Sunday, December 20, 2009

10 years of notes and interviews become Carlin's 'Last Words' (Diane Mott Davidson)

From Arizona Daily Star --

10 years of notes and interviews become Carlin's 'Last Words' --

12.13.2009 --

"Fatally Flaky"
By Diane Mott Davidson
(Morrow, $25.99)

Diane Mott Davidson has become the queen of the culinary mystery, and her 15th novel showcases her plotting and characterization skills. For the record, Davidson's recipes equal her plotting; I still use her stovetop chocolate soufflé from "Dying for Chocolate."

In "Fatally Flaky," Davidson's Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz has been hired to prepare a wedding reception for a bridezilla. A local physician's death is linked to a town scandal, insists Jack Carmichael, Goldy's godfather. Is all this because of the secrets at a high-end spa?

Davidson's novels have become fan favorites because of her attention to characters and plotting. Goldy started as a new divorcee escaping an abusive marriage from a prominent doctor, showing that domestic violence could happen in the best of homes. Her now happy home life, strong marriage and relationship with her son have added new dimensions to this beloved, entertaining series, as "Fatally Flaky" shows.

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