Fatally Flaky (Culinary Mystery Series #15)

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Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz encounters bridezilla—and murder—in another delectable novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Revenge, Dark Tort, and Double Shot.

It's been a long, rainy summer for Goldy Schulz, who is engaged in planning wedding receptions for what seems to be all of Aspen Meadow. It's bad enough that Billie Attenborough, the bride from hell, wants to move the location to the Gold Gulch Spa just a scant two days before tying the knot to her ...

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Overview

Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz encounters bridezilla—and murder—in another delectable novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Revenge, Dark Tort, and Double Shot.

It's been a long, rainy summer for Goldy Schulz, who is engaged in planning wedding receptions for what seems to be all of Aspen Meadow. It's bad enough that Billie Attenborough, the bride from hell, wants to move the location to the Gold Gulch Spa just a scant two days before tying the knot to her doctor fiancé. Then Doc Finn, best friend of Goldy's godfather Jack, is killed when his car tumbles into a ravine. But Jack thinks Doc was murdered because of research he was doing at the spa—allegations that are confirmed when Jack himself is attacked.

So Goldy dons chef's whites and goes undercover at the spa. Add in the obstreperous owner, who years ago tried to sabotage Goldy's fledgling business, and she's got her hands full.

Above all, there seems to be a clever killer on the spa grounds, watching her every move. After what befell Jack, Goldy knows that she might be next. Catering weddings, and cooking low-fat food, could be killing her—literally.

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Goldy Schulz is fried. This summer everybody in Aspen Meadow is getting married, or so it seems, and everybody wants our favorite crime-hunting caterer to plan their wedding reception. She's grateful for the business but resentful of the brides-to-be, especially the fastidiously fickle Billie Attenborough. It doesn't take long, however, for homicide to move to the top of the menu. The mysterious death of family friend Doc Finn sends Goldy into a tizzy of activities. Another "to die for" Colorado culinary mystery.
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Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz doesn't have a moment to spare as she frantically tries to pull everything together for two upcoming wedding receptions, including last-minute venue and menu changes from a spoiled bridezilla, in bestseller Davidson's entertaining 15th culinary suspense novel (after Sweet Revenge). When Harold "Doc" Finn, Aspen Meadow's beloved retired doctor, dies under mysterious circumstances on his way to the first wedding ceremony, Goldy wonders if it was an accident or murder. When her godfather and Doc Finn's good friend, Jack Carmichael, is also attacked, it's obvious that Goldy will have to venture out of the kitchen and put her detecting skills to use once again. Stir in a slimy spa owner, rumors of a malpractice suit and the usual cast of supporting characters-including Goldy's patient cop husband, Tom, and her capable culinary assistant, Julian Teller-and you've got another winning entry in Davidson's mouthwatering series. 6-city author tour. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061348143
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Series: Culinary Mystery Series , #15
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 138,124
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 4.26 (h) x 1.18 (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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Fatally Flaky LP
A Novel

Chapter One

Cynics say getting married is a death wish.

Now, I'm no Pollyanna, but I try to ignore cynics. Anyway, what I usually say is that catering weddings is a death wish. My assistant, twenty-two-year-old Julian Teller, and I laugh at that. Yucking it up provides a bit of comic relief within the stress of serving trays of appetizers with drinks, then lunch or dinner with wine, followed by cake with champagne or Asti Spumante—and doing it all quickly—to a hundred guests. Trust me: if there's one thing caterers need at weddings, it's comic relief.

Unfortunately, the events surrounding Bridezilla Billie Attenborough's wedding proved the truth of the original axiom. Still, it wasn't a death wish that proved troublesome. It was death itself. And as the bodies piled up around the Attenborough nuptials, I began to think someone was gunning for me, too.Turned out, I was right.

I'm always telling my husband, Tom, an investigator with the Furman County Sheriff's Department, that I should adore weddings. The reason? I love being married—to him, that is. With his mountain-man build, handsome face, jauntily parted cider-colored hair, and eyes as green as a faraway sea, he's not only kind and loving—he's gorgeous.

"You're prejudiced," he says.

"So what?" I reply. "You're still the greatest."

"There are any number of criminals in our state penal system who would take issue with that assessment."

"I'm not married to one of them."

"Uh-huh."

Actually, having Tom for a husband means I can watch brides and grooms kiss, laugh, and embrace, and I can smile tomyself, knowing I'm going home to a great man. So when there are wedding glitches, I remind myself: I'm helping people get married. And by and large, this is a good thing.

Here in Aspen Meadow, Colorado, if someone is going to have a hundred or fewer guests at their ceremony and reception, I'm the caterer of choice, by which I mean, I'm the only caterer you can choose. Our town also has but one florist, one photographer, one printing press—for invitations and the like—and a few bands. But these days, most couples choose a DJ.

