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5.0 out of 5 stars Diane Mott's Writing Style, 22 April 1998
By A Customer
One thing that's important to a story line, especially in murder mystery fiction, is believability. Diane Mott Davidson's stories are tightly written, well thought out, and believable to every day life! Her humor is an important link to her character, but also to the reader of her stories. She starts the book with enthusiasm, meaning that the story "just never drags." I really appreciate that in a mystery writer, in that you don't wait until page 206 for the murder to take place! (Some authors do). Very identifiable characters, and a real treat for anyone who has an understanding of small towns in Colorado! As that her characters are very "on par" to residents ! The cooking is great, and a wonderful read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great first novel!, 5 Nov. 1997
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I loved the book! I found it by accident and am I glad I did! However now I have several more of this authors books to read! This is a wonderful book! Goldie Bear is a great cook and a fun sleuth. The book is peppered (sorry about the pun) with wonderful recipes. The characters are well developed and Ms. Davidson does a wonderful job of keeping you guessing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting hooked..., 15 Dec. 2010
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I decided to read this book after discovering the third in the series, The Cereal Murders which, to my surprise, I enjoyed hugely.
I really wish I had been able to start with Catering to Nobody, it was annoying to know what happens to some of the characters and to be aware of the burgeoning relationship between Goldy, our gourmet cook cum detective and Schultz the policeman. Certainly, despite myself, I have to now set about reading all the other titles in order. I say 'despite myself' because I am really a Michael Connelly, Jo Nesbo, Donna Leon fan, and prefer a real thriller. But books like this one are lovely to relax with in front of the fire or in bed at night. They don't keep you awake, yet you want to go on reading, secure in the knowledge that nothing really nasty is going to happen to really nice people!
And the foody bits are to die for...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A palpable hit in the culinary mystery line., 19 Mar. 1997
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Catering to Nobody starts with a clever title and never lets up. The main character, Goldy Bear, is a former battered wife who finally divorced her abusive doctor husband and sets out to make her own way in the world with an upscale catering company. In addition to her business, she must deal with her nearly teenaged son and help him cope with the divorce. In this entry of the series, Goldy has to deal with her ex-husband when his father is poisoned at a funeral reception she is catering. Soon Goldy realizes that the only ay to save herself and her business is to solve the mystery herself-- and along the way she meets handsome police officer Tom Schultz, who reappears in later books in this series. Goldy is a character with whom many of today's women can identify. The recipes add another dimension to the book -- try them yourselves!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Count me in as a new fan!, 4 Oct. 1998
By A Customer
It isn't very often that a writer brings freshness and believability to a mystery. After all, "there's nothing new under the sun." Diane Mott Davidson is, however, a new voice (to me) with a lot of pluses in her column.
Davidson's characters are real enough to live in my home town and Goldy's situation is familiar...how to pay the bills, raise a child alone, have a life and deal with a vengeful ex. And, to have a suicide and attempted murder thrown in for good measure just adds spice to the mix!
I have the rest of Davidson's works and look forward to reading them...if only I can finish without gaining 10 pounds!
Go, Goldy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Goldy's First Case, 27 Feb. 2007
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Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers (Santa Clarita, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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Catering a wake is hardly Goldy Bear's idea of a good time. This is especially true when the wake is for her son's former teacher. Eleven year old Arch was very close to Laura Smiley and her suicide came as quite a shock to him and the entire town of Aspen Meadow.

During the wake, Fritz Korman keels over. The police quickly determine that there was poison in his coffee. Fritz happens to be Goldy's ex-father-in-law. While she his happy to be rid of her ex-husband, she still gets along relatively well with Fritz.

Even more upsetting, the police shut down Goldilocks' Catering while they investigate how the poison got into Fritz's coffee. Since the holiday season is coming up, Goldy can't afford to stay shut down for long, so she begins her own investigation. She figures there was to be a reason Fritz was poisoned at the wake, so she also looks into Laura's life. The more she investigates, the more she is convinced that the teacher didn't commit suicide. Was she murdered? Any why did someone try to kill Fritz?

With all the culinary themed mysteries I read, I am finally getting around to reading the one of the first of the genre. And I can see why this series is popular. The characters are great. They seem like real people right off the bat. Even Arch seems like a real boy and not an adult in child's skin. On the other hand, the plot moved slowly and I couldn't believe how much the police shared with Goldy. As is customary in these types of books, there are recipes to be enjoyed after you've read the story.

Despite the flaws with the plot, the rich characters will probably pull me back for a second helping of food and murder.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun!, 19 July 1998
By A Customer
This book is a lot of fun to read. It has interesting characters and plot. I enjoyed seeing Goldy grow and develop after being in an abusive relationship.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Catering to nobody, 20 Sept. 2013
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A crime novel with a difference. Goldy Bear is a divorced woman struggling to make a living from her catering business in Aspen Meadow a small town in Colorado USA, when a poisoning threatens her business and this drives her to investigate for herself, despite a likeable policeman Tom Schulz who takes a personal interest in her. Besides the mystery, there is an interesting cast of characters including her 11 year old son Arch, her abusive ex-husband the Jerk, and her best friend Marla who happens to be the Jerk's other ex-wife. Goldy's recipes are sprinkled through the text and provide a different type of mystery for the British reader - how do you measure a cup of butter? There are vivid passing references throughout the book to the seasons, climate, scenery and wildlife in Aspen Meadow together with the effect of living at high altitude on her recipes. This is the first in a prolific series (17 to date) but only the first three are available on kindle, more's the pity. They don't have to be read in sequence (I've read later ones form the library)but it helps, because of the developments in the lives of the more permanent characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catering to Nobody, 21 Nov. 2012
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Clare O'Beara - See all my reviews
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This is a good story about a lone parent running a catering business in small-town Colorado, America. Goldy is accused of poisoning a guest after a man is struck down at a wake she caters, and has to close while the matter is investigated. Her ex-husband is sure she is guilty and the Department of Health impounds her leftovers. Goldy has to try to find out what went wrong, and why, before she loses her career and finances.

I actually liked Goldy's son Archie a lot - he was a bright, determined young man who wanted to play Dungeons and Dragons for real with his one friend, and didn't whine too much. He climbs trees, learns about beekeeping and re-heats chile with the minimum of fuss. He's a great character. The other characters are believable and act in a genuine way, so this is a very readable book. There are also some recipes and inspirations for cooks. This is the first in the series which has several more books by now, I find it's good to get in at the start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Young Teen from Texas loved this book, 4 July 1998
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I have to say that sometimes my mom actually reads some pretty good books that are not too weird. I could not put this book down at all. It pulled me in like a fisherman. Good character development and VERY believable. I LOVE this book, buy it NOW!
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