In Davidson’s enjoyable if overplotted 16th culinary novel of suspense (after Crunch Time. Diane Mott Davidson, Morrow, $ (p) ISBN. Crunch Time Cookies: Diane Mott Davidson. Maybe this belongs on my DyingforChocolate blog, but I couldn’t help but post it here. My worlds. No one cooks up a tastier stew of murder, mystery, and mayhem than New York Times bestselling author Diana Mott Davidson. Entertainment Weekly calls her.

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There’s just no attempt to have any respect for the law anymore. The problem with this book for me is that Goldy doesn’t really get cooking until nearly halfway through the book. So what’s wrong with this one? I personally love how we don’t need vulgar davidskn, or any raunchy scenes, just a lot of fun, a few nail biting moments and a few laughs!

One final note – usually the recipes are included within the story. The only things that change are the suspects and situations. Okay, so I probably would change the whole “smuggling hemp seeds in the dogs” to ti,e more believably lucrative smuggling cocaine in the dogs, etcbut if I davudson read these books for realism. But starting with book 13, Dark Tort, they seem to have lost something. For better or worse.


I don’t read these books for realism. I won a copy of this book as a goodreads. Some people may be offended by the way she behaves. Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz cooks up big trouble as she tries to help her longtime friend and fellow chef Yolanda Garcia.


Diane Mott Davidson – Crunch Time

Unfortunately, long time readers know that this is typical Goldy behavior. His convenient absence seems to serve merely as a way to get Yolanda in the book. They have nice marital sex and after a good night she actually admits she feels sore.

The story centers around Yolanda who is not likable. I can see why, but it’s still a fast read. As a mystery, it doesn’t work.

Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson – Review | BookPage | BookPage

I think it’s the voice that Diane Mott Davidson is able to create — both homey and on point with the tiny details of how real people live, moty makes me pick up another installment every so often.

Jul 07, exncgal marked it as gave-up. Can’t wait for the next!! Natty and I are going to make the Crunch Time Cookies this week. Nov 04, M. I had hopes after 15, Fatally Flaky, once again returned to mtot with a decent mystery plot but now with this 16th entry in the series, I am afraid for the future of the entire series. For example, what are the chances that a woman and her husband who cavidson a cop who investigates homicides would actually let Yolanda live with them while she’s under investigation?

She claims he’s stalking her although she refuses to give Goldy or Tom anything with which to work.

This was the most chaotic and unbelievable book in this series to date. Also, I do love the cooking talk. View all 3 comments. There are puppy mills, stalking, stolen jewelry, an affair, a murder, unexpected wealth a I love Goldy Schulz and her supporting cast of husband Tom, son Archie, and best friend Marla.


First, the book is daine too long. She always starts out with a bang. I always expect an entertaining, cozy mystery when I pick up a book by Diane Mott Davidson.

Dianw long-term characters, those that have appeared throughout the series, make diame strides forward. A bit disappointed that the recipes were not as central to the story Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Her Aunt Ferninanda is equally unpleasant. Tempting Read Always a great romp with Goldy! Because, despite it all, I like the characters and setting. This story just has a rather tired feel to it.

Why wouldn’t it be the safest place to stash stolen goods? Sep 03, Erin rated it did not like it. Jul 31, Nancy rated it really liked it. This time, Yolanda and her great aunt are displaced wh Whew!

That just ain’t a good sign. In this book, the crime action comes right to Goldy’s home, which makes for even more fun. Although a favorite series of mine, this book really struggled.

Goldy caters an event and the recipe is on the next page.