Aspen Meadow has one of those, too.

If the bride, groom, or either family wants a bigger celebration, she, he, or they usually do all their own arrangements, and have their wedding down in Denver, forty miles to the east. There, you can hire a wedding planner, book a fancy venue, and have your pick of caterers, stationers, florists, even chocolatiers. If you go that route, though, you're going to pay. What with the gown, limos, and all the rest, you're probably looking at about a hundred grand.

I can remember when a hundred grand used to buy a house. And a nice one, too.

But for a hundred or fewer guests, I can do all the arranging. Once I'm given a budget and specifics as to menu, flowers, photographer, music, you name it, I draw up a detailed contract, then get signatures, along with a down payment. After that, I call the vendors, set the schedule, and arrange deliveries. Any changes to the contract mean big bucks, so generally, people are content to leave well enough alone.

But Bridezilla Billie, as I'd come to call her, was never content. Billie's long-suffering mother, Charlotte, was footing the bill—Attenborough père having died of a bleeding ulcer long ago—and Billie seemed not to care that every single new arrangement she was demanding was costing hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

"It won't be a problem," Billie would say breezily, each time she called in April, then May, then June, to say we absolutely had to have lunch so she could talk about new things she wanted. "We can just put all this on my tab."

And then I would arrive at the appointed time, at whatever place she'd said she wanted to have lunch. And she would be late, usually more than an hour late. The reason? She'd say she'd gotten lost, never mind that she'd lived in Aspen Meadow all her life. Or her Mercedes wouldn't start. Or she'd thought we were meeting an hour after when she'd originally said. One time, when she didn't show up at all and I called her house, she said she thought we were meeting the following week.

Billie was, in short, a flake.

Like most of the weddings I cater, Billie's ceremony was taking place in the summer. Let the weather cheer you up, I told myself as I typed up contract change after contract change and faxed them through to Charlotte Attenborough.

And so I planned and ordered food, and waited for spring, which at eight thousand feet above sea level, generally doesn't arrive until June. By then, the thick crust of ice on our town's lake has melted. The fresh scent of pollinating pines and newly leafy aspens fills the air. With snow still blanketing the Continental Divide—visible in the distance—the setting is particularly idyllic.

But this summer was different.

"Maybe I should quit doing weddings," I told Tom when Bridezilla Billie stopped insisting we have lunch, and instead started phoning me an average of seventeen times a day. She'd already moved her wedding date twice. The reason? She said she wanted to lose twenty pounds to fit into a new dress she'd just bought. She claimed she was working with Victor Lane out at Gold Gulch Spa to get into tip-top shape. Getting into tip-top shape was the euphemism Billie used for trying to sweat off some of her rolls, the kind that had nothing to do with Parker House.

Did I know Victor Lane? Billie asked. Yes, I began, but she tossed her highlighted blond hair over her shoulder, helped herself to the Key Lime Pie I'd left on the counter, and cut me off just as she placed an enormous piece of pie on a plate in front of herself. Once she'd forked up a mouthful, she was eager to provide me with an update on embroidery that was being added to the waist of the new dress. Then I heard about the seed pearls that were being sewn into the train, and the lace now edging the veil.

Fatally Flaky LP
A Novel
. Copyright (c) by Diane Davidson . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2009

    Flaky does indeed refer to Goldy

    This book is definitely a guilty pleasure. Every time DMD comes out with a new one, I run to get it, but lately I've found myself questioning why. It's beginning to feel like the Goldy character has run its course. In this book, she is indeed flaky, unable to hold a thought or put off an impulse for more than 10 seconds. C'mon, how can she be smart enough to solve a mystery if she's not smart enough to stop herself from following a clue to a deserted place - alone - at 3 a.m.? Duh!

    DMD, look again at some of your earlier books in which Goldy was somewhat more three-dimensional. Over time, Goldy's faded into a less interesting, and certainly less likable, character.

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Great culinary read

    Diane Mott Davidson is one of a very few authors whose books I don't go to the back of the book to read the last chapter by the time I've gotten through chapter 3. Her books are very enjoyable and highly recommended. Enjoy!

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2010

    Goldy (Davidson) Still Has the Touch

    Having read all of the previous books in this series, I was not disappointed in the most recent catering murder mystery. Too bad godfather Jack will not be a continuing character--he had real potential. Davidson's attention to detail, both culinary and medical, is excellent. I could not guess the ending until the very end - very well done. And I love the great recipes at the end; several will be making their way into my kitchen binder. I have used many of the previous recipes over and over again.
    Eagerly awaiting the next adventure - "Where everything is just Right!"

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    Goldy Schultz does it again!

