Unfortunately, I did not like Crunch Time. Ernest, a private investigator, is killed, and his live-in cook Yolanda and her great-aunt Ferdinanda are friends of Goldy, so they come to live with her while looking for a new place. Yolanda is a suspect and Goldy, being Goldy, decides to help her out by finding the real killer. Classic Goldy Schulz plot. Here are the problems. Yolanda and Ferdinanda are just plain annoying.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz cooks up big trouble as she tries to help her longtime friend and fellow chef Yolanda Garcia.
When the rental house shared by Yolanda and her irrepressible aunt Ferdinanda is destroyed by arson, the pair move in with cop-turned-PI Ernest McLeod. But then Ernest is shot dead and his house is set on fire, nearly killing Goldy, Yolanda, Ferdinand Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz cooks up big trouble as she tries to help her longtime friend and fellow chef Yolanda Garcia.
But then Ernest is shot dead and his house is set on fire, nearly killing Goldy, Yolanda, Ferdinanda, and nine beagle puppies that Ernest had recently rescued from a puppy mill.
Then a second body is found. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery Goldy Shultz.
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See 2 questions about Crunch Time…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 07, James rated it liked it Shelves: 2-fic-cozy-mystery , 3-multi-book-series , 1-fiction. Diane Mott Davidson 's "Goldy Bear Culinary" mystery series is one of my early favorites, and I'm sad that the author isn't writing anymore.
There were about 20 books in total, but this review is for 16, Crunch Time. This was the second or third cozy mystery series I took on, and only the second where I've been able to finish reading all books. LJB's "Cat Who" series is the other one. In this book, the crime action comes right to Goldy's home, which makes for even more fun. Friends are staying Diane Mott Davidson 's "Goldy Bear Culinary" mystery series is one of my early favorites, and I'm sad that the author isn't writing anymore.
Friends are staying with Goldy after their house burns down, and Goldy knows they are keeping secrets. She pushes her way in and tries to figure out how to help them, keep her business running and ensure her own home and family aren't impacted.
But of course, Goldy falls prey to the culprit at one point, too. I enjoy this series because she is such a real character. And the supporting cast feel like people you'd love to be around. Humor, sarcasm, love Goldy's husband and son are very real people.
As far as books in the series, this one falls somewhere in the middle. Not the best, not the worst. The recipes seem fairly easy to follow, if you like that sort of thing. Some folks thought this was a bit long.
I can see why, but it's still a fast read. It's a fun series to read, but you probably only need to read a few throughout to get the gist Then by all means About Me For those new to me or my reviews I write A LOT. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note : All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them.
Many thanks to their original creators. View all 4 comments. Mar 19, Benjamin Thomas rated it did not like it Shelves: mystery-amateur-sleuth. I'll start by saying I have read every one of the series to this point and have enjoyed most of them very much. Mostly that's because I have grown to really know the main characters and I like to see them grow and change. But starting with book 13, Dark Tort, they seem to have lost something.
I had hopes after 15, Fatally Flaky, once again returned to form with a decent mystery plot but now with this 16th entry in the series, I am afraid for the future of the entire series.
So what's wrong wit I'll start by saying I have read every one of the series to this point and have enjoyed most of them very much.
So what's wrong with this one? Where should I start? There is just way too much going on here. Too many characters, too many subplots, too many attempts to throw the reader off course. I suppose with a cozy mystery, the reader expects to suspend their disbelief somewhat and just go with it. But Goldy just ignores any and all precautions as she goes about gathering clues to solve the murders.
That happens in most of the books due to her personality but here she really defies logic in gathering evidence. What was once an endearing quality of Goldy's personality which is what really drives these books has now become simply annoying and making me, as a reader, have less and less sympathy for her. The plot is so convoluted it seems Ms Davidson was making it up as she went along.
There are so many subplots here, with minor characters making one or two sentence appearances, that it is hard to follow. The long-term characters, those that have appeared throughout the series, make zero strides forward.
Goldy's son, Arch, for example, is 16 years old now but she still treats him like he was 11, actually dismissing him from the room when the word "sex" is uttered out loud. The mystery itself is weak, the surrounding plot was weak, and I was looking forward to the last page so I could get on to another book. That just ain't a good sign. If it wasn't for the setting Colorado , and hopes for further growth in characterization, I would give up on this series.
I still may because there are just so many good books out there to spend my time with. Ms Davidson is a talented writer as evidenced by her past work. Perhaps it's time to move on to a new series. View all 5 comments. Mar 16, Dianne rated it it was ok. With the death of a friend and cop turned PI, and the torching of his home where Yolanda and Ferdinanda, ex-patriot Cubans have been finding refuge, here starts the downward spiral of this book.
As Goldy tries to help a fellow chef and old friend and her wheelchair bound aunt, Goldy of course not thinking or caring about her husband and son, takes these two annoying women into her home and opens herself and her family up to all sorts of danger. Unfortunately, long time readers know that this is With the death of a friend and cop turned PI, and the torching of his home where Yolanda and Ferdinanda, ex-patriot Cubans have been finding refuge, here starts the downward spiral of this book.
Unfortunately, long time readers know that this is typical Goldy behavior. However, this time it just seems to be the icing on the cake. The synopsis that the Publisher has included that says this book has laughs. Well not so much.
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This time, though, the tale is overlong, Yet another murderer in Aspen Meadow, Colo. Goodhearted Goldy is happy to hire her old friend Yolanda Garcia, a top-notch chef fallen on hard times. So she and her abrasive aunt Ferdinanda move in with private eye Ernest McLeod and nine beagle puppies apparently rescued from a puppy mill. Goldy takes them all into her home when Ernie is murdered but ignores hints from Tom that Yolanda may be hiding some sort of relationship with the mysterious Humberto Captain, who shares her Cuban heritage. Instead, Goldy concentrates on the cases Ernie was investigating in order to get a handle on who could be a threat to Yolanda. Puppy mills, adultery and a fortune in gems stolen from a Cuban family are all on the list.
Goldy Schulz, the cannonball Colorado caterer, returns for an eventful performance, as she barrels through the 16th—we could almost call it edible—adventure in this witty series by Diane Mott Davidson. Everyone loves Ernest, but he may have stuck a finger in one too many pies. To complicate matters, the arson thing has happened to Yolanda and her aunt before, and recently, too—their previous residence was also burned to the ground. The pair have come to stay with Goldy and Tom and their teenage son, Arch, as complications escalate. Thus begins another flavor-filled episode in the Goldy Schulz mystery series, and although Crunch Time is overlong at more than pages, it is full of satisfying real-life dialogue along with an alarming array of suspects. Goldy manages to skirt, if not break, the law several times in pursuit of some answers for her friends. Hint for readers: look for the romantic twist that Tom adds late in the book when he asks his wife a mind-boggling question.