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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Whole Enchilada

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    A fitting end to a good series. I will miss reading more of Goldy's antics! Perhaps it will come back again... :( The characters were always so vivid. About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots A fitting end to a good series. I will miss reading more of Goldy's antics! Perhaps it will come back again... :( The characters were always so vivid. About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    In this 17th book in the series, Goldy the caterer looks into the suspicious death of a friend. The book can be read as a standalone. ***** This isn't one of Diane Mott Davidson's best efforts. In this book Goldy is catering a Mexican food birthday party for a teen after which the teen's mother - a close friend of Goldy's - suddenly collapses and dies. Goldy feels compelled to find out about her pal's mysterious death and as usual thrusts herself into the police investigation. Soon afterward Goldy In this 17th book in the series, Goldy the caterer looks into the suspicious death of a friend. The book can be read as a standalone. ***** This isn't one of Diane Mott Davidson's best efforts. In this book Goldy is catering a Mexican food birthday party for a teen after which the teen's mother - a close friend of Goldy's - suddenly collapses and dies. Goldy feels compelled to find out about her pal's mysterious death and as usual thrusts herself into the police investigation. Soon afterward Goldy's pastor is stabbed and a rival caterer who tried to steal Goldy's business is murdered. I don't want to give away essential plot points but the story involves too many disparate elements: terrible parents, misuse of trust funds, art shenanigans, unfaithfulness (and more) to ever mesh together in a satisfactory way. Goldy also bullies witnesses and leaps to conclusions from the tiniest hint of "evidence." I liked this series for a long time but for me Goldy is losing her mojo. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    I gave this book 2 stars and not 1 like I really think it deserves, only because I did manage to finish the whole thing. I finally found out, yes it took me this long to do this, that this author had retired after this book, so no more speculation as to why this book was so...er...well better I leave it unsaid. Can This Be the End of Goldy and her Snooping? This was one of the most convoluted books I have ever read. Mysteries are supposed to be somewhat difficult to figure out, or the readers jus I gave this book 2 stars and not 1 like I really think it deserves, only because I did manage to finish the whole thing. I finally found out, yes it took me this long to do this, that this author had retired after this book, so no more speculation as to why this book was so...er...well better I leave it unsaid. Can This Be the End of Goldy and her Snooping? This was one of the most convoluted books I have ever read. Mysteries are supposed to be somewhat difficult to figure out, or the readers just would not bother reading them. This book was filled with too many red herrings, a lot of possible plots and interesting ideas that had been started and then never expanded upon. There were so much unnecessary (and boring) details of daily life; clothing, décor etc. – that I eventually wanted to just start skimming the wordy book just to get to something interesting. This novel had more characters than Carter has pills and I wish the book would have come with a descriptive list just so I could keep all the main characters, secondary, tertiary and so on, characters straight. The ending came from virtually nowhere and was quite unsatisfying. Goldy’s usage of her husband’s job on the police force has become a farce. Tom just comes off looking like a fool, as does Boyd and the other police people that are there to “protect” Goldy. No one and nothing can stop Goldy and Marla – even Tom who supposedly upholds the law---for everyone. And this is a big problem in my eyes. Why Marla and Goldy don’t get PI licenses is beyond me. Had they done so, it would have helped me suspend my disbelief and put a more believable spin to this book. If you are not Episcopalian, you may have some issues with the very religious aspects of this book. What once was a cozy mystery series of a caterer doing her best to create a life for her son and to do her best at her job while using her smarts to clear up wrongdoings, has now changed to something I don’t even recognize anymore. Perhaps what happens in the epilogue is evidence that this will be the last book in this now tired series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan Johnson

    I must be getting cantankerous in my old age but Goldy Schultz did not really amuse me this time. Here are my problems with her in this book: 1. Who goes to her parties or hires her? There is always a dead body at her catering events. 2. She has gotten rude. She shows up at 8 am on a Saturday morning to interrogate somebody. Yesterday she had thrown the man and his wife out of his son's birthday party. Then she wonders where their common courtesy is. Really? 3. Why are sheriff deputies helping her I must be getting cantankerous in my old age but Goldy Schultz did not really amuse me this time. Here are my problems with her in this book: 1. Who goes to her parties or hires her? There is always a dead body at her catering events. 2. She has gotten rude. She shows up at 8 am on a Saturday morning to interrogate somebody. Yesterday she had thrown the man and his wife out of his son's birthday party. Then she wonders where their common courtesy is. Really? 3. Why are sheriff deputies helping her in her catering business while on duty? Please. 4. Why is everyone she knows independently wealthy? Julian, Marla, Ophelia? 5. Why is there no recipe for the chile relleno torta? 6. Is this her last book? I think so. I think it's time for Goldy to hang up catering apron. Just how many murders can there be in one small town?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