    A truly fun read! Goldy Schultz, caterer extraordinaire and amateur sleuth (much to the chagrin of her detective husband) returns in another roisterous, rowdy, mouthwatering mystery. In this latest installment we find her catering the wedding reception of the local bridezilla at the "Health Spa/Fat Farm" created by her arch-enemy, Victor Lane. But is Victor's spa as healthy as he would like everyone to believe? Is the death of the local favorite doctor an accident or murder? How is Goldy able to deal with all of this craziness and still stay sane? As that old TV commercial used to say "Read the book!"

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Diane Mott Davidson delivers yet again

    This latest offering from Ms. Davidson proves just as satisfying and mouth watering as all her previous works. This latest installment starring our favorite chef and caterer, Goldy Schultz draws you in yet again as she tries to solve a murder that touches closely to home. I love the way the plot unfolds and has just enough twists to keep you hooked all the way to the end. And all those recipes are an added bonus that I always look forward to in every one of Ms. Davidson's books. For those of you who love murder mysteries and cooking, this is one book that gives you the best of both worlds.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    Love this series!

    I read Davidson's books in between my love of non-fiction. Her books are a fun easy escape and this title is no different. Absorbing and entertaining, Davidson has hit the mark again. Plus, the recipes are pretty tasty - how fun to get a great book and new recipes to try. It may be a gimmick, but I love it!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    Love all of her books!

    Funny, interesting and great food! What could be better!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Only buy it if there's nothing else

    Book had a few moments but not nearly enough to hold my attention. It was a struggle to finish it. Serious overuse of the words godfather and godchild. Apparently the author was afraid we would forget who was who.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    So-so read

    Not up to her older standards and the editing was atrocious! Seems to be common with e-books....

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Catering Gets Complicated

    Not only does Goldy cater two difficult weddings, she cooks at a spa and solves several murders! Wow! If you are familiar with the series, you will enjoy finding out what Goldy is up to next. But the action gets pretty frantic and there seem to be a lot of minor characters that don't add much to the plot. That said, one of the reasons I buy these books is to check out the recipes and I wasn't disappointed with Fatally Flaky. I can only use Diane Mott Davidson's recipes for very special events, but Fatally Flaky Cookies and the recipe for Black-and-White Cake with Chocolate Glaze look deliciously unforgettable.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Great Book

    I love the whole series, I think it is better to start with the first one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

    Fans won't be disappointed

    I am a big fan of the series and this installment was very good. Interesting characters along with all our old friends. You can feel Goldie's frustration with her psycho bride, her sadness and, well, I don't want to spoil anything! Enjoy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

    Another great book from Diane Mott Davidson

    I have every book by this author and she keeps getting better. For regular readers you will recognise all the old familiar faces. As always she has some great recipes at the end. Definitely a good thriller.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

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    Culinary Caper

    This novel was truly a "culinary" delight. Enjoyed "eating" this mystery right up. The novel plot, characters, and descriptions were well developed, and kept me wanting to read until the mystery was unraveled. As with all of Diane Mott Davidson's culinary capers this was a delight. Wish the book came with some of the foods tucked in it to enjoy while reading about them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

    Good recipes for more involved cooking/baking

    the book is a good read and fast readers (like me) finish it in a short time...day or less. The recipes by the author are usually good ones to try, but this time they seemed a bit more than I would want to put into making them. Joanne Fluke books are very similar and the latest had more recipes that I liked.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

    Does Flaky refer to Goldy?

    I confess: Diane Mott Davidson's catering mysteries are my guilty pleasures. Reading this book I wondered what it is about Goldy that I like. Honestly, she's a caffeine-addled, obsessive busybody in unrealistic situations. Yet she is loveable. At least in this book she doesn't just happen to stumble upon a corpse as she frequently does in others. But I digress . . . This is a fun, quick read. Fans of DMD won't be disappointed. And the mouth-watering descriptions of the food she prepares will inspire you to try out some of the recipes or at least wish you had your own personal chef.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

    Goldy Schultz does it again!

    Diana Mott Davidson's latest bite into the culinary mystery has you feeling full and satisified when you finish reading. The book takes on a new mystery as the local caterer Goldy and her detective husband work to solve the mysterious deaths of her godfather and his best friend. Lots of mystery surrounding the new spa and its owner, along with disasterous weddings will have any fan of culinary mysteries wanting second helpings. I can't wait for serving #16.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Hello anybody Really getting bored

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Fun characters, lots of things going on

    Enjoyable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    A long time ago

    Fourteen books ago I read the first of these cylinary mysteries, and was totally turned off. This one helped change that.

    The characters are well developed, have great voices and verve, and the storyline is intriguing.

    I may have to search for the other 13.....

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