The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson

The Whole Enchilada

Caterer and sleuth extraordinaire Goldy Schulz jumps from the frying pan into the fire as she tries to solve a puzzling murder that is much too close to home, in this latest entry in the New York Times bestselling series from "today's foremost practitioner of the culinary whodunit" (Entertainment Weekly)The Whole Enchilada Goldy Schulz knows her food is to die for, but she...

Title:The Whole Enchilada
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ISBN:0061348171
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:384 pages

The Whole Enchilada Reviews

  • Sandra Perez

    I didn't finish reading it as the extended descriptions of menus, homes, peoples attire,etc. bored me to tears. Quite a shame, since I really enjoyed her own earlier works.

  • Alissa

    Skimmed to finish. Felt like the end was the end of the series. and if it is I think series fans would be happy with Goldy'S ending. I am bored by Goldy and find this was formulaic and filled with filler.

  • Barbara

    Not one of Diane Mott Davidson's best efforts. In this book Goldy is catering a Mexican food birthday party for a teen after which the teen's mother - a close friend of Goldy's - suddenly collapses and dies. Goldy feels compelled to find out about her pal's mysterious death and as usual thrusts herself into the police investigation. Soon afterward Goldy's pastor is stabbed and a rival caterer who tried to steal Goldy's business is murdered. I don't want to give away essential plot points but the

    Not one of Diane Mott Davidson's best efforts. In this book Goldy is catering a Mexican food birthday party for a teen after which the teen's mother - a close friend of Goldy's - suddenly collapses and dies. Goldy feels compelled to find out about her pal's mysterious death and as usual thrusts herself into the police investigation. Soon afterward Goldy's pastor is stabbed and a rival caterer who tried to steal Goldy's business is murdered. I don't want to give away essential plot points but the story involves too many disparate elements: terrible parents, misuse of trust funds, art shenanigans, unfaithfulness(and more) to ever mesh together in a satisfactory way. Goldy also bullies witnesses and leaps to conclusions from the tiniest hint of "evidence". I liked this series for a long time but for me Goldy is losing her mojo.

  • Dianne

    I gave this book 2 stars and not 1 like I really think it deserves, only because I did manage to finish the whole thing.

    Can This Be the End of Goldy and her Snooping?

    This was one of the most convoluted books I have ever read. Mysteries are supposed to be somewhat difficult to figure out, or the readers just would not bother reading them. This book was filled with too many red herrings, a lot of possible plots and interesting ideas that had been started and then never expanded upon. There were s

    I gave this book 2 stars and not 1 like I really think it deserves, only because I did manage to finish the whole thing.

    Can This Be the End of Goldy and her Snooping?

    This was one of the most convoluted books I have ever read. Mysteries are supposed to be somewhat difficult to figure out, or the readers just would not bother reading them. This book was filled with too many red herrings, a lot of possible plots and interesting ideas that had been started and then never expanded upon. There were so much unnecessary (and boring) details of daily life; clothing, décor etc. – that I eventually wanted to just start skimming the wordy book just to get to something interesting.

    This novel had more characters than Carter has pills and I wish the book would have come with a descriptive list just so I could keep all the main characters, secondary, tertiary and so on, characters straight. The ending came from virtually nowhere and was quite unsatisfying. Goldy’s usage of her husband’s job on the police force has become a farce. Tom just comes off looking like a fool, as does Boyd and the other police people that are there to “protect” Goldy. No one and nothing can stop Goldy and Marla – even Tom who supposedly upholds the law---for everyone. And this is a big problem in my eyes. Why Marla and Goldy don’t get PI licenses is beyond me. Had they done so, it would have helped me suspend my disbelief and put a more believable spin to this book.

    If you are not Episcopalian, you may have some issues with the very religious aspects of this book.

    What once was a cozy mystery series of a caterer doing her best to create a life for her son and to do her best at her job while using her smarts to clear up wrongdoings, has now changed to something I don’t even recognize anymore.

    Perhaps what happens in the epilogue is evidence that this will be the last book in this now tired series.

  • Robin

    I have read all of the books in this series, and frankly, sometimes I wonder why. They first started out as an interesting concept - a caterer, with a police investigator husband, who gets herself involved in mysteries who is aided by her best friend a wealthy socialite. The books are very light reading, and include some of the recipes that are mentioned in the book.

    I love British mysteries and "cozies" - the authors make them seem more serious somehow than most of their American counterparts w

    I have read all of the books in this series, and frankly, sometimes I wonder why. They first started out as an interesting concept - a caterer, with a police investigator husband, who gets herself involved in mysteries who is aided by her best friend a wealthy socialite. The books are very light reading, and include some of the recipes that are mentioned in the book.

    I love British mysteries and "cozies" - the authors make them seem more serious somehow than most of their American counterparts who usually have some kind of "gimic" (in this case a caterer.) It is difficult most of the time to believe that Goldie's husband, Tom, lets her get away with her investigations, while his own team is investigating. I cannot imagine this happening anywhere except fiction, even in a small town near Denver, like Aspen Meadows. In this book, Tom actually even goes with Goldie while she investigates (or rather "snoops".) And frankly, I could care less what, Marla, Goldie's best friend is wearing - the author really doesn't describe any one else's clothing, so why just Marla's. It doesn't seem to flow.

