TOUGH COOKIE

Caterer Goldy Schulz and husband Tom are feeling a little pinched for cash so Goldy has agreed to host a cooking show on PBS and Tom is selling some of his war memorabilia to Doug Portman, chairman of the state parole board, obnoxious prig, and former boyfriend of Goldys.

When Portman dies in a skiing accident, a sense of panic sets in. There is evidence that the accident may have been arranged and a mysterious chemical is found in Dougs car. Further evidence comes to light that Portman may have abused his power on the parole board and there are parolees who may have bought their way to freedom.

Most surprisingly, Goldy and Tom find themselves involved in the case as potential suspects. Goldy does some sleuthing and finds that Portman had more than enough enemies to wish him dead.

Diane Mott Davidson, a leader in the popular subgenre of culinary mysteries, has cooked up an appealing crime caper in TOUGH COOKIE. In addition, 10 recipes are included for your enjoyment. (Apr., 304 pp., $6.50—Hardcover published March 2000)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg