Davidson's latest mystery featuring Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz has healthy doses of wit, charm and intrigue. Goldy's ex-husband, former felon and physician John Richard Korman, aka the Jerk, demands that she bring their son, Arch, to his home that day. When they get there, Goldy finds her ex dead. Complicating things, she sees her .38, which has been missing, lying on the ground.
Through the support of her police officer husband, Tom, Goldy endures difficult questioning by police, who deem her a suspect. But ever the amateur sleuth, Goldy, along with another Korman ex, Marla, investigates the Jerk's finances. Their sleuthing takes them to a Denver strip club where the Jerk's latest girlfriend works.
Davidson brings her characters to vibrant life, craftily working in touches of humor in the friendship between Goldy and Marla. And, once again, Goldy's culinary abilities are highlighted throughout. While the resolution may seem complex, the author's smooth writing will enable readers to follow this expertly written novel. With its scrumptious recipes, culinary and mystery fans alike will not want to miss this book. (Nov., 320 pp., $24.95)