Monday, January 31, 2005

Double Shot by Diane Mott Davidson (2004)

Oh! The joy of perusing the New Titles shelf at the library and discovering a new Goldy mystery by Diane Mott Davidson! Double Shot is the 12th in a series of mysteries featuring Goldy Schulz, a caterer in Aspen, Colorado who has a penchant for getting involved in criminal cases.

The Goldy series is one of my favorite crime series. Davidson writes light-hearted murder mysteries in an entertaining clever manner. Gore is kept to a minimum and there are lots of amusing side plots. I also enjoy that Goldy's life continues on during the novels, instead of staying static, as is the case in some series novels. Her son grows up, she gets remarried, her business grows and changes. Also, recipes for some of the dishes Goldy cooks are included in the books. (I haven't tried any of them, for, unlike Goldy, I am no cook.)

This particular novel, however, was not one of the best in the series. Especially at the end, the writing seemed half-hearted and not as charming as usual. Also, since the murder victim in this installment was someone Goldy knew well, it was more serious than many of the others. I did not anticipate the identity of the murderer, though, so in that aspect, Davidson hit her mark!

I enjoyed reading Double Shot, and I will definitely continue reading Davidson's novels whenever I see them!

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