    The author seemed to repeat herself quite a bit. First we would have the scene, then Goldie would describe it to someone, usually her husband, and finally, she would think it over. It is as though the author were looking for filler to get the book to a proper length. The ending did surprise me, but mainly because there were no actual clues leading in that direction.

    I really didn't hate the book, but I didn't like it that much either. The prologue made me think that this might be the last of the series, and perhaps that's a good thing.

  • James

    A fitting end to a good series. I will miss reading more of Goldy's antics! Perhaps it will come back again... :( The characters were always so vivid.

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    A fitting end to a good series. I will miss reading more of Goldy's antics! Perhaps it will come back again... :( The characters were always so vivid.

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  • Susan Johnson

    I must be getting cantankerous in my old age but Goldy Schultz did not really amuse me this time. Here are my problems with her in this book:

    1. Who goes to her parties or hires her? There is always a dead body at her catering events.

    2. She has gotten rude. She shows up at 8 am on a Saturday morning to interrogate somebody. Yesterday she had thrown the man and his wife out of his son's birthday party. Then she wonders where their common courtesy is. Really?

    3. Why are sheriff deputies helping her

    I must be getting cantankerous in my old age but Goldy Schultz did not really amuse me this time. Here are my problems with her in this book:

    1. Who goes to her parties or hires her? There is always a dead body at her catering events.

    2. She has gotten rude. She shows up at 8 am on a Saturday morning to interrogate somebody. Yesterday she had thrown the man and his wife out of his son's birthday party. Then she wonders where their common courtesy is. Really?

    3. Why are sheriff deputies helping her in her catering business while on duty? Please.

    4. Why is everyone she knows independently wealthy? Julian, Marla, Ophelia?

    5. Why is there no recipe for the chile relleno torta?

    6. Is this her last book? I think so. I think it's time for Goldy to hang up catering apron. Just how many murders can there be in one small town?

  • Jessie

    Although this is a review of book number 17 in

    , this will address the series as a whole as well. Mild Spoilers!

    When this series first came out, with

    in 1990, I found it quite fun and enjoyable. Goldie and I shared similar backgrounds and interests and there was an element of humor that lifted my spirits. By the third or fourth book, however, several things about the series became tiresome and downright annoying.

    Let’s not forget this entir

    Although this is a review of book number 17 in

    , this will address the series as a whole as well. Mild Spoilers!

    When this series first came out, with

    in 1990, I found it quite fun and enjoyable. Goldie and I shared similar backgrounds and interests and there was an element of humor that lifted my spirits. By the third or fourth book, however, several things about the series became tiresome and downright annoying.

    Let’s not forget this entire series takes place in a span of about 6 years (Archie is 11 in book 1 and 17 in book 17).

    Let’s start with Aspen Meadows, vying for “Murder Capitol of the World.” They ought to make a reality series called “The Real Housewives of Aspen Meadow” because there is more backstabbing, gossip, lying, treachery, adultery, illegitimacy, nastiness, alcoholism, shallowness, and sheer bitchiness than any reality series out there. NEVER go to a doctor or lawyer in Aspen Meadows. They sleep with their patients/clients, do more "mal" than practice, overcharge, over-prescribe, embezzle, boondoggle, lose rights to practice, and even switch babies (I’m pretty sure that figured in one book). How about the bizarre weather and the road department’s lack of preparedness. It is always snowing/flooding/burning in Aspen Meadows. Dangerous roads are never repaired, closed or cleared. The police are kindly and well-intentioned but useless to abused spouses and unable to solve simple crimes. Perhaps they spend too much time looking after Goldie.

    Goldie is obsessed with her abusive ex-husband. She never gets past her victim mentality and continues to allow his emotional abuse as she whines and complains for several years after his death. It’s as if Davidson cannot let her character grow.

    Archie is an obnoxious spoiled brat and needs a (figurative) smack upside the head. Goldie caters (no pun intended) to him in a way that insures he will never have a healthy relationship with a woman. And what’s up with not hugging or showing public affection for Archie because he’s a boy and will be embarrassed? Geeze, Goldie, embarrassing your kids is part of parenting.

    The supporting characters are one dimensional, including Goldie’s detective husband Tom, who is a caricature of the romance hero. He’s the handsome guy in the background providing support, superlative love-making, handy in the kitchen, with coffee and massages at the drop of a towel. Tom has no needs, no life outside of Goldie and his job to get in the way of the plots. Goldie constantly takes and Tom gives. Even to the ludicrous point of including her in police investigations.

    And a word about the recipes. The Dungeon Bars and Gourmet Spinach soup from early books are favorites in my home. But later recipes have become so convoluted, snooty and pretentious I don’t even bother to look at the recipes anymore.

    In 6 novel-years (24 real-time years), 17 novels and good Lord I’ve lost count of the deaths, Goldie has learned nothing. She is headstrong, stubborn, careless, unthinking, and selfish. Her curiosity and need to do what she wants to do when she wants to do it comes before anything else in her life. Despite being a supposedly talented and competent caterer who exercises and does yoga, her clumsiness is frequently a plot device. She is constantly falling, having auto accidents, being assaulted, shot, knifed, poisoned, and … have I left anything out? She spends so much time in the hospital she is probably uninsurable at this point.

    The review of this book: Predictable, repetitious, and uninteresting. Tom wants to have a baby.


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