|Chopping Spree (2002) [Novel]|
by Diane Mott Davidson
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Series: Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries
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
It's the event of the shopping season: the Princess
Without a Pricetag party for the wealthy 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 villain
the odd lover out in a violent love triangle?
Original title: Chopping Spree
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Amateur