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Crunch Time (Goldy Schulz) Mass Market Paperback – January 31, 2012
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“Fans who relished Davidson’s previous culinary mysteries will assuredly eat up this newest one, too.” (Booklist on Crunch Time)
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“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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read many of Diane's books. Always a page turner meaning a late night for me. Hubby lucky he gets to eat when I'm reading a book by Diane. Fun read.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
I stopped reading the Goldy Schultz mysteries several years ago, not because I didn't enjoy them, I just found new authors. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Gregory B. Davis
way too much repetition of previous happenings making the book too long. I have read all of her books to date and I usually love the crazy stories and situations. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Diane Szynaka