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Prime Cut (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #8)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  6,595 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews
An unscrupulous new rival has pushed Goldy's beloved catering business to the brink of collapse. An even more unscrupulous local contractor has left her precious kitchen in a shambles. Yet Goldy has joined forces with her old mentor, French chef Andre Hibbard, to cater a fashion photo shoot at a turn-of-the-century mountain cabin. There, in a hopelessly outdated kitchen, G ...more
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Bantam Books (first published 1998)
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3.5 out of 5 stars for Prime Cut, the 8th book in the "Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary" cozy mystery series, written in 1998 by Diane Mott Davidson. We're midway thru the series with this installment and it's still going strong. Goldy's working with her mentor, trying ot retain her catering business, as the competition has turned up the heat and stolen some business in their Denver-adjacent town. But the trouble doesn't stop there, as anything that could go wrong, does go wrong for he
Jayme(the ghost reader)
In this installment, Goldy Bear Schultz's business is not doing so good. She has to fight for every booking because a rival caterer is trying to put her out of business. Her husband gets suspended for a disagreement he has with his superior. His superior is a real jerk to begin with and it wasn't Tom's fault. Goldy has to get her window fixed because of the Jerk. She hires a guy but he just wrecks her kitchen and then runs off. A little while later he ends up dead in the home of one of her good ...more
Apr 08, 2010 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, mystery
Book eight in the Goldy Culinary Mysteries.

As a result of a visit from "the jerk" in the last book, Goldy hires a contractor to repair her kitchen window. Unfortunately, the contractor in question, Gerald Eliot, takes her money, tears the kitchen apart...and disappears. A rival caterer emerges and seems determined to put Goldy out of business by stealing all of her clients, and Tom gets suspended after a run-in with his extremely obnoxious boss.

Badly in need of work, Goldy helps out Chef Andre,
Apr 14, 2007 Bernard rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Poorly plotted and with wooden characterisation. The recipe gimmick fails to stop this soufflé from imploding.
May 03, 2011 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I have read a bunch of these books. They are a quick read, have managed not to get too predictable and sometimes I can figure out who the murderer is. Reading them as ebooks makes it hard to get the recipes, but I have copied a few off of my reader. The biggest problem I have found and I realize it must be because I have read a bunch of them at the same time, but for God's sake, tell your kid your ex is a rotten bastard instead of bending over backwards to accomodate him. The #2 recurrent th ...more
Jan 03, 2014 Nolan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goldy Bear Schulz runs a small catering company in rural Colorado. Her husband, Tom, is a cop, and her son, Arch, is 14. Need I say more?

As this book opens, a new caterer has come to town and is intent on undercutting Goldy’s prices and thereby garnering jobs that once were hers. Her friend, Marla, is being audited by the IRS, and it’s another hectic late summer as the book opens. Goldy’s kitchen has been torn up by an unscrupulous contractor who has taken her money and run, leaving the place in
Jan C
Mar 02, 2010 Jan C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was just ok.

It is a terrible thing to be through with an author while you still have several of their books on hand. So you slog through the rest of them.

Acutally, it is not too bad, it does have recipes. Of course, I have never yet found one of her recipes to be of any interest to me. Always one ingredient or another is on my verboten list or they are just too complicated to make. If anyone was interested in them in the first place.