    Although this is a review of book number 17 in the Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series, this will address the series as a whole as well. Mild Spoilers! When this series first came out, with Catering to Nobody in 1990, I found it quite fun and enjoyable. Goldie and I shared similar backgrounds and interests and there was an element of humor that lifted my spirits. By the third or fourth book, however, several things about the series became tiresome and downright annoying. Let’s not forget this entir Although this is a review of book number 17 in the Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series, this will address the series as a whole as well. Mild Spoilers! When this series first came out, with Catering to Nobody in 1990, I found it quite fun and enjoyable. Goldie and I shared similar backgrounds and interests and there was an element of humor that lifted my spirits. By the third or fourth book, however, several things about the series became tiresome and downright annoying. Let’s not forget this entire series takes place in a span of about 6 years (Archie is 11 in book 1 and 17 in book 17). Let’s start with Aspen Meadows, vying for “Murder Capitol of the World.” They ought to make a reality series called “The Real Housewives of Aspen Meadow” because there is more backstabbing, gossip, lying, treachery, adultery, illegitimacy, nastiness, alcoholism, shallowness, and sheer bitchiness than any reality series out there. NEVER go to a doctor or lawyer in Aspen Meadows. They sleep with their patients/clients, do more "mal" than practice, overcharge, over-prescribe, embezzle, boondoggle, lose rights to practice, and even switch babies (I’m pretty sure that figured in one book). How about the bizarre weather and the road department’s lack of preparedness. It is always snowing/flooding/burning in Aspen Meadows. Dangerous roads are never repaired, closed or cleared. The police are kindly and well-intentioned but useless to abused spouses and unable to solve simple crimes. Perhaps they spend too much time looking after Goldie. Goldie is obsessed with her abusive ex-husband. She never gets past her victim mentality and continues to allow his emotional abuse as she whines and complains for several years after his death. It’s as if Davidson cannot let her character grow. Archie is an obnoxious spoiled brat and needs a (figurative) smack upside the head. Goldie caters (no pun intended) to him in a way that insures he will never have a healthy relationship with a woman. And what’s up with not hugging or showing public affection for Archie because he’s a boy and will be embarrassed? Geeze, Goldie, embarrassing your kids is part of parenting. The supporting characters are one dimensional, including Goldie’s detective husband Tom, who is a caricature of the romance hero. He’s the handsome guy in the background providing support, superlative love-making, handy in the kitchen, with coffee and massages at the drop of a towel. Tom has no needs, no life outside of Goldie and his job to get in the way of the plots. Goldie constantly takes and Tom gives. Even to the ludicrous point of including her in police investigations. And a word about the recipes. The Dungeon Bars and Gourmet Spinach soup from early books are favorites in my home. But later recipes have become so convoluted, snooty and pretentious I don’t even bother to look at the recipes anymore. In 6 novel-years (24 real-time years), 17 novels and good Lord I’ve lost count of the deaths, Goldie has learned nothing. She is headstrong, stubborn, careless, unthinking, and selfish. Her curiosity and need to do what she wants to do when she wants to do it comes before anything else in her life. Despite being a supposedly talented and competent caterer who exercises and does yoga, her clumsiness is frequently a plot device. She is constantly falling, having auto accidents, being assaulted, shot, knifed, poisoned, and … have I left anything out? She spends so much time in the hospital she is probably uninsurable at this point. The review of this book: Predictable, repetitious, and uninteresting. Tom wants to have a baby.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    I have read all of the books in this series, and frankly, sometimes I wonder why. They first started out as an interesting concept - a caterer, with a police investigator husband, who gets herself involved in mysteries who is aided by her best friend a wealthy socialite. The books are very light reading, and include some of the recipes that are mentioned in the book. I love British mysteries and "cozies" - the authors make them seem more serious somehow than most of their American counterparts w I have read all of the books in this series, and frankly, sometimes I wonder why. They first started out as an interesting concept - a caterer, with a police investigator husband, who gets herself involved in mysteries who is aided by her best friend a wealthy socialite. The books are very light reading, and include some of the recipes that are mentioned in the book. I love British mysteries and "cozies" - the authors make them seem more serious somehow than most of their American counterparts who usually have some kind of "gimic" (in this case a caterer.) It is difficult most of the time to believe that Goldie's husband, Tom, lets her get away with her investigations, while his own team is investigating. I cannot imagine this happening anywhere except fiction, even in a small town near Denver, like Aspen Meadows. In this book, Tom actually even goes with Goldie while she investigates (or rather "snoops".) And frankly, I could care less what, Marla, Goldie's best friend is wearing - the author really doesn't describe any one else's clothing, so why just Marla's. It doesn't seem to flow. The author seemed to repeat herself quite a bit. First we would have the scene, then Goldie would describe it to someone, usually her husband, and finally, she would think it over. It is as though the author were looking for filler to get the book to a proper length. The ending did surprise me, but mainly because there were no actual clues leading in that direction. I really didn't hate the book, but I didn't like it that much either. The prologue made me think that this might be the last of the series, and perhaps that's a good thing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Perez

