The Whole Enchilada (Culinary Mystery Series #17)

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Caterer and sleuth extraordinaire Goldy Schulz jumps from the frying pan into the fire as she tries to solve a puzzling murder that is much too close to home, in this latest entry in the New York Times bestselling series from "today's foremost practitioner of the culinary whodunit" (Entertainment Weekly).

Goldy Schulz knows her food is to die for, but she never expects one of her best friends to actually keel over when she's leaving a birthday party Goldy has catered. At first, ...

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Overview

Caterer and sleuth extraordinaire Goldy Schulz jumps from the frying pan into the fire as she tries to solve a puzzling murder that is much too close to home, in this latest entry in the New York Times bestselling series from "today's foremost practitioner of the culinary whodunit" (Entertainment Weekly).

Goldy Schulz knows her food is to die for, but she never expects one of her best friends to actually keel over when she's leaving a birthday party Goldy has catered. At first, everyone assumes that all the fun and excitement of the party, not to mention the rich fare, did her in. But what looks like a coronary turns out to be a generous serving of cold-blooded murder. And the clever culprit is just getting cooking. When a colleague—a woman who resembles Goldy—is stabbed, and Goldy is attacked outside her house, it becomes clear that the popular caterer is the main course on a killer menu. With time running out, Goldy must roll up her sleeves, sharpen her knives, and make a meal out of a devious murderer, before that killer can serve her up cold.

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No chance you'll want to forget ordering Davidson's 17th series title (after Crunch Time). First a friend dies of poisoning, and then Goldy gets attacked. [See Prepub Alert, 3/27/13.]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062282774
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Series: Culinary Mystery Series , #17
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 239,874
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.50 (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.

Barbara Rosenblat is a multi-award-winning voice actor for audiobooks. On Broadway, she created the role of 'Mrs. Medlock' in 'The Secret Garden'.

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The Whole Enchilada


By Diane Davidson

HarperCollins Publishers

Copyright © 2013 Diane Davidson
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-06-134817-4


1
Before Holly died—before everything went south—I enjoyed the
prep for the boys' party.
As I grated cheese for the enchiladas, I remembered meeting Holly
on the maternity ward when our sons were born. She was standing
very still outside the newborns' nursery, staring through the glass as
tears dropped from her high- cheekboned face. I put her despair down
to postpartum blues, and hugged her. She was quite a bit taller than
yours truly, so we made an odd picture.
Within moments, Holly and I also discovered that neither of our
doctor husbands had bothered to show up. She dabbed her eyes and
said, “I feel so sorry for Drew. He has to know his own father doesn't
care.”
For a change, I bit my tongue. I hadn't been surprised that Dr. John
Richard Korman had not made an appearance. Later, I dubbed him the
Jerk, both for his initials and his behavior, which included breaking my
right thumb in three places with a hammer.
I set aside the shredded cheddar and veered away from that mem-
ory. I touched my thumb, which still wouldn't move properly. Then I

6 Diane Mott Davidson
tore the skin off rotisserie chickens and ripped the meat from the bones.
Who says cooking isn't cathartic?
Drew and Arch had been in the same Sunday School and attended
Aspen Meadow's Montessori preschool. There, Holly enthusiastically
helped students with their clay sculptures and tempera paintings. I felt
lucky to have known Holly before her artwork made her famous.
I blinked at the pan of softened tortillas, then stacked them between
paper towels to remove excess oil. Next I mixed crema—homemade
sour cream—with the chicken, cheddar, and a judicious amount of salt.
I began rolling the tortillas around spoonfuls of the filling and carefully
placing them in buttered pans.
Goldy and Arch; Holly and Drew. I had a sudden image of Drew,
Holly's darling son, at age five, his face splashed with freckles, his mop
of strawberry- blond curls blowing in the breeze beside Cottonwood
Creek. After church, Drew and Arch would hunt for garter snakes by
the water. When they held one up for our inspection, we would shriek.
When the boys finished kindergarten, I put Arch into public school.
Holly enrolled Drew at Elk Park Prep, an expensive local private insti-
tution. But the boys remained church pals until they were nine. Back
then, Holly swooned over the cookies I brought in for the Sunday
School class; she even begged for the recipes. She gleefully admitted she
never made them herself, but gave them to the cook who worked for
her mother- in- law, Edith. The cook was one of the benefits of living
in the red- brick plantation- style house that Edith's deceased husband
had built. George the First, as Holly called him, had made millions
as a genuine oil baron. When I said it must be nice to have somebody
else prepare meals, Holly replied that living with Edith wasn't worth a
dozen chefs.
Holly also confided that she'd discovered, too late, that her
husband—George the Second—was a mama's boy and a cheapskate.
Despite Holly's pleas, George refused to buy a house for their little fam-
ily. His mother might get sick, he maintained. She might fall down
the stairs. No, George wouldn't hear of it. Worse, George and Edith

