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Thanks to her recent adventures in Dying for Chocolate, Goldy Bear, the premier caterer of Aspen Meadow, Colorado, is no stranger to violence--or sudden death.  But when she agrees to cater the first College Advisory Dinner for Seniors and Parents at the exclusive Elk Park Preparatory School, the last thing she expects to find at the end of the evening is the battered body Thanks to her recent adventures in Dying for Chocolate, Goldy Bear, the premier caterer of Aspen Meadow, Colorado, is no stranger to violence--or sudden death.  But when she agrees to cater the first College Advisory Dinner for Seniors and Parents at the exclusive Elk Park Preparatory School, the last thing she expects to find at the end of the evening is the battered body of the school valedictorian. Who could have killed Keith Andrews, and why?  Goldy's hungry for some answers--and not just because she found the corpse.  Her young son, Arch, a student at Elk Park Prep, has become a target for some not-so-funny pranks, while her eighteen-year-old live-in helper, Julian, has become a prime suspect in the Andrews boy's murder. As her investigation intensifies, Goldy's anxiety level rises faster than homemade doughnuts. . .as she turns up evidence that suggests that Keith knew more than enough to blow the lid off some very unscholarly secrets.  And then, as her search rattles one skeleton too many, Goldy learns a crucial fact: a little knowledge about a killer can be a deadly thing.


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Thanks to her recent adventures in Dying for Chocolate, Goldy Bear, the premier caterer of Aspen Meadow, Colorado, is no stranger to violence--or sudden death.  But when she agrees to cater the first College Advisory Dinner for Seniors and Parents at the exclusive Elk Park Preparatory School, the last thing she expects to find at the end of the evening is the battered body Thanks to her recent adventures in Dying for Chocolate, Goldy Bear, the premier caterer of Aspen Meadow, Colorado, is no stranger to violence--or sudden death.  But when she agrees to cater the first College Advisory Dinner for Seniors and Parents at the exclusive Elk Park Preparatory School, the last thing she expects to find at the end of the evening is the battered body of the school valedictorian. Who could have killed Keith Andrews, and why?  Goldy's hungry for some answers--and not just because she found the corpse.  Her young son, Arch, a student at Elk Park Prep, has become a target for some not-so-funny pranks, while her eighteen-year-old live-in helper, Julian, has become a prime suspect in the Andrews boy's murder. As her investigation intensifies, Goldy's anxiety level rises faster than homemade doughnuts. . .as she turns up evidence that suggests that Keith knew more than enough to blow the lid off some very unscholarly secrets.  And then, as her search rattles one skeleton too many, Goldy learns a crucial fact: a little knowledge about a killer can be a deadly thing.

30 review for The Cereal Murders

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Book Review 3 of 5 stars to The Cereal Murders, the third book in the "Goldy Bear Culinary" mystery series, published in 1993 and written by Diane Mott Davidson. I'm a fan of this series, enjoying the charming antics of the cozy little town, the delicious-sounding recipes and the mystery fun each book includes. Another good installment in the series, it falls somewhere in the middle range of best and worst, nothing to extraordinary but nothing much of fault. Focused on the intensity of college Book Review 3 of 5 stars to The Cereal Murders, the third book in the "Goldy Bear Culinary" mystery series, published in 1993 and written by Diane Mott Davidson. I'm a fan of this series, enjoying the charming antics of the cozy little town, the delicious-sounding recipes and the mystery fun each book includes. Another good installment in the series, it falls somewhere in the middle range of best and worst, nothing to extraordinary but nothing much of fault. Focused on the intensity of college preparation, the students at Elk Prep, where Goldy's son, Arch, goes to school, are preparing for college. Goldy's sort of adopted son, Julian, is a senior there and is suddenly suspected when the school valedictorian is found murdered at a dinner. He wasn't well liked, but Goldy discovers a web of secrets he was hiding. Then a teacher is murdered and Goldy's starting to fear for her own life, especially when she's uncovering more and more unexpected dirt. Her relationship with Tom Schultz moves forward as they investigate the case. The highlight: Julian. He's always been my favorite character, and I admit, I might have a small crush on him. Ha! Usual cozy fun. A few red herrings. A town connected underneath the surface. Marla looks out for Julian at some point. Even Arch is glad to be part of the process. Plus, who doesn't love some cereal for a meal? About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. [polldaddy poll=9729544] [polldaddy poll=9719251]

