The Main Corpse Hardcover – Sep 1 1996
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Goldy Korman, owner of Goldilocks Catering, prepares a beer and hors d'oeuvres celebration for a group of wealthy investors at the entrance to a gold mine. Fradulent assays, a missing company executive, mudslides, murder?and fabulous recipes?add up to delightful reading.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
An exceedingly wet spring in Aspen, Colorado, seems to have dampened the need for a caterer, so Davidson's caterer-sleuth Goldy Schulz is not in a position to refuse her friend Maria's urging to cater a reception for Prospect Financial Partners' wealthy investors at the Eurydice Gold Mine. Despite risks of rock and mud slides from the saturated ground, Goldy grimly hauls her equipment up into the mountains^--only to witness Maria openly engaged in verbal warfare with one of the company's partners over the validity of an assay report on the mine's prospects. When that partner disappears the next day with more than $3 million in investor funds and the other partner^-Maria's current boyfriend--also goes missing, Maria is arrested on suspicion of murder. Goldy, of course, is determined to help despite the active discouragement of her policeman-husband. Davidson serves up yet another spirited romp in the Colorado Rockies, with Goldy's excellent recipes again interspersed amid the sleuthing. Stuart MillerSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
However, this time Diane Mott Davidson went overboard in an attempt to liven the action! Goldy would be doing major prison time if she really did what this plot has her doing, not to mention that the state would (and should) remove Arch from her home for child endangerment. Yeeks.
That said, I LOVE the Macguire Perkins character, he's an utter goof and much more interesting than the anxiety-laden Julian. More of Macguire, please! And while you're at it, more of the sweet, heart-warming intimations of marital intimacy between Goldy and the bear-like Tom. Now, THAT'S yummy!
The key pieces of this puzzle include a very rainy June (we had more than one in the 1990's), a gold mine, a shady stock offering (Colorado was infamous for them in the 1980's), and lots of running around in the mountains.
The plots in this series are typically not the main reason to read the books. What I really enjoy is Goldy's "voice" as she tells her stories and the way she portrays the up and down sides of life here in Colorado. Both aspects are in fine shape in this mystery.
One caution to those who may be thinking of picking up this book for a first read of this series. This series, more than most, is a continuing affair as Goldy and her family and friends mature. It's well worth it to start with her first book, Catering to Nobody, and working your way through the series.
The author tosses up a story with just a dash of "amature detective" interference from our fiesty caterer; adds a pinch of "woman's intuition"; a sprinkling of admiration from her cop/husband; a garnish of his own good detective skills and dishes up a great mystery which will definitely challenge your deductive powers. She also invites you, the reader, into the personal and private lives of Goldy, Arch and Tom.
I have become so involved in Goldy's dream of a successful catering business; Arch's necessary growing pains; Tom's love for Goldy and his respect for her need for the time and space to pursue her dream - that I enjoy those parts which may drift away from the mystery almost as much as the mystery itself.
If you enjoy a good suspense-filled whodunit, with a variety of suspects, a somewhat comedic "what can go wrong next" attitude, deliciously decadent recipes and a cast of real "non-perfect" human characters . . . then this is a Must Read!!
No matter - the recipes, as always were great but there seemed to be a plot piece missing in this particular book. If you're interested in the seiries, this is not the book to start off with. Some reocmmend reading the books in chronological order and I'd have to agree with that point. I read them out of order. Some events in past books are referred to in the later books and unless you read them, it doesn't make sense to you.
This is a good read, not as good as the others, but the recipes are fantastic. M's Davidson should really bring out a Goldy (Bear) Schulz cookbook.
Perhaps the constant rain and gloom depicted in the story just pervaded the feel of this book. Goldy's best friend, Marla, is accused of murdering her boyfriend and his business partner, because she'd lost so much money in their financial investments. It's up to Goldy, The General, Arch and his new dog Jake the Bloodhound to prove the charge wrong.
Not a bad book, but not quite up to the fun of the other Goldy mysteries. The recipes are wonderful as always, and I can't wait until strawberry season so that I can try the Sugar-snap pea and Strawberry salad.
Even though this one was a little off the mark, it will not stop me from continuing to read more Goldy mysteries. I want to continue to follow her ever-imaginative detective strategies, see if Julian comes back, and as always, obtain additional scrumptious recipes.
Most recent customer reviews
I have all of Diane Mott Davidson's books. In fact I hope she may write some more books with Goldy Schultz character. Read morePublished 4 months ago by kim locken
Unlike most of the other reviewers, I did not dislike this book. I thought the story had energy and speed. Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by K. Hill
"The Main Corpse" is one of Davidson's lesser efforts in the Goldy Bear Schulz series, but still lively enough to make it worth your while. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2003 by Karen Sampson Hudson
Like many others who are complaining about this book, I love all of the other ones that I have read by the author. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2003
The recipes sound great, but I found the plot unbelievable and contrived. Having read most of the other books in this series I felt like I knew Goldy Schultz. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2003
This is the first book by Diane Mott Davidson that I've attempted. I struggled through the first 90 pages, and then decided it wasn't worth my time. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2002 by A reader
I have really enjoyed reading Diane Mott Davidson, but this book was so frustrating to read! Reading throug 10 pages of soup taste testing almost sent me over the edge. Read morePublished on July 21 2002 by Momof3