William Morrow, November, 2004.
Hardcover, 310 pages.
The Jerk is Dead! Hallelujah! The fans of Diane Mott Davidson's bestselling culinary mystery series have suffered for years along with heroine Goldy Schulz, as she matched wits with her abusive ex-husband, Dr. John Richard Korman (better known as "the Jerk.") It really was pure genius when Ms. Davidson finally decided to kill him off and -- of course -- Goldy is the prime suspect. Mercifully, Ms. Davidson has given Goldy a fabulous second husband; he's supportive, kind and looks great in his sheriff's outfit. Now, with the help of her hubby and irrepressible and very wealthy best friend Marla (another ex-wife of The Jerk) Goldy sets out to find the killer and clear her name.
It is a joke that Davidson fans will relish; the Jerk causes Goldy just as much trouble dead as he did when he is alive. But still, little Goldy Bear never gives up. When most women would have been packed off to the sanitarium or loaded up on Prozac and Xanax, Goldy just ambles into the kitchen to whip up something fabulous to eat. Goldy is a heroine that readers can relate to. She's insecure, impulsive and yet resiliant and brave. And she puts real cream in her espresso. With vivid characters, a villain to love to hate, a tricky mystery plot and delicious recipes to boot, what's not to love?
--Claire E. White
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This review was published in the November-December, 2004 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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