Tough Cookie By Diane Mott Davidson

Fans of Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy Schulz the gourmet gumshoe of Aspen Meadow Colorado love her modus operandi Treat every puzzle with uestions and chocolate In Tough Cookie Davidson's ninth culinary mystery Goldy is waiting to reopen her catering business which has been shut down by the health department for lack of adeuate drains She's got a PBS cooking gig for a few weeks and is trying to build a reputation as a personal chef but she's desperate for a little extra Christmas cash so she agrees to sell a pair of vintage skis to Doug Portman a local art critic and former sort of romantic interest When Portman's killed in a skiing accident at Killdeer Resort with Goldy nearby the police treat her with suspicion It turns out that Portman was the easily persuaded head of the Parole Board and Goldy's ex husband aka The Jerk who was imprisoned for domestic violence is coming up for parole But when Goldy herself narrowly escapes a chilly death after her van is forced off a snowy highway she starts looking for connections and steps into a minefield of unsolved murders including the three year old avalanche death of her friend Nate Bullock There're a multitude of suspicious characters lurking around Killdeer Barton Reed a crazy ex con who sent Portman a letter loaded with poison; Arthur Wakefield whose wealthy mother was also killed in a skiing accident at Killdeer; Jack Gilkey a handsome young chef who was convicted of manslaughter in the death of Wakefield's mother and released by Portman; Boots Faraday a local artist; and even Rorry Bullock Nate's angry widow As usual Goldy manages to solve the murders with the help of Chocolate Coma Cookies save her own skin just skewer a few local snobs in passing and revive her catering business Lots of fun and recipes too Barrie Trinkle Tough Cookie

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This is a decent whodunit but seemed busy and the skiing lingo made it a difficult read for me In this series the protagonist is a caterer married to a police officer and solves crimes as she prepares dishes for various events In this novel she is doing a PBS cooking show on a ski mountain and everyone seems to be involved in some way She is exceptionally nosy in this book overtly than in the last Goldy novel I read and though I think that I'd be able to let Angela Lansbury slide on some of this stuff Goldy doesn't doesn't really have the good person capital to pull it off Hardcover Plot was good I felt the book is somewhat 'wordy' Overall an okay cozy mystery Hardcover This was a very well crafted and enjoyable mystery It reminded me a lot of Mary Daheim's mysteries I really enjoyed it and found she was very good with the tension The only drawback is the recipes I always find these mysteries with recipes or hints seem to detract from the story itself Hardcover This one started out very slow for me once I got over the first 100 pages the pace picked up I still had a little trouble as the main mystery was overshadowed but two events that are mentioned throughout the book if we could give half stars I would have given this a 3 12 I have been reading the series on and off for the past year and I do enjoy them and will continue to read every chance I get Hardcover I've just started reading this one again for the 10th time lolI love this series Hardcover

Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to Tough Cookie the 9th cozy mystery in the Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary books written in 2000 by Diane Mott Davidson This was one of the stronger books in the series but it didn't start off that way When I first began reading the book I was put off by the death and initial suspect Goldy sells some skis to another guy as her catering business was temporarily shut down due to some kitchen issues which eventually cause an accident A convoluted connection is made with the death given that person had something to do with someone from Goldy's past and her ex husband blah blah blah I thought it was going to be a weak plot But that's just what initially happened as tons of suspects showed up creating a very complex plot Sometimes you have to forgive the way the death happens and how the main character is connected as in a book series the person can't always be the first to find the victim or it gets too overplayed Once I accepted that piece then I was good with the actual mystery piece About Me For those new to me or my reviews here's the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you'll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Hardcover Still one of my favorite series Hardcover My mom originally read this book and recommended it to me I liked how there were actual recipes throughout the book However the actual mystery was a little crazy for my taste It seemed like so much was happening that I had a hard time keeping everything straight I was thrown for a loop when we found out what actually happened in the end though Overall this was a fun read and one I’m glad my mom recommended Hardcover This series has grown and I like the changes it’s making Not only has Goldie and her family grown and changed she has ‘matured’ too She doesn’t do as many stupid things as she used to I euate it to the girl that goes by herself down in to the dark basement in a horror movie I think Tom has been a good influence on her And yet they are not less interesting and there is not less action For a caterer she gets sucked in to a lot I like that they are light fast reads It bothered me a little that this one and I think the last one were ‘out of town’ But I guess there can only be so many murders in one small town before it get hokey And it’s as good of way as any other to get new blood no pun intended into a series Definitely and addict and will definitely be finishing the series D Hardcover 35 stars Recipes look GREAT and I liked the settingmystery I didn't like the typical go off alone ignoring warning that seems to be a common cozy trope And a couple of times there were a few pages summarizing the suspectsstory I can remember well enough with 300 pages that I just felt annoyed with that But I'll certainly continue with the series Hardcover