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Dying for Chocolate: A Culinary Mystery [Abridged] [Audio CD]

Diane Mott Davidson , Barbara Rosenblat
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December 2000 Culinary Mysteries
The Caterer

Meet Goldy Bear: a bright, opinionated, wildly inventive caterer whose personal life has become a recipe for disaster. She's got an abusive ex-husband who's into making tasteless threats, a rash of mounting bills that are taking a huge bite out of her budget, and two enticing men knocking on her door.

The Dish

Now determined to take control of her life, Goldy moves her business and her son to ritzy Aspen Meadow Country Club, where she accepts a job as a live-in cook. But just as she's beginning to think she's got it made--catering decadent dinners and posh society picnics and enjoying the favors of Philip Miller, a handsome local shrink, and Tom Shulz, her more-than-friendly neighborhood cop--the dishy doctor inexplicably drives his BMW into an oncoming bus.

The Unsavory Killer

Convinced that Philip's bizarre death was no accident, Goldy decides to do a little investigating of her own. But sifting through the unpalatable secrets of the dead doc's life will toss her into a case seasoned with unexpected danger and even more unexpected revelations--the kind that could get a caterer and the son she loves. . .killed.

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In this perky mystery complete with toothsome hi-cal recipes, Davidson ( Catering to Nobody ) brings back Goldy Bear, the cherubic culinary sleuth with Shirley Temple curls. Fleeing her abusive ex-spouse, a physician she dubs "The Jerk," Goldy and her teenage son Arch find a snug third-floor refuge in the Aspen Meadow, Colo., mansion of quirky Gen. Bo Farquhar, a retired munitions and terrorist pro who breezily detonates bombs while gardening and bird-watching. As the general's live-in gourmet cook, Goldly still has time to run Goldilocks' Catering and juggle two suitors--attractive psychiatrist Philip Miller and comfortably chubby cop Tom Schultz. Philip's shocking death--he careens off a cliff in a BMW after munching her brunch--casts suspicion on Goldy. Which of her foes might want to frame her? And who is the critic writing vicious reviews of her cooking in the Mountain Journal ? The plot spins along in good-humored fashion, while Goldy continues to whip up goodies for events like a disastrous "aphrodisiac dinner" for eight and a barbecue at which her luscious dessert smashes on the floor. When Arch vanishes, Goldly panics, but the author makes sure that all enigmas wind up in solutions that will surprise and please.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Kirkus Reviews

