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Dark Tort – Diane Mott Davidson

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Dark Tort by Diane Mott Davidson is the 13th in the Goldy Schulz series.  It’s been a while since I last read it, though, and I forgot who did what, so that was good.  I’m not really a fan of figuring the mystery out before the end.  I mean, the author went to all that work, the least I can do is suspend my disbelief until the end.

But I have to admit that in reading this series, I always get really annoyed with Goldy, our heroine.  She’s one of those characters that you just want to smack upside the head and say “Geez, just let it go.” or “Don’t go in there!”  She’s always going where she shouldn’t go, snooping where she shouldn’t snoop and her unreasonable angst about her son makes me want to throw the book against the wall.  Maybe it’s because I’m not a mother, but I’m really sick of her trying to understand and interpret each and every itty bitty glance, sigh and schlumpy teenager-ism.  No wonder he’s such a pill!  He’s got an overbearing mother!

That being said, Diane Mott Davidson does create some interesting characters to populate her fictionalColoradotown.  And, having worked for a law firm for over 25 years, I recognize a lot of the people in this particular outing! 

Our group, as a whole, enjoyed this light-hearted romp, but it definitely wasn’t a favorite.  No strain and you could put it down for awhile and when you picked it up again, there was no problem getting back up to speed.  The complaints about it ranged from one-dimensional characters, everybody being so nice and sweet and the aforementioned insistence on going where a girl shouldn’t go.

We had an animated discussion about how, even though this is the 13th outing for our heroine, she really hasn’t grown and changed.  Granted, she’s no longer single and her business has grown, but she’s still a busybody who drinks way too much caffeine and is just plain lucky to have the perfect Julian to follow her around and keep her business from going into the dumper.

The way this book ends, though, is rather sudden.  Neither Goldy nor the reader really has a clue who the evildoer is until literally, BAM, right at the end.  A weakness, in my opinion.

The food was wonderful, of course.  I always finish these books starving for something tasty.  For our meeting, I made the Strong Arm Cookies.  But I’ve also got a craving for the Asparagus Quiche.

Pam didn’t attend our meeting, preferring to celebrate her anniversary with her husband, instead of us.  But she did recommend the Lake District Mysteries by Martin Edwards, Coffin Trail, in particular.

I’ve been reading the Molly Murphy series by Rhys Bowen and recommended the first outing, Murphy’s Law.

Next month, we’ll be reading a true crime set in 19th Century Chicago.

Joan

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