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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: The Diva Cooks up a Storm by Krista Davis


The Diva Cooks up a Storm (A Domestic Diva Mystery #11)
by Krista Davis (Goodreads Author)
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Kensington


Goodreads synopsis:

When a trendy, underground dinner club leaves some guests six-feet-under the table, entertaining professional and amateur sleuth Sophie Winston hopes she has all the right ingredients to put a murderer on ice in New York Timesbestselling author Krista Davis's new Domestic Diva mystery . . .

Domestic diva Sophie Winston can whip up an elaborate event in her sleep, but as the hippest hostess she rarely gets to enjoy the full guest treatment. Which is why her best friend Nina Reid Norwood loops her in to the latest culinary craze: a pop-up gourmet dinner party. The celebrity chef, the epicurean menu, and the high-profile attendees are all a surprise, turning the decadent dining experience into the hottest ticket in Old Town. But Sophie's just pleased as punch that she finally has an opportunity to join her fellow foodies in some fun.

The posh party proves to be a recipe for disaster when Hollis Haberman sours spirits by bringing his own hot new dish--his young trophy wife. With Hollis's son and ex-wife in attendance, there may be more heat at the table than in the kitchen. But by aperitifs, Sophie discovers Hollis swallowing his last bits of air, and she must scramble to stop a killer before the swanky supper becomes anyone else's last meal.

Includes delicious recipes and entertaining tips!


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4 stars

This is my first “Dva” book and I thought it was GREAT! I did not have any trouble figuring out who was who and that is amazing considering this is book #11! I have had so many books fail at this one aspect of writing.

Sophie is an event planner and somewhat of a notorious snoop in town. So, when a man she knows tells her he thinks he is being poisoned. She is on the case. Not soon enough as it turned out since the man was murdered the very next day.

The cast list of possible suspects is pretty large. And  he is not the only person to die suspiciously in the recent past. I like that there are so many suspects and the guessing of whodunit was not a breeze at all. I had no clue through most of the book who I thought might have been the killer. Kudos to Ms. Davis for excellent plotting. The writing flowed well and I didn’t feel anything was left out as the book ended. No loose ends here.

I would have liked to see a bit more of her friends and possible love interests. Since this is the first book for me, I wasn’t completely clear on those dynamics. But just excellent all around.

If you love a good cozy mystery, definitely pick this one up. I will be checking out the rest of the series ASAP!

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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