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Killer Pancake (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #5)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  7,118 ratings  ·  171 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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15th out of 333 books — 269 voters
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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
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
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 :)
This audiobook is definitely cozy. Goldie Shultz is a caterer outside Denver who has recently married a homicide detective. She tends to get caught up in snooping and while her husband knows she has good instincts he worries about her putting herself in danger. And of course she does. In this story her catering assistant / unofficial foster son is suffering after the hit and run death of his girlfriend. Goldie gets mixed up in the solving of the case. And Goldie's best friend suffers a heart att ...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
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
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 bo
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
Laura Beasley
Once again, Goldy the caterer is involved with a mystery. Her husband, Tom and investigator lets her help to a certain point. A light mystery and a little humor at times. Lots of characters involved. Claire is killed and it is not just a hit and run. It was done on purpose. Since Claire was dating Julian, a caterer with Goldy and Julian also lives with them she wants to find out who did it and try to help Julian. Then another murder occurs. Twists and turns and a few surprises.
#5 in the Goldy Bear Schulz series. Goldy is a caterer in an upscale Colorado community.

Goldy Schulz is catering a luncheon for Mignon Cosmetics. One of the saleswomen, who is going out with her ward Julian Teller, is killed by a hit-and -run driver. What does the murder have to do with employee thefts, industrial espionage, animal rights activists, and a blue rose? Goldy eventually gets all the ingredients to come together.

It is getting harder to read these books. This will be my last. I get more irritated with Goldy and her narcissistic behavior, her son, Arch, and her live-in catering helper, Julian with each book. The books are very dated and I feel like I am listening to my mother and grandmother. I have been listening to the audio versions of the books and I think the individual chosen sounds like my very snooty mother. Goldy is very judgmental of the wealthy and constantly berates their behavior but never fa ...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
Another murder for Goldy to solve while entertaining guests and making her readers hungry. Lots of fun recipes but I did make a copy of the Killer Pancakes. I mean they cook up in the oven, one must give it a whirl. The first murder is a young cosmetic sales rep. Why would anyone want to kill her? Sales, Rivalry companies, jealousy, PETA, incriminating photos? This murder hits close to home because her assistant was dating the young girl, so Goldy needs to help him find closure but as usual she ...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!
Kathy Dyer
Davidson's culinary series is engaging with relatable characters and enough mystery to make you guess more than once. Having lived in the fictional town of Aspen Meadow it is also fun to figure out where characters are and where they are going. Not to mention the books also contain great recipes you want to try out in your kitchen.
Really enjoy this series. It's light reading, not at all frightening, lots of Episcopal references, and cooking! Yes, in every book, Goldy does things that are either slightly illegal and/or ridiculously dangerous. And, she always solves the murder. The author retells Goldy's "story" in each book, abusive ex-husband, etc. This re-telling allows the reader to start with any volume and not be lost.
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
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
Nancy Crosby
Mostly interesting read

Another I installment of Davidson's series. As usual, recipes are included. Book is exciting and believable until the end,which strains credulity a bit.
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
One of many light-reading mystery series that I turn to when I just want a fun time with a book. Haven't been disappointed yet by a Goldy Bear book.
Jenny Evans
Compelling mystery that Goldie, the cater gets involve in solving. Humor, mystery and Goldie shares her favorite recipes.
As usual, Davidson delivers a solid mystery framed by cooking and Goldy's eventful personal life. A few criticisms: I found Tom a bit out of character, and would have liked more attention paid to Marla's illness.
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
Not an easy guess. I enjoyed it. I'm almost through all her Goldie books.
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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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A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • The Cereal Murders (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #3)
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