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Publication Order of Goldy Schulz Books

Catering to Nobody (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dying for Chocolate (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cereal Murders (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Suppers (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killer Pancake (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Main Corpse (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Grilling Season (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prime Cut (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tough Cookie (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sticks & Scones (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chopping Spree (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Double Shot (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Tort (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sweet Revenge (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fatally Flaky (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crunch Time (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Whole Enchilada (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Goldy Schulz Non-Fiction Books

Goldy's Kitchen Cookbook (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Diane Mott Davidson is an American mystery writer who was born in the year 1949, in Charlottesville Virginia. She was educated at St. Anne’s School in Charlottesville, where her English teacher encouraged her to pursue he dreams of becoming a writer.

After leaving her home town, she attended the prestigious Wellesley College, where she was named a Wellesley scholar. Eventually she transferred to Stanford University where she completed her studies in Art History and Political Science. She eventually continued her education and received a Masters Degree in Art History from the prestigious Johns Hopkins.

She settled down in Colorado where she taught Bible studies for adults and is license to preach. She has been married for over forty (40) years, has three sons and two grandchildren. Diane Mott Davidson’s work is interesting in that there is the constant theme of food.

Her novels all have food based phrases as their title, and the main protagonist is a caterer from a small town in Colorado who solves mysteries in her spare time. To make the food experience complete there are recipes in each book.

Goldy Shulz (née Bear): catering to mystery

The main character in all of Diane Mott Davidson’s novels is Goldy Shulz. Goldy is a caterer living in the fictional town of Aspen Meadows. She is recently divorced and trying to make a decent living for her and her young son.

Has the number of novels has increased so have the number of characters that interact with Goldy and affect her on a professional and personal scale. This makes Goldy an interesting and ever evolving character.

Catering to Nobody Published in the Year 1990

This is our first glimpse into the life of Goldy Bear (Shulz) and her son Arch. The novel involves Goldy catering the wake of her son’s teacher, not a great gig, but simple enough. The trouble begins when Goldy’s ex-father in law, Fritz Korman, drinks from a poisoned cup at the wake.

Goldy is accused of the act and decides to get to the bottom of the mystery herself. She meets a myriad of characters including the amorous Tom Shulz who courts her. In the end, with the help of her son Arch and by searching for connections between Fritz, the deceased teacher and almost all of the residents in the town, she solves the mystery.

Dying for Chocolate Published in the Year 1992

In the second installment in the series we are once more transported to Aspen Meadows Colorado. Goldy is worried that her abusive ex husband, Dr. Korman, or the jerk as Goldy likes to call him, will follow through on his renewed threats. This leads her to installing a security system, which causes her and Arch to move into the General Bo Farquhar’S mansion for the summer are a live in cook.

The General is an eccentric person retired munitions and terrorist expert. The novel also sees the introduction of a new flame for Goldy in the form of an old flame, psychologist Philip Miller. This puts Tom Shulz on the back burner, but soon enough Miller is involved in a horrible head on collision and perishes. Goldy, who was following Philip at the time, suspects foul play and uses her skill set to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Diane Mott Davidson’s heroine will once more set things right and provide excellent food in the process.

Recipes Abound: More about Diane Mott Davidson

There are many endearing qualities to the novels that Diane Mott Davidson produces. They are all easy reading, evenly paced, flowing works with quirky memorable character and an original heroine. This would be enough to get most readers to puck up one of her novels, but there is a hidden aspect to these books that make them that much more delectable.

Goldilocks catering is a working business. It is the catering company for the wealthy citizens of Aspen Meadows Colorado. The premise of the novels is based precisely on this aspect of her life. The thought of a mystery solving, single parent caterer, should be enough to get most people intrigued about the novel, but the fact that the dishes Goldy prepares are provided as recipes within the novel is wonderful.

This is a truly original idea, furthermore the recipes are really good. I’ve tried the mayonnaise and the guacamole from Catering to Nobody and found them both easy and delicious. Here we really get into the loves of the writer. Diane Mott Davidson not only weaves wonderfully entertaining stories, but manages to incorporate her love of cooking into her work.

Honestly attempting the recipes gives a different layer to the story. You are actually brought into the fiction somewhat by being able to taste that which the characters are enjoying on the page. This makes the process more that just a simple reading experience.

In a round about way it brings the element of taste to literature. This was a concept that was only accomplished though cook books, which lack the narrative quality of a good novel. There has been a change to the way in which these recipes are presented.

In the first 11 novels the recipes were woven into the story, but with the release of Double Shot they were compiled and placed at the end of the novel. Personally I enjoyed the discovery of a recipe within the story itself. Diane Mott Davidson has taken an idea and ran with it.

She has now published 16 books in the Goldy Shulz series and shows no signs of stopping. The novels have become must reads for most of her followers, some of whom have been following Goldy’s exploits since the year 1990.

It is incredible that an author can keep a character fresh and pertinent over a period of 25 years yet Diane Mott Davidson has managed to do just that. I am sure there a still a few mysteries to be solved in Aspen Meadows Colorado and I think we all know the perfect caterer to do so.

