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The Grilling Season (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #7)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  7,121 Ratings  ·  203 Reviews
A chilly reception....

Caterer Goldy Schulz has been hired to host a hockey party. But the proceedings won't be all fun and games. Unfortunately, her client won't be satisfied until Goldy adds a hefty serving of revenge.

An ex-husband from hell....

Patricia McCracken is certain that her obstetrician and her penny-pinching HMO are responsible for the loss of her baby. Now she
ebook, 432 pages
Published November 4th 2009 by Bantam (first published September 2nd 1997)
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Ellen Moore
I found this book frustrating and not as enjoyable as the others I have read in this series. Goldy's not very nice ex-husband found an occasion to break into her house and physically assault Goldy again and to make demands for her to help him by investigating a criminal charge filed against him for murder of his current girlfriend. Her son Arch demonstrated that he shares his father's genes by also rudely demanding that Goldy help his father by talking to people and proving him innocent. At firs ...more
Jul 10, 2016 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
I usually enjoy these more, but Arch was terribly frustrating in this one. . .
Ah, the halcyon days of summer in Colorado—nothing like them. One woman wants to have a Stanley Cup party to belatedly recognize the achievements of the Colorado Avalanche hockey team; she’s also bent on getting revenge against caterer Goldy Schulz’s ex-husband, an abusive ob-gyn. Indeed, it’s the grilling season, and it’s the perfect time to find a bruised and beaten body in a ditch. Just ask Goldy; that’s exactly what she’s done. In hope of finding her abusive ex-husband at the home of his new ...more
Jan 15, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
The Grilling Season was one of the weaker culinary mysteries by Diane Mott Davidson. Not nearly as light and fluffy as the usual topics covered, The Grilling Season dealt with Goldy's ex-husband being suspected of murder and her sons pleas to find the real killer. In any other (cozy mystery) situation this would be normal, but the history of John Richard's abuse against Goldy both in their marriage and after make it really hard to believe she would try to help him no matter what her son asked. S ...more
Jul 13, 2012 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In many ways these books are much better than JoAnne Flukes. Goldy does not have a grating personality. However, Goldy always seems to be the victim. In this book more so than the others. After while it's hard to take and frustrating you would think Goldy would say enough and stand up for herself. In this book she is assaulted on three separate occasions and harassed/mistreated terribly on many others. It is really hard to enjoy a book when the protagonist is constantly a victim. This book does ...more
J.H. Moncrieff
This is pretty dark for a cozy. I'm wondering now if these books *are* cozies. I think of cozies as fun escapes--I don't expect them to include men beating the crap out of their wives and girlfriends.

One of my difficulties with this series is that most of the characters are unlikeable. I can't stand the son, Arch--I realize he's a teenager, but what a morose little ingrate, seriously! Marla is beyond annoying, and if I had a husband who called me "Miss M," that would get old pretty fast. And the
I SWEAR I remember liking this series when I was a teenager, so I keep plugging along, but I'm finding myself frequently disappointed. The two most annoying parts of this book are: 1) Goldy being an ABSOLUTE DOORMAT (really, you're going to let your fourteen-year-old son move out of the house without even a discussion?!) and 2) not enough action. Davidson spends most of the book setting up an extraordinarily complicated backstory about HR issues at a local HMO, and it's dull as can be. Now, to d ...more
Once again I really enjoyed this Goldy Bear mystery. The characters are believable and the story line keeps you reading till you know the ending. I am on to my next in the series. Note these books stand well on their own and it not necessary to read them in order to understand one or the whole series.
Aug 05, 2008 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another good mystery by this author. I really enjoy her books. They are easy to read and hard to put down. The recipes and cooking throughout made me very hungry!
The Mysterious Force
The best yet! I need to read the next one!!!!!!! I love reading on my birthday <3
N.N. Light
I love this author's books but I was so distracted by Goldy's musings about the domestic abuse she endured while married to her ex-husband that I couldn't get into the actual murder mystery. It was very heavy-handed and I honestly was disappointed. I was looking for a light-hearted mystery and this wasn't it.

My Rating: 1 star

Disclaimer: I received this book as a Christmas present.
Nov 22, 2016 Katey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: culinary
This is another book with food recipes in it. It started out good, but then I took a break and read other books. When I came back to it, it was a bit slow moving, but picked up nearer to the end. I will continue this series.
Dec 06, 2016 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining, easy to read.
Terry Tschann Skelton
Always fun reading.
Jul 19, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an unexpected read for me. While on a family vacation this book caught my eye. After reading the back, my interest was peeked and I just had to read it. This book is a few books into a series, but it made a fantastic stand alone book. There were references at times to previous books, but nothing that made this book confusing or difficult to read.

Not sure how I would respond if my ex would be arrested for murder. Goldy does amazing! She is determined to find out if he really did it or no
S. J.
Aug 20, 2013 S. J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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

I am really sorry that I can't give this book the full write up it deserves at it might be my favorite book of the series yet but I've been reading these faster then I can write reviews for them and I now have six new books in this series to start. So I've put my foot down a
May 16, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over the years I've read several books in Diane Mott Davidson's delightful Culinary Mystery Series, but somehow missed this one. Published in 1998, this is the 7th book in the series about caterer Goldy Schulz and it is as delightful and fun as the rest of the series. If Nancy Drew grew up and became a foodie, she might be Goldy. As always, Goldy is juggling her catering gigs (recipes are included!), demanding clients, and the dead bodies she constantly stumbles over. Although I find her nosines ...more
Apr 16, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been a long time since I have read a Diane Mott Davidson book. I know, it is a love hate relationship with some readers, but there is something about Goldy that I like. Her capers might be on the silly side and her son reads more immature than his age, but that is what happens when your characters live is a small community in Colorado where everyone knows each other and Goldy shares the same abusive ex-husband with the lady down the street.

