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Dark Tort: A Novel of Suspense Hardcover – Apr 11 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (April 11 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060527315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060527310
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #924,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of bestseller Davidson's delicious 13th culinary adventure featuring caterer Goldy Schulz (after 2004's Double Shot), Goldy stumbles over the body of neighbor Dusty Routt, a paralegal at Hanrahan & Jule, a boutique law firm in Aspen Meadow, Colo., with which Goldy has a lucrative contract to provide breakfasts and occasional lunches for its attorneys and well-heeled clients. By all accounts, Dusty's future was bright, no longer overshadowed by a tragic, poverty-stricken past. Her untimely death shatters her mother and grandfather, still reeling from the death of her brother while in police custody. When Dusty's mother, who distrusts the police, asks Goldy to investigate, the caterer feels she can't refuse. Between catering jobs, teaching son Arch how to drive and assuaging her own grief, Goldy chases down clues with the help of her policeman husband, Tom, and her catering partners. Though a few stones remain unturned (perhaps intentionally), Davidson delivers another entertaining whodunit with delectable recipes. (May)
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Caterer Goldy Schulz firmly believes that food is sustenance for the soul as well as the body. She has proved her theory in 12 previous mysteries, but she puts it to the test again in this delectable read. Arriving at a local law firm to ready breakfast for clients of one of the attorneys, she trips over the body of 20-year-old Dusty Routt, a young employee who lives down the street from Goldy. When Dusty's distraught mother, who has no faith in cops, begs Goldy to find out who killed her daughter, Goldy's curiosity kicks in, and she cobbles together a list of clues that lead back to the law firm and to paintings of food by artist Charlie Baker that decorate the firm's walls. The identity of the killer is a nice surprise, but a lot of the fun comes from the food. As usual, Davidson does more than just describe Goldy's yummy dishes; she gives us recipes (the "Strong-Arm Cookies" are exceptionally good). In the subgenre of foodie mysteries, Davidson remains the master chef. Stephanie Zvirin
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If you love to hate lawyers, you may well find this to be a five-star book. If you are a lawyer, well, I'm sure you'll enjoy the recipes.

For some time, I've been complaining that Ms. Davidson's novels too often treat Goldy Schulz like a punching bag. Thankfully, although Goldy has her share of accidents in this story, no one assaults her. For me, that was a major plus for this story. I hope Ms. Davidson will continue to show Goldy as a well-meaning klutz rather than as an abused woman.

How the mighty have fallen! Goldy finds herself depending on the good graces of a bunch of lawyers who don't thrill her . . . but who do like having great breakfasts, lunches and dinners at the office.

Arriving late one night to bake bread at the firm, Goldy trips and loses all of her ingredients over the reception area. But that's the least of the problem. She's just tripped over a dead woman who is her neighbor in the Habitat for Humanity house across the street. Goldy does her best to revive her friend, Dusty Routt, to no avail.

Dusty's mother is devastated by the news and begs Goldy to investigate the killing on her own. With Tom's forbearance, Goldy does just that . . . while carefully sharing what she learns with the sheriff's office.

In between, Goldy has a lot of catering to do, Arch is learning to drive (not very well), Gus and Arch are developing into a solid relationship as half brothers, Tom is learning to cook gourmet food for the family, and Goldy is puzzled by why some of artist-chef Charlie Baker's recipes don't work.

The investigation makes Goldy wish she wasn't investigating. It seems like Dusty may have been overindulging in her passion for older married men . . . and possibly running off with property that doesn't belong to her.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mesmerized by the luscious book jacket on DARK TORT, I picked up the hardback with my right hand, and ran my left fingertips over the face of the cool, smooth, brail effective jacket. I was more than ready to pick up on what this author had done subtly differently this time to continue infusing her stories with the edge and surge which had kept them riding tips of waves of cravings for culinary mysteries.

A riveting intensity in the opening scene of DARK TORT (the legal term for wrongful act, not "torte" as in pastry) was sparked by the first sentence of chapter one, page one. But what welded the rivets for me was the culinary catastrophe in the third paragraph:

"The bag of flour I was carrying slid from my hands and exploded on the carpet. Two jars of yeast plummeted onto the coffee table, where they burst into shards and powder. My last bottle of molasses sailed in a wide arc and cracked onto the receptionist's cherry-wood desk. A thick wave of sweet, dark liquid began a gluey descent across the phone console. My steel bowl of bread sponge catapulted out or my arms and hit the wall."

With each sensory impression in that paragraph having opened gateways into my mind, I would be reading onward with awakened interest.

The first 40 pages had the feel of a nightmare; I had half expected Goldy to suddenly point to her pillow, at a place to ponder about the dream, which would, of course, be a clue to a murder which would occur later, in the waking state.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Tort July 25 2016
By Irene Gardner - Published on
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Another super who-dunnit with Goldy working out the details of a crime. I like to read about the steps she takes to solve such complex murders. I'm on your team!
Not only was this a great read, it taught me about the other kind of "torts." I used to be a legal secretary.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cabot Cove's counterpart Colorado Caterer Oct. 1 2006
By TundraBee - Published on
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Reader Rosenblat's virtuosa vibrant voicing* of Diane Davidson's delectably Dark Tort is a divine drive-time diversion. Just like Jessica Fletcher's Cabot Cove, people keep dying surrounded by suspicious circumstances in the environs of Aspen, Colorado, home of Goldie (proprietor of Goldilock's Catering - where everything is Just Right) Schultz. This course in the Goldie banquet is well plotted, paced and populated with all the old gang and a tasty batch of newcomers from whom to select WhoDunnit: a den of iniquitious attorneys and Episcopalians!

The drawback of this, and any CD rendering (as compared to the archaic cassettes) is that, if one needs to turn one's attention elsewhere whilst driving and misses part, one has to go ALL THE WAY BACK to the beginning of that track, instead of being allowed to just flip the rewind switch to go back a few paragraphs or pages. :-( TundraVision, Amazon reviewer

*Is it just me, or does she, at times, sound like she could be Brenda Vaccaro's twin sister?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Expensive Recipe Book Aug. 26 2007
By 🌺 Lynne E. - Published on
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After gamely slogging through 232 pages of Goldy's feeling really, really bad about her friend Dusty's death, I skipped to the end. It turned out that two key characters hadn't been introduced in the first 232 pages (of 420), and that another character had only been shallowly introduced and characterized. Following the obligatory scene with Goldy's life being threatened, there followed a couple of pages of explanation of the perp's motivation that read like a plot outline. Too bad the book didn't live up to the outline!

The paperback places all of the recipes at the end of the book, instead of sprinkled through the text (which is a more interesting and fun arrangement). The recipes are the only thing that I can recommend--without having kitchen-tested any. However, I doubt that I will be purchasing another Davidson Culinary Mystery after having spent $7.99 for this turkey of a mystery novel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book Oct. 1 2016
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Lots of twists and turns. None of this authors books has ever disappointed me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
5.0 out of 5 stars Goldie is great May 22 2008
By N. L. Vollmer - Published on
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Noone can beat Diane Mott Davidson and her culinary mysteries. Just when you think Goldy is going to settle in to being a caterer, something else happens to turn her, once again, into a cunning sleuth. This one grabs you right from the first page. Imagine finding one of your best friends murdered. It may not be unusual for Goldy but will it ever stop?