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Dark Tort: A Novel of Suspense (Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries) Paperback – Large Print, April 11, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Rosenblat is a performer of many tempos. When caterer Goldy Schulz trips over a corpse and searches for help, Rosenblat speaks at a heart-pounding pace to draw the listener right into the narrative. After the body is taken care of and the flying flour has settled, Rosenblat slows to chart Goldy's methodical search for the killer. But Rosenblat saves smoother tones for the cooking scenes between Goldy and her police detective husband, Tom. Eating is more enjoyable for Goldy than cooking, so Rosenblat lays on her silkiest tones for the dinner scenes between the couple and their son. It's probably best not to listen to this audio on an empty stomach. Rosenblat has her hands full as she deftly and singlehandedly performs a soap-opera sized cast with aplomb. There are recipes at the end of the last CD, and there are lots of good food preparation tips along the way, so listeners will want to take notes.
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Caterer Goldy Schulz firmly believes that food is sustenance for the soul as well as the body. She has proved her theory in 12 previous mysteries, but she puts it to the test again in this delectable read. Arriving at a local law firm to ready breakfast for clients of one of the attorneys, she trips over the body of 20-year-old Dusty Routt, a young employee who lives down the street from Goldy. When Dusty's distraught mother, who has no faith in cops, begs Goldy to find out who killed her daughter, Goldy's curiosity kicks in, and she cobbles together a list of clues that lead back to the law firm and to paintings of food by artist Charlie Baker that decorate the firm's walls. The identity of the killer is a nice surprise, but a lot of the fun comes from the food. As usual, Davidson does more than just describe Goldy's yummy dishes; she gives us recipes (the "Strong-Arm Cookies" are exceptionally good). In the subgenre of foodie mysteries, Davidson remains the master chef. Stephanie Zvirin
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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The drawback of this, and any CD rendering (as compared to the archaic cassettes) is that, if one needs to turn one's attention elsewhere whilst driving and misses part, one has to go ALL THE WAY BACK to the beginning of that track, instead of being allowed to just flip the rewind switch to go back a few paragraphs or pages. :-( TundraVision, Amazon reviewer
*Is it just me, or does she, at times, sound like she could be Brenda Vaccaro's twin sister?
Goldy Schultz is the unwilling hero of the stories in this series, bumbling along into situation after situation, uncovering clues and unable to just leave them alone or merely pass them along to her Sheriff husband.
Davidson has blended a super story with edge-of-your-seat suspense with humor with superb writing transparency.
I'll be reading more of these.
Not only was this a great read, it taught me about the other kind of "torts." I used to be a legal secretary.
The paperback places all of the recipes at the end of the book, instead of sprinkled through the text (which is a more interesting and fun arrangement). The recipes are the only thing that I can recommend--without having kitchen-tested any. However, I doubt that I will be purchasing another Davidson Culinary Mystery after having spent $7.99 for this turkey of a mystery novel.
The recipes in her books are good as well and this book is no exception. The ongoing characters hold ones attention more each time I read one of Ms. Davidson's books.