This has been a busy month, but I managed to read three great mysteries. I linked the book covers to their Amazon pages, in case you find one that interests you!
Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson
Goldy Schultz Book 1
I purchased this paperback from our writers group used book sale. Apparently this is the first in a 17-book series. Goldie Baer is a caterer in a small Colorado town. Recently divorced from her philandering husband, she struggles to make ends meet. That becomes more of a problem when she caters a funeral wake and one of the guests, who happens to be her ex-father-in-law, is poisoned. Tom Schultz, the lead investigator, closes down Goldie’s business, but doesn’t seem too upset when Goldie does her own investigating, because he likes spending time with her – and he loves her cooking! This is the first in a long series, and although the book is longer than the ones I usually read, I enjoyed getting to know this cast of characters enough that I ordered the next two in the series from my library.
Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson
Goldy Schultz Book 2
After reading Catering to Nobody, I decided to check out more of the series and I’m glad I did! When Goldy starts dating a handsome psychologist, her jealous ex-husband begins to stalk her and destroying her property. Since he’d been physically abusive during their marriage, Goldy takes a live-in position as a cook for a wealthy couple. She continues to cater events, and her son Arch is able to attend the summer session at a prestigious prep school. But soon after her new job begins, her new boyfriend dies in a horrific accident on a winding mountain road. Goldy witnesses the crash, as she was following him in her van. Investigator Tom Schultz, who still has an interest in Goldy, is on the case, but Goldy isn’t about to let him do all the work. There’s lots of action and plenty of surprises in this story, and I’m looking forward to reading Book 3!
NonScents by Noel Cash
Rory Harper West Haven Mystery, Book Five
Noel Cash has been my guest here on 4F1H with her Rory Harper series, and I’ve had this book on my Kindle app for over a month. This past weekend I finally made the time to read it. Rory and Kix, both part of the magical world of elves, pixies, trolls, and other beings, have kept their relationship professional while battling the Storm Keeper and a witch who’d both traveled from the distant past. In book four, Rory had vanquished the Storm Keeper, but Villette, the witch, returns to exact vengeance. Meanwhile, the rest of the Myth community still haven’t regained their powers, and they’re depending on Rory to get them back. As if this isn’t enough, Rory’s parents and Kix’s brothers are being stalked by a relative of someone killed during a previous case. This story kept me turning the pages long after my bedtime! I’d better get some rest tonight, because Book Six will be released tomorrow.