Spoiler Alert-------Spoiler Alert-----Spoiler Alert'
For those who have been following this series but feel like it may be time to give up and move on---here is a spoiler to let you see if you may want to change your mind---Goldy and Tom decide to have a baby. Can this be the actual end of this series?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 22 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails." -- 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NKJV)

This novel could have been titled, "The Raunchy Side of Aspen Meadow." If you like your Goldy Schulz novels to be mostly about home, hearth, and happiness, you may wonder if you picked up the wrong book with this one. There are more tawdry references to sex, unfaithfulness, and abuse than you will find in some mainstream mysteries. Ms. Davidson also packs her novel with more disgusting characters than usual.

The main plot involves Goldy's chef friend, Yolanda Garcia, who attracts danger like a magnet attracts iron filings. As the book opens, Yolanda's great aunt Ferdinanda is in a wheelchair recovering from a hit-and-run, the home they had rented had been burned to the ground, the man who had been sheltering the pair has just been murdered, and Yolanda is in fear of an abusive former lover. The murdered man, Ernest McLeod, had been engaged in a number of private investigations. Does his murder have anything to do with his work? That line of questioning dips Goldy into checking out who had a motive to kill him . . . which seems like an unending series of characters after plot developments quickly add more threats. Take notes as you go. Otherwise, you may lose track of all the grungy characters and their pasts.

A lot of the charm in this series relates to Goldy being a lovable character and her interactions with her husband Tom, her son Arch, and her friend Marla.
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135 of 148 people found the following review helpful
Delightful but... March 6 2011
By Rushmore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
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.
126 of 139 people found the following review helpful
Not good Aug. 4 2011
By Happy reader Helen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I like mysteries. I have liked this series. I didn't like this book.

My daughter got me reading these books a long time ago. She bought me some as gifts or sometimes loans me her copy after she is finished. I really like reading these and thought they were fun until now.

Goldy acted like she didn't have any brains and Tom let her get away with it. There were too many story lines and I couldn't keep track of who was who or what was what and didn't really care by the end.

When my daughter loaned me her copy, I asked what she thought and she wouldn't say much. She wanted me to make my own decision. After reading it, I think it may be time for Goldy to hang up her apron.

Interesting: I think it's funny that many of the 5 star reviews showed up here after the author posted on Facebook, asking readers to come to Amazon and give this book 5 star reviews. About 30 of the 5-star reviews (out of the 70 currently posted) were written within 24 hours of the author's request. I don't think that is right.
210 of 246 people found the following review helpful
Out of over 400 reviews this may only be my second 1-star rating, it's that bad March 11 2011
By Holly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I am a long-time fan of this series having read every single one. I have largely enjoyed the series and looked forward to the next installment to find out what mess Goldy Schultz would get herself into next. An interesting cast of characters, the scenic setting of Colorado, and a caterer that found herself mixed up in murder investigations has provided me with many hours of entertainment. A couple of books back, I was very disappointed in the novel and gave "Sweet Revenge" a 2-star rating. The more recent "Fatally Flaky" got a 4-star from me and a sigh of relief that things were again on the upswing. When I knew "Crunch Time" was being published, I was excited and ready for a fun, light read.

With that background in mind, I must be brutally honest and say this has to be one of the worst books I have ever read (and I read a lot). From the beginning, things start off rocky and it just gets worse as the pages go on. Cozy mysteries always require that the reader suspend belief and turn a blind eye to some things that just don't make sense but this story was just a mess. There is so much wrong with this book that I can't even begin to describe it. It feels like an author with ADHD is writing about a main character with ADHD --- absolutely manic action all the time. A cast of thousands is present that make appearances for a sentence or two, disappear for awhile and then reappear for a sentence or two. The mystery is weak, the characters are weak, and Goldy runs around interrogating everyone she meets by ranting a list of questions at them that make no sense. When I got to approximately page 325 and characters start cussing and prostitution become part of the story line, I really got frustrated. Not only is this book bad, but it is LONG so the reader continues to be subjected to page after page after page of horrid dialogue, a silly mystery, and characters that are downright stupid.

I am not sure I have ever been as blunt in a review before, but this book is beyond bad. I will no longer be following this series after a book that can only be described as one giant mess from beginning to end. Absolutely painful to read - sorry!
41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Very Disappointing Aug. 23 2011
By Gayle Ann Livecchia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I started reading these books as my summer reading. As the summer is ending, I've made it through the series. While the earlier books are ok, individually, I find that as a series, they are odd. In one book the heroine inherits a puppy from a dead friend. The puppy disappeared in the next book. However, in the following book, there is a reference that a neighbor, took the puppy, and there is the implication that the neighbor doesn't have the financial resources to care for the animal in the repeated comments about the low paying receptionist. One book refers to a relationship between two characters as that of cousin, yet by the next book, they are sisters. One character is referred to with a nickname, then as Mrs. Harrington in a following book, and the writing doesn't acknowledge the relationship/interaction of characters in the previous book? When there is a change from Weezie to Mrs. Harrington.... There are numerous other oddities, that also leads one to wonder about the editing staff. NO ONE is catching these errors?

