Double Shot: 09/07/13
Double Shot by Diane Mott Davidson is the 12th book in the Goldy Bear catering series. It's the last one to feature the JERK and the one in which he is the primary murder victim. It's also the first one to really feel like the series as I started reading it back in 2011 (as I started with Fatally Flaky.
Goldy has purchased an old restaurant near the lake. She has turned it into an events center and venue for her catering business. While preparing for a funeral lunch, she finds her food spoiled. Later she learns that John Richard Korman (her abusive ex husband) has been released from prison.
Before she can even accuse the JERK of sabotage, she finds his body. Now Goldy faces a new problem: being accused of killing her ex-husband.
As I've read ahead in the series and Sweet Revenge hinges on events that happen in Double Shot, I knew who was behind the murders. It didn't matter though. The book is still entertaining and character driven.
Looking at the series as a whole (or a near whole as I still have Crunch Time (2011) and The Whole Enchilada (2013) to read), I find a few recurring quirks troublesome. The first is Goldy's hard head. It seems in nearly book she sustains head trauma strong enough to black out (she's hit, in car crashes, falls, etc). The second is the ever changeable geography of Aspen Meadow.
It seems that everyone lives across the street from Goldy — and for the last couple of books she's been living in the same home! I know these mountain communities can have some crazy and meandering streets with small private roads snaking off the main one, but still — there must be other places for relevant characters to live.