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Now that her ultra-charming, seriously psychopathic ex-husband, Dr. John Richard Korman (aka "the Jerk"), has been prematurely released from prison, caterer supreme Goldy Schultz has more on her plate than she can handle. Perhaps the Jerk is the one who's trying to sabotage Goldy's latest culinary endeavor, a post-funeral reception for a friend at a local lodge. But as bad as the plethora of recent anonymous threats, rumors, and violence may be, it's Goldy's discovery of a fresh corpse that really spoils the ...

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Overview

Now that her ultra-charming, seriously psychopathic ex-husband, Dr. John Richard Korman (aka "the Jerk"), has been prematurely released from prison, caterer supreme Goldy Schultz has more on her plate than she can handle. Perhaps the Jerk is the one who's trying to sabotage Goldy's latest culinary endeavor, a post-funeral reception for a friend at a local lodge. But as bad as the plethora of recent anonymous threats, rumors, and violence may be, it's Goldy's discovery of a fresh corpse that really spoils the stew. Here's a murder that threatens to tear her family to pieces . . . and virtually everyone believes Goldy committed it!

Though she's been quite efficiently framed, at least Goldy is still breathing. But that may not be the case for long if she can't track down a killer who's cooking up a very nasty repast for Goldy and the people she loves.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
New York Times–bestselling author Diane Mott Davidson serves up another fascinating mix of culinary delights, puzzling dilemmas, and foul play in this clever mystery featuring Colorado caterer and amateur sleuth Goldy Schulz. Even a double shot of the espresso she adores doesn't pack enough power to blast through the trouble Goldy's facing this time: Someone's out to sabotage her catering business. Her ex's impossible demands are complicating her life, her marriage, and her relationship with her teenage son. And, as she toils over her tricky recipe for a fulfilling life, she finds herself on the menu as prime suspect in a murder investigation where her means, motive and opportunity are impossible to deny. The only way Goldy can get herself out of this stew is to find all the right ingredients to transform this disaster-in-the-making into a buffet of accomplishments, happiness, and more. Sue Stone
People
“Fans of the chatty, hardworking Goldy will be pleasantly energized.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
“A series that remains as reliable and satisfying as a favorite casserole recipe.”
Romantic Times BOOKclub
“With its scrumptious recipes, culinary and mystery fans alike will not want to miss this book.”
Green Bay Press Gazette
“[Double Shot] is—forgive me, but I can’t resist—scrumptious!”
Greensboro News & Record
“Diane Mott Davidson serves up another fascinating mix of culinary delights, puzzling dilemmas and foul play in this clever mystery.”
Tulsa World
“Double Shot dishes up extra helpings of family communications and a layered plot that kept me guessing.”
Romantic TimesBOOKclub
"With its scrumptious recipes, culinary and mystery fans alike will not want to miss this book."
People Magazine
"Fans of the chatty, hardworking Goldy will be pleasantly energized."
People
“Fans of the chatty, hardworking Goldy will be pleasantly energized.”
People
“Fans of the chatty, hardworking Goldy will be pleasantly energized.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
“A series that remains as reliable and satisfying as a favorite casserole recipe.”
Tulsa World
“Double Shot dishes up extra helpings of family communications and a layered plot that kept me guessing.”
Greensboro News & Record
“Diane Mott Davidson serves up another fascinating mix of culinary delights, puzzling dilemmas and foul play in this clever mystery.”
Romantic Times BOOKclub
“With its scrumptious recipes, culinary and mystery fans alike will not want to miss this book.”
Green Bay Press Gazette
“[Double Shot] is--forgive me, but I can’t resist--scrumptious!”
Publishers Weekly
The divine diva of the culinary cozy returns with a crime novel that will have fans of Goldy Bear Schulz, caterer and caffeinated sleuth, cheering as they race for the nearest pastry shop. The 12th carb-laden installment of Goldy's adventures (Chopping Spree, etc.) offers as its main course a toothsome corpse -du jour: Goldy's abusive ex-husband, Dr. John Richard Korman ("the Jerk"), whose shenanigans have annoyed a long-suffering Goldy and enlivened Davidson's series since its debut 14 years ago. After Goldy arrives at her new catering center to prepare for a memorial luncheon, she's attacked; when she comes to, she discovers that her kitchen is full of spoiled food and overrun with mice. She immediately suspects her longtime nemesis Korman, who's out of prison after serving less than a year for aggravated assault and living lavishly in Aspen Meadows with Sandee Blue, his "fifty-fourth conquest"-a young stripper, according to his other ex, Marla, Goldy's entertaining sidekick. When Korman attends the almost-sabotaged event, he argues with Goldy over their son, Arch. Shortly afterward, he turns up dead alongside Goldy's missing gun, making her a prime suspect in an aromatic brew of murder and mayhem. This marks a turning point for Davidson, as the elimination of Korman provides a much needed jolt to the series. Her latest noir-flavored cozy may attract new readers to a sleuth who feverishly cooks through any crisis and whose recipes are now gathered at the back of the book. (Warning: do not read on an empty stomach!) Agent, Sandra Dijkstra. 9-city author tour. (On sale Oct. 19.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
One sabotage attack on our fair if graying heroine (Sticks & Scones), two dead bodies, and a baker's dozen new recipes fill the pages of Davidson's 12th culinary whodunit. Caterer/sleuth Goldy Schultz turns from victim to suspect in the eyes of the law when she finds a prominent Aspen Meadows citizen shot dead. Meanwhile, rumors and allegations about ex-husband John Richard Korman's misdeeds present another set of concerns for Goldy. Dust swirls and mountain fires burn in the background, adding Colorado color to this cozy mystery. Davidson hides clues in plain sight, and as one suspenseful chapter in Goldy's life ends, she sets the stage for another. For series fans and mystery readers who enjoy tasty puzzles. Davidson lives in Evergreen, CO. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/04.]-Jennifer Burek Pierce, Indiana Univ. SLIS, Indianapolis Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Once again, an attack on Goldy Schultz precipitates a cascade of calamities that disrupt her home life and her catering business. Goldy, the victim of sniper fire in Sticks and Scones (2001), is knocked down and beaten up on the way to the Roundhouse, where she's preparing a funeral luncheon for Dr. Albert Kerr, former colleague of her ex-husband, John Richard Korman. That was way back before Kerr got religion and shipped off to do missionary work in Qatar, and Korman hit a subsequent girlfriend and landed in the state pen. Now, Korman, newly freed, visits the luncheon just long enough for a knock-down-drag-out with Goldy over visitation with their son, Arch. But when Goldy brings Arch to the upscale rental Korman shares with stripper Sandee Blue for the disputed visit, she finds her ex dead in the garage, his body alongside a gun that looks suspiciously like her own .38. Her best friend Marla, Korman's other ex, hires hotshot attorney Brewster Motley to represent Goldy when she's questioned by the police, and Goldy's detective husband Tom investigates other leads on his own. Still, it's touch and go whether she'll end up serving her signature pork chops brined in kosher salt (one of 13 appended recipes) to guests at Nan Watkins's retirement party-or to fellow inmates. Keeping the spotlight trained on so-familiar Goldy prevents Davidson from developing the other characters and plots she sketches in so intriguingly. First printing of 250,000; author tour; agent: Sandra Dijkstra/Sandra Dijkstra Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062113610
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 315,472
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Mott Davidson

