Fatally Flaky - Goldy Schulz, Bk 15 Author:Diane Mott Davidson Cynics say getting married is a death wish... — It's been a long, rainy summer for Goldy Schulz, who is engaged in planning wedding receptions for what seems to be all of Aspen Meadow. It's bad enough that Billie Attenborough, the bride from hell, has changed her menu six times and the event date twice. Now she wants to move the location ... more »to the Gold Gulch Spa just a scant two days before tying the knot to her doctor fiance.
Then Doc Finn, beloved local physician and the best friend of Goldy's godfather, Jack, is killed when his car tumbles into a ravine. At least that's what appears to have happened. But Jack thinks Doc was murdered because of the research he was doing at the spa -- allegations that are confirmed when Jack himself is attacked.
So Goldy dons chef's whites and goes undercover at the spa, where coffee is outlawed in favor of calming smoothies, and the fruit cocktail doesn't include fresh fruit. Add in the obstreperous owner, who years ago tried to sabotage Goldy's fledgling business, and she's got her hands full.
Above all, there seems to be a clever killer on the spa grounds, watching her every move. After what befell Jack, Goldy knows that she might be next. Catering weddings, and cooking low-fat food, could be killing her -- literally.« less
I was disappointed in this, my first Diane Davidson book. I had read reviews of her earlier books and thought I'd enjoy this one. But the writing is amateurish, the plot line thin and it seems the heroine's head is constantly filled up with elaborate and pretentious recipes. I understand she's a caterer, but Please! She doesn't give much notice to either her husband or her son, who is constantly "farmed out" to one friend or another. She's a basically unlikable character. Even though her husband is a police detective, she repeatedly breaks the law, removing evidence from the scene of a crime, entering places related to the crime when she has no right to be there, etc. She never suffers any consequences for these felonious actions. I got very tired of the over-the-top descriptions of every morsel of food consumed. I also perceived the author to be something of a snob for the descriptions on the appearance of some of the characters. I would not waste your time reading this author unless you like reading about food.