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The Last Suppers

(A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #4)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  8,370 ratings  ·  262 reviews
It should be the happiest day of Goldy the  caterer's life. After years of putting the disaster of  her first marriage behind her, she has finally  found the courage to love again. Soon she'll be  walking down the aisle of St. Luke's Episcopal Church to  wed the man of her dreams, Tom Schulz, a homicide  detective who shares Goldy's passions for  preparing food and solving ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 1995 by Bantam Books (first published October 1st 1994)
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Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 (rounded up to 4) out 5 stars for The Last Suppers, the fourth in the "Gold Bear Culinary Mystery" series, by Diane Mott Davidson. In this book, Goldy's about to get married, but unfortunately the wedding might be delayed when Tom calls about a murder. And it's a priest!

Goldy's close with other parishioners and the clerical folks in her Colorado church, but she is shocked to discover what's lurking beneath the surface when she digs a little deeper this time. For a bride-to-be, sh
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
A chum of mine, who is a reader of the annual General Ordination Examinations of the Episcopal Church, recommended this book to me, knowing that I am a member of the General Board of Examining Chaplains, the group that writes the exam. The author, Diane Mott Davidson, was for many years a member of the Board of Examining Chaplains of the Diocese of Colorado. Eventually, she would set one of her culinary murder mysteries in and around an Episcopal Church. As a bonus, Goldy Bear -- the caterer-det ...more
Lisa B.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
I listened to the audiobook and find the narrator to be very entertaining. The author to the suspense right down to the very end. This has turned into one of my favorite cozy mysteries.
Jul 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one.
Recommended to Erin by: My mother recommended the series to me.

Only a few pages in and I'm already super annoyed with this book. 1) It is being super religious. 2)I find it super annoying that Goldy is all upset about what she is wearing on the day of her wedding. I'm sorry, I don't know any bride who takes shit from anyone. It is YOUR day, YOU choose what to wear, so no one, not even the church can tell you that you have to wear a suit or a hat. To me it seemed like unnecessary drama from the writer just to create drama for dramas sak
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This is book # 4 in the Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series. The Altar Guild ladies seem to have everything under control for the wedding reception, but Goldy just can’t stay out of the kitchen. She SHOULD be dressed by now … because it’s her own wedding. Yes, Goldy and homicide detective Tom Schulz are going to tie the knot. But the pastor is late, the reception hall is locked, and no one else seems to have the keys. Just before the ceremony is to begin Goldy gets a call from Tom – the wedding i ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Why do I keep forgetting how much I do not like these books? The catering theme comes up and I wind up slogging through yet another Goldy caper… and beating myself for forgetting again. This one made me yell a lot. Why does Goldy use his full name every time Tom Shultz is mentioned? Drove me nuts! And the whole battle between the traditionalists and the charismatics in the church? I was an Episcopalian for many years, and I never heard any such battles going on in any church I attended. There wa ...more
Really 3.5 stars but I rounded up

Another wonderful book in what is turning out to be a solid series. The Last Suppers takes us to Goldy and Tom's wedding, however a cryptic phone call comes from Tom and then he disappears. Goldy must find out what's happened to her fiance and who murdered the priest before the killer kills Tom.

I really like Goldy, she funny, but yet a very strong main character, having suffered abuse from her ex-husband, then having to rebuild her life for her family, she's grea
Jan 09, 2010 rated it liked it
#4 in the Goldy Bear culinary mystery series set in a small Colorado town just outside of Denver. This follows the series plot pattern: Goldy finds herself involved with murder while operating her catering business and tries to solve the murder thereby involving herself in life threatening situations, ignoring advice from the police and friends, and just doing what she feels needs to be done whenever it occurs to her while on the way to solving the mystery.

