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The Whole Enchilada: 07/08/14
The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson is the eighteenth in the Goldy Bear Catering mystery series. A long time friend and former member of med-wives 101 dies after a joint birthday party held at Marla's house and catered by Goldy for their two sons.
As her friend's ex-husband and new wife might be suspects, the son is sent to relatives in Alaska. In helping him pack, Goldy is also attacked and severely injured.
The closeness in terms of friendship, of the attack and the severity of Goldy's injuries (meaning she stays injured for most of the book) gives a legitimate reason for a game change. Goldy has to rely on her friends; the ensemble cast is at its strongest since Fatally Flaky. Julian, Boyd and Marla make a great support team for Goldy.
These Goldy Bear Catering mysteries always center on a specific industry that she's catering for, or a venue that she's catering in. The victim this time was a collage artist, so the clues fall into a similar neighborhood as those in Dark Tort.
The book was a fun addition to the series. There's a lengthy epilog that will answer questions posed at the end of Crunch Time.