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The Grilling Season: 07/07/13

cover artThe Grilling Season by Diane Mott Davidson is the seventh in the Goldy Bear catering series. I'm catching up to the books I read early on before I decided to read them in order. So if my review seems more disjointed than usual, that's probably why. I should also note that as I listened to this book, read by Barbara Rosenblat, I have no idea how some of the character names are spelled!

Arch's father (aka, "the Jerk") is dating one of Goldy's clients. Of course, this client (who has a bit of a reputation for a temper, herself) ends up dead. All the evidence points to John Richard — all too conveniently. But Goldy, having survived through his abuse, is too blinded to see anything else except that her abusive ex-husband has finally gone too far. Arch, though, insists that she do her usual snooping around to prove that his father didn't do it. Either — he's an unusually dense child who is completely blind the abuse (doubtful) or he's inherited his mother's Spidey senses.

While Julian is away at college, Goldy is loaning his room to McGuire. He had been working as her assistant, but he's been laid up with mono (which I can tell you from personal experience, is no fun!) and even she can't get him to eat.

Between trying to get McGuire to eat and trying to help Arch (against all of her better judgment), Goldy also has the Babsie Doll conference to cater. Think Barbie meets American Girl. Then throw in the crazy cosplay that sometimes goes hand in hand with conferences.

I enjoyed the book. Goldy seemed more out of sorts than usual but given the circumstances, her emotional state makes sense. As I am coming up on books I've already listened to, I had some deja vu moments — mostly in recognizing people who will be important in future volumes. For anyone paying close attention, all the clues are there. The how, why and and who are all there.

Five stars

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Month in review

Reviews
Amelia Peabody's Egypt by Elizabeth Peters
Angelina on Stage by Katharine Holabird
Arthur and the Invisibles by Luc Besson
Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Search Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang
Bad Machinery: The Case of the Team Spirit by John Allison
Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan by Nancy Springer
The Cats on Ben Yehuda Street by Ann Redisch Stampler
Daisy's Defining Day by Sandra V. Feder
The Deeds of the Disturber by Elizabeth Peters
Don't Forget the Bacon! by Pat Hutchins
Emile by Tomi Ungerer
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say
The Grilling Season by Diane Mott Davidson
Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 2: Research by Thomas Siddell
A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
How Did You Get This Number by Sloane Crosley
Let's Meet a Librarian by Gina Bellisario
The Monstore by Tara Lazar
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaola
Navajo: Visions and Voices Across the Mesa by Shonto Begay
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Pie by Sarah Weeks
Pippi in the South Seas by Astrid Lindgren
Ruth Fielding in the Saddle by Alice B. Emerson
The Shape Shifter by Tony Hillerman
Tough Cookie by Diane Mott Davidson
The Viper's Nest by Peter Lerangis
Yoga For Cats by Traudl Reiner

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