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Killer Pancake (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #5)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  7,895 Ratings  ·  201 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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Jan 15, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
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 :)
Jayme(the ghost reader)
I liked this book. I am really enjoying this series. In this book, Goldy has a catering job with a cosmetics company. Her assistant Julian has a girlfriend who works at the company and then she is found dead, run down. Goldy goes undercover and gets covered up in foundation. The only thing I didn't like was the way the recipes were put in the middle of the chapters. I thought it was distracting. The recipes should go at the end of the chapters like they do with the Chocolate Chip Cookie series.
Sep 06, 2014 Shawn rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult, summermurders
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
Apr 02, 2016 Kary rated it really liked it
Does not disappoint. I am looking forward to making the killer pancake recipe. yum yum
It's been quite awhile since I read the first few in this series, and I don't think I'm going to wait as long to read the next; this book was solid, fun, and a perfect read for a stormy day! The characters were wonderful. I love Goldy and her sometimes dysfunctional family and friends. The mystery was excellent, the killer wasn't very surprising, but there weren't many suspects, so I don't think I would've been surprised regardless. Overall excellent, I just bought the next one!
Jan 08, 2015 Peggy rated it really liked it
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
Mar 11, 2011 Lis Carey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 30, 2013 Patti rated it really liked it
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
May 15, 2008 Tabby Kat rated it really liked it
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 really liked it
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
Feb 10, 2013 Victoria rated it really liked it
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
Nov 06, 2014 Laura Beasley rated it liked it
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.
Jul 26, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#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.

Oct 11, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
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
Feb 03, 2014 Ellen Moore rated it it was amazing
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!
Shannon Berry
Aug 07, 2015 Shannon Berry rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book as much as I have others in the Goldie series. It makes for a great light, summer read. I even made the Turkey with hoisin sauce and pine nuts in lettuce cups. Delicious! I agree with other reviewers that the audiobooks, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, are a pleasure to listen to, and I have come to identify her voice with my favorite caterer, but I enjoyed reading the paper version of this story.
Kathy Dyer
Jul 22, 2015 Kathy Dyer rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 22, 2015 Cynthia rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 09, 2016 Peggy rated it liked it
Goldy the caterer is catering an event when the unthinkable happened-a young lady is run over in a parking garage, which leads Goldie into the world of the make up industry. As she nears the truth, her life is increasingly in danger, but she continues to investigate. This reader never suspected the ultimate killer, but it neatly wrapped up in the last two chapters. I learned antedote for Hemlock poisoning. And the recipes at the end sound pretty good too.
Tara Brown
Jun 19, 2016 Tara Brown rated it did not like it
This series is really going downhill for me. Goldy once again is in the middle of a murder that she HAS to solve. Never mind that her very capable husband is on the job. I wonder how she would feel if he started taking over her catering assignments. She's so annoying, ditzy and judgmental. And I swear if she doesn't trip or fall over something at least 5 times a book then I'm not reading the same series. The writer can't seem to find anything sensible to do with the character. And again with the ...more
Dale Di Pietro
Dec 11, 2015 Dale Di Pietro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What price is beauty?

Once again, Goldie is in the middle of a murder investigation. Beauty has a different meaning for everyone and the price doesn't come cheap. Murder, lies and deception litter the trail to finding the murder and the truth. Don't forget the tasty recipes!
Scarlett Gibb
Feb 22, 2014 Scarlett Gibb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing
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
Aug 12, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
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Molly Morris
Jun 29, 2016 Molly Morris rated it it was ok
I'm sorry for the review if you are a fan of this author. I did not enjoy this book but slogged my way through. It had no thrill, no point and took forever to get to the end. Maybe because I'm not a cook and there was way to much print about how to prepare food, etc.
Jackie Levy
Nov 20, 2015 Jackie Levy rated it it was ok
Recommended to Jackie by: Rachel
I enjoy this authors books on a certain level. Easy to read and the story moves along and is interesting. I like seeing her recipes, but I'm always hungry while reading her stories! Not great literature, but a good all round mystery story.
Jan 12, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, foodie-books
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
Jul 16, 2013 Stephanie Franklin rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read-2013, mystery
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
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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)
  • 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)
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