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29 Responses to “Diane Mott Davidson”

  1. Glenna: 8 months ago

    Hi Diane, hope you will have a new book soon. I have read all your books, watched all the movies. My daughter lived in Colorado and was able to have you sign some of your books for my birthdays.

  2. Gloria Wells: 10 months ago

    I recently purchased books 2-17 and am almost finished with #17. I was unable to locate book #1 for sale. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed these books and the recipes have been an added bonus!!

  3. Nancy: 1 year ago

    PLEASE START WRITING MORE!!! love Your books!!!

    • Heidi Kestner: 1 year ago

      Just read Fatally Flaky.
      But it’s Physician Assistant. Not physician’s

      From a retired Physician Assistant!
      Thank you for including us in the clinic mystery!

  4. Jan Royse: 1 year ago

    I’ve enjoyed your books, have read them all, tried the recipes and enjoyed them, also.
    Please write another Goldie book. We need to have her spirit encouraging us in these times.
    Thank you.

  5. Julianne Allen: 2 years ago

    I have read your whole series and hope that there might be more? My mother and I would listen independently to your audio books and then talk about them. I miss her and your easy writing style. I live in Charlottesville and love all the small connections with you.

    • Sharon Hefner: 1 month ago

      I wish you would write again. I have enjoyed every one of your books. Have even made some of your recipes.

  6. Lina Meinhardt: 2 years ago

    I met you in a small bookstore signing in Lenexa, Kansas over
    30 years ago .
    I am now 79 and living in Sarasota, Floria. Just finished your
    Last book with baby Grace. So happy and surprised. I
    Hope to hear you will write Just one more.
    Lina Meinhardt

  7. Judy McGee: 2 years ago

    I have and own all the books. Have reread them and am rereading her last book..The Whole Enchilada. Love them! I am a cradle Episcopalian so her stories sure are hitting home. Hoping she decides to add another book to the series but understand wanting to spend time with family.

  8. Mary Tomko: 2 years ago

    Are you going to right anymore Goldie mysteries? I’ve read them all and every year I check to see if I missed one. Love your books!!!!

  9. Kathy: 3 years ago

    Diane, I absolutely love your books. Thank you so much for writing them. I have been reading cozy mysteries for years. I can honestly say that your Goldy Schultz mysteries top my list. There just are none better. I know everybody deserves to retire sometime, but I selfishly wish you would write more.

  10. Connie Haase: 3 years ago

    More please, we need more stories!

    • Rhiannon: 3 years ago

      I second and third this!

  11. Jackie: 3 years ago

    I love your books and love the bit of Colorado in them. I live in Centennial and hope to see more of
    your books soon. Ive even started rereading your books I have.

    • Linda: 1 year ago

      I have read all your books and wondered what happened to you. Pls write more

  12. Stephanie: 3 years ago

    Would love to see more Goldy culinary mysteries. I’ve read the whole series and can’t wait for another book. I pray Ms. Davidson will be writing more. Thanks.

  13. rosepilkington: 3 years ago

    what is the name of her latest book?

    • Graeme: 3 years ago

      As per our list above – Goldy’s Kitchen Cookbook, published in 2015.

  14. Tana harper: 3 years ago

    Is Ms Davidson still writing? I would love to read a new one. These are comfort books we need more of in this world. I love it too that these people actually go to church! And of course, the food prep makes me want to get in the kitchen! Thanks for sharing your gift, Ms Davidson!

    • Graeme: 3 years ago

      It doesn’t appear so. I’ve researched it before and haven’t been able to find out any reason as to why she has stopped witing 🙁

      • Candy: 3 years ago

        Will the Goldy Bear/Schultz books ever be made into a movie.
        Hallmark TV movies?

        • Jen: 2 years ago

          Yes! The Curious Caterer movie is available on Hallmark now! Though, the characters have been changed up a bit. It’s loosely based on the first two books.

          • Linda: 10 months ago

            Just want to say, if you ever want to start writing again, I have no doubt your delightful stories will still be in demand. They are an absolute delight.

      • Diana Micalson: 2 years ago

        She has said she stopped to spend more time with family. Check her facebook page, maybe?

  15. Esther Schmerling: 3 years ago

    I am waiting for the newest diane mott davidson book!!

    Will there be one?

  16. moedogs: 6 years ago

    Will there ever be more from Goldy? LOVE these novels!!

  17. Kathy: 6 years ago

    When will the next book be coming out? Read The Whole Enchilada but miss having a new one to look forward to. Goldy’s the best – are she and Tom having a baby? Hope so. Thanks.

    • Lisa Drape: 3 years ago

      Is Diane still writing? The last book I’ve read is: The whole Enchilada!!
      Love her books!! Please let me know!! Thank you!!! 📚😊👍💕

      • Gail Muhl: 2 years ago

        I have read all of your Goldie stories. I need m
        More. I, too, earned my Masters Degree at JHU.


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