The Whole Enchilada (Culinary Mystery Series #17)

The Whole Enchilada (Culinary Mystery Series #17)

by Diane Mott Davidson
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The Whole Enchilada (Culinary Mystery Series #17) by Diane Mott Davidson

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)

The Whole Enchilada

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061348174
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/27/2013
Series: Culinary Mystery Series , #17
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,041,376
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

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

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The Whole Enchilada 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 106 reviews.
Bookbetty43 More than 1 year ago
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.
Mayor More than 1 year ago
A fairly good job, but the epilogue contained a whole lot more information than the rest of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is getting a little tired. The story was too long, and too much happens in the Epilog.
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
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!
beedyr More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much explaining and too little action!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book because I am a big fan but I was disappointed with the plot - it was easy to figure out "who dunnit" compared to her other books.  The way the book  ended made me wonder if this was the end of the series.  I wonder if Mott is running out of inspiration and interest.  That would be a shame - I enjoy the Colorado setting and her characters. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reads like it may be Davidson's "swan song". Most of the focus is on one character, a bit dull, with Goldie becoming the superhero! I miss the cooking interwoven throughout the story, the relationship Goldie had with Tom, and Goldie's quirkiness. The epilogue makes me hope this is the last book in the series, because after ready ALL Davidson's previous mysteries...I won't chose to read another.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed.  The character of Goldy has always been like an friend I look forward to visiting with.  Unfortunately, in this book she makes it clear she doesn't like Republicans and is very stereotypical with her descriptions.  It wasn't necessary and seemed banal.  She also rips on fitness and just seems cranky and unhappy.  Maybe it has to do with switching to decaf.  Her family life is wrapped up with a pretty bow at the end and that's where we'll part ways, even if there is another book.  Arch is too moody and I was hoping he'd out grow that phase!.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Lillianswriter More than 1 year ago
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.
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PRG1945 More than 1 year ago
Only reason I didn't give it a "5" is that there isn't anything unique. It's the characters we love and whimsical writing that typifies this series. If Diane Mott Davidson is a new author to you, start with #1 in the series. The books build on each other. You'll enjoy this book if you haven't read the others, but who wants to read a series from the end to the beginning?
mybookfriends More than 1 year ago
I love the humor used in Davidson's books! It keeps me a return customer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read most of Diane Mott Davidson's books . I think The WHOLE ENCHILADA is the best . I didn't figure out the killer . There were so many twists and turns . I read it in one sitting .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As far as i can see has never gone into soft cover so it is only borrow from library but as i borrowed this one doubt if i will bother just too annoying especially her constant injuries and complete disregard for caffine addiction too much can seriously cause filbrilation
BeachRead245 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Harper Collins for a copy of The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson. I am familiar with this author from seeing many of her novels in the bookstore or on the shelves at libraries. Diane writes what many know as foodie mysteries. This type of mystery is a first for me. Synopsis: Goldy is preparing for her son’s birthday party. Her catering business will handle the food for the event. A good event could mean good prospects for her catering business! She is also excited to see her friend Holly who she has not seen in a while. They are getting back together to celebrate both of their sons’ birthdays. Holly has been rather secretly recently and Goldy wants to know what is going on. Before she has the chance to ask; Holly collapses at the party and dies. Now she has many questions with no answers. How will they help the Great Meadows police department investigate? My Thoughts: I had never read a foodie mystery before. The journey back into mysteries is a gradual dip into the water. Goldy and her friends’ story take place in this series. I dropped into the middle of this series. First you will notice if you have not read this series before the first fifty pages will catch you up on what has happened so far. I initially wondered how much background information we the readers would have to read. All of the sudden page fifty brought along the action and started to keep me interested in the story. The only other part that bugged me is how much time is spent discussing the recipes and prep. Yes, this story is about a caterer. I did enjoy the story and will probably keep my copy for the recipes. by Jencey/Writer's Corner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all of Diane Mott Davidson's Culinary Mystery Series, and this is no exception. I read the excerpt at the end of Crunch Time, and I had to get The Whole Enchilada right away. If you enjoy this genre, be sure not to miss this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago