The Cereal Murders (Culinary Mystery Series #3)

The Cereal Murders (Culinary Mystery Series #3)

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by Diane Mott Davidson
     
 

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Thanks to her recent adventures in Dying for Chocolate, Goldy Bear, the premier caterer of Aspen Meadow, Colorado, is no stranger to violence--or sudden death.  But when she agrees to cater the first College Advisory Dinner for Seniors and Parents at the exclusive Elk Park Preparatory School, the last thing she expects to find at the end of theSee more details below

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Thanks to her recent adventures in Dying for Chocolate, Goldy Bear, the premier caterer of Aspen Meadow, Colorado, is no stranger to violence--or sudden death.  But when she agrees to cater the first College Advisory Dinner for Seniors and Parents at the exclusive Elk Park Preparatory School, the last thing she expects to find at the end of the evening is the battered body of the school valedictorian.

Who could have killed Keith Andrews, and why?  Goldy's hungry for some answers--and not just because she found the corpse.  Her young son, Arch, a student at Elk Park Prep, has become a target for some not-so-funny pranks, while her eighteen-year-old live-in helper, Julian, has become a prime suspect in the Andrews boy's murder.

As her investigation intensifies, Goldy's anxiety level rises faster than homemade doughnuts. . .as she turns up evidence that suggests that Keith knew more than enough to blow the lid off some very unscholarly secrets.  And then, as her search rattles one skeleton too many, Goldy learns a crucial fact: a little knowledge about a killer can be a deadly thing.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This delightfully wicked mystery features food expert Goldy Bear, seen last in Dying for Chocolate . Goldy, 31 and the divorced mother of a 12-year-old son and the owner of Goldilocks Catering (``Where Everything Is Just Right!'') in Aspen Meadow, Colo., caters as many as three events a day, even while solving a murder or two. After catering the senior class dinner at the exclusive but undistinguished Elk Park Prepatory School, Goldy discovers the body of the class valedictorian, Keith Andrews, strangled by one of her extension cords. Tom Schulz, gourmet cook, Goldy's lover and head homicide detective for the Aspen Meadow police, quickly discovers that Keith may have been an extortionist and a thief. Probing further, he and Goldy find that the senior class (oddly restrained in their response to the murder) and their rancorous parents are a group for whom obsession with grades, nasty competition over college slots and blatant bribery are the norm. The book proves to be a light but delicious combination of unique personalities, first-rate recipes and sustained suspense, with only a surfeit of red herrings for leftovers. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Another food-oriented sleuth, divorced but armed with one child, works out of a small town in Colorado. The owner of Goldilocks' Catering happens upon a freshly murdered body after she serves a college advisory dinner for students at a locally famous prep school. Goldy's job and connections (including a detective boyfriend) allow her access to likely clue-holding people and places as she alternately placates and vituperates her way through the situation. This work has a humorous and charming protagonist, several slightly intrusive recipes, and a winning combination of character, plot, and setting.
School Library Journal
YA-An expensive prep school's SAT scores have dropped, parents are bribing college admissions representatives, and the class valedictorian is murdered in a snow bank. Denver caterer Goldy Bear, who has a 7th-grade son and a senior live-in student enrolled in Elk Park Prep School, keeps finding bodies at the school events she caters. To complete her worries, someone is playing dangerous pranks on her family. This light mystery is the perfect booktalking choice for home economics classes, especially when paired with other titles in which recipes play a major role, such as Virginia Rich's The Baked Bean Supper Murders (Ballantine, 1984). Not only will teens relate to the anxieties felt by all of the Elk Park seniors, but they may even emulate Goldy's live-in student's great cheese manicotti recipe.-Pam Spencer, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
From the Publisher
"The most satisfying book yet in the increasingly popular series. . .Mouthwatering!"
—The Denver Post

"Cleverly constructed. . .an immensely likable, sympathetic heroine."
—The Sun, Baltimore

"A winning combination of character, plot and setting."
—Library Journal

Featuring original recipes for such mouth-watering morsels as Sugar Plum Cake, luscious Red 'n' White Cookies, and savory Nachos Schulz!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307426987
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/13/2010
Series:
Culinary Mystery Series , #3
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
39,735
File size:
2 MB

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