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Diane Mott Davidson

USA (1949 - )

Diane Mott Davidson is an American author of mystery novels that use the theme of food. Several recipes are included in each book, and each novel title is a play on a food or drink word.

Mott Davidson studied political science at Wellesley College and lived across the hall from Hillary Clinton. In a few of her novels (particularly, The Cereal Murders), she references a prestigious eastern women's college that her sleuth, Goldy Schulz, attended before transferring to a Colorado state university. In real life, Mott Davidson transferred from Wellesley and eventually graduated from Stanford University.

The series has now reached 15 books. The first 12 books interwove recipes with the novel's text. When a dish is first described in the novel, the relevant recipe followed within the next few pages. Double Shot, the 12th novel, marked a change in the publishing of these recipes. In Double Shot, all recipes are compiled and printed at the end of the novel. Her 15th novel, Fatally Flaky: A Novel, was released on April 7, 2009.
Diane Mott Davidson recommends
The Butter Did It: A Gastronomic Tale of Love and Murder
The Butter Did It: A Gastronomic Tale of Love and Murder (1997)
(Chas Wheatley, book 1)
Phyllis Richman
"A marvelously drawn restaurant critic who can solve a crime as easily as she can tell you the inside scoop for dessert pizza... I'm ravenous for more."
Hung Up to Die
Hung Up to Die (1997)
(Mandy Dyer, book 2)
Dolores Johnson
"Dolores Johnson writes with wit and panache. I love her sense of humor."
Sign of Foul Play
Sign of Foul Play (1997)
(Connor Westphal, book 2)
Penny Warner
Aquarius Descending
Aquarius Descending (1998)
(Elizabeth Chase, book 3)
Martha C Lawrence
"Refreshingly eccentric... immensely appealing and totally believable. I loved AQUARIUS DESCENDING... It's a winner!"
Sugarplum Dead
Sugarplum Dead (2000)
(Death On Demand, book 12)
Carolyn Hart
The Pearl Diver
The Pearl Diver (2004)
(Rei Shimura, book 7)
Sujata Massey
"A superb book, with wonderfully realized characters, a deftly woven plot, and a vulnerable, heroic, unforgettable sleuth. I couldn't put it down."

Glazed Murder (2010)
(Donut Shop Mystery, book 1)
Jessica Beck
"A delight... readers will have a blast."

Button Holed (2011)
(Button Box Mystery, book 1)
Kylie Logan
"Absolutely terrific! I love it, and can't wait for the next installment."

Death With All the Trimmings (2014)
(Key West Food Critic Mystery, book 5)
Lucy Burdette
"Lucy Burdette writes evocatively about Key West and food...[a] charming series."

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