Saturday, May 21, 2011

CRUNCH TIME: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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CRUNCH TIME
A Novel of Suspense
BY DIANE MOTT DAVIDSON 

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz cooks up big trouble as she tries to help her longtime friend and fellow chef Yolanda Garcia. When the rental house shared by Yolanda and her irrepressible aunt Ferdinanda is destroyed by arson, the pair move in with cop-turned-PI Ernest McLeod. But then Ernest is shot dead and his house is set on fire, nearly killing Goldy, Yolanda, Ferdinanda, and nine beagle puppies that Ernest had recently rescued from a puppy mill.

Concerned for her friends, Goldy invites them to stay with her while the sheriff’s department investigates. Yet even Goldy’s house isn’t safe, and after a failed break-in by an unknown intruder a cop is sent to keep an eye on things. Then a second body is found.

Swapping her chef’s hat for a sleuthing cap, the intrepid Goldy steps up the investigation. But she’s got to move fast. It’s crunch time to close in on a killer, before he can close in on her.

Filled with danger as well as laughs, wonderful food, and scrumptious recipes, Crunch Time is a delicious indulgence sure to satisfy all of Goldy’s fans.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
New York Times bestselling author Diane Mott Davidson wrote three novels before one was accepted for publication—when she was 41. She has since written 14 more mysteries, all featuring Goldy the caterer. In addition, she has written short stories and poetry for various publications. Davidson has won the Anthony Award from Bouchercon, and has been nominated for the Agatha, another Anthony, and the Macavity Award. In 1993 she was named Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Writer of the Year.

Davidson was educated at St. Anne's School in Charlottesville, Virginia, where her English teacher, Emyl Jenkins, encouraged her to become a writer. She attended Wellesley College, where she was named a Wellesley Scholar, before transferring to Stanford University, from which she graduated with a double major in Art History and Political Science. Several years (and one child) later, she received her MA in Art History from Johns Hopkins.

Davidson has volunteered for numerous organizations. She was a tutor in a correctional facility, rape-victim counselor, and served for 10 years on the Board of Examining Chaplains of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado. For years she taught the adult Bible study at her parish, where she was also licensed to preach.

Davidson has been married to her husband, Jim, for almost 40 years. They have three sons, a daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, and a basset hound.
Photo by Richard Haber Photography

PRAISE FOR AUTHOR DIANE MOTT DAVIDSON:
“A cross between Mary Higgins Clark and Betty Crocker.”
Baltimore Sun

“The Julia Child of mystery writers.”
Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph

“Terrific.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch on Crunch Time

“Fans who relished Davidson’s previous culinary mysteries will assuredly eat up this newest one, too.”Booklist on Crunch Time

“Enjoyable.”Publishers Weekly on Crunch Time

“Davidson’s fans will not be disappointed.”
Kirkus Reviews on Crunch Time 
MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
CRUNCH TIME by Diane Mott Davidson is a scrumptious morsel of fun and an exciting escapade for everyone’s taste! Let me assure you that you don’t have to have read the earlier books in Davidson’s series as CRUNCH TIME stands alone just fine. However, you will want to go back and read them after meeting Goldy Schulz, the well known caterer and amateur detective. Trust me that Sleuthing 101 wasn’t a course taught at culinary school but Goldy still seems to wind up involved whenever there is any kind of criminal investigation going on. In her home of Aspen Meadows, Goldy is surrounded by people who just seem to always beckon to her for help, not just good food. Tom, her husband, is also a great cook but he wishes she would stay out of all these mysteries and just stay in the kitchen instead. 

When Goldy’s friend Yolanda, who lives with her Great Aunt Ferdinanda  are left homeless following a fire that consumed their home, Goldy is of course concerned. They wind up moving in with their neighbor, Ernest, a retired policeman, who is now a private eye, only to have the worst happen! Someone murders Ernest and then his house burns down with an arsonist, and possibly the murderer, surely the suspect now. Of course, Goldy and Tom insist they move in with them until this case can be solved.

There is so much background to these well developed characters that all naturally adds to the mystery: Aunt Ferdinanda is in a wheelchair because she was the target of a hit-and-run accident; Yolanda’s afraid of her former abusive boyfriend who she senses is stalking her, and then there are nine precious beagle puppies that become part of the plot! Can all this play into what is happening now? How can Goldy not be involved? As a victim of abuse from her own first marriage, Goldy knows what Yolanda is up against.

With Goldy catering the memorial dinner for Ernest, and Tom cooking for Goldy, there is some good food going on and readers have the bonus of some great recipes included in the book. My problem, is I am not Goldy nor do I have a Tom, so I can only WISH I was in Aspen Meadows! I think the turning point and when the case escalates, is when Goldy’s own home becomes involved. Now it is time for her to really take action! Will Goldy find out who the arsonist and murderer is before she becomes the next victim? Will she be able to help protect her dear friend Yolanda by getting to the bottom of this case? Will Tom keep cooking even as all this danger is surrounding them? Enjoy CRUNCH TIME by Diane Mott Davidson and you will find all these answers and more in this delightful culinary mystery.

