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Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson
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Sep 07, 2011

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Read from October 04 to 10, 2011

This was my second Goldy mystery and once again I liked it more than I expected to. They have a really comforting, weirdly feminist feel to them. These are not really English country-house murders, they follow a trajectory that is more hard-boiled American style. Goldy, the gumshoe sleuth, keeps getting problem after problem heaped onto her, has a mixed-bag love/hate relationship with the police, and uses a lot of ill-advised, blustery investigation techniques that are neither safe nor fully legal. Somehow I still enjoy seeing things through her jaded, worried, food-obsessed lenses. Her description of women in her aerobics class as different types of pasta has the flavor of a Cathy cartoon, but fits in with the richly descriptive passages about life in Colorado and the joys of her kitchen. I love how fearless Diane Mott Davidson is with tackling subjects that often fail to make it into escapist genre fiction: domestic abuse, alcohol addiction, rape, the trials of mothering a nerdy kid, struggles with weight control, bitchiness and general blasé fears about making ends meet, paying bills, cleaning the house. She writes beautifully about the mundane, and that I think is what elevates her stories from amateur to addictive. They are a story of personal growth on a human scale. Of large failures and small successes. They are fun to read. Try one!

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