Dying for Chocolate (Culinary Mystery Series #2)

Dying for Chocolate (Culinary Mystery Series #2)

by Diane Mott Davidson

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“A classic whodunit . . . the perfect book for food lovers.”—New York Daily News

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
“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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553560244
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1993
Series: Culinary Mystery Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 112,906
Product dimensions: 6.88(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

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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Dying for Chocolate 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
RavenDark More than 1 year ago
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.
fangirlKC More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
sturlington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These are your basic light little mysteries, but they suffer from a two-dimensional quality. The viewpoint character is just so pure ¿ she¿s in her thirties, has a child, and still feels guilty about sleeping with her fiance before the wedding, and enjoying it ¿ while all the other people in the small Colorado town where she lives are so nasty, snobbish, priggish, gossipy, and shallow that the reader gets a lopsided view that just isn¿t believable. And the reasons these people have for committing murder strain your disbelief even further, but I won¿t give anything away. I was also particularly put off by one line in Dying for Chocolate: ¿She had that drawn look that vegetarians get.¿ I haven¿t looked drawn since I became a vegetarian ¿ quite the opposite, in fact ¿ and everyone knows that a vegetarian diet is, in point of fact, much better for you. Anyway, the books do have a redeeming quality ¿ they all include several sinfully sweet recipes so you can take time out and cook something if the story is bothering you.
LiteraryLinda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The mysteries by Ms. Davidson are lots of fun. Her hero is a caterer in a Colorado mountain town. who is preparing for an event in each book. A murder occurs. Goldie, the caterer, is married to one of the town cops and she can't help but get involved in finding out who-dun-it. Her recipes for the event are included.
bearette24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This wasn't one of my favorites, although it received some of the best reviews at Amazon. Julian and Marla are introduced in this book, and oddly enough, Julian and Goldy don't really like each other (so it's unclear why she decides to let him live with her at the end of the book). Also, the killer was really easy to spot. This was the first Goldy book where I figured out the killer way in advance, and I didn't like that.
MsBeautiful on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoy this character, love hearing about cooking/recipes
la_librarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read through several chapters of this book and just couldn't finish. No hook right off at all. From what I could tell of her character Goldy seemed like a prudish whiny spinster. Very boring.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun read as Goldie and son are temporarily living at the estate of a friend while her home is being fitted with a security system. Needless to say people start dying from poisoning. Julian enters Goldie's life and her relationship with Schulz heats up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. There were twists and turns you don't see coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book of the series seems to be MIA.... It's called Catering to Nobody. I feel I can't start the series without it. I know it sounds strange but it will bug me.
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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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jlmar More than 1 year ago
Goldy once again delivers. A great story and yummy recipes!
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gram44 More than 1 year ago
I live in Colorado, so really enjoy knowing all the places where Goldy goes.
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Very enjoyable series of mysteries, the main characters stay the same. Similar to Janet Evanovich and the Stephanie Plum series.
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