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Dark Tort (Goldy Culinary Mysteries, Book 13) Mass Market Paperback – June 26, 2007
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I have really enjoyed this series, and the recipes that go along with it. I love the interactions between Goldy and her husband, Tom, and the relationship with Marla. Arch's learning to drive was also a source of amusement in this book, as well. I do, however, feel sorry for Goldie with all of the tragedy in her life (she is always finding someone close to her that has died). She drinks coffee and espresso like crazy, and I cringe every time she reaches for another cup. However, the mysteries are great, and have a lot of twists to them. There were some elements to the story that were left open (hopefully for the next book in the series), and I loved the chance to "visit" these great characters once again.
The first book in the series is called "Catering to Nobody". Enjoy!
That said, Dark Tort disappoints the faithful readers with *severe* continuity problems (which have popped up in other recent books). In Dark Tort, we are reintroduced to the Routts, Goldy's neighbors from Killer Pancake. Unfortunately, the "back story" for the Routts has changed dramatically. Any reader who recalls Killer Pancake will immediately notice the differences. While not necessarily integral to the conclusion of the mystery, it does affect Goldy's investigation and it *completely* affected my enjoyment of the story.
In addition to the problem with the Routts, there are other characters who would normally have made an appearance before (particularly an elderly parishioner). By bringing them in now, there is a level of frustration.
I have often overlooked the factual inaccuracies (usual as it relates to civil law) of the Goldy Bear series because I genuinely enjoy the characters and the stories. This time, the continuity problems and other factual issues hampered my enjoyment of the book. (Not to mention the continued decision to put the recipes at the back of the book, leaving no connection between the recipe and the story.)
So, devoted readers of the series: beware. But if you are new to the series, enjoy the Goldy mystery. In all likelihood, you will find it a quick, light, and entertaining read.
In Dark Tort, Goldy does virtually no cooking. In fact, she appears to be moving away from catering and into sleuthing. What makes Goldy Bear's adventures so wonderful is Goldy and her catering business. Davidson's talent is her ability to describe scenes and characters for all of your senses. Her descriptions of Goldy's cooking, personal relationships, family life and interactions are really what attracts me to these books. Dark Tort leaves all of those aspects out.
Diane - if you read these, please go back to your roots!
Goldy's best friend Marla, who couldn't boil water (even at high altitude), is another endearing character who appears in Diane's books, as is her teenage son, Arch.
To the mix, Diane adds the results of her excellent research skills. To top off her creation, she gives us recipes for some marvelous munchies, created by Goldy as well as some members of her family, so that we may eat while we eagerly await her next book.
Having devoured Dark Tort, I plan to prepare and devour her asparagus quiche this weekend.
I am afraid I have never purchased a Goldy book from Amazon. I attend Diane's book signings at local bookstores. I have met Diane and find her delightful.
Dark Tort deals with the antics of the members of a medium size law firm. The issue that leads to the murders is a complicated probate matter. I am a lawyer and I have done probate work. Diane has figured out its complexities.
I've met lawyers who are mirror images of Diane's characters. As a result, although I've enjoyed all the Goldy books, I found Dark Tort especially amusing.
In addition to my addiction to mysteries, I enjoy cooking. I am looking forward to preparing and eating that quiche, as well as to the next Goldy book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the 13th book of the Goldie Schulz series. A must for all mystery lovers. Easy to get into the book.Published 20 days ago by Trisha
How can the writer of a mystery series featuring a caterer make such a basic mistake as to think a "journey cake" or "johnnycake" is a cake suitable for a birthday... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Adventure shoes
When reaching for a light mystery with several twists and turns Diane Mott Davidson is one of my favorite authors. Dark Torte fills the bill again. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Barbara
As usual Davidson sets the mystery just right. Enjoyable from beginning to end.Published 6 months ago by peaches & cream
I enjoyed this book a lot, I like her books wish she was writing more books.Published 6 months ago by Diann Reid