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Crunch Time: A Novel of Suspense (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #16)

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“A cross between Mary Higgins Clark and Betty Crocker.”
Baltimore Sun

“The Julia Child of mystery writers.”
Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph

No one cooks up a tastier stew of murder, mystery, and mayhem than New York Times bestselling author Diana Mott Davidson. Entertainment Weekly calls her “today’s foremost practitioner of the culinary whodunit.” And now it’s Crunch Tim
ebook, 624 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by William Morrow
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Diane Mott Davidson's "Goldy Bear Culinary" mystery series is one of my early favorites, and I'm sad that the author isn't writing anymore. There were about 20 books in total, but this review is for #16, Crunch Time. This was the second or third cozy mystery series I took on, and only the second where I've been able to finish reading all books. (LJB's "Cat Who" series is the other one).

In this book, the crime action comes right to Goldy's home, which makes for even more fun. Friends are staying
Benjamin Thomas
I'll start by saying I have read every one of the series to this point and have enjoyed most of them very much. Mostly that's because I have grown to really know the main characters and I like to see them grow and change. But starting with book #13, Dark Tort, they seem to have lost something. I had hopes after #15, Fatally Flaky, once again returned to form with a decent mystery plot but now with this 16th entry in the series, I am afraid for the future of the entire series.

So what's wrong wit
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
With the death of a friend and cop turned PI, and the torching of his home where Yolanda and Ferdinanda, ex-patriot Cubans have been finding refuge, here starts the downward spiral of this book. As Goldy tries to help a fellow chef and old friend and her wheelchair bound aunt, Goldy of course not thinking or caring about her husband and son, takes these two annoying women into her home and opens herself and her family up to all sorts of danger. Unfortunately, long time readers know that this is ...more
Susan Johnson
I love Goldy Schulz and her supporting cast of husband Tom, son Archie, and best friend Marla. Goldy and Tom's relationship reminds me of an episode of "I LOve Lucy" with Goldy getting into trouble and the Desi character, Tom, getting her out. In other words, just fun.
In this one though there are many troubles. One is that it is too long. Two, the plot is very confused with too many cases going on at once. There are puppy mills, stalking, stolen jewelry, an affair, a murder, unexpected wealth a
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
The book was at least 100 pages too long and the mystery too convoluted, but I can't help loving Goldy and Tom and their zany friends. Still good for a laugh and a quick escapist read.
Susan (aka Just My Op)
(fiction – cozy mystery) Don't get me wrong – I like cozy mysteries, I really do. Generally they are light reading without overly gory murders and with interesting and fun characters. I've read some of the other books in this series about Goldy Schulz, Colorado caterer and amateur sleuth, and have enjoyed them. This one just didn't appeal to me as much.

First of all was the length. I'm prepared to spend two to three hundred pages. This one, including recipes at the end, is 471 pages. Okay, I'm a
Penny Watson
I finally finished Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson. Her Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery Series is one I've enjoyed for many years. However, the quality of these books has been on a rollercoaster ride. Some of them are pretty good. Some of them are not. This was the worst I've read. There were way too many characters, too many storylines, and too many absolutely ridiculous events. Goldy's TSTL moments were out of control. No one thought is was weird having one of the main murder suspects stay at t ...more
Ivonne Rovira
What with a ridiculously implausible plot, Goldy Schulz's incredibly ill-considered interference, and author Diane Mott Davidson's apparent inability to distinguish between Santería and second sight, I simply could not force myself to finish Crunch Time -- despite being a longtime Goldy Schulz fan. Only the recipes, delectable as always, saved this monstrosity from a one-star rating.
While I still enjoy the author's writing style, it's just time to put the series to bed. There are only so many times one woman can meddle in police investigations in a lifetime, much less during one book, without it being ridiculous. It's just too silly! There's just no attempt to have any respect for the law anymore. This book felt frantic throughout and then wrapped up suddenly and disappointingly. I like Goldy and her friends and family, but there is no compelling reason to read about them o ...more
Michelle Robinson

Goldy is always meddling in things that are not her business. I am used to that.

