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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (July 30 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006052734X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060527341
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #331,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Bestseller Davidson is at the top of her form in her 14th culinary suspense novel to feature Colorado crime-solving caterer Goldy Schulz (after 2006's Dark Tort). As the Christmas season approaches, Goldy is thrilled to be catering not only a breakfast for the local library but also an elegant dinner for Hermie and Smithfield MacArthur, rich Southern transplants to Aspen Meadow. But when the body of Drew Wellington, the disgraced former DA, turns up in the library, Goldy is once again forced to put her recipes on the back burner and find the murderer. Discovering that Wellington was dabbling in antique map collecting, Goldy must track down a priceless map and steer clear of Wellington's fellow collectors, ex-girlfriends and clients. Further complicating matters are sightings of the allegedly deceased Sandee Brisbane, the young woman accused of murdering Goldy's ex-husband and then supposedly perishing in a forest fire. Readers will happily sink their teeth into Goldy's latest case and come away hungry for more. 11-city author tour.
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Diane Mott Davidson is the author of sixteen bestselling novels. She divides her time between Colorado and Florida.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 10 2007
Format: Hardcover
With the annoying and tired character of the Jerk (Goldy Schulz's ex-husband) gone, Diane Mott Davidson had an opportunity to create a new, improved direction for the series. Unfortunately, Ms. Davidson chose to change almost nothing . . . especially in keeping the catering clients (and guests) from hell and adding a new source of physical threats for Goldy. Why is it that Ms. Davidson cannot write a book without physical violence aimed at this character? I would like the series much better if Ms. Davidson could resist that particular temptation.

On the one hand, Sweet Revenge has a couple of appealing elements that fans of the series will like: Goldy has never done a better job of balancing the roles of mom, wife, friend, caterer, source for the sheriff's department, and detective; and Ms. Davidson presents us with a victim you'll love to hate. On the other hand, the plot is peculiarly convoluted and the mystery isn't mysterious enough to keep most readers interested. The plot seems unusually far-fetched. The recipes, however, are fun and will put you in the holiday spirit. Noteworthy offerings include Bleak House Bars, Unorthodox Shepherd's Pie, and Door-Prize Gingerbread.

At the end of Dark Tort, Sandee Brisbane admitted to killing the Jerk, who had raped her when she was a teen. Leaping into the inferno of a raging forest fire, Sandee was presumed dead . . . but no one ever found her remains. Why, then, is Goldy seeing someone who reminds her of Sandee driving . . . and later near a murder victim?

Being civic minded, Goldy agrees to cater the holiday celebration breakfast for the staff and volunteers of the Aspen Meadow library on a nonprofit basis.
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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 27 2007
Format: Hardcover
Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz had a lot to be grateful for as the holidays approached. She had 25 parties to cater in the month of December, and Hermie MacArthur, who, along with her husband, are wealthy additions to the Aspen Meadow's Regal Ridge Country Club area asked her to take charge of two very important events. This was even more jingle for Goldy's holiday stocking. Hermie's husband, Smithfield, collected antique maps, very expensive ones. That's fine with Goldy, she's quite used to rich eccentrics.

All of this seems too good to be true - and it is because as Goldy says, "A month before Christmas, I saw a ghost." Granted the ghost is a very attractive one. Nonetheless, the apparition appears to Goldy to be Sandee Brisbane, not only a woman presumed dead but the woman who murdered Goldy's former husband, aka the Jerk.

Goldy takes great pleasure in arranging the table for an event she is catering. So, she takes her time viewing the set-up for breakfast at the Aspen Meadows Library, but all that comes to a quick halt when the body of former DA, Drew Wellington is found in a corner of the Library. He definitely was not on her menu - nor was the expensive antique map found along with him. Always perceptive and one to heed her intuition she believes that the thought to be late not very great Sandee and Drew are mixed up in a pot of trouble, perhaps a poisonous concoction for her.

With her 14th culinary caper, author Davidson's plot simmers as temptingly as Goldy's stews. Plus, readers receive more original recipes, including Unorthodox Shepherd's Pie, Prudent Potatoes au Gratin, Chuzzlewit Cheese Pie, Bleak Bouse Bars, and Got-a-Hot-Date Bars.


- Gail Cooke
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85 of 99 people found the following review helpful
Can't believe it's the same author Sept. 18 2007
By Holly - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have read every book in this series and have enjoyed each and every one -- until now. The books have always been entertaining, fun and light-hearted. This one was slow-moving and full of filler. It seemed like the author needed to produce a specific number of pages and didn't have enough material to do so. The solution -- recap over and over what had happened so far in the story. While a summation at various points can be helpful to the reader, every few pages Goldy (the main character) would "review what she knew so far". That review was always good for filling up the page but did nothing to advance the story. I found myself extremely impatient with the device since I lost count of how many times it was done. Many pages were also devoted to taking her son Arch and his friends to the snowboarding recreation area. There are only so many times I can read about planning on going, preparing to go, driving to the recreation area, planning on picking him up, loading the equipment in the van and driving back home or arranging for someone else to take him since Goldy was busy. FYI -- if you got impatient with reading that last sentence, think about it taking pages throughout the book to describe !!

In addition, the characters weren't developed in any fashion. Tom (Goldy's husband) spent the entire book enveloping her in big bear hugs and fussing at her for interfering. Her son Arch spent the entire book making sarcastic comments and being a general irritant.

