Monday, October 24, 2005

Double Shot

Double Shot by Diane Mott Davidson is one of the books on my list to write a recommendation of. The back blurb says:

Caterer supreme Goldy Schulz has more on her plate than she can handle. Her ultra-charming, ultra-wealthy, and seriously psychopathic ex-husband, Dr. John Richard Korman (aka "the Jerk"), is free now that the governor of Colorado has commuted his prison sentence. And someone--the Jerk, perhaps--has taken great pains to sabotage Goldy's latest culinary endeavor, a post-funeral reception for a friend at a local lodge.

But even more than the anonymous threats, rumors, and violence that have lately been directed Goldy's way, it's her discovery of a fresh corpse that really spoils the stew--a murder that could tear her family to pieces, a murder that virtually everyone believes Goldy committed.

True, she's been efficiently framed, but at least she's still breathing, which may not be the case for long, if she doesn't track down a killer who's cooked up a very nasty repast for Goldy and the people she loves.

This is the 13th in the series starring Goldy the caterer. I've been an avid reader since the first book, Catering to Nobody. One of the most difficult things for a series writer to do is to keep it fresh. Too many writers make the mistake of trying to "catch the reader up" with everything in the series, a mistake Ms. Davidson, thankfully, doesn't make. Coming back to each book is like revisiting old friends and catching up on what's happening in their lives. We get the new stuff, not a rehash of the stuff we learned in our last visit. Add a good mystery to the mix of interesting characters, with interesting lives and you have me hooked.

As an additional bonus, recipes from the catering jobs that get wrecked by murder are included. I'm glad they decided to put the recipes in a block at the end, rather than scattering them through the book, as they have in the past. Then the recipes are easier to try out and they don't disrupt my immersion in the story.

You don't have to read the whole series to enjoy this book. I like it that she writes that way. But I recommend that you do read the whole series because it's delightful.