Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davison is the 15th book in the “Goldy Schulz Culinary” mystery series. Publisher: William Morrow, April 2009
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 fiancé.
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.
Goldy Schulz, owner of Goldilocks’ Catering in Aspen Meadow, Colorado, is preparing for two weddings and one of them deals with a spoiled bridezilla. The menu, the dates and now the location of the wedding has change and Goldy has to work with her nemesis. In the meantime, she is enjoying time spent with her godfather, Jack who recently moved to Aspen Meadow. When his friend, Doc Finn is found murdered and later Jack is attacked and dies, Goldy goes undercover at the Gold Gulch Spa to find the connection between the two incidents. With help from her detective husband Tom, her best friend Marla, her “adopted” son Julian, Goldy bites into the clues that will bring the murderers to justice. This was an enjoyable read. [3.5 stars – liked it]