Diane Mott Davidson is the author of sixteen bestselling novels. She divides her time between Colorado and Florida.

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First Chapter

Double Shot LP

Chapter One

It's a funny thing about being hit in the head. Afterward, you're never quite sure what happened. You only know that something did.

At five in the morning on June the seventh, I was pushing my dessert-laden old pie wagon up the walk to the Roundhouse, a failed restaurant I'd leased and was converting into a catering-events center.

At half-past five, I was lying in the grass, wondering what I was doing there and why I was in so much pain.

Reconstruct, I ordered myself, as I wiped gravel from my mouth. I hadn't fainted. But I had been knocked out. My head throbbed, my knees stung, and the back of my neck felt as if it had been guillotined with a dull blade. I groaned, tried to move my legs, and was rewarded with a wave of nausea. I rubbed my eyes and tried to think, but the memory remained out of reach.

My husband, a cop, often tells witnesses to begin their story at daybreak on the day they see a crime. This gives folks a chance to talk about how normal everything was before events went haywire.

So that's what I did.

I closed my eyes and recalled rising at four, when mountain chickadees, Steller's jays, and all manner of avian creatures begin their summer-in-the-Rockies concert. I showered, did my yoga, and kissed Tom, to whom I'd been married for two years, good-bye. He mumbled that he'd be in his office at the sheriff's department later in the day.

