Thursday, April 22, 2010
Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson is the 15th book in the Goldy Schulz mystery series.
It's wedding season and Goldy has two weddings to cater. The first is over in a matter of pages so the real story is the second. However, the first is needed to set up what a complete Bridezilla Billie (the bride in the second wedding) is and to have a venue for the first murder.
The first murderee is old Doc Finn - best friend of Goldy's never before mentioned but apparently very beloved godfather who recently moved from NJ to Colorado - directly across the street from Goldy. I know that when you get to book 15 in a series you have to come up with characters that will provoke emotional ties but to somehow have a character that is supposed to be a major part of one's life and is never mentioned before and just brought on to be killed off - it just seems like reaching.
That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I've read lots of reviews about this book and find that yes in every book Goldy withholds evidence, lies to her homicide cop husband Tom and gets hit on the head and knocked unconscious but that's part of the "signature" of Ms. Davidson's storytelling. I don't find that a drawback. It's more of "yes, that's the Goldy I've come to know and love over the years". If she didn't have those things from book to book it would be almost like having a different lead character each time.
So put your feet up, cover up with a quilt and join Goldy, her homicide cop husband Tom, her best friend Marla, assistant Julian, son Arch and the rest of the gang as they cook their way to finding a killer.
Oh and don't forget to look at the back of the book for the recipes. There are some good ones there.