Turn the nuts out onto paper towels and allow them to cool, then chop them roughly and set aside. Sift or whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese on medium speed until the mixture is very creamy. Add the brown sugar and beat very well, until the mixture is creamy and uniform.

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But starting with book 13, Dark Tort, they seem to have lost something. I had hopes after 15, Fatally Flaky, once again returned to form with a decent mystery plot but now with this 16th entry in the series, I am afraid for the future of the entire series.

Where should I start? There is just way too much going on here. Too many characters, too many subplots, too many attempts to throw the reader off course. I suppose with a cozy mystery, the reader expects to suspend their disbelief somewhat and just go with it.

But Goldy just ignores any and all precautions as she goes about gathering clues to solve the murders. That happens in most of the books due to her personality but here she really defies logic in gathering evidence. The plot is so convoluted it seems Ms Davidson was making it up as she went along. There are so many subplots here, with minor characters making one or two sentence appearances, that it is hard to follow.

The long-term characters, those that have appeared throughout the series, make zero strides forward. The mystery itself is weak, the surrounding plot was weak, and I was looking forward to the last page so I could get on to another book. I still may because there are just so many good books out there to spend my time with. Ms Davidson is a talented writer as evidenced by her past work.


Diane Mott Davidson – Crunch Time

She was educated at St. After leaving her home town, she attended the prestigious Wellesley College, where she was named a Wellesley scholar. Eventually she transferred to Stanford University where she completed her studies in Art History and Political Science. She eventually continued her education and received a Masters Degree in Art History from the prestigious Johns Hopkins. She settled down in Colorado where she taught Bible studies for adults and is license to preach. She has been married for over forty 40 years, has three sons and two grandchildren. Her novels all have food based phrases as their title, and the main protagonist is a caterer from a small town in Colorado who solves mysteries in her spare time.


Crunch Time (Goldy Schulz Series #16)


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