Amazon.com Review Fans of Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy Schulz, the gourmet gumshoe of Aspen Meadow, Colorado, love her modus operandi: "Treat every puzzle with questions 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 adequate 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 (a.k.a. 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 From Publishers Weekly Chef/amateur sleuth Goldy Schulz returns for a ninth outing in Davidson's popular culinary mystery series. Goldy's home-based catering business in the Colorado high country is temporarily suspended by drain problems, so she accepts a stint on a PBS cooking show before the Christmas holidays. After a meeting with Goldy, Doug Portman, her wealthy ex-boyfriend, is found dead on a back country ski run, with thousands of dollars flying from his pockets. Goldy discovers that an old acquaintance, Nate Bullock, had also been discovered there after an avalanche in almost the same spot three years earlier, and she herself is a victim of misadventure when her van is nudged over a cliff. Determined to find the killer lurking on the ski slopes, Goldy unearths motives aplenty, possibly among her culinary friends in a mountain restaurant. Davidson's creative recipes, scattered liberally throughout the narrative, add flavor to this spirited tale, which follows Goldy from one life-threatening escapade to the next. The characters are sometimes too good to be true (such as Goldy's husband, who's a county sheriff), but others have a refreshing edge, like pink-haired coffee-shop owner Cinda Caldwell. The ending is cookie-cutter predictable, but overall this is hearty fare for those who like their murder with a bit of nosh on the side. Agent, Sandra Dijkstra. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Publishers Weekly For Colorado's Goldy B. Schulz (last seen in The Last Suppers), the catering proves far less rewarding than the sleuthing when she's called on to prepare a banquet for the Mignon cosmetics company. Forced to forsake mayonnaise and butter in this low-fat luncheon, Goldy is in "caterers' hell." But that's a better place than where Mignon super-saleswoman Claire Satterfield ends up?which is dead. According to Julian Teller, Goldy's catering assistant, Claire had recently suspected she was being followed. Adding to the mystery is a local reporter who has taken to using Mignon's ultra-expensive potions while trying, none too subtly, to extract information Goldy might have gathered from her husband, homicide detective Tom Schulz. When Goldy's initial inquiries earn her an anonymous warning to clear off, she becomes more determined. As always, Davidson includes recipes as she brings events to a proper boil in this latest lively and satisfying outing for Goldy, who not only solves the mystery but also finds, much to her delight, that coffee can save your life. Mystery Guild selection; author tour. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Library Journal Caterer Goldy Schulz returns with another food-related adventure and more delectable recipes. Careful planning for a cosmetics firm's lowfat luncheon fails to prepare Goldy for the sudden death of a gorgeous sales associate who was caught in the midst of an animal-rights demonstration. A good read. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Publishers Weekly Caterer Goldy Bear must solve the murder of a high school valedictorian in this delicious mystery. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. From School Library Journal YA-An expensive prep school's SAT scores have dropped, parents are bribing college admissions representatives, and the class valedictorian is murdered in a snow bank. Denver caterer Goldy Bear, who has a 7th-grade son and a senior live-in student enrolled in Elk Park Prep School, keeps finding bodies at the school events she caters. To complete her worries, someone is playing dangerous pranks on her family. This light mystery is the perfect booktalking choice for home economics classes, especially when paired with other titles in which recipes play a major role, such as Virginia Rich's The Baked Bean Supper Murders (Ballantine, 1984). Not only will teens relate to the anxieties felt by all of the Elk Park seniors, but they may even emulate Goldy's live-in student's great cheese manicotti recipe. Pam Spencer, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
A delightful new series featuring two sleuthing sisters who run the Hemlock Falls Inn. While Sarah takes care of business, her sister Meg runs the inn's kitchen. During the annual History Days festival, a mock witch stoning takes a grisly turn when a guest at the inn is substituted for the fake witch.
Review GLOWING PRAISE FOR CAROLYN JEWEL AND MY WICKED ENEMY: "Jewel casts a wicked spell! An exciting escape into a world of dark enchantments, powerful mages and fiendishly sexy immortals." --New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian "Wow. This is powerful stuff...it held me captivated from the first page to the last." --Romance Reviews "Exciting and sexy...Magic and its sensual pull lie at the heart of this super-sizzling paranormal adventure. If you like your paranormal steamy, this is the book for you!" --Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine About the Author Carolyn Jewel lives in northern California with her son, three cats, a border collie, several chickens, and some sheep. Also the Fudgester. Writing about the characters who keep visiting her imagination is a dream come true. Ms. Jewel has an MA in English and is also a database administator who specializes in, um, administering databases. It's not quite as exciting as writing. She loves to hear from readers, so please e-mail her at [email protected] You can also visit her Web site at www.carolynjewel.com.
