Double Shot (Culinary Mystery Series #12)

Double Shot (Culinary Mystery Series #12)

by Diane Mott Davidson

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“Today’s foremost practitioner of the culinary whodunit.”
Entertainment Weekly

“In the genre of culinary mystery writers, Davidson is a Julia Child among Betty Crockers, and there is no question that Double Shot is her best book.”
Denver Post

New York Times bestseller Diane Mott Davidson is the darling of cozy mystery readers and dedicated foodies the world over. Davidson is really cooking with Double Shot, another tantalizing puzzle featuring her beloved protagonist, accomplished caterer and sleuth Goldy Schulz. Whipping up a rich soufflé of murder and mischief, Davidson has Goldy in a stew once again, when the reemergence of her psychopathic ex-husband and a murder that follows soon after brings chaos into her world. And, as always, many delicious recipes from Goldy’s kitchen are featured as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060742430
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/19/2004
Series: Culinary Mystery Series , #12
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Diane Mott Davidson is the author of seventeen bestselling novels. She divides her time between Colorado and Florida.

Patricia Kalembar is a veteran of film, television, and stage. Her many credits include the film Signs and starring roles on television in Sisters and Thirtysomething.

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Chapter One

It's a funny thing about being hit in the head. Afterward, you're never quite sure what happened. You only know that something did.

At five in the morning on June the seventh, I was pushing my dessert-laden old pie wagon up the walk to the Roundhouse, a failed restaurant I'd leased and was converting into a catering-events center.

At half-past five, I was lying in the grass, wondering what I was doing there and why I was in so much pain.

Reconstruct, I ordered myself, as I wiped gravel from my mouth. I hadn't fainted. But I had been knocked out. My head throbbed, my knees stung, and the back of my neck felt as if it had been guillotined with a dull blade. I groaned, tried to move my legs, and was rewarded with a wave of nausea. I rubbed my eyes and tried to think, but the memory remained out of reach.

My husband, a cop, often tells witnesses to begin their story at daybreak on the day they see a crime. This gives folks a chance to talk about how normal everything was before events went haywire.

So that's what I did.

I closed my eyes and recalled rising at four, when mountain chickadees, Steller's jays, and all manner of avian creatures begin their summer-in-the-Rockies concert. I showered, did my yoga, and kissed Tom, to whom I'd been married for two years, good-bye. He mumbled that he'd be in his office at the sheriff's department later in the day.

When I checked on my son, Arch, he was slumbering deeply inside his cocoon of dark blue sheets. I knew Arch would wait until the last possible moment before getting dressed to assist with that day's catered event. But at least he was helping out, which was more than most fifteen-year-olds would be willing to do at the start of summer vacation. I loaded the last of the event's foodstuffs into my catering van, made the short drive up Aspen Meadow's Main Street, and rounded the lake. A quarter mile along Upper Cottonwood Creek Drive, I turned into the paved Roundhouse lot, where I'd parked and unloaded.

So far so good. I remembered merrily wheeling my cart up the gravel path toward the back door of my newly remodeled commercial kitchen. Peach pie slices glistened between lattices of flaky crust. A hundred smooth, golden, Tennessee chess tartlets bobbled in their packing. Threads of early morning sunlight shimmered on the surface of Aspen Meadow Lake, two hundred yards away. In the distance, a flock of ducks took off from the lake, quacking, flapping their wings, and ruffling the water.

Recalling all this made the area behind my eyes sting. But when I tried to turn over, pain ran up my side and I gasped. The desserts, the lake, the ducks. Then what?

As I'd steered the wagon toward the ramp to the back entry, I'd noticed something odd about the Roundhouse kitchen door. It was slightly ajar.

A thread of fear had raced up my neck. My body turned cold and I stopped the cart, whose creaky wheels had been filling the morning silence. A thump echoed from out of the kitchen. Then a crack. As I reeled back on the path, someone leaped out of the kitchen door.

A man? A woman? Whoever it was wore a black top, black pants, and a ski mask. The intruder lunged down the ramp. Wrenching the pie wagon backward, I teetered, then backpedaled furiously. He -- was it a man? -- shoved the cart out of the way. It toppled over. Pastries spewed onto the grass. The prowler loomed, then hand-chopped the back of my neck. The force of the blow made me cry out.

With silver spots clouding my eyes, I'd registered crumpling, then falling. I'd bitten my tongue and tasted blood. Then there had been the terrible pain, and the darkness.

