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  1. says:

    Well I leapt into this series at book 2 because I needed a book with a reference to chocolate for an Easter Challenge I guess there are many better ways to choose books but sometimes I come across real gems this way Dying for Chocolate is not a gem but it is a very readable, fun way to pass a few hours The main character is good and her recipes are excellent She is a little bit of a doormat from time to time which is minorly irritating and she is definitely an over obsessive mum Still the story was good, amazingly a main character died within the first few chapters, there were red herrings aplenty and I totally missed guessing the main culprit The ending was tidy and had promise for future character development Will I continue with the series Probably but not immediately

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    Book Review 3 of 5 stars to Dying for Chocolate, the second installment in the Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series, by Diane Mott Davidson, published in 1992 I stumbled on to this series after college and quickly purchased the first five or six books to read as quickly as possible It s one of those series you should read the first few in a row, so you are immersed in the cozy world of fun And with a title all about chocolate, how could you resist The recipes in the book look fun and simple But they tend to be a little non diet friendly, and although I am not usually on a diet, I do watch what I eat And when it comes to desserts, I can t make them too often unless I m giving them away or I ll eat the whole thing.This book continues the intro to Goldy and her pre teen teen son, a good example of a parent child relationship post divorce It helps that Arch is a good kid, but Goldy can sometimes be too motherly over some things Her friendship with Marla is a hoot And her interesting flirtation if you can call it that with the doctor and the policeman are heating up But when 1 of them is killed, you know we won t suffer too long with the infamous cozy triangle image error

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    I needed something to read while on a trip, and this book was given to me by my Mom assomething light, easy to read when you can t really concentrate, and fun Yep, she was right I found out later this is the third in a series of culinary mysteries featuring a main character who is a caterer and has the sorry ridiculous name of Goldy Bear The Goldy is explained as a childhood nickname that carried over into adulthood I must say I think this was unfortunate for everyone, because even though the name gave the author a reason to insert a couple of little side plots, every time I read the full name I either cringed or rolled my eyes in disgust I guess I don t really appreciate such cuteness in mysteries, even light mysteries such as this one Aside from the name issue, I did like the book and I agree with Mom it is fun and easy to read Besides, Davidson Goldy has a good attitude about chocolate Opening a wrapped imported chocolate is like a moment from Christmas Eve Your mouth waters Each tiny crinkle of paper, each flash of colored foil is agony You think if you don t get this chocolate into your mouth in the next five seconds, you re going to die.Our Goldy uses her chocolate and her cooking as stress relievers She has an abusive ex husband to deal with a son who is about to join the ranks of the dreaded Teenagers a very unusual boss and suddenly people around her start dying like Spanish flies So I can certainly understand her need to indulge in good chocolate every so often I do not think I would intentionally search out any other titles in the series, but if I came across them in a used book sale I would pick them up Mother will be looking for of Davidson s books though, so I imagine that someday I will see what else is on Goldy s menu.Meanwhile I whole heartedly agree with Ms Bear when she says Anything tastes good when you wash it down with chocolate.

  4. says:

    Goldy has taken a job to be a live in chef for an older couple She hopes to avoid the abusive ex But avoiding him isn t easy when they share custody of their son Meanwhile murder follows her Good book with a solid plot.

  5. says:

    There are some likable things in this novel the food porn, interactions with Shultz, Marla, and the quaint setting But Goldy in the end is too much of pushover for my tastes, even her bratty son bullies the hell out of her She does make a wry remark or two at times but only to the harmless that are usually trying to help her Along with the dated feel to the dialogue and my total confusion re John Richard seriously how does a documented abuser get unsupervised weekends with their child, why would you stay in such close proximity to him if he s still a constant threatespecially if he only sometimes pays child support, in fact why don t you sic your lawyers on him when he doesn t or report when he continues to threaten stalk you, and yeah while you re at it go ahead and move to a town big enough for you to have a less shaky employment situation rant off , it s time for me to abandon ship on this cozy series Good Riddance _

  6. says:

