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on April 19, 2001
I have always found Diane Mott Davidson's 'heroine', the caterer Goldy Schultz to be willfully dysfunctional - putting herself in harm's way constantly, dealing foolishly with her abusive ex-husband and tolerating and encouraging the sullen and rude behavior of her adolescent son. This book is set at a ski area. Among all of those acknowledgements at the beginning of the book, wouldn't you think that Ms. Davidson could find one person who knows enough about skiing to correct at least the most egregious errors about the sport?
Her sneaky underhanded ways of gathering 'evidence' with no respect for the law or individual rights are beyond tolerating. Perhaps the smarmy references to churchgoing are supposed to encourage forgiveness for these lapses. We are further treated to recipes with ground beef and Velveeta. Maybe hamburger helper is gourmet food where she comes from and it is a nice change from the heart stopping cream and butter laden recipes of her past books, but really - don't bother with this book if you eat or if you ski, it is too annoying.
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on May 12, 2001
I don't recommend this book to any serious fan of detective stories. Neither an Agatha Christie nor a Julia Childs, Ms Davidson creates a pedestrian work of fiction overly loaded with kitchen trivia and out of context recipies that lack most of the ingredients for a solid "who done it." Indeed, my reaction at the end was more like who cares who done it. Perhaps there are some useful hints for the budding chef but for me, I'll not bother with another of her books.
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