I don't know if Goldy has run her coarse and needs to be retired, but more books of this quality diminish what has been an outstanding series. Either improve the quality or end it gracefully !
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
This is the last one I read... and I mean it March 5 2008
By Smeddley - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Do you ever find yourself reading a series and you just can't stop? Even though you're no longer truly enjoying it? I've found myself in that rut with this series. The first few I read (admittedly, I started out of order) were fine, but then as the series wore on Goldy got on my nerves more and more... her over-indulged son, Arch, during his `rebellious' nasty teen tantrums, running over her, all the lamenting about the abuse by her ex... it got tiresome. The character came across as whiney and pathetic. I think to mention it once or twice, sure, but to beat it into the ground over and over became so tedious that I just had to put the series down.

But for some reason I picked it up again. Out of habit? I'm not sure, but the first 100 pages of this book took me a long time to get through. I had to keep setting it down because Goldy annoyed me so very much. Even Tom, her loving husband, irritated me in this book. He came across as... arrogant. Once the actual mystery started, I was able to read it mostly for that and plowed my way through the book (though the people who kept coming to Goldy for help because she `solves crime' was trite and unrealistic... I think I'm getting more and more annoyed with the amateur sleuth series that seem to imply a regular person is so much smarter and more equipped to solve murders than, say, the police force. And Goldy's false modesty didn't ring true or sit well, either.). I think I'd give the mystery portion of the book four stars (a pretty decent cozy) and the characters a single star. Technically that averages out to two-and-a-half, but I'm rounding down. Maybe I'll be smart enough to not even start the next one.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Flat and Uninteresting Sept. 10 2007
By Kathy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Diane Mott Davidson needs to hang up Goldie's apron. This latest edition to the series is flat and uninteresting. I found myself rooting for the "bad guys" to finish Goldie off. The characters have no personality and are becoming dislikeable, particularly Arch. The scenes and the discussions between the characters are disjointed. The author uses question marks indiscriminantly and frequently; which became irritating (which lets you know the plot was not holding my interest). This edition has put me off the "Goldie" series permanently.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Goldy Needs To Grow Up May 8 2009
By Lisa Small - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Like several of the other one-star reviewers, I've been reading this series out of habit. I also confess to an interest in seeing how the character of Julian turns out. I don't always like Marla, but I enjoy her weight and her wealth as something different among the genre's usual sidekicks.

I am thoroughly sick of Goldy Bear Schulz, though. Davidson lost me a few books back in the installment in which Goldy suspects her husband of infidelity and then proceeds to be unfaithful to HIM (though not sexually) in truly spectacular ways, lying, sneaking, committing felonies of her own, and finally getting someone killed because she impersonated a police officer -- without Davidson seeming to have any personal moral awareness of her character's horrific conduct.

Goldy's just as criminal and neurotic in this episode. She steals a car, with no thought of how this will reflect on her husband if she's caught. She's still freaky about her 15-year-old son, overreacting to his every mood, nagging and brooding and generally carrying on as if he were a toddler instead of three years from emancipation. In the first few pages of the book, she cleans up a crime scene while the police are on the way, removing all evidence of the attack for which she called them!

Goldy continues to be abusive to the people she supposedly loves by endlessly lying to them about all things, large and small, and recklessly embarrassing them. A lot of the lying is simply childish. Example: ' "I'm fine," I declared, although in truth, I ached from what was now the third bust-up I'd had that day. Which had been worse, crashing [someone's] car, rolling to the creek bank, or being assaulted at a ski area?'

All three of these were depicted as creating potentially life-threatening head injuries, but Goldy lies to her doctor (!!!!) as well as her family and slogs on. Is this supposed to make us think she's brave? Admirable? No, she's a moron.

And obviously I am too, because I'll probably read new installments just to see how Julian's character turns out, but I'm smart enough to get them from the library.

Ms. Davidson, PLEASE allow Goldy to grow up. She's worse than a teenager right now. And her desperate, degrading sucking up to clients along with melodramatic nervousness about whether they'll like her work is something out of a bad 1950's sitcom. Evolve past it, please. She can be interesting without being a flake. You can depict the compromises service professionals have to make with unreasonable demands without turning Goldy into a complete lickspittle.

She should stand up for herself with dignity, not histrionic hysterics. She should treat her husband with respect and honesty, as if she took him seriously as a person instead of a caricature of Desi Arnaz: "LuuuuuUUUUUCY!!" He's her husband, not her warder. And for heaven's sake, moderate her obsession about with her son! It's getting really creepy!

Apologies for any hurt feelings; after all, these books sell very well and this is just one person's opinion.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
I miss my DMD sweet indulgences Oct. 16 2007
By Bookylooky - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Goldy Bear mysteries have been one of my favorite mystery series. I would look forward to loosing myself in the pages that went into great detail about the cooking of the recipes and found myself salivating as they were described. In the last few books DMD has moved farther and farther from the roots with which she started this series. The cooking
and recipes are now just a filler device that barely get more than just a mention. In the early DMD books the recipes were included in the section of the book where they were refered to and I would linger over them as Goldy described how she developed the recipe, steps in the cooking of it and lushious descriptions of how they tasted. The recipes are now listed in the back of the book, which may be easier for finding them, but takes part of the fun out of the book in my opinion.

I had to force myself to finish this book. The plot was so stupid, map dealers are in no way interesting. The new characters brought in to move the plot never seemed like real people and they were all bad or had questionable motives. They were never fleshed out. The regular cast of characters were flat and dull and predictable. The descriptive element was also poorly done. With such a beautiful backrop, you'd think DMD would include it more in her writing.

I have been at a DMD book signing and heard her speak and she is an amazing, intelligent and funny woman. I know she is capable of so much more than this book would lead one to believe. I will continue to hope that the next book in this series will be better. But I won't automatically pre-order as I have done in the past. Please DMD, go back to your original style!

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