    I can understand Goldy s stress, but she s downright bitchy for the majority of this book There are some things that bugged me, as well if a shrink is murdered, it doesn t mean the police can now look into all his client s confidential medical files with ease Second, she cannot be sued to change her legal name Goldy Bear because a business says they have The Three Bears copyrighted as their business name It s not a trademarked legal name they re attacking her for it s her legal name If our actual names were copyrighted, we d all be in trouble eventually as kids are named the same name andwell, it just doesn t make sense.As mystery stories go, the villain wasn t predictable but possibly could have been guessed, while the reason and back story never could have My issue really was that Goldy never seemed to do that much investigating It was prompting every once in awhile from Tom to ask questions, and she had to be there anyway, sometimes she would overhear stuff, other times she would be in the right place at the right time, and even still the wrong place at the wrong time She didn t act like a detective besides perhaps one to two incidents, but then didn t carry them much farther other than to inform authorities higher up Still, the mystery lasted but a week or so and there was plenty of action to keep one reading The cooking details, since she is a busy caterer, is of course a primary focus of the book I was delighted to find so many generous recipes throughout, and am sure to try some, especially the Anniversary Hamburgers I wish she had put the recipe for the Chocolate cake she made up, but since it included fillings of actual chocolate mouse and an outer painting of tempered chocolate, it sounds pretty complicated anyway More s the pity Tom Schultz just doesn t seem like a desirable leading man to me He seems sweet but from this book alone I didn t glimpse that much personality, attraction, or mystique The unfortunate Phillip seemed a bit interesting for the short scenes he had, just because of the looks, his work, and his dialogue dished out human quirks than ol Toms Arch seemed like a typical child with a mouth when things get stressed but not a bad seed the general was especially funny in his unusual and quirky ways The abusive ex seemed to be portrayed realistically enough He didn t get tons of time but enough to make the points needed I also felt she was a bit unsympathetic She was mentally telling herself she d be sure to rat out the general for what she sees at his house to her cop friend, although the general is the one who is letting her and her kid stay at his house and is so protective of her He s not right in the head, but to report him for any wrong thing you see Even if this ones mystery fell a bit flat in its execution, and the method of death was a tad unrealistic and far fetched, I still greatly enjoyed the story Goldy isn t a humorous fun type of character, she s a stressed one There s not much of a romantic involvement to speak of, despite claims that it s supposed to be so just no spark anyway to make that count The bizarre situations among the various catered parties helped create the book, especially when it surrounded the main whodunnit sort of characters that helped keep this story alive.

  7. says:

    Warning don t read this book if you are on a diet This is the first of the Goldy Bear cozy mysteries that I read I enjoyed it so much that I went back to the used bookstore and bought books from the series Then I went to the library to read all the copies that they stocked These are just fun books to read The best part of the stories for me are the descriptions of the food coffee and the inclusion of recipes I have tried many of them and they are good If you are looking for something to read just for fun, then this series of mysteries fit the bill.

  8. says:

    I love listening to this series on cd audio as I drive Great culinary mystery series and fun to listen to I am waiting for book 3 in the series to arrive now I recommend to anyone who likes a good mystery that is not too complicated or deep.

  9. says:

    Although this is just the second book I ve read this series is really good and I m looking forward to many Goldy Bear antics and mysteries

  10. says:

    2.5 stars because I like the character Goldy and her bevy of friends, family, and neighbors in Aspen Meadow But this story was weird In one of the opening scenes, a middle aged woman hosts an aphrodisiac dinner in an attempt to win back her philandering husband But this is not an intimate dinner for two, but a party for 6 Guests, when you are trying to seduce your husband Wait, it gets weirder One of the middle aged couples can t make it at the last minute, so the hostess invites two high school seniors to fill in Really Two high school seniors at an aphrodisiac party with two middle aged couples And no character even comments on the total weirdness of this And one of the older guys at the party in his fifties is lasciviously flirting with the hot teenage girl not only at the party, but throughout the book, and nobody does anything about this except grit their teeth at the guy s bad behavior Nobody threatens to call the cops or even informs the girls parents that a fifty something Lothario is after her The weirdness of the whole situation made me feel as if I were in the Twilight Zone as I was reading it On an up note, I started reading the Goldy Books late in the run, so it was pretty cool to read about the characters as they were years before I met them I found the pacing of this book a bit jarring and stilted, whereas the later books flow along beautifully This is the third Goldy book I ve read, and even though this one was a little disappointing and weird, I am definitely going to read

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Dying for Chocolate summary pdf Dying for Chocolate, summary chapter 2 Dying for Chocolate, sparknotes Dying for Chocolate, Dying for Chocolate 8af9628 The CatererMeet Goldy Bear A Bright, Opinionated, Wildly Inventive Caterer Whose Personal Life Has Become A Recipe For Disaster She S Got An Abusive Ex Husband Who S Into Making Tasteless Threats, A Rash Of Mounting Bills That Are Taking A Huge Bite Out Of Her Budget, And Two Enticing Men Knocking On Her DoorThe DishNow Determined To Take Control Of Her Life, Goldy Moves Her Business And Her Son To Ritzy Aspen Meadow Country Club, Where She Accepts A Job As A Live In Cook But Just As She S Beginning To Think She S Got It Made Catering Decadent Dinners And Posh Society Picnics And Enjoying The Favors Of Philip Miller, A Handsome Local Shrink, And Tom Shulz, Her Than Friendly Neighborhood Cop The Dishy Doctor Inexplicably Drives His BMW Into An Oncoming BusThe Unsavory KillerConvinced That Philip S Bizarre Death Was No Accident, Goldy Decides To Do A Little Investigating Of Her Own But Sifting Through The Unpalatable Secrets Of The Dead Doc S Life Will Toss Her Into A Case Seasoned With Unexpected Danger And Even Unexpected Revelations The Kind That Could Get A Caterer And The Son She Loveslled

  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • Dying for Chocolate
  • Diane Mott Davidson
  • English
  • 10 February 2018
  • 9780753170717

About the Author: Diane Mott Davidson

New York Times bestselling author Diane Mott Davidson wrote three novels before one was accepted for publication when she was 41 She has since written 14 mysteries, all featuring Goldy the caterer In addition, she has written short stories and poetry for various publications Davidson has won the Anthony Award from Bouchercon, and has been nominated for the Agatha, another Anthony, and the