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Fatally Flaky

(A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #15)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  7,593 ratings  ·  768 reviews
Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz encounters Bridezilla--and murder--in another delectable novel by the New York Times-bestselling author.
Audio CD, 11 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by HarperAudio (first published January 1st 2009)
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3 of 5 stars to Fatally Flaky, the 15th of 17 books in the cozy mystery series by Diane Mott Davidson, published in 2009. You can tell the series is coming to a close soon as it seems like the stories are getting harder and harder to write, It's rare a book series should go past 10, and if it does, it cannot be one written right after the other. The author should have a few series going on, or alternate between series and non-series fiction, just to give time for the actua
Oct 08, 2014 rated it liked it

In this 15th book in the 'Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery' series, caterer/amateur sleuth Goldy Schulz is catering a couple of weddings when her godfather and his friend are the victims of two separate crimes. Goldy helps her cop husband investigate. The book can be read as a standalone.


Goldy Schulz, owner of Goldilocks Catering, is thrilled when her godfather Jack moves to Colorado and purchases a home near her. Jack and his friend, Doc Finn, can always be counted on when Goldy needs a hand.

Apr 22, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“To Carolyn Marino – with deep gratitude for excellent editing and for possessing a kind heart and a light touch”

I cannot vouch for Ms. Marino’s “kind heart”, but her “light touch” is certainly in evidence. A sample paragraph (emphasis mine):

“Because Father Pete says there are letters from the diocesan office he can’t find in the church files, and was wondering if I could go help him try to figure out how the new secretary’s mind works. Since I recommended that he hire this woman, it’s all my fa
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: guilty-pleasure
Yes, I am addicted to Diane Mott Davidson, even though the plots are thin, the writing confusing, the motivations unreadable, the characters unbelievable, and each chapter utterly predictable. You get to read about cooking and good food! Every book comes with recipes! If only she was a good writer, these would be perfect books! Or maybe if P.D. James would incorporate cooking and recipes in HER books, i would be able to read the perfect book.

Here is an example: the main character, Goldy, arrives
Nov 10, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Did it! Finally finished this series (at least what is out so far). I'm looking forward to trying two of the recipes but I must admit I am not looking forward to the next installment (if there is one). I hate to say it but I'm getting sick of Goldy. I find her character irritating. She seems to have very little regard for her husband's job. Also, with her getting hit on the head so much I really think she needs a brain scan ...more
Jul 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, series, read2009
OK, after fifteen times around the block, I have to admit I'm getting a little tired of Goldy withholding evidence, breaking the law, obstructing Tom's investigations, and making stupid decisions about her own safety. I really, really understand that she has to, or there isn't much story, but the device is wearing a little thin for me. Of course, I *have* read all fifteen books, and no one was forcing me to, so there you go!

I've read all the books because I like reading about the cooking and th
Mar 27, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
After reading the first couple of chapters of this book I found myself wondering why I ordered it! I haven't particularly liked any of the last 3 before this and recall saying I wouldn't buy anymore of them last year. I guess I'm a creature of habit and when I see this author's name, it goes in my online shopping cart. Well, after this one, NO more!! Though Diane is a lovely lady and very personable, she seems to be phoning these in now. I think I was supposed to develop a deep affection for Unc ...more
Apr 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Found this a little tedious, but because the characters are "old friends" and I like the recipes, I stuck with it. Not one of the better ones in the series. ...more
Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
This series is wildly popular, and I've had them recommended to me many times, as I'm a foodie. The heroine, Goldy (or Miss G, or Gertie Girl --annoying terms of affection, in my opinion) is a caterer, so there's a lot about food. She includes recipes at the back of the book, and they sound really good. However, in the body of the book, there is a bit too much detail about making them. It's sufficient to include something like, "The frittata was beautifully browned, and we all sank our hungry so ...more
Traci Haley
There are some book characters who grow so familiar and well-loved that reading a new book about them is like visiting a friend who lives far away and can only visit once every couple of years or so. Goldy Bear has become one of those characters for me. I feel like I've known her forever. I've cringed through her son's angry teen years, celebrated her falling in love again, and stood by her side when her ex-husband died. Now she's returned after being gone a long time and we had a nice, intimate ...more
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have just finished reading, in sequence, all the Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries that are available on Kindle. (The latest title is "Currently Under Review" at Amazon and not available). Out of the 15 books in the series that I have read there were only two that I thought were not as good as the others. For the series as a whole, I rate them 5 stars. I found the characters fun to follow although a few characters were a little flat. Arch is always difficult; Marla is always extravagant but loyal. ...more
Jul 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy, mystery
I keep trying to like Goldy, but she wears thin very quickly. She's got the victim mentality that grates on my nerves, like the whole world is out to get her, nothing going right. Yet, she keeps putting up with crap from clients and others like the good little doormat she is. I don't get it. Are we supposed to cheer for her as a positive protagonist? I sure don't. No successful person would behave the way she does and continue to be business for long.

