39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2004
Finally Goldy is free of the abuse from the Jerk, whose murder opens the Pandora's box of all that he was capable of, and, it's worse than you will ever expect. So Excellent Riddance. On the other hand, it looks like there will be new family and friendship relationships developing in and around the Schulz family and.. who knows what tomorrow might bring. I only hope that Marla's character does not fade from view now that the main reason of her gossipy life has gone.
Very promising and lovely, easy scrumptious recipes at the end don't interrupt the continuity of the story. Diane come back soon!
No other culinary mystery author compares to Mott Davidson. I especially share her passion for espresso in every form, and was NOT disappointed.
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
If you are like me, the main drawback of this wonderful series about Goldy Schultz has been the repeated violence that she has suffered at the hands of her ex-husband, Dr. John Richard Korman. Well, unless he comes back as a ghost, that problem is at an end because JRK (also known as the Jerk by his ex-wives and ex-girl friends -- some 50+ in number) is killed in this outing of the delightful culinary series. That's the good news.
The bad news is that Goldy is physically assaulted and injured in the book's opening in a way that suggests that this annoying part of the series (Goldy as punching bag) will continue in future books. I hope not. I realize that many women are physically abused by friends, lovers and spouses . . . but making that a major theme of a culinary mystery just doesn't make sense to me. I graded the book down one star for this continuing theme of gratuitous violence towards women.
This book has much to recommend it. The clues point in many different directions which makes the mystery hard to solve until just the last few pages. I don't remember a better mystery in the series. The book also has a lot of good police procedural and legal defense procedural parts in it that make it more realistic than many other books in the series.
The development of the relationships among Goldy, Tom and Arch is particularly delightful in the book. There's also the usual fun with Marla as sidekick.
The recipes are particularly appealing with strawberry pie, enchilada pie, almond cookies, chocolate cake, brownie points and two kinds of breads among the delights to drool over . . . and to cook up for yourself. Obviously, Goldy is still immune from the Atkins and the South Beach diets.
So unless you are too busy baking for the upcoming holidays, give yourself a treat and enjoy sipping Double Shot!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Goldy's ex-husband, Dr. John Richard Korman or the Jerk as she and Marla, his other ex-wife, refer to him, has just had his sentence commuted by the governor.
Goldy is attacked and The Roundhouse sabotaged. She wonders if this could be the work of the Jerk. She doesn't let it stop her. With the help of Marla, Goldy's son Arch, Julian and Liz, the lunch following the funeral of Dr. Albert Kerr goes off without a hitch. Well, unless you call the confrontation she has with the Jerk outside after the lunch a hitch. He wants Arch at his place at 4 for their golf tee time. Goldy scrambles and arrives at the Jerk's place with Arch on time. But there's no Jerk. There is a guy asking Goldy for his money. She begins to wonder what the Jerk has gotten himself into this time. Goldy and Arch bang on the door to find the Jerk. He still hasn't come to the door, even after the man asking for money left. So Goldy goes around to his garage. Unfortunately inside she finds the Jerk shot to death.
There are many reasons Goldy is a major suspect. Arch blames her for his death. What more could go wrong.
Goldy, with Marla's help, begins to look into who could have wanted the Jerk dead. Unfortunately he was not a well-liked man. Tom, Goldy's husband, helps her as well as tries to keep her safe throughout the process.
Can Goldy figure out why the Jerk was killed and by whom without causing her son any more grief? Plus can she stay safe and keep Arch safe?
This was a very good book. I always like reading books in this series. The food descriptions really add to the wonderful mystery and investigation in each of her books. This was no exception.
There are some wonderful sounding recipes in the back, as well. Someday I hope to try making one.
Goldy and Marla have a way of getting into trouble, but they always make me laugh. They are great characters and so well developed. The additional characters in this book are just as rich. The Colorado setting adds to the story as well.
I highly recommend this book.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2004
This is a very cleverly written mystery, the 12th in its series, featuring Goldy Schultz, a Colorado caterer and amateur sleuth. Someone is trying to sabotage her catering business. Before an important event, her kitchen is overrun by spoiling food and scurrying mice. Goldy suspects her villainous ex-husband John Korman, who has just been paroled by the governor of Colorado. Before she has a chance to confirm her suspicions, he turns up dead, shot by Goldy's stolen gun. A great read for people who like food and zany characters and superlative writing. Others I would recommend include Joanne Fluke, who writes about Hannah Swensen and includes recipes, and Pamela Troutman, whose detective in Deadly Diamonds guzzles champagne while he solves mysteries.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Caterer Goldy Schulz cannot believe the Governor of Colorado commuted the sentence of her ex-husband wealthy Dr. John Korman, imprisoned for aggravated assault for beating up a girlfriend like he did Goldy on numerous occasions. Still she cannot worry about the "Jerk" as she has an event to cater. However, not long after John is freed, harassment of Goldy begins that turns violent when she is knocked unconscious and the Memorial luncheon for Albert Kerr is ruined by mice and spoiled food. She has no doubt that John is involved with her woes. To make matters worse, the Jerk arrives at the Kerr memorial to yell at Goldy over their teenage son Arch.
Not long afterward, someone kills the Jerk with Goldy's stolen gun near the body. The Aspen police believe Goldy is the prime suspect although other members of the fifty-four conquest club have motives to see him dead including his only other former wife Marla. Even dead the Jerk interferes with Goldy's life so she decides to no longer wait for the detectives to find the killer; accompanied by her peer in the exclusive former wives' club, she and Marla investigate.
