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Caterer and amateur detective Goldy Schulz is at it again in this tasty treat of a novel. Although catering two events more different than a hockey party (complete with the guests chasing pucks on blades) and a decorous breakfast for a doll collectors' convention would be hard to imagine, Goldy manages each with aplomb, Goalies Grilled Tuna and Babsie's Tarts included. While this would be plenty for anyone's plate, Goldy is also trying to decide whether she wants her abusive ex-husband arrested for his current girlfriend's murder. Certainly Goldy is perfectly willing to believe that the Jerk (as Davidson's fans know she has dubbed her former spouse, John Richard Korman) could have done the loathsome deed in one of his violent moments, but she is torn by the desire both to see him brought to justice and for their son not to have a convicted killer for a father. So, between letting the pizza dough rise and baking treasures such as Chocolate Comfort Cookies, Goldy sets out to make sure the police have indeed got the right man.

Davidson's fans will recognize the pattern while new readers will relish her witty, recipe-filled, searing plot. Old friends (all of whom suitably appreciate good food) make their reappearance, including Korman's other ex, Marla, and Goldy's shrimp-peeling husband Tom. While apprentice Julian Teller has left for his restaurant management degree at Cornell, his place in the plot is filled with the more lethargic--if equally good-natured--Maguire Perkins. New characters revolve around the murder itself: Korman's predictably shapely assistant Ree Ann and the very serious doll collectors play a role, as do the administrators of the health maintenance organization Korman has joined. A pleasure to read, even if Goldy's imaginative concoctions make you hungry long before mealtime. --K.A. Crouch

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Davidson, known for her skillful writing and the mouth-watering recipes concocted by her series sleuth, Goldy Schulzas, serves up a tale of murder and love gone rotten.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (August 3, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553574663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553574661
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

Customer Reviews

It seemed that Goldy's personality was a little abrasive in this story.
Joan Khera
I just got back from vacation, and one of the highlights was being able to read five or so of the books in this series, including this one.
LovetoCook
I love that she includes the recipes for all the dishes Goldy whips up for her various parties.
Nina

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 13, 2001
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The food is the best part of this entertaining mystery. The dishes all sound irresistible, and food as therapy is well displayed both through cooking and eating. If that were all there was to the book, it would be a five star effort.
The story involves Goldy Schulz in some sleuthing when her ex-husband is charged with killing his latest girl friend. On the surface, it looks like he went overboard with his favorite activity of beating up women. Their son, Arch, is horrified and wants to protect and help his Dad. Reluctantly, Goldy tries to do the right thing, even though she cannot stand the vicious creep (referred to as The Jerk in the book).
Unfortunately, Ms. Davidson chooses to turn Goldy into a punching bag for physical and mental abuse throughout the often-distressing plot. Her ex-husband hurts her, suspects hurt her, and her son treats her like something he stepped in. Now really, enough is enough. We all know that much such abuse occurs every day. I did not see that it advanced the plot or my understanding of it to have the heroine being constantly assaulted. On the other hand, Ms. Davidson's development of the theme is well done. She nicely captures the lassitude and passive cooperation of the victim mentality, and the utter insensitivity of the abusers.
The mystery itself involves a sort of HMO gothic, filled with evil careerists who stop at nothing to advance their own ends. Where are the silver stakes when we need them?
I thought that the legal aspects of the plot were badly flawed. Goldy is married to a police officer, and she repeatedly acts in ways that compromise the legal case against various suspects. Ms. Davidson needs someone who knows criminal procedure to look these stories over for her.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 2001
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I enjoy all of Diane Mott Davidson's books, but I found this one flawed by the totally unrealistic portrayal of Arch. How many sons would be furious with their mother because their father had abused and possibly killed another woman? And where is Goldy's backbone? She allows Arch to move out of the house to a friend's because he is angry with her. She allows him to berate her for things that are not her fault. She asks permission to speak to him! This is not a healthy mother-son relationship. The same with Maguire. Goldy is supposed to see to it that he eats, since he has lost so much weight from mononucleosis, but whenever Maguire says he doesn't feel like eating, she lets him not eat. As far as I can tell, she does nothing except put food in front of him that he doesn't like, after which he goes to bed. Goldy needs to develop the kind of backbone in dealing with teen-agers that she shows in defying the law on behalf of her friends.
Nevertheless I think readers of these mysteries will enjoy The Grilling Season. Just grit your teeth when Arch appears.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MLPlayfair on May 3, 2001
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This is one of the popular "female mystery solver" series you don't have to follow in sequence. But it doesn't hurt if you do. I think this is her best so far. The characters have by now become really well developed. A couple of her previous books have had moments in which the characters' actions or words didn't quite ring true, but I didn't have that sense in this one. Well paced, very well thought out, satisfying conclusion. It was a little too long for my taste at 400 pages, but amazingly well worth the time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tonya Speelman VINE VOICE on August 28, 2005
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This is my first book by this author, but won't be my last. My stomach rumbled the whole time. The recipes sound yummy and the book was hard to put down. I read it in 24 hours. It was a light read but enjoyable and entertaining.

The plot is see-through. I think we can all see that the Jerk is a JERK indeed, but everyone knows somehow he didn't do it, deep down I think. All the fingers point to some of the other characters we meet along the way. I really felt I was at the health food store, and I loved the details. Colorado being my home state, I really loved all the descriptions.

I read the little blurb of Prime Cut, and already got it from the library! These recipes will be added to my collection!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol Spera on May 17, 2005
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This is the first book of Diane Mott Davidson that I have read.

Terrific story, fast moving, interesting characters, and last but not least a good plot. The recipes are an added bonus, I tried her Chicken a la Orange last night and both my husband and I loved it! I'm looking forward to other books in her collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "robinrbr" on May 5, 2000
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This was the second of Davidson's books that I have read. I really enjoyed it and I love the recipes in the book. This is just something that I have never seen before and it is fun to hear how she makes the items and then to see the actual recipe. A neat idea!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on April 18, 2005
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Caterer Goldy Schultz is understandably leery of her abusive ex-husband John Richard whom she calls "The Jerk". When a woman named Patricia McCracken wants to sue John Richard for medical malpractice Goldy has mixed feelings because she knows that any blow to her ex-husband's income will eventually effect her child support. Things become even more complicated when John Richard's girlfriend is found dead, and the police have him pegged as the #1 Suspect. Although Goldy feels that John Richard is capable of such a deed, she also realizes that for her son's sake she must try to clear him of the murder. Diane Mott Davidson serves up the usual intriguing mystery, along with some delectable recipes in this, the 7th. book of the series.
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