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Sticks & scones, Diane Mott Davidson

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Sticks & scones
Title
Sticks & scones
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Diane Mott Davidson
Title variation
Sticks and scones
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Language
eng
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Review
  • Caterer Goldy Schultz is planning several Elizabethan style meals in honor of a huge castle brought over from England to Colorado--that is, if she can keep her head after a body is found on the castle grounds, and her cop husband is wounded, all at nearly the same time. Ensconced in the castle after a picture window is shot out at her house, Goldy is surrounded by a gaggle of characters that all have parts to play: Eliot, lord of the manor, who makes jams during his sleepless nights; the castle caretaker who is also Goldy’s teen son Arch’s fencing coach; Julian, the vegetarian college student who assists Goldy with charm and panache. The dark side of Goldy’s life finds her ex-spouse just out on parole with a new girlfriend who may have ties to Eliot and even to the murder victim. Oh, and there are stolen stamps, too. Some of the bad guys are caricatures, some of the subplots are overstuffed, and there’s even a ghost, but Goldy’s an engaging companion and her recipes are divine--wait till you try the scones. (Reviewed March 15, 2001) -- GraceAnne DeCandido
  • Culinary sleuth Goldy Schulz finesses another catering job by the skin of her teeth in her 11th warm and fuzzy adventure from bestseller Davidson (Prime Cut, etc.). Goldy is preparing to cater two events at the baronial estate-cum-conference center outside Denver where she and her family are staying. While waiting for a delivery, she discovers the body of one of a gang of philatelic thieves and sees her husband, Tom, wounded by a sniper. A rich feast of false clues and red herrings follows. While Tom recuperates, Goldy is free to investigate the shooter. Embarking on a series of unpleasant and improbable personal encounters, as well as demanding meal preparations, she uncovers a string of clues that not only implicate her hosts, her son's coach and her ex (now out on parole), but raise questions about her marriage to Tom. Fortunately, the author grants Goldy a few brief respites in which to settle her thoughts, allowing the reader to regroup before taking off on the next hectic sequence. Davidson has garnished her story with a rich sauce of old feuds, double-dealing and marital secrets that overwhelms her basic ingredients of credible characters (adolescent son Arch, in particular, rings true), good food and an intriguing puzzle. In the end, Goldy gets her culprit, the guests get their meals and readers, perhaps not so much sated as stuffed, get several excellent recipes. The jacket which sports a teapot in the guise of a surly butler holding a gun will be instantly recognized by the author's devotees. Agent, Sandra Dijkstra. (Apr. 10) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
  • Aspen Meadows caterer/sleuth Goldy Schulz (Prime Cut ) prepares an Elizabethan feast for the owners of a reconstructed castle who hope to open a conference center, but murder interrupts. Lots of action, wit, and several good recipes. --Rex E. Klett (Reviewed April 1, 2001) (Library Journal, vol 126, issue 6, p137)
  • While her homicide cop husband Tom is off in New Jersey chasing a trio of lethal stamp thieves, caterer Goldie Schultz, the pride of Aspen Meadow, Colorado, has to vacate her house on the very day she's set to cook up an Elizabethan banquet for Eliot and Sukie Hyde—because an unknown sniper shoots out the front window. The Hydes offer Goldie and her son Arch temporary lodgings in their castle, brought over from England and reconstructed brick by brick, where a ghost roams, a stunning fencing teacher and daughter of the deceased caretaker shares a deep dark secret with Eliot, and the body of Andy Balachek, one of the stamp thieves, lies a-moldering by the rocks near the castle chapel. Tom flies back in time to get nicked in the shoulder by another sniper's bullet, and while he rests up in Goldie's castle quarters, his former fiancÉe, Sara Beth O'Malley, a nurse presumed dead in Vietnam, stakes out the Schultz house. Even worse, Goldie's ex, The Jerk, has been released from prison and is romancing Viv Martini, whose previous liaisons include both Eliot and a larcenous philatelist. The ghost pops in and out, former clients of Goldie stop by to criticize, a fencing demonstration goes awry, but Goldie still finds time to visit stamp-dealers, confer with her ex's other ex, cook up everything from steak pies to plum tarts, and sort through the wildly overstuffed plot.Like its nine predecessors (Tough Cookie, 2000, etc.), Sticks includes a batch of tasty recipes that make Goldie's cooking sound a lot easier to swallow than her adventures. (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2001)
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023099
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Davidson, Diane Mott
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
Series statement
Goldy Bear mysteries
Series volume
0010
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  • Caterers and catering
  • Stamp thefts
  • Women caterers
  • Women amateur detectives
  • Women cooks
  • Castles
  • Divorced women
  • Bear, Goldy (Fictitious character)
  • Aspen Meadow (Colo. : Imaginary place)
  • Gourmets
  • Colorado
Label
Sticks & scones, Diane Mott Davidson
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Extent
301 p.
Isbn
9780553107241
Lccn
00-69662
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  • (Sirsi) i9780553107241
  • (OCoLC)45700409
Label
Sticks & scones, Diane Mott Davidson
Publication
Extent
301 p.
Isbn
9780553107241
Lccn
00-69662
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780553107241
  • (OCoLC)45700409

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