Chopping Spree (Culinary Mystery Series #11)

Chopping Spree (Culinary Mystery Series #11)

by Diane Mott Davidson
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Chopping Spree (Culinary Mystery Series #11) by Diane Mott Davidson

Her inventive recipe for mixing first-class suspense and five-star fare has made Diane Mott Davidson a favorite of mystery lovers and a mainstay on major bestseller lists across the country. Now she has prepared another irresistibly tempting tale spiced with mystery and mayhem…

For Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz, business isn’t just booming--it’s skyrocketing. Her friend Marla is constantly warning her, “Success can kill you.” But Goldy doesn’t take the warning literally until her next booking: a cocktail party for the Westside Mall’s Elite Shoppers Club.

While setting up, Goldy is nearly run down by a truck with no intention of stopping. Then she finds an old friend in a pile of sale shoes--stabbed with one of Goldy’s new knives. Goldy must catch the real killer between whipping up Sweethearts’ Swedish Meatballs, Quiche Me Quick, and Diamond Lovers’ Hot Crab Dip. Why was the victim carrying a powerful narcotic? Who hired a private investigator shortly before the murder? Goldy’s gourmet instincts tell her the final course in this case will be a real killer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553578355
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/04/2003
Series: Culinary Mystery Series , #11
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 192,426
Product dimensions: 6.84(w) x 4.12(h) x 0.98(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Diane Mott Davidson lives in Evergreen, Colorado, with her family and is at work on her twelfth novel.

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Chopping Spree 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. When an old friend gets Goldy to cater a big event at the mall, surely mayhem and murder must be the result. Goldy comes into a few hard knocks herself, getting hit over the head with her son's birthday present just as she discovers a body. Worst of all, Julian is arrested for the murder! This book is action packed as Goldy goes into nosey mode to apprehend the true criminal. The only drawback to this book was the antics of Goldy's son Arch. His behavior in this book resembles a two year old's tantrum, than that of a teenager. Frankly, if he were my kid I would tell him to get a paper route and buy his own gifts. Maybe, Goldy should give Arch some chocolate and mellow him out!?! If you can overlook, as in skim over the parts with Arch, this book is truely enjoyable. Happy reading!
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DarleneWA More than 1 year ago
I Loved it, laught loads. It is an all around great book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, and every one of the other ones. But I might add also, that she needs to pay attention to her details. One book had her son's friend's mother's name as Eileen. The next book had it as Kathleen! Well, which one is it? But I will say that Diane's writing is great and I love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have all of Diane Mott Davidson's 'Goldy the caterer' books which I have mostly found to be entertaining, enjoyable and useful distractions both in the print and audio versions (Barbara Rosenblat and Cherry Jones are the best of the narrators for my hour-long commutes!). I do hope future books are better than this one, though, since I found it to be extremely far-fetched and irritating. Of particular distraction and annoyance to the entire story was the downward spiraling antics of Arch (compounded by Goldy's wimpy reactions and tolerance to his obnoxiousness ¿ she apparently hasn¿t learned much about parenting as she has gone along ¿ maybe a dose of Dr. Phil is needed here!). I basically enjoyed Arch's character in past books but not at all in this one (an exception, though, is Arch in Prime Cut ¿ that might have been an indication/hint of where the author may be taking his character ¿ kind of scary to think about the possibilities based on that!). To achieve a toleration of this irritation, I¿ve told myself that perhaps the author is priming us for a possible future plot where Arch is the main crisis/focus where he ultimately turns back into a more tolerable/redeeming character (or not) (since Goldy, Tom, Julian, Marla and John-Richard (but not Arch) have all been the centers of attention/targets in past books) - could be very interestingly developed by the author. Perhaps the author could enhance the drama if Goldy finds herself pregnant by Tom (she's still young enough!) ¿ and maybe twins? Or a girl? Or the pregnancy threatened by the tensions caused by Arch¿s antics which may or may not be triggered/egged on by the manipulative John-Richard with the ultimate (finally) awakening of Arch to this manipulation and the people/relationship costs of such horrific behavior ¿ perhaps Arch endangers Julian, Tom and/or Marla as a result of his succumbing to his father¿s manipulation. Maybe Marla hooks up with Boyd and competes with Goldy in the crime-solving antics. Lots of possibilities and it¿s these possibilities that will keep me looking for Ms. Davidson¿s next offering. (P.S.: Ms. Davidson needs to pay attention to continuity of details - such as the color of Julian's Range Rover - check it out in the various books!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Davidson allows us to "stuff ourselves" with her luscious creation and without any calories--how can you can wrong? Light, fluffy, airy this quick read is as wonderfully written as her other concoctions. I cannot get enough of "Goldilock's Catering--Where Everything Is Just Right!"
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read Diane Mott Davidson's books from the very beginning and was starting to see real development as a mystery writer. However, her last few books have really been a disappointment. This book spends more time describing food than developing the plot. I really think Goldy has a food obsession and should in the real world weigh about 300lbs. This, on top of her caffine addiction and overwork to placate her spoiled brat of a son should soon put her in the hospital. I don't know why her son all of a sudden has developed into such a monster but he is certainly on the fast track to becoming a manipulative abuser of women and Goldy, who should know better, is an enabler. At the end of this fiasco Arch's bad behavior is rewarded by being showered by birthday gifts. I know Ms. Davidson is capable of a better story.
harstan More than 1 year ago
While Goldy¿s ex-husband is in jail, her marriage to policeman Tom Schulz is stable and happy and her catering business is successful beyond her wildest dreams. Her old school friend Barry Dean has commissioned her to cater an event at the Westside Mall but the evening ends in Barry¿s death and a trip to the hospital for Goldy.

The police question her, making it clear she¿s a suspect but they eventually arrest Julian, Goldy¿s assistant and a very dear friend. Julian¿s fingerprints are on the murder weapon, he failed a polygraph test, and a witness says that Julian tried to run Barry over earlier in the week. Despite the overwhelming evidence, Goldy knows he is innocent and sets out to prove it as only she can.

Readers will have a hard time deciding what is better: the mouth-watering descriptions of various recipes or the fast paced compelling story line. Diane Mott Davidson has once again constructed a clever and complex mystery starring a congenial heroine and her equally enjoyable friends. The protagonist¿s teen is so well drawn that every mother who raised a teenager will have a great deal of sympathy for Goldy.

Harriet Klausner