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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that keeps interest building.
Goldy is at top form in this wonderful addition to the series. She must deal not only with a son in the beginning throes of a first time relationship with a girl but also a friend being possibly used by the girls older sister. The characters come out in force for or against our heroine in many ways, shapes and forms. A competitor who uses every means to discredit...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't quite measure up.....
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...
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better books in the series, July 12 2001
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Carol Peterson Hennekens (Colorado Springs, CO United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Prime Cut (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 Didn't quite measure up....., July 15 2000
This review is from: Prime Cut (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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4.0 out of 5 stars Something for the gourmet cook!, March 20 2000
This review is from: Prime Cut (Mass Market Paperback)
I have two great hobbies...cooking and reading. Diane Mott Davidson's books featuring Goldy Schulz just about covers all my bases! How else could I be entertained AND gather new recipes with such clear instructions and hints for success. The plot is predictable, sometimes silly...pure escapism intermingled with not so subtle pulls on one's hunger. I'll bet there is no one who doesn't get up and make a snack for themselves while reading one of these books about a caterer and sometime detective. The settings also are appealing...the Colorado Rockies, log cabins, cold, crisp air... Davidson writes sensually...and yet her characters react like real people. Especially Goldy when faced with a group of thin and starving models. Andre' her old chef cooking teacher is perfect foil for her in this book. There are cooking disasters, people hanging from beams..missing collectible cookbooks...which will hit home with anyone who collects books. If you want a good, quick read...and don't mind being getting the munchies...read Davidson's newest book.."Prime Cut"...
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4.0 out of 5 stars All too real., March 12 2000
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I am intrigued as I read the reviews of this book by how many reviewers commented on the 'character flaws' they saw in "Prime Cut" and how few commented on the novel itself. I think there's a reason for this. Anyone who has lived and worked in a small town knows that life can be pretty pedestrian by Big Apple standards, and so it would seem that this plot (high fashion novels, real estate developments, politics, and life among the greedy rich) might be pretty fantastic stuff for a small, sleepy mountain town. But the element of fantasy doesn't hold for the characters: Goldie, our erstwhile heroine, has a temper, a big mouth, and a fear of her teenage son; Arch, her son, is greeting his manhood with bravado and hormones; Tom, her policeman-husband, is making a terrible mess in the kitchen with his carpetry attempts; and many of the other characters are like some of our own neighbors--ill tempered, boorish, and not too bright. The novel LOOKS like fantasy, and SOUNDS like real life, an incongruous combination. It's got several plot lines to keep us reading and racing to the end, and some delectable recipes which will slow us down and clog our arteries. In the last analysis it's a delightful dessert: a smooth creme brulee with a tint of tangy citrus, as Goldie would say.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another delicious visit to Aspen Meadow, Colorado!, Feb. 9 1999
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Nancy A. Fox (West Covina, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Prime Cut (Hardcover)
Goldy the Caterer is back in another fun mystery by Diane Mott Davidson. Goldy becomes embroiled in yet another mystery in her town of Aspen Meadow, CO., when she discovers the dead body of the unscrupulous contractor that had made a mess of her kitchen. She decides she has to solve the mystery when a dear friend of hers is arrested for the murder and her teacher is found dead under suspicious circumstances.
One of the main ingredients in this series is the rich background involving Goldy's friends and family. We get to catch up with best friend Marla, husband Tom, and son Arch. This book also features the welcome return of border and vegetarian chef in training, Julian Teller. We also discover how Goldy's ex husband (the Jerk) can still make life difficult for Goldy, even when he's in jail.
A fast and fun read. Speaking as a museum worker and volunteer, my one complaint is that the folks involved at the local history museum are just a little too mellow, and relaxed about what happens at the museum. As always, I enjoyed my latest visit to Goldy's kitchen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that keeps interest building., Oct. 11 1998
This review is from: Prime Cut (Hardcover)
Goldy is at top form in this wonderful addition to the series. She must deal not only with a son in the beginning throes of a first time relationship with a girl but also a friend being possibly used by the girls older sister. The characters come out in force for or against our heroine in many ways, shapes and forms. A competitor who uses every means to discredit Goldy and can't compete on his own, finds an incredible allie in the most unlikely place. The recipes she uses to solve a murder or two are so mouthwatering you want to take each one and savor it as you do the story. Goldies relationship with her husband takes on more dimension and reality as he does what any husband would do for his wife in her time of trial, he builds something for her. His own problems are pushed aside as he takes it upon him self to help Goldies business. An added bonus is the return of a friend to help Goldie in her time of trouble.The fact that she knows the murder victims is part of the reason Goldie must solve this mystery. Her insights into human behavior as seen through her cooking make these books especially wonderful to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to a wonderful series, Aug. 23 1998
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This review is from: Prime Cut (Hardcover)
Unscrupulous caterer Craig Litchfield is trying to drive competitor Goldy's Catering out of business. However, Goldy is fortunate that at a time when solvency is at question, she has a paying customer. Goldy's spouse has been suspended without pay due to a dispute with the District Attorney. Additionally, Goldy's kitchen is a disaster after being trashed by an unethical contractor, George Eliot, who has fleeced other clients. However, her former mentor, Chef Andre Hibband, hires her to service a fashion shoot at the Merciful Migrations Cabin.

