Dark Tort by Diane Mott Davidson
Caterer Goldy Schulz’s lucrative new gig, preparing breakfasts and conference room snacks for a local law firm, is time-consuming, but she’s enjoying it… until the night she arrives to find Dusty, the firm’s paralegal, dead. The deceased also happened to be Goldy’s friend and neighbor, and now Dusty’s grieving mother is begging Goldy to find out who murdered her daughter.
Just because the police are on the case doesn’t mean Goldy can’t do a little snooping herself. While catering a party at the home of one of the firm’s lawyers, she just happens to overhear an incriminating conversation. She also discovers a few tasty clues in the kitchen. Before long, Goldy finds herself knee-deep in suspects. But one of them is incredibly dangerous … and very liable to cook Goldy’s goose.
Diane Mott Davidson (born March 22, 1949) is an American author of mystery novels that use the theme of food, an idea she got from Robert B. Parker. Several recipes are included in each book, and each novel title is a play on a food or drink word. Mott Davidson was nominated for both the 1991 Anthony Award and the 1990 Agatha Award for Catering to Nobody in the “Best First Novel” category. Additionally, her story Cold Turkey won the 1993 Anthony Award for “Best Short-story”.