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Prime Cut [Hardcover]

Diane Mott Davidson
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Sept. 1 1998
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Grilling Season comes a delectably deadly new novel of savory dishes and unsavory deeds, as caterer turned sleuth Goldy Schulz must find the missing ingredient to a killer concoction of high fashion, low-life, and murder.

An unscrupulous new rival has pushed Goldy's beloved catering business to the brink of collapse. An even more unscrupulous local contractor has left her precious kitchen in a shambles. Yet Goldy has joined forces with her old mentor, French chef Andre Hibbard, to cater a fashion photo shoot at a turn-of-the-century mountain cabin. There, in a hopelessly outdated kitchen, Goldy and the temperamental but kindhearted Andre struggle to create warming Models' Mushroom Soup, Savory Florentine Cheesecakes, and a luscious spread for a vain and vacuous crowd of beautiful people whose personal dramas climax when a camera is pitched through a plateglass window...into the buffet.

Things go swiftly from bad to worse when the infamous building contractor, Gerald Eliot, is found strung up in the house of one of Goldy's best friends, the president of the local historical society. Goldy is certain that her friend isn't a killer--even if he had every motive for murder. After all, how many others would have cheerfully strangled unethical Mr. Eliot, including Goldy?

Now Goldy readies for a society soiree tasting party against her archnemesis that could make or break her career.  As she prepares Big Bucks Bread Pudding,  Andre's Coq au Vin, and Jailbreak Potatoes, Goldy faces the shock of a second murder closer to home. Suddenly she must find the ingredients of a mystery that includes the dead contractor's unwholesome past, a food saboteur, the theft of four historical cookbooks, and an overzealous D.A. who has suspended Goldy's detective husband Tom from the force. What she comes up with is the perfect recipe for murder. And Goldy may be the next one on the menu!

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You could die from reading one of Diane Mott Davidson's culinary mysteries: this one includes recipes for Jailbreak Potatoes (butter, whipping cream, freshly grated Parmesan cheese) and Labor Day Flourless Chocolate Cake with Berries, Melba Sauce, and White Chocolate Cream (butter, chocolate, eggs, sugar, whipping cream). So you might want to take both the recipes and Davidson's pinball machine-like plots in small bites. This time, caterer Goldy Schulz careens between the worlds of contracting and high fashion models, with bodies from both camps falling into the food. It's all in fun, and readers have been lapping up Davidson's merry mélanges with increasing appetite. Catering to Nobody, The Cereal Murders, Dying for Chocolate, The Grilling Season, Killer Pancake, and The Main Corpse are available on the paperback menu. --Dick Adler

