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The Whole Enchilada

(A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #17)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  8,783 ratings  ·  1,126 reviews
Caterer and sleuth extraordinaire Goldy Schulz jumps from the frying pan into the fire as she tries to solve a puzzling murder that is much too close to home, in this latest entry in the New York Times bestselling series from "today's foremost practitioner of the culinary whodunit" (Entertainment Weekly)

The Whole Enchilada

Goldy Schulz knows her food is to die for, but she
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by William Morrow
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Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fitting end to a good series. I will miss reading more of Goldy's antics! Perhaps it will come back again... :( The characters were always so vivid.

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Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was ok

In this 17th book in the series, Goldy the caterer looks into the suspicious death of a friend. The book can be read as a standalone.


This isn't one of Diane Mott Davidson's best efforts. In this book Goldy is catering a Mexican food birthday party for a teen after which the teen's mother - a close friend of Goldy's - suddenly collapses and dies.

Goldy feels compelled to find out about her pal's mysterious death and as usual thrusts herself into the police investigation. Soon afterward Goldy
Susan Johnson
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
I must be getting cantankerous in my old age but Goldy Schultz did not really amuse me this time. Here are my problems with her in this book:
1. Who goes to her parties or hires her? There is always a dead body at her catering events.
2. She has gotten rude. She shows up at 8 am on a Saturday morning to interrogate somebody. Yesterday she had thrown the man and his wife out of his son's birthday party. Then she wonders where their common courtesy is. Really?
3. Why are sheriff deputies helping her
I gave this book 2 stars and not 1 like I really think it deserves, only because I did manage to finish the whole thing.

I finally found out, yes it took me this long to do this, that this author had retired after this book, so no more speculation as to why this book was better I leave it unsaid.

Can This Be the End of Goldy and her Snooping?

This was one of the most convoluted books I have ever read. Mysteries are supposed to be somewhat difficult to figure out, or the readers jus
Although this is a review of book number 17 in the Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series, this will address the series as a whole as well. Mild Spoilers!

When this series first came out, with Catering to Nobody in 1990, I found it quite fun and enjoyable. Goldie and I shared similar backgrounds and interests and there was an element of humor that lifted my spirits. By the third or fourth book, however, several things about the series became tiresome and downright annoying.

Let’s not forget this entir
Sep 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I have read all of the books in this series, and frankly, sometimes I wonder why. They first started out as an interesting concept - a caterer, with a police investigator husband, who gets herself involved in mysteries who is aided by her best friend a wealthy socialite. The books are very light reading, and include some of the recipes that are mentioned in the book.

I love British mysteries and "cozies" - the authors make them seem more serious somehow than most of their American counterparts w
Sandra Perez
Aug 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
I didn't finish reading it as the extended descriptions of menus, homes, peoples attire,etc. bored me to tears. Quite a shame, since I really enjoyed her own earlier works. ...more
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
The Whole Enchilada, the 17th book in Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series, is the apparent conclusion to the series. The story stumbles to a rather too-simple conclusion to a series for which I had somewhat higher hopes. Readers of the series may as well finish it out with The Whole Enchilada, but don't expect to be fulfilled at the end.
As with the previous installments in the series, main character Goldy the caterer stumbles into The Whole Enchilada and, despite being distr
Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it
The Whole Enchilada is the 17th book in the Goldy Schulz Culinary Mystery Series. I recently ranted about authors who seem to become bored with their own characters and series. It's refreshing that Ms. Davidson still seems to enjoy writing this series and has a lot of fun with Goldy.

For those of you that aren't familiar with the series, Goldy Shulz is a caterer in Colorada who is married to a policeman. Each novel is based on a crime that has taken place in their town with some connection to Gol
Aug 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Skimmed to finish. Felt like the end was the end of the series. and if it is I think series fans would be happy with Goldy'S ending. I am bored by Goldy and find this was formulaic and filled with filler. ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
By book 17 in the series, the characters are old friends, Goldy, Marla, Tom, Archie, Julian and the rest; nice to see them again even though someone or other has to die for us to get back together. For mystery readers that is not as sad as it sounds. We expect a sudden murder and relish the suspense, the clever sleuthing, and the brilliant wrap-up. However, this was not, in my opinion, Diane Mott Davidson's best book. In fact it may be her worst. The wrap-up chapter was long and introduced many ...more
Sep 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I've read all of the Goldy books and find this one to be my least favorite. I got annoyed at the repetition of information that the author kept slinging at the reader . First we were in the scene, then later on Goldy would repeat the scene to someone and then she would remember the scene in detail. Your readers are not that dense, Ms Davidson. We follow you. The last twenty pages go by fast and filled with great storyline. Most of this book is filler or the author just wanted to stretch it out. ...more
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love a good culinary mystery, purely light reads just for entertainment. This book was a delightful read, as have been all the other Goldie the caterer books, though it's not my favorite in the series. I received a free pre-release copy from the publisher.