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put Holly, who had to look up the word profligate, on a stringent cash
budget. Humiliated and furious, Holly came to hate them both. The
boys were in fourth grade when she began divorce proceedings.
As I chopped onions for the enchilada sauce, the tears filling my
eyes may have come from the onion. Still, I didn't enjoy recalling how
much I'd missed my friend when she bought a house in Denver. I hated
remembering how Arch had pined for Drew.
I found a tissue, blew my nose, and washed my hands again. I heated
oil in a Dutch oven, then tossed in the onion. When it was almost done,
I ladled in minced garlic. I stirred and inhaled the luscious scent. Next
I added chopped Italian tomatoes, chiles, and oregano to the enchilada
sauce, gave it a good stir, and smiled—for this was when the memories
started their trajectory back up.
Not much more than a year after Holly left George the Second, the
boys had an opportunity to get reacquainted. Holly sold the place in
Denver. She purchased a fire- engine- red four- wheel- drive Audi and a
house in Aspen Meadow Country Club, then called to say she was back.
By then, Marla Korman, the Jerk's second ex- wife, and I had be-
come pals. I invited Holly to join Amour Anonymous. While the group
met, Arch and Drew moved from remote- controlled cars to board
games. In winter, the two of them sledded down nearby hills. Drew,
tall and athletic like Holly, began to tower over Arch. Sometimes the
boys would build a jump for their sleds and plastic saucers, and laugh
themselves silly when one of them wiped out.
At the beginning of each Amour Anonymous meeting, we would
check in with a brief description of our current physical and emotional
health. Then we took turns choosing discussion topics. I was the secre-
tary. This was all before laptop computers became commonplace, so I
wrote the notes by hand.
I sighed, poured the sauce over the first pan of enchiladas, and put
them in the oven. I made myself an espresso and sat down. What came
next was my best memory of Holly from those dark days.
Not long into my own years of singlehood, Marla was out of town

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when a sudden snowstorm postponed an Amour Anonymous meeting.
Arch was spending the night with a friend, whose parents invited him
to stay on. I couldn't have picked him up anyway, because my tires had
once again been slashed. I suspected the Jerk, of course, but could prove
nothing.
(Continues...)

Excerpted from The Whole Enchilada by Diane Davidson. Copyright © 2013 Diane Davidson. Excerpted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • Posted August 30, 2013

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    Goldy Schulz is at it again in the latest book in the series. Wh

    Goldy Schulz is at it again in the latest book in the series. When her good friend Holly dies after leaving her son’s birthday party, Goldy discovers that there was a lot going on in Holly’s life that Goldy knew nothing about. Goldy and Holly met when they gave birth to their sons at the same time and discovered that they were both married to Doctors, and not the nicest men to boot. Over the years they had lost touch with each other but Goldy considered Holly one of her most important friends and is devastated by her death.
    AS we would expect, Holly’s death is actually a murder and Goldy is determined to help her husband Tom solve the case. After she has a dangerous accident at Holly’s house, Goldy gets a 24/7 police escort in Officer Boyd. Goldy, her friend Marla, her fellow caterer Julian, and even Boyd becomes a mobile unit asking questions all over town and stirring up lots of trouble. Goldy finds out more about Holly than she would ever have wanted to know and many lives will be impacted by the information she uncovers. There are several side stories going on that have a relationship to the murder but also cause problems that aren’t related.
    I really love Tom’s character and would have liked to see more of him in the book. However, his part in the story might be small in time but ultimately BIG in impact on Goldy’s future. I enjoy the fact that he has learned to just let Goldy loose when it comes to a murder because she will do what she wants with or without his permission. Tom does the best he can to protect her and Goldy does take precautions so Tom doesn’t have to worry as much. Long time readers will be happy to see the usual cast of characters we have come to know so well but new readers will find the book easy to follow without too much backstory. The ending will satisfy everyone and the recipes at the end of the book look really yummy!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    This series is getting a little tired. The story was too long, a