This book aggravated me because she seemed to be willing to place her son and the rest of her family in jeapordy by having women, living in her home, that had been burned out of their two previous homes. I don't care how much she loved her friend, a mother, a parent would think of the safety of ther child and of the home where the child lives. Common sense tells me that there HAD TO BE another way to p
Sep 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I loved this series. Until now. First, the book is way too long. My copy measured out at over 540 pages. Way too long for a cozy. Unfortunately, the reason for the length of the book is that it is SO convoluted. I had a terrible time following all the various plot-twists, sub-plots and characters. So many of these characters were very unlikeable. Yolanda and her ridiculously named aunt Ferdinandia were irritating; I couldn't muster any sympathy for them at all. Liars, sneaky, stupid.

Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guilty pleasure.Thoroughly enjoyed this as much as the earlier books by DMD. A bit disappointed that the recipes were not as central to the story...but that is minor given the fun of reading the series.
M.M. Silva
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Sunday morning! It’s a chilly one in New England, and I hope this finds you safe and warm wherever your locale. I have been thinking and praying for my many friends in the states that have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy and hope that life returns to normal for all of you very soon.

My review this week is called Crunch Time, written by Diane Mott Davidson. Her main character is Goldy Schulz, who’s a caterer by trade. You know how you’ve heard of the term “comfort food” for people who are
Jan 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yep, another mystery from Colorado caterer Goldy Shultz. These books are so silly that I never care who did it in the end -- that's not why I read them. I think it's the voice that Diane Mott Davidson is able to create -- both homey and on point with the tiny details of how real people live, that makes me pick up another installment every so often.

Goldy is continually surrounded by the wealthy, but exists to serve them, not be them. It's a point of view that always remains intact and fresh, and
Jamie Anne
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't read these books for realism. There is plenty of non-fiction for that. Yes, Goldy always gets herself into trouble. Yes, every book ends the same way with Goldy narrowly escaping death. Its fiction. That is what makes it fun. At no point did I find the plot hard to follow, and I found all of the side stories interesting as well. Okay, so I probably would change the whole "smuggling hemp seeds in the dogs" to something more believably lucrative (smuggling cocaine in the dogs, etc), but if ...more
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
Whew! Talk about overload! I felt like a lot was going on. I had to go over it and over it. However, I LOVED every minute of this book. I love Goldy, Tom and all the cast of wacky characters Diane Mott Davidson always brings for us. She always starts out with a bang. I think Goldy has gotten more savvy with detective work and knows more what clues to look for and that is why she really gets herself into more tangles, which makes for more fun.

This time, Yolanda and her great aunt are displaced wh
Jun 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
The problem with many authors of long-time series is that they get lazy. Mott has had the opposite reaction. This book was just too crowded with crimes, criminals and crises. It also stretched credulity in too many obvious ways. Part of what makes Goldy fun, aside from her musings on incredible food, is the character development. With a three-ring crime circus going on I missed the interactions of the regular crew. Plus, it was hard to keep the new players straight. I can't believe I'm going to ...more
May 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although a favorite series of mine, this book really struggled. There were way too many characters and too many subplots, making the story very confusing! It was definitely too long (almost 500 pages!) with Goldy jumping to some very illogical conclusions along the way and causing her to act very out of character. Plus, the whole story made Tom look like a pretty incompetent detective! And even with the length of the book, the mystery wasn't solved until the last 2-3 convoluted pages. On the plu ...more
It's been a few years since I last visited Goldy Schulz, but I think we have grown apart. I just could not get into this story, and threw in the (kitchen) towel after struggling through the first three chapters. Yolanda's character made no sense to me, and I didn't feel like sticking around to try to figure her out. Life is too short to waste time on uninteresting books...
Kathy Davie
May 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, homey
Sixteenth in the Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries cooking series set in the Aspen area in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

The Story
When Yolanda loses her job when the spa restaurant is shut down for sprinkling their guests' food with cocaine—they thought the guests would think the spa was the reason for their extra energy and spirit, Goldy hires her as a precautionary measure against Tom's advice.

Then Yolanda's roommate, Ernest, is murdered, his house is burnt down, and Yolanda is blaming her ex-b
Apr 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
The economy has been tough on everyone and caterer Goldy Schulz has seen a drop-off in people hiring her. Still, she knows Yolanda Garcia is struggling and hires Yolanda to help her on the few jobs she has. Yolanda has a lot of problems, including an abusive ex-boyfriend, and soon, due to a chain of circumstances, Yolanda and her aunt Ferdinanda are living with Goldy, her cop husband Tom, and her son Arch. Trouble follows Yolanda and soon Goldy is involved in arson, murder, theft, a puppy mill, ...more
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I have been a fan of Diane Mott Davidson's books for a long time. They are light mysteries, but it is the culinary aspect that keeps me coming back.

