The Diva Haunts the House (Domestic Diva Series #5)

The Diva Haunts the House (Domestic Diva Series #5)

by Krista Davis

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ISBN-13: 9780425243787
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Series: Domestic Diva Series , #5
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 145,535
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Krista Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of the Domestic Diva Mysteries and the Paws & Claws Mysteries. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Visit her online at kristadavis.com.

Hillary Huber is a multiple Audie Award finalist, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, and an AudioFile Best Voice. She has recorded close to three hundred titles, spanning many genres.

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The Diva Haunts the House 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
marianne68 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this. So well written and engaging on many levels. A real treat. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.
TheBookResortNY More than 1 year ago
The Diva Haunts the House is Davis' fifth outing in the popular Domestic Diva series and is the best of the bunch. Davis has truly outdone herself with this volume. When it comes to culinary mysteries, Davis' cast of characters has all the ingredients to keep this series rolling out for many years to come. Davis finely blends mystery and comedy keeping The Diva Haunts the House entertaining and alluring. The Diva series is worth investing your time and you will fall in love with the author, the characters and the lovely Virginia setting. The Diva Haunts the House shines as brilliantly as cinnamon glaze on an apple spice bundt cake. As someone who grew up reading Diane Mott Davidson, all I have to say is, move over Davidson, 'cause Krista Davis has cemented herself securely as a fierce, fresh competitor to your culinary throne. Review first published as Book Review: The Diva Haunts the House by Krista Davis on Blogcritics.
Versel More than 1 year ago
Lots of cozies are into the "are vampires real" subplots now. Most to disastrous results (see Evanovich's 17th Plum book). Davis uses it here but it works out well and moves the plot to a logical conclusion. The Diva books is still one of the best new series.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
With preparation of scrumptious meals interspersed with crime solving, this tale will have you wishing you were there with Sophie as she and her friends unwrapped a killer's identity. This wonderful story boasts a well-carved mystery, a lovable cast of characters and a feel-good atmosphere in this charming and entertaining series that includes mouth-watering recipes.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Domestic Divas Sophie Winston and Natasha Smith are trying to outdo each other with their Halloween plans. Sophie is in charge of the community haunted house while Natasha is planning a huge Halloween Bash at her home. Sophie is worried the fake haunted house is really haunted and Natasha has costumes and caters on her mind. Sophie was not really planning to attend Natasha's party but she ends up there to try to solve a small problem. When she arrives she discovers a much bigger problem, one a Natasha's guests, part of an elaborate Halloween display in the front yard, is not just playing dead, he is actually, really, very dead and he has two puncture marks on his neck! Is there a vampire loose in Old Town? As people stock up on garlic, Sophie is going to figure out who is responsible for all this mischief and murder!! This entire series has been terrific, but The Diva Haunts the House is so much fun. You could say it's "SPOOKTACULAR"! I caught myself laughing out loud several times. All the kids involved in the haunted house brought back some wonderful memories from way back when. The constant neediness of Natasha to independent Sophie is such a great contrast. How could the same man have fallen in love with both these women? The dialogue between any of the two or all three together is perfectly written whether serious or hilarious. The mystery my have you laying in a supply of garlic. I like that this book is being released well in advance of Halloween. There are wonderful tips, recipes and ideas for your own Halloween party, without the dead body in the front yard of course. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Berkley Prime Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
BetsyJane More than 1 year ago
Boy, this delightful Halloween romp certainly puts me in the mood for the fall and Halloween, this book is fun for adults and young adults alike since the are young people helping to solve the mystery. Once again, Krista Davis has provided me with a fun couple of hours of escape while following the adventures of Sophie and her wonderful friends.
Marlyn on LibraryThing 3 months ago
n the latest book of the Domestic Diva mysteries, Sophie Winston is in charge of decorating a community haunted house. But her volunteers are resigning, complaining of seeing or hearing weird things. Sophie thinks they're letting their imaginations run a little too freely.Meanwhile, Natasha Smith, rival diva, is again attempting to outdo Sophie by throwing her own Hallowe'en bash. The decorations in front of Natasha's house so realistic even the teenagers are frightened, but when Sophie pokes a dead pirate to prove to her niece that it's fake, she finds that the figure is a real human. The pirate is Patrick Starski, one of the guests at Natasha's party, and he's not just injured, but dead.The police find two bloody marks on his neck, as though Patrick had been bitten by a vampire. Sophie knows this is not the case, but she's surprised by how many otherwise rational adults appear to believe that Patrick's death was caused by an erstwhile resident of Alexandria who claimed he was a vampire.Sophie is truly a domestic diva. While morning coffee is brewing, she's whipping up a chicken marinade for her planned evening meal. When people drop by unexpectedly (which seems to happen on a regular basis) Sophie has frozen homemade baked goods she can pop in the microwave. Despite all this, Davis has managed to make her a likeable character who is enjoyable to read about.Although this is already the fifth book in the series, the characters and plots have not grown stale. We are introduced to a new female police officer whose role might grow in future books. And, we still love to hate Natasha.
Carolee888 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I wanted a book to put me in the Halloween mood for decorating and handling out candy. 'The Diva Haunts the House'. does exactly that. It is filled to the brim with useful decorating tips and great easy to make recipes for Halloween. I like the 'Breakfast Monster Fingers' the best. What could be easier than cutting a banana in two, adding an almond half that has been slit lengthwise, and adding some red jam to the end! There were only two flaws in this book, a little two many characters and it does drag once in a while. But the menu of characters in the front of the book helps and the chatter of the student volunteers make up for the slower parts of the book. I loved the dog, Daisy and the cat, Mochi and hope that they appear more in the other Diva books. When reading this book, I felt that I was on very long round of Halloween parties, sleep overs for kids, wonderful eats and good Halloween fun. I scare easy so this book is just right for me, being on the lower end of the scary scale. There were plenty of twists and turns and I did not guess the identity of the killer until all the cards were revealed. I love to learn and that I did learn a lot about the killer's weapon. The problems with this book were very minor so I heartidly recommend this book to all cozy readers and people who just want to enjoy Halloween more!
ethel55 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This was a lot of fun to read the week before Halloween as Sophie and co are manning the haunted house. This is the fifth Diva book and I heartily enjoy the series overall, however, this probably wouldn't be the place to start the series.
bwilhoite More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome Halloween themed book. I would say it's ok to read out of order also for there wasn't any spoilers to previous books.
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MysteryReaderER More than 1 year ago
This book was a very good read for me and I had to wait till almost the end to figure out who the mystery person was! Ms. Davis kept me in suspense and totally entertained throughout the whole book and I think anyone who likes a light, fast moving cozy mystery should read this book. Her others are just as enjoyable, so I'd say to anyone...get them and start reading! I couldn't set this book down until I had finished it!
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lovingbooks More than 1 year ago
i know this book has gotten good reviews but it wasn't that great of a read for me. I started reading this book a few weeks ago. It wouldn't hold my interest so I put it a side for a couple of days. Wanting to give it another try, I took it back out again. I really wanted to like this book. I normally enjoy Krista Davis's books, but even with giving this book a second try, I still can't finish this book. I just don't understand all the high praise for this book. Hopefully her next book will be more to my taste.
MysteryluvrOK More than 1 year ago
Loved the Halloween "Diva"! It was great to see all of the characters that I love featured in the book. The addition of the "moms in law" made it even more enjoyable. Can't wait for the next book!
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