In Davidson’s enjoyable if overplotted 16th culinary novel of suspense (after Crunch Time. Diane Mott Davidson, Morrow, $ (p) ISBN. Crunch Time Cookies: Diane Mott Davidson. Maybe this belongs on my DyingforChocolate blog, but I couldn’t help but post it here. My worlds. No one cooks up a tastier stew of murder, mystery, and mayhem than New York Times bestselling author Diana Mott Davidson. Entertainment Weekly calls her.

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It also stretched credulity in too many obvious ways.

Diane Mott Davidson – Crunch Time

I still may because there are just so many good books out there to spend my time with. Davidson would like for the reader to think of GOldy as smart and sluething, it seems, to me, that she is more meddlesome and arrogant.

Only the recipes, davdson as always, saved this monstrosity from a one-star rating. They move in with Goldy, while her husband Tom is on the case. Not the best, not the worst. Finally, while the book is a good size, the ending still felt a bit rushed and Davidson left a few plot lines dangling. View all 3 comments. Davidson does add something to the plotline that may change the direction of future books – let’s hope it’s for the better. Goldy is continually surrounded by the wealthy, but exists to serve them, not be them.

There crunnch way too many characters, too many storylines, and too many absolutely ridiculous events.

Jun 08, Nancy added it. There are puppy mills, stalking, stolen jewelry, an affair, a murder, unexpected wealth a I love Goldy Schulz and her supporting cast of husband Tom, son Archie, and best friend Marla.


Puppy mills, grow ops, Cuban intrigue, and eccentric millionaires – it’s too much to be believable. I can’t believe I’m going to The problem with many authors of long-time series is that they get lazy. Some people may be offended by the way she behaves.

Her Eiane Ferninanda is equally unpleasant. Return to Book Page.

Her annoyance at Charlene Newgate a woman raising her grandson from Arch’s private school cracked me up — the woman always saying how hard she has it and slipping in snide remarks as if Goldy has it easy.

In other words, just fun. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Mar 16, Dianne rated it it was ok. Cooking seems to take a back seat to the mystery. It was a fast read and I found myself very entertained. Generally they are light reading without overly gory murders and with interesting and fun characters.

BookPage review by Barbara Clark. I couldn’t keep track of everyone their backstories, their connections to other characters tiem, and three-forths of the way through the book, stopped trying. Trouble follows Yolanda and soon Goldy is involved in arson, murder, theft, a puppy mill, and more. Dkane sense tells me that there HAD TO BE another way to place these two women in a secure place without putting her family in danger.

Why doesn’t the Kindle version include Goldy’s recipes? Be the first to discover new talent! Yolanda’s aunt is so ridiculous she is caricature of a real person. I was mildly disappointed that davidskn former assistant, Julian, was hardly more than mentioned in the story, and that her best friend, Marla, was such a daivdson character, but the new characters of Yolanda and her feisty Great Aunt Ferdinanda more than make up for their absence.



Tom wants davidon have a baby. But Goldy just ignores any and all precautions as she goes about gathering clues to solve the murders.

Then a second body is found. One is that it is too long.

Have you ever seen a person in a wheelchair try to cook in a regular kitchen? Third, the Cuban revolution was 55 years ago. Nov 04, M. About Diane Mott Davidson. She takes out a cop’s knees with a baton. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Mar 19, Benjamin Thomas rated it did not like it Shelves: This book is ludicrous, a complete waste of time. An crujch turned private eye, Ernest, was investigating a variety of cases including a puppy mill, Yolanda’s stalker, a cheating husband, and an old case of stolen jewels.

I tiime the fact that she says she is short and pudgy–what else would you expect of someone who cooks and eats all the time? Natty and I are going to make the Crunch Time Cookies this week. Ms Davidson is a talented writer as evidenced by her past work. So many of these characters were very unlikeable. The problem with many authors of long-time series is that they get lazy.