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Prime Cut (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #8)

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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 There, in a hopelessly outdated kitchen, G ...more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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Debbie
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,
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Nolan
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
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Bernard
Poorly plotted and with wooden characterisation. The recipe gimmick fails to stop this soufflé from imploding.
Donna
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 C
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
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Kimber
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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Christina
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
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
Sharonbrown3158
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"!~
Ferne
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
Carla
This is a predictably fun series, and anything read by Barbara Rosenblatt is automatically awesome, so good as usual with Goldie Bear.
Nancy
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
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Dizsue
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
Chris Matney
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
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S. J.
Aug 29, 2013 S. J. rated it 5 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
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
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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
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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
Stephanie
Another good cozy involving Goldy, the Caterer. I love how the writer includes some Colorado culture, which makes this a Colorado mystery rather than a cozy that can be placed pretty much anywhere.

Goldy once again discovers a dead body. However, when her detective husband shows up, the out-of-control DA has him removed and suspended. Ms. Davidson adds more possible suspects as the story moves on. Loved it.
Debbie
These books are perfect for walking -- interesting enough that I want to walk farther in order to read more, but not so difficult that I slow my pace.
I love that Goldy and her new husband Tom don't have a perfect marriage but really love each other, and that she struggles to relate to her teenage son.
Yes - sometimes the crime solving is predictable, but there are usually a few twists that keep me engaged.
And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the descriptions of Colorado!!
Carol
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
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Kate
I love reading about Goldy's catering adventures in Aspen Meadow. The mystery in this book revolved around a fashion shoot for clothing company's Christmas catalog. The setting, along with the added storyline of a new caterer who is under cutting Goldy and trying to steal all of her clients, made this a fun read which I found hard to put down.
Catherine
I really liked this book a lot. Great series. Goldy Schulz is hosting a fashion photoshoot high in the Aspen mountains. Her mentor is then brutually murdered. Also the contractor Gerald gets murdered too. Are they somehow connected, please read this book to find out.
Alicia
I've read mixed reviews on Dianne mott davidsons books but I always enjoy them when I am looking for a light read. I consider them like"murder she wrote" tv shows add opposed to csi. They are light and fun and a quick read. loved this one
Madelyn
This was another good read by Diane Mott Davidson. It took me awhile to get into this book. Several mysteries unfold and Goldy Schulz is able to solve them with the help of her husband and son.
Kara
One of my favorites in the mystery series so far. Quick paced, return of some favorite characters, a twisty plot, and I loved the way it was resolved.
Ruth
It seems like every other book in this series reads unevenly to me. Last book prior to this one I really enjoyed; this one less so. It was uneven in plot and character development, and--surprisingly to me, since I generally enjoy and like our protagonist--I really did NOT enjoy Goldy this time. She was a whiner, a sort of pushy shrew. It's true that it is her nosiness that gets her into the scrapes that these books are built on--but it's important that you like or have sympathy and connection to ...more
Sandy Duke
Another nice little mystery by Davidson.
Linda
I listened to this in the car. It is one of the culinary mysteries. It has an interesting plot and the characters are warming up now. The reader has a crusty sound to her voice and sometimes things seem a little rough especially the language.
Juli
Love this whole series. Includes yummy recipes.
Marcia
I liked this book, but I thought the title is misleading. I was expecting a lot of meat recipes, but not so. Searching for lost treasure brings out the good & bad in the characters. Chef Andre's stories turned out to be true. Prison has not changed John Richard Korman, just made him sneakier. Arch & Julian continue to have girl-troubles. Goldy got a new kitchen. Julian's maturity is evident throughout. He also discovered that he didn't have to go 2000 miles away to go to college.
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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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