  2. 4 out of 5

    innae

    a little paragraph that just made me so happy!! from page 38 "He reached into the front pocket of his sweatshirt and pulled the rock out. So much for fingerprints. But the rock was tennis-ball-size and jagged. It probably wouldn't have held a print anyway." As a real life CSI, it gets old when books/movies/tv shows all indicate that prints CAN and ARE pulled off everything from glass to oranges to rocks. In real life, it just doesn't happen. Nice to see it in a book :-) Another win for the Goldy a little paragraph that just made me so happy!! from page 38 "He reached into the front pocket of his sweatshirt and pulled the rock out. So much for fingerprints. But the rock was tennis-ball-size and jagged. It probably wouldn't have held a print anyway." As a real life CSI, it gets old when books/movies/tv shows all indicate that prints CAN and ARE pulled off everything from glass to oranges to rocks. In real life, it just doesn't happen. Nice to see it in a book :-) Another win for the Goldy series. Just a good little mystery, and I didn't see the ending coming. After it got spelled out, I was like -- well of course -- but I didn't see it before that.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    There is a fine line between sarcasm and bitchy, Goldie crosses the line too often. It was hard to get into the mystery when I was weary of all her griping. None of the characters grabbed me, but the story was still interesting. We have an exclusive school of rich children with parents ready to do whatever it takes to get their offspring into the best colleges. From bribes to murder and everything in between. So even though I didnt like the heroine and felt that the side characters never There is a fine line between sarcasm and bitchy, Goldie crosses the line too often. It was hard to get into the mystery when I was weary of all her griping. None of the characters grabbed me, but the story was still interesting. We have an exclusive school of rich children with parents ready to do whatever it takes to get their offspring into the best colleges. From bribes to murder and everything in between. So even though I didn’t like the heroine and felt that the side characters never fleshed out, the story was interesting.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Denise Spicer

    Caterer Goldy Bear gets caught up in the murder of a high school student who attends Elk Park Prep School. While busily catering for friends and acquaintances in the prep school/town circle, she manages to assist friend/homicide inspector Tom Schulz in the investigation. Interesting characters make this a fun read with recipes interspersed throughout the text.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amy "the book-bat"

    I wished I liked Goldy as a character better. She tends to grate on my nerves.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Though this book suffered from a slow start, it soon sped up and became an entertaining read that I couldn't wait to finish, I had read the last book in this series in December of last year, so it took me a while to get reaquainted with the characters, but after I warmed up to them they were fun! Goldy is blunt, funny, and fiercely protective of those around her, but yet Ms. Davidson shows that Goldy isn't perfect in multiple instances throughout the book. I especially loved reading more about Though this book suffered from a slow start, it soon sped up and became an entertaining read that I couldn't wait to finish, I had read the last book in this series in December of last year, so it took me a while to get reaquainted with the characters, but after I warmed up to them they were fun! Goldy is blunt, funny, and fiercely protective of those around her, but yet Ms. Davidson shows that Goldy isn't perfect in multiple instances throughout the book. I especially loved reading more about the school Julian and Arch go to and I thought the author portrayed the cut-throat way academics are in some schools wonderfully. The mystery was good, there was a couple of abstract clues through the book that you don't pick up on until the end and the killer took me by surprise. Overall a very enjoyable read. The Cereal Murders gets 4/5 stars!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Connie N.

