Dying for Chocolate (Culinary Mystery Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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Goldy Bear is the bright, opinionated, wildly inventive caterer whose personal life is a recipe for disaster, with bills taking a bite out of her budget and her abusive ex-husband making tasteless threats. Determined to take control, Goldy moves her business to the ritzy Aspen Meadow Country Club. Soon she?s preparing decadent dinners and posh society picnics?and enjoying the favors of Philip Miller, a handsome local shrink, and Tom Schulz, her more-than-friendly neighborhood cop. Until, that is, the dishy doctor...
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Goldy Bear is the bright, opinionated, wildly inventive caterer whose personal life is a recipe for disaster, with bills taking a bite out of her budget and her abusive ex-husband making tasteless threats. Determined to take control, Goldy moves her business to the ritzy Aspen Meadow Country Club. Soon she’s preparing decadent dinners and posh society picnics—and enjoying the favors of Philip Miller, a handsome local shrink, and Tom Schulz, her more-than-friendly neighborhood cop. Until, that is, the dishy doctor drives his BMW into an oncoming bus. Convinced that Philip’s bizarre death was no accident, Goldy begins to sift through the dead doc’s unpalatable secrets. But this case is seasoned with unexpected danger and even more unexpected revelations—the kind that could get a caterer killed.
 
Praise for Diane Mott Davidson and Dying for Chocolate
 
“A classic whodunit . . . the perfect book for food lovers.”—New York Daily News
 
“You don’t have to be a cook or a mystery fan to love Diane Mott Davidson’s books.”The San Diego Union-Tribune
 
“A cross between Mary Higgins Clark and Betty Crocker.”The Baltimore Sun
 
Includes recipes!


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this perky mystery complete with toothsome hi-cal recipes, Davidson ( Catering to Nobody ) brings back Goldy Bear, the cherubic culinary sleuth with Shirley Temple curls. Fleeing her abusive ex-spouse, a physician she dubs ``The Jerk,'' Goldy and her teenage son Arch find a snug third-floor refuge in the Aspen Meadow, Colo., mansion of quirky Gen. Bo Farquhar, a retired munitions and terrorist pro who breezily detonates bombs while gardening and bird-watching. As the general's live-in gourmet cook, Goldly still has time to run Goldilocks' Catering and juggle two suitors--attractive psychiatrist Philip Miller and comfortably chubby cop Tom Schultz. Philip's shocking death--he careens off a cliff in a BMW after munching her brunch--casts suspicion on Goldy. Which of her foes might want to frame her? And who is the critic writing vicious reviews of her cooking in the Mountain Journal ? The plot spins along in good-humored fashion, while Goldy continues to whip up goodies for events like a disastrous ``aphrodisiac dinner'' for eight and a barbecue at which her luscious dessert smashes on the floor. When Arch vanishes, Goldly panics, but the author makes sure that all enigmas wind up in solutions that will surprise and please. (Aug.)
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Praise for Diane Mott Davidson and Dying for Chocolate
 
“A classic whodunit . . . the perfect book for food lovers.”—New York Daily News
 
“You don’t have to be a cook or a mystery fan to love Diane Mott Davidson’s books.”The San Diego Union-Tribune
 
“A cross between Mary Higgins Clark and Betty Crocker.”The Baltimore Sun
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307427281
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/11/2009
  • Series: Culinary Mystery Series , #2
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 21,241
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Diane Mott Davidson
Diane Mott Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series. She has been named Writer of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and has received the Anthony Award and the Romantic Times Reader’s Choice Award. Born in Honolulu and educated at Wellesley, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins, she worked as a volunteer rape victim counselor, a tutor in a correctional facility, and in several roles in the church before she turned to writing. Diane and her husband have three sons and three grandchildren, and split their time between Colorado and Florida.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2007

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    The first book I read by Diane Mott Davidson was Dying for Chocolate, I'm an avid chocoholic. Goldy Bear or should I say Goldy Schultz now, is superb. Her taste for a good mystery makes your stomach rumble for more. I just love how Davidson has at the end of her novels the receipes that Goldy uses. I give Davidson 2 forks up for 'food for thought'. I need to read Sweet Revenge because I have such a sweet tooth for mystery!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2004

    Edible? Yes. Delicious? No.

