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Partyservice für eine Tote (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  12,545 ratings  ·  557 reviews
Catering a wake is not Goldy's idea of fun. Yet the Colorado caterer throws herself into preparing a savory feast including Poached Salmon and Strawberry Shortcake Buffet designed to soothe forty mourners. And her culinary efforts seem to be exactly what the doctor ordered...until her ex-father-in-law gynecologist Fritz Korman is struck down and Goldy is accused of adding...more
Broschiert, 316 pages
Published 1999 by Econ Tb. (first published 1990)
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Listened to the Recorded Books cassette edition. Now I've previously read this book several years ago and went on to read more in the series, but why sort of escapes me. I didn't like the people in this book. I found Goldy annoying and repetitive and Tom Schulz unprofessional, pushy, and patronizing. I might try the second one at least because I know I kept going with the series previously but if I don't like that one better then I'm gone. I think this may be just one example of the problem I ha...more
This is one of my guilty pleasures. I love light mysteries. I want to see a body in the first 20 pages, lots of clues in the middle, and the solution in the last 20 pages. I never try to figure it out. I just skim the surface, suspend disbelief (how many dead bodies is a caterer likely to find, really?), and enjoy the ride.
Ok, so books like this are the reason I'm not a huge fan of commercial fiction. It was well written, had a nice marketable plot, and was cleverly done with the recipes in the middle and all--I mean, on those characteristics alone it seems like the perfect book, but I got kind of bored with it and fast.

We'll start with Goldie, the main character, who's a recovering love addict and has battled to put her life together after an abusive marriage. Doesn't that just sound like a wonderful thing to rea...more
I really enjoyed this book. It was neat to "meet" all of the characters for the first time, as I have read many of other books from the series. Quick and fun read.
Dorottya Bacsi
I really wanted to like this book more - I mean, I am by no means an opposer of light literature and chick lit and light crime novels at all. It seemed to have a really interesting premise...


The only redeeming qualities for me were the whodunnit kind of guessing game and that it was exciting. Other than that... ugh. I don't know if it was only the translation, but I felt it was badly written. Too many unnecessary details and filler sentences... and also, there were some sentences and struc...more
Tabby Kat
Catering to Nobody" is the first delectable book in this culinary mystery series full of crazy, different characters.
Lightly entertaining, and a good murder mystery Davidson's witty writing and clever clues combine with some yummy recipes along the way to solving this short, fun mystery.
Goldy is a former battered wife who has finally divorced her abusive doctor husband and strikes out to support herself and her pre-teen son by starting an upscale catering company.
Handsome police officer Tom Schu...more
I will be riding on Vromans Bookstore's Mystery Bus to attend the LA Times Festival of Books. Diane Mott Davidson is the author on that bus this year and I thought it would be fun to read one of her novels, so starting at the beginning of her series.

I liked the book. I found the writing a little confusing at times, but thought the story was entertaining. I would hope the writing gets better as the series continues, or maybe the reader just gets used to her particular style. Enjoyed listening to...more
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Aurian Booklover
As I recently bought some new secondhand books in this series, and it has been years since I read some of the first books in this series, I decided to start reading them again from the first book. I did struggle a bit with liking this first book though.

