Dark Tort: 11/16/13
Dark Tort by Diane Mott Davidson is the thirteenth of the Goldy Bear Catering series. It marks the point where I loop on my reading, since I started with Sweet Revenge and Fatally Flaky two years ago.
Usually these books open with Goldy having a new catering gig. Then she becomes aware of trouble her employer is going through. Then at the most inconvenient time possible, someone gets killed and Goldy discovers the body. Dart Tort mixes things up by putting the discovery of the body within the first chapter.
Goldy's current gig is a law office where she has been catering their breakfast meetings. She's also been teaching their secretary, a young woman who she knows originally from Aspen Meadow Prep., how to bake. Except, this early morning, she finds her student dead!
The best of these mysteries have a tight motif, usually around a physical clue (or clues) that Goldy will come across in her day to day work. Dark Tort has a series of food paintings that are both the clue and the treasure. These paintings represent recipes with the ingredients depicted as lively characters.
I know I've rated most of these Goldy Shulz books a five stars, but Dark Tort so far is my favorite of the series. It's the one where Goldy is finally in her element. The clues are right there for anyone who knows food — something she and her assistant, Julian do.