Goldy has been hired to cater the Babsie (think a
Carolyn F.

First off, if someone tries to car nap you or attacks you by your car, honk your frickin' horn!

Secondly, Goldy had been in an abusive relationship with her first husband where among other things he hit her thumb with a hammer. They now have a teenage son. As this story enfolds, his dad is accused of killing his girlfriend that he admits "mixing it up" with. Arch asks Goldy to help get the dad off. She tries but after the dad comes and beats Goldy up again, while she's standing there wi
Leigh Statham
Ugh.. this book is making me crazy. My mom wanted me to read it and very sweetly bought me this copy, but I'm not sure I'll be able to finish it. All Miss Goldy does is drink coffee and cook while trying to organize murder clues that have conveniently landed in her lap. The result is that whenever I pick up the stupid book I want to EAT! Being on a diet this does not help me one bit. Her recipes are completely mouth watering, but her dialog and plot leave me aching for a scoop of something a bit ...more
Barbara ★
This is one of those books that takes a while to figure out who's who. As it is book 7 in the series and I haven't read the previous 6 books, I'm sure that my confusion wouldn't be an issue for someone whose read the previous installments. Anyway...

Caterer Goldy Schulz spends most of the book (when she isn't investigating Suz Craig's murder) cooking foods that made my mouth water. The mystery here is who killed Suz Craig, Goldy's ex-husband, John Richard Korman's current girlfriend. Goldy's curr
Larry Hostetler
May 03, 2015 Larry Hostetler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I picked this up as a travel read, knowing I would have a lot of time last week in airports and on planes.

The book turned out to be a good read. It fits in the genre of cookbook mysteries (I've read several mysteries by Tamara Myers, another genre author), where there are recipes throughout the book. The main character, Goldy, is a caterer married (in this book) to a police detective, living in small-town idyllic Aspen Meadow, Colorado. Nonetheless this, the 7th in the series, involves both a mu
Tabby Kat
In Diane Mott Davidson's The Grilling Season, caterer and amateur sleuth Goldy Schulz once again finds herself in the soup. Goldy discovers the body of Suz Craig, lying in a ditch by the side of the road. Craig was a vice president of a local HMO, and also the girlfriend of Goldy's ex-husband, Dr. John Richard Korman. When her body is found, Dr. Korman (prominent ob/gyn) is arrested for her murder. Korman has a history of brutal physical and verbal abuse toward women, although most people in sma ...more
Tara Brown
Jul 17, 2016 Tara Brown rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As I've said in previous reviews of this series, I'm not sure why I keep reading this series. It's getting worse. Goldy has to be the most unlikeable protagonist in a series that I have ever ready. She's so stupid (for lack of a better adjective). She lets her son just talk to her any kind of way with no discipline in words or actions. Her husband, who is supposed to be a smart homicide detective, seems to have no qualms with his wife inserting herself into every investigation and putting hersel ...more
Robin Donovan
Feb 03, 2012 Robin Donovan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book very much. It shows a woman escaping an abusive relationship and finding a wonderful relationship with mutual respect. It shows a woman juggling all of the typical challenges in life - and doing them well. It gives you real insights into some of Goldy's thoughts and she is a complex individual - not a saint, but very thoughtful. She deals with an ex-husband, loony clients, an expressive best friend, a wonderful husband, a son who sometimes sides with his dad and she's running ...more
Sep 06, 2009 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-read
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Jayme(the ghost reader)
I have been reading this series for awhile and really enjoy the series. In this installment, Goldy, our caterer sleuth has to figure out whether or not her abusive ex husband killed his current girlfriend or not. If it were up to Goldy, I don't think she would much care if her ex was guilty or not. The Jerk deserves to go to jail. That is what she calls her ex husband, the Jerk. However, her fourteen year old son cares about his father and asks Goldy to help him clear his father. So what is she ...more
Apr 18, 2012 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Diane Mott Davidson/Goldie the caterer murder mystery. This time Goldie ex, Dr. Richard Korman (the jerk) is accused of murdering his current girl friend. This lady also happens
to be CEO of the HMO that Korman practices under. This lady is just basically a nasty person and treats everyone did the jerk really murder her. The jerk is in jail, but Arch (Goldie and Dr. Richard's son) ask Goldie to solve the murder as he is sure his dad would not
do a thing like that. Poo
Genine Franklin-Clark
Aaarghh! I do not know why I keep reading this series! Goldy drives me crazy with her submissiveness to her abusive ex-husband, and her willingness to let her son, age 14, verbally abuse her. Here he insists that she prove his father (the abusive ex-husband) did not murder his current girlfriend. This despite the fact that he'd admitted to beating his girlfriend, and was abusive to Goldy in her own home, AND Goldy put herself at risk investigating. This lady needs to, well, grow a pair!

Yes, I do
Book Concierge
2.5 **

Goldy Schulz is once again involved in a crime in her community, which distracts her from her catering business. This time her ex-husband - John Richard Korman M.D. (a/k/a The Jerk) - has been arrested for the murder of his current girlfriend, Suz Craig, who also happens to be a vice president of the HMO which bought Korman's practice. Much as she believes he could easily have committed the crime (he has a history of "losing his temper"), she also feels compelled to investigate in order to
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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)
  • Prime Cut (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #8)
  • Tough Cookie (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #9)
  • Sticks & Scones (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #10)
  • Chopping Spree (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #11)

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