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Book 16 of 17 in the Goldy Schulz Series

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Editorial Reviews


“Terrific.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch on Crunch Time)

“Fans who relished Davidson’s previous culinary mysteries will assuredly eat up this newest one, too.” (Booklist on Crunch Time)

“Enjoyable.” (Publishers Weekly on Crunch Time)

“Davidson’s fans will not be disappointed.” (Kirkus Reviews on Crunch Time)

From the Back Cover

When the rental house shared by chef Yolanda Garcia and her irrepressible aunt Ferdinanda is destroyed by arson, the pair moves in with cop-turned-PI Ernest McLeod. But then Ernest is shot dead and his house is set on fire, nearly killing Yolanda, Ferdinanda, and their good friend, Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz, along with nine beagle puppies that Ernest had recently rescued from a puppy mill.

Concerned for her friends, Goldy invites them to stay with her. But even her house isn’t safe. After a failed break-in and the discovery of a second body, the intrepid Goldy decides to swap her chef’s hat for a sleuthing cap. Now she’s got to move fast because it’s crunch time and a killer is getting dangerously close.

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Product Details

  • Series: Goldy Schulz
  • Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061348163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061348167
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (536 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Diane Mott Davidson is the author of more than ten bestselling mysteries. She lives with her family in Colorado.

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152 of 165 people found the following review helpful By Rushmore VINE VOICE on March 6, 2011
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I adore this series. There is no delicious pleasure quite like hunkering down with a new Goldy Schulz book. Over the years I have grown extraordinarily fond of Goldy, her husband Tom, son Arch, and best friend Marla. I even love her pets. The setting of Aspen Meadow is very true to Colorado, a state that is dear to my heart. And if course, someone is always cooking something that sounds super yummy.

Having said that, Crunch Time is not the strongest installment in the series. It seems unusually chaotic. Every single social event that Goldy attends, as a caterer or as a guest, is a disaster. It's hard to imagine why anyone would want her at their party. The book seems to me, surprisingly, to go on a bit too long. There are so many suspects, I just wondered why any sane person would live in such a community. Finally, there is a plot twist that I will not reveal, that just feels a bit desperate. I don't believe it would happen, and certainly not the way it rolls out.

I have built up a large store of goodwill for Goldy Schulz and her entourage. I did enjoy this book but wish Diane Mott Davidson had not felt it necessary to throw in everything including the kitchen sink. This is not a series that needs to be read consecutively, you could enjoy any single book on its own merits, but I wouldn't start with this one.
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137 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Happy reader Helen on August 4, 2011
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I like mysteries. I have liked this series. I didn't like this book.

My daughter got me reading these books a long time ago. She bought me some as gifts or sometimes loans me her copy after she is finished. I really like reading these and thought they were fun until now.

Goldy acted like she didn't have any brains and Tom let her get away with it. There were too many story lines and I couldn't keep track of who was who or what was what and didn't really care by the end.

When my daughter loaned me her copy, I asked what she thought and she wouldn't say much. She wanted me to make my own decision. After reading it, I think it may be time for Goldy to hang up her apron.

Interesting: I think it's funny that many of the 5 star reviews showed up here after the author posted on Facebook, asking readers to come to Amazon and give this book 5 star reviews. About 30 of the 5-star reviews (out of the 70 currently posted) were written within 24 hours of the author's request. I don't think that is right.
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226 of 264 people found the following review helpful By Holly TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 11, 2011
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I am a long-time fan of this series having read every single one. I have largely enjoyed the series and looked forward to the next installment to find out what mess Goldy Schultz would get herself into next. An interesting cast of characters, the scenic setting of Colorado, and a caterer that found herself mixed up in murder investigations has provided me with many hours of entertainment. A couple of books back, I was very disappointed in the novel and gave "Sweet Revenge" a 2-star rating. The more recent "Fatally Flaky" got a 4-star from me and a sigh of relief that things were again on the upswing. When I knew "Crunch Time" was being published, I was excited and ready for a fun, light read.

With that background in mind, I must be brutally honest and say this has to be one of the worst books I have ever read (and I read a lot). From the beginning, things start off rocky and it just gets worse as the pages go on. Cozy mysteries always require that the reader suspend belief and turn a blind eye to some things that just don't make sense but this story was just a mess. There is so much wrong with this book that I can't even begin to describe it. It feels like an author with ADHD is writing about a main character with ADHD --- absolutely manic action all the time. A cast of thousands is present that make appearances for a sentence or two, disappear for awhile and then reappear for a sentence or two. The mystery is weak, the characters are weak, and Goldy runs around interrogating everyone she meets by ranting a list of questions at them that make no sense. When I got to approximately page 325 and characters start cussing and prostitution become part of the story line, I really got frustrated.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Trying to Survive NJ on August 23, 2011
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I started reading these books as my summer reading. As the summer is ending, I've made it through the series. While the earlier books are ok, individually, I find that as a series, they are odd. In one book the heroine inherits a puppy from a dead friend. The puppy disappeared in the next book. However, in the following book, there is a reference that a neighbor, took the puppy, and there is the implication that the neighbor doesn't have the financial resources to care for the animal in the repeated comments about the low paying receptionist. One book refers to a relationship between two characters as that of cousin, yet by the next book, they are sisters. One character is referred to with a nickname, then as Mrs. Harrington in a following book, and the writing doesn't acknowledge the relationship/interaction of characters in the previous book? When there is a change from Weezie to Mrs. Harrington.... There are numerous other oddities, that also leads one to wonder about the editing staff. NO ONE is catching these errors?

The plots are also becoming generic formula fiction.., murder, argue with husband, go off on tangent, solve murder, husband forgives. Honestly, a trip to any attorney will dispel the belief that murder is the only crime.

Why are her tires always bald? Even with a NEW van? Isn't someone able to purchase an event center, and in possession of a new van, able to purchase tires? The navigating the roads with inferior equipment is getting old.

I've also noticed the language has changed, both in reading level and use of profanity. The earlier books make reference to the church, and I enjoyed the comments about church history and church life, familiar to someone in any organized religion.
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