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Dying for Chocolate [Audio CD]

Diane Mott Davidson , Barbara Rosenblat
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

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.

Review

Praise for Diane Mott Davidson and Dying for Chocolate
 
“A classic whodunit . . . the perfect book for food lovers.”—New York Daily News
 
“You don’t have to be a cook or a mystery fan to love Diane Mott Davidson’s books.”The San Diego Union-Tribune
 
“A cross between Mary Higgins Clark and Betty Crocker.”The Baltimore Sun --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

"A classic whodunit that's the perfect book for food lovers."
-- Daily News, New York

"Gourmet magazine meets Sherlock Holmes."
--The Washington Times --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Diane Mott Davidson was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and grew up in Washington D.C and Virginia. She studied political science and art history at Stanford and John Hopkins Universities and is active in volunteer work. She lives in Evergreen, Colorado with her husband and three sons, where she divides her time between cooking and writing. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From AudioFile

This is the perfect audiobook for gourmets who love murder mysteries. The listener can enjoy descriptions of delicious meals while digesting clues. Reader Barbara Rosenblat sounds just like our Colorado caterer heroine should sound, and the other characters are also well portrayed. While this will be a popular selection, it's true that the listener must be patient and listen to lengthy descriptions of family problems and kitchen disasters. The last tape contains the caterer's recipes. It would be more useful to include a printed list of recipes in the cassette case instead of on tape. D.L.G. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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