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60 comments:

Chèli said...

I've been waiting for this one for month/a year!

Love how Diane tests the cookies out on her kids!

Hopefully, being first will be lucky for me. I really want this book!

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Chèli said...

I thought the little family tree was cute. Author to author to author


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I posted on my blog


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I love to follow your blog - it's been great fun for more than a year!


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traveler said...

I would enjoy this book since it is unique and light reading. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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I like her six word memoir. Smart. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

debbie said...

I have read all the books in this series. I am looking forward to this one. The recipes in it are good,too.
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Linda Kish said...

It sounds interesting and I want to taste the cookies.

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Linda Kish said...

It said something about she is really good at meeting people but then her page went down so I couldn't read any more.

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Steve Capell said...

Your review has definitely wet my appetite. I would guess from your review that this book may be classified as a cozy mystery novel. I also like the fact that this author has dedicated much of her life to helping other people. Thanks for your great review.

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Joan said...

I've read several of the other Goldy books but haven't read a few of the last ones. I was happy to read above that even if you haven't read them this one stands alone.
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Carol N Wong said...

Not only would I love to read here dessert of a book, I would like to meet her some day. Love the way that she had combined volunteer work with her family and writing.

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Carol N Wong said...

The Harper Collins site is down for right now so I went ahead and tweeted. My Twitter name is Carolee888.


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Karen B said...

“A cross between Mary Higgins Clark and Betty Crocker." - that makes it a must read for me!

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I subscribe.

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+5 for FB fans - May bonus.

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lag123 said...

I love the Goldy books and especially love the recipes. Her escapades are fun to read.

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lag123 said...

Diane's page at the Harper Collins website is unavailable. I tried several times.

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Tweeted: http://twitter.com/lag32583/status/72310688500035584

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I do subscribe via email.

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Tore said...

Sounds like a really good mystery. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

Karen B said...

If a movie were made of my life, I would be played by...
Janeane Garofalo.

Love that!

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Sue Farrell said...

This sounds like another fun cozy mystery romp with Goldy Schultz. These books are always fun and I can hardly wait to read it.

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Sue Farrell said...

I think it's interesting that the author has a basset hound----wahat a perfect dog for a mystery writer.

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I am an email subscriber.

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mamabunny13 said...

It sounds like Diane has had a very full and rewarding life so far. What an awesome lady!
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mamabunny13 said...

I went to Diane's Fun Stuff page and found out that she is ADHD...how in the world can she sit still long enough to write?! I told you she is an awesome lady. :)
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moonsword said...

The review is so positive and a bit provocative...how do those puppies fit in?? I'd love to know! Thanks for the giveaway! metaltech17[at]gmail[dot]com

moonsword said...

Diane would love to lunch with Sue Grafton and goodgolly I'd love to join them! Cheers! metaltech17[at]gmail[dot]com

bloggingmom said...

I love DMD and I have read all of her other Goldy books. I would love to read this one, too. garczynski (at) aol (dot) com

Carol N Wong said...

Hooray! The site is now up.
One of the author's favorite 6 word memoirs is "She worked, she failed, she worked".


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holdenj said...

I've enjoyed all of Goldy's adventures and can't wait to read this one too! Thanks!
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Pamela Keener said...

OMG the beagles have a part in the plot. Sign me up. I love mysteries and puppies.
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I am an e-mail subscriber to your blog.
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Pamela Keener said...

The Author Tracker feature is so good. It introduces you to new to you authors that you might want to try.
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Becky said...

Another book in this series! Yahoo! I've enjoyed the Goldy the caterer series. Thanks for the author info!

~Enamored Soul~ said...

First of all, dear Ms. Haney, I have to thank you for your support, and for guiding me to this particular giveaway.

I would love to win/read this book because it sounds like a wonderful sleuthing novel - which I like very much. I'm afraid I have a bit of the Sherlock Holmes in me - he and I must somehow be related! lol :P I love mysteries, and this sounds like a good one! :)

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~Enamored Soul~ said...

I found it interesting that even at this age, author Davidson dreams about having children. Not interesting because it is something to be balked at, but because it is sweet, and speaks volumes about the joys of motherhood! :) Also, her description of the perfect day, would be my EXACT description of a perfect day as well! :D

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I tweeted the giveaway:

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bloomerbear said...

I've never read any of this Authors books nor any on Goldy...I would like to start with this one if possible...thank you

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Anita Yancey said...

I really enjoyed your review. The fact that it is a murder mystery says it all for me. I love the characters that Diane uses in this story. Please enter me. Thanks!

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Anita Yancey said...

I find it interesting that Diane was 41 when her first book was accepted for publication. I like that her English teacher encouraged her to become a writer.

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I am an email subscriber.

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Misusedinnocence said...

I love mysteries and this sounds great!

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rubynreba said...

Sounds like a good mystery along with food!
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I like that her greatest achievement is having 3 sons.
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