Book #78 was Catering to Nobody, the first book in Diane Mott Davidson’s Goldy Bear series. The back of the book reads:
Catering a wake is not Goldyâ€™s idea of fun. Yet the Colorado caterer throws herself into preparing a savory feast including Poached Salmon and Strawberry Shortcake Buffet designed to soothe forty mourners. And her culinary efforts seem to be exactly what the doctor ordered…until her ex-father-in-law gynecologist Fritz Korman is struck down and Goldy is accused of adding poison to the menu. Now, with the Department of Health impounding her leftovers, her ex-husband proclaiming her guilt, and her business about to be shut down, Goldy knows she canâ€™t wait for the police to serve up the answers. Sheâ€™ll soon uncover more than one family skeleton and a veritable stew of unpalatable secretsâ€“the kind that could make Goldy the main course in an unsavory killerâ€™s next murder!
It feels like forever ago that I read this, so my memory is a little sketchy. I definitely did like it, though I skipped over most of the recipes. I liked Goldy and her messy life and sullen son. You have to admire a woman who isn’t afraid of a little hard work when things are working out her way. She does everything she can to clear her name and reopen her catering business, even if it isn’t very wise. I was amused by Tom’s persistence in getting to know Goldy, and I look forward to seeing more of both of them in the next book.
Page count: 320 | Approximate word count: 80,000