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Diane Mott Davidson
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Sept. 1 1996
She has been called "the Julia Child of mystery writers." Now, Diane Mott Davidson, who masterfully served up The Last Suppers, Killer Pancake, and Dying for Chocolate, returns with an irresistible five-star helping of suspense. When caterer Goldy Schulz takes a job with a multimillion-dollar financial firm, she finds herself in a high-stakes world where someone is out to make a killing....

Goldy, owner of Goldilocks' Catering, barely weathered a disastrous spring in which relentless rains and driving snow put a real damper on her business.  But now, thanks to her best friend, Marla, the Colorado caterer is suddenly cooking up a storm...lovingly preparing Crab Quesadillas, Tomato-Brie Pie, and Gold Foil-Wrapped Fudge Bars for her wealthy new client, Prospect Financial Partners.

The Prospect Partners' financial whiz, Tony Royce, with whom Marla is having a tempestuous affair, and Albert Lipscomb, who is personally managing Marla's money, have hired Goldy to prepare a sumptuous party to kick off their latest venture: the reopening of the Eurydice Gold Mine. Anxious to take advantage of a golden opportunity, Goldy arrives at the mine site early, loaded down with goodies. Yet just when she thinks she can relax, all hell breaks loose--and the main culprit is Marla.

Her best friend is sure the mine venture is a scam. And when, several days later, Albert ends up missing, it looks as if Marla was right. Why, then, is the police captain treating Goldy's best friend as if she had committed a crime? And how can Goldy keep her fourteen-year-old son Arch and his unreliable bloodhound from making matters worse?

As Goldy works furiously to restore her business by whipping up hot, fragrant Sour Cream Cherry Coffeecake and featherlight Cinnamon Scones, she finds
herself drawn into a most unusual situation of missing partners, stolen millions, and multiple homicides. And only when Goldy can discover which of the victims is the main corpse will she be able to unravel the mystery that threatens to cancel out her friend's dearest asset--her life.


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Goldy Korman, owner of Goldilocks Catering, prepares a beer and hors d'oeuvres celebration for a group of wealthy investors at the entrance to a gold mine. Fradulent assays, a missing company executive, mudslides, murder?and fabulous recipes?add up to delightful reading.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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An exceedingly wet spring in Aspen, Colorado, seems to have dampened the need for a caterer, so Davidson's caterer-sleuth Goldy Schulz is not in a position to refuse her friend Maria's urging to cater a reception for Prospect Financial Partners' wealthy investors at the Eurydice Gold Mine. Despite risks of rock and mud slides from the saturated ground, Goldy grimly hauls her equipment up into the mountains^--only to witness Maria openly engaged in verbal warfare with one of the company's partners over the validity of an assay report on the mine's prospects. When that partner disappears the next day with more than $3 million in investor funds and the other partner^-Maria's current boyfriend--also goes missing, Maria is arrested on suspicion of murder. Goldy, of course, is determined to help despite the active discouragement of her policeman-husband. Davidson serves up yet another spirited romp in the Colorado Rockies, with Goldy's excellent recipes again interspersed amid the sleuthing. Stuart Miller

