Killer Pancake: 05/23/13
Killer Pancake by Diane Mott Davidson is the fifth of the Goldy Bear mysteries. This is also the first one where she is married to Tom Schulz.
Independence Day is around the corner and Goldy is busy with a variety of patriotic events. Her big client, though, is Mignon Cosmetics — a local affair with BIG plans. The only problem — local animal rights protestors have gotten wind that they test on rabbits. Worse yet, Julian's new girl friend and employee of of Mignon, has been struck down in the mall parking lot and Julian is the prime suspect.
I found investigation between Mignon and a rival cosmetic company a lot more interesting and credible than the kidnapping plot of The Last Suppers. Although Goldie isn't a makeup wearer, she was still able to go undercover as a potential client. It's something a newlywed might do.
Now as I first started reading this series out of order (starting with Fatally Flaky), there are some characters introduced here who are expanded upon later. I found that tidbit a bit distracting, especially as I expected certain characters to resort to violence. Except that they didn't. Here they were minor parts in the ensemble.
This is also the novel where Goldy's coffee addiction gets out of hand. She pulls some long nights but also uses coffee as a coping mechanism. I don't think I could ever drink as much espresso as she manages without becoming violently ill.
Anyway, it was a fun book to listen to.