Author: Diane Mott Davidson
Publisher: William Morrow 2013
I began reading Diane Mott Davidson’s culinary mysteries way back in the early 1990s when a culinary mystery was quite unique. It was pure fun to see Goldy bumble her way through her growing catering business while at the same time solving the mysteries of murdered bodies that coincidentally showed up wherever she was catering an event. I also loved how her story developed with her young son, her best friend Marla and how she met and finaly married her police detective husband.
Now, after reading her seventeenth book, I’ve decided to call it quits. The Whole Enchilada was so jumbled up that it was sad to read. Goldy had been a good character. She should have been allowed to retire a couple of books ago.
In The Whole Enchilada Goldy tries to solve the mystery of the death of a good friend who dies right after eating a torte, a dish that everyone loved, but contained an ingredient that was poisonous to her friend.
Within days there was another murder, an attempted murder and Goldy herself was attacked. There were clues everywhere and Goldy bulldozes various people into telling her things under the guise of helping her dead friend. It wasn’t in the original Goldy’s personality and it just wasn’t realistic. Her husband, the detective, did hardly anything. Neither did the police officer who was guarding her and she went about town.
The worst thing of all was this: the recipes were a disappointment. The torte was the dish that contained the poison but, after all the talk about it, was not even included in the recipe section!
I’m not recommending the book. I’m also going to hang up my “Goldy apron” and move on to some other culinary mystery series. Anyone have a suggestion?