Diane Mott Davidson is an American author that writes mystery novels. Diane’s mystery novels are unique because they heavily rely on food as a driving factor.
Order of Goldy Schulz Series
|1||Catering to Nobody||1990|
|2||Dying for Chocolate||1992|
|3||The Cereal Murders||1993|
|4||The Last Suppers||1994|
|6||The Main Corpse||1996|
|7||The Grilling Season||1997|
|10||Sticks & Scones||2001|
|17||The Whole Enchilada||2013|
Order of Diane Mott Davidson Non-Fiction Books
|1||Goldy's Kitchen Cookbook||2015|
Born in 1949, Diane can trace her educational origins all the way back to Wellesley College where she studied political science alongside the likes of Hillary Clinton; though she eventually transferred to Stanford University where she got her degree.
Diane’s crowning achievement is her novels’ protagonist, a character that goes by the names of Goldy Schulz. Diane wrote Goldy as caterer working in a small town and who was struggling to deal with the needs of her son following her recent divorce.
Over time, Goldy’s life in the fictional life of Aspen Meadow begins to change; she finds a new purpose and a new career even as her personal life begins to transform. Key to Goldy’s life is her many efforts to play the detective and resolve the murder mysteries plaguing her home.
Diane Mott Davidson’s novels are vaguely related to her own life. For instance, Goldy attended a prestigious Eastern Women’s college just like Diane before finally making the transfer to a University in Boulder, Colorado.
Additionally, many of Diane’s fans have found similarities between Aspen Meadow, Goldy’s place of residence, and Evergreen. Evergreen is a real place in Colorado and it is where Diane resides.
Besides the mystery, every single one of Diane Mott Davidson’s Goldy Schulz books has recipes included within. Not only does Diane describe the dishes in her books with great detail but she also explains the elements used to create it, this making her books not only entertaining but educational.
The titles of Diane’s books are also variations of certain foods and drinks. According to Diane Mott Davidson, her idea for a caterer working as a sleuth in her spare time was sparked by Robert B. Parker who was an American writer that specialized in the mystery and detective genres.
Diane believes that she is able to connect with her readers on a deeper level because, not only do they enjoy her stories but they have an opportunity to actually try and execute her recipes, eventually tasting exactly what the characters were eating and drinking in the story.
Diane Mott Davidson Awards
Diane is pretty unique as a writer because she has managed to keep her readers interested and engaged with more than a dozen mystery novels since she first began writing in 1990. Many other mystery novelists might have grown stale over the years.
However, Diane’s food aspect gives her books a whole new dimension and she has been awarded with various accolades as a result, this including her nomination for an Anthony Award and an Agatha Award for her first Goldy Schulz novel, not to mention taking the Anthony Award home for a short story in 1993.
Best Diane Mott Davidson Books
There is no doubt that Diane has secured her place within a very niche reading market, with some of the best books in her bibliography including the following:
Catering to Nobody: Catering a wake was hardly Goldy Schulz’s idea of a good time. Yet, she did her work diligently, giving her clients a meal they wouldn’t soon forget. And all would have gone well if Goldy’s ex-father-in-law hadn’t died.
Even worse, everyone is accusing Goldy of poisoning him. With her ex-husband leading the witch hunt and all of her leftovers going to the Department of Health, Goldy’s business has been effectively shut down.
However, Goldy won’t sit around and wait for the police to prove her innocence.
This book introduces Goldy Schulz to readers, establishing her place in her small town and her relationship with the local police detectives. Despite having come out of an unhealthy relationship, Diane Mott Davidson misses out on a great opportunity to explore all the demons Goldy might be struggling with. However, Goldy seems perfectly fine in this book, not only mentally but emotionally.
Double Shot: Doctor John Richard Korman is free, his sentence having been commuted by the governor of Colorado. Goldy has nothing good to say about her ex-husband, especially when rumors about her begin to emerge soon after.
However, she cannot afford to worry about Richard, not when a murder is committed and all eyes turn to Goldy.
This book brings Goldy’s husband back onto the scene. The caterer is also targeted for death once more as some unexpected demons resurface.