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

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  6,115 ratings  ·  168 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
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published (first published September 2nd 1997)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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!
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
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
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
S. J.
Aug 20, 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
Review of Catering to Nobody: Book One

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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
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
Robin Donovan
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
It is hard for me to rate books. I love classic authors and believe they are outstanding writers, but I also like easy to read, light mysteries. I don't want to rate Diane Mott Davidson as a 3 because that sounds mediocre so I will choose a 4 for any I read of hers because I have enjoyed all I have read.
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I enjoyed this, as I did all the book in the series, but found myself very annoyed/disturbed by how much Goldie let herself get pushed around-especially by her son. Arch making her help his dad, and then moving out when she didn't do things to his satisfaction? The kids 14; what on earth?!
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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
#7 in the culinary mystery series with caterer Goldy Bear Shultz in a small town outside of Denver. Goldy again finds a dead body and this time her exhusband is the prime suspect and arrested and charged with murder. He is highly abusive and Goldy bears many physical as well as emotional scars from his abusiveness. She becomes involved, though a witness, in trying to unravel what happen because her son insists that she help his father.

As in others I have read in this series, Goldy's son, Arch, i
This is the first book of the series that I read/listened to. It was fresh and fun. I read all of DMD's books and look forward to finding one when I am traveling. Even when the series gets repetitious and the heroine does dumb stuff, i'm still on her side.
I would give this story 1.5 stars, but I'm rounding up to 2, in big part because I like the narrator for this audiobook. (I've heard her in other audiobooks.)

I've read (or listened to) a few other books in this series, and this one irritated me the most. Why? Several characters irritated me more than normal, both new-to-me characters and some recurring ones. Arch was especially grating to me in this story, and I'm wondering if that's normal for 14-year-olds. I'm thinking not, or at least in this
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
Joan Schrock
Goldie is cooking and finding dead bodies one more time. This mystery has recipes for dishes described within the ontents of a catering business in Aspen Meadows, Colorado. Light reading with a repeating cast of characters.
Dawn Weiskopff
Love, love, loved book

Love. Diane Mott Davidson's books. Very creative. All of her books keep you wondering what will happen next. Loved this one!!!!
Mary Neupert ohlms
I have read all her books. If you haven't read her before, start with the first book because her characters grow and develop. Love the books and the recipes!
These books, murder mysteries starring caterer Goldy Schulz, are enjoyable fluff stories complete with delicious sounding recipes (as long as you eat gluten, sugar, dairy and treif). If I ate as much as Goldy I would be a very large woman, but maybe if I worked as much and as slept as little as Goldy I would burn all the calories off. In this story Goldy's abusive x-husband is accused of murder. We know he isn't a nice guy but did he commit murder? The only thing that bugged me about this book i ...more
Beth Pearson
Apparently, I hopped into the middle of a series of books about a caterer that also becomes involved in crimes and trying to solve them on the side. Goldy is married to a police detective and has a teenage son with her former husband, an abusive, jerk of a guy.

Even though there were references to stories that had gone before and an excerpt from a new book involving Goldy coming out, I didn't have a problem following and enjoying this story. Plenty of details were given of various foods she was
Rosaland Harris
This is my first Diane Mott Davidson novel I've ever read and I liked it a lot. It was hard for me to put it down because I couldn't to find out who killed Suz Craig. from what I gathered throughout the novel, Suz Craig was hated by everyone and she got her "just desserts". I liked Goldy's character, but I didn't like everyone else in the book because they all had something to hide. Liked Tom. The recipes I will try.
Catering for doll collectors.
The Jerk's girlfriend is killed.
Goldie finds out who killed her.
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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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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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