The Diva Runs Out of Thyme (Domestic Diva Series #1)

The Diva Runs Out of Thyme (Domestic Diva Series #1)

by Krista Davis

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ISBN-13: 9780425224267
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/07/2008
Series: Domestic Diva Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 126,162
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Krista Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of the Paws & Claws Mysteries and the Domestic Diva Mysteries. Several of her books have been nominated for the Agatha Award. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with a brood of cats and dogs, including a snoopy Jack Russell terrier and a nosy calico cat. Her friends and family complain about being guinea pigs for her recipes, but she notices that they keep coming back for more.

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Diva Runs Out of Thyme (Domestic Diva Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
IHeart2Read More than 1 year ago
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.
marianne68 More than 1 year ago
well written and engaging on many levels. A real treat. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.
jmugrad72 More than 1 year ago
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.
nancydrew123 More than 1 year ago
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!
ethel55 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Sophie Winston and her delightful neighbors and family members populate the start of a wonderful new cozy series. Where her rival Natasha is much more Martha, Sophie likes to plan much simpler and easy decor and meal plans. Both have entered the local stuffing contest (the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown), which is marred by murder. Sophie's entree into detecting is a lot of fun and I hope to read more of the Diva stories as I have time.
cyderry on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Sophie Winston and