Okay, so that was what had happened. But why had someone wearing a mask been in my kitchen in the first place? I did not know. What I did know was that lumps of granite and sharp blades of drought-ravaged scrub grass were piercing my chest. Again I tried to lift myself, but a current of pain ran down my body. When I thought, You have an event to cater in six hours, tears popped out of my eyes. Who could have done this to me? Why today, of all days? My business, Goldilocks' Catering, Where Everything Is Just Right!, was set to put on only our second event since I'd leased the Roundhouse. It was a big lunch following a funeral -- a funeral that might as well have been mine.

Water burbled nearby: Cottonwood Creek, a foot below its normal flow. A car rumbled past -- the beginning of the morning commuter traffic from the stone and stucco mini-mansions that ranged along the upper part of the creek. Positioned as I was on the far side of the Roundhouse, it was unlikely that any of the lawyers, accoun-tants, or doctors making their way down to Denver would see me and call for help. With enormous effort, I pushed up to my elbows, fought queasiness, and got to my feet. The overturned pie cart lay a few feet away. Crusts and fruit slices littered the sparse grass. Tartlet filling oozed into the dust.

I almost thought, Peachy!, but stopped myself.

I limped to the van and climbed inside. Then I locked the doors, opened the glove compartment, and pulled out the thirty-eight I'd started keeping in there since the twenty-second of April. That was when my ex-husband, Dr. John Richard Korman, had had his prison sentence commuted by the governor of Colorado. He had been serving four years for aggravated assault and probation violation. Although he'd beaten me up plenty of times before I'd kicked him out seven years ago, the assault he'd been convicted for -- finally -- had been his attack on a subsequent girlfriend. Unfortunately, he'd been behind bars for less than a year.

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Ransom Notes Interview with Diane Mott Davidson

Ransom Notes: What do you like best about writing the Goldy mysteries?

Diane Mott Davidson: I find the most enjoyable aspect of writing to be tapping into the characters' voices, especially Goldy's. I also take great pleasure in doing the research for each book. This is especially true with the catering aspects, because I always work (incognito) at events while I'm writing. It's a marvelous way to find out how demanding it is to deal not only with food, but with people! I'm always astonished to see how badly people can behave when they think no one is noticing. To them, the caterer/servant simply is not there. But of course I am, watching and listening.

In a mystery, the sleuth must be believably involved and emotionally invested in solving the crime. An amateur investigator like Goldy uses different tools to solve a crime than a professional employs. In Double Shot, I had to research everything from money laundering to who gives permission for DNA testing. And, oh yes, how difficult is it to make a homemade silencer?

In Double Shot, Goldy is the main suspect in a murder. In order to get on with her life, she has to find out not only what happened but why. As I wrote this book, I kept asking myself, What can Goldy see that the police can't? The answer is that an amateur -- particularly in a small town -- often knows the victim, knows who held grudges against the victim, and may also have a hunch about how a suspected villain would think or act.

RN: What made you decide to include recipes for Goldy's delicious-sounding delicacies?

DMD: Like Goldy, I love cooking and developing new recipes. At first "Goldy the caterer" was planned as a secondary character. But she was just so outspoken, my critique group suggested I put her into the limelight. After that, the idea of including her recipes in the books just came naturally. This actually made the book more difficult to sell at the outset! Although my books were not the first mysteries to include recipes (Rex Stout put some into an early Nero Wolfe adventure in 1935!), at the time my first book was published, no one else was doing this.

RN: Why did you set this series in Colorado?

DMD: The town where we live -- Evergreen, Colorado -- is the inspiration for Goldy's Aspen Meadow. Harsh winters, forest fires, droughts, and floods are part of the price of life in the glorious Rockies -- so, like me, Goldy has to deal with them!

RN: Can you tell us anything about your future plans for Goldy?

DMD: In the book that's in the works now, Goldy is catering in a law firm. I always look for titles that have cooking/murder double meaning, so this one is Dark Tort.

