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I like this seiries of books but was not real happy with this particular one. The recipes, as always, are terrific, but the dynamics between Arch and Goldy makes me want to point somebody in the direction of family counseling.
The plot of the story is that it appears that Goldy's abusive exhusband has murdered his current girlfriend. Arch, her son, gets angry because he feeld Goldy and Tom don't want to help the "Jerk". This seems a bit difficult to swallow because I would have thought Arch would have seen the after effects of Goldy's abuse - the broken thumb, the black eyes, the bruises. You can't hide something like that from a child, they can tell something is going on. So that the "Jerk" would ba a good non-abusive father yet a horrible abusive husband doesn't seem to work for me. Nor does Arch's anger at his mother for what her perceives as her failure to try to clear his father's name.
If you're working thru the complete seiries (as I am), you will have to make this stop. I don't think you'll enjoy it as much as the other books, but the recipes may make up for it.
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on August 25, 2000
This is the author's latest offer in her cordon bleu series about Goldy Schulz, an expert chef and caterer. Divorced from an abusive first husband, she has recently remarried. Her new husband is kind and supportive, a homicide investigator at the sheriff's department. Although she has been divorced from John Patrick, an obstetrician, for many years, Goldy, who has a teenage son from her first marriage, also has a heap of unresolved business to work through. She must carry this baggage with her as she attempts to solve the murder of her ex's girlfriend, Suz Craig. Suz, the executive vice-president of the local HMO, has many enemies. So the answers don't come easily after John Patrick is arrested for the murder. Spurred on by their son, who is convinced that his father is innocent, Goldy reluctantly investigates the murder. Although she is secretly happy that her ex is finally in jail where he belongs, at least for acts of violence against her, Goldy begins to question John Patrick's guilt. Burdened by her friendship with Patricia, who is close to a breakdown and seeking revenge for the loss of a newborn she blames on Goldy's ex, Goldy attempts to solve the mystery of who murdered Suz Craig. That is, when she is not creating recipes, cooking and baking, and catering to local patrons in need of her services. What bothers this reviewer about Goldy is her inability to move on. She has a wonderful husband with whom she claims to feel safe, a successful business, and a son she adores, but she remains a victim in her relationship with John Patrick, allowing him to continue to emotionally and physically abuse her without retribution. Get some counseling, Goldy. What bothers me about the book itself is the attention to cooking and baking and recipe-making--not my cup of tea, but for some readers, it may be just what they're looking for, an entertaining mystery spiced up with actual recipes and cooking hints interspersed in the plot.
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on April 6, 1998
Goldy's latest adventure is once again laced with wonderful sounding recipes and a mystery that I didn't quite have figured out till the very end. But Grilling Season is not up to par with Davidson's previous books. I missed the frequent interactions with the town's interesting characters. This story was heavily preoccupied with Goldy and the abusive Jerk; missing was humor and joy in Goldy's life. I wanted more of Tom and Marla and even the town's cigarette smoking/Jolt drinking "investigative reporter". And we were tantalizing introduced to some new characters only to never return to them (I hope to see more of Amy). And what is it with Arch!? Why does Goldy - wonderful, caring mother that she is - allow him to verbally berate her that way?! But by all means read this latest installment by Davidson; I'm looking forward to the next book.
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on June 12, 2000
The audio version of the Grilling Season was given to me as a present. It's introduced me to an interesting new mystery writer and a wonderful new voice. This is the first Goldy mystery I've heard and DMD gives her a full and interesting life. A new husband, a difficult adolescent son, a threatening ex and a host of secondary characters give wonderful flavor to the story. The plot isn't for those interested in intricate twists and turns. But her writing is refreshing and captivating. The story is spiced by the voice of the reader, Cherry Jones, who really gives spirit and dimension to all the characters, but especially to Goldy. Cherry gives each character an individual voice, but really seems to understand the heart and head of Goldy. Maybe there's a movie here, starring Ms Jones?
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on August 26, 2003
Hard-working caterer Goldy Schulz still manages to put her recipes together and deliver food to her clients while pondering whether her ex-husband, John Robert Korman, alias "the Jerk", has murdered his girlfriend. This is the seventh of the excellent culinary mystery series by Diane Mott Davidson, and the pacing, the plot, and the well-drawn characters, most of all plucky, likable Goldy, will draw you in.
Like all Davidson's books, this one is a satisfying read, especially for women. The inner lives of the people involved are convincingly and sympathetically presented, and the relationships she describes seem authentic. Recommended.
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on January 29, 2000
This is only the second Mott-Davidson book I've read, and I love her characters and the author's sense of humor. She is really, really funny. While the plot wasn't brilliant, it was good enough. It kept me turning the pages and guessing who done it until the end. However, the caterer's kid Arch needs an attitude overhaul. What an absolute brat! First Goldy is abused by the jerk, and now she's getting psychological abuse from a 14-year old? PUH-LEASE. Spare me. Goldy should sent Arch to boot camp or have him volunteer in an abused women's shelter so he can get a dose of the real world.
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on January 29, 2000
This is only the second Mott-Davidson book I've read, and I love her characters and the author's sense of humor. She is really, really funny. While the plot wasn't brilliant, it was good enough. It kept me turning the pages and guessing who done it until the end. However, the caterer's kid Arch needs an attitude overhaul. What an absolute brat! First Goldy is abused by the jerk, and now she's getting psychological abuse from a 14-year old? PUH-LEASE. Spare me. Goldy should sent Arch to boot camp or have him volunteer in an abused women's shelter so he can get a dose of the real world.
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on February 3, 1999
Diane Mott Davidson is back on track with this entry in the Goldy the caterer series. This time Goldy discovers the dead body of her abusive ex-husband's girlfriend. Her ex is also the prime suspect.
Goldy must wrestle with her conscience, as she sees an opportunity to finally have the Jerk (her ex-husband) get his comeuppance, and deals with her son's desire to prove his father innocent. Goldy decides to do what she does best, talk to people and try to discover the truth.
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on October 18, 1997
Davidson is an easy read. I eagerly await each of her new books. I find it difficult to second- guess her plots. The development of her relationships with the men in her life is a twisted path, but insteresting to read. The Grilling Season won't give you nightmares-- but then you will probably finish it before going to bed.
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on May 5, 2000
This was the second of Davidson's books that I have read. I really enjoyed it and I love the recipes in the book. This is just something that I have never seen before and it is fun to hear how she makes the items and then to see the actual recipe. A neat idea!
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