Sunday, July 18, 2010
Diane Mott Davidson will never go on probation - her Goldy Schultz series is light enough that even the sub-par entries are pleasant, and the recipes always make me drool. Fatally Flaky, the 15th Goldy novel, is one of the better ones. Goldy is catering a wedding for Bridezilla Billie - a rich and unpleasant young woman who doesn't need reality TV editing to make her into a nightmare. The book doesn't start with Billie's wedding, though - it starts with the wedding of a sweet young woman who has asked a beloved local GP to give her away and make the first toast. Doc Finn is also Goldy's recently relocated godfather's best friend, and when the doctor dies in a suspicious car accident on his way to the catering hall, Jack is understandably distressed. And suspicious - suspicions which lead to his being attacked and Goldy's undercover assignment at a local health spa. For me, the mystery was an 80% solve - I figured out "who" fairly early on, but most of the "how" remained unknown until the final chapters. I really enjoyed my time with Goldy and her family, though, and the recipes include one that my pork-loving parents will absolutely love.