Davidson's main character, Goldy Schulz, is a caterer married to a police officer. She always finds herself involved in some kind of caper which inevitably leads to a body. While Goldy tries to unravel the mystery, she cooks. Sometimes by herself, sometimes with other cooks/friends, and sometimes with her beleaguered husband. Davidson's love of cook
Mar 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always expect an entertaining, cozy mystery when I pick up a book by Diane Mott Davidson. Therefore, I was surprised to see that her latest book, "Crunch Time," included the words, “A Novel of Suspense,” beneath the title. I don’t think this novel can really be classified as suspense, but if there were a genre for a suspense-cozy, it would fit this book. The author did a good job of intertwining the several mysteries in the story, and providing enough suspects to make the reader wonder along w ...more
Mar 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-reads
I won a copy of this book as a giveaway.

I'll start by saying that I did enjoy reading this book. It was a fast read and I found myself very entertained. I have never read another book by this author before and the lighthearted writing style was easy to read.

I did feel like there were too many sub plots going on at the same time. I found myself lost in the details a few times, however never saw the end coming. I couldn't actually guess how this was going to end, which is a good thin
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in the Goldy series.
Caterer and sleuth extraordinaire Goldy Schulz returns in another tasty and suspenseful adventure from New York Times bestselling author Diane Mott Davidson

Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz cooks up big trouble as she tries to help her longtime friend and fellow chef Yolanda Garcia. When the rental house shared by Yolanda and her irrepressible aunt Ferdinanda is destroyed by arson, the pair move in with cop-turned-PI Ernest McLeod. But then Ernest is shot dead
Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz cooks up big trouble as she tries to help her longtime friend and fellow chef Yolanda Garcia. When the rental house shared by Yolanda and her irrepressible aunt Ferdinanda is destroyed by arson, the pair move in with cop-turned-PI Ernest McLeod. But then Ernest is shot dead and his house is set on fire, nearly killing Goldy, Yolanda, Ferdinanda, and nine beagle puppies that Ernest had recently rescued from a puppy mill.

Concerned for her friends, Goldy invites them t
Oct 10, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As with many of the readers of this series, I love Goldy and Arch and Marla and Tom and Julian. That is the only reason to read this book. I like the expressions Goldy uses because they sound like real folks. I like the fact that she says she is short and pudgy--what else would you expect of someone who cooks and eats all the time? Her husband still loves her despite her faults. They have nice marital sex and after a good night she actually admits she feels sore. She isn't some gorgeous brillian ...more
Sarah Harbuck
Mar 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've gotta say that I've read every book in this series and enjoyed it up until the last 2 or 3 books. Frankly I don't think writers should write series that go on forever. There should always been an end point. Well 16 books in this series is definitely showing it's age. Blah. I was soooo bored reading this one. The story just seemed ridiculous to me. I've gotten to where I almost despise the main character, Goldy. She's constantly putting herself in ridiculous & dangerous situations that n ...more
Feb 08, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I felt my IQ drop with each page. It was unbelievable torture to try to follow plots and sub-plots with ridiculous scenarios and annoying characters. This was definitely the worst one in the series, usually I find Goldy's antics mildly entertaining, but in this drama they were over the top and downright stupid. The only likable and sane character in this estrogen-fest was her husband, the cop, unfortunately he can't rein in his wife and he treats her like a slow child that is about to walk in fr ...more
Apr 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book wore me out reading it. I did not like at all the cussing by 2 guys in the story that I have had respect for that go to Goldie's church, one being Tom. I am really tired of language like this thrown in as an add on like: I am a foolish author and to get ratings, I will make my lead cop cuss. It makes me a "cool and hip" author so I can glean some readers. Oxymoron and contradictory "heroes" made to seem imbeciles. I gave it a 3 only because it made me laugh a couple times. I just did n ...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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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)
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“I felt guilty about the broken china; the fallen pot ring; the fancy towels, now ruined; the dinner . . . but most of all, I was worried about Yolanda, who was in excruciating pain from burns. . . . Sean’s” 0 likes
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