Crunch Time

Crunch Time

by Diane Mott Davidson

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“A cross between Mary Higgins Clark and Betty Crocker.”
Baltimore Sun

“The Julia Child of mystery writers.”
Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph

No one cooks up a tastier stew of murder, mystery, and mayhem than New York Times bestselling author Diana Mott Davidson. Entertainment Weekly calls her “today’s foremost practitioner of the culinary whodunit.” And now it’s Crunch Time, as Davidson’s delightful series protagonist, caterer and amateur sleuth-extraordinaire Goldy Schulz, digs into a deadly smorgasbord that includes a heaping helping of murder, a double dose of arson…and nine adorable beagle puppies!

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ISBN-13: 9780061348167
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/31/2012
Series: Culinary Mystery Series , #16
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 143,425
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

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

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Crunch Time 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 142 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Aspen Meadow, Colorado, an arsonist burns down the rental in which chef Yolanda Garcia and her Great Aunt Ferdinanda lived. Shook, the pair moves into the abode of former cop turned private investigator Ernest McLeod. However, soon after the two females move in, he is murdered and his house set on fire. Goldilocks Catering owner Goldy Schulz invites her friend and the aunt to move in with her as the Fatally Flakey caterer will not allow a homicidal arsonist to scare her from doing the right thing for friends. Her husband Sheriff's Department investigator Tom and police officer John Bertran as Ernest's former partner lead the inquiry. When someone tries but fails to break into Goldy's home, a cop moves in to protect the three women. However Goldy, who not one to stew in silence, investigates who targets Yolanda and Ferdinanda, and why. The latest Goldy Colorado culinary cozy (see Sweet Revenge) is an entertaining whodunit as once again the amateur sleuth competes with law enforcement to uncover the identity of the culprit. The mystery is personal as the killer murdered a friend and threatened to harm another long time pal of the heroine (the chefs worked together in a defunct restaurant), but it is the home invasion partly thwarted by Jake the bloodhound that sets Goldy in motion. With a strong late spin, fans will relish this taut suspense thriller. Harriet Klausner
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Goldy Schultz, Colorado caterer, is in hot water again as she tries to help her friend, employee and fellow chef, Yolanda Garcia. It seems Yolanda is having a bit of bad luck after breaking up with her "boyfriend". The rental she is sharing with her great aunt Ferdinanda burns to the ground and arson is suspected. Then they move in with cop turned private detective Ernest McLeod. Shortly thereafter Ernest is killed and his house goes up in flames. Goldy, Yolanda, Ferinanda and nine puppies rescued from a puppy mill, barely escape with their lives. Goldy takes them all in thinking that her house will surely be safe since her husband is a cop but they are not even safe there. The house is almost burglarized but Golldy's son foils that attempt. Then another body is found. Goldy decides it is Crunch Time and jumps from the frying pan into the investigation of the fires and the murders. Can she stay one step ahead of the killer and keep herself from being their next victim? My Thoughts I have enjoyed this series since Catering to Nobody (Goldy, Book 1) but by the 16th installment it must get harder to write for characters. I really had a hard time finishing this book. The main plot and subplots were very good and I love these characters but the book seem so dragged out and really long. It is over 400 pages and 100 could have easily been cut. The last installment came out in April of 2009 which leads me to believe the author may have struggled a bit with this one and it shows. An the positive side, Aunt Ferninada is hilarious, her little digs and her amazing wheelchair carried this story. If you are a fan of this series you will want to read it to keep up with the characters you love but I recommend picking it up at the library unless you have the whole series collected on your keeper shelf. It will be interesting to see if this is the last we read about Goldy Schultz or if the author brings back a new installment more like the previous editions I loved. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Amazon Vine Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
PSMN More than 1 year ago
I was really disappointed. My favorite Goldy books are when I feel like I am in her kitchen watching her cook while she tells me a great story. This one felt like she was running around in a frenzy trying to solve this murder, barely cooking, and Archie was an afterthought. I was thinking, she can't help herself. She has an obsessive compulsive disorder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is by far the worst I've ever read. But let me correct that. I was so bored by this book I was unable to finish it. I returned it to the library without getting half way through it. I think the author has run out of viable ideas for plots.
SA_Reader More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading Crunch Time and I have loved all the Goldy books-this one was way over the top. Too much of her breaking into and stealing things that would not be good in court. A few laughs but most of the time I was just shaking my head saying "Oh no, Not AGAIN!" because Goldy was doing something she should not be doing time and time again. As I say, Too Much Already! Diane took a good thing and went too far over the edge.
Books_And_Chocolate More than 1 year ago
Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz tries to help her longtime friend and fellow chef Yolanda Garcia when the rental house shared by Yolanda and her Aunt Ferdinanda is destroyed by arson. The women move in with friend and private investigator Ernest McLeod but he is shot dead and his house is set on fire, nearly killing Goldy, Yolanda, Ferdinanda, and nine beagle puppies that Ernest had recently rescued from a puppy mill. Goldy invites the women to stay with her family while the murder is investigated but after an attempted break-in, an ex-boyfriend stalking Yolanda, and Goldy discovering clues about missing gems that Earnest was investigating before being killed, no one is safe and no one is spared being the killer's next target. I'm a fan of Davidson's series about Goldy Schulz and while I mostly enjoyed this newest book, parts of it dragged on too much for me and I found myself skipping over whole paragraphs and even pages. For some reason everyone seemed to be more into "in your face" lengthy interrogations than what I remember in past titles. There were several side stories going on with various characters in this book and while some of them didn't seem to be important to the story I felt Davidson did a decent job connecting them while not letting their stories distract from the main conflict. The biggest surprise for me though was the one in Goldy's personal life revealed toward the end. You'll have to read it yourself to find out what that is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read and enjoyed all of the Goldy books-with the exception of this one. "Crunch Time" has been a major dissapointment and I am having to force myself to finish it. Yolanda and her aunt are both obnoxious characters. I cannot understand why Goldy is so hell-bent on coming to their rescue. What has happened to Goldy? She is running all over town like the proverbial chicken with its head cut off and allowing this pair to move into her house and take over, bullying her into making rum sauce at 5 a.m. in her own kitchen. Not the Goldy we all know and used to love. I wish the author would allow Julian to return from exile in Boulder and be the subject of a book. He hardly appears anymore and I would like to see more of him. Also, way too much interference by Goldy in Tom's investigations/interrogations. Would a detective really be allowed to question suspects in his kitchen with frequent interruptions by his busybody wife who is cooking in the background and evesdropping the entire time? Highly doubtful. And finally...600 pages? Seriously?! She could have trimmed one third of this and I doubt we would have missed a thing. I hope the author can come up with some better characters for the next installment and that it does not take three years for it to happen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually love reading Diane Davidson's books but Crunch Time is one of her worst books. I was hoping that Goldy was the victim. The book was so boring it took me days just to finish it. I'll make sure I read her next reviews before buying another one of her books.
cerises More than 1 year ago
loved it
lovesmysteriesRH More than 1 year ago
Well I've read all the other books in the series, so I thought well why stop now. Her last books are not as good as the first ones. This one is ok, but the main problem I have with it,is how involved Goldie gets in her husbands cases. She sits in when he interogates a suspect and constantly interrupts, like she knows more then her husband. To me it's annoying. Goldie should stick to cooking and snooping.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of filler in it. Not up to her early books.
Famfatale More than 1 year ago
I found this one a bit hard to "swallow" despite the tasty recipes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I generally enjoy the "Goldy" books. Light hearted and fun to read, but this was not one of the better ones. Too much running around town, too many characters to keep track of, and little to no appearance if some of our favorites like Julian. Not a favorite. Maybe the next one will be better.
kimily More than 1 year ago
Hurry and write another
AMHMN More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading this book- she gets better all the time- very innovative, and very intertaining.
librarysusie More than 1 year ago
This is #16 in the Goldy Schultz series and as usual Goldy puts herself in the middle of a murder investigation. I liked the new characters Yolanda & her aunt Ferndinanda especially the aunt, she made me laugh. This one had a lot going on puppy mills, marijuana, cheating husbands and a hooker who used to tutor Arch! Poor Tom still thinks just maybe this will be the time when Goldy actually tells him what she's doing and just maybe she will listen to him when he tells her to stay out of it, Oh Tom will you never learn! I enjoyed this one better than Fatally Flaky, these books are just good escapism and a laugh or two. The author always keeps you guessing who did it.
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
Goldy Schulz, owner of Goldilocks Catering in Aspen Meadow CO, has her work cut out for her in the latest culinary mystery by Diane Mott Davidson. Goldy's assistant Yolanda has broken off her relationship with wealthy Kris Nielsen, followed by her apartment being burned to the ground. She moved in with local PI Ernest McLeod, but he has been murdered. Goldy, Yolanda, and her Cuban refugee aunt Ferdinanda, are at McLeod's house when a mysterious bald man lobs molotov cocktails into the house and boom! another house gone. Tom, Goldy's husband, is an investigator for the Sheriff's department and has suspicions about Yolanda's involvement. Goldy convinces him to let the two women stay with them for a short period of time. Of course, Goldy can't keep her nose out of the murder and the mayhem commences. Add in nine adorable Beagle puppies, mysterious house breaking adulterers, and missing gold and diamonds from a Cuban refugee family, and the plot becomes quite complicated. Tom continues to be a big lovable guy who worries about his inquisitive wife. Son Arch is now in high school and has become a fencing aficionado. Goldy's best friend,Marla ( the second wife of Goldy's deceased first husband, commonly known as "the jerk") has a significant role in this book. Ferdinanda is an interesting character with lots of spunk even though she is wheelchair bound after a hit and run accident. I loved her snarky comments throughout the book. There are several secondary characters who add the red herrings but it all comes together in the end. As always, Ms. Davidson has done a great job of combining all the elements much like the yummy recipes at the end of the book. Fans of the series will enjoy this book. My only negative- we didn't see enough of Julian, Goldy's former apprentice.