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Killer Pancake

(A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #5)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  9,201 ratings  ·  248 reviews
Her latest assignment, catering for Mignon Cosmetics, provides the answer, as Goldy heads for a showdown with a killer. Along the way, as she sleuths at the department store make-up counter, and battles with a violent animal rights group, she soon learns that cosmetics is definitely a cut-throat business! HC: Bantam.
Hardcover, 301 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by Bantam (first published 1995)
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3 of 5 stars to the fifth entry in the "Gold Bear Culinary" mysteries, Killer Pancake, written in 1995 by Diane Mott Davidson. As we've all come to expect, Goldy's off searching for the killer in another crazy story line. In this one, she delves into the seedy cosmetic business where too much pancake makeup (just kidding, sort of) has claimed the latest victim. And this time, it's the girlfriend of my favorite character, Julian. So much death, such a small family. How does this happen time and time agai
Mar 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Okay. I just need to stop reading this series. I realize many people love this series, but it's just not working for me. A cozy mystery (for me) should have a great setting that I'd like to live in, unique characters whom I'd like to visit, and a fun mystery--not stellar, just fun. This series has none of those things, as far as I can tell.

You may wonder why I've read 5 of the books in this series if I dislike it so much. The answer is threefold: 1) I'm terribly OCD and feel compelled to finish
Jan 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
By book five, readers come to expect certain things within a series. In the case of the Goldy Culinary Mysteries, we expect both delicious sounding recipes, one of Goldy's loved ones to be suspected of murdering a fairly new character and Goldy getting involved way beyond what's considered acceptable and yet still managing to help solve the murder (thus clearing the loved one's name.) In Killer Pancake, the recipes are slightly less delicious sounding than usual. Maybe it's my personal bias agai ...more
Aug 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult, summermurders
It is getting harder to read these books. This will be my last. I get more irritated with Goldy and her narcissistic behavior, her son, Arch, and her live-in catering helper, Julian with each book. The books are very dated and I feel like I am listening to my mother and grandmother. I have been listening to the audio versions of the books and I think the individual chosen sounds like my very snooty mother. Goldy is very judgmental of the wealthy and constantly berates their behavior but never fa ...more
Jayme(the ghost reader)
I liked this book. I am really enjoying this series. In this book, Goldy has a catering job with a cosmetics company. Her assistant Julian has a girlfriend who works at the company and then she is found dead, run down. Goldy goes undercover and gets covered up in foundation. The only thing I didn't like was the way the recipes were put in the middle of the chapters. I thought it was distracting. The recipes should go at the end of the chapters like they do with the Chocolate Chip Cookie series.
It's been quite awhile since I read the first few in this series, and I don't think I'm going to wait as long to read the next; this book was solid, fun, and a perfect read for a stormy day! The characters were wonderful. I love Goldy and her sometimes dysfunctional family and friends. The mystery was excellent, the killer wasn't very surprising, but there weren't many suspects, so I don't think I would've been surprised regardless. Overall excellent, I just bought the next one!
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
I listened to this one on audiobook as I have with all but one of the series so far. I really like the narrator and when I actually had to read one of the books in print I found myself pining to hear her voice. Anyway, I have heard the series goes downhill somewhat later,but so far I am still enjoying it. I have never made any of the recipes, so can't speak for them :)
Not my favorite cozy mystery. I’m not a huge make up fan and everyone who knows me knows that low-fat food does nothing for me. I could have guessed whodunit as it seemed pretty obvious. But I just didn’t care enough to give it much thought. I do still, however, enjoy the characters in this series. There’s not even one noticeably detestable one in the bunch.
Lisa B.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
Goldie has such a sarcastic wit.
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-my-reading
Another helping of delicious mystery and humor awaits in this serving of Diane Mott Davidson’s series. Goldy’s encounters are riddled with intrigue, social political rifts, and scientific discoveries. I enjoyed all of the vivid locations and minor characters that were introduced as the plot unfolded, and this mystery kept me guessing until the very end. Barbara Rosenblat continues to wow with her performance.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful and delicious read! Though it touched on some controversial topics, it managed to stay lighthearted throughout and it truly delivered on the mystery front! An absolute pleasure to read!
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Does not disappoint. I am looking forward to making the killer pancake recipe. yum yum
Sarah B
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I finished this book this morning and I read the majority of it yesterday. It was good enough that I stayed up very late reading. I recall I read a book set in this series awhile back and had really enjoyed it so I was very happy to find this one at the library!

