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Posted March 12, 2010
The Diva Runs Out of Thyme is book one of the Domestic Diva Mystery series. Sophie Winston is down-to-earth and very likable. She's recently divorced from Mars, who is now dating her high school rival Natasha. The story opens with Sophie preparing Thanksgiving dinner. She makes a last minute run to the store to purchase a few items, when a man approaches her to ask if she wants to adopt a kitten. Sophie has dog and declines, but remains concerned about the welfare of the kitten. When she finishes shopping, she decides to find the man to say she will take the kitten to her friend who will help find the kitten a good home. Sophie discovers the man dead instead.
Bodies start to pile up when Sophie finds another dead body at the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. The main witness for two deadly crimes, make Sophie the prime suspect in both murders. Sophie has to act quickly to prove her innocence and decides to do some amateur sleuthing and solicits the help of her best friend (and neighbor) Nina.
Finding the killer isn't as easy as Sophie thinks. She's also distracted by the neighborhood's Peeping Tom and her's sister's upcoming wedding. Hannah recently introduced Craig to the family and Sophie thinks he's, well, a bit. . .off! What exactly is he hiding? And how well does Hannah know him?
As Sophie gets more and more involved in solving the crimes, she thinks Natasha may not be so innocent. Is Natasha the killer? And why is someone following her? Sophie is determined to find out and host her family's Thanksgiving dinner.
The Diva Runs Out of Thyme is a great start to what appears to be a promising new series.
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Posted October 22, 2008
Krista Davis serves up a delightful read with this faced-paced, fun, and scrumptious first mystery. Between eccentric neighbors, quirky relatives, and a hunky cop who thinks she just might be a killer, domestic diva Sophie Winston definitely has her work cut out for her. And if she doesn¿t figure out who the killer is soon, she might find herself sporting a decidedly unfashionable prison-orange jump suit! I¿m anxiously looking forward to the next book in this mouth-watering series.
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Posted August 15, 2009
Read this book and the next in the series "The Diva Takes The Cake" back to back. Really enjoyed both of them. Loved the main characters and their different approaches to catering and the "Martha Stewart" like character is really a hoot. The mystery in both books was clever and I did not figure it out until they revealed it.
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Posted November 20, 2014
Posted April 1, 2014
1.5 stars. The title was more intersting than the book it self. The story was dull ,far fetched & all over the place. The characters were bland & one dimenesional. Before it has never taken me 3 weeks to finish a book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 4, 2013
Posted August 9, 2012
This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. Mix in the holidays, a cooking competition, zany family characters and a murder or two and you have a great first book in a fantastic series. It is fast-paced, fun and full of quirky characters. Sophie Winston is funny and intelligent. I loved the swirl of activity intermixed in the plot. Added to the mix is Natasha, Sophie's childhood rival. She is irritating yet likeable and married to Sophie's ex-husband. This is a great cozy mystery with a well developed plot and plenty of fun characters. I have read the second book in this series which is just as good!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 11, 2012
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Sophie is preparing to host her family for dinner, as well as participate in a stuffing baking contest. Off to the store for her groceries, she has an encounter with a strange man who wants her to adopt an unwanted kitten. Sophie's mind is on the impending events, so she refuses the adorable kitty, but has a change of heart in the store. When she leaves, she searches out the man and his kitty. Fortunately, she finds the kitty in it's box, but unfortunate she also finds the man, dead, in the dumpster!!
Problems multiply from here on out!! Sophie's parents have added a few guests to her dinner list, Sophie's ex husband and his new girlfriend, Natasha amongst them. Sophie and Natasha had been childhood girlfriends, but competition between them for everything in their lives caused a real split. Natasha runs an advice column for super-perfection 'hostess with the mostess' answers to fan's mail. She was also competing with Sophie in the upcoming stuffing competition. A few other unusual people are added to the guest list too. But the final addition is the handsome Detective Wolf, who seems to have Sophie at the top of his murder suspect list.
Each chapter is headed by a question to either Natasha or Sophie. The answers alone would sell this book for me. The mystery, humor, and romance is enhanced with recipes for all us 'foodie' readers. Fortunately, this is a winning first book in Krista Davis' Diva series. Can't wait to get my teeth into the next few books she's already 'cooked up' for her readers. Not to be missed for cozy foodie readers!!