When George is found murdered, the DA feels he has an open and shut case. Goldy knows the prime suspect well and disagrees with the law enforcement officials. However, when Andre is found dead, an apparent heart attack victim, Goldy sees a link between the two deaths. What she does not know is that the words of the town's most infamous criminal (who has been dead for several decades) provides the answer to the puzzle, but anyone caught trying to decipher them becomes the next target of a killer.

Don't read this book on an empty stomach because the recipes are more delicious and fattening than the usual incredible fare that has made Diane Mott Davidson famous. PRIME CUT is a delighhtful Goldy culinary mystery that readers will enjoy immensely because of the refreshing, intricate, and absorbing story line. Sub-genre fans will relish Ms. Davidson's latest culinary delight.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another culinary delight-Davidson's mysteries are great, Aug. 23 1998
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This review is from: Prime Cut (Hardcover)
Unscrupulous caterer Craig Litchfield is trying to drive competitor Goldy's Catering out of business. However, Goldy is fortunate that at a time when solvency is at question, she has a paying customer. Goldy's spouse has been suspended without pay due to a dispute with the District Attorney. Additionally, Goldy's kitchen is a disaster after being trashed by an unethical contractor, George Eliot, who has fleeced other clients. However, her former mentor, Chef Andre Hibband, hires her to service a fashion shoot at the Merciful Migrations Cabin.
When George is found murdered, the DA feels he has an open and shut case. Goldy knows the prime suspect well and disagrees with the law enforcement officials. However, when Andre is found dead, an apparent heart attack victim, Goldy sees a link between the two deaths. What she does not know is that the words of the town's most infamous criminal(who has been dead for several decades)provides the answer to the puzzle, but anyone caught trying to decipher them becomes the next target of a killer.
Don't read this book on an empty stomach because the recipes are more delicious and fattening than the usual incredible fare that has made Diane Mott Davidson famous. PRIME CUT is a delighhtful Goldy culinary mystery that readers will enjoy immensely because of the refreshing, intricate, and absorbing story line. Sub-genre fans will relish Ms. Davidson's latest culinary delight.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delicious culinary mystery, Aug. 20 1998
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This review is from: Prime Cut (Hardcover)
Unscrupulous caterer Craig Litchfield is trying to drive competitor Goldy's Catering out of business. However, Goldy is fortunate that at a time when solvency is at question, she has a paying customer. Goldy's spouse has been suspended without pay due to a dispute with the District Attorney. Additionally, Goldy's kitchen is a disaster after being trashed by an unethical contractor, George Eliot, who has fleeced other clients. However, her former mentor, Chef Andre Hibband, hires her to service a fashion shoot at the Merciful Migrations Cabin.

When George is found murdered, the DA feels he has an open and shut case. Goldy knows the prime suspect well and disagrees with the law enforcement officials. However, when Andre is found dead, an apparent heart attack victim, Goldy sees a link between the two deaths. What she does not know is that the words of the town's most infamous criminal (who has been dead for several decades) provides the answer to the puzzle, but anyone caught trying to decipher them becomes the next target of a killer.

Don't read this book on an empty stomach because the recipes are more delicious and fattening than the usual incredible fare that has made Diane Mott Davidson famous. PRIME CUT is a delighhtful Goldy culinary mystery that readers will enjoy immensely because of the refreshing, intricate, and absorbing story line. Sub-genre fans will relish Ms. Davidson's latest culinary delight.

Harriet Klausner
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1.0 out of 5 stars Leaves a bad taste in my mouth!, Dec 10 1999
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Doris Westfall (St. Charles, Mo USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Prime Cut (Hardcover)
I really enjoyed the other books in this series but this one was a big disappointment. I kept asking myself why I was reading this book as it was BORING! The story was very convoluted, disjointed and hard to follow and not at all probable. She is talking about one issue and then throws in some ramblings of being a member of the Board of Theological Examiners for the local Episcopal Diocese. If she wants to tout her Episcopal affiliation that's fine (I'm an Episcopalian too) but let it have some relavence to the story! That her son, a 14 yr.old would know some navaho and all about encryption is very far fetched-let Arch go out and play! This one had none of the charm of the early works. Her husband calling her Ms. G every time I blinked was getting very old. All in all save your money, but if you feel compelled to waste it buy the paperback.
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