Fatally Flaky: A Novel (Goldy Schulz Culinary Mysteries, No. 15)

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Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz encounters bridezilla—and murder—in another delectable novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Revenge, Dark Tort, and Double Shot

Cynics say getting married is a death wish. . . .

It's been a long, rainy summer for Goldy Schulz, who is engaged in planning wedding receptions for what seems to be all of Aspen Meadow. It's bad enough that Billie Attenborough, the bride from hell, has changed her menu six times and the event date twice. Now she wants to move the location to the Gold Gulch Spa just a scant two days before tying the knot to her doctor fianc.

Then Doc Finn, beloved local physician and the best friend of Goldy's godfather, Jack, is killed when his car tumbles into a ravine. At least that's what appears to have happened. But Jack thinks Doc was murdered because of the research he was doing at the spa—allegations that are confirmed when Jack himself is attacked.

So Goldy dons chef's whites and goes undercover at the spa, where coffee is outlawed in favor of calming smoothies, and the fruit cocktail doesn't include fresh fruit. Add in the obstreperous owner, who years ago tried to sabotage Goldy's fledgling business, and she's got her hands full.

Above all, there seems to be a clever killer on the spa grounds, watching her every move. After what befell Jack, Goldy knows that she might be next. Catering weddings, and cooking low-fat food, could be killing her—literally.

Customer Reviews:

  • Goldy Schulz Catering Mystery
    Goldy Schulz is a caterer who has accepted the catering job from hell for the local bridezilla. During the course of events leading up to the wedding, several people die and Goldy gets involved in trying to determine not only how to cater the bridezilla's wedding but how several people have died.

    There are alot of scenes where Goldy is cooking or her husband is whipping up a recipe. Many of the recipes are in the back of the book.

    This is very light reading and really not that scintillating....more info
  • Just Dissappointed
    I was really anticipating the release of Fatally Flaky, I even pre-ordered it so it would just come in the mail, I have to say it didn't hold a candle to Tough Cookie or Sticks and Scones or any of her previous books. The appeal to me of DMD has always been Goldy in her kitchen, drinking espresso, making something wonderful in other words a real cozy. I found it hard to believe that her godfather who has never been mentioned was so important. It also got a little old hearing Goldy call him Godfather or Goddaughter it seemed very unrealistic. I guess I just wanted this book to be more like my favorites. I'll keep reading but it will be at least another year for a new release. ...more info
  • Only Half Way Through
    This is completely out of character for me - writing a review when I'm only slightly over half way through the book. I'm writing this now because I'm not sure I'm actually going to finish it. This, in and of itself is a strange phenomenon when discussing any of DMD's books. I have been an avid reader of DMD's Goldy-the-Caterer books from day one, but I have to say I feel this one is not her best work.

    Firstly, the writing is tedious and in some passages, amateurishly written. It's almost as if this were the author's first attempt at writing, not the 15th book in a series. Where was the editor, I wonder?

    Secondly, who the heck is this godfather guy? He'd done so much for Goldy in her life and we just hear about him in her life now? Additionally, he's not even a likable character.

    Thirdly, I used to have a catering business and am a professional harpist as well, catering and playing music for many wedding engagements over the years. It was the only way to have made ends meet in those lean times. However, NEVER would I accept an engagement from a family with a bride like Billie Attenborough. The way Goldy lets everyone walk all over her, it's amazing she's still in business. It's doubly amazing that Tom puts up with her constant interference in police business...It's a wonder Tom hasn't been fired by now - and BTW: he's the most likable character in the series.

    I think there's still some freshness that can come out of this series, but it will take some serious thought on Diane's part. For instance; a 16-year-old in the household is no insignificant thing. With teenagers in the house, that typically takes center stage. However, Arch has become increasingly relegated to an 'extra' in her books. This feels totally unnatural.

    It also feels like Marla and Goldy's relationship has gone cold; and the only thing they provide each other is gossip. There's no warmth.

    I think what brought us all to the series is the spontaneity and wit of dialogue, more introspection by Goldy, the occasional bits of comedy, realistic daily challenges, the warm friendship between Goldy and Marla...the relationship between Goldy and her son, Arch...all of that seems missing now.

    I'm going to make every attempt to finish this book. It may be that when I'm done, I'll need to revise what I've written here; in fact, I hope that's the case.

    I think Diane is capable of so much more - she's proven it in the past. I'd like to look forward to seeing it in her next release.

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  • Better than the last few
    This was actually a much more thought-out and carefully edited book than those in recent years from Mott Davidson. For a while there, I was wondering why I rushed to get the latest Goldy mystery as soon as it hit the shelves, as recent volumes were sorely disappointing. But this volume in the series has a lot of what fans love most -- cooking, a solid mystery, and quirky characters (Marla, Julian, Arch, Tom, and even Sergeant Boyd).

