Fatally Flaky Mass Market Paperback – Apr 13 2010
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“Another winning entry in Davidson’s mouthwatering series.” (Publishers Weekly)
From the Back Cover
Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz encounters bridezilla—and murder—in another delectable novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Revenge, Dark Tort, and Double Shot.
It's been a long, rainy summer for Goldy Schulz, who is engaged in planning wedding receptions for what seems to be all of Aspen Meadow. It's bad enough that Billie Attenborough, the bride from hell, wants to move the location to the Gold Gulch Spa just a scant two days before tying the knot to her doctor fiancé. Then Doc Finn, best friend of Goldy's godfather Jack, is killed when his car tumbles into a ravine. But Jack thinks Doc was murdered because of research he was doing at the spa—allegations that are confirmed when Jack himself is attacked.
So Goldy dons chef's whites and goes undercover at the spa. Add in the obstreperous owner, who years ago tried to sabotage Goldy's fledgling business, and she's got her hands full.
Above all, there seems to be a clever killer on the spa grounds, watching her every move. After what befell Jack, Goldy knows that she might be next. Catering weddings, and cooking low-fat food, could be killing her—literally.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Ms. Davidson's books often have unpleasant elements in them, including bad behavior, boorish manners, self-absorption to the point of harming others, over-indulgences, and stop-at-nothing mono-manias. In the earlier books in the series, there was an obligatory scene where Goldy was beaten up pretty badly. Fortunately, the violence is more muted toward Goldy in this book. But you'll meet a lot of very unpleasant characters. If you can laugh at them, you'll enjoy the book. If you feel like you are at the party, you won't enjoy the reading nearly as much.
As with the fourteen prior books in the series, there's murder afoot and no one will solve the crimes until Goldy sticks her fork in. As background, Goldy's godfather, Jack Carmichael, has unexpectedly moved across the street . . . much to the annoyance of his son who thinks Goldy is trying to get her hands on the family money. Jack's a "recovering" lawyer with lots of money and a yet to smoke, drink, and fish while claiming to be redoing his house. He's also casually dating Billie's mom . . . which helps set up some interesting complications for Goldy's catering.
Jack really likes to hang out with his old buddy, Doc Finn, who shares a love for drinking and fishing. When Doc is killed, Jack starts acting very mysteriously. He won't confide in Goldy . . . but that's okay with her. She's got her hands full with Billie who at the last minute picks the local spa as a wedding venue while increasing the guest list by 50 percent. Goldy couldn't think of a worse place to hold a wedding: The owner has a history of being an enemy and now he continually insults her and tries to sabotage her reputation. Oops!
Billie's wedding brings matters to a head . . . and turns Goldy loose looking for the key to the heart of the mystery. In the last third of the book, she gradually unravels what's been going on . . . with some surprising findings about the key characters. All in all, it's a mind-bending proposition.
As usual, the book includes some recipes. I was intrigued by the ones for Fatally Flaky Cookies, Totally Unorthodox Coeur à la Crème, and Arch's Flapjacks. Don't plan to lose any weight after eating these yummy sounding treats.
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I will mention one thing I haven't seen in the reviews, though I haven't read all of them. The copy editing in the Kindle editions of ALL the books is atrocious. There are obviously incorrect words scattered about liberally; "tonight," is constantly "to night," "the" occurs instead of "there," and so on. On occasion it gets so bad that it's difficult to parse the phrase affected! There's no excuse for this ... in this age of computerized text, does NOBODY actually read the final product before it's released?
Love that she puts recipes in with the story at the back. I try them as well. Practical and I have already made my own out of them. Gives me additional versatility to the things I already like to eat.
To me, it seemed that DMD relied on the fact that most readers know the main characters - Goldy, Tom, Arch, Marla, Julian - so they were sketched in and none of them were developed any further in this book. Instead the author focused on a bunch of new characters that were central to the plot, and probably none of them will appear in any later installments. I guess that is my main quibble with this book - it is too plot-driven and insufficiently character-driven.
I also want to mention that my Kindle edition had a number of typos and editorial errors.
I enjoy this series and certainly will not stop reading it, but this one was kind of a miss for me. When I came to the end and saw the list of books in the series, I was surprised at its length. I'm sure it's quite a challenge to keep it fresh. Also, the way they eat and down espresso (particularly Goldy in the latter case), I'm thinking they are maybe not the picture of health. It's ironic that much of this book was set in a health spa where the food was low-calorie, if not appealing, and Goldy and her crew "fixed" that situation in large part by trucking in a lot of higher-calorie ingredients (cream! ice cream! chocolate lace cookies!)