With this book and the others in this series, Diane Mott Davidson shares her intelligence and sense of humor with the reader. "The Cereal Murders" romps through the world of private education with witty insight. As seniors at Elk Park Preparatory gear up for college admission, they and their parents need more than guidance counseling when a star student turns up murdered after an school event catered by Goldy Bear (owner of Goldilocks' Catering, Where Everything Is Just Right). Goldy and her sometimes-boyfriend, Homicide Detective Tom Schulz, become embroiled in the case, discovering many clues and a few red herrings along the way. The recipes alone are worth reading--be careful not to drool on the page!
Check out Diane Mott Davidson's other books as well--all are equally delicious!
For other, non-culinary, humorous mysteries, try any of Dorothy Cannell's offerings. She is another author with a tongue-in-cheek, sometimes irreverent style of writing.
When Goldy Bear, owner of Goldilocks Catering, caters a college prep dinner at Elk Park Prep school she gets more than she bargained for when after the dinner she finds the murdered body of the school's valedictorian. Things only get stranger from that moment on as Goldy the caterer tries to solve the mystery and keep up with the threats to her and her family. The Cereal Murders was a good read. It is suspenseful and full of mystery right up to the end. The characters of Goldy, Arch, Julian, and Tom are very well developed and connected. They seem like people next door. They are very believable and dimensional. The storyline was good and moved along at a fast pace. It was easy to keep reading because the events and happenings flowed easily from one to another. This was my second Goldy book and I was not disappointed. A good book to read for the mystery lover!
Goldy finds herself in a war in Arch's school. The struggle between parents is over whose senior is the smartest, the most talented and the most well rounded. Many of Goldy's catering assignments in this book end in disaster! Goldy never knows what she is going to find this time around. Will it be a fight, will she be scolded or will there be a dead body? In "The Cereal Murders" Diane Mott Davidson serves up a hearty meal of murder, jealousy, petty thievery, angst and pranks (which end up getting a few people hurt)! You will be entertained with the activity of many twists and turns in this mystery. As always, Goldy herself is sassy and stubborn. There are treats involved. A side dish consists of some romance and a marriage proposal that is repeated again and again. How sweet! D. M. Davidson provides us with 11 very delicious looking recipes in this book. Enjoy!
This is one of Diane Mott Davidson's series of culinary mysteries with Goldy the caterer. This one deals with the murder of the valedictorian of the prep school. Goldy discovers him when she is packing up the catering van after a college information night/event. The story focus is on the pressure of getting into the "right" college. The pressure is on the students, their parents and the administrators and teachers. The question is, who will sink to any level to achieve what they believe they deserve. While the storyline was a bit stark for me, the recipes were excellent. The Chinese Beef stir fry, the Biscotti, Red n Whites, and the Galaxy Doughnuts were just a few of the excellent choices. Some of her other books that I really enjoyed were, Main Corpse and Prime Cut, and then Tough Cookie.
I know, it's impossible to think that a small town in Colorado could have _that_ many murders and that the same person would be so involved with each murder. But Goldy, of Goldilocks Catering, always seems to end up right in the thick of things in this story and the others in this seiries. The story is pretty good - a guilty pleasure after reading med records all day. And I love the way she talks about preparing food. Lots of folks don't seem to understand that being able to go into the kitchen and produce a great chocolate cake after a frustrating day can really feel productive. If you like murder mysteries and cooking, you have to try out this book - it's a great combination of both and the recipes are truly wonderful.
In this book, one of the best of the Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries, Elk Park Prep becomes the site of a murder when the senior class valedictorian is found dead. Goldy finds herself investigating, and in the process learns about what lengths parents will go to, trying to get their offspring into elite colleges. As usual, the recipes Davidson inclues are wonderfully fun to make, and delicious to eat. Goldy, fueled by copious cups of heavily caffeinated coffee, unravels the mystery. Recommended as a marvelous diversion.
This is an excellent mystery. Diane Mott Davidson has done a great job of grabbing your attention and not letting it go. Goldy, a caterer in Colorado, seems to have the most trouble everytime she ends up catering an event. This time the story revolves around a plot related to the unreasonable attitude that some parents develop about getting their children into college. Everytime you think that you can put the book down for a break something else happens to poor Goldy. This is a great read! Just don't read it while your hungry!
I am more of a sci-fi/fantasy fan but I do enjoy a good mystery now and again. I spotted this one in the grocery store and decided to give it a try. This book, while not great literature....is a fun and entertaining book which doesnt take itself too seriously. Goldy Bear is a caterer who, as in "murder she wrote" seems to have a penchant for getting into trouble. She is also the single mom of a teenaged boy and a survivor of domestic abuse.
In this book, while catering a party at her son's prep school,( her x hubby pays for this extravegance, though he doesnt pay his child support) she finds the body of the class valedictorian. Being the caterer for most of the school's functions, and many of the students parents, she finds herself quickly embroiled in a mystery which seems to be hitting a bit closer to home than she would like. The book is peppered throughout with actual recipes, punctuating her catering functions. Personally I think it is really neat to have the recipes, and while not being a chef, it has actually gotten me interested in cooking :-) I am off to buy the rest of her books and next time I am going to save them to pamper myself with. I am going to look up one of the recipes and bake it before i sit down to read and decadently read and munch lol. what a great way to spend some quality mommy time. (Treat yourself, why not?)