The plots are also becoming generic formula fiction.., murder, argue with husband, go off on tangent, solve murder, husband forgives. Honestly, a trip to any attorney will dispel the belief that murder is the only crime.

Why are her tires always bald? Even with a NEW van? Isn't someone able to purchase an event center, and in possession of a new van, able to purchase tires? The navigating the roads with inferior equipment is getting old.

I've also noticed the language has changed, both in reading level and use of profanity. The earlier books make reference to the church, and I enjoyed the comments about church history and church life, familiar to someone in any organized religion. As they went on, these references decreased, and an element of crudeness, for lack of a better word, started to creep in to the writing. ANd, the cooking references have become almost non-existent. I liked the various tips and hints in the earlier books.

I feel the entire series is disjointed in terms of continuity. Characters are introduced, a relationship with the reader is encouraged, and then they disappear... what happened to pregnant Peggy Sue? Maguire Perkins? Did he go to college? Recover from mono? Jullian Teller's adoptive parents? One has the impression, despite the claims that all is well, that he fled as soon as he could, and never looked back, since he spends holidays in Aspen Meadow. What happened to Dusty's family? (someone couldn't have given her mother a job, and access to furniture?). Eileen was dating that murder... yet Fatally Flaky implies that there is a Mr. Druckman, as the author refers to the Druckmans' vacation in a way that implies a nuclear fmaily.

Details are also missing... so, what about the $180,000 in gold coins found in the deposit box? Was it linked to money laundering? What did Arch, and Gus, inherit from the Jerk? Arch went from a driving nightmare to being given a car to drive? AND, driving with friends in the car? What happened to Tom's cabin? Other than a loan to pay for the kitchen...

One almost has the feeling each book was written by someone different, who was given a script, and no details about the previous books.

Crunch Time seems almost as though it is a draft, and a poor draft. It is also disjointed. The characters grate on one's nerves. They aren't refined. The first chapter dialog presents a change in all the characters from the previous books... the characters are acting out of character. The language patterns are different, and everyone just seems to whine. I generally look at the recipes first, and even they fell short of the previous books.

I am not stupid. I do not have the IQ of a paper box. I read, even fiction, to be entertained, but to be entertained intellectually. I want smart snappy dialog, and words with 3 or more syllables. I want a clever plot. A bit of educational material (the church history and cooking hints). These books are starting to mirror the Janet Evanovich ones: crude language and plots, and a low vocabulary. There is no longer anything entertaining about them.

For anyone looking for a well written series, no sex or profanity, I suggest the Elm Creek Quilt Series. They are wonderful.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Loved the series, REALLY disliked this one Feb. 23 2012
By Holly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For some reason, this paperback version of the book is not linking with the hardback and Kindle versions. There are 220 reviews if you look up those formats. Not all reviews are glowing (including mine which I have included here).

I have written over 600 reviews and only a hand-full have received a 1-star rating from me. I am a long-time fan of this series having read every single one. I have largely enjoyed the series and looked forward to the next installment to find out what mess Goldy Schultz would get herself into next. An interesting cast of characters, the scenic setting of Colorado, and a caterer that found herself mixed up in murder investigations has provided me with many hours of entertainment. A couple of books back, I was very disappointed in the novel and gave "Sweet Revenge" a 2-star rating. The more recent "Fatally Flaky" got a 4-star from me and a sigh of relief that things were again on the upswing. When I knew "Crunch Time" was being published, I was excited and ready for a fun, light read.

With that background in mind, I must be brutally honest and say this has to be one of the worst books I have ever read (and I read a lot). From the beginning, things start off rocky and it just gets worse as the pages go on. Cozy mysteries always require that the reader suspend belief and turn a blind eye to some things that just don't make sense but this story was just a mess. There is so much wrong with this book that I can't even begin to describe it. It feels like an author with ADHD is writing about a main character with ADHD --- absolutely manic action all the time. A cast of thousands is present that make appearances for a sentence or two, disappear for awhile and then reappear for a sentence or two. The mystery is weak, the characters are weak, and Goldy runs around interrogating everyone she meets by ranting a list of questions at them that make no sense. When I got to approximately page 325 and characters start cussing and prostitution become part of the story line, I really got frustrated. Not only is this book bad, but it is LONG so the reader continues to be subjected to page after page after page of horrid dialogue, a silly mystery, and characters that are downright stupid.

I am not sure I have ever been as blunt in a review before, but this book is beyond bad. I will no longer be following this series after a book that can only be described as one giant mess from beginning to end. Absolutely painful to read - sorry!

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