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

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,700 Ratings  ·  430 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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 1993 by Bantam Books (first published 1992)
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Jun 18, 2015 Loreen rated it really liked it
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
Lydia Price
Jun 15, 2015 Lydia Price rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love listening to this series on cd audio as I drive. Great culinary mystery series and fun to listen to. I am waiting for book 3 in the series to arrive now. I recommend to anyone who likes a good mystery that is not too complicated or "deep".
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
Jul 07, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Though this book was a good read I felt that it had a few setbacks.

First of all, the book took awhile to get into. I think it was because of the introduction of an almost entirely new cast of characters, only five of the major characters who appeared in the last book appeared in this book, and even the setting changed some. I felt that it was a hindrance to the pace and action of the book.However, some of the new characters were lovable and I hope that they will reappear in future volumes of thi
Jan 16, 2010 Vanessa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, hb
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
An Odd1
May 28, 2013 An Odd1 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
* "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
Nov 03, 2012 Judi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-1999
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
Dec 02, 2012 Victoria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 (Paperbackstash) *Proud Book Hoarder*
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
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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
Rebekah Marshall
Jan 16, 2016 Rebekah Marshall rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I could use a fart noise instead of a star I would. This was my first Goldy Bear book and I will not be reading another one. The main character is incredibly unlikable. She's selfish and rude and completely clueless, an odd choice for the protagonist of a detective series. She's a terrible mother. Aside from the fact that naming your son Archibald borders on child abuse, she regularly releases him to his violent alcoholic father and his stereotypically busty blonde girlfriend. The story sucke ...more
Feb 27, 2016 Maria rated it really liked it
This is a light-hearted mystery about a caterer named Goldie Bear who is a single mom trying to protect herself and son from an abusive ex-husband. While a security system is being installed in her house, she is invited to live with the Farquhars and be their in-house chef in their spacious home with a military-grade security system. General Bo, an ex-army officer and his wife are very nice to her and her son. When her boyfriend, a prominent psychiatrist dies in a very strange auto accident, odd ...more
Jan 08, 2016 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend had given me this book (along with a TON of others in a huge box) about 7 years ago when I lived on the outskirts of Tucson. I loved this book so much that I had read it rwice and even tried a couple of recipes! Being on a budget, I swapped books with friends, We passed them forward to others; however, this was one I held back to keep.

I loved the story and the fact that the main character Goldy was herself sometimes tougher than she realized. She stumbles into a mess while trying to cat
Jan 05, 2015 Ag rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like chocolate and I like a cozy mystery every now and then, so how can this book be bad? Well, think again. It started out ok, but there were so many things that did not make sense or just fit too perfectly together to make the story work. Spoiler Alert: She broke into Miller's office, she told her policeman boyfriend (kinda a boyfriend I think, considering he proposed at the end, which also didn't make sense) and she did not get charged with breaking and entering or even reprimanded. She cat ...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.
Sep 30, 2014 Alicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who collects/tries recipes
Recommended to Alicia by: Came up in genre search
ISBN: 1-56895-821-8 1992
30 chapters/366pp

Except for the fact that Goldy Bear absolutely SUCKS as a mother, the book was okay. Truly, though. She lets her son get away with murder, no pun intended. She has absolutely NO parental authority over him (because she’s trying too hard to be his friend and make him like her)—so that means all parental authority is HIS. Big problem; BIG mistake.

Summary: Goldy’s ex, “The JERK,” is being true to his nickname, so she feels a summer spent out of town is the a
Dec 24, 2008 Sara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 07, 2016 Daelith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
Nice quick, cozy mystery read. I always have like the recipes. Davidson and Fluke always bring out the creative cook in me.
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Jul 12, 2015 Tonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a single mom takes a job as a private chef for a local family, little did she know the adventure and murder mysteries that awaited her. She becomes a private detective to solve the murders that have occurred at the mansion only to have hers and her son's lives threatened. The ending came as a total surprise! The author cleverly adds numerous recipes from the chef's menu. I purchased this book at a flea market because of the word "chocolate" in the title. Diane Mott Davidson made this story ...more
May 07, 2015 Marty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not one of the White House Chef books, but certainly in the same genre, another mystery with recipes. Goldie Bear (real name) took her son and ran from an abusive husband. She landed a job as a personal cook for a rich couple -with live in arrangements for her and son. She also was allowed to continue her catering business while working for the family. Just as she is getting her live back together her love interest dies in an auto accident – but was it an accident?? Things get exciting as she tr ...more
Dec 16, 2014 Amara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought two books in this series on audible when they were on sale, otherwise I wouldn't have gone back for more of this series. However, it kind of grew on me with this second book. The food/recipes mentioned actually made the main character sound like she had some skill, whereas the first book has her messing around with haute cuisine a la 1985. Still not literature, and I still hate this narrator in American English. Interesting side note, I'm listening to Barbara Rosenblat now reading Ameli ...more
May 18, 2015 Miri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this Goldy Bear mystery, Goldy has moved in with an employer temporarily, because her ex-husband has been harassing her, she's cooking for them while she has a security system installed. Her new love interest Philip soon dies in a bizarre car crash that leaves Goldy questioning whether it was an accident at all. Soon it is clear someone wants Goldy to stay in the kitchen and off of the case and there are more and more questions cropping up. Like who is the mysterious food critic that is bashi ...more
Nov 03, 2013 Markie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love mysteries!!! I love chocolate!!! I loved this book!!!
Jan 27, 2014 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
For a caterer Goldy Bear gets into more trouble than Heinz has pickles. She has been dating the local psychiatrist for a month when he is killed in a traffic accident. Goldy was driving behind him down a sniow covered road when she noticed he began driving erratically for the road conditions. His car hit a bus and he as killed.

Goldy is determined to find out what happened to Phillip. She begins to snoop around looking for answers. What she finds is more trouble.

A cozy mystery read with a bonus o
Lisa Lewis
Jan 07, 2016 Lisa Lewis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
I re-read this book for something fun to do in little bursts in between a huge writing project. :(
I wanted to review it just to remind myself how much I love Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy Bear mysteries. I don't even know why - but I just love the characters and care about what is happening in their lives from one book to the next and the mysteries are engaging and unpredictable (to me).
I have even occasionally used and enjoyed one of the recipes, though they are not the stand-out portion of the
Apr 12, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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
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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)
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  • 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)
  • The Grilling Season (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #7)
  • 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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