    I didn't finish reading it as the extended descriptions of menus, homes, peoples attire,etc. bored me to tears. Quite a shame, since I really enjoyed her own earlier works.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    The Whole Enchilada, the 17th book in Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series, is the apparent conclusion to the series. The story stumbles to a rather too-simple conclusion to a series for which I had somewhat higher hopes. Readers of the series may as well finish it out with The Whole Enchilada, but don't expect to be fulfilled at the end. As with the previous installments in the series, main character Goldy the caterer stumbles into The Whole Enchilada and, despite being distr The Whole Enchilada, the 17th book in Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series, is the apparent conclusion to the series. The story stumbles to a rather too-simple conclusion to a series for which I had somewhat higher hopes. Readers of the series may as well finish it out with The Whole Enchilada, but don't expect to be fulfilled at the end. As with the previous installments in the series, main character Goldy the caterer stumbles into The Whole Enchilada and, despite being distracted by the supposedly scrumptious food she and her assistant make, by the end is hospitalized for injuries she carelessly and rather ridiculously sustained while solving the central mystery in the book. The reason I stuck with a series that I will admit is no feat of excellent writing or surprising plot lines is Davidson's exploration of spousal abuse, recovery of self-esteem and ultimate empowerment. Sadly, Davidson seemed to have lost that plot in the long interim since the first book in the Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series, leaving readers with too-light plots and predictable stories. By the end of The Whole Enchilada, I didn't really care who committed the murders - I just wanted it to be over. The ending, clearly meant to provide readers with a happy and fulfilling conclusion to Goldy's story, instead seemed forced - a rushed, too-simple happy ending to what should have been a much more nuanced story of Goldy's journey to empowerment. Readers of the Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series may as well finish it out with The Whole Enchilada, but it is a weak finish to a series that started with much more promise. I have tried some of the recipes in the previous books and found them quite bland, so I doubt I'll bother with Davidson's planned Goldy Bear cookbook. Ultimately, Davidson let readers down with The Whole Enchilada. Read this review and more on The Library Lass Book Talk Blog.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    The Whole Enchilada is the 17th book in the Goldy Schulz Culinary Mystery Series. I recently ranted about authors who seem to become bored with their own characters and series. It's refreshing that Ms. Davidson still seems to enjoy writing this series and has a lot of fun with Goldy. For those of you that aren't familiar with the series, Goldy Shulz is a caterer in Colorada who is married to a policeman. Each novel is based on a crime that has taken place in their town with some connection to Gol The Whole Enchilada is the 17th book in the Goldy Schulz Culinary Mystery Series. I recently ranted about authors who seem to become bored with their own characters and series. It's refreshing that Ms. Davidson still seems to enjoy writing this series and has a lot of fun with Goldy. For those of you that aren't familiar with the series, Goldy Shulz is a caterer in Colorada who is married to a policeman. Each novel is based on a crime that has taken place in their town with some connection to Goldy or a friend of hers. Goldy loves to 'help' solve the mystery and trouble ensues. Yes, it is pretty formulaic. And the twists and turns aren't earth-shattering. But, boy, is it fun to read about her adventures. Her long-suffering and devoted husband works well as a secondary character along with her best friend (and ex-husband's ex-wife?!?!?) Marla. Is The Whole Enchilada going to change your life? Nope. However, I really liked the easy reading and relaxed nature of this installment. 3.5/5 stars and recommended as a good cozy mystery. I won an ARC of The Whole Enchilada through the Goodreads Firstreads program and thank them!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alissa