    #3 in the Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series This series is getting better and better. I'd rate this 4.5 stars if I could. This was my favorite so far, probably because it was more than a cozy mystery. It also included some romance (with Tom Schultz), some chick lit (with Julian's and Arch's school issues), as well as foodie fiction. I love hearing about Goldy's menus and catering jobs--Davidson makes it seem so fun and casual while still being very professional. This time Goldy is involved with #3 in the Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series This series is getting better and better. I'd rate this 4.5 stars if I could. This was my favorite so far, probably because it was more than a cozy mystery. It also included some romance (with Tom Schultz), some chick lit (with Julian's and Arch's school issues), as well as foodie fiction. I love hearing about Goldy's menus and catering jobs--Davidson makes it seem so fun and casual while still being very professional. This time Goldy is involved with a murder of a student at the school, with everyone getting intense about SAT's and college applications. Julian is a senior so is in the middle of all of the action. Barbara Rosenblatt really does an excellent job voicing Goldy, and Schulz has a nice low sexy drawl too. I particularly enjoy her emphasis and enthusiastic narration style. She really adds to my enjoyment.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I have read most of this series, so was glad to see on my list that I have a few I have missed and can still read for the first time. Goldy Bear, caterer extraordinaire, never fails to entertain.....in so many ways! This is a very good series, a favorite of mine, with great characters and plots that you have to work hard at to figure out before the "bad guy" is revealed. That is not always easy, which is a plus to me!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Kelly

    Engaging mysteries, and fun recipes! The only thing I don't like about these books are her relationship with her son, and the fact that characters who are considered "good friends" seem to appear and disappear at random! Otherwise I recommend them, they definitely suck you in.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shelby Bagby

    reread

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa B.

    I listened to the audiobook. The story is well written and the narrator for this audio version makes it very entertaining.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Burke

    I really enjoyed this book! This was my first Diane Mott Davidson book, and I was pleasantly surprised at how creative her story was. The mystery kept me guessing throughout. I really wished that my library had the first two books of this series, because it would have been nice to have a backstory to explain the presence of different characters in Goldie's life. Very worth the time to read, with a fabulous bonus of all of the recipes that were mentioned throughout the book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Not a bad series mystery, and the recipes are pretty good for the recipe-mystery publishing craze, but even Barbara Rosenblat couldnt make me appreciate a book with characters so sharply Good or Evil. A relic of its time, with a topic (the tyranny of grades and testing) that has only gotten worse since its publication. Not a bad series mystery, and the recipes are pretty good for the recipe-mystery publishing craze, but even Barbara Rosenblat couldn’t make me appreciate a book with characters so sharply Good or Evil. A relic of its time, with a topic (the tyranny of grades and testing) that has only gotten worse since its publication.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelly_Hunsaker_reads ...

    The best thing about this little cozy mystery was the fact that it is set in Denver and so many places mentioned are familiar to this Colorado girl. Quick, fun, easy read. As expected.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kimo

    Easy cozy mystery. Goldies out doing her thing- and someone ends up dead. Good little mystery. I like that things move along in this series. The people grow up a little, and life moves on. Not Sherlock Holmes, but good to listen to while driving. Easy cozy mystery. Goldie’s out doing her thing- and someone ends up dead. Good little mystery. I like that things move along in this series. The people grow up a little, and life moves on. Not Sherlock Holmes, but good to listen to while driving.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Genie

