Killer Pancake (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #5)
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Killer Pancake (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #5)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  6,163 ratings  ·  144 reviews
Her latest assignment, catering for Mignon Cosmetics, provides the answer, as Goldy heads for a showdown with a killer. Along the way, as she sleuths at the department store make-up counter, and battles with a violent animal rights group, she soon learns that cosmetics is definitely a cut-throat business! HC: Bantam.
Hardcover, 301 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by Bantam (first published 1995)
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Heidi *Listen. I'll just keep talking anyway. *
I listened to this one on audiobook as I have with all but one of the series so far. I really like the narrator and when I actually had to read one of the books in print I found myself pining to hear her voice. Anyway, I have heard the series goes downhill somewhat later,but so far I am still enjoying it. I have never made any of the recipes, so can't speak for them :)
Sarah Sammis
My daughter was a little perturbed by the ending for obvious reasons if you know her.
By book five, readers come to expect certain things within a series. In the case of the Goldy Culinary Mysteries, we expect both delicious sounding recipes, one of Goldy's loved ones to be suspected of murdering a fairly new character and Goldy getting involved way beyond what's considered acceptable and yet still managing to help solve the murder (thus clearing the loved one's name.) In Killer Pancake, the recipes are slightly less delicious sounding than usual. Maybe it's my personal bias agai...more
Lis Carey
Goldy Schultz, owner of Goldilocks Catering, has with some reservations, agreed to cater a low-cal lunch banquet for Mignon Cosmetics. It could open up a new market, and her assistant, Julian, is dating one of the Mignon sales associates, Claire Satterfield. And it's only one afternoon. How bad can it be?

Her doubts come rushing back when she has to run a gauntlet of animal rights activists calling themselves Spare the Hares, who even have dead rabbits to wave around. Then Claire Satterfield is k...more
This is the 5th book in the Goldy the caterer series. This time the girlfriend of her beloved assistant and border, Julian Teller, is murdered. Of course Goldy can't stand by and let Julian suffer, so she pokes her nose into things and eventually solves a murder.

Along the way she deals with her best friend's heart attack, her vicious ex-husband, her new husband, a teenage son, demanding clients, the cut throat cosmetic industry, and animal rights activists. All while preparing delicious low fat...more
Tabby Kat
For Colorado's Goldy B. Schulz (last seen in The Last Suppers), the catering proves far less rewarding than the sleuthing when she's called on to prepare a banquet for the Mignon cosmetics company. Forced to forsake mayonnaise and butter in this low-fat luncheon, Goldy is in "caterers' hell." But that's a better place than where Mignon super-saleswoman Claire Satterfield ends up?which is dead. According to Julian Teller, Goldy's catering assistant, Claire had recently suspected she was being fol...more
S. J.
Aug 17, 2013 S. J. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery fans, people interested in Culinary, people looking for easy and fun read
Recommended to S. by: Library; Series
*4.4 Stars*

Scorecard: (Out of 10)
* Quality of Writing - 9
* Pace - 10
* Plot development - 9
* Characters - 9
* Enjoyability - 8
* Insightfulness - 8
* Ease of Reading - 8
* Photos/Illustrations - NA
Final Score: 61/70 = 87%

My Review of Catering to Nobody: Book One

My Review of Dying for Chocolate: Book Two

My Review of The Cereal Murders: Book Three

My Review of The Last Supppers: Book Four

*The Gush*

I’ll admit, though I did enjoy this book while I read it, this did not end up being my favorite book...more
Finally, delicious recipes that are low in fat! Our beloved, Goldy, owner of Goldy Bear Catering, is hired to cater a low fat luncheon for Mignon Cosmetics. Think Lacome' or Estee Lauder, very high dollar. The top sales associate, Claire, is dating Julian, Goldy's helper, who has been sort of interning with her in the last few books. One thing Goldy is not a fan of is cooking low fat and when you add to that the annoyance of having to wade through a bunch of demonstrators who are outraged over c...more
Another series. I've been reading a lot of those lately. Can't help myself when I find an author I like. Ms. Davidson is in that category. These books are murder mysteries. The premise is, Goldy Schulz is an upscale caterer in the Denver area of Colorado. She is married to a law enforcement officer. She regularly gets involved in her husband's cases. The fun part of these books for me is the fact that they have recipes in them. So, Goldy's character will tell you how to make a recipe and then gi...more
Ellen Moore
Again Diane Mott Davidson has a lively fast-paced mystery with several victims, numerous suspects, and a busy catering schedule for Goldy. "The Jerk" with his charming personality makes an appearance, and both Marla and Julian have special problems. Goldy's investigation places her in danger (as usual), but she is able to sort everything out by the end of the book. I found this mystery very interesting--I didn't want to put it down!
Scarlett Gibb
Good book got a little weird

I love Goldy hate the jerk and worry about Marla,. for a newlywed Tom is slightly inconsistent. at one point worrying so much he sabotaged a job. then being totally absent that part bothered me. all in all Didn't guess the ending which was good.
May 10, 2013 Jen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
When Goldy Schultz agrees to cater a lowfat luncheon for mignon cosmetics, she never imagined that she would be up to her eyeliner in murder when one of mignon's Sales associates is ruthlessly rundown in the parking garage. Concerned for her assistant Julian, who is distraught over the loss of his girlfriend, Goldy Starts investigating. She won't stop until the case is solved, much to the annoyance of her husband Tom who is working with the sheriffs department on the case.
I loved this book. Dian...more
I read the first 5 in this Colorado caterer murder mystery series quite awhile ago, and have heard the author talk locally several times. They should be read in order, as there is quite a lot of character development with her love life and her son. They are very entertaining, not too violent mysteries, and I love the catering/food aspect. Plus they come with recipes, what could be better? And, living in CO, like the author, I like knowing the area she is describing.
Stephanie Franklin
For some reason, this is the book in this series that I remember the best. And yet, there were still things in it that surprised me - always good for re-readability in a murder mystery.