    Skimmed to finish. Felt like the end was the end of the series. and if it is I think series fans would be happy with Goldy'S ending. I am bored by Goldy and find this was formulaic and filled with filler.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    I've read all of the Goldy books and find this one to be my least favorite. I got annoyed at the repetition of information that the author kept slinging at the reader . First we were in the scene, then later on Goldy would repeat the scene to someone and then she would remember the scene in detail. Your readers are not that dense, Ms Davidson. We follow you. The last twenty pages go by fast and filled with great storyline. Most of this book is filler or the author just wanted to stretch it out. I've read all of the Goldy books and find this one to be my least favorite. I got annoyed at the repetition of information that the author kept slinging at the reader . First we were in the scene, then later on Goldy would repeat the scene to someone and then she would remember the scene in detail. Your readers are not that dense, Ms Davidson. We follow you. The last twenty pages go by fast and filled with great storyline. Most of this book is filler or the author just wanted to stretch it out. I'll keep reading her because I love the characters and the plots are usually good. This one...not much.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I love a good culinary mystery, purely light reads just for entertainment. This book was a delightful read, as have been all the other Goldie the caterer books, though it's not my favorite in the series. I received a free pre-release copy from the publisher. The Whole Enchilada story begins with a 17th birthday party for Arch, the son of Goldie the caterer. Wish I'd been there as the recipes sounded fabulous! Fortunately, I can make those Enchiladas Suizas myself with the included recipe. No part I love a good culinary mystery, purely light reads just for entertainment. This book was a delightful read, as have been all the other Goldie the caterer books, though it's not my favorite in the series. I received a free pre-release copy from the publisher. The Whole Enchilada story begins with a 17th birthday party for Arch, the son of Goldie the caterer. Wish I'd been there as the recipes sounded fabulous! Fortunately, I can make those Enchiladas Suizas myself with the included recipe. No party of Goldie's goes without extra added drama, and there is plenty of drama lurking at this party! The birthday bash ends with the mysterious murder of one of Goldie's good friends. As usual, Goldie does some investigation, and in that process gets into all sorts of unexpected trouble. While it is the same basic premise as the other books in the series, the twists and turns are always unique and entertaining. Solving the case turns out to be logical, but a total surprise! And there is an extra added bonus in the story that left me hanging and wanting more--I can't wait for the next book in the series to see how the extra complexity plays out!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    By book 17 in the series, the characters are old friends, Goldy, Marla, Tom, Archie, Julian and the rest; nice to see them again even though someone or other has to die for us to get back together. For mystery readers that is not as sad as it sounds. We expect a sudden murder and relish the suspense, the clever sleuthing, and the brilliant wrap-up. However, this was not, in my opinion, Diane Mott Davidson's best book. In fact it may be her worst. The wrap-up chapter was long and introduced many By book 17 in the series, the characters are old friends, Goldy, Marla, Tom, Archie, Julian and the rest; nice to see them again even though someone or other has to die for us to get back together. For mystery readers that is not as sad as it sounds. We expect a sudden murder and relish the suspense, the clever sleuthing, and the brilliant wrap-up. However, this was not, in my opinion, Diane Mott Davidson's best book. In fact it may be her worst. The wrap-up chapter was long and introduced many new facts, with a suggestion of "I just have to finish writing this book by tomorrow so i'll sum up the last hundred pages in one chapter and be done with it." Seriously, that's what I think she did! I haven't tried the recipes so maybe they are a redeeming feature of the book. They LOOK yummy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    rivka

    A good ending to a series I have really enjoyed . . . . although WAY too much happened, and way too quickly, in the epilogue.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Olga

    I used to "swallow" each Goldie Shulz mystery, but this one dragged. I got through it thanks to the marvelous Barbara Rosenblatt (reader) and to the fact that I was on a staycation. Boring. I tried it twice before, and this time it took determination to stay on it. Characters no longer interested me, the story was boring, but the worst part was that it was interminable. The last chapter which explained all the storylines was plain didactic. Even the good things must end at some point. Apparently I used to "swallow" each Goldie Shulz mystery, but this one dragged. I got through it thanks to the marvelous Barbara Rosenblatt (reader) and to the fact that I was on a staycation. Boring. I tried it twice before, and this time it took determination to stay on it. Characters no longer interested me, the story was boring, but the worst part was that it was interminable. The last chapter which explained all the storylines was plain didactic. Even the good things must end at some point. Apparently, the author has retired. Thanks, Ms. Davidson, for a fun ride but enough is enough.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Larraine