    When Denver caterer Goldy Bear takes on a catering job at her son's school she has no idea whats in store for her. It comes as a surprise to discover how worried the Seniors at Elk Park Prep School are about their grade point averages. Its an even bigger surprise to discover the extremes some of the parents are going to in order to get their offspring into ivy league schools. The evening came to a disruptive end when several parents got into arguments with each other. Unfortunately the parental When Denver caterer Goldy Bear takes on a catering job at her son's school she has no idea whats in store for her. It comes as a surprise to discover how worried the Seniors at Elk Park Prep School are about their grade point averages. Its an even bigger surprise to discover the extremes some of the parents are going to in order to get their offspring into ivy league schools. The evening came to a disruptive end when several parents got into arguments with each other. Unfortunately the parental spats weren't the worse part of the evening. As Goldy was taking out the trash, she literally stumbled into the body of the class valedictorian. Goldy decides to do some investigating on her own after she happens on to the body of a murdered teacher during another catering job at the school. She soon discovers that not only are spats breaking out among the parents but some have been bribing teachers and college admissions representatives. To further complicate matters, someone is playing dangerous pranks on her family. At first its difficult to pin point the target of these pranks. It could be Goldy herself, her son (a 7th-grader at the school) or her catering helper / live-in student (and a senior) at the school. This light, enjoyable mystery is topped off with the recipes for the foods that play a major role in the story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Gatling

    I think it was the cover of the audiobook that attracted my attention: a skull made out of Cheerios. It was creepy, yet kind of cute. I think that was a good summary of the story. There are actual serious murders, and actual real danger, but the narration is almost funny. The story takes place at a private prep school. The valedictorian is found murdered on the night of the first college advisory meeting, which Goldy caters. It becomes clear that stress about getting into the right college is I think it was the cover of the audiobook that attracted my attention: a skull made out of Cheerios. It was creepy, yet kind of cute. I think that was a good summary of the story. There are actual serious murders, and actual real danger, but the narration is almost funny. The story takes place at a private prep school. The valedictorian is found murdered on the night of the first college advisory meeting, which Goldy caters. It becomes clear that stress about getting into the right college is consuming the lives of these students and their parents. Goldy goes among them, as she caters all their events, but she is not quite of them, which gives her the opportunity to observe and critique. And she does. Goldy is a warm-hearted, approachable woman, but she harbors a dry wit, and she skewers the pretensions of her rich, snobby neighbors in spot-on descriptions. She shows them up to be silly and selfish, and I enjoyed that wry voice more than the action of the murder mystery. But still, would one of these people, even a silly and selfish person, actually kill to get into a top college? That is the question. And while we are solving it, Goldy, who is self-supporting, has to go on working, and that means whipping up new menus of tasty food, recipes included.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mom

    This book is not my usual genre so I didn't expect to like it at all. I must tell you that the cover and title drew me to read it. I thought it would be cute and funny having mysteries wrapped around food. How inventive! I didn't enjoy the first chapter but I think it was because I didn't know what to expect and I'm not used to reading fiction. However, I stuck with it, and for the most part I really enjoyed it. I love the way recipes are sprinkled throughout the book! Very clever! It made me This book is not my usual genre so I didn't expect to like it at all. I must tell you that the cover and title drew me to read it. I thought it would be cute and funny having mysteries wrapped around food. How inventive! I didn't enjoy the first chapter but I think it was because I didn't know what to expect and I'm not used to reading fiction. However, I stuck with it, and for the most part I really enjoyed it. I love the way recipes are sprinkled throughout the book! Very clever! It made me want to read more and kept me going if the story got in a lull. I must tell you that I do not like suspense and it drives me crazy, so it should come as no surprise that I didn't like the climax of the book and I couldn't wait for that part to get over and find out who the culprit was. The ending was anti-climactic and it didn't make a lot of sense. The characters were not believable given the situation. I couldn't understand why a book that was pretty much well written would fall at the end. This book is one in a long series of books and I have yet to decide if I will try another. I must ponder it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Enjoyed it. Can't wait to try a few of the recipes. Was horribly annoyed by most of the parents, but then that could be because I didn't experience them at all in my own final years of High School. The character of Audrey Coopersmith was the most annoying character in the entire book. If she had been my parent, I would have disowned her. Actually none of the secondary characters were likable in any regard. I felt no sympathy or empathy for any of them. I do look forward to reading the next one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    I especially love this author's cozy mysteries because they're set up in our mountains where I like to pretend I live, but don't, due to my terror of mountainous snow-driving. This one was extra fun because parts of it took place here in Denver at The Tattered Cover bookstore, a beloved institution. In fact, I enjoyed that aspect so much that I had to go back there and buy books.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Mendez

