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Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson
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May 18, 2012

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Read from May 18 to 29, 2012

The plot was good enough in the first of the catering mysteries, but the characters drove me to drink (rather like Vonette). Goldy, the main character, was a walking contradiction. She seems driven, inquisitive and confident, yet she's clueless and clearly makes very poor and questionable choices. She says she adores her son Archibald (really? ARCHIBALD?) yet when he comes home from school bullied and beat up, she does nothing about it. He won't talk about his teacher's death, keeps to himself, acts really strangely, and collects dangerous objects, and she again does nothing. Great parenting, goldy. She married a man named John Richard. Any man that insists on going by two names is obviously a narcissistic D-bag. Why would she ever marry someone like that? The she literally caters to his needs (no pun intended), apologizes to him when he calls her a bitch, and tries to avoid him. When her ex-father in law asks her to board one of his patients, she agrees. Really? Not to mention Patty-sue is as dumb as a bag of bricks, and Fritz is most obviously the most vile man in existence and Goldy is oblivious to both. The mystery aspect of the book was good, but I'm not sure I can read the next installment because the characters drive me crazy.

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