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Double Shot 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Dsolver More than 1 year ago
This book is a good read as have been most of this series. Sometimes, however the main character, seems to be injured more seriously than the book reflects in her astounding "recoveries" bear out. Also the son of the main character wears thin on a reader's patience,with his self centeredness, especially if the reader is a person who raised children as a single parent with no support financially or emotionally as this character has done with her son. All in all I enjoyed each of this series that I purchased, for the most part and will probably purchase more The recipes are very interesting, even though in certain instances, some are a bit involved for one who does not have the professional equipment described in the preparations available. I suggest that if a reader buys books in this series, they look for the dates the original issues were published and try to commence reading them from the first one(s).
HE9 More than 1 year ago
Although Diane Mott Davidson has served up another terrific read I have to say that I was slightly disappointed. In this particular book I found that it seemed that she is trying to hard to come up with an advanced plot but it only made the story confuse me with all of the intricate twists and turns. For my personal taste there were too many characters that could be suspects or that were important and I found myself flipping back just to remember who did what and how they were involved in the matter. These books are quite entertaining to read but they seem to have a few flaws one of which really bothers me and that is that they live in Aspen Meadow, a very small town compromised mostly of tourists and snotty country club folks. But in every book at the very least one person is killed, and if she continues like this by the time I get to the end of the series the whole town will have been killed off. Despite the fact that this is not my favorite book of hers there are many excellent pieces in it. I was getting tired of Goldy's ex-husband who seemed to deter her at every corner and in this book he is shot and I feel relieved that I don't have to read about his obnoxious behavior anymore. The ending of this book also sets Diane Mott Davidson up nicely for another book with new characters that are born at the end of this book.
MsBeautiful on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoy this character, love hearing about cooking/recipes
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When caterer Goldy Schulz is attacked and her food deliberately spoiled while catering a funeral lunch, she suspects her attacker was her ex-husband, Dr. John Richard Korman, who was recently released from jail. While Goldy is concerned that someone is trying to sabotage her business, she is also worried about her husband, Tom, who has been depressed ever since he lost a case and a guilty defendant was let free. And then there is health inspector Roger Mannis who is making Goldy's life very difficult by doing his best to find health violations while she is catering. Goldy soon has bigger worries when she discovers the body of someone who was murdered and she becomes the chief suspect when the police think her gun was used in the murder. Goldy realizes she is being framed and tries to figure out who the real murderer is from a long list of suspects. While she is trying to save her business and investigate the murder, Goldy is dealing with problems with her son, Arch. Not only does he blame her for the murder, but it's clear he's keeping secrets from her. Goldy certainly has a lot on her plate. "Double Shot" is a well done mystery. The murder in the book takes the series in a direction that could have hurt the series but instead makes it stronger. The book has some memorable characters, including Sandee, John Korman's latest girlfriend, and Brewster Motley, the attorney defending Goldy, who looks more like a surfer than an attorney. Author Diane Mott Davidson works the catering aspects seamlessly into the story and I liked the fact that Goldy's cooking isn't always perfect. The fact that she burns some fruit pies makes her more of a real character. The mystery itself is well plotted, with plenty of suspects. The motive for the murder is a sad one and readers may sympathize more with the murderer than the victim. Most of the plot lines are neatly wrapped up at the end and things that I didn't think were related to the plot, like out of control forest fires, actually turn out to be very important rather than mere filler. One of the plot lines is deliberately left vague, which may frustrate some readers, but I liked it. However, there were a couple of things I didn't like about the book. I found it hard to believe that Goldy didn't lose any of her customers while a murder suspect. And at the end of the book, Goldy has a new enemy who no doubt will be featured in future books. It would be nice if Goldy had some personal peace in at least one book, but that's probably not going to happen. "Double Shot" is a good mystery.
angharad_reads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Previously, have always read these from the library; this is the first one I've owned. Have never yet bothered to make any of the recipes. Because of developments in the sleuth's personal life, am looking forward to the next one!
Irishcreme57 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Finally happens.. and that's all I'll say so I don't spoil it for the rest of you. Not sure it's her best, but one of the top ones. Plus.. I think I made every recipe in the book. Certainly TASTED like her best.
kymmayfield on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another hit in the Goldy Bear series! This book had a delicious story line as well as recipies. A must read.
47linda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book had a twist in it that was expected to happen at some time and the time fast and was spelling binding. Anyone who has read the books with Goldy will understand!
judithrs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Double Shot. Diane Mott Davidson. 2004. Haven¿t read one of these light delightful novels in years. Goldy Schulz is a caterer, married to a policeman who manages to solve mysteries while cooking up delicious-sounding recipes! In this one her ex has been killed and she¿s being questioned as a suspect so she and her zany friend also an ex of the ex decide to find out who really killed him. Recipes are included in the back of the book. These books make you hungry!
indygo88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a so-so read. It read like an abridged book (which it was), meaning I had a little trouble keeping track of the characters and the transitions were a little abrupt. The story itself was decent enough, the writing was okay. I may have enjoyed this more had it not been abridged.
DonnaLeaSimpson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I went away from this series for a while, because the constant bullying from Goldy's ex got to be too much. If you feel the same, read this book! You'll be satisfied, and now I intend to go on and read the series again!There has never been any doubt that Davidson is a terrific writer, but the gloom and doom got depressing. With this book, she's back to form.
gengohead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Latest in a great series featuring caterer Goldie Shultz. Well written and fun, with a sense of danger.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another in the Goldie's series and a fast read. Goldie's ex-husband is murdered and she's framed for his murder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Davidson just gets better and better each book. The story lines become more sophisticated and enjoyable. I do suggest reading them in order written, so the impact of the series flows for you.
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