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Sweet Revenge (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #14)

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,693 Ratings  ·  424 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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Nov 30, 2007 Lain rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2011 Lorraine rated it did not like it  ·  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
Sep 05, 2012 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Apr 20, 2012 Margaret rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2016 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overly longgggg and wordy. I actually like the food/cooking descriptions, but I can't stand the repetition and tangents. Plus, I was bummed that even though this book takes place at Christmas there is virtually no discussion of the holiday season. Goldy doesn't even cater any holiday parties or make any seasonal recipes, it might as well have taken place in March :(
May 29, 2008 Melanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
Jul 28, 2013 Kerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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
Helen E Baker
Apr 30, 2016 Helen E Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

It amazes me how well the author knows how teenage boys act and feel. Having one of my own, I can attest to the eye rolls.
All of the books in this series make me think about the duality of humans; how people can be generous and dangerous, good and evil. It is in everyone to be either is up to the person to choose the right path.
Sep 11, 2007 Auntie rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Jul 25, 2012 Carmen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nan   at
This is what I read this month and so my guilty pleasure books are revealed. ‘Sweet Revenge’ and all of this author’s books feature a caterer named Goldy Schulz who creates culinary masterpieces, dazzling the wealthy citizens of her small Colorado town through her catering business. Oh, and she helps solve murders. Scads and scads of murders.

All of the books have as much to do with cooking and recipes as they do with murder, and that’s appeal of the books for me… it’s a little geeky. I enjoy the
Goldy is preparing to cater a breakfast for the library staff and volunteers when the former district prosecutor, Drew Wellington, turns up dead. She spots Sandee Brisbane (the person who murdered Goldy's ex) and this sighting reignites her obsession with Sandee and she is convinced that Sandee had something to do with the new murder. Goldy is also paranoid that Sandee might be out to do harm to her or her son, which is a bit strange, because Sandee's past murder victims were people who had very ...more
Vicki Gooding
Feb 21, 2014 Vicki Gooding rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie Wyngaert
I have read them all, but it's getting a bit formulaic. I am getting a bit tired of the page fillers: Goldy is exhausted but she has to cook something and spend 3 pages rehashing everything I just read. Then I can't believe sweet Tom hasn't been fired from his job yet for sharing confidential information with Goldy. I like her, I do, but really, this last book especially she was WAY overstepping her bounds. And she I have to say this book too, I especially felt sorry for poor Arch who was beggin ...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).
Jan 10, 2015 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. 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, alongside is a large helping of murder. While setting up the library, Goldy spots a woman lurking in the stacks who bears a striking resemblance to Sandee Brisbane who has killed Goldy's ex- husband. But Sandee is supposed to be dead or so everyone believes. Goldy's suspicions mount when the body of Drew Wellington, a fo ...more
Jul 05, 2008 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 18, 2008 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 23, 2014 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half stars. The main character is as always relatable. The plot keeps you guessing and even the people who make a scene are reminiscent of people you know. This book is one of a series. The majority of the books in the series are pretty good and do not succumb to the fate of some with wishy washy or predictable tired stories. It's Christmas season when caterers are super busy and there are strange goings on in town Someone is dead, someone who is supposed to be dead appears to be ver ...more
Jul 04, 2008 Dawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-reading
The Goldy Bear mysteries are brain candy. Fun characters, good recipes at the end.
Kitty Tomlinson
Goldy deals with map dealing and murder.
#14 in the Goldy Bear Schulz series. Goldy owns a catering business in an upscale suburb of Denver, CO and her husband Tom Schulz is a homicide detective.

Goldy Schulz is sure she has seen Sandee Brisbane, the ex-stripper who murdered her ex-husband and had herself perished in a forest fire ("Double Shot" 2004) but everyone else is doubtful. Goldy is overworked during the Christmas season and murders connected to rare maps are occurring with regularity. Goldy is threatened to mind her own busines
Jan 02, 2011 CC rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 03, 2011 An Odd1 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
* "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
Feb 11, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
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
Oct 27, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • Catering to Nobody (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #1)
  • Dying for Chocolate (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #2)
  • The Cereal Murders (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #3)
  • The Last Suppers (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #4)
  • Killer Pancake (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #5)
  • The Main Corpse (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #6)
  • The Grilling Season (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #7)
  • Prime Cut (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #8)
  • Tough Cookie (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #9)
  • Sticks & Scones (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #10)

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