    The thing that bothered me most was the sudden appearance of Goldy's loving godfather, about whom we hadn't heard a word in the previous dozen-odd books. That was a little disconcerting, as was the convenient foisting of Arch off to Todd's or Gus's house. In addition, I can't help wondering how Goldy suddenly became a wedding planner -- doesn't she have enough on her plate with her regular customers and her conference center?

    The wedding milieu provides plenty of fodder for mystery, and at the center is a particularly annoying bride and her entourage. Goldy must unravel the death of her godfather's best friend, as well as some strange goings-on at the Gold Gulch Spa. The mystery is fairly transparent, but still interesting. A few more twists and turns could have livened things up.

    I also would like to see a little more character development... the primary relationships seem a bit stagnant. My favorite Goldy books have been the ones where our favorite characters take more of a center stage.

    All the same, this book renewed my faith in Goldy and has me anxiously awaiting the next entry in the series. ...more info
  • Davidson Does It Again
    Goldie has accepted the catering job from hell. A really impossible client demands all kinds of special services and then keeps changing the menu, number of guests, place of the reception and anything else she can think of. To complicate matters an elderly doctor has been murdered and Goldie's husband is wrapped up in the details of the case and can't be much help.
    Diane Mott Davidson always provides an interesting romp into the improbable world of cozy mysteries. This one meets all expectations. ...more info
  • Good book, recipes not too great
    I always love the Goldy Bear books, and look forward to each and every one. I think this is one of the better ones, except Marla isn't in it as much as I think she should be. I kind of miss their interaction with the "jerk".
    I'm not impressed with the recipes this time. In fact, I'm disappointed. I think Davidson must be running out of recipe ideas....more info
  • Fatally Flakey lives up to its name
    I loved it. I am always a fan of Goldie's. I like the bridzilla story. I have know brizillas. ...more info
  • A puzzlement
    I almost always enjoy Goldy and her escapades but this one made me laugh more often than usual. So enjoyed the relationship with Goldy, Marla, Jack, Boyd and Julian that I found myself laughing out loud at the bantering. Of those who did not enjoy the book so much, maybe your were hoping for someting different than what the author has always provided: murder, food, friends, and a happy marriage. I think Davidson did a better than usual job on the friends, really fun food, and the marriage parts. I liked this book. I recommend it. Oh, and did I mention the puzzle aspect . . .?...more info
  • Better than the last one
    I have always enjoyed her writing but she tends to leave some "loose" strings and questions. This is another good book, but I believe the author should look at Goldies dependency on her son, ugh....more info
  • Goldy meets Bridezilla
    Goldy Schulz is in a frenzy as she prepares to cater two weddings. One of them has a lovely bride, but the other one has the quintessential Bridezilla, Billie Attenborough. The final straw comes when Billie changes the location of the wedding to the Gold Gulch Spa which is run by Goldy's long-time nemesis, Victor. When two murders occur, Goldy begins her own investigation while her policeman husband, Tom, looks on in resignation. All of the usual characters return and, despite what some other reviewers thought, I felt that this was one of the better books in the series. ...more info
  • Not the best one
    I really have liked DMD's Goldy books in the past - even was willing to overlook the poor editing and outdated language. But this one is on the edge.

    So much drinking and vomiting in one book! A godfather newly introduced, that is supposed to be admired as the one who taught Goldy how to care, yet is "too wasted" to pick up his mail? Marla, the former heart attack patient that wouldn't even drink wine in previous books, getting sloshed in the afternoon before a charity meeting?

    I think DMD is on auto pilot now.

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  • Goldy Schulz Nostalgia
    Each year I look forward to the release of Diane Mott Davidson's latest update to the Goldy Schulz sleuthing saga and she never disappoints. These books are on a whole sincerely entertaining and filled with unforgettable quirky characters that you look forward to reconnecting with time and again. For me it's not so much about the traditional "whodunit" aspects of the stories, but more the way food, cooking, and entertaining weave their way into almost every scene in the novels.

