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Sticks and Scones

(A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #10)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  9,290 ratings  ·  282 reviews
When the sound of broken glass shatters her sleep, Colorado caterer and meddling sleuth Goldy Schulz doesn't know what to think. Is it a gunshot? A bomb? An earthquake? And where the heck is her husband, Tom, when she needs him most?

But Tom is away for the night, working a case for the Colorado police department. So Goldy's on her own and the timing couldn't be worse, wit
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 3rd 2001 by Bantam Books (first published 2001)
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Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 out of 5 stars to Sticks & Scones, the 10th book in the "Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary" cozy mystery series, written in 2001 by Diane Mott Davidson. When the book is about scones (which I absolutely love), Shakespeare (which is a favorite), and a castle that's been torn down in England and re-built in Colorado (how cool is that), the book had a very small chance of going wrong. And it didn't! It was a good mystery, eccentric but fun characters and very tasty-sounding recip
Mar 01, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It is not often that you pray for the heroine or hero of a story to suffer a gruesome end at the hands of the villain, but this is one. The heroine is possibly the most annoying main character in any book that I have ever read. The plot line can best be described as 'weak as water' relying almost solely on coincidence. The characterisations are incredibly shallow and 2 dimensional. All in all, a very ordinary thriller indeed. This one was a real struggle to finish. ...more
Susabelle Kelmer
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
I thought this would be more entertaining than it was. The adolescent son was a complete jerk (as a mom I'd have thrashed him a good one the first time he mouthed off to me). The caterer appeared ditzy and disorganized and relied on too many others to do her job - the young friend Julian, the supplier, etc. And way too many red herrings and wild goose chases in the "mystery" part of it. I like books that include cooking/food, and especially when there are recipes, but I rather struggled through ...more
Oct 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-light
This was an enjoyable diversion. Its been quite some time since I visited Goldy & her catering business. There were almost too many threads in this story and wasn't sure how it will all come together. In one AM somewhat shot out the window in Goldy's house, she discovered a body near the venue she was to cater & her husband is shot by a sniper, all before 9AM!! More to come as things unfold. There were plenty of potential suspects, so many dislikable people. ...more
Heather Zuber-Harshman
Creative and fun. That's what I thought this book would entail when I read the title and scanned through the pages - recipes were inserted throughout. Unique, huh?

It definitely was creative. The main character is a caterer so food was a big theme. A little too big, though. The lengthy descriptions of preparing dishes, menus, and planning events detracted from the main part of the story - who is the killer? who stole the rare stamps? who shot a bullet through the main character's front window?

Dez Nemec
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This is my 7th foray into the Goldy Bear series (although not in order), and I just can't anymore. Goldy, for all her investigating and putting herself into dangerous situations, is just a weak character. Arch is an obnoxious little twit. I mean, his father is just out of jail for assault, his mother has a TRO against him as he has assaulted her in the past, the window of their home was shot out in the middle of the night, and he's jumping around trying to get Goldy to contact the Jerk for a vis ...more
Sep 23, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-read
Goldy the caterer is out solving crime, risking life and limb and saving her family again. I swear she gets knocked on the head in every novel. How does this woman not have brain damage?

Alas no good recipes in this one.... Not one for scones and plum tarts
Mar 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers & food lovers
Shelves: mystery
This was my first book of Ms Davidson's books and I really enjoyed it.
I've read a few mysteries with recipes and they had all fallen short, so this book was a pleasant surprise.
There was a lot going on in this book, but I believe the author did well with keeping it all straight for the reader without being to obvious. The characters and events were interesting and I hated having to take breaks from reading.
Goldie is an interesting character, her actions being realistic and not always wise; she
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Why do I continue to fall for these books? Maybe it is the catchy titles; in which case, kudos to the publisher. Goldie never changes; she conjures ridiculous scenarios out of her imagination, then puts herself and others in danger attempting to check them out. I don't know how, with all the other developments, she ever manages to successfully cater an event. The recipes are an interesting touch, but why would one start a breakfast project that has no hope of being completed before everyone has ...more
Mar 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the perks of reading a book about Goldie, the caterer is that there are actual recipes included. I have only tried one or two, but it is nice to know that there is a source of delicious, and usually a chocolate delight.

The plot of this book seemed a little more convoluted. Part of it takes place in a castle, which is interesting.

If you find a character that you like, it is pleasant to be able to return and join that person in another adventure.

One drawback of this book is that there isn't
Apr 19, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, mystery
Book 10 in the Goldy Culinary Mysteries.

Before she can even begin solving the mystery of a restored (and haunted) castle, Goldy has to deal with multiple threats to her own and her family's safety. Right around the time her violent ex-husband gets released from prison, someone shoots out her front window and another incident results in a serious gunshot wound for Tom.

Arch, who used to be a highlight of the series, is so utterly obnoxious that he makes even my brattiest students look like little
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, I enjoyed this book in this series
Lisa B.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
This is book #10 of the Goldy Bear Culinary mystery series and the storyline is still going strong. Goldy is like a dog with a bone is her relentless pursuit of the truth. She’s smart, sarcastic and has a good heart. And I still really enjoy all the side characters.

With some series I would be starting to burnout by now. Happily, that is not happening with this one.
The perfect audio book to keep me occupied during the many miles I just had to drive between Charleston and Rabun County Georgia. A light, entertaining mystery, that had me wishing for the recipes in the book!

Celebrated for her unique blend of first-class suspense and five-star fare, Diane Mott Davidson has won scores of fans and earned a place on major bestseller lists across the country. Now she dishes up another dangerously tasty treat of murder and mystery.

