Goldy Bear, owner of Goldilock’s Catering, in Aspen Meadow, Colorado finds herself in a bit of a pickle when her ex-father-in-law is poisoned at the wake of one of her son’s fifth grade teachers–a wake that Goldy just happens to be catering. When the police shut down Goldy’s catering business until the attempted poisoning/murder is cleared up, Goldy cannot simply sit by and wait. Her business is her livelihood (and so much more), so she decides to do a bit of investigating on her own. Soon she finds herself embroiled in the middle of the investigation and unpeeling layers of secrets regarding many of this small town’s residents, including some of her friends.Catering to Nobody, Book 1 in the Goldy Bear Schulz Culinary Mystery Series, was a re-read for me because I wanted to read the whole series and decided to go back to the beginning rather than picking up mid-stream. While the book relies heavily on the typical workings of a small town, including the tangled relationships and gossip that abound, to build the plot, it is still enjoyable as a whole. The plot is not complex; in fact, the mystery really turns out to be no great shocker. However, I didn’t find that disappointing.What is most appealing to me about Catering to Nobody are the way the characters are developed. Goldy is quirky and feisty as well as resilient. Mott Davidson could have simply drawn on the cliched stereotypical characters of a small town on verges of the larger ski resort areas of the West, but she doesn’t do that. Sure, Goldy’s ex-husband does get referred to as “The Jerk”, and he fits that bill, but Mott Davidson writes characters that I think many a reader will be drawn to because they can be so easily related to.
Reading the menus for Goldy’s catering events or just the descriptions of the goodies and treats she is making for her son’s school events is enough alone to make me want to read the book. As a bonus, we do get some recipes for Goldy’s cakes, cookies, and other dishes sprinkled throughout the text, so for readers who are also bakers or foodies, the recipes are even there to try out. And I must admit that there are one or two, I may just have to try.