The death of long time nemesis the Jerk will be welcomed by readers as he had become an albatross to a fine culinary mystery series; thus his removal works on two levels as Goldy investigates his homicide to clear her name also. The story line is like a DOUBLE SHOT of fresh brewed coffee that fans will appreciate as the heroine and her amusing partner make for a fine feast. Except for the Atkins Diet crowd, readers will enjoy feasting on this solid entry.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2005
I was so fed up with Goldie's spoiled rotten brat of a son (Arch) for whom she was increasingly and slavishly bending over backwards to appease to no avail, that I had sworn off Diane Mott Davidson's Goldie the caterer series. That boy was like fingernails on the blackboard of my reading mind.
Fortunately, I was a huge fan of the TV show Sisters (Hey! Powers That Be! Please release that series on DVD!) and sister Georgie (Patricia Kalember,) is reading this book on CD so I gave Double Shot a shot.
Hallelujah and possibly due to all the negative reader feedback to Ms. Mott, Arch has reformed and actually noticed that he is not, as he previously believed, the center and focal point of the universe. The new improved Arch has empathy and compassion!
Ding Dong, Goldie's abusive ex-husband and Arch's daddy, Dr. John Richard Korman, is dead! And so are other residents and former residents of Aspen Meadow, Colorado (the Cabot Cove of this cozy catering caper series.) This installment is well plotted and paced with all the old gang and a tasty batch of newcomers from whom to select WhoDunnit. Kalember gives a fine reading. The drawback of the CD version is that the recipes for the delectable sounding edibles are not included :-( TundraVision, Amazon reviewer
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2004
Just like another reviewer, I had trouble with the 'Goldy as victim' plot that is the major theme for the beginning of this book. I almost stopped reading the book but decided to finish it. I am very glad that I did. The mystery is well done and not easily solvable. I really liked the layers that are added to each character - particularly Goldy and her past. If you have ever read any of the other books in the series and plan on reading more, this is a must read.
Kudos to the author for daring to change the basic 'script' of the series. I wish some of my other favorite mystery writers would follow her lead.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2004
For more than a decade Diane Mott Davidson has been delighting readers with her Goldy Schultz culinary mystery series. And in this 12th installment in this engaging series, Ms Davidson delivers once again: "Double Shot" is a fast paced and totally absorbing read.
For Goldly Schultz, the past few weeks has been very trying: her abusive ex-husband, who had been imprisoned for assaulting one of his girlfriends, had had his sentence commuted because he had saved a prison guard's life. And now, the Jerk (as he's affectionately known to both his ex-wives, Goldy and her best friend, Karla) is free to make her life hellish all over again. But it never occurred to Goldy, even in her wildest dreams, that she'd find the Jerk dead in his own garage, and that she'd become the prime suspect in his murder. With the police (in spite of the fact that she's married to one of their more respected officers) looking at her in an unfriendly light, Goldy realizes that it's up to her to discover who killed the Jerk and why. Her investigation will take back to the early years of her marriage to the Jerk, and the chilling realization that things were not what they seemed...
Swiftly paced and very intriguing, "Double Shot" was an engrossing read from start to finish. The suspense is built around each new secret that Goldy uncovers about the people she thought she knew, and just how all this could affect her fragile relationship with her son (for reasons I cannot fathom, Goldy's son seems to be very attached to his cad of a father). Well crafted, and with a good storyline and superbly realized characters, "Double Shot" was an enjoyable read from start to finish.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2008
Why do I keep reading this series? The main character, Goldy, is getting increasingly, unbearably annoying. For the first few books I read she was okay, but now she's just so... whiny. And the way she deals with her son... That aside, the mystery portion of the book was decent, if a little over done. I'm not sure I buy a few of the "key elements" of the mystery, but, hey - it's fiction. I'll suspend a little disbelief, I guess. If you are a big fan of this series, I think you'd enjoy it. If not... this is not one of the books in the series that I would highly recommend.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
When caterer Goldy Schulz is attacked and her food deliberately spoiled while catering a funeral lunch, she suspects her attacker was her ex-husband, Dr. John Richard Korman, who was recently released from jail. While Goldy is concerned that someone is trying to sabotage her business, she is also worried about her husband, Tom, who has been depressed ever since he lost a case and a guilty defendant was let free. And then there is health inspector Roger Mannis who is making Goldy's life very difficult by doing his best to find health violations while she is catering. Goldy soon has bigger worries when she discovers the body of someone who was murdered and she becomes the chief suspect when the police think her gun was used in the murder. Goldy realizes she is being framed and tries to figure out who the real murderer is from a long list of suspects. While she is trying to save her business and investigate the murder, Goldy is dealing with problems with her son, Arch. Not only does he blame her for the murder, but it's clear he's keeping secrets from her. Goldy certainly has a lot on her plate.
"Double Shot" is a well done mystery. The murder in the book takes the series in a direction that could have hurt the series but instead makes it stronger. The book has some memorable characters, including Sandee, John Korman's latest girlfriend, and Brewster Motley, the attorney defending Goldy, who looks more like a surfer than an attorney. Author Diane Mott Davidson works the catering aspects seamlessly into the story and I liked the fact that Goldy's cooking isn't always perfect. The fact that she burns some fruit pies makes her more of a real character. The mystery itself is well plotted, with plenty of suspects. The motive for the murder is a sad one and readers may sympathize more with the murderer than the victim. Most of the plot lines are neatly wrapped up at the end and things that I didn't think were related to the plot, like out of control forest fires, actually turn out to be very important rather than mere filler. One of the plot lines is deliberately left vague, which may frustrate some readers, but I liked it. However, there were a couple of things I didn't like about the book. I found it hard to believe that Goldy didn't lose any of her customers while a murder suspect. And at the end of the book, Goldy has a new enemy who no doubt will be featured in future books. It would be nice if Goldy had some personal peace in at least one book, but that's probably not going to happen.
"Double Shot" is a good mystery.