For Colorado cat
Sherrill Watson
More holes than the proverbial Swiss cheese. I felt like I'd fallen into one of Ms. Mott-Davidson's garderobe's and couldn't get out. Alice Through the Looking Glass. No, that was a different story. But wait! There's more! Doesn't a garderobe go completely down into the moat? And there's no escape at the bottom of it, never mind the grillwork? We're asked to believe that an entire castle is moved from England to America, and it STILL has more rooms than the Winchester house. But alas, no ghosts. ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book as it fulfilled a category on my Book Challenge, a yellow cover. Though mystery is one of my favorite genres, I had to stop reading about a third of the way through. I found the characters shallow and poorly developed, the plot marred by various unrelated subplots, basically a scattered mess of trite dialogue that often went nowhere. The beginning of the book, where the author spewed a massive list of characters and information about previous books in the series, apparently in ...more
Nancy Zorn
May 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This is the 4th Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery I've read, and it started out better than the others. I thought it was headed toward 3-star territory, until I got to the 'who done it' chapter. I didn't find the main character's son, Arch, as annoying as I usually do. The set up was a bit more interesting than her other novels, but it all fell apart for me at the end. The concept of actual recipes peppered throughout the book is novel, but does she ever make anything that doesn't have at least one st ...more
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mystery, murder and food and recipes, what a combination!
Cops and robbers as the main character lives with a cop
and she, herself gets involving trying to solve murders
while she is stirring up some scones or something.
I've read her other books and like her.........
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Sticks and Scones by Diane Mott Davidson - mixed but enjoyable

I recently won the tea and mystery sweepstakes on and this was the first of the books I received.

I've read a lot of American fiction and a lot of American crime, but this one I found quite difficult. It was so folksy American. There were things I had to look up to check what they were (temperatures really confused me. I wondered why she thought -3 was cold until I realised later in the book she probably meant fahrenhe
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
A fun title (I need a book with a pun in the title for a current reading challenge) and like mysteries and baking this so seemed like a great combination. I appreciated (haven't actually tried any yet but intend to) the recipes interspersed in the book and did not mind the rather length cooking/baking descriptions. This book featured Elizabethan or old English recipes that certainly don't occur in most of the cookbooks I have (with the exception of the scones).

Perhaps I needed to start with the
Arch has got a brand-new obsession—fencing! At one time, it was magic, then skiing and now dueling with foils. What’s next? Horse racing? (Oh wait, horsey phases are for girls…)

One thing I’ve noticed with previous mysteries in this series is that Goldy doesn’t seem to solve mysteries, per se. her snooping just brings her a little too close to the truth and then the killer catches her, snarls out a confession and poor Goldy has to run for her life while dodging the murderous fiend.

But this novel
Jean Carlton
Jan 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
One + rating....I confess I picked this up at the library sale because of the catchy title (related to a scone issue in a group I'm in - thought it would be a funny gag to bring to our next meeting. )
Then I read the first few pages and the writing seemed pretty good. So I read it but it was a chore by half-way through. The writing went downhill, I didn't really care about any of the characters, (most annoyed me) the basic plot was convoluted and the 'crime' just didn't matter to me. ( valuable s
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, mystery, ijones
Goldie's dream booking at Hyde Castle goes awry when her home window is shot out, her husband is shot, her abusive ex-husband is out of jail, etc etc etc. I read the first bunch of these back in high school/college, and when I saw a later book set after she married Tom (they were still flirting when I was reading), I went for it. It was about how I remember--fun and creative recipes, though this was a terrible choice of book to catch up on Goldie and Tom, with the gunshot and Sara Beth and all. ...more
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I remember why I don't read these anymore. Goldy is one of those characters that I like to dub TSTL (to stupid to live) and it gets old really quickly. You would think that someone who solves as many mysteries as she does would know better than to put herself into death-risky situations, but apparently she's not smart enough for that. In this one, the first thing that happens is that the front window of her house is shot out. Her husband isn't home, so she has to deal with it on her own. She is ...more
There’s nothing quite like a cozy mystery to listen to while deep cleaning the house, working on a project or cooking all day. I love Diane Mott Davidson’s charming characters and smart, witty and satisfying writing. There are enough twists and turns around every corner to keep me interested and listening.
I had previously listened to two books that were not my type and they left a bad taste in my mouth. Sticks and Scones immediately remedied that. Like Goldy Schulz, I’ve done my fair share of c
Lea McKenna
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
I enjoy the Goldy books of Diane Mott Davidson, but it's been several years since her last book. I decided I would re-read Sticks & Scones just to get a dose of Goldy the caterer. Goldy is preparing to do two catering jobs at Hyde Castle when things start going south. Someone shoots out their front window and then Goldy finds a dead body in a creek near the castle. Somehow the shooting and murder are tied to someone else in Goldy's life. As always, the game is to figure out who dunnit before the ...more
Goldy's day begins when someone shoots out her front window. She and her son go to stay with the Hydes (her clients) at their castle. Her husband is trying to find someone and is seriously injured. Can they figure out who is after them before they are killed? Throw in some of Goldy's enemies and her ex and there are lots of suspects.

Fairly good cozy mystery and good recipes. I do get a little frustrated with Goldy at times, so not top marks.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always entertaining and keeps you guessing until the end. Goldy the caterer is scheduled to cater at a castle and the chapel on the castle grounds. Her house gets shot at and robbed; she gets attacked; someone she loves gets shot; she sees ghosts and her husband's dead ex-fiancee; her ex husband gets out of prison and threatens her and she is threatened by a former client. Just an average week in the life of Goldy Schultz. ...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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