    This series is getting a little tired. The story was too long, and too much happens in the Epilog.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2013

    Fun Read

    I have read many of Diane Mott Davidson's "Culinary Mystery Series" but "The Whole Enchilada" is the first one in a long time. Her books are a fun read with a mystery always involved. The characters are engaging and it feels like you are listening to a friend tell you about her adventures with her catering business. I was really stumped with the "who did it" until almost the last minute this time....Mott Davidson builds up the evidence that this character has to be the murderer, but then no it is someone else, and then someone else again. No matter how long it has been since you read a Goldie adventure you can slide right in and feel at home with the whole cast of characters. I went out after reading this on my Nook and got 2 more of her audio books for a long car trip I am taking next week. Her books are great for readers who are looking for a light read with a mystery and a look at many likable characters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    Sort of disappointed

    The usual characters are there, but the story line is a bit cloudy. Just not up to Davidson's normal standard. Was it written in a hurry! Only makes sense if you've read the other books first.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    Great read!

    Best Goldy book to date. If you wanted more romance, danger, mystery and great recipes you got it. Even a few tears and surprises along the way. Hope this isn't the last one of the Goldy series, so many more potential plot lines popped up in this one. It's midnight on a work night couldn't put it down. Enjoy!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    For those of us who love Goldy and her family this is a great bo

    For those of us who love Goldy and her family this is a great book. From beginning to end it keeps you turning pages and wondering what happened. Even if you have never meet the group before you will be able to follow along. This one is very good and it is fun to watch the family grow through the books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Poor son!

    Mott has her usual great recipes and food prep/catering in this book. Her relationships with her husband and son are so weak....... maybe family therapy in the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    I have always LOVED Goldy Schulz and have read all of the books,

    I have always LOVED Goldy Schulz and have read all of the books, however, this one was way too long. The Epilogue was far too long and I thought that the very end of the epilogue would have gone into the next book.
    I really missed Tom, the police officer in this book. Although Goldy is a sleuth, Tom handed over way too much in this investigation and having the whole police department watching and guarding them every second was overkill. I love Boyd as a police officer not as a babysitter, fill in caterer. Not your best Mrs. Davidson, but, I cannot wait for the next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Stupid name good book

    The book was fantastic but the name does not go with it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    Well . . . . .

    A fairly good job, but the epilogue contained a whole lot more information than the rest of the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Boooooring

    Too much explaining and too little action!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2014

    Disappointed

    I have read a lot of ms Davidson's books and found them to be quite enjoyable. This one, not so much. The story went round and round from one suspect to the other and back again. As I remember, the murder was not solved until the epilogue. I've always loved her books and will not be turned off by one disappointment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    I give this one 5 Star's.

    Great read. Kept me on my toes. Diane Mott Davidson, WOW!

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    highly recommened

    Funny and entertaining!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    I have read all the Goldy Schulz books and think this the best w

    I have read all the Goldy Schulz books and think this the best written of an overall well-written series. It is a somewhat complex plot, but it seemed to me to be skillfully presented. I enjoyed this very much. Like some of the other reviewers, though, I too sensed the possibility that this could be the end of the series. I fervently hope not and that we will have more culinary mysteries in years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    I have enjoyed The Goldy Series until this book. Marla has beco

    I have enjoyed The Goldy Series until this book. Marla has become obnoxious and I was completely turned off by the way Goldy and Marla treated some people (like the artist). They acted like a couple of "mean girl" teenagers. I know this is fiction but Goldy's involvement in the investigation was more implausible than in previous books. Her husband would lose his job if he really turned over so much of the investigation to Goldy. Not Diane Mott Davidson's best effort.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Good read - check it out

    Good clean mystery. Love the recipies. I have the whole collections of Diane Mott Davidson, some paper backs other on my nook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Five Stars for Marla!

    I liked this book because Marla was in every chapter. She's such a great character, yet sometimes she doesn't have a very big part. I find those books frustrating, but not this one. Plus, Marla gets in on a little heroic action at the end of the book. You go, girl!

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  • Posted March 29, 2014

    This one kept me guessing to the end.

    I loved Goldie from the first book and this one keeps up the same great cast of characters. My only complaint is that whoever is proof reading (if a person actually does it any more) is not doing a very good job. Fortunately it didn't interfere from a fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    Great read

    Cozy mystery that reads quickly. Characters are likeable and believable. Sideline plots fit well in the story.

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