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In bestseller Davidson's beguiling 17th mystery featuring Aspen Meadow, Colo., caterer Goldy Schulz (after 2011's Crunch Time), Goldy fears that the death of her friend Holly Ingleby immediately following a birthday party she catered was caused by something Holly ate. When Holly-who was part of the unofficial group of emotionally and often physically battered wives that Goldy and mutual friend Marla Korman belonged to-turns out to have died from a medication overdose, the caterer knows she owes it to Holly to investigate. Digging into her friend's past, particularly through the reams of notes Goldy took during long-ago sessions of the support group Amour Anonymous, she discovers unsettling secrets involving Holly and other prominent members of Aspen Meadow society. It becomes clear that whatever tidbits Holly took with her to the grave may have provided a motive for murder. Davidson, as usual, deftly weaves her mouthwatering recipes through the plot, which takes several emotional turns. Agent: Sandra Dijkstra, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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No chance you'll want to forget ordering Davidson's 17th series title (after Crunch Time). First a friend dies of poisoning, and then Goldy gets attacked. [See Prepub Alert, 3/27/13.] (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Caterer and amateur sleuth Goldy Schulz has been feeding the population of Aspen Meadow for quite some time now, concocting luscious recipes for clients while solving crimes in her community. In this, her seventeenth culinary conundrum, an old friend is murdered, and Goldy, as usual, finds herself right in the middle of things. Fueled by information from her loose-lipped husband, who works with the county sheriff's department, Goldy busies herself by poking around in her latefriend's private life. With help from her feisty, outspoken buddy Marla, Goldy discovers secrets Holly had kept hidden for years, and somewhere between the enchilada suizas, the love-me-tender grilled steaks (recipes appended), and the seemingly endless cups of espresso, she, too, becomes a murderer's target. The meddling, of course, eventually pays off: a thief goes to jail; a killer is caught; two young friends fall in love; and, best of all, a new character in Goldy's household promises to add welcome spice to forthcoming culinary adventures. Goldy's chatty approach to crime and cooking has many fans, and this will find a receptive audience among the Joanne Fluke crowd.--Zvirin, Stephanie Copyright 2010 Booklist