I did notice that, like the earlier books, there are a few things about the character interactions that bother me more than they did when I was a kid reading these books. At one point, the main character's husband actively sabotages her work by switching the food out, so she won't have time to "snoop around." It r...more
I found an older book in the "Goldy Bear" mystery series. This book was a good read. I have found some of her recent books wanting in terms of plot and ending but this one was good in both respects.
So nice to have the good Mr. Schulz back in the picture (Goldy's new husband, who does a great job of occasionally saving her from herself and her seeming inability to stay out of danger--and from a literary standpoint, saves her from her ridiculous former surname of "Bear." Goldy Schulz is much better!) This time around, Goldy et al stumble upon trouble at the cosmetic counter at a luncheon Goldy's catering for (at the mall). Figuring out the 'whodunnit' is nearly as puzzling for our caterer as...more
Jennifer Gelert
I am still on my Goldy kick. It is a busy time for our caterer/crime solver. Lunches to host, a food fair to be a part of, a 4th of July dinner and a murder to solve. All while dealing with her best friend having a heart attack and Julian her assistant and special son dealing with the hit and run of his girl friend. I swear trouble follows this woman. Bleach water thrown on her, a facial with needles which sends her running and dealing with animal rights activists throwing things at her.

As alway...more
Jenny Evans
Compelling mystery that Goldie, the cater gets involve in solving. Humor, mystery and Goldie shares her favorite recipes.
All criticism aside I do love this series. Love Goldy and Davidson's characters are always multifaceted. Given that, the subject matter of this one kinda bored me. I could care less about cosmetics and it just wasn't grabbing me. Which explains why it took me so long to finish. I'm enjoying watching Archie grow. He is into something new every book and this time it was the sixties. I wasn't to sure if I liked how Julian was written this time around but I thought that he came through in the end. I...more
The fifth in this series-which I am reading because it takes place in Colorado and she's a caterer and I like reading about food. The plots are always a little forced-I mean this is seriously the fifth or sixth murder that this gal has been privy to....and she's a CATERER for Heaven's sake!!! But, due to her best friends heart attack, she decides to start cooking low fat, which was interesting...and, by the way, accurate. I've tried some of her recipes which are conveniently printed in the book-...more
Love this whole series. Includes yummy recipes.
Russ Cross
Jun 22, 2014 Russ Cross rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any fan of light mysteries.
Recommended to Russ by: My sister.
Very fun read. The recipes always make me wish I could cook.
Jennifer Morefield
I love this series. Onto book 6...
This book is very concerned with food and has only one murder at the beginning. All the threads to the plot weave an interesting story. The negative concern that many people, especially women, have for growing old and the tremendous amount of money spent on cosmetics to stop/conceal the ravages of time are two serious themes. The books has a lot of characters, but all are important to the story. Julian matures as his departure looms closer at the end.
I liked this book, but didn't love it. This particular book showed that the author didn't do much research on procedures. I do get that this book was wrutten in the mid 90s, but that's just it. The hospital procedures described were totally out of date by then, even at some of the most backward hospitals.
No witnesses for a hit and run in a CROWDED mall? I was disgruntled enough that it took me away from the enjoyment of characters and mystery.
Same thoughts as always for this series, but I've grown increasingly fond of listening for the ridiculous names that the author gives to the dishes Goldy creates. I just don't buy that a real caterer would name anything with silly names, but it totally fits with the style of these books and I love it. Even better: this book had tons of goofball names of cosmetics to keep me doubly entertained. So glad I have a billion more of these to listen to!
David A. Carey
This book started out a bit slow but as I read it got better,and overall I really enjoyed it.
I have often read about an author who not only worked food into her mysteries but also included recipes. This is her.
I found the book by accident at a book sale fund raiser at my bank.
Now that I am done reading the book I must go make some "Vanilla-Frosted Fudge Cookies" and, perhaps at a later date, some "Shrimp Risotto with Portobello Mushrooms".
A nice fluffy quick read, loaded with mouth-watering recipes. While nice to read a series in order, you can pretty much read any of this series in any order. In this book, Goldy -- a busy caterer -- helps her police detective husband once again in solving a murder. In typical Goldy fashion she is a bit too inquisitive for her own good, but manages, as usual, to catch the murderer and solve the mystery minutes before the police.
I love mysteries and my favourites are dark and gritty. I make an exception for Diane Mott Davidson's books. The espresso is dark enough for me. This series tosses a little murder in with culinary delights. Davidson even supplies many of the recipes Goldy Schulz uses in her catering parties. Open one of the books in this series and you can almost smell the delicious aromas emanating from Goldy's kitchen. Delish!
Who ever thought going to the mall could be so dangerous? But Goldy battles having her Pseudo son's girlfriend run down and killed before her eyes, bleach thrown into her face, and being arrested for shoplifting while watching someone. All in the name of helping her husband solve a murder. Along the way her friend, Marla,is hospitalized for heart problems. And the love wagon keeps coming between her and Tom.
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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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