    I've been avoiding cozies of late because I was beginning to find them tiresome. However, I really do enjoy Davidson's Goldy the caterer novels. Plus there are enough murders to make it a little less - er - cozy! The book opens with Goldy preparing the food for a joint birthday party for her son, Arch, and his friend, Drew. Drew is the son of an old friend of Goldy's. She and Holly had been very close at one time. In the years since they were part of a threesome that called themselves Amour Anon I've been avoiding cozies of late because I was beginning to find them tiresome. However, I really do enjoy Davidson's Goldy the caterer novels. Plus there are enough murders to make it a little less - er - cozy! The book opens with Goldy preparing the food for a joint birthday party for her son, Arch, and his friend, Drew. Drew is the son of an old friend of Goldy's. She and Holly had been very close at one time. In the years since they were part of a threesome that called themselves Amour Anonymous - three women who were married to doctors, but now were divorced - Goldy has become a successful caterer, Marla is wealthy in her own right and Holly has become a successful artist who makes custom portrait collages. That night Holly collapses outside of Marla's house (she had volunteered her home for the party) and is dead from what may be a heart attack. Soon it is obvious that it is not. Furthermore, there's a fun little subplot about a little rich girl who is underestimated. This was a lot of fun. The writer gets into a lot of detail about food. The recipes look great. Enjoy!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Several years have passed since Davidson’s last book in the series about Goldy, the Colorado caterer, who has survived any number of life changing events – an abusive husband, single parenting, starting a new business who is now married to a highly ranked police detective in Aspen Meadows, Colorado. This novel allowed me to reconnect with her older son, her protégée, Julian, and Marla, her best friend. However, there was too much coming and going and considerable reaches for the lengths she will Several years have passed since Davidson’s last book in the series about Goldy, the Colorado caterer, who has survived any number of life changing events – an abusive husband, single parenting, starting a new business who is now married to a highly ranked police detective in Aspen Meadows, Colorado. This novel allowed me to reconnect with her older son, her protégée, Julian, and Marla, her best friend. However, there was too much coming and going and considerable reaches for the lengths she will and can go in an investigation. The reader needs to suspend belief that even some of this would be allowable. While I enjoy the discussion of food prep that is imbedded throughout the novel and recognize its therapeutic value etc., the plot was convoluted and difficult to follow in places. Further, the epilogue was unusually lengthy, tying up what seemed to be too many plot lines, introducing new material, and just a bit too much.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carol Jean

    I am not such a fan of this author, but I can't stay away from the books! The recipe for Chocolate Comfort Cookies in The Grilling Season has become a standard of excellence in my family. The writing is very clumsy at times, there are uncomfortable exchanges of dialogue one after the other, and if you do any cooking yourself, you will find the prep time for her catering dishes somewhat improbable. But the heroine has a sweet relationship with her husband and child, and the Colorado setting is ni I am not such a fan of this author, but I can't stay away from the books! The recipe for Chocolate Comfort Cookies in The Grilling Season has become a standard of excellence in my family. The writing is very clumsy at times, there are uncomfortable exchanges of dialogue one after the other, and if you do any cooking yourself, you will find the prep time for her catering dishes somewhat improbable. But the heroine has a sweet relationship with her husband and child, and the Colorado setting is nicely depicted. Good quick reading. Don't wince too often! OH, and just to pick one more nit -- if the entire action of your book takes 3 days, please don't take me from a positive pregnancy test through the birth of the baby in your EPILOGUE!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    For some reason that I cannot explain, I keep reading these mysteries. I think I do it just to see if Goldy and the other characters have changed at all. In this particular book (her last?), all I can say is that Goldy is slightly less strident than she has been in previous stories. She's still clumsy, headstrong, arrogant, and overly-protective of Arch (who is still bratty as usual) and marginalizes Tom. As with past stories, this one also has a number of twists and turns and the one redeeming For some reason that I cannot explain, I keep reading these mysteries. I think I do it just to see if Goldy and the other characters have changed at all. In this particular book (her last?), all I can say is that Goldy is slightly less strident than she has been in previous stories. She's still clumsy, headstrong, arrogant, and overly-protective of Arch (who is still bratty as usual) and marginalizes Tom. As with past stories, this one also has a number of twists and turns and the one redeeming quality - plenty of descriptions of tasty food.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Mystery

