Review

Tough Cookie

by Diane Mott Davidson



Goldilocks Catering has been shut down by the health department.
Inadequate drains, they say; so Goldy Shulz, Colorado's double
threat chef/detective, has turned her hand to hosting a cooking
show on Public Television while her husband fixes the plumbing. Her
commute to work involves riding to the top of the Killdeer Ski Lift
in a gondola and skiing to the doors of the Bistro, a posh
restaurant atop a windswept peak, which, of course, sets up
danger-filled situations as Goldy becomes embroiled in solving two
mysterious ski-slope deaths.

TOUGH COOKIE makes for a perfect beach read by combining bone
chilling descriptions of ski country at its most frigid with
culinary repasts most fulfilling. Goldy and friends (and enemies)
are shussing and slaloming their way through sunshine and blizzard,
burning up thousands of calories in order to imbibe in mountains of
comfort food concocted by author Davidson. As usual, there are
several belt bursting recipes included in the book, as well as a
not-so-mind-busting whodunit, backlit by one of the most
picturesque spots in the world, the Colorado Rockies. Cindy
Crawford would pack on pounds reading TOUGH COOKIE, and if I drank
all that espresso with whipped cream, or ski-boarder's oatmeal with
raisins, cinnamon, brown sugar, and --- you guessed it --- cream,
or Marmalade Mogul Muffins --- and just try to ignore the Chocolate
Coma Cookies --- they'd have to strap me to a snow board like a
load of cargo and shove me down the hill. Skis wouldn't hold
me.

Davidson's frothy mysteries are liberally laced with sumptuous
delights, semiserious sleuthing, and a peek at life in the high
altitudes. Among her titles are "DYING FOR CHOCOLATE," "KILLER
PANCAKE," "THE MAIN CORPSE," and her most recent best seller "PRIME
CUT." With titles like these, fans have come to anticipate the
delicious mysteries and scrumptious recipes hiding within the
pages. I can personally vouch for Chocolate Coma Cookies --- and so
can eight friends who had a chance to sample them on a recent
evening.

Reviewed by Roz Shea on January 23, 2011

Tough Cookie
by Diane Mott Davidson

  • Publication Date: April 3, 2001
  • Genres: Fiction, Mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam
  • ISBN-10: 0553578308
  • ISBN-13: 9780553578300