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The Whole Enchilada

(A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #17)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  7,747 ratings  ·  1,060 reviews
Caterer and sleuth extraordinaire Goldy Schulz jumps from the frying pan into the fire as she tries to solve a puzzling murder that is much too close to home, in this latest entry in the New York Times bestselling series from "today's foremost practitioner of the culinary whodunit" (Entertainment Weekly)

The Whole Enchilada

Goldy Schulz knows her food is to die for, but she
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fitting end to a good series. I will miss reading more of Goldy's antics! Perhaps it will come back again... :( The characters were always so vivid.

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Susan Johnson
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
I must be getting cantankerous in my old age but Goldy Schultz did not really amuse me this time. Here are my problems with her in this book:
1. Who goes to her parties or hires her? There is always a dead body at her catering events.
2. She has gotten rude. She shows up at 8 am on a Saturday morning to interrogate somebody. Yesterday she had thrown the man and his wife out of his son's birthday party. Then she wonders where their common courtesy is. Really?
3. Why are sheriff deputies helping her
I gave this book 2 stars and not 1 like I really think it deserves, only because I did manage to finish the whole thing.

Can This Be the End of Goldy and her Snooping?

This was one of the most convoluted books I have ever read. Mysteries are supposed to be somewhat difficult to figure out, or the readers just would not bother reading them. This book was filled with too many red herrings, a lot of possible plots and interesting ideas that had been started and then never expanded upon. There were s
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was ok

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
Although this is a review of book number 17 in the Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series, this will address the series as a whole as well. Mild Spoilers!

When this series first came out, with Catering to Nobody in 1990, I found it quite fun and enjoyable. Goldie and I shared similar backgrounds and interests and there was an element of humor that lifted my spirits. By the third or fourth book, however, several things about the series became tiresome and downright annoying.

Let’s not forget this entir
Sep 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I have read all of the books in this series, and frankly, sometimes I wonder why. They first started out as an interesting concept - a caterer, with a police investigator husband, who gets herself involved in mysteries who is aided by her best friend a wealthy socialite. The books are very light reading, and include some of the recipes that are mentioned in the book.

I love British mysteries and "cozies" - the authors make them seem more serious somehow than most of their American counterparts w
Sandra Perez
Aug 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
I didn't finish reading it as the extended descriptions of menus, homes, peoples attire,etc. bored me to tears. Quite a shame, since I really enjoyed her own earlier works.
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
The Whole Enchilada, the 17th book in Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series, is the apparent conclusion to the series. The story stumbles to a rather too-simple conclusion to a series for which I had somewhat higher hopes. Readers of the series may as well finish it out with The Whole Enchilada, but don't expect to be fulfilled at the end.
As with the previous installments in the series, main character Goldy the caterer stumbles into The Whole Enchilada and, despite being distr
Aug 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Skimmed to finish. Felt like the end was the end of the series. and if it is I think series fans would be happy with Goldy'S ending. I am bored by Goldy and find this was formulaic and filled with filler.
Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it
The Whole Enchilada is the 17th book in the Goldy Schulz Culinary Mystery Series. I recently ranted about authors who seem to become bored with their own characters and series. It's refreshing that Ms. Davidson still seems to enjoy writing this series and has a lot of fun with Goldy.

For those of you that aren't familiar with the series, Goldy Shulz is a caterer in Colorada who is married to a policeman. Each novel is based on a crime that has taken place in their town with some connection to Gol
Sylvia Jefferson
Sep 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I've read all of the Goldy books and find this one to be my least favorite. I got annoyed at the repetition of information that the author kept slinging at the reader . First we were in the scene, then later on Goldy would repeat the scene to someone and then she would remember the scene in detail. Your readers are not that dense, Ms Davidson. We follow you. The last twenty pages go by fast and filled with great storyline. Most of this book is filler or the author just wanted to stretch it out. ...more
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love a good culinary mystery, purely light reads just for entertainment. This book was a delightful read, as have been all the other Goldie the caterer books, though it's not my favorite in the series. I received a free pre-release copy from the publisher.

