Goldy Shulz is an amateur detective, meaning that it is not her main profession. She works as a caterer.
Goldy is a single mother living in Aspen Meadow, Colorado when the series starts. She has one son. In the first story, she accidentally serves poisoned coffee at a catering event and her father in law is sickened. Goldy decides to find out what is going on, and she becomes the mystery-solving caterer detective. She later marries a police officer.
Here in Aspen Meadow, Colorado ... I'm the caterer of choice, by which I mean, I'm the only caterer you can choose. (Fatally Flaky, ch 1, p. 2)
As a detective, Goldy does not usually cooperate with the police. She uses her own unique methods, and a lot of espresso, to catch the killer.
In many ways, Goldy Shulz is a typical American detective. She solves mysteries as a hobby in her spare time, making us all feel like our lives could be more interesting because there are mysteries everywhere we look.