The Whole Enchilada story begins with a 17th birthday party for Arch, the son of Goldie the caterer. Wish I'd been there as the recipes sounded fabulous! Fortunately, I can make those Enchiladas Suizas myself with the included recipe. No part
Kelly_Hunsaker_reads ...
I have not read any of the previous books in this series, and am not an established fan of Davidson, so if you are looking for someone who knows these books well it isn't me. I found the book unsatisfying. I was looking for charming, funny and sweet, similar to the Joanne Fluke books. But I didn't really like Goldy Schultz nearly as much as I liked Hannah Swensen, and her family and friends. ...more
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, gr-author
A good ending to a series I have really enjoyed . . . . although WAY too much happened, and way too quickly, in the epilogue.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I used to "swallow" each Goldie Shulz mystery, but this one dragged. I got through it thanks to the marvelous Barbara Rosenblatt (reader) and to the fact that I was on a staycation. Boring. I tried it twice before, and this time it took determination to stay on it. Characters no longer interested me, the story was boring, but the worst part was that it was interminable. The last chapter which explained all the storylines was plain didactic. Even the good things must end at some point. Apparently ...more
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've been avoiding cozies of late because I was beginning to find them tiresome. However, I really do enjoy Davidson's Goldy the caterer novels. Plus there are enough murders to make it a little less - er - cozy! The book opens with Goldy preparing the food for a joint birthday party for her son, Arch, and his friend, Drew. Drew is the son of an old friend of Goldy's. She and Holly had been very close at one time. In the years since they were part of a threesome that called themselves Amour Anon ...more
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
Several years have passed since Davidson’s last book in the series about Goldy, the Colorado caterer, who has survived any number of life changing events – an abusive husband, single parenting, starting a new business who is now married to a highly ranked police detective in Aspen Meadows, Colorado.

This novel allowed me to reconnect with her older son, her protégée, Julian, and Marla, her best friend. However, there was too much coming and going and considerable reaches for the lengths she will
Carol Jean
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
I am not such a fan of this author, but I can't stay away from the books! The recipe for Chocolate Comfort Cookies in The Grilling Season has become a standard of excellence in my family.

The writing is very clumsy at times, there are uncomfortable exchanges of dialogue one after the other, and if you do any cooking yourself, you will find the prep time for her catering dishes somewhat improbable. But the heroine has a sweet relationship with her husband and child, and the Colorado setting is ni
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
For some reason that I cannot explain, I keep reading these mysteries. I think I do it just to see if Goldy and the other characters have changed at all. In this particular book (her last?), all I can say is that Goldy is slightly less strident than she has been in previous stories. She's still clumsy, headstrong, arrogant, and overly-protective of Arch (who is still bratty as usual) and marginalizes Tom. As with past stories, this one also has a number of twists and turns and the one redeeming ...more
Ms. Mystery ☔️
This mystery is muy bueno! My favorite parts of this book are when Goldy is describing the food. She makes it sound so appetizing. The mystery involves the murder of her friend Holly during a party that Goldy is catering. She soon becomes a target for murder too. The book ends with a beautiful surprise. I loved Barbara Rosenblat's performance on the audio. She was the perfect Goldy. Don't miss this cozy mystery if you love culinary mysteries or Mexican food! ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was a fun, simple murder mystery to read. A friend lent it to me to read after I raved about a cookie recipe she shared with me and told me the recipe came from a Diane Mott Davidson book. Each of her Goldy Schulz books includes recipes at the end. Goldy is a caterer / sleuth and there are many references to food in the book which will make your mouth water. It isn't the most well written book I've ever read or anything .. but it was fun and a good distraction. ...more
Sheila Burke
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Another solid, enjoyable book from Diane Mott Davidson! So many potential suspects, the story just kept building, leaving me guessing right up until the reveal. Still hoping my library snags the remaining books in this series, because given the quality and crafting of the two books I've been able to read, I just know I would enjoy the rest. Nice surprise at the end. Very worth the time to read. ...more
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Like Jessica Fletcher, dead bodies appear wherever Goldy is, which is a definite negative when she is holding her catering events. I am not sure which takes up more of her time, catering or investigating murders. Light and breezy, this novel is filled with appealing characters and encourages you to play "Who done it". ...more
Mar 27, 2018 added it
Shelves: read-in-2018
So trashy and fun and not very well-written. I will never stop reading this series, which I started back when Diane Mott Davidson did! And I will question her sense of time in EVERY book which has ridiculous amounts of things crammed in an hour. Suspension of disbelief for vacation reading, ya'll. ...more
Mahoghani 23
The story took so long to tell that I fell out of the suspense. I'm not sure what my feelings are for this book. Each section gave me different opinions. As much as I love to read, I can't count the number of times I stopped the book to talk on the phone (bored). ...more
Leanne Storey
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just a clean mystery with food!

These books are just plain, simple fun! Easy to read, enjoyable to figure out who done it, with a twist. Who could ask for anything more?!
Candice Grizer
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
A very good ending to the series
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: series-fiction
Like #16, this novel had a very complex plot and just wasn't as tight as the earlier books. On the other hand, if this is the last book in the series, things were wrapped up nicely. And officier Boyd did stand-up comedy! Who knew? ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, cozy-mystery
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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

Other books in the series

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