When I checked on my son, Arch, he was slumbering deeply inside his cocoon of dark blue sheets. I knew Arch would wait until the last possible moment before getting dressed to assist with that day's catered event. But at least he was helping out, which was more than most fifteen-year-olds would be willing to do at the start of summer vacation. I loaded the last of the event's foodstuffs into my catering van, made the short drive up Aspen Meadow's Main Street, and rounded the lake. A quarter mile along Upper Cottonwood Creek Drive, I turned into the paved Roundhouse lot, where I'd parked and unloaded.

So far so good. I remembered merrily wheeling my cart up the gravel path toward the back door of my newly remodeled commercial kitchen. Peach pie slices glistened between lattices of flaky crust. A hundred smooth, golden, Tennessee chess tartlets bobbled in their packing. Threads of early morning sunlight shimmered on the surface of Aspen Meadow Lake, two hundred yards away. In the distance, a flock of ducks took off from the lake, quacking, flapping their wings, and ruffling the water.

Recalling all this made the area behind my eyes sting. But when I tried to turn over, pain ran up my side and I gasped. The desserts, the lake, the ducks. Then what?

As I'd steered the wagon toward the ramp to the back entry, I'd noticed something odd about the Roundhouse kitchen door. It was slightly ajar.

A thread of fear had raced up my neck. My body turned cold and I stopped the cart, whose creaky wheels had been filling the morning silence. A thump echoed from out of the kitchen. Then a crack. As I reeled back on the path, someone leaped out of the kitchen door.

A man? A woman? Whoever it was wore a black top, black pants, and a ski mask. The intruder lunged down the ramp. Wrenching the pie wagon backward, I teetered, then backpedaled furiously. He -- was it a man? -- shoved the cart out of the way. It toppled over. Pastries spewed onto the grass. The prowler loomed, then hand-chopped the back of my neck. The force of the blow made me cry out.

With silver spots clouding my eyes, I'd registered crumpling, then falling. I'd bitten my tongue and tasted blood. Then there had been the terrible pain, and the darkness.

Okay, so that was what had happened. But why had someone wearing a mask been in my kitchen in the first place? I did not know. What I did know was that lumps of granite and sharp blades of drought-ravaged scrub grass were piercing my chest. Again I tried to lift myself, but a current of pain ran down my body. When I thought, You have an event to cater in six hours, tears popped out of my eyes. Who could have done this to me? Why today, of all days? My business, Goldilocks' Catering, Where Everything Is Just Right!, was set to put on only our second event since I'd leased the Roundhouse. It was a big lunch following a funeral -- a funeral that might as well have been mine.

Water burbled nearby: Cottonwood Creek, a foot below its normal flow. A car rumbled past -- the beginning of the morning commuter traffic from the stone and stucco mini-mansions that ranged along the upper part of the creek. Positioned as I was on the far side of the Roundhouse, it was unlikely that any of the lawyers, accoun-tants, or doctors making their way down to Denver would see me and call for help. With enormous effort, I pushed up to my elbows, fought queasiness, and got to my feet. The overturned pie cart lay a few feet away. Crusts and fruit slices littered the sparse grass. Tartlet filling oozed into the dust.

I almost thought, Peachy!, but stopped myself.

I limped to the van and climbed inside. Then I locked the doors, opened the glove compartment, and pulled out the thirty-eight I'd started keeping in there since the twenty-second of April. That was when my ex-husband, Dr. John Richard Korman, had had his prison sentence commuted by the governor of Colorado. He had been serving four years for aggravated assault and probation violation. Although he'd beaten me up plenty of times before I'd kicked him out seven years ago, the assault he'd been convicted for -- finally -- had been his attack on a subsequent girlfriend. Unfortunately, he'd been behind bars for less than a year.

Double Shot LP. Copyright © by Diane Davidson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Interviews & Essays

Ransom Notes Interview with Diane Mott Davidson

Ransom Notes: What do you like best about writing the Goldy mysteries?

Diane Mott Davidson: I find the most enjoyable aspect of writing to be tapping into the characters' voices, especially Goldy's. I also take great pleasure in doing the research for each book. This is especially true with the catering aspects, because I always work (incognito) at events while I'm writing. It's a marvelous way to find out how demanding it is to deal not only with food, but with people! I'm always astonished to see how badly people can behave when they think no one is noticing. To them, the caterer/servant simply is not there. But of course I am, watching and listening.