In this story, Goldy's wedding day is i
Jan 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Personally, if the priest was killed the day of my wedding, I would have took it as a bad omen. Goldy, as per usual, takes the chaos much better than could normally be expected in The Last Suppers. She was also a dealing with a kidnapped fiance that she is determined to save even if she has no solid leads and no reason to believe she is anything other than a distraction to the investigation. The Last Suppers is more hectic and frantic than most Goldy Culinary Mysteries and the emotions shown in ...more
Goldy and Tom are getting married. I've been listening to these books all out of order. I just listen to whatever is on the shelf at the library when I'm there so all the other books I've "read" of hers are after Goldy and Tom are married. It was fun to read an earlier book to see how they got there. My biggest complaint in this book is how often Goldy referred to her fiance, her love, as "Tom Shultz" who talks about their fiance using their full name? That was weird. Maybe it wouldn't have been ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Wow, either my tastes have changed a lot or my memory is getting pretty foggy. I used to read this series when it first came out and I remember enjoying it, though I stopped after eight or so books. I haven't read any since then. When I realized I could reread this one and fulfill several GR challenge tasks, I eagerly looked forward to an enjoying story. Instead I had to force myself to finish.

First off, who calls their fiancé by his full name? About 50% of the time they talk or think about him?
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I am listening my way through these cozy delicious mysteries. Goldy the caterer is solving murders and making chocolate chip cookies. Recipes are included at the end. The setting is Aspen Meadow, bedroom community of Denver - I think fictional. Anyway, I like the description of snow and ice and the cold and the heavy coats and gloves. Especially since it has been unseasonably hot here in Atlanta this fall.
S. J.
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans, people interested in Culinary, people looking for easy and fun read
Recommended to S. by: Library; Series
*4.6 Stars*

Scorecard: (Out of 10)
* Quality of Writing - 9
* Pace - 9
* Plot development - 9
* Characters - 10
* Enjoyability - 9
* Insightfulness - 9
* Ease of Reading - 10
* Photos/Illustrations - NA
Final Score: 65/70 = 93%

My Review of Catering to Nobody: Book One

My Review of Dying for Chocolate: Book Two

The Cereal Murders: Book Three

*The Gush*

Simply put, I was not prepared for this book. I’d been looking forward to Goldy and Tom getting together since…a third of the way through book one and i
Jan 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Well after having voiced my worries that this series wasn't really as good as I was hoping for in my review of the last book I decided to pick this one from the TBR pile and see how it went.

It should be the happiest day of Goldy the caterer's life. After years of putting the disaster of her first marriage behind her, she has finally found the courage to love again. Soon she'll be walking down the aisle of St. Luke's Episcopal Church to wed the man of her dreams, Tom Schulz, a homicide detective
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At long last, the much anticipated wedding of Goldy Bear and Tom Schulz and the church she grew up in. Interestingly enough, Goldy is also catering the affair, with Julian's help, of course, as she struggles to meet the expectations of the wedding director and also make sure the food is prepped and set up on time. The moment approaches with no groom and no pastor. Goldy gets a call from Tom saying Pastor Olsen called him out to his house for a ride to the wedding due to car trouble and when Tom ...more
Sarah Sammis
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pc, read-in-2012, audio
The Last Suppers by Diane Mott Davidson is the fourth in the Goldy Bear Catering mystery series. If these books were a television series, The Last Suppers would have been the season finale and suffers from the same mistakes that many a season finale make.

