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Prime Cut

(A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #8)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  7,288 ratings  ·  207 reviews
Cheesecake, beefcake, and a pair of dueling caterers whet someone's appetite for murder in this sinfully delicous novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Sticks & Scones

Caterer Goldy Schulz is convinced things couldn't get worse. An unscrupulous rival is driving her out of business. An incompetent contractor has left her precious kitchen in shambles. And she
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 29th 2000 by Bantam (first published 1998)
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Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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3.5 out of 5 stars for Prime Cut, the 8th book in the "Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary" cozy mystery series, written in 1998 by Diane Mott Davidson. We're midway thru the series with this installment and it's still going strong. Goldy's working with her mentor, trying ot retain her catering business, as the competition has turned up the heat and stolen some business in their Denver-adjacent town. But the trouble doesn't stop there, as anything that could go wrong, does go wrong for
Lisa B.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
I listened to the audiobook. I find this series to be smart and funny.
Apr 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, mystery
Book eight in the Goldy Culinary Mysteries.

As a result of a visit from "the jerk" in the last book, Goldy hires a contractor to repair her kitchen window. Unfortunately, the contractor in question, Gerald Eliot, takes her money, tears the kitchen apart...and disappears. A rival caterer emerges and seems determined to put Goldy out of business by stealing all of her clients, and Tom gets suspended after a run-in with his extremely obnoxious boss.

Badly in need of work, Goldy helps out Chef Andre,
Jayme(the ghost reader)
In this installment, Goldy Bear Schultz's business is not doing so good. She has to fight for every booking because a rival caterer is trying to put her out of business. Her husband gets suspended for a disagreement he has with his superior. His superior is a real jerk to begin with and it wasn't Tom's fault. Goldy has to get her window fixed because of the Jerk. She hires a guy but he just wrecks her kitchen and then runs off. A little while later he ends up dead in the home of one of her good ...more
Apr 14, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Poorly plotted and with wooden characterisation. The recipe gimmick fails to stop this soufflé from imploding.
May 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Ok, I have read a bunch of these books. They are a quick read, have managed not to get too predictable and sometimes I can figure out who the murderer is. Reading them as ebooks makes it hard to get the recipes, but I have copied a few off of my reader. The biggest problem I have found and I realize it must be because I have read a bunch of them at the same time, but for God's sake, tell your kid your ex is a rotten bastard instead of bending over backwards to accomodate him. The #2 recurrent ...more
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goldy Bear Schulz runs a small catering company in rural Colorado. Her husband, Tom, is a cop, and her son, Arch, is 14. Need I say more?

As this book opens, a new caterer has come to town and is intent on undercutting Goldy’s prices and thereby garnering jobs that once were hers. Her friend, Marla, is being audited by the IRS, and it’s another hectic late summer as the book opens. Goldy’s kitchen has been torn up by an unscrupulous contractor who has taken her money and run, leaving the place in
Jan C
Mar 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
This was just ok.

It is a terrible thing to be through with an author while you still have several of their books on hand. So you slog through the rest of them.

Acutally, it is not too bad, it does have recipes. Of course, I have never yet found one of her recipes to be of any interest to me. Always one ingredient or another is on my verboten list or they are just too complicated to make. If anyone was interested in them in the first place.

