by Diane Mott Davidson
Beach book of the week
Goldy Schulz is having one heckuva day. First her living room window is shot at. Then she finds a dead body. Then her husband takes a bullet in the shoulder. As if that weren’t enough, the caterer has to plan a luncheon for a new client. Time for an Advil? You bet. But Goldy refuses to wait for the police to figure out how the crimes connect. Moving into a restored castle where she has signed on to cater a banquet, Goldy whips up a few batches of fudge cookies and a baker’s dozen of theories. Suddenly everyone is a suspect, from her ex-con ex to the creepy castle’s eccentric owners to her husband’s old flame.
In her 10th “culinary mystery,” Davidson cooks up such a complex batter that the ingredients don’t blend until the very end, while the suspense factor rises higher than a champagne soufflé. Warning: With Goldy sharing her recipes (her Queen of Scots Shortbread looks particularly good), you may want to pull your reading chair up next to the oven. (Bantam, $23.95)
Bottom Line: Cuisine art