The Whole Enchilada story begins with a 17th birthday party for Arch, the son of Goldie the caterer. Wish I'd been there as the recipes sounded fabulous! Fortunately, I can make those Enchiladas Suizas myself with the included recipe. No part
May 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
By book 17 in the series, the characters are old friends, Goldy, Marla, Tom, Archie, Julian and the rest; nice to see them again even though someone or other has to die for us to get back together. For mystery readers that is not as sad as it sounds. We expect a sudden murder and relish the suspense, the clever sleuthing, and the brilliant wrap-up. However, this was not, in my opinion, Diane Mott Davidson's best book. In fact it may be her worst. The wrap-up chapter was long and introduced many ...more
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, gr-author
A good ending to a series I have really enjoyed . . . . although WAY too much happened, and way too quickly, in the epilogue.
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've been avoiding cozies of late because I was beginning to find them tiresome. However, I really do enjoy Davidson's Goldy the caterer novels. Plus there are enough murders to make it a little less - er - cozy! The book opens with Goldy preparing the food for a joint birthday party for her son, Arch, and his friend, Drew. Drew is the son of an old friend of Goldy's. She and Holly had been very close at one time. In the years since they were part of a threesome that called themselves Amour Anon ...more
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
Several years have passed since Davidson’s last book in the series about Goldy, the Colorado caterer, who has survived any number of life changing events – an abusive husband, single parenting, starting a new business who is now married to a highly ranked police detective in Aspen Meadows, Colorado.

This novel allowed me to reconnect with her older son, her protégée, Julian, and Marla, her best friend. However, there was too much coming and going and considerable reaches for the lengths she will
Carol Jean
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
I am not such a fan of this author, but I can't stay away from the books! The recipe for Chocolate Comfort Cookies in The Grilling Season has become a standard of excellence in my family.

The writing is very clumsy at times, there are uncomfortable exchanges of dialogue one after the other, and if you do any cooking yourself, you will find the prep time for her catering dishes somewhat improbable. But the heroine has a sweet relationship with her husband and child, and the Colorado setting is ni
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
For some reason that I cannot explain, I keep reading these mysteries. I think I do it just to see if Goldy and the other characters have changed at all. In this particular book (her last?), all I can say is that Goldy is slightly less strident than she has been in previous stories. She's still clumsy, headstrong, arrogant, and overly-protective of Arch (who is still bratty as usual) and marginalizes Tom. As with past stories, this one also has a number of twists and turns and the one redeeming ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was a fun, simple murder mystery to read. A friend lent it to me to read after I raved about a cookie recipe she shared with me and told me the recipe came from a Diane Mott Davidson book. Each of her Goldy Schulz books includes recipes at the end. Goldy is a caterer / sleuth and there are many references to food in the book which will make your mouth water. It isn't the most well written book I've ever read or anything .. but it was fun and a good distraction.
Mar 27, 2018 added it
Shelves: read-in-2018
So trashy and fun and not very well-written. I will never stop reading this series, which I started back when Diane Mott Davidson did! And I will question her sense of time in EVERY book which has ridiculous amounts of things crammed in an hour. Suspension of disbelief for vacation reading, ya'll.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: series-fiction
Like #16, this novel had a very complex plot and just wasn't as tight as the earlier books. On the other hand, if this is the last book in the series, things were wrapped up nicely. And officier Boyd did stand-up comedy! Who knew?
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, cozy-mystery
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The Goldy Schulz books have been going stale for quite some time and this latest visit with Goldy and friends is no exception. Most of the story is formulaic. The freshness and enthusiasm featured in earlier books is sadly lacking.