    I was attracted by the title, it sounded intriguing. But I did not enjoy it at all. First of all, I did not find the main character, Goldy the Caterer, a likable personality. She was nowhere close to perky, she was often quite rude, including to her customers, which is a bit odd, since she is living in a very small town and her welfare may very well depend on it. It is understandable that she is overworked because she is a single mother trying to make ends meet after divorcing an abusive husband, so she got my pity and compassion, but not an affection. Second, I found it odd that the writer is brand name dropping few times on every page. After a while it becomes really irritating. If I wanted to look through a catalogue, I would have done so instead of picking up a mystery. And third, though it is to be expected to find a lot of cooking and recipe descriptions in a book about a caterer, I felt that the mystery element of the story was a bit overwhelmed by those instead of being embellished and enriched. It seems to me that this book was trying to be a cookbook, a catalogue of affluent living assessories and a mystery at the same time. I felt it did not do well at all of the above. Although I do realise that there is an audience which enjoys recipes together with their mysteries, there are some better concoctions of this kind on the market, like Genia Potter series by Nancy Pickard. I do not feel compelled to read any other books by Diane Mott Davidson.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    Highly Recommend - Fun Read

    First of Ms. Davidson's books to hit my Nook. Very similar to Joanne Fluke who is one of my fave's.
    Loved the plot, the characters, the recipes - plan on working my way through all her others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    I liked most of the recipes.

    I finished this book and still had no feeling for the characters. I thought I had missed something, since this writer seemed to be popular. But a friend of mine agreed that the writing was choppy and did not draw you in.
    I will look up the goldy bear recipes.

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    Must Read!

    Goldy once again delivers. A great story and yummy recipes!

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

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    I loved this book! I am not usually a fan of murder mysteries, b

    I loved this book! I am not usually a fan of murder mysteries, but Davidson sucks you in from the start and promises a good thrilling ride to the end. You never see the twists coming and you root for Goldy to prevail over everything and everybody. Excellent author, excellent story. I will be reading everything that Davidson has to offer.

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

    Love her books.

    I live in Colorado, so really enjoy knowing all the places where Goldy goes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    Recommended

    Very enjoyable series of mysteries, the main characters stay the same. Similar to Janet Evanovich and the Stephanie Plum series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2006

    One of the best series out there.

    I actually got this book during a flight on Northwest Airlines and have been hooked ever since. The way that there is a mix of mystery and cooking is so appealing to someone who loves to bake. I have tried some of the recipies and have gotten wonderful feedback on them. I recommend this to anyone who loves to cook/bake and read murder mysteries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2003

    Deceit and lies. The perfect recipe for murder.

    Meet Goldy Bear. Caterer, ex-wife, mother. Goldy Bear owner of 'Goldilocks' Catering is finally moving forward. She has taken a summer job in a fancy suburb, cooking for a wealthy husband and wife. This is a dream come true. Goldy desperately needs the money and she is hoping to finally be free of her ex-husband who has managed, even after divorce, to continue his terrifying abuse. Now that Goldy is safely ensconced in the Farquhars' home all she has to do is convince her young budding magician son Archie that living in someone else's home and summer school with rich kids can be fun. While Goldy juggles dinners and brunches for sixty she still makes time for her two attentive suitors and enjoys her son. But Goldy is not prepared to have her catered affairs ridiculed in the town paper, or have someone threaten to sue her because of the name of her catering business. And she certainly is not prepared for the murder of Dr. Phillip Miller one of the men she is dating. As she tries to unravel the mystery of Phillip's death, her other friend policeman Tom Schulz is on the case as well. Goldy is led through a maze of complex and sometimes colorful characters. Danger comes to her and her son as secrets are uncovered /and unlikely suspects want her dead. I throughly enjoyed reading DYING FOR CHOCOLATE. The bonus is that recipes look absolutely delicious. It was an engaging mystery with real 'food for thought.' Kudos to Diane Mott Davidson for writting such a delicious mystery. Vannie(~.~)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2001

    A Gourmet Treat

    I have read the entire Goldy series and this one doesn't disappoint. Using wit and humor the author has you chuckling as you sit on the edge of your seat.Have tried several of the recipies and they are 'to die for'.Anything by Diane Mott Davidson is a delectable treat-you will definitely want second helpings!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2000

    a book that changed my life

    this book was very good. i have read this book over and over again. of all the books that i have read, this is the best one to read. i encourage others to read it to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2000

    A delicious read!

    I've read all the books in the series (I've yet to read her new one, Tough Cookie)and I think this is the best so far. Goldy Shultz is at her finest...and so are her recipes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2000

    SWEET SUCCESS

    THIS BOOK IS A VERY ENJOYABLE READ. I GOT HOOKED INSTANTLY. THE RECIPES INCLUDED IN THE BOOK MAKE FOR A NICE BONUS FOR AN ALREADY APPEALING STORY. I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THE AUTHOR'S OTHER CULINARY MYSTERIES. IF YOU WEREN'T ALREADY A CHOCOLATE LOVER, YOU WILL BE BEFORE THE BOOK IS DONE.

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