In a mystery, the sleuth must be believably involved and emotionally invested in solving the crime. An amateur investigator like Goldy uses different tools to solve a crime than a professional employs. In Double Shot, I had to research everything from money laundering to who gives permission for DNA testing. And, oh yes, how difficult is it to make a homemade silencer?

In Double Shot, Goldy is the main suspect in a murder. In order to get on with her life, she has to find out not only what happened but why. As I wrote this book, I kept asking myself, What can Goldy see that the police can't? The answer is that an amateur -- particularly in a small town -- often knows the victim, knows who held grudges against the victim, and may also have a hunch about how a suspected villain would think or act.

RN: What made you decide to include recipes for Goldy's delicious-sounding delicacies?

DMD: Like Goldy, I love cooking and developing new recipes. At first "Goldy the caterer" was planned as a secondary character. But she was just so outspoken, my critique group suggested I put her into the limelight. After that, the idea of including her recipes in the books just came naturally. This actually made the book more difficult to sell at the outset! Although my books were not the first mysteries to include recipes (Rex Stout put some into an early Nero Wolfe adventure in 1935!), at the time my first book was published, no one else was doing this.

RN: Why did you set this series in Colorado?

DMD: The town where we live -- Evergreen, Colorado -- is the inspiration for Goldy's Aspen Meadow. Harsh winters, forest fires, droughts, and floods are part of the price of life in the glorious Rockies -- so, like me, Goldy has to deal with them!

RN: Can you tell us anything about your future plans for Goldy?

DMD: In the book that's in the works now, Goldy is catering in a law firm. I always look for titles that have cooking/murder double meaning, so this one is Dark Tort.

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

    The recurring characers are interesting to follow from book to book. One forms opinions of each as to their personalities and relationships to each other. It is fun to follow them.

    This book is a good read as have been most of this series. Sometimes, however the main character, seems to be injured more seriously than the book
    reflects in her astounding "recoveries" bear out.
    Also the son of the main character wears thin on a reader's patience,with his self centeredness, especially if the reader is a person who raised children as a single parent with no support financially or emotionally as this character has done with her son.
    All in all I enjoyed each of this series that I purchased, for the most part and will probably purchase more
    The recipes are very interesting, even though in certain instances, some are a bit involved for one who does not have the professional equipment described in the preparations available.
    I suggest that if a reader buys books in this series, they look for the dates
    the original issues were published and try to commence reading them from the first one(s).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

    Double Shot

    Although Diane Mott Davidson has served up another terrific read I have to say that I was slightly disappointed. In this particular book I found that it seemed that she is trying to hard to come up with an advanced plot but it only made the story confuse me with all of the intricate twists and turns. For my personal taste there were too many characters that could be suspects or that were important and I found myself flipping back just to remember who did what and how they were involved in the matter. These books are quite entertaining to read but they seem to have a few flaws one of which really bothers me and that is that they live in Aspen Meadow, a very small town compromised mostly of tourists and snotty country club folks. But in every book at the very least one person is killed, and if she continues like this by the time I get to the end of the series the whole town will have been killed off.
    Despite the fact that this is not my favorite book of hers there are many excellent pieces in it. I was getting tired of Goldy's ex-husband who seemed to deter her at every corner and in this book he is shot and I feel relieved that I don't have to read about his obnoxious behavior anymore. The ending of this book also sets Diane Mott Davidson up nicely for another book with new characters that are born at the end of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2008

    Awesome Book!!!!!!

    I have read several of Diane Mott's books and I love them! The stories as well as the recipes. Double Shot was one of my favorites! I love the suspense and twists and turns! I think the book was beautifully written with wit, humor, and amazing intelligence that only an experienced writer has. I highly, highly recommend this book. I believe this is by far one of her best books!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2007

    Diane Mott Davidson Shines

    Once again Diane Mott Davidson ehthralls us with her witt, clever, twisting plot and culinary expertise. I always get the munchies while vicariously attening one of her catering affairs or when Goldie is cooking at home. A must read for gourmands and mystery lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2007

    definitely not her best

    While I have enjoyed many other Diane Mott Davidson Mysteries, I found this book VERY difficult to keep reading because of its childish dialogue, far too many asides that make an attempt at humor and fail, and Goldy's portrayal as an unrealistically goofy yet successful woman with no 'take charge' ability of her life. Every paragragh is full of tidbits immaterial to the progress of the story and descriptions that fail to draw real pictures. I just put the book down a little more than halfway through and am utterly uninterested in finishing. A first for me with any book. Horribly written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2005

    Mystery Lover

    Great new idea to the series. The death of the ex will give Goldie more time to get into other things, which I am sure she will.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2004

    Physical Abuse from John Richard Korman Ends!

