The Last Suppers (Culinary Mystery Series #4)

The Last Suppers (Culinary Mystery Series #4)

by Diane Mott Davidson, Hopkins Harris

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Overview

A lusciously lethal novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Sticks & Scones

“The main course on Davidson’s latest menu, served with lively pacing and characterization, is satisfying and tasty.”—Publishers Weekly

It should be the happiest day of Goldy’s life. The Colorado caterer is about to tie the knot with the man of her dreams, homicide detective Tom Schultz. But minutes before the ceremony is to begin, Tom phones with an urgent message: The wedding is off, and the reason is murder!
 
Tom was on his way to the church when he stopped to pick up Father Olson—and found the rector shot and dying. Yet by the time Tom’s fellow officers arrive at the crime scene, Tom has disappeared. Has the groom been abducted by the killer? Or has he gotten cold feet and walked out of Goldy’s life?
 
For better or worse, Goldy needs to know the truth. So she puts her exquisitely decorated wedding cake on ice and begins to search for clues. Her fiancé’s life—and her future happiness—will lead her to an unsavory killer whose unholy passion make Goldy a widow before she’s a wife.

Featuring original recipes for such heavenly delights as monster cinnamon rolls, savory shrimp on wheels, and sinful first wasp latkes!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553572582
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/1995
Series: Culinary Mystery Series , #4
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 119,734
Product dimensions: 4.17(w) x 6.85(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Diane Mott Davidson lives in Evergreen, Colorado, with her husband and three sons and is at work on her next novel.

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"Hurry along now," chided Lucille as she pulled open the side door to St. Luke's.  From inside the church, the high peals of organ music mingled with the buzz and shuffling of arriving guests.  She shooed me into the sacristy, the tiny room adjoining the sanctuary where the priest ans acolytes put on their vestments before each service.  On the counter next to the parish register lay two bouquets of the same type as the disputed altar flowers: luscious spills of creamy white stock and fragrant freesia, tiny pink carnations and white and pink sweetheart roses.  There was one for me and one for Marla, who in addition to being best friend and matron of honor, was the other ex-wife of my first husband.  Lucille informed me Marla was out in the narthex, "giggling wildly with that jewelry raffle committee, but what else would you expect?"  She would send her back.  Lucille's tone signaled her opinion of both the raffle committee and Marla, its chairwoman.  Giving me another of her razor-edged glances, she commanded me to stay put.

Arch craned his neck around the door to the sacristy.  He pushed his glasses up his freckled nose and said, "I know.  You're nervous, right?"

"Remember your first day of seventh grade?"

"I'd rather not."  He scooted through the door and closed it softly behind him.  "Hate to tell you, Mom, but your hat's on crooked."

I smiled.  Thin-shouldered and narrow-chested, Arch had taken great pains with his own scrubbed and buttoned-up appearance.  But the kid-sized tuxedo only emphasized  all the growing up he'd had to do in the last five years.  First he'd escaped into fantasy role-playing games.  Then he'd endured harassment at a new school.  Only in the last few months had Arch found a sense of family support from two people— Julian Teller, our nineteen-year old live-in boarder, and of course, Tom Schulz.  For the first time in years, my son seemed genuinely, if precariously happy.

Reluctantly, I turned to look at the crooked headgear in the long mirror behind the sacristy door.  As I feared, the glass reflected a short, thirty-one year old female with blond corkscrews of hair protruding from a cockeyed hat that looked too sophisticated for her slightly rounded, slightly frecked face.  I removed the odious beige silk thing, reseated it, and stabbed ferociously with the hat pin.  I loathe hats.  Even when catering the most elegant dinners, I never wear a chef's cap.  But Father Olson had suggested my wearing a hat would appease the Altar Guild, whose many rules I was shattering by getting married in Lent, for the second time, with lots of flowers.  Arch, on tiptoe behind me, frowned as he adjusted his black-and-silver-striped cravat.  The tuxedo was a little big.  Nevertheless, he looked absolutely dashing.  I turned and gave him an impulsive hug.

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Last Suppers 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally, Goldy gets her man. Really great book, with some great plot twists. Am looking forward to finishing the whole series of books.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Goldy and Tom are just about to tie the knot when murder interposes. I kept thinking, "how is she still functioning when she's had NO sleep". Some mysteries make sense when you look at them the right way. This one didn't make as much sense - but then some people are just crazy and there is no understanding them.
MsBeautiful on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoy this character, love hearing about cooking/recipes
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Goldy is getting married. Or is she? The priest has not arrived, nor has her fiancee. When her fiancee calls at the last minute saying the priest has been murdered, rumors begin to fly at the Episcopal church. Things only get worse for Goldy as she discovers her fiancee is now missing. She is told to sit still and wait, but her mind won't let her. Being an active woman who makes her living at catering, she throws herself into cooking and trying to figure out what is happening in her church family.This book has numerous recipes, some of which I intend to copy and try. I found it to be a good read. Some of the character's reactions didn't ring true for me, and I have another bone to pick which would be a spoiler, but for the most part I enjoyed reading this and intend to read more. I won't be keeping it on my shelves, because I don't think I will need to read it again, but I'll happily share and recommend it to friends as a fun cozy mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the unexpected!
fangirlKC More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately I have read these books out of order, but they do manage to stand alone in their storyline. An easy read for a lazy day, the people are interesting (all except the son who is way too moody). But I enjoy them, they aren't brainwork, just a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me a while to get into this book but once I got into it it gets better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dull. A waste of money.
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