One of her best friends dies of an apparent heart attack after a birthday party Goldy throws for her son and the best friend’s son. While her friend and sidekick, Marla, is still refreshing
Sharon Redfern
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Goldy Schulz is at it again in the latest book in the series. When her good friend Holly dies after leaving her son’s birthday party, Goldy discovers that there was a lot going on in Holly’s life that Goldy knew nothing about. Goldy and Holly met when they gave birth to their sons at the same time and discovered that they were both married to Doctors, and not the nicest men to boot. Over the years they had lost touch with each other but Goldy considered Holly one of her most important friends an ...more
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The latest in the Goldy Bear Culinary Series and it certainly delivers. As usual, Goldy is involved in aiding the local law enforcement establishment in solving crimes such as murder, attempted murder and even blackmail. Goldy herself is the target of a murderer who believes she is in possession of information very vital to him. With her trusted friend Marla, business associate, Julian, Police detective husband and others, she is off to solve the murder of her special friend Holly and the viciou ...more
Nov 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I have been waiting for this, what might be the final (17th) addition is the Goldy the caterer series...I am glad that I waited to get it from the library than actually purchasing it! While being fairly fast paced and quite suspenseful, it lacked the previous feature of Goldy's catering details. The catering did go on; yet a lot of the cooking seemed to be done by others - mainly Julian. It added a slightly different flavor to the story,almost as if Goldy was stepping away from her culinary care ...more
Jai Francy
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is my first of the series of 17 Goldie Shultz culinary mysteries. It was easy to jump right in. Would I read others? – Sure, if the price was right. I think what makes this series great is 1) you don’t have to go through a lot of back story to get to the current story. 2) You can pick up in the middle and all the characters feel like old friends. 3) No stress reading and no one is schooling you on technical skills.

This story is enjoyable and fun, despite its rather improbable events. Goldie
Sep 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, fiction, library, mystery
The Goldy Schulz novels follow the caterer as she manages to blunder over one dead body after another in Aspen Meadow, Colorado. And no matter how much the police chief (who also happens to be her husband) wants her out of harm’s way, she seems to stumble into that as well as she tries to get justice for the recently deceased.

In this latest installment, The Whole Enchilada, her friend Holly drops dead after leaving a birthday party catered by Goldy. Even as the police try to figure out whether s
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the 17th book in the Goldy Schulz Culinary Mystery series. Goldy Schulz is a caterer who lives in Aspen Meadow, Colorado, 40 miles from Denver. This book opens with her son Arch's 17th birthday party. The party is chaotic, and ends with the murder of of one Goldy's good friends. Clues and food abound, as well as some fatal near misses for Miss G, as her husband Tom refers to Goldy. There are some delightful red herrings, and a mystery that is not quite as easy to deduce as some I have re ...more
Davidson employs the usual formula with its typical absurdities. People come on the scene with supposedly full formed deep relationships with Goldy and her family members only to die like redshirts. Yet we've nary had mention of them in the previous dozen or so books (at least not so as you'd remember). Goldy weeps and emotionally falls apart on cue, and gets badly injured yet still manages to have standing up shower sex without difficulty. Tom hovers around and deploys his whole police force as ...more
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A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • Dying for Chocolate (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #2)
  • The Cereal Murders (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #3)
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“When I woke the next morning, gray light suffused the bedroom curtains. Tom was still asleep, so I moved through my yoga routine, then tiptoed to the kitchen. A mountain breeze moved languidly through the pines and aspens surrounding our house. I opened the back door for Scout the cat and Jake the bloodhound, and reminded myself that today we were celebrating my only son’s seventeenth birthday. Okay, we were two months late. But, so what? I smiled and reflected that it was probably a good thing that I’d stayed up past midnight to frost the cake.” 2 likes
“For had it been an adversary who taunted me, then I could have borne it; or had it been an enemy who vaunted himself against me, then I could have hidden from him. But it was you, a man after my own heart, my companion, my own familiar friend.” 2 likes
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