    This mystery is muy bueno! My favorite parts of this book are when Goldy is describing the food. She makes it sound so appetizing. The mystery involves the murder of her friend Holly during a party that Goldy is catering. She soon becomes a target for murder too. The book ends with a beautiful surprise. I loved Barbara Rosenblat's performance on the audio. She was the perfect Goldy. Don't miss this cozy mystery if you love culinary mysteries or Mexican food!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    This was a fun, simple murder mystery to read. A friend lent it to me to read after I raved about a cookie recipe she shared with me and told me the recipe came from a Diane Mott Davidson book. Each of her Goldy Schulz books includes recipes at the end. Goldy is a caterer / sleuth and there are many references to food in the book which will make your mouth water. It isn't the most well written book I've ever read or anything .. but it was fun and a good distraction.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Burke

    Another solid, enjoyable book from Diane Mott Davidson! So many potential suspects, the story just kept building, leaving me guessing right up until the reveal. Still hoping my library snags the remaining books in this series, because given the quality and crafting of the two books I've been able to read, I just know I would enjoy the rest. Nice surprise at the end. Very worth the time to read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Like Jessica Fletcher, dead bodies appear wherever Goldy is, which is a definite negative when she is holding her catering events. I am not sure which takes up more of her time, catering or investigating murders. Light and breezy, this novel is filled with appealing characters and encourages you to play "Who done it".

  24. 5 out of 5

    cat

    So trashy and fun and not very well-written. I will never stop reading this series, which I started back when Diane Mott Davidson did! And I will question her sense of time in EVERY book which has ridiculous amounts of things crammed in an hour. Suspension of disbelief for vacation reading, ya'll.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leanne Storey

    Just a clean mystery with food! These books are just plain, simple fun! Easy to read, enjoyable to figure out who done it, with a twist. Who could ask for anything more?!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Like #16, this novel had a very complex plot and just wasn't as tight as the earlier books. On the other hand, if this is the last book in the series, things were wrapped up nicely. And officier Boyd did stand-up comedy! Who knew?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Darlene

