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Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson

Updated on October 2, 2014

Catering to Nobody

This is the first book in a series of murder mysteries by Diane Mott Davidson. In the first book, we are introduced to Goldy, a struggling divorced mother raising Arch, her teen-aged son. To support herself, she starts a catering business but more often than not, finds herself solving murders.

In this book, she is finally rid of her abusive husband, more often than not referred to as the "Jerk". That does not stop her from taking of the task of solving the murder of her ex-husbands father at a funeral reception. Here she meets Tom Schultz, a police detective who is not sure that she is the right one to solve the murder.

Along with solving the murder, she also caters for the events in their Colorado town. Diane Mott Davidson not only write great mysteries, she also provides the recipes for all the items Goldy caters. Two great treats in one. A murder mystery and a cookbook.

Meet Goldy, Arch, the "Jerk" and Tom

Catering to Nobody (Goldy, Book 1)
Catering to Nobody (Goldy, Book 1)

Catering to Nobody is the first book in a series of murder mysteries. Great story and great recipes. Goldylocks Catering serves up delicious dishes and solving murders all in one book. In this book, you get to meet her ex-husband, her son, her best friend Marla and Tom Schultz, the detective who begins to show up in all the books.


The story of Goldie continues

There are a lot of books in the series. Diane Mott Davidson lives in Colorado and writes about the area she know. She is the parent of three children and so can talk about Goldy's son Arch with authority.

My favorite recipe from Dying for Chocolate

My poor book has guacamole fingerprints on the page

Schulz's Guacamole Salad

1 head of iceberg lettuce

1/4 cup grate cheddar cheese

1/4 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese

1/2 cup chopped scallions

8 cherry tomatoes, halved

1 cup crushed corn chips


1 avocado, peeled, pitted and mashed

1 tbs fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup sour cream

1/3 cup corn oil

1 tbs picante sauce

Tear lettuce into small pieces and combine with cheeses, scallions and tomatoes. Cover and refrigerate in salad bowl until serving time. Combine all ingredients for dressing and mix well. Toss salad with dressing and sprinkle top with crushed chips.

New book

At the time I updated this to share my love of these books, a new book was released. I can't decide if I want to order it from Amazon or make the trip to Barnes and Noble to pick it up right now because it now includes her recipe for the perfect fudge made with sun-dried cherries and roasted pecans

I have read all of the books and I am a fan. Anyone else out there?

Do you read her books for the mysteries or the recipes?

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    • JeanJohnson LM profile image

      JeanJohnson LM 

      7 years ago

      I bought her first book but haven't yet read it. It's in my pile of reads. Nice lens

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      7 years ago

      The Guacamole Salad sounds like something I want to try. I really enjoyed this, its so down home.

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      7 years ago

      I am a huge fan and have read all her books, some of them twice. I was disappointed in her latest book "Crunch Time". It was more formulaic and cut and dried with none of the "icing on the cake" of her earlier books where she has beautiful prose descriptions of the scenery, or goes into relationships more. This was just a cut and dried who dun it and dragged in places. It made me wonder if she had a ghost writer write it for her?

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      7 years ago

      I am such a Diane Mot Davidson and Goldy fan! I have read all her books and love them and love her fictional family. But I have to say that the latest book, "Crunch Time" was a disappointment. I even wondered if she had a ghostwriter writing for her instead of herself. It just wasn't up to the quality of her other books. It seemed more formulaic into the who done it rather than the whole package of relationships, recipes, catering, and even wonderful prose descriptions of the beautiful scenery that is in her earlier books. It just seemed cut and dried all about the who done it and none of the "icing on the cake" so to speak. It was a longer book than the others and it dragged in some spots. I would like to see Diane get back to how she wrote some of the earlier Goldy series novels. But I'm still a big fan and will stand in line to buy your books! Cindy

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Nice rundown of this book!

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I keep seeing this author and series recommended, so maybe I'd better get around to trying one.

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      8 years ago

      Love Goldy Bear and collecting all of Diane Mott Davidson's work!

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      8 years ago

      This series sounds so great. And I love the recipe you included. Now I will have to add Davidson's books to my reading list.


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