Sweet Revenge (Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, Book 14)
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Sweet Revenge (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #14)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  4,590 ratings  ·  371 reviews
Goldy Schulz is thrilled to be catering a holiday breakfast feast for the staff of the Aspen Meadow Library. But little does she know that on the menu is a large helping of murder. While setting up at the library, Goldy spots a woman lurking in the stacks who bears a striking resemblance to Sandee Brisbane—the Sandee Brisbane who killed Goldy's ex-husband, the Jerk. But Sa...more
Paperback, 499 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Avon (first published January 1st 1994)
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This could very well be the worst Goldy mystery yet. Not only are the characters mere two-dimensional puppets, Goldy has turned into a narcissitic busy-body who I found myself rooting against. The supporting characters are merely that -- props that allow Goldy to to do whatever the heck she wants and then pull her out of trouble when she finds herself stuck.

How many times can one person put themselves in harrowing circumstances with no clear reason? How often can Goldy tromp over her friends an...more
I usually favor Goldy over Hannah and Lucy when it comes to the most popular three cozy heroines. Towards the end of the 14th book I was ready to throw in the towel and dub Goldy a moron. But hey I've read all of Flukes dragged out mysteries and many Meier's lackluster mysteries. I don't give up easily. Besides the fact the book was much longer than usual and the end felt very rushed and that the killer's motive was weak and not thought out I felt like Goldy was a total idiot. This time around I...more
Terrie Shortsleeve
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Jan 13, 2011 Lorraine rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Skip to the last chapter. Read that. It's faster and less painful.

I can suspend reality and accept the coincidences of all those involved in the murders are in Goldy's life right now, that she's super-sleuth compared to the cops, and similar quirks associated with the murder-mystery genre. But Super Goldy, as she is in this book, is just too much. What human can set up for a catering event, and deal with cops after finding a body one evening, then the next day cater three events, plus run around...more
Wherever Goldy Schultz goes, there will eventually be a dead body or two. Now free of "the Jerk", her ex-husband, she is free to become attacked by others who wish her ill. Fortunately her big handsome police officer husband is often nearby, and there she is, sticking her nose into yet another of his cases that he tells her to keep away from and stick to cooking. But no, Goldy (who thrives on 3 or 4 hours of sleep) will not rest until she's nearly killed herself several times, wrecked her best f...more
Murder and mayhem set against the backdrop of stealing maps from rare book libraries...Although if we had referred to said libraries as "what's called Special Collections" one more time, I was going to go crazy.
I grabbed this audio book as an antidote to a long 8 hour drive this summer. I wanted something entertaining and engaging enough to keep boredom at bay and my eyes wide awake. I broke my own rule with this story and deviated from starting a series at the very beginning. As everyone always says about most series, "you don't need to read them from the beginning." This is one of the places I exhibit a little OCD in my life, let me have it. But, that statement does apply in this case. A little long...more
Sep 11, 2007 Auntie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Culinary Mystery lover
Shelves: finished
My friend Gretchen shared this author with me. Diane Mott Davidson has a series of Culinary Mysteries that are, in Gretchen's words, "potato chips for the mind". No deep, dark insights here...but wonderfully commentary on the foibles and peculiarities of the mountain community people of Colorado..some of whom are Episcopalians. Yes, the main character espouses faith. So delightful!

Best bonus is that the main sleuth is a Caterer and proceeds to solve crimes while on the various jobs she takes on....more
I got this cheap the Friends of the Library book sale and it makes me ask myself, "Why do I keep reading books out of this series?" The character takes stupid chances, walks all over police investigations without getting in trouble, sloughs off her catering business on her assistant, and pays little or no attention to her son. I do not like her. The mysetery was pretty good which is why I kept reading and why I gave it at least 2 stars. It was a light, easy read. Too bad the main character makes...more
Vicki Gooding
I just love the Goldy Mysteries. Reading previous mysteries in this series would be a big help in getting more out of the book. Goldy is a caterer, with a nice home, husband (law enforcement) son just entering early teens, a tremendous 23 year old assistant who jumps in and covers for her and wealthy friends. Her character is very likable even when she can be head strong, rebellious and focused on way too many things. I love her. She really tries to do the right thing even though she unwittingly...more
Melanie Barbarito
I have loved the Goldy Schulz books in the past, but this and the previous one (that I DID finish) were great disappointments. In a murder mystery, there must be the potential for real danger. In this one, the supposed threat against Goldy and Arch were never explained. I know I read the book featuring the character who has reappeared in this one. If there was an actual threat from her, the author needed to do some reminding. I really did get the feeling that Goldy was, as Julian called her, par...more
Syd Perry
It was refreshing to read a gentle mystery. There were murders, crazy people, mean people, skulduggery but all without the graphic details. This is an example of the only sex scene in the book, "We made love in the shower." I don't need to know any more than that.

