Sunday, April 3, 2016

Review of "The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense" by Diane Mott Davidson




In this 17th book in the series, Goldy the caterer looks into the suspicious death of a friend. The book can be read as a standalone.

*****

This isn't one of Diane Mott Davidson's best efforts. In this book Goldy is catering a Mexican food birthday party for a teen after which the teen's mother - a close friend of Goldy's - suddenly collapses and dies.

Goldy feels compelled to find out about her pal's mysterious death and as usual thrusts herself into the police investigation. Soon afterward Goldy's pastor is stabbed and a rival caterer who tried to steal Goldy's business is murdered.

I don't want to give away essential plot points but the story involves too many disparate elements: terrible parents, misuse of trust funds, art shenanigans, unfaithfulness (and more) to ever mesh together in a satisfactory way. Goldy also bullies witnesses and leaps to conclusions from the tiniest hint of "evidence". I liked this series for a long time but for me Goldy is losing her mojo.

Rating: 2 stars

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