There are several mysteries going on - who's killing eve
Feb 11, 2013 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Love this series, I haven't been disappointed by this series at all!!!!! All the the characters are absoulutety awesome!!!!! Arch is kind of a little snot though. I hope his character gets better. I was really shocked at who the killer was!!!! Anther thing that has me a little concerned is this new cater in town. I really don't like his style at all. I also like how "The Jerk" was in jail, too bad he still was able to bring discontent to Goldie and Marla though. I can't wait to read the next o ...more
This is a series I love and collect. I love a mystery and the detective is a caterer! I love to cook and even though they rarely turn out I always try a recipe from each book. This time it was the spinach cheesecakes-oddly, not as good as it sounds. But the story was fun and I love all the characters-especially Marla! She reminds me of my sister. She is filthy rich and loves all the finer things in life and she is funny and flamboyant and "just says things"!~
Sep 11, 2014 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
This is a predictably fun series, and anything read by Barbara Rosenblatt is automatically awesome, so good as usual with Goldie Bear.
Ron Holmes
Oct 22, 2016 Ron Holmes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first read of a Diane Mott Davidson book. It was interesting if maybe too much about food including several recipes. It was supposed to be a lite read on a trip to Germany and it was. For those interested there was only on very short paragraph about sex/love making. I will be thinking about whether or not to read another book by Davidson.
Oct 05, 2016 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was my train reading for a while, which I think made it seem to be going a little slowly, since I realized when I finished it that the events in the book took place over just a couple of weeks (less time than had elapsed since I started reading the book).

Goldy is having trouble. Her kitchen has been halfway deconstructed, a new caterer in town is undercutting her business quite dramatically, her best friend is spending lots of time with the IRS and very little time with her, she can't
S. J.
Aug 20, 2013 S. J. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mystery fans, people interested in Culinary, people looking for easy and fun read
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

(See review for book seven to see why I'm not doing a full review.)

Another really great volume, particularly on the personal front for our favorite caterer. Not only is her business under attack (and it was TOTALLY not a surprise who
Chris Matney
Feb 27, 2013 Chris Matney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A disclaimer - I gave this book 100 pages to catch my interest, and it just didn't work for me. So, this review is based on the first eight chapters. Prime Cut was given to me by someone who knows I like Agatha Christie - and she billed it as a modern-day Miss Marple tale. So, I thought I would give it a try.

The mystery is centered around cooking - with recipes for the dishes described in the book by the author. That's cool. Something a bit different. I like cooking.

But that turned out to be the
Feb 15, 2017 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really disappointed with "Prime Cut." Usually, Ms. Davidson's books are funny and fast paced. I felt like I was trudging through this book. I think this novel simply just fell short. I am still a huge fan of the series. I'll continue to read the series because I love Goldy and Marla's shenanigans.
May 12, 2009 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2/3/15 - 100% sure I've read this before, but I think it's been 12+ years since I read this series, so I thought I'd re-read at least this one before picking up the next book in the series to try to get myself familiar again with the characters.

2/15/15 - It was kinda hard to try to start this series again where I left off. I knew I had read this book before and some of the details were familiar and I guessed/remembered some of the whys of the murder but not the who. Some of the carry-over detail
Sarah Sammis
Prime Cut by Diane Mott Davidson opens with Goldy helping her old semi-retired teacher cater a modeling session at a local historic cabin. She needs the gig for money to finish a remodel of her kitchen, abandoned by the local no-good contractor.

Soon Goldy has to contend with two deaths, food sabotage, competition from a showy but crap caterer, and a missing heritage cookbook. If you know anything about simple codes you'll figure out big chunks of this mystery well before Goldy does. I certainly
Ellen Moore
Goldy had a number of problems in this book. Marla was not available most of the time, and she missed her best friend. Her bookings were down, and she was losing business to an unsavory caterer competitor. Her partially demolished kitchen (by a contractor who had not finished the job as promised) made it extremely difficult to work. Her husband Tom was suspended from his job with the Sheriff's Dept. In addition to financial problems, work problems, and other concerns, Goldy found a body; and the ...more
Jun 15, 2014 Ferne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book but I believe there are many readers who would be absolutely enthralled with this cozy mystery. It is a mystery that blends the world of caterers and fashion shoots within a beautifully described picturesque setting of Aspen Meadows, Colorado. The key character is energetic Goldy Bear, caterer and amateur sleuth. Season the mixture with a homestead museum and an ex-husband in prison. And don't forget the pièce de résistance, an endearing (current)husband who is not only a det ...more
Tabby Kat
Trouble starts when Goldy drops off a meal for a friend whose wife is in the hospital. She finds him uncharacteristically drunk and, even worse, discovers the body of her kitchen contractor hanging from the rafters of the house. This particular contractor has made several enemies because he never manages to complete his contracting tasks ---including Goldy's kitchen. But Goldy's friend becomes the prime suspect and is hauled off to jail because the body is found at his home, despite --- or perha ...more
Jun 17, 2014 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well this book finally did it; I am officially done with Goldy.