From Publishers Weekly Though Jonathan Stride is still recovering from injuries he suffered in a high fall at the start of Freeman's intriguing if overly plotted fourth thriller featuring the Duluth, Minn., police detective (after In the Dark), he's soon looking into the kidnapping of the 11-month-old daughter of a Grand Rapids, Minn., surgeon, Dr. Marcus Glenn, who happens to be a local cop's brother-in-law. Jonathan thinks the kidnapping is an inside job, especially after unsavory secrets about the arrogant surgeon come to light. Meanwhile, Jonathan's partner, Det. Maggie Bei, aided by rookie Kasey Kennedy, scrambles to catch a serial killer who's murdered several women in Duluth. When Kasey is witness to the fiend abducting a victim, the killer becomes fixated on Kasey. An appropriately creepy atmosphere and well-rounded, flawed characters compensate only in part for the forced connection between the two cases, either of which could have easily carried the novel. (Apr.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From Booklist Duluth, Minnesota, detective Jonathan Stride is struggling with the emotional and physical aftermath of the bridge plunge that nearly cost him his life when the abduction of a wealthy surgeon’s infant daughter brings him back to work. Young Callie Glenn disappeared from her home while her father, Marcus, and a babysitter were on the premises. Could either of them have been involved? Stride and his girlfriend, Serena (a former Las Vegas detective), dig deep into the case, and the longer they search, the more suspicious and cold-blooded Doctor Glenn appears. (He only agreed to have a child to placate his depressed wife and admitted on more than one occasion that he wished the little girl had never been born.) Meanwhile, a serial killer is murdering young women across the Minnesota countryside. Stride navigates his way through a tangled web of family dysfunction and distress while coping with a rocky patch in his relationship with Serena. Crisp dialogue, steady suspense, and a cast of original characters drive this fifth entry in Macavity Award–winner Freeman’s excellent series. --Allison Block
SUMMARY: She ran away with the Groom Too bad she wasn't the Bride!No one was more shocked than Trae Andrelini when her best friend left wealthy Rhys Paxton standing at the altar on his wedding day. Trae was determined to find out what really went wrong�so she joined forces with stick-in-the-mud Rhys to find the runaway bride.As she and Rhys raced across the country, Trae was surprised to learn that the man she once found boring was anything but . And jilted Rhys was equally stunned that Trae's infuriating, tempestuous, spontaneous zest for life was tempting his own heart!
Goodman's Gifts & Stationery Store February 14 Cashier: Elyse 3 boxes of heart-shaped chocolate . . . $12.00 Chocolate is the only good thing about this nauseating holiday. 4 containers of candy hearts . . . $5.00 Ever since my ex cheated on me, I've sworn off love. Too bad my new neighbor Patrick didn't get the memo. 1 Valentine's Day card . . . $4.50 I'm not interested. Although, he is pretty cute. And sweet. And funny. 1 singing Cupid doll (promotional item) . . . $0.00 Stupid Cupid! Point your arrows at someone else. . . . Subtotal . . . $21.50 It's going to be a complicated Valentine's Day.
From Booklist Travel writer de Botton sees the airport as the nexus of all that plagues and fascinates us about modern life: environmental destruction, high technology, constant movement, glittering distractions, consumerist temptations, and social interaction and isolation. Having accepted an invitation from British Airways to spend a week at its home, Terminal 5 of Heathrow, he is given unprecedented access to all the parts of the airport that travelers don’t generally see. So, along with the shopping areas and arrival and departure and baggage-claim areas, he wanders into the huge stations for airplane repairs, the vast storage areas for rejected samples for cabin paraphernalia, the behind-the-scene offices, and the massive food-preparation areas. From a desk announcing his position as writer in residence, de Botton engages in conversations with business travelers, parting lovers, vacationing families, and the myriad workers—stationary and passing through—for whom the airport is workplace. Author of the best-selling The Art of Travel (2002), de Botton is amusing and lyrical in his observations of our modern comings and goings. Photographs add to the allure of this engaging look at air travel. --Vanessa Bush Review "Simultaneously poignant and terribly funny . . . De Botton's most imaginative work yet." —Spectator "Funny, charming, and slender enough to pack in your carry-on." —Daily Mail "Surprising. . . . His observations on airport life are wry and thought-provoking." —Telegraph "Shrewd, perceptive and gently ironic." —Independent From the Trade Paperback edition.
The author of eight "New York Times" bestsellers, Ann Rule first won nationwide acclaim with "The Stranger Beside Me, " about serial killer Ted Bundy. Her Crime Files volumes, based on fascinating case histories, have assured her reputation as our premier chronicler of crime. Now the former Seattle policewoman brings us the horrific account of a charismatic man adored by beautiful and brilliant women who always gave him what he wanted...sex, money, their very lives.... When attorney Cheryl Keeton's brutally bludgeoned body was found in her van in the fast lane of an Oregon freeway, her husband, Brad Cunningham, was the likely suspect. But there was no solid evidence linking him to the crime. He married again, for the fifth time, and his stunning new wife, a physician named Sara, adopted his three sons. They all settled down to family life on a luxurious estate. But gradually, their marriage became a nightmare.... In this gripping account of Cheryl's murder, Ann Rule takes us from Brad's troubled boyhood to one of the most bizarre trials in legal history, uncovering multiple marriages, financial manipulations, infidelities, and monstrous acts of harassment and revenge along the way. "Dead By Sunset" is Ann Rule at her riveting best.