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have to admit that I LOVE the Goldy Schulz 'culinary mystery' series! I have been following the series for years. In 'The Whole Enchilada', Goldy, owner of Goldilocks Catering ('where everything is just right!), is preparing to cater a combined 17th birthday party for her son Arch and his friend Drew. To provide a little background… Goldy and Holly (Drew's mother), had been friends for years. Their friendship dates back to the years immediately following Goldy's VERY ugly divorce from Dr. John I have to admit that I LOVE the Goldy Schulz 'culinary mystery' series! I have been following the series for years. In 'The Whole Enchilada', Goldy, owner of Goldilocks Catering ('where everything is just right!), is preparing to cater a combined 17th birthday party for her son Arch and his friend Drew. To provide a little background… Goldy and Holly (Drew's mother), had been friends for years. Their friendship dates back to the years immediately following Goldy's VERY ugly divorce from Dr. John Richard Korman (a.k.a. 'the Jerk'). Holly was recently divorced as well ; so Goldy, Holly and Marla…. Goldy's best friend and also ex-wife of the jerk… formed a kind of informal support group they called Amour Anonymous. Although Goldy and Holly had lost touch in recent years, Arch and Drew had remained friends and it seemed only right to celebrate the birthdays together. On the day of the party (which takes place at Marla's house), Holly arrived very upset and seemingly frightened. A man had followed her to the party. Of course, there was a huge embarrassing, public confrontation in front of the party guests and Tom… Goldy's husband and detective for the Furman County Sheriff's Department…. asks the man to leave. Goldy just wouldn't be Goldy unless her curiosity was piqued ; but there WAS a party to cater and her food preparation duties kept her from grilling Holly about the man. Before Goldy had the opportunity to question Holly, tragedy struck. Holly collapsed… dead of an apparent heart attack. But WAS it a heart attack? Or perhaps something deadly was added to the party food? Goldy never needs much encouragement to start an investigation of her own but in this case, she has her reputation to protect, right? Plus, Holly IS an old friend… Goldy needs to find who is really responsible for her death. As in every 'culinary mystery', Goldy sets out … with Marla's help (and against Tom's orders!) .. to investigate Holly's death. Just what was going on in her life? And who was the irate, threatening man at the party? In this particular book, there are a couple of other 'side stories' occurring and I admit that they left me feeling a bit confused. But there were also a couple of red herrings which I always enjoy discovering. I confess that you have to approach this series with the ability to suspend your disbelief. Goldy conducts her investigations as if she believes Tom's detective powers are somehow transferrable to her. She sticks her nose into countless people's business, demanding answers and often enraging the people she is questioning. Of course, as you might imagine, this quality usually puts HER in the killer's sights as well. And Tom's use of public resources… deputies to protect Goldy from herself and her snooping and even deputies to help Goldy with catering events .. well, it really IS unbelievable. But I find the series wildly entertaining and I love the recipes which are provided at the end of each book. And since I have been listening to this series in audiobook format, I believe the very best part is the narration provided by Barbara Rosenblat. I confess that I would listen to this marvelous performer recite my grocery list! This perhaps wasn't the best in the series, but it provided an entertaining escape for me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/th... Brought to you by guest reviewer Mary C. The Goldy Schulz books have been going stale for quite some time and this latest visit with Goldy and friends is no exception. Most of the story is formulaic. The freshness and enthusiasm featured in earlier books is sadly lacking. One of her best friends dies of an apparent heart attack after a birthday party Goldy throws for her son and the best friend’s son. While her friend and sidekick, Marla, is still refreshing http://openbooksociety.com/article/th... Brought to you by guest reviewer Mary C. The Goldy Schulz books have been going stale for quite some time and this latest visit with Goldy and friends is no exception. Most of the story is formulaic. The freshness and enthusiasm featured in earlier books is sadly lacking. One of her best friends dies of an apparent heart attack after a birthday party Goldy throws for her son and the best friend’s son. While her friend and sidekick, Marla, is still refreshingly fun, Goldy is cranky, rude, and bullying. Marla has to resort to bribing individuals for information that once these two could get for free. They do manage, however, to uncover several crooked maneuverings in their snooping that tilt the scales from one suspect to another. These were nicely placed red herrings. We are asked to believe that her husband Tom, a police investigator, uses the town’s resources to assign a policeman and policewoman to follow Goldy and his step-son Arch everywhere they went to keep them safe. I can’t see that happening in real life. At one point, Boyd, the police officer, prepared molded salads with Goldy’s assistant for a party. Really? Despite its flaws, I did enjoy seeing Julian, Goldy’s assistant, reappear. His bright and cheerful presence was the perfect foil to Goldy’s grumpiness. Arch and his pal Gus were also an enjoyable part of the cast. A separate playbill should have been included to keep track of the characters, motives, and back stories. Goldy’s constant rehashing of every item she discovered ad nauseam was irritating. A lot of the story felt like filler. Too much space was devoted to food prep and food talk. The ending was rushed and felt as if the series was coming to a close. If you’re a culinary fan or a fan of the Goldy Schulz series, you’ll more than likely find this book will fill your needs. If you’re looking for a cozy to whet your appetite, it’s unlikely this one will fit the bill.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Redfern

    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 an 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!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    The latest in the Goldy Bear Culinary Series and it certainly delivers. As usual, Goldy is involved in aiding the local law enforcement establishment in solving crimes such as murder, attempted murder and even blackmail. Goldy herself is the target of a murderer who believes she is in possession of information very vital to him. With her trusted friend Marla, business associate, Julian, Police detective husband and others, she is off to solve the murder of her special friend Holly and the viciou The latest in the Goldy Bear Culinary Series and it certainly delivers. As usual, Goldy is involved in aiding the local law enforcement establishment in solving crimes such as murder, attempted murder and even blackmail. Goldy herself is the target of a murderer who believes she is in possession of information very vital to him. With her trusted friend Marla, business associate, Julian, Police detective husband and others, she is off to solve the murder of her special friend Holly and the vicious attack on the beloved Episcopalian priest Father Peter. The story begins at the beginning of the summer at a birthday part for her son and the son of her friend Holly. At the end of the party Holly dies and the mystery begins. The search for information takes Goldy down memory lane back to when she and Holly were young doctor's wives. At loose in Aspen Meadow is a person intent of murder and mayhem and Goldy and her crew are trying hard to solve the puzzle while at the same tie running a busy catering service. Some new twists and surprises in this book that will make quite a difference in the Schulz household. Fun, interesting. suspenseful and intriguing read---with several great recipes included.

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