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Dying for Chocolate (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #2)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  7,234 ratings  ·  360 reviews
Goldy Bear is the bright, opinionated, wildly inventive caterer whose personal life is a recipe for disaster, with bills taking a bite out of her budget and her abusive ex-husband making tasteless threats. Determined to take control, Goldy moves her business to the ritzy Aspen Meadow Country Club. Soon she’s preparing decadent dinners and posh society picnics—and enjoying...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published November 11th 2009 by Crimeline (first published 1992)
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Warning! don't read this book if you are on a diet!

This is the first of the Goldy Bear cozy mysteries that I read. I enjoyed it so much that I went back to the used bookstore and bought more books from the series. Then I went to the library to read all the copies that they stocked. These are just fun books to read. The best part of the stories for me are the descriptions of the food/coffee and the inclusion of recipes! I have tried many of them and they are good.

If you are looking for somethin...more
A very fun mystery about the caterer, Goldy Bear, and a murder she tries to solve. It was much better than the first of the series, as it not nearly as full of the heavy history of her abusive husband. (He played only a minimal part in the story this time.) And I have to say, the author succeeded in leading me astray on who the murderer was almost until the very end. A light book that is great for a fun read.

PS. The recipes in this book sound devine, and I found myself wanting to stop reading ju...more
G.V.R. Corcillo
2.5 stars because I like the character Goldy and her bevy of friends, family, and neighbors in Aspen Meadow. But this story was weird! In one of the opening scenes, a middle aged woman hosts an aphrodisiac dinner in an attempt to win back her philandering husband. But this is not an intimate dinner for two, but a party for 6. Guests, when you are trying to seduce your husband? Wait, it gets weirder. One of the middle aged couples can't make it at the last minute, so the hostess invites two high...more
When I read the first book in this series, I wasn't sure if I would read another one. And yet, I was interested enough to give the second one a try. I did like the book and I think the series as a whole is starting to grow on me. It was slow and choppy in spots but ends with a bang and twists that I enjoyed. I didn't guess the killer or how all the threads would pull together.

My reaction to the main character is on par with my star rating. I like her, but hoping to get to know her better with f...more
An Odd1
* "Dying for Chocolate" (Goldy 2) by Diane Davidson puts poison on chocolate, coffee (view spoiler). I read this after "Fatally Flaky" with at least one dish from the 11 full recipes in this earlier book. I could guess how the first murder happened, but not who or why. I believe I tried her recipe(s) before without success.