Goldy and Tom are finally getting married. Except that when Goldy walks down the aisle, Tom is no where to be seen! Shortly after that, a priest ends up dead. When Tom still hasn't appeared, it becomes painfully apparent that Tom has been kidnap
Tara Brown
Apr 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
I'm struggling with the entire Goldy Bear series and this book only increases my struggles. I think the author needs to re-read her own books and get a better editor. I can't believe no editor would mention the things I'm going to list in the review. I have three major complaints. First, as many reviewers before me have mentioned, why does Goldy constantly refer to her fiancé by his full name, Tom Schultz? She does this countless times throughout the book. The few times she calls him just Tom, t ...more
Tabby Kat
May 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Caterer Goldy Bear's wedding would have been perfect except for two minor problems--the priest is killed shortly before the wedding and her fianc{‚}e, homicide detective Tom Schulz, is kidnapped from the scene of the crime. Frustrated with waiting for updates from the police, Goldy attempts to find out who ruined her wedding. Is the killer the organist, recently fired by the priest? Or the disgruntled theology student snubbed by the ordination board? Sandwiched between the suspense and Goldy's 1 ...more
Nov 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book gave me a better idea of who-done-it... or at least i was trying to guess it, where as i hadn't previously. I had it down to about 4 - though it seemed that maybe there might be accomplices. I did struggle with keeping all the pastors straight... i should really start writing it down as i read. This one, Goldy didn't have the killer in her head when she drove down somewhere to save the day... she just suddenly figured out HOW to figure out who it was... much more realistic. However, th ...more
Ellen Moore
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Number 4 in the Goldy the caterer mystery series was a little different from the first 3. It had a lot about problems between groups that disagreed (on about everything) in Goldy's church and about the church's doctrines. It also dealt with Goldy's and Tom's planned wedding and whether it would take place. Goldy did her usual investigating of several crimes but was hampered by several personal injuries and problems. This one seemed more difficult and frustrating than the other books I have read ...more
Oct 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoy this cozy series about a caterer in Colorado. In this book, Goldy is about to marry homicide detective Tom Schultz, but he phones to say the pastor who was to marry them is dead. Then, before the police can arrive, Tom disappears. Goldy's wedding is off, her fiancee has been kidnapped, and her pastor is dead. What else can happen? The story is sometimes humorous with Goldy uncovering all kinds of secrets among her fellow parishioners. Did the dead pastor have healing powers? What happene ...more
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the wedding day of Goldy and her love, Tom Schultz. What could go wrong? As with all things involving Goldy.....everything. The priest who is supposed to marry Goldy is murdered and Tom is missing.
In Goldy's Episicipal church, there are many factions of people who believe different things. Some want the good old fashioned service and some people want a newer type of service. The young priest who was going to do the service for Goldy and Tom was of the newer type service. Could others
May 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
Oh dear God. Too much God! I love Goldy but this installment based around church and church goers bored me as much as Sunday school when you just wanted to stay in bed. Goldy is depressed and anxious the whole way through as her husband to be is kidnapped. A slew of unlikely events and unlikable characters ensue all against the infinitely tedious backdrop of the ecclesiastical church. Yawn.

I'm going to stick with the series as I'm a Goldy fan, but I have to say, I'm a bit tentative. Fingers cros
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm a little less than half way through and I am having trouble finishing this book. It feels more like a primer on small town Lutheran churches than a mystery. Between the food and the religion there is very little story. If I find myself bored enough I'll try to finish the book but at this point I would not recommend this to anyone, not even Diane Mott Davidson fans.
Rita Chaney
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a fun read. Plus, with Diane Mott Davidson, you always get some great recipes along with the mystery. This food-related story of intrigue is extra-special because the main character who is caterer, Goldy Bear, has finally found a new man and is planning to marry him. But as always, something unsolved gets in Goldy's path toward the calm life she seeks. I enjoyed this fun, foodie novel.
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: culinary
I don't like it when people are held captive, whether it's on TV or in a book I'm reading. Someone killed a priest, and then took Goldy's fiancé away on the day their wedding was supposed to take place. I was probably just as anxious as Goldy was while she was trying to find Schultz. But she eventually found him and they were married.
Jayme(the ghost reader)
This is the fifth book in the series. Goldy is finally getting married to Detective Tom Schultz. She can marry him as soon as she can find him. He has been kidnapped and Goldy takes it upon herself to find him. He called her to tell her their pastor is dead and then no contact. Can she find him in time to get married or will she have to put her wedding on ice?
Helene Hipple
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better and better all the time!

Plus, I love the recipes and have used them, and shared them with family and church friends often. Now I just need a separate recipe box to keep all of them. Thank you "Goldy Shultz!
Sep 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-read
Light, easy read. I am tempted to say that there was a little too much religion in this one, but seeing how dysfunctional it was kept it all in check.

Tried the cinnamon roll recipe. It was good, but not spectacular. Looking forward to trying some of the cookie recipes.
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
How many different words can the author use for the word "walk"? Well, Goldy sashayed, minced, strolled, sauntered, get the picture. So annoying. I was disappointed because I've enjoyed her other Goldy books.
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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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