Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson

Book Details
Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson
Hardcover, 336 pages
2009, William Morrow
ISBN: 0061348139
Series: Book 15 of Goldy Schulz

Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz doesn't have a moment to spare as she frantically tries to pull everything together for two upcoming wedding receptions, including last-minute venue and menu changes from a spoiled bridezilla, in bestseller Davidson's entertaining 15th culinary suspense novel (after Sweet Revenge). When Harold Doc Finn, Aspen Meadow's beloved retired doctor, dies under mysterious circumstances on his way to the first wedding ceremony, Goldy wonders if it was an accident or murder. When her godfather and Doc Finn's good friend, Jack Carmichael, is also attacked, it's obvious that Goldy will have to venture out of the kitchen and put her detecting skills to use once again. Stir in a slimy spa owner, rumors of a malpractice suit and the usual cast of supporting characters—including Goldy's patient cop husband, Tom, and her capable culinary assistant, Julian Teller—and you've got another winning entry in Davidson's mouthwatering series.

Wedding themed murder mysteries are a favorite of mine. The first of the two weddings Goldy caters had lots of humor and was greatly entertaining. The second wedding, not so much. Bridezilla Billie was atrocious as was her mother. The characters were written to be hated and Diane Mott Davidson completely succeeded in her effort. It seemed as though every suspect had ample motive, means and opportunity. And personally, I wanted them all to be guilty. No one on the suspect list was the least bit sympathetic. I was disappointed to find that I didn't really care who the real killer was and even more disappointed that the whole lot of them wasn't shipped off to prison.

My heart went out to Goldy as she dealt with the heart wrenching loss of her godfather, but her own emotions during her time of grief were erratic at best. She didn't seem to be acting like someone struggling with the stages of grief as much as someone who conveniently broke down only when there was downtime in the plot. While grief was different for everyone, I expected Goldy to have more spontaneous outbursts of emotions at inopportune times.

At least the Fatally Flaky cookies sounded delicious. If you love a good bridezilla story or anything to do with wedding chaos, Fatally Flaky is just what you need.



  1. I have read every single one of her books! I love the series. I'm glad to see another one!

  2. I have read most of her books. I'll have to look for this one so that I can catch up on Goldie. Have you ever tried any of the recipes? Lots of them look good but I seldom cook.

  3. I've never heard of this, but it definitely sounds good! :)