Caterer Goldy moves in with friends who have better security after her ex-husband threatens. After unpleasant meals with neighbors, two...more
Goldy Bear is the caterer in Aspen Meadows, Colorado. To protect herself and her son, Arch, from her abusive ex-husband (a well known doctor in town), she accepts a summer job as a live-in cook at a very secure home. Part of the arrangement is that she can run her catering service from the Farquhar's home. And thus we start at this point in Goldy's life. She's seeing a very nice policeman, but has cooled it because she's just started up with Philip Miller, a college flame who's a shrink in town....more
This book was a little slower than the first book in this series and didn't pick up until near the end. I did enjoy revisiting the wonderful cast of characters. Goldy, our catering heroine, takes a live in cook job with General Bo and Adele Farquhar, in Aspen and between them and their neighbors, the well off Brian and Weezie Harrington, I got a bit confused as to whom she actually worked for cause it seemed someone had an event almost every evening! But that is one of the wonderful parts of the...more
Erin *Series Addict*
As mystery stories go, the villain wasn't predictable but possibly could have been guessed, while the reason and back story never could have. My issue really was that Goldy never seemed to do that much investigating. It was more prompting every once in awhile from Tom to ask questions, and she had to be there anyway, sometimes she would overhear stuff, other times she would be in the right place at the right time, and even still the wrong place at the wrong time. She didn't act like a detective...more
Mistress   ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist)
There are some likable things in this novel: the food porn, interactions with Shultz, Marla, and the quaint setting. But Goldy in the end is too much of pushover for my tastes, even her bratty son bullies the hell out of her. She does make a wry remark or two at times but only to the harmless (that are usually trying to help her). Along with the dated feel to the dialogue and my total confusion re: John Richard ( seriously how does a documented abuser get unsupervised weekends with their child,...more
Miss Mouse
I've read a number of the books from this series, and this one got to be hard to get through. A lot of the converstations were hard to follow. It was like the author used a random phrase generator for lines in conversation. I would have to keep going back and re-reading a conversation to make sure I was reading what I thought I was reading. However, the story line itself was pretty good.
This is one of those cookbook mystery novels. Definitely not reading another one of these. Although the end was unexpected there weren't a lot of clues to lead you there. The heroine wasn't really involved in solving the mystery. I will not read another.
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I love mysteries!!! I love chocolate!!! I loved this book!!!
I have to be totally honest here. I enjoyed this book way more than I thought I would. Davidson's first book turned me off to Goldy initially- she seemed to be nothing more than a doormat to her son and ex-husband. As this series seems quite long, and the books quite substantial looking, I decided to give it another try. I'm glad I did. Yes, Goldy can rake on the nerves a little bit, and her ex is written for you to hate him, but if you can get beyond that, the writing and story has some real me...more
My first culinary cozy, and I have to say that I enjoyed it more than I expected to. Goldy's experience as a caterer made for an interesting backdrop, and her past history with an abusive ex-husband made for a darker and ultimately more interesting reading experience. A healthy dose of humor also helped keep this story from becoming overwhelmingly sweet.

I'm not a connoisseur of culinary fiction (pun definitely intended!), but I understand why this subgenre is so popular. The descriptions of the...more
Meh- there was a lot of self-pity in this story and it got a bit old. The beginning of the story begins with Goldy witnessing the death of her boyfriend in a car crash. I understand that this is a traumatic experience, but to read over and over about it just seems like the lack of imagination on the author's part. Once the mystery began, it lacked real charisma...I didn't really care to find out who killed her boyfriend and why. And when the murderer was announced at the end of the book, it felt...more
This is another one of the mystery series that I never got the chance to read while employed...or more specifically, another long running cosy mystery series with a hook the size of a riverboat pole: the Goldy Bear series, the hook being that Goldy Bear is a caterer in Colorado. Many tropes from the other mysteries I've read this summer are there: living in a small(ish) town, single woman running her own business, has no connection to crime solving...even down to getting a cat in book #3. This a...more
Goldy Bear, caterer, takes a job as live-in cook for a couple while a security system is installed in her own home necessitated by a harassing ex-husband. After catering a fundraising brunch at the nearby private school where her son is enrolled for the summer, she follows Philip Miller back into town. They'd been seeing each other for about a month. Goldy is concerned about the eratic way Philip is driving but can't get him to stop until it's too late. Although the police think it's an acciden...more
Susan Ferguson
I liked this pretty well. Goldy Bear is an interesting character. Her best friend is another ex-wife of her ex-husband. The Jerk (for Dr John Richard Korman - his initials JRK) a psychiatrist was abusive to her, but never to their son Arch. So he still spends time with his father on weekends. But John Richard has been acting threatening lately, calling and threatening to have the child support payments cut, driving slowly by her house, etc. So she is having a security system installed and meanwh...more
My public library doesn't have the first book in this series, so I jumped in at number two, which is this book. Really like the protagonist a lot. Despite her dumb name (Goldy Bear--ah, come ON!) she seems to be a level-headed, even occasionally wry heroine, just trying to avoid her psycho ex-husband and get her catering business up and running so she can do a little better than "getting by" (I can certainly relate to that financial part), while trying to be the best mom she can to her son Arch....more
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 Barb Bailey

Meet Goldy Bear: a bright, opinionated, wildly inventive caterer whose personal life has become a recipe for disaster. She's got an abusive ex-husband who's into making tasteless threats, a rash of mounting bills that are taking a huge bite out of her budget, and two enticing men knocking on her door.