Some parts of this book made me chuckle even though it's not really a funny book. I enjoyed the mystery in it and it was great fun traveling along with Goldy as she stuck her nose in places where it certainly didn't belong! She is very b
Connie N.
#5 in the Goldy Bear Culinary cozy mystery series

When Goldy caters an event for a cosmetics company, one of their top saleswomen is killed. Unfortunately she was also Julian's girlfriend, so of course Goldy feels compelled to help out the police with their investigation, much to Tom's chagrin. She takes a few chances this time and gets herself into some trouble, but luckily everything works out OK, although there were some dangerous moments. As always, I like hearing about Goldy's ca
Amy Ayers
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I’ve binge read too many of these without writing specific reviews and can’t remember the details of each one enough to write it’s own review. So below is a blanket review I’m giving to all of the books I’ve read so far.

These are a cute little series. I can’t say I love them, but apparently I like them enough to keep buying the next one. My biggest complaint on some of the books, is that the story follows Goldie around running her errands, and while I know it’s important for her to talk to peop
Deborah Robb
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Can never go wrong reading a Diane Mott Davidson book. This time around things get really personal for Goldy when someone close to her suffers a loss. Julien, a young man who lives with Goldy, her husband and son, is smitten with a young woman who works at the cosmetic counter at a department store. The unthinkable happens when Claire dies in a hit and run accident that occurs while a group of protesters are gathered outside the mall where Claire works. As usual, Goldy ends up getting involved w ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This is one of the earlier Goldie Shultz adventures. She was recently married to policeman Tom Shultz. She is still trying to get her business Goldylocks Catering on to solid footing. However, the title “Killer Pancake” has absolutely NOTHING to do with the story. It’s a fairly good story about Goldie catering a posh low calorie dinner for a high-brow cosmetics company , a revolutionary “Spare the Hares” group threatening major damage because the company tests cosmetics on rabbits, ansd, oh, a d ...more
May 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2018
These books are really cringeworthy (Julian has that "wise, Navajo healer" spirit, really?!) And what's with Marla calling the doctor "white man?" And why does the author point out that Harriet is waiting on a black woman? It was of zero importance. And the 12 year old son acts and is rewarded like he's about 6. But the mysteries themselves are ok. Not great fiction by any means. Oh, and it'd be great if she stopped describing people by their sizes (over and over and over).
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Much better than _The Cereal Murders_. Whoops, I skipped one. The next in line should have been _The Last Suppers_. As always, there are implausibly silly scenarios in Diane Mott Davidson's books; nevertheless, they are easy mysteries to read and I enjoy the characters for the most part. Good "popcorn" reading.
Vicki Gooding
It's a good series, I love the characters. This particular book had too many filler pages between the plot. The characters were frustratingly angry and not their typical behavior. Still love the series. Still will continue to read more. Just not necessarily her best work.
Glad I borrowed from the library

The story was OK, but it was just kind of slow. I can't bond with any of the characters, especially Goldy.
Kathleen Rita-holifield
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clever book! Goldy is a heroine to follow.
Paige Kuether
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: paige
Interesting mystery but I find the main character too whiney.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't like this one. For me the best part was the last 2 chapters.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoy this series. Light and entertaining.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
can't get all that worked up when people are killing themselves over high priced cosmetics
Carrie-kevin Clark
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Not my favorite of the ones I have read so far. I found the main character especially irritating and the motive behind the murders ridiculous.
Pamela Moll
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Dec 25, 2018 rated it liked it
An OK book. Some of the time lines were a little hard to figure out. Just a typical culinary mystery.
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Goldie is catering a cosmetics sales meeting and one of the young women is run down in the parking lot.
Goldie - of course has to find the murderer.
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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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