Goldy is a successful caterer, who has been divorced from her abusive husband for a few years now. She is best friends with his second ex-wife Marla, and she has a young son to take care off. But she is very careful with him, not pushing or darin...more
Sep 19, 2007 Jeri rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the food-loving reader
These were light, easy reads. The stories are good, moves along quickly, the plot twist is always a little far-fetched... but at least you don't see the end coming! All the descriptions of the food the main character (who is a caterer) makes are fantastic and because most of the recipes are included, it makes the books much more fun to me!
I feel like this could have been a good story, but it was too difficult to get over how poorly it is told. The plot is muddy and superficial and there is next to zero character development. I really like reading serial mystery novels as a guilty pleasure, so I may try the next one or two in the series, but this one was a dud.
First in a series of culinary mysteries. An entertaining and quick read. The main character is a divorced caterer living in a small Colorado town. As Goldy plans parties and raises her son, she becomes involved in a series of murder mysteries. The books include some of her recipes too.
Heather G
I enjoyed this culinary mystery. I found the main character and her son interesting and believable. I didn't know who did what until the end and I wanted to keep on reading until I figured it out!
Petula Darling
I made it to the end, but I probably shouldn't have since bad books make me cranky.
The book should have been titled "Catering to Everybody: The Story of a Doormat in a Village of Idiots".
My current favorite series. I started this book when I was in labor, and read the whole series during Ivy's first year. You might be getting a copy as a gift from me someday.
I was hoping to really like this, but alas, I cannot stand Goldy. She is so indecisive, impulsive (dumb?!), and spends too much time wringing her hands. Bleh...
Kristen Hook
Honestly, I did not really enjoy this book. It was just so-so and the end did nothing for me. I felt it could have been much better. Overall a dissapointment.
Nupur Vanderlick
Felt very amateurish. No actual mystery. No detecting skills displayed. Just recipes.
This book came highly recommended by a friend and I enjoyed it. Goldy is asked to cater a wake, but is soon charged with poisoning her ex-father-in-law. With the health department impounding her leftovers, her ex-husband proclaiming her guilt, and her business about to be shut down, Goldy decides she can't wait for the police to get to the bottom of things. She soon discovers more than one family skeleton and a veritable stew of unpalatable secrets--the kind that could make Goldy the main course...more
Jennifer Good
A fun series, but fair warning, Goldy is a lot like pie crust...more than a little flaky! At her catering gigs she manages to stumble across what seems like every dead body in town, doubtful in the real world I'd want to hire her unless I wanted to see a friend or family member to turn up dead. As you're reading the series, she's fairly predictable and a bit tiresome. I do enjoy the recipes, though, and the books are a quick, amusing read. I'd kind of like to be Marla (her BFF) if I could step i...more
Mark Baker
The first in the series, caterer Goldy Bear is upset when her former father-in-law is poisoned at a funeral she is catering. When the police shut her down, she starts digging to find out who did it. I thought the characters were well formed and interesting, but the plot moved a little slow and I had some trouble believing how much the police told her.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
A genial debut that, in tone, is reminiscent of Susan Isaacs' Compromising Positions: chatty, sort of sexy, amusingly improbable. Divorced Colorado mom Goldy Bear supports herself and her sixth-grader son Arch with Goldilocks Catering, "Where Everything is Just Right." When her ex-father-in-law, a randy gynecologist, nearly dies from a sip of her lemonade, which had been poisoned, police investigator Tom Schulz closes down her business. To get it reopened as quickly as possible, Goldy begins an...more
I really like the Goldy the caterer in this series of books. This is the first book in the series of many books about Goldy. In this book, she is divorced from her doctor husband (know as "the jerk") She is best friends with the ex wife who came after her.
Her son, Arch, is having difficulty adjusting to the divorce and is small and bullied by other kids in his class. Arch is really into Dungeons and Dragons. His downward spiral continues when a teacher/friend commits susicide (or was it susici...more
Typical Mott Davidson, which make an enjoyable light read between more serious tomes. And her recipies always get my cooking brain thinking... Best part was the mention of antof9's town in Colorado!

Publisher Review

Meet The Caterer Who Whipped Up The Multimillion-Copy Mystery Series– As Goldy Solves Her First Murder!

Diane Mott Davidson’s winning recipe of first-class suspense and five-star fare has won her and caterer Goldy critical raves and a regular place on major bestseller lists across the...more
The first 50 or so pages of this book was interesting, enough that I wanted to keep reading it to find out who the killer was, but the rest of the book was slow moving and the author found a way to put the blame on pretty much every character. So you never really had any idea who-done-it. Not a fast read at all, and I found most of the characters (even the one who dies) very annoying. Thank goodness one of them dies.
Goldy is catering for a funeral when her ex-father-in-law Fritz gets poisoned....more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Nov 14, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Foodies With a Mystery Bent Who Don't Mind TSTL Protagonists
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
From the beginning this was a bit too cutesy for me. The first person narrator and protagonist, "Goldy Bear" is a caterer in Aspen Meadow, Colorado, and her motto is "just right." At regular intervals we get complete recipes like "Dungeon Bars" and "Wild Man Wild Rice."

Also, the romantic interest is the detective, Tom Schulz, investigating a poisoning in which Goldie is a suspect. He had the power it seemed, to close down her business until someone is arrested--but he doesn't hesitate to date h...more
Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson
2 stars

Goldy is a a single mom and caterer in small-town Colorado. While catering the funeral of her son's suicidal favorite teacher Laura Smiley, her former father in-law is poisoned. Her ex is quick to lay the blame at her feet and until the matter is cleared up, her catering business and sole source of income is shut down - just in time for the Christmas holidays, a caterer's busiest season. In order to save her business Goldy starts investigating for...more
Sep 23, 2011 Psmith rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all cozy mystery lovers
two years ago, I had this Goldy Schulz mystery mania phase wherein for a period of 3-4 months I was frantically searching for the books in this series and reading those randomly. So I was eagerly anticipating to read how it all began...But somehow I did not like this book as much as I liked many others (the middle ones) in the series. Perhaps expectations were high. Still, all in all, this is a darling cozy mystery series and I did enjoy reading this one. This shows how it all started. This has...more
I read Diane Mott Davidson's "The Last Suppers" because (a) it is a culinary murder mystery and I love culinary murder mysteries and (b) it is about the ordination process in the Episcopal Church, a process in which I have been involved for many years. From there, it seemed reasonable to "go back" to the first in her Goldy Schulz series -- "Catering to Nobody" -- to find out how it all began: a single mother of a teenage son, running a catering business in a Colorado town, getting involved in a...more
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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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