    If you are like me, the main drawback of this wonderful series about Goldy Schultz has been the repeated violence that she has suffered at the hands of her ex-husband, Dr. John Richard Korman. Well, unless he comes back as a ghost, that problem is at an end -- as the book's jacket copy reveals -- because JRK is killed in this outing of the delightful culinary series. That's the good news. The bad news is that Goldy is physically assaulted and injured in the book's opening in a way that suggests that this annoying part of the series (Goldy as punching bag) will continue in future books. I hope not. I realize that many women are physically abused by friends, lovers and spouses . . . but making that a major theme of a culinary mystery just doesn't make sense to me. I graded the book down one star for this continuing theme of gratuitous violence towards women. This book has much to recommend it. The clues point in many different directions which makes the mystery hard to solve until just the last few pages. I don't remember a better mystery in the series. The book also has a lot of good police procedural and legal defense procedural parts in it that make it more realistic than many other books in the series. The development of the relationships among Goldy, Tom and Arch is particularly delightful in the book. There's also the usual fun with Marla as sidekick. The recipes are particularly appealing with strawberry pie, enchilada pie, almond cookies, chocolate cake, brownie points and two kinds of breads among the delights to drool over . . . and to cook up for yourself. Obviously, Goldy is still immune from the Atkins and the South Beach diets. So unless you are too busy baking for the upcoming holidays, give yourself a treat and enjoy sipping Double Shot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2004

    Who killed the Jerk and why?

    Goldy¿s ex-husband, Dr. John Richard Korman or the Jerk as she and Marla, his other ex-wife, refer to him, has just had his sentence commuted by the governor. Goldy is attacked and The Roundhouse sabotaged. She wonders if this could be the work of the Jerk. She doesn¿t let it stop her. With the help of Marla, Goldy¿s son Arch, Julian and Liz, the lunch following the funeral of Dr. Albert Kerr goes off without a hitch. Well, unless you call the confrontation she has with the Jerk outside after the lunch a hitch. He wants Arch at his place at 4 for their golf tee time. Goldy scrambles and arrives at the Jerk¿s place with Arch on time. But there¿s no Jerk. There is a guy asking Goldy for his money. She begins to wonder what the Jerk has gotten himself into this time. Goldy and Arch bang on the door to find the Jerk. He still hasn¿t come to the door, even after the man asking for money left. So Goldy goes around to his garage. Unfortunately inside she finds the Jerk shot to death. There are many reasons Goldy is a major suspect. Arch blames her for his death. What more could go wrong. Goldy, with Marla¿s help, begins to look into who could have wanted the Jerk dead. Unfortunately he was not a well-liked man. Tom, Goldy¿s husband, helps her as well as tries to keep her safe throughout the process. Can Goldy figure out why the Jerk was killed and by whom without causing her son any more grief? Plus can she stay safe and keep Arch safe? This was a very good book. I always like reading books in this series. The food descriptions really add to the wonderful mystery and investigation in each of her books. This was no exception. There are some wonderful sounding recipes in the back, as well. Someday I hope to try making one. Goldy and Marla have a way of getting into trouble, but they always make me laugh. They are great characters and so well developed. The additional characters in this book are just as rich. The Colorado setting adds to the story as well. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2004

    I don't read many mysteries.

    I am not a mystery reader, but I was given this book as a gift and thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the main character Goldy Schulz and was pulled into the story. Her ex-husband is released from prison early by the Governor of Colorado and soon after begin's harrassing Goldy. Goldy is a caterer with a big job to concentrate on and she decides not to worry about her ex-husbands release. From there things get very interesting. I won't say any more about the plot so that I do not give away anything. It was a fascinating story that held my attention to the very end. Another book I just loved, but it is not a mystery, is A YEAR SINCE YESTERDAY. It is listed as paperback but when it arrived I was pleasantly surprised to find a large high-quality softcover. I get books as presents and give them as well and I will be giving A YEAR SINCE YESTERDAY and DOUBLE SHOT this year for Christmas. Two GREAT stories by two fantastic authors.

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