Now determined to take control of her life, Goldy moves her business and her son to ritzy Aspen Meadow Country Club, where she accepts a job as a live-in cook. But just as she's beginning to think s...more
S. J.
Aug 14, 2013 S. J. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
*4.5 Stars*

Scorecard: (Out of 10)
* Quality of Writing - 9
* Pace - 9
* Plot development - 9
* Characters - 10
* Enjoyability - 9
* Insightfulness - 9
* Ease of Reading - 8
* Photos/Illustrations - NA
Final Score: 63/70 = 90%

My Review of Catering to Nobody: Book One

*The Gush*

As stated in my review of the previous book, the characters really stand out in Davidson’s work. They read…human, very human actually, and this enables the reader to accept the unrealistic idea of a caterer turned detective. The ne...more
To get away from her abusive ex-husband Goldy takes a summer position as live-in cook for a retired general and his arthritic wife at the Aspen Meadow Country Club. Also living in the home is Julian, a teenage boarder/assistant who forms a quick bond with Goldy’s son Arch through swimming. Goldy’s relationship with the cop Tom Schultz has fizzled and she has begun dating psychiatrist Philip Miller. After a brunch thrown by Goldie Philip Miller drives erratically and crashes his BMW dying instant...more
Ana T.
Well I couldn't resist starting this one immediately after finishing nº1. As with the first one I enjoyed it but with some reservations.

This time Goldy has taken a job as a live-in cook on the house of some very rich people who have an excellent security system. That seems to be the most important thing since her ex-husband is becoming more of a threat. The plot thickens when the shrink she has been dating dies in a very weird automobile accident.

As usual Goldy ends up investigating on her own....more
I accidently picked up the second book in the Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series before ever reading the first, and I would have to say that it was fairly easy for me to figure out what was going on (I was expecting a lot of difficulties). Having read one of Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen series, I was quite looking forward to this one. In Joanne Fluke's series, the protagonist owns a bakery and gives you example recipes while solving murders. In contrast, Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy Bear (what a...more
If there was less than one star, I would have used it. This is the most inane and galling abuse of attempted cuteness I have seen to date.... No joke. The name of her shop was cute. I will give you that. THe play on her name was cute...BUT.....CONSTANTLY calling a full grown woman variations of "Goldie Bear" who simultaneously demands to be taken seriously every other page is beyond absurd. Also: a really lame and deliberately insensitive love triangle in a non YA is unacceptable. Yeah. She actu...more
In this perky mystery complete with toothsome hi-cal recipes, Davidson ( Catering to Nobody ) brings back Goldy Bear, the cherubic culinary sleuth with Shirley Temple curls. Fleeing her abusive ex-spouse, a physician she dubs "The Jerk," Goldy and her teenage son Arch find a snug third-floor refuge in the Aspen Meadow, Colo., mansion of quirky Gen. Bo Farquhar, a retired munitions and terrorist pro who breezily detonates bombs while gardening and bird-watching. As the general's live-in gourmet c...more
Sarah Sammis
Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson is the second of the Goldy culinary mystery series. As with the others, I listened to the Barbara Rosenblat audio. Unfortunately for the earliest books (except for the first) the CD audios are all abridged. My library offers it for download through Oneclick but those bastards put a non-Mac friendly DRM on it. So I ended up having to buy a digital copy from iTunes as I will probably have to do for book three.

In this book, Goldy and Arch have moved from t...more
Goldy is a divorced mother who is good friends with another woman who also used to be married to "The Jerk", as they both call him. Marla has a sister and brother-in-law, so Goldy and Arch are living with them until she can get her security system installed. She also meets an aspiring teenager named Julian, who wants to learn to cook. One of Goldy's good friends is murdered, and surprise, was someone living in the very house Goldy is currently residing in. But who would kill him? 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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