Posted July 6, 2012
Posted April 26, 2012
I love this series. It is a well crafted mystery, with some nice jabs at the Martha Stewart wanna-bes. I highly recommend it. Lots of fun, and great characters.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 8, 2012
I can not believe how happy I am to have started this series. I bought the whole series at once and jumped right in. Sophie is my new bff. Old Towne as the setting is perfect. Thank you Krista for a wonderful series I look forward to a long wonderful relationship with Sophie and the rest of the wacky residents of Old Towne.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 4, 2011
It was a great book. I have enjoyed all of the books in this series. She gives decorating tips for the holidays plus recipes for dishes are included at the end of each book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 2, 2011
This is the first in a series. I will continue with the rest. This is not your typical amature sluth story, but one where the main character is a suspect. Oh, this is also a super cozy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 24, 2011
Posted August 15, 2009
I've read all the Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy books. The characters are too similar. The only thing missing is a "son", but now she has a live in friend of her x-husband. The "detective" significant other is there, the best friend (ala Marla) is there, the competition is there (Goldy has lots, the X-husband is there (although he's not a doctor/prisoner/wife beater). Along with the food and recipes, the similarities are too close for comfort. Sorry Ms. Davis, one book was enough for me. I'm recommending the first of Diane Mott Davidson's books as there are many to follow....character development, you'll see what I mean. I just don't like copycats or carbon copies either.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 1, 2008
Timing was perfect, this story takes place over Thanksgiving, which we have just been through. I felt like the story was unfolding down the street. Fun read, great recipes and characters and furry friends too! I will definitely read the next in the series!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 9, 2008
Event planner Sophie Winston and lifestyle columnist, TV celebrity Natasha Smith have been rivals since childhood. And now Natasha is living with Sophie¿s ex and coveting Sophie¿s house, which belonged to her ex¿s deceased aunt. Sophie has a busy Thanksgiving planned, with her mother, father, sister and sister¿s fiancé coming to visit. But things get off to a bumpy start from the get-go, when Sophie discovers the dead body of a private investigator in a dumpster. She quickly becomes a suspect when the police find her name and photo inside the dead man¿s car. Sophie engages in some amateur sleuthing and learns Natasha hired the PI. If that isn¿t bad enough, dead bodies keep turning up, all with a connection to Sophie and Natasha. On top of which, Sophie is attracted to the detective who seems convinced she¿s a murderer. <BR/><BR/>The first book in the Domestic Diva series starts the ball rolling with a glorified bang. This cozy mystery delivers a plethora of useful household tips and mouth-watering recipes immersed within a keep-you-guessing plot filled with suspicious-acting characters and twists and turns around every corner. Davis¿s smart writing style and engaging characters are sure to garner fans anxious to read future books in the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 13, 2008
Sophie Winston and Natasha Smith have known each other for years as friendly acquaintances who seemed to always compete against each other. Both write food columns for differing newspapers. Sophie¿s is down to earth with simplicity as the idea while Natasha¿s are sophisticated almost works of art. While going to a grocer, a man asks Sophie if she wants a cat she says no but changes her mind.---------------- She sees the cat by a dumpster. When she goes over to look she sees inside a corpse. The police find her name and number on the victim so coupled with her reporting the body she becomes a person of interest. At the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown Contest, the sponsor Simon Greer asks her for a date and when she goes to find him after she turned him down, she sees him dead bashed in by the Turkey trophy. The same detective catches both cases he thinks Sophie is a killer using the ploy of finding corpses to throw off the scent or she is a bad luck innocent. Sophie wants her record cleared so she is helped by her family and friends on her investigation before she ends up reviewing prison cuisine.-------------- ¿Sugar and spice¿ is not as Sophie should know the omen for the week that begins with the ingredients for her entry turn up missing. Two murders later, one peeping Tom, and the police make for a harrowing week except Sophie has one thing going for her: she is alive although at a breaking point. She suspects everyone and can¿t relax for a moment out of fear of dining on jailhouse food or being the third victim. Although a food reporter going sleuthing is hard to swallow even if circumstantially she fears the cops will give her the FBI anthrax treatment Krista Davis provides an enjoyable whodunit starring THE DIVA RUNS OUT OF THYME.------------ Harriet Klausner
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