There are several mysteries going on - who's killing
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I Love this series, I haven't been disappointed by this series at all!!!!! All the the characters are absoulutety awesome!!!!! Arch is kind of a little snot though. I hope his character gets better. I was really shocked at who the killer was!!!! Anther thing that has me a little concerned is this new cater in town. I really don't like his style at all. I also like how "The Jerk" was in jail, too bad he still was able to bring discontent to Goldie and Marla though. I can't wait to read the next ...more
Apr 16, 2009 rated it liked it
This is a series I love and collect. I love a mystery and the detective is a caterer! I love to cook and even though they rarely turn out I always try a recipe from each book. This time it was the spinach cheesecakes-oddly, not as good as it sounds. But the story was fun and I love all the characters-especially Marla! She reminds me of my sister. She is filthy rich and loves all the finer things in life and she is funny and flamboyant and "just says things"!~
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
This is a predictably fun series, and anything read by Barbara Rosenblatt is automatically awesome, so good as usual with Goldie Bear.
Marietta Slater
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not really sure about the accuracy of the title, but loved it any way. Goldy's food world is crashing down all around her. Tom, her husband, has been suspended for something he did not do; Goldy's kitchen is a mess thanks to a contractor who has taken her money but not finished the work (said contractor later turns up dead); there is a new caterer in town who is undercutting Goldy's prices and taking her clients. And then there is her ex-husband and even though he is in jail, he is still being a ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Everything seems to be going wrong for Goldy and Tom. Goldy’s kitchen is trashed and the contractor is found dead, Another caterer has opened for business and is undercutting Goldy’s prices and taking her customers, Tom is suspended without pay being accused of threatening a fellow officer, her best friend Marla is undergoing a serious IRS Audit and is not available to help, And then her mentor and good friend is found dead. What else could go wrong? – Usually I find Goldy Shultz mysteries to be ...more
Nov 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: foodie, new-mysteries
Well, I sometimes find the overwhelming number of perils Goldy gets herself into annoying, but I just can't resist the many barely camouflaged references to the town where I grew up. I can picture the museum, I know the shopping center that used to be on the lake and recognize the infamous "Grizzly " bar on Main Street (though I've never been inside the original). It makes even the more obscure references fun to try to figure out... Plus all the food and cooking makes my mouth water. This one ...more
Linda Klinedinst
I listen to this as a Audio Book through Audible with my Free Credit. I dearly love this book. It is so good. I dearly love this Series. I am going to continue with this series. I am not going to listen to them in order. Just which ever one shows up next in my Goodreads TBR Huge List that I have.

I highly recommend this Book and this Series...I give this Book 5/5 Stars.

Happy Reading :)
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Goldy's eighth mysterious adventure is less engaging than previous books in the series. A group of unappealing characters are competing against each other to a buried treasure and will stop at nothing to find the riches, not even murder. Meanwhile, Goldy is beset with problems at home as her police detective husband, who has been suspended, remodels her kitchen. Not my favorite title in the series.
Amy Ayers
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This has been a nice little series so far. I can’t say that I have loved the stories, but I have liked them well enough to continue through 9 of them so far. I think, at least as of the last 2 of them, that the stories are improving. It’s a fun quick read. You just have to not focus on the fact that poor Goldy has discovered over a dozen dead bodies in the past couple of years and has known twice that may people who have died in the same amount of time.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Ron Holmes
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my first read of a Diane Mott Davidson book. It was interesting if maybe too much about food including several recipes. It was supposed to be a lite read on a trip to Germany and it was. For those interested there was only on very short paragraph about sex/love making. I will be thinking about whether or not to read another book by Davidson.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Eh, it was fine but sometimes our heroine makes no damn sense and has really screwy dialogue. Also, her small town in Colorado has a serious Cabot Cove problem. And people seem to commit murder for really dumb reasons:)
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was my train reading for a while, which I think made it seem to be going a little slowly, since I realized when I finished it that the events in the book took place over just a couple of weeks (less time than had elapsed since I started reading the book).

Goldy is having trouble. Her kitchen has been halfway deconstructed, a new caterer in town is undercutting her business quite dramatically, her best friend is spending lots of time with the IRS and very little time with her, she can't
Carol Moore Kollar
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult
3.5 Goldy has some big worries. Tom has been suspended without pay. Goldy has been sabotaged by another caterer stealing her business. Her kitchen contractor doesn't finish the job and ends up dead. And her beloved cooking mentor dies suspiciously. Can she get to the bottom of this?
Fairlee Corkran
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Goldy no longer is the only caterory in Aspen Meadows. Her competion seems to be able to uncut her at every turn. Her helper Julian is back but still trouble seem to follow them. Her best friend is being audited by the IRS. I love this series but this book finishes for me.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a great start but I thought it got better towards the end.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Once again, Diane Mott Davidson doesn’t disappoint. Her books make you feel like you are a part of the family.
Dorothy   Peterson
Prime Cut

I liked this book. It was a great read. I will be glad to tell my friends to read this one.
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Easy ready, sort of funny.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
No. 8 in the series.
Christina Neely
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing to the end!
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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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