Plus, her plots are super thin and not very w
Nov 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Fatally Flaky (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery)
A murder mystery. A bit slow for my taste. But it did have likable characters and the plot was interesting enough. The recipes look tasty, but no way could I EVER attempt to make them. A fun read and I would like to try a few of her others to see how they are.
Apr 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, series
I think Ms. Davidson may just be tired of this series. Perfunctory and blah.
Jun 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
I'm not entirely sure why I keep reading the books in this series. Over the years, they've become increasingly similar and I don't particularly like the main character. Bluh. ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
#15 in this cozy mystery series; I've read almost all of them, I believe. I'm a sucker for a setting (Colorado) that I'm familiar with and the characters in Goldy's life throughout the series have been pleasant enough. Plus the mysteries have been enough to hold my interest. #15 was pretty much a waste of my time, however. Not only was I bored but it seemed like Ms. Davidson was also bored with her bread-and-butter. Characters were thrown in and used in peculiar ways, or not used. The sense of t ...more
Ellen Spes
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love the recipes and mystery combo
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Fun mystery set in Colorado. Caterer Goldy Schulz solves mysteries in addition to catering two weddings and cooking for a spa. The author shares recipes at the back of the book!
Feb 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Nothing satisfies a sweet tooth like a Goldy Schulz novel. She’s a crime fighter armed with killer blueberry-cream pie, chocolate glaze to die for, and vanilla buttercream frosting that will soften even the most hardened criminal. Fatally Flaky is number 15 in this series about the in’s and out’s of catering in the murder capital of the United States: Aspen Meadow, Colorado, and boy, does our highly caffeinated Goldy have her hands full! Apparently Aspen Meadow is a bit like the Hellmouth in Buf ...more
Fatally Flaky starts off with the author’s dedication that reads:

…and with gratitude for the excellent editing and for possessing a kind heart and a light touch.

Well,, the author and I disagree on the excellence of the editing, but I agree that the editor, whose name I’m not including in this review, used a light touch, a very light touch. This book has so many continuity errors, it isn’t even funny. Here are a few of them:

Goldy, a veteran of other murder investigations, blithely dishes out info
May 30, 2009 rated it liked it
This series is on-going and I've read every entry.

Goldy is a caterer that keeps finding corpses. The corpses range from those she never knew to very personal, giving this series a bit broader latitude than some series.

Goldy had an abusive husband, past tense from the start of the series. Diane handles this well, as it is not a social statement, a cry for sympathy, or otherwise dark. Normally, this would have stopped me from reading it, as hearing these things make me very angry and want to go el
Apr 21, 2009 rated it liked it
This was actually a much more thought-out and carefully edited book than those in recent years from Mott Davidson. For a while there, I was wondering why I rushed to get the latest Goldy mystery as soon as it hit the shelves, as recent volumes were sorely disappointing. But this volume in the series has a lot of what fans love most -- cooking, a solid mystery, and quirky characters (Marla, Julian, Arch, Tom, and even Sergeant Boyd).

The thing that bothered me most was the sudden appearance of Go
Goldy claims it's bridezilla Billie who is flaky, but once again, Goldy tampers with evidence and does some really stupid things in the safety department while trying to work through her grief at the death of her godfather Jack, who was murdered trying to discover the murderer of his best friend Doc Finn. I like these books because they're pretty light reading. Actually, I tend to listen to them on audio in the car rather than read them. They don't distract me too much from driving except when I ...more
Aug 12, 2009 rated it did not like it
I surprised myself with finding this minor editing mistake about Jack's door. Compare page 9: "Jack opened his newly sculpted oak door - one of the things he'd actually managed to get subcontracted and completed since he'd been here." to page 62 "Jack's tone was grateful as he opened his massive door, a large sculpted oak number that he had picked up at a salvage yard."

It's been a while since I've read a DMD book, and while reading this I realized my reading tastes have changed. Used to love DM
Loreen ☕️
Dec 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
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Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
I used to thoroughly enjoy this series, however, I find I no longer can. I went through a lot of changes over the past few years and aggressively in the past few months. One of the many things I realized is that I have an issue with codependency, which includes taking responsibility for other people's problems and wanting to fix them because Heaven forbid that people don't like me. Listening/reading this book really drove that idiocy of a codependent life and choices home. I find that Goldie is ...more
cozy mystery read by the marvelously talented Barbara Rosenblatt. For those of you who might not know the name but are familiar with the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, Ms. Rosenblatt played Rosa, the inmate undergoing cancer treatment. She is a wonderful actress and her skills as an audiobook narrator are awesome. She turns what might otherwise be a 'meh' cozy into a delightful experience. Occasionally I find cozies to be a bit heavy on the nyuck-nyuck factor and light on actual storyli ...more
Dec 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Why do I keep reading these books? Maybe because they are easy to find on CD and I actually listen to them during my commute? Whatever the reason, I’ve got to stop. I really, really like Julian, the protective assistant, and Tom, the long-suffering detective who is married to a woman who obviously has no faith in his capabilities. Golde irritates the devil out of me, keeping evidence from her husband (the detective), inserting herself in murder cases, not listening to Tom’s advice. And she’s jus ...more
Mary Ann
Sep 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Janice Llewellyn
I hadn't read a "Goldy" book in quite awhile, so when a cousin gave this one to me, I figured, "what the heck",..a free book.
But I soon realized why I haven't read Mott Davidson lately...she writes really badly.
The plot starts out pretty good and some of the minor characters were interesting. But, as usual, her main characters are boring and unbelievable. The writing is bad...why does her husband of many years now call her "Miss G"....huh?
And could her friend Marla be any more downright crazy du
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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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