Chopping Spree

by Diane Mott Davidson | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0553107305 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingmaryzeewing of Taneytown, Maryland USA on 4/6/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Sunday, April 06, 2008
Picked this up at Goodwill. I started on this series several years ago, but didn't get very far. I've been picking these up as I come across them, hoping to get further into the series.

From the cover -
For Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz, business isn't just booming - it's skyrocketing. But as her friend Marla is constantly warning her, "Success can kill you." Goldy knows she needs to slow down before she breaks down, and she vows she'll do it - right after her next booking: a cocktail party for the Westside Mall's Elite Shoppers Club.
It's the event of the shopping season: the Princess Without a Pricetag party for the wealty shopaholics who drop at least a thousand dollars a week at the mall. Goldy has been hired by charming mall manager Barry Dean to cater the jewel-encrusted affair. But she has hardly begun setting up when she finds herself in the path of a truck that has no intention of stopping until both she and Barry are crushed beneath it.
Muddied, bruised, embarrassed, but determined to do her job, Goldy manages to get the party started on time with the help of her trusted assistants Julian Teller and Liz Fury. But with the outbreak of an ugly marital spat among the guests, the behavior of Barry's flighty young girlfriend, and Barry's own strange actions after the truck incident, the event is - by Goldy's standards - a catastrophe. And it's about to get worse. When she goes to pick up her check, she finds an old friend lying dead in a pile of sale shoes - stabbed with one of Goldy's new knives. Hours later, Julian is the prime suspect in the murder.
To prove Julian's innocence, Goldy must catch the real killer. But to do that, she will have to figure out why the victim was carrying a powerful narcotic. And why was a private investigator called in shortly before the murder? Was the killer connected to a mall renovation project - or the eviction of a disgruntled tenant? Or was the killer the odd lover out in a violent love triangle?
Between whipping up Sweethearts' Swedish Meatballs, Quiche Me Quick, and Diamond Lovers' Hot Crab Dip, and digging up clues, Goldy knows this is going to be one tough case to crack. And her gourmet sleuth's instinct tells her that the final course will be a real killer.

Journal Entry 2 by wingmaryzeewing at Taneytown, Maryland USA on Wednesday, May 30, 2012
I finally got to this, the 11th book in the series. Chopping Spree is an appropriately punny title for this one, as the theme of shopping is all throughout the book, set in a shopping mall expansion project. That's something I really enjoy about this series, the fact that Davidson constantly expands her themes into new areas, all centered in her Colorado environment. Lots of pairs of red herrings here, though. I'm looking forward to reading more of these, although it's starting to look as though the end is in sight (sort of, for me).

This is reserved for a cozy bookbox in a few months.

Journal Entry 3 by wingmaryzeewing at Taneytown, Maryland -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, July 29, 2012

Released 6 yrs ago (7/29/2012 UTC) at Taneytown, Maryland -- Controlled Releases

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Putting this in Affinity4books' Cozy Mystery bookbox. Hope the next reader enjoys!

Journal Entry 4 by Rhonder at St Paul, Alberta Canada on Thursday, August 16, 2012
This book travelled to Canada but since I've already read it, I'll be leaving it in the box. I highly recommend this series though!

Journal Entry 5 by affinity4books at Bryan, Texas USA on Tuesday, September 10, 2013
came home in my bookbox
sorry to take so long to journal
thanks for sharing!
will read or pass along to another bookcrosser soon

fun series!

Journal Entry 6 by Ollie1976 at Gibsonton, Florida USA on Sunday, February 02, 2014
took from Cozy Mystery Bookbox

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