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have been looking forward to this book since the middle of last year. I love Goldy and the adventures that she gets herself into without thinking about it, as well as the delectable food that she describes and provides recipes for. I especially love it when I get an audio version that is narrated by the great Barbara Rosenblatt. (I honestly believe Barbara Rosenblatt could make the construction of a cement truck sound fascinating.)In this latest installment of Goldy's adventures, Goldy is trying to help a friend who has lost her job and her home. Yolanda starts as an assistant to several of Goldy's catering jobs. As we start we are told of the death of Ernest McLeod, a retired cop turned PI, who was a friend of both the ladies. The story of the investigation into Ernest's murder is mixed with the cases that he was working on at the time of his death - puppy mills, stalkers, missing family jewels. Goldy manages to gather all the info and finally figure out where the evidence is and nearly gets killed in the process.Goldy as she always is¿enjoyable and delicious!
dd196406 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another enjoyable entry in the Goldy Schulz series. I had a hard time getting into this one, but it may not have been the book's fault. Still enjoyed the plot and the new characters. Yolanda and Ferdinanda were interesting people to get to know.
cee2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've read a few of the early books in this series and was glad to get "Crunch Time" through Amazon's Vine program. In this outing, Goldy is helping a chef friend, Yolanda, and Yolanda's aunt after they have been burned out of their 2 prior residences. The second fire also involved the murder of a former P.I. who was Yolanda's employer. Goldy invites her friends to move in with her family and as she tries to balance her catering business with keeping her friends safe, the danger just keeps ratcheting up for everyone. There's a lot going on in this one: a stalker, ex-boyfriend; missing gems; cheating spouses; a puppy mill; murders; and church fundraising. It all gets pulled together in the end, but sometimes I felt a little lost along the way. Though this one isn't my favorite, I like this series and plan to continue reading it.
susiesharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is #16 in the Goldy Schultz series and as usual Goldy puts herself in the middle of a murder investigation. I liked the new characters Yolanda & her aunt Ferndinanda especially the aunt, she made me laugh. This one had a lot going on puppy mills, marijuana, cheating husbands and a hooker who used to tutor Arch! Poor Tom still thinks just maybe this will be the time Goldy will actually tells him what she¿s doing and just maybe she will listen to him when he tells her to stay out of it, Oh Tom will you never learn!I enjoyed this one better than Fatally Flaky, these books are just good escapism and for a laugh or two. The author always keeps you guessing who did it and you¿re never sure just how it¿s going to turn out. I look forward to the next book because of the ending will be curious how that works out!4 Stars
khiemstra631 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a perfectly serviceable entry in the Goldy Schulz catering series. There are a couple of dead bodies, an abused woman, teenage Arch who is almost human again, and a bit of sex to sweeten the pot. It's neither the best nor the worst of the series, but it's a good read so don't hesitate to pick it up.
phyllis2779 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pretty good mystery from Davidson. The only reason I don't give it 4 stars is because I can't get over how many stupid things Goldy does. Someone tells her that such and such is dangerous and not to do it and she immediately goes ahead and does it. Over and over in every book and of course she gets hurt over and over. It's a theme. Plus she is obnoxiously nosy, well beyond anything that would be bearable in real life. So the 1/2 star deduction is for this totally unreal TSTL heroine who nevertheless usually solves the crime and has friends. Unbelievable.
TooBusyReading on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(fiction ¿ cozy mystery) Don't get me wrong ¿ I like cozy mysteries, I really do. Generally they are light reading without overly gory murders and with interesting and fun characters. I've read some of the other books in this series about Goldy Schulz, Colorado caterer and amateur sleuth, and have enjoyed them. This one just didn't appeal to me as much.First of all was the length. I'm prepared to spend two to three hundred pages. This one, including recipes at the end, is 471 pages. Okay, I'm a big girl, I can deal with that. But shortly into the book, Goldy's husband, a member of the local sheriff's department, starts an interrogation I thought would never end. Way too much repetition. Maybe I can't deal after all ¿ I almost gave up at this point.Then there were rescued beagle puppies. Rescued puppies ¿ how can I not like that? You know I'm a sucker for anything furry. In this story...well, I don't want to ruin anything, but the puppy positives didn't outweigh the negatives.And Goldy herself...her employee drops and breaks $1000 of a client's Limoges and Goldy makes it up to the hostess by serving the fruit and cheese trays. Really? Yolanda ¿ what a wuss. Some of the characters came across as ridiculous rather than just quirky.While I am whining, do I really have to read so many details about every time the weather changes, every tomato sliced, every dishwasher loaded? This could have been a very entertaining 250 page book. As it was, just too much mind candy for me.
gma2lana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have tried and actually read a few of the Goldy Stories, and they just don't really grab me. I stuck it out and finished, but it was oh hum. Very repetitve, and I tired of hearing about food preparations and what they were going to eat. I give it a 3 star, as it held my interest just enough to finish.