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3.0 out of 5 stars This one's a bit over the top Dec 5 2000
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I love the Goldy series, and will continue to read them because the wonderfully imperfect Goldy seems like someone you'd want to be friends with. For that reason, I don't even mind her plot lines, which are occasionally the literary equivalent of watching paint dry. LOTS of insignificant details about her daily life, although again, it adds to that "visiting with a good pal" feel of the series.
However, this time Diane Mott Davidson went overboard in an attempt to liven the action! Goldy would be doing major prison time if she really did what this plot has her doing, not to mention that the state would (and should) remove Arch from her home for child endangerment. Yeeks.
That said, I LOVE the Macguire Perkins character, he's an utter goof and much more interesting than the anxiety-laden Julian. More of Macguire, please! And while you're at it, more of the sweet, heart-warming intimations of marital intimacy between Goldy and the bear-like Tom. Now, THAT'S yummy!
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I'm a big fan of the Goldy series (as read by Barbara Rosenblatt on tape). I was disappointed with "Killer Pancake" which just didn't click for me. In "The Main Corpse", Diane and Goldy are back in real Colorado and doing much better.
The key pieces of this puzzle include a very rainy June (we had more than one in the 1990's), a gold mine, a shady stock offering (Colorado was infamous for them in the 1980's), and lots of running around in the mountains.
The plots in this series are typically not the main reason to read the books. What I really enjoy is Goldy's "voice" as she tells her stories and the way she portrays the up and down sides of life here in Colorado. Both aspects are in fine shape in this mystery.
One caution to those who may be thinking of picking up this book for a first read of this series. This series, more than most, is a continuing affair as Goldy and her family and friends mature. It's well worth it to start with her first book, Catering to Nobody, and working your way through the series.
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This was my introduction to Goldilock's deadly catering experiences. It so enticed my taste buds that I ordered every delectable book Diane Mott Davidson has served up so far, and am now chronologically devouring each and every one.
The author tosses up a story with just a dash of "amature detective" interference from our fiesty caterer; adds a pinch of "woman's intuition"; a sprinkling of admiration from her cop/husband; a garnish of his own good detective skills and dishes up a great mystery which will definitely challenge your deductive powers. She also invites you, the reader, into the personal and private lives of Goldy, Arch and Tom.
I have become so involved in Goldy's dream of a successful catering business; Arch's necessary growing pains; Tom's love for Goldy and his respect for her need for the time and space to pursue her dream - that I enjoy those parts which may drift away from the mystery almost as much as the mystery itself.
If you enjoy a good suspense-filled whodunit, with a variety of suspects, a somewhat comedic "what can go wrong next" attitude, deliciously decadent recipes and a cast of real "non-perfect" human characters . . . then this is a Must Read!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good recipes, story a bit lacking Feb. 14 2003
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I like the Goldy (Bear) Schulz character - I've read most of the books in this seiries. But for some reason, her character did not seem to be the character I expected. In this book, she aggressively takes more risks with herself as well as her son and that seemed to be out of place for her character.
No matter - the recipes, as always were great but there seemed to be a plot piece missing in this particular book. If you're interested in the seiries, this is not the book to start off with. Some reocmmend reading the books in chronological order and I'd have to agree with that point. I read them out of order. Some events in past books are referred to in the later books and unless you read them, it doesn't make sense to you.
This is a good read, not as good as the others, but the recipes are fantastic. M's Davidson should really bring out a Goldy (Bear) Schulz cookbook.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A dark entry in the Goldy series Jan. 25 1999
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A dreary and somewhat depressing book, without the fun sparkle of other books in the series. Even "The Last Suppers", where Goldy's groom is abducted minutes before their wedding is more cheery than this book.
Perhaps the constant rain and gloom depicted in the story just pervaded the feel of this book. Goldy's best friend, Marla, is accused of murdering her boyfriend and his business partner, because she'd lost so much money in their financial investments. It's up to Goldy, The General, Arch and his new dog Jake the Bloodhound to prove the charge wrong.
Not a bad book, but not quite up to the fun of the other Goldy mysteries. The recipes are wonderful as always, and I can't wait until strawberry season so that I can try the Sugar-snap pea and Strawberry salad.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Delectable but a little off the mark Aug. 12 2001
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I have truly loved reading the Goldy Schulz murder series, however, this one wasn't one of Diane Mott Davidson's best. The conclusion was a little unbelieverable and it seemed clumsily done. It just didn't seem real that everything fell in too place as Goldy comes up with a dangerous and outrageous way to catch the villain of the story. Ms. Davidson's ending seemed more like the ones you see on a TV mystery like Murder, She Wrote.
Even though this one was a little off the mark, it will not stop me from continuing to read more Goldy mysteries. I want to continue to follow her ever-imaginative detective strategies, see if Julian comes back, and as always, obtain additional scrumptious recipes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Main Corpse
Unlike most of the other reviewers, I did not dislike this book. I thought the story had energy and speed. Read more
Published on May 27 2004 by K. Hill
3.0 out of 5 stars one of her lesser efforts
"The Main Corpse" is one of Davidson's lesser efforts in the Goldy Bear Schulz series, but still lively enough to make it worth your while. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2003 by Karen Sampson Hudson
2.0 out of 5 stars Naive Miss G.
Like many others who are complaining about this book, I love all of the other ones that I have read by the author. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars The Main Corpse
The recipes sound great, but I found the plot unbelievable and contrived. Having read most of the other books in this series I felt like I knew Goldy Schultz. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This is the first book by Diane Mott Davidson that I've attempted. I struggled through the first 90 pages, and then decided it wasn't worth my time. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2002 by A reader
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is torture!!
I have really enjoyed reading Diane Mott Davidson, but this book was so frustrating to read! Reading throug 10 pages of soup taste testing almost sent me over the edge. Read more
Published on July 21 2002 by Momof3
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 and 1/2 stars!
This mystery has Goldy the caterer involved in a murder in which her best friend is being charged. Somehow Goldy, her family, friends and clients become entangled in a financial... Read more
Published on June 21 2000 by jeanne-scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Mainly Good, But...
It's always fun to read a new Diane Mott Davidson mystery and her recipes are mouth-watering, which is mainly why I buy, instead of borrow, her books. Read more
Published on May 8 2000
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