    Even though Fatally Flaky is number 15 in the Goldie Schulz series I don't really feel that you need to have read each novel in order to understand or follow the plot. They all stand up quite well on their own. In addition, once the mystery has been solved you have the opportunity to try out some of the scrumptious recipes from the story. This installment includes such tantalizing dishes as "Nutcase Cranberry-Apricot Bread," "Figgy Piggy," and "Totally Unorthodox Coeur a la Creme" just to name a few. Since beach season is right around the corner this would be the perfect novel to toss in your tote bag for a little light summer reading. What could possibly be better than listening to the sound of waves crashing on the shore while immersing yourself in a food filled mystery?!...more info
  • Getting tired...
    I've always loved this series, but the last couple books have been a disappointment. There's always a few things you can count on - there will be one or more really hateful characters, Goldy will get hit on the head and knocked unconscious at some point, Goldy will hide evidence from the police, and you'll be told over and over how many shots of espresso Goldy drinks at any given time. I understand if the author writes these books so you don't need to have read the books that came before it, but I'm starting to feel like I'm reading the same thing over and over, and the plot/mystery is just filler. I won't buy anymore of this series in hardcover, it's just not worth it. I'll wait for the paperback, or check the books out at the library....more info
  • Boring
    The most boring of the Goldy books ever! The same plot line is presented over and over, Goldy seems to have become more annoying with her investigations and flaunting of police procedures. The fun of the early books, with Arch as a young teen and Marla's sparkling friendship are things of the past. Besides, whoever heard of Jack the Godfather?

    Like another reviewer, i wasn't sure I would finish this book. I did, but it was pretty much a waste of time; DMD had better come up with something new....more info
  • Very Funny Satire of Brides You Love to Hate
    Goldy Schulz agrees to cater the wrong wedding, the seemingly unlikely match of obnoxious, demanding Ms. Billie Attenborough to the much younger, Dr. Craig Miller. When Billie isn't changing the menu, the date, or the venue for the wedding, she's constantly calling or stalking Goldy for some nonsense purpose. In the process, Diane Mott Davidson draws a very funny picture of what brides can be like . . . at their very worst. This is the best aspect of the book.

    Ms. Davidson's books often have unpleasant elements in them, including bad behavior, boorish manners, self-absorption to the point of harming others, over-indulgences, and stop-at-nothing mono-manias. In the earlier books in the series, there was an obligatory scene where Goldy was beaten up pretty badly. Fortunately, the violence is more muted toward Goldy in this book. But you'll meet a lot of very unpleasant characters. If you can laugh at them, you'll enjoy the book. If you feel like you are at the party, you won't enjoy the reading nearly as much.

    As with the fourteen prior books in the series, there's murder afoot and no one will solve the crimes until Goldy sticks her fork in. As background, Goldy's godfather, Jack Carmichael, has unexpectedly moved across the street . . . much to the annoyance of his son who thinks Goldy is trying to get her hands on the family money. Jack's a "recovering" lawyer with lots of money and a yet to smoke, drink, and fish while claiming to be redoing his house. He's also casually dating Billie's mom . . . which helps set up some interesting complications for Goldy's catering.

    Jack really likes to hang out with his old buddy, Doc Finn, who shares a love for drinking and fishing. When Doc is killed, Jack starts acting very mysteriously. He won't confide in Goldy . . . but that's okay with her. She's got her hands full with Billie who at the last minute picks the local spa as a wedding venue while increasing the guest list by 50 percent. Goldy couldn't think of a worse place to hold a wedding: The owner has a history of being an enemy and now he continually insults her and tries to sabotage her reputation. Oops!

    Billie's wedding brings matters to a head . . . and turns Goldy loose looking for the key to the heart of the mystery. In the last third of the book, she gradually unravels what's been going on . . . with some surprising findings about the key characters. All in all, it's a mind-bending proposition.

    As usual, the book includes some recipes. I was intrigued by the ones for Fatally Flaky Cookies, Totally Unorthodox Coeur la Crme, and Arch's Flapjacks. Don't plan to lose any weight after eating these yummy sounding treats.
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  • I really want to like her books.....
    I've read every one of the Goldy books and I honestly am not sure why I keep reading them. Force of habit? Out of a desire that the books themselves become as good as their premise promises they will be? I do know that the series is getting old fast and doesn't hold the spark of fun they had originally. The series hasn't gone BAD the way I feel others have (Scarpetta for one) but it is just tired.

    Additionally I don't find any of the characters to be particularly likable (with the possible exception of Tom and he has been relegated to a very minor character...he cooks for Goldy and he consoles her when she gets in a pickle and that's about it.) The plots of these books are well designed, the writing isn't terrible but the people who live in the books.....well they leave a lot to be desired.

    In Fatally Flaky, Goldy's godfather's best friend is murdered and then the godfather is murdered. Goldy keeps going on and on about how much she loved her godfather and what a wonderful man he was but with one exception he just wasn't written as a very compassionate, warm or particularly wonderful man.

    My final gripe about this series is how do these people eat the way they do and not weigh half a ton? I know she runs a catering firm but really! ...more info
  • not as flaky as you think!
    I loved this book! as all her books, tasty and brain teasing! you can't go wrong with any of her mysteries! her books are always a good read after a long day at work! especially if you can't tell your own boss off! a great read!...more info


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