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Tough Cookie

(A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #9)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  7,743 ratings  ·  251 reviews
Fans of Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy Schulz, the gourmet gumshoe of Aspen Meadow, Colorado, love her modus operandi: "Treat every puzzle with questions and chocolate." In Tough Cookie, Davidson's ninth culinary mystery, Goldy is waiting to reopen her catering business, which has been shut down by the health department for lack of adequate drains. She's got a PBS cooking gig ...more
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published February 29th 2000 by Bantam
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Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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4 out of 5 stars to Tough Cookie, the 9th cozy mystery in the "Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary" books, written in 2000 by Diane Mott Davidson. This was one of the stronger books in the series, but it didn't start off that way. When I first began reading the book, I was put off by the death and initial suspect. Goldy sells some skis to another guy, as her catering business was temporarily shut down due to some kitchen issues, which eventually cause an accident. A convoluted con
Feb 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
This series has grown, and I like the changes it’s making. Not only has Goldie and her family grown and changed, she has ‘matured’ too. She doesn’t do (as many) stupid things as she used to (I equate it to the girl that goes by herself down in to the dark basement in a horror movie.). I think Tom has been a good influence on her. And yet they are not less interesting, and there is not less action. For a caterer she gets sucked in to a lot. I like that they are light, fast reads. It bothered me a ...more
Courtney Johnson
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
My mom originally read this book and recommended it to me. I liked how there were actual recipes throughout the book. However the actual mystery was a little crazy for my taste. It seemed like so much was happening that I had a hard time keeping everything straight. I was thrown for a loop when we found out what actually happened in the end though. Overall this was a fun read and one I’m glad my mom recommended.
Lisa B.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
Still one of my favorite series.
3.5 stars. Recipes look GREAT and I liked the setting/mystery. I didn't like the typical "go off alone ignoring warning" that seems to be a common cozy trope. And a couple of times there were a few pages summarizing the suspects/story - I can remember well enough with 300 pages that I just felt annoyed with that. But I'll certainly continue with the series. ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is a decent whodunit but seemed busy and the skiing lingo made it a more difficult read for me. In this series, the protagonist is a caterer married to a police officer and solves crimes as she prepares dishes for various events. In this novel, she is doing a PBS cooking show on a ski mountain and everyone seems to be involved in some way. She is exceptionally nosy in this book, more overtly than in the last Goldy novel I read, and though I think that I'd be able to let Angela Lansbury slid ...more
Feb 26, 2010 rated it liked it
This one started out very slow for me, once I got over the first 100 pages the pace picked up. I still had a little trouble as the main mystery was overshadowed but two events that are mentioned throughout the book, if we could give half stars I would have given this a 3 1/2. I have been reading the series on and off for the past year and I do enjoy them and will continue to read every chance I get.
May 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Kirsten by: B&N Mystery Book Club
This was a very well crafted and enjoyable mystery. It reminded me a lot of Mary Daheim's mysteries. I really enjoyed it and found she was very good with the tension. The only drawback is the recipes. I always find these mysteries with recipes or hints seem to detract from the story itself. ...more
Sep 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Plot was good. I felt the book is somewhat 'wordy.' Overall an okay cozy mystery. ...more
Lisa Morin
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
I've just started reading this one again, for the 10th time, lol.
I love this series!
Priscilla Dicarlo
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read and of course enjoyed the recipes!
Marji Morris
I enjoy the Goldie Shulz mysteries, but this one was the most puzzling I've read. There was a huge cast of characters, and I must admit I got lost a time or two and had to go back to figure out who was who. That may be because I wasn't paying enough attention or because I just finished another book with a lot of characters.

Goldie, a caterer, finds herself in the middle of numerous blizzards, murders, and bad guys masquerading as good guys all while she is in the middle of rebuilding her busines
Marietta Slater
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am so enjoying rereading this series and Tough cookie is one of the best in the series. It is fast paced, well written and full of mystery. I was glad to see Julian was in it, at least a little. It amazes me how much trouble Goldy gets into each book. Since Goldy's business is shut down by the health department, she takes a gig working for a PBS station on a cooking show and trying to promote herself as a personal chef. Most of the action takes place either on a ski slope or in a smi town. Gol ...more
Amy Ayers
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
These are fun little stories but I would not call them great. It passes the time. After 9 of them they are beginning to get really repetitive. The problem is I bought the next 5 Novels and now am not sure I want to keep reading the series. My biggest complaint is each novel she adds a whole new set of people with their own conflicts and history. I do not feel there is enough time to get to know or care about any of them. Most of them treat Goldy like “the help” and I have no respect for people l ...more
Amy Howard
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an enjoyable, not too heavy mystery. Although part of a series, I hadn't read any of the earlier books, but this didn't hamper my enjoyment. The characters seem real, the protagonist, Goldy, is an interesting person, and it took me into the worlds of a ski town and a personal chef quite convincingly. I don't ski anymore, so some of the references to the ski areas/equipment were unfamiliar, but I think that's a plus. The central mystery wasn't earth shattering, but was teased out nicely a ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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Elizabeth Rebecca Shaw
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty good story about investigating some deaths on the ski slope. There is a lot going on for Goldy in this one as she has had to take a break from her catering business because she needs to bring her kitchen up to code. She is the chef on a PBS show and there is a lot going on around her that she tracks down and eventually manages to nail the killer. Of course her family and friends suffer along the way as well as her possessions. It is an okay thriller and the recipes seem plausible if you w ...more
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
For someone who lives in a rather well-to-do area in Colorado and works for some very well-heeled people, Goldy Bear seems to cater to more murder victims than foodies. While the plot is muddy at times and the main character's actions are not in line with someone married to a police officer, it was a fairly enjoyable cozy with some good recipes. ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a very fun and enjoyable read, comprising of a well written and smoothly flowing plot complete with mystery intrigue and great recipes. Ironically, I seem to always read "beach books" during the Winter, so what fun it was to read a Colorado "snowy holiday" book during the Summer. ...more
Linda Klinedinst
I listen to this as a Audio Book through Audible. I love Goldy the Lady Detective...she reminds me of Nancy Drew a little bit. I dearly love this Series. It is so good. I highly recommend this Series to anyone that loves to read Mysteries.

I give this Book 5/5 Stars.

Happy Reading :)
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mexican egg rolls with spicy guacamole dipping sauce
chesapeake crab cakes with sauce gribiche
ice-capped gingersnaps
snowboarders' pork tenderloin
chocolate coma cookies
chile con queso dip
marmalade mogul muffins
sonora chicken strudel
skier's swiss cereal
julian's five-grain bread
Josephine Hawkins
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Definitely some good recipes in this book. The killer wasn't revealed until the end. Goldy as always snooped around until she found the key bit of information she needed to solve the case. Plus on raising a teenager are included as well. Good read.
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This series is just getting better by the book. I still believe that she sleuths just because she wants to know what happens. There are multiple spots that I keep asking why didn't she let the cops know. Especially about the tape. ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun, easy read and loved the recipes!
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Typical Goldy Bear story. There were some interesting points and as always some good recipes. The only thing about the recipes is that they are multistepped.
Needed some light fiction to read. I read several of Diane Mott Davidson's books several years ago. They are "cozy mystery" books. ...more
Tanya Stillman
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoy the familiar characters and the little things the main character gets involved in throughout the books.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
While I have enjoyed her other books this one had a few issues but still entertaining enough to read the next in the series.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
No. 9 in the series.
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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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