Chopping Spree (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #11)

Diane Mott Davidson

Bantam, 2002

Agent: Sandra Dijkstra

For Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz, business isnt just booming--its skyrocketing. But as her friend Marla is constantly warning her, Success can kill you. Goldy knows she needs to slow down before she breaks down, and she vows shell do it--right after her next booking: a cocktail party for the Westside Malls Elite Shoppers Club.

Its the event of the shopping season: the Princess Without a Pricetag party for the wealthy shopaholics who drop at least a thousand dollars a week at the mall. Goldy has been hired by charming mall manager Barry Dean to cater the jewel-encrusted affair. But she has hardly begun setting up when she finds herself in the path of a truck that has no intention of stopping until both she and Barry are crushed beneath it. Muddied, bruised, embarrassed, but determined to do her job, Goldy manages to get the party started on time with the help of her trusted assistants Julian Teller and Liz Fury.

But with the outbreak of an ugly marital spat among the guests, the behavior of Barrys flighty young girlfriend, and Barrys own strange actions after the truck incident, the event is--by Goldys standards--a catastrophe. And its about to get worse. When she goes to pick up her check, she finds an old friend lying dead in a pile of sale shoes--stabbed with one of Goldys new knives. Hours later, Julian is the prime suspect in the murder.To prove Julians innocence, Goldy must catch the real killer. But to do that, she will have to figure out why the victim was carrying a powerful narcotic. And why was a private investigator called in shortly before the murder? Was the killer connected to a mall renovation project--or the eviction of a disgruntled tenant? Or was the villain the odd lover out in a violent love triangle?

Between whipping up Sweethearts Swedish Meatballs, Quiche Me Quick, and Diamond Lovers Hot Crab Dip, and digging up clues, Goldy knows this is going to be one tough case to crack. And her gourmet sleuths instinct tells her that the final course will be a real killer.


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"Davidson's cozies offer, like Goldy's trademark espresso, a double shot of guilty pleasure: the first, of course, is the mouthwatering recipes. The second is the frisson of feeling superior to our heroine, who is always doing things she shouldn't." —Booklist