Three hundred and forty eight pages have never been so monotonous and redundant before. Her last couples of books were leading up to this moment and left me teetering but Prime Cut pushed me over the edge.

Yada yada yada Goldy’s business is in trouble due to a new rival that will do anything to undercut her. Yada yada the contractor that Goldy hired for her kitchen remodel, that has taken advantage of every other person that he has w
Feb 11, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of this series I've read. I found myself hungry the whole time I was reading with all the delicious recipes she (Goldy) prepared. She runs a catering business, has an ex-husband in jail, and bits of a dysfunctional family everywhere.

The mystery was quite good, didn't feel predictable and her trainer was murdered during one of their shoots. I like her so far, and I really want some of that food. I listened to it on audio. Was wondering if the books (hard copy) had copies o
Caterer Goldy Bear Schulz is having problems. Her kitchen is all torn up, another caterer has set up business in Aspen Meadows, and she has money problems.

Her old mentor Chef Andre Hibbard has asked her to help him cater at a photo shoot.Something seems off with the people at the shoot.

Then things go from bad to worse. Tom is suspended from his job, an old friend is accused of murder, and her ex-husband, now in jail, is refusing to pay her son's tuition to school.

Goldy is determined to fing out
Jun 04, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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Laura Beasley
A pretty good mystery bu Davidson. Goldy, a caterer, discovers the dead body of the man doing remodeling at her home. This leads her into another investigation. Her husband, Tom, a detective is suspended because he and his boss don't get along. Then Goldy's former teacher dies and is it from a heart attack? Goldy does not think so. Goldy is out to find out what happened. With Tom suspended with out pay, and Goldy is losing come of her catering deals due to a new caterer coming to town and trying ...more
May 06, 2014 Dizsue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am rereading this series of books by Diane Mott Davidson. It is a series I read in Canada while I was living there. I find that my taste in books has evolved quite a bit. I loved these books in Canada, now I find that it is not quite as encapturing. I find I get irritated with the main character and her relationship with her son, her ex-husband and the way people confide in her not very realistic. And although I do realize she is a sleuthing caterer, I do get irritated with the way the recipes ...more
Jul 10, 2016 Jenny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book took a while for me to get into because there was so much extra details thrown in that it was kind of frustrating to read. I eventually got kind of used to it and it got easier, but I am personally just not a fan. The characters were fun and the overall plot was pretty good, though the characters took a really long time to figure out what was going on. I wouldn't recommend this book, but if a person happened to start reading it and was wondering whether to keep going, I would say it is ...more
Jennifer Robb
A friend of mine gave me earlier books in this series a number of years ago. As with all books of this type, it does strike me as odd that no one seems to care that dead bodies show up all around this caterer. Only one in town or not, I think I'd prefer an event with no dead bodies, even if I had to hire someone from the next big town to get it!

Other than that, this is the standard installment for this series with a few twists. Goldy has some competition in the catering world for a change. Thoug
Jul 06, 2010 Kimber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are all ok. They are not horrible. I keep reading them, but if I can find something else to read I do.

For being so poor she has quite a bit of exotic food. Very few of the recipes included (none so far) would I write down to try myself. (There is another cook ~set in Minnesota~ that I enjoy a bit more.) Maybe I just can't relate to the ritzy class that is this area. Guards around her son's school? It's a bit much.

That being said, and skimming over the recipe prep, I enjoy these books. I ju
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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)
  • Tough Cookie (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #9)
  • Sticks & Scones (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #10)
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