DIANE MOTT DAVIDSON
ISBN # 978-0-06-052734-1
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
Mass Market Paperback
Rating: 4 Cups
Goldy Bear Schulz is a successful caterer with a flair for solving murders, much to the consternation of her husband, Sheriff’s Investigator Tom. Her empathy for the underdog can lead her into trouble.
Drew Wellington is a former District Attorney, now an antique map dealer. He has several dark secrets in his past and quite a few enemies, including a former partner and his ex-wife. It will be hard to narrow down who actually killed him.
A ghost from the past attracts Goldy’s attention while setting up for a Christmas breakfast at the Aspen Meadow Library. Shortly thereafter, the body of the former District Attorney is found in a corner. There is no shortage of suspects, and in the course of her holiday rush, Goldy runs into many of them over and over, including one who supposedly died a year ago after confessing to the murder of Goldy’s horrible ex-husband.
I can see why this series is so popular. The author manages to keep the characters fresh and the mysteries interesting and a bit convoluted. There are many twists and turns and red herrings to be found here. The mystery of the stolen maps is one of many that Goldy must solve. The deceased is a thoroughly despicable person in almost every way, from his predilection for young girls to his drinking problem. His associates are even less likable than he is. Goldy sifts through the clues while catering breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for the inhabitants of Aspen Meadow. Her husband welcomes her assistance to some extent, though he worries about her. The attitude of the other members of the Sheriff’s Office is not as indulgent, but she does get results. The most obvious result is a gripping and readable story that I could not put down.
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