Book Review: Sweet Revenge

Author: Diane Mott Davidson

Publisher: HarperCollins, 2007

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Form: Audio {Barbara Rosenblatt, narrator]

Sweet Revenge is book #14 in Diane Mott Davidson’s Goldy’s Catering Series. I’ve been reading them one at a time for at least a decade. I like Goldy and her family and friends and her nice Colorado community. But – there is always someone who gets murdered who is also connected with one of Goldy’s catering events. And Goldy is always curious enough to keep asking questions and digging into it until she solves the mystery.

The other thing that always happens in these books is that Goldy prepares some spectacular dishes and shares some of the recipes. She usually has a cleverly worded menu in there too. In Sweet Revenge it’s the Christmas party season and one of Goldy’s events is for a library group breakfast. I thought you’d like to see the menu.

What-the-Dickens Holiday Breakfast

Great Expectations Grapefruit

Chuzzlewit Cheese Pie

Tale of Two Cities French Toast

Bleak House Bars

Hard Times Ham

Christmas Carol Coffee Cake

In Sweet Revenge, the murder actually occurs at the library. (It’s not an event I’d like to see happen at my library. Fortunately, no precious books were bloodied.) The body is that of an ex-district attorney and there are expensive maps nearby. Also seen around town is the woman who killed Goldy’s ex-husband. The woman was supposed to be dead and Goldy knows she is not seeing a ghost.

Although I’ve enjoyed all the Goldy books to this point, I didn’t care for this one. I’m actually blaming it on the audiobook. I’ve read all the previous novels in hardcover or paperback but this is the first one I’ve listened to. The voice of Goldy on the audio is not the voice I hear in my head as my eyes read. The woman’s tone of voice was that of an irritating smart aleck. Her accent was not that of a Coloradoan, not even a transplanted Coloradoran. It didn’t work for me.

I have the next book in the series, Fatally Flakey, in hardcover and I will read that one. I’m hoping it was just the audio. I’d hate to give up on a series I’ve always loved. I know she has a new one coming out in April and I want the author to keep it going.

What did work for me, what always works for me, are Ms. Davidson’s recipes. I always try one or two when I’m reading one of her books. This time I tried a bar cookie that I’ll share with you next week. They’re called Got A Hot Date Bars and are loaded with raisens, dates, pecans, chocolate chips and toffee chips. Sound good? It was.

I wonder if I’m really reading these books just for the food?

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19 Responses to Book Review: Sweet Revenge

  1. Beth F says:

    I too love this series, but I’m only about halfway through. Cozy mystery, food, and good characters!

  2. I love food cozies! I’m curious what goes into the Tale of Two Cities French Toast…

  3. Rikki says:

    Like rhapsodyinbooks I am intrigued about the French Toast. Bleak House Bars don’t sound too luxurious…I wonder what they would consist of.

  4. I love books that feature food!

    The book looks sort-of interesting. I’m so glad the library books weren’t bloodied. Phew!

  5. Alex Baugh says:

    I am so looking forward to Got a Hot Date Bars. I never listen to audio books because I find my mind wonders. Maybe I am too printed word focused, but to those who do listen, my deepest admiration. It is something I wish I could do.

  6. Those sound so good, Got a Hot Date Bar! I need to jumpstart my reading again, I just haven’t been able to pick up a book lately! This series sounds perfect for me to get back into reading again!

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  8. Ellie says:

    I have this book in my TBR pile! Can’t wait to read it.

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  9. Louise says:

    I read one of these book many years ago. It was cute, but not really my style. I love the Dickensian names of the recipes here though. I am most intrigued by the Bleak House Bars- mostly because Bleak House is the best book that I’ve ever half read (twice). Oh I googled them- I knew someone would have made them! They sound and look delicious not Bleak!

  10. TheBookGirl says:

    I love this series. I can totally understand why the audio might have hampered your enjoyment of the book if the voice was “off” from the image of Goldy that you’ve had all along. That is why I don’t like to see movies of books that I really liked because I’m afraid that the look and feel of the characters won’t be what I’ve conjured up in my head while reading.

  11. Esme says:

    I like the name of the menu. Sometimes I like these mysteries and other times I find them too quaint.

  12. Staci says:

    I started this series a long time ago and can’t remember where I left off but I did like Goldy and the food!!!

  13. My experience with Hannah Swenson has me worried about foodie mysteries. Maybe I’d like these better. Have you read both series? Thanks for the review.

  14. Rural View says:

    Remind me not to hire her to cater any of my events!

  15. I’ve read some of these. I might try this one because of the library connection, but I’ll definitely go for the print version since the audio didn’t work for you. Love the Dickens menu!

  16. Margot I am not going to add either this one or “fatally flaky” to my TBR list. (But only because I’ve already read them both ;>).)

    I’ve pretty much given up on cozies (chick-lit mysteries I call them.) But this is one series I do plan to continue with. I think they’re kind of uneven — some I’ve liked better than others, but I’m not ready to give up yet because Goldy and her entourge are such interesting characters. And, unlike most of the other cozy series I used to read, I can sort of actually imagine her making money doing her job. (She can come cook for me anytime, that’s for sure).

  17. Martha says:

    I don’t know how I’ve missed this series everyone I know is reading it. I’m going to have to order the first few books from the library. It’s funny you made comment about the audio book. There are a couple of series I chose not to listen to later books because I have very distinct voices in my head for the character. But I’ve also discovered in cozy series there can be some ebb and flow in the quality stories. If a cozy can give,say, 13 out 15 novels that are fun and entertaining I’m willing to overlook a couple of clunkers. I hope you enjoy the next one.

  18. OMG I had the same problem with this one. I just didn’t dig it. She felt so self absorbed and whiny in this one. I liked English Trifle. Great review.

  19. Heather says:

    I will be back for next week’s recipe.

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