From Publishers Weekly

In the markedly lighthearted eighth outing (after The Grilling Season, 1997), Aspen Meadows, Colo., caterer Goldy Schulz is ousted from her kitchen. Bilked, like many other residents, by local contractor Gerald Eliot, her workplace in a shambles, she agrees to help her old teacher, Chef Andre, as he caters a Christmas catalogue fashion shoot. On the way home from the acrimonious set, she stops by to visit her friend Cameron Burr, whose house has also been ravaged by Eliot. Searching for a coffee pot, she discovers Eliot's dead body. At the scene, the police find one of four cookbooks that had been stolen from the museum where Eliot was a part-time guard. Goldy's husband, Tom (a cop), has a confrontation with his rude and politically ambitious boss and is suspended from the force while charges of insubordination are investigated. Compounding Goldy's problems is an aggressive new local caterer who seems bent on stealing Goldy's clients. When Andre is killed, Goldy slips into her super-detective mode to find out who murdered two such disparate victims and why the antique cookbooks were stolen. Despite the accumulation of bad news, Goldy retains her optimism. Davidson laces her frothy tale with 11 calories-be-damned recipes likely to keep readers satisfied on the gustatory front as well as the narrative one. Simultaneous BDD audio; author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars at the top of her form Aug. 26 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Prime Cut" is Diane Mott Davidson at the top of her form, and the recipes---although fattening and non-too healthy!---are scrumptious in this book. Goldy's grand-spanking-new kitchen is left in a mess by an unreliable contractor, so she is catering "on the road" and has a contract for lunches for a group of fashion models at a catalogue shoot.
This tale of murder in the Rockies, served up in great form by Davidson, will keep you turning pages till the end. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars tasty goulash of mystery and recipes Feb. 14 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have to admit, I enjoy the Goldy (Bear) Schulz character and especially like the recipes. Goldy is not facing off against a rival that has a backer with deep pockets. Her hubby gets suspended without pay, her kitchen, her source of livihood and sanity, is trashed. And than there are the murders.
Read the book to find out how Goldy gets out of this one and what new culinary dishes she has come up with - if you like a murder mystery and cooking, you'll love this book (as well as the others in the seiries).
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best in the series. Oct. 3 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
PRIME CUT is perhaps the eighth in the series that started with CATERING TO NOBODY. And this is one of the best. A good, solid story with a lot of side stories for color. It's a bit too long for me, at 368 pages, but it held my interest throughout. This enjoyable series just keeps getting better. It's not essential, but it will help if you read them in order -- esp. in the case of this one, because several characters show up from past books and play significant roles. (But you'll get by just fine either way.) This time there are lots of goings-on with Goldy and her friends, and also lots behind the scenes and in historical flashbacks. There are plenty of nogoodnik characters to spice up the action. Why was there a break-in at the museum? What's that got to do with the dead guy? Will Goldy be able to save her catering business? Ha! Read it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Delight to Read Aug. 12 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was chosen for my monthly reading group and I was amazed on how I enjoyed this book so much. I found the characters very entertaining and the story held my interest. Plus the recipes sounded so good it was hard to stay on my diet. I intend to read the whole series and I would recommend this book highly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better books in the series July 12 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In the last two years, I've been reading (or re-reading) the Goldy series in order. I strongly urge anyone considering reading these books to try to read them in order also. Quite simply, half of the fun of this series is following Goldy, Tom, Arch, Julian, Marla and the rest of the gang as their lives evolve. Sure, DMD provides sketchy background fillers, but it really helps to know what has happened in the past to understand the present in this book.
That being said, this is a good read. The book is broken up into more or less equal parts of Goldy's home life (Tom's suspended and decides to remodel the kitchen, Julian's back and Marla's being audited, and Arch is talking about finding a girlfriend); trying to salvage her business against a ruthless new competitor; and poking her nose into the murders of (1)the contractor who trashed her kitchen and, then, (2) her cooking mentor. Lots of the action takes place in an old homesteader's cabin - the site of a catalog modeling shoot which was also the site of the murders. Goldy is feeding the models and starts to wonder.
As a Colorado resident, I continue to enjoy this series. DMD does a nice job in this book of working a little bit of local history into modern day life in Colorado. Skimpy models wearing lingerie in a homesteader's cabin in the mountains. Just thinking about it....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Promising Aug. 17 2000
By Helen
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was my first read of any part of this series. I found the main characters warm and engaging and this alone will ensure that I locate and read the rest of this series.
The plotting however was loose and confusing and the motivation of the "bad guys" equally unclear. Nevertheless, it was an interesting and fun read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't quite measure up..... July 15 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The series of Mott Davidson's mysteries featuring Goldy the caterer is among my favorites. But I've come to expect a bit more of her than what I read in "Prime Cut". The story revolves around the murder of a shyster contractor, Goldy's current catering assignment at a modeling shoot, and the historical museum in her Colorado town. In her defense, I will chalk part of it up to outside distractions as I did not have as much to devote to reading this book as I would have liked. But even so, the book seemed choppy to me. I enjoyed it, but only because I've already come to know and love Goldy and the other recurring characters such as Tom, Goldy's "lawman" husband; Marla, her well-dressed and even better-fed best friend; and Julian Teller, her vegetarian apprentice. However, I would not recommend that "Prime Cut" be the first Goldy mystery you read, lest it discourage you from reading her earlier, and in my opinion, more engrossing books. The characters in this one seemed one-dimensional and hard to get a handle on. Even the ones I KNEW I was supposed to like, such as Andre, Goldy's mentor, and Cameron Burr, a friend erroneously accused of the murder, left me apathetic. And as for the various women popping in and out of the modeling shoots and the artifact museum....who the heck WERE they? Even after finishing the book, I couldn't have told you. The final solution to the mystery, though, was imaginative and fun. I still love Goldy, and can't wait to dive into "Tough Cookie", which, as a matter of fact, awaits me on my nightstand.....
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