There are plenty of humorous antics and recipes at the end (Goldie, the main character, is a caterer).
Another good mystery by this author. Good recipes included also. I always get hungry when reading her books! I recommend this book and others from her series for a nice read.
I like this series of books. They are quick read books that are fun. Goldie Schlutz is always getting into some kind of trouble. She is funny.
The Goldy Bear mysteries are brain candy. Fun characters, good recipes at the end.
Kitty Tomlinson
Goldy deals with map dealing and murder.
I'm not usually one for cozy mysteries, but after slogging through several dense reads I wanted something light. Diane Mott Davidson's main character, Goldy, is what kept me reading. She's spunky, but unlike other heroines, her spunk is very much grounded in the trials and time demands of parenthood and her catering business. I really like it that she needs the money, and is going to take a hit financially if a party or event gets cancelled. It centers her in a way that the rest of Aspen Meadow...more
The thing I like about Diane Mott Davidson's mystery series is that the protagonist, Goldy, is a caterer, and not only does she talk about food all through the story, but the recipes for the dishes she fixes during the story are included at the back of the book. It's like double the bang for your buck -- a fun story and a chance to recreate certain parts of the story right in your own kitchen! I was additionally excited to read this particular installment in the series because the local library...more
An Odd1
* "Sweet Revenge" (#14) by Diane Davidson has nosy caterer Goldy get official police info from her warning complaining sheriff husband, local Aspen gossip from her best gal-pal and everyone else in town. A womanizing dishonest map-dealer former district attorney is drugged, poisoned and stabbed in the library, and his ex-wife is arrested for the murder. Goldy's abusive first husband's murderer Sandee, thought dead, nags from start to finish, presumably to encourage us to read the series before a...more
I think I’m getting to be a cranky old lady. I used to love this series. I did enjoy the book, but Goldy Schulz is just too nosy for her own good and keeps investigating murders in Aspen Meadows and the surrounding communities. Why her husband, Tom, a police investigator, tolerates her behavior, I really don’t know. In this book, she literally stumbles into his investigation of a crime scene. She was just too nosy to stay away. She also takes advantage of her assistant in her catering business....more
I started reading this series several years ago. There are 15 books in the series and I have read six of them. Usually when I get engrossed in a series, I prefer to read the books in the order in which they were published. That pretty much guaranties that the stream of the story is constant and references to previous installments of the ongoing tale make sense. For some reason I haven’t done this with this series but it hasn’t hampered my enjoyment of the story. That is the case with “Sweet Reve...more
Andrea Kelly
Although I enjoyed this installment of the catering mystery series, I also found it rather...middling. Mott Davidson set up a plot that could have had a lot of intrigue and suspense to it, however, for me it fell a little flat - A criminal from one of the past cases Goldy has solved shows back up in Aspen Meadow, and yet, I don't feel like this plot line was as fleshed out as it could have been. I kept waiting for more! The writing meandered a little bit, and made the mystery progress slowly. Th...more
Benjamin Thomas
This is the 14th of the Culinary Mystery series featuring caterer Goldy Schulz. These books have sort of become an obligation for me, rather than ones I look forward to with baited breath. I will keep reading them I'm sure, because it's like catching up on what's happening with old friends. The actual mysteries are OK but seem to be getting a little repetitive. This time around it's the height of the Christmas season and so Goldy's catering business is packed with business. This serves to drive...more
I would like to say sorry for my rant ahead of time. I thought the book kept repeating a lot of things, which made it boring, and it seemed to drag on. The ending was also very disappointing, there I was expecting this big twist that would shock to me when we found out who the killer was, but instead it was all jumbled up made no sense, and, the killer seemed to have no motive for actually killing anyone (-_-). Not only that but Goldy was so annoying at some points I thought that I ought to kill...more
Tabby Kat
An unlikely list of suspicious items and an equally unlikely list of villains are found in the newest culinary mystery offering by Diane Mott Davidson. The worlds of map collecting and map sales are cut-throat businesses. Knives enveloped in snowballs, Rohypnol, stolen maps and the ghost of a dead murderer are featured here. First and foremost, our heroine, Goldy Schulz --- proprietor of Goldilocks Catering in Aspen Meadow, Colorado --- always seems to end up in hot water. SWEET REVENGE is no ex...more
S. J.
Sep 16, 2013 S. J. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans, people interested in Culinary, people looking for easy and fun read ; fans of series
Recommended to S. by: Library; Series
Review of Catering to Nobody: Book One

Review of Dying for Chocolate: Book Two

Review of The Cereal Murders: Book Three

Reveiew of The Last Suppers: Book Four

Review of Killer Pancake: Book Five

Review of The Main Corpse: Book Six

Review of The Grilling Season: Book Seven

Review of Prime Cut: Book Eight

Review of Tough Cookie: Book Nine

Review of Sticks & Scones: Book Ten

Review of Chopping Spree: Book Eleven

Review of Double Shot: Book Twelve

Review of Dark Tort: Book Thirteen

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This one felt like a near car wreck. The whole "is Sandee Brisbane back?" seemed poorly used. There are scenes meant to be humorous that aren't as humorous as they should be. Usually Davidson does a great job with having a plot element that's right on the pulse of popular culture, but this time not so much; the main thing the murdered one and suspects are into rare and/or antique maps. Antique maps!?

I thought she was trying to have a theme of collecting consumption/obsession, but it never comes...more
Sarah Sammis
Sweet Revenge by Diane Mott Davidson is the fourteenth of the Goldy Bear mysteries. As with all of the others I've read, I listened to an unabridged audio performed by Barbara Rosenblat. I'm not being particularly careful about reading these books in order. Sweet Revenge comes immediately before Fatally Flaky.

Sweet Revenge takes place in those weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Goldy is completely booked with catering gigs, enough, to leave her extra through the post holiday slump. Things...more
Dawn Michelle

I had stopped reading this series 2 book prior to this one. I think part of it was sue to the increasing amounts of language that I was uncomfortable with (there is just some language I will not tolerate) and the other part was that I was bored with the stories. After awhile, it seemed like they were all the same or very similar. But, I picked this up cheap ($1.00!!) and thought I would give it a shot.

It was an ok read. Not great. Ok. Goldy is still a caterer that gets into all sorts of h...more
A culinary murder mystery set in fictional Aspen Meadows, Colorado, and the world of catering--and it includes recipes. I like stories about cooking, and author Davidson is better than most in giving the actual details of prepping ingredients, putting it together, the timing, and sharing great cooking hints. However, our main character Goldy seems a bit snarky with her family a lot in this story and her husband Tom seems almost too good to be true with his patience with her snooping and willfull...more
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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 more 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...more
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