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The Cereal Murders by Diane Mott Davidson
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Dec 15, 08

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2008, mystery
Read in December, 2008

Yay for cross-category. Davidson's book reads like a cross between a cookbook and a murder mystery, a ghastly combination at first glance, maybe, but somehow she made it work. Between mouthwatering descriptions of feasts and the discovery of corpse after corpse, Davidson's protagonist Goldy Bear, a caterer slash single parent divorced from abusive husband slash foster mum slash amateur detective managed, with aplomb and good humor, managed to finally surrender herself to the inevitability that is Schulz, the town's detective, who's also a good cook and a terrific lover. While I find the plot rather contrived and there seems to be an agenda here to slip in suspenseful cliffhanger at almost every end of chapter, the book fast-paced storytelling and the witty dialogs made up for it. A bit of Agatha Christie crossed with Esquivel's "Like Water to Chocolate" with a touch of Alexander McCalls Smith's "Ladies' No. 1 Detective Agency", the book made me want to read more of Goldy's adventure.

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