    I've read several of Goldy's murder-mystery books and though I always try to figure out who-did-it, the end is a surprise to me! I've been close in guessing, one day I might get it! Thanks to these books I know I would never be in catering, seems like way too much work.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

    I have read some of the later books in this series and decided to start at the beginning to have a better understanding of how things have evolved over time. This is book 3. The narrator is Goldie, a caterer. These are light mysteries filled with wonderful descriptions of food. A cozy listen.

  23. 4 out of 5

    SherryRose

    Nice audio narration. I like the down to earth personality of Goldie. 3.5 stars. I could have done without her love life. Did she have to keep telling us that it had been awhile since she had sex and she liked it? She's engaged now so in the next book maybe she'll lay off on it. I like her though

  24. 4 out of 5

    Donna Francisco

    2nd time through the series Still loving it!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ragan

    Thses books are usually clean, but this one does have some swearing in it. I guess because the plot revolves around teenagers.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    Book #45 for 2011 - another delicious murder mystery starring Goldy the caterer!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Apparently even high-class prep schools are not immune from crime. But to murder the valedictorian? Goldy Bear, caterer and sleuth, is on the job.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    I really enjoyed this book from her series. I breezed right through it. I recommend it!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    The Cereal Murders #3 Goldy Bear Mystery   Goldy has been hired to make several different things...meals for the seniors getting awards, breakfast for the students taking tests and other things that they are attending. While all this is happening, she finds the body of the senior who is the Valedictorian. When she gets home she learns that someone threw a rock through her window and then someone puts a board over her chimney, causing smoke to come back into the house and Marla to break her leg on The Cereal Murders #3 Goldy Bear Mystery   Goldy has been hired to make several different things...meals for the seniors getting awards, breakfast for the students taking tests and other things that they are attending. While all this is happening, she finds the body of the senior who is the Valedictorian. When she gets home she learns that someone threw a rock through her window and then someone puts a board over her chimney, causing smoke to come back into the house and Marla to break her leg on the iced steps (that Archie got hurt on). Her relationship with Detective Schultz is continuing and he has proposed marriage to her. Finally, she gets involved in trying to find out what is happening as she tries to protect Julian (her current assistant living with her) and her son from all the attacks on them.    I do enjoy the stories from Diane Mott Davidson and this is from when the recipes were scattered through the story in the first books, so I like that they are now gathered at the end and we have actually tried several of the recipes. 

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I started reading this on 3-2-19. You have the fun and interesting charters which is Goldy Korman-her son Arch-a High School teenager Julian Teller read about him in book 2, Homicide Detective Tom Shultz. Goldy's Gossip Gal Pals Marla, Caroline Dawson-Audrey Coopersmith. I listened to this on Audiobook and reading a paperback book. It is so interesting with Goldy catering for some event for a friend or the school where her son Arch goes to school at. I love how Barbara Rosenblat gives the I started reading this on 3-2-19. You have the fun and interesting charters which is Goldy Korman-her son Arch-a High School teenager Julian Teller read about him in book 2, Homicide Detective Tom Shultz. Goldy's Gossip Gal Pals Marla, Caroline Dawson-Audrey Coopersmith. I listened to this on Audiobook and reading a paperback book. It is so interesting with Goldy catering for some event for a friend or the school where her son Arch goes to school at. I love how Barbara Rosenblat gives the characters life as she reads this book to you. But there are a few murders inside which you will have to read and find out. As I was reading it was a nail biter I thought I knew who was the killer but even I was wrong. I'm good at finding things. But I do have 1 question and I'll have to reach out to the author to find out my answer on that. It took me 10 days to read this. But I'm hooked and I love the series. My next is The Last Suppers,#4. in order like I do everything else. I read this in 10 days.

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