Monday, February 20, 2012

Oh My God! Someone Just Tried To Kill Me! Think I'll Whip Up A Batch of Cookies

I finally finished Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson. Her Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery Series is one I've enjoyed for many years. However, the quality of these books has been on a rollercoaster ride. Some of them are pretty good. Some of them are not. This was the worst I've read. There were way too many characters, too many storylines, and too many absolutely ridiculous events. Goldy's TSTL moments were out of control. No one thought is was weird having one of the main murder suspects stay at the primary investigator's house? Goldy's son almost kills a guy, is holding a bloody weapon, and Goldy pretty much ignores him and starts baking? Hee hee! There are no transitions here between the murder plot and the cooking. One moment, Goldy is bloody and unconscious, the next she's whipping up a coffee cake. The best part of this book? The recipes at the end. Natty and I are going to make the Crunch Time Cookies this week.

Grade: C- or less (cringe)

This is my kids' week of winter break. I have a huge TBR pile for books. Let's see how many I get to!

* In the Flesh by Julia Barrett! (yay, Julia!)
* Prince Charming, Inc. by Jamie Brazil
* Prince of Hearts by Katy Cooper
* Ride with Me by Ruthie Knox
* Touch of a Rogue by Mia Marlowe

Hope everyone has a wonderful week,


Unknown said...

I don't suppose anyone yelled "jinkies!" did they?

Penny Watson said...

Pretty close. I kept yelling out loud "Oh my God! This is ridiculous!" and my hubby was saying "What the hell are you reading?" and I couldn't stop myself because I wanted to find out who the killer was, but the pages and pages of explanation for the murder went on and on and on.....And thank God, I was drinking a really good glass of red wine during the entire debacle. Cripes.


Steph from said...

I read ridiculous stuff out loud to my spouse a lot. His outrage is a required response. Like, a certain book series takes place where we live and uses actual towns and businesses only totally screws it up. For example Topsham is 100 miles south of Portland. placing it in the Atlantic. A Yacht club a few miles from my house is called chi chi and all the rich people are partying there. It is the least chi chi place on earth. It is a bathroom and a dock. Other writers either get it right and/or make up town names. UGH Sorry - PET PEEVE.

Those cookies look good.

Penny Watson said...

Hey Steph....Someone was just complaining about a military-style Navy SEAL book that kept mixing up military terms, the setting, the town where the base was located, the distance to different cities, etc. Evidently, the author couldn't decide if he was in the Navy or Army. Hee hee....oops! Gotta get an editor for that!

Drinking wine while reading books like these is extremely helpful. ;^)

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Yeah, when someone tries to kill me, that's the first thing I do, bake up a batch of cookies. Yup. Does the trick for sure. I like Barbara's comment - "Jinkies!" Too funny! I'm surprised you didn't find it necessary to finish the entire bottle of wine...
Thanks for reading my book!

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

Sad she used to be one of my favorite authors, but I quit reading her a long time ago. It was a plot like you drank your way through I think that stopped me. Keep on having those drinks, Penny. Remember you're drinking for me as well. xxoo Nancy

Penny Watson said...

Julia, it was your wine! Thanks! I'm sad because I used to love this series. It has definitely fallen off the edge of the TSTL abyss. Oh well.

Your book is up next!

Penny Watson said...

Hi Nancy! I used to get really frustrated when her abusive ex-husband was still alive and harassing her and her family. It drove me nuts! But I love her sweet big teddy bear of a hubby. I wish DMD would focus on the romance a bit more, and less on these convoluted plot lines that are so riddled with holes and implausibilities, that a bottle of wine is required during reading.