Aspen caterer Goldy Bear (Catering to Nobody) is horrified when her new beau, psychologist Philip Miller, suddenly begins driving erratically, crashes, and dies, while she, right behind in her own car, is helpless. Is there any way in which his death might have been caused by a patient? Among his appointments last week were munitions stockpiler General Farquhar and his wife Adele, who accompanied teenager Julian, their boarder and charity student; and the day before Philip died, he had had lunch with Weezie Harrington, who, to Goldy's surprise, was supposed to be his lover. Did Weezie's lecherous husband kill him? If so, then who dispatched him later on in the week? Goldy again turns to handsome cop Tom Schultz for advice, while trying to sidestep the irrational rages of her own ex-husband. Delving into the pasts of the Farquhars and the Harringtons, she discovers an unacknowledged birth--which is brought to light between Goldy's pig-outs on chocolate. A flat second effort, which weighs Goldy down with a battering former husband (this year's mystery trend), pedestrian menu- planning, and a contrived plot. Son Arch, however, rings true and likable. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes, implausible mystery Aug. 31 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love the Goldy Bear series of books. Goldy, the main character is not perfect. A little over weight, a bad marriage behind her, an absent minded mother at times. Some how in her catering business, she seems to always stumble into crime.
Although the mystery in this book seems quite implausible, in particular the method of murder, watching Goldy solve the crime is part of the fun of the book. However the best part of the book is the description of food, and the tantalizing recipes scattered through out the book. I really am going to have to cook one of these dishes sometime soon.
The main storyline involves the death of Goldy's new boyfriend Phillip Miller. His death is called an accident, but Goldy doesn't believe that. Temporarily relocated to a wealthy part of town, and living as an in house cook to a rather eccentric family, Goldy determines to find out who killed Phillip. The only problem is, her real life such as catering parties and dealing with a pre-teen son keep intruding on her crime solving plans.
Entertaining, funny and easy to read, this is a good addition to the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book was good, but the cookies were GREAT! June 21 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this book, the first I'd read by Davidson. The heroine, Goldie, is a single mom struggling to deal with her own business, her abusive ex, her dead boyfriend,her son, her helper, and her unconventional living situation. But, like any stalwart heroine, she still finds time for chocolate. The plot of the mystery is interesting, but what really sets this book (and the series apart) is Davidson's skill in portraying complex characters, rather than entertaining clue chasers. Goldie is an actual person who when faced with a mystery, can't just drop everything and solve it. She, like all of us, has to deal with work and family first. Congratulations, Ms. Davidson, on writing a smart, funny, compelling series about real people!
Oh yeah, and about the cookies. Exactly how big a batch can you make of lethal layers before it becomes unmanageable? I'm only asking because making them every few days is getting tedious. The books in this series are the only mysteries I own with grease stains.
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3.0 out of 5 stars My Review Dec 5 2000
By Regina
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I think that overall, this story wasn't bad. It wasn't the most boring story or the most exciting either. It was in between. Although, there could've been more suspense to it. The story and the plot was a little slow too. It took awhile to get to the suspense because the writer, Diane Mott Davidson, seemed to take things kind of slow in the story. It was kind of dragging out a little. But, I liked how Davidson writes as if the story wasn't fiction. You feel as if the characters are real and they're just living a normal life like anyone else. They do everyday things in the story like, cook, eat, run errands, etc... I also liked the parts where Davidson wrote about Goldy Bear cooking and the recipes for what she cooked. That part was kind of fun to read about. Like what she was cooking seemed really cool. The foods she cooked wasn't just regular food you ate everyday. They sememd kind of fancy and elegant. I just thought it was creative. I guess near the end, there's a little more edge to it because the story is coming to a finish. The ending is a little shocking to find out what happens, but nothing big or too shocking. So overall, this story wasn't bad, but wasn't the best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you like suspense this book is for you. Oct. 22 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dying for Chocolate is based in Evergreen Co. Most of the story takes place in a high class neiborhood in the middle of the summer. The main character is local caterer Goldy Bear. She has a curious investigative personality, for searching for the truth. The story begins with a gruesome murder. The victim was a close friend of Goldy's and one she cared for. Goldy is determined to find the killer. As the story unravels she gets pulled more and more into the case. She ends up doing some things that could her and her beloved son killed. This is a great suspense story, some of the parts I couldn't stop reading and put the book down. The reason I said "Some parts" was because the middle got really dull and I had to push myself to finish. This is also the reason I took 2 points of the rating. Otherwise I loved the book recomened this book to almost everybody. I have to say the thing I liked most was that Davidson's books are so real. All of her story events are things that could happen in real life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dying For Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson June 17 2001
Format:Audio CD
Diane Mott Davidson has created a character that has more problems than anyone person should have to deal with. But she has Goldy or better know as "Miss Goldy" handling it all with a quality that makes you laugh along with her mishaps. The story starts when an old friend, that she's been dating, is killed in a car accident. Goldy is following him for a date to have coffee when he crases head on into a bus. What persues after the "accident" keeps you wanting more of Miss Goldy and her wacky friends, her son, and her crazed abusive ex-husband the "JERK" (of course these are the initials of his name, but some how very fitting), and the cop that she is seeing off and on but more off lately with the reappearance of Phillip in her life. Diane Mott Davidson keeps you entertained and intrigued at the same time. You'll enjoy this book immensely and want to read every book with her delightful and funny character, "Miss Goldy"
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun bit of escapism...
Fun and easy read with the bonus of having some new recipes to try out! Always surprised by who is the culprit at the end these books.
Published 15 months ago by Pat
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so tasty
I enjoyed Davidson's first culinary mystery, but this one left a bad taste in my mouth. The method of murder was just too implausable to be believed. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Felicia Jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad!
My first attempt at the Goldy Bear culinary series, and I enjoyed it much more than I expected. Fast moving, with interesting twists and a eclectic assortment of characters. Read more
Published on April 1 2004 by Mrs taz
4.0 out of 5 stars twisting Rocky Mountain roads and plots
"Dying for Chocolate," one of Diane Mott Davidson's earlier Goldy Bear Schulz culinary mysteries, will not disappoint her legions of fans. Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2003 by Karen Sampson Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars you got your chocolate in my mystery;)
M's Davidson scores again with another wonderful murder mystery / cookbook. Goldy has man problems her usual exhusband Jerk problems of behaving in a threatening manner _and_two... Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2003 by Patricia R. Andersen
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Title but not enough
I have enjoyed this series but I was quite dissapointed with this book. The title is attractive. The beginning of the book and the plot development is fine. Read more
Published on May 8 2002 by H. Foxworthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy Mystery
great series of books! Read them all! Good recipes, too.
Published on April 23 2002 by Lorelia g.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book - Good Recipes
I like a good mystery book and I really enjoy cooking. I got both in this book. This is the first Diane Mott Davidson mystery book that I have ever read. Read more
Published on April 8 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Dying for Chocolate
I just love this series. I think this was the first one I read and got hooked immediately. The series always involves a mystery and food. what a great combination. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars I thought I had done a review on this already! Bad Book!
I had read this book last year and I thought I had done a review on it, but I will tell you what I think about this book. Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2001
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