Monday, August 27, 2007

“Killer Pancake” by Diane Mott Davidson

Killer Pancake” by Diane Mott Davidson
1995 Bantam Books
ISBN: 0-553-09588-9

Killer Pancake” is a terrific foody who-done-it. It’s the second one I’ve read by Diane Mott Davidson and it will not be the last.

The story opens with Goldy, a caterer living in the high mountains of Colorado, who has just married her policeman sweetheart Tom. Somehow she always seems to be in the thick of mysterious happenings and by her involvement is also thrust into very dangerous situations. Everybody has to eat and Goldy never seems to be at a loss for catering assignments. However, everybody also includes people with skull duggery on their minds.

Goldy drives her husband Tom nuts as she rolls in and out of danger helping him to solve crimes. At the same time, cooking close to her heart, recipes are included in the book. I’ve never seen a book that does that. This is really neat!
Goldy's son Arch and a young apprentice, Julian, who has fast become part of their family comprises a core group of folks. Goldy does have a heart of gold and reaches out to include as her best friend and into her family unit, Marla, the ex-wife of her ex-husband (a real nasty guy they all call The Jerk) .

This book is involved with make-up empires and how the people who run them and the people who work for them are driven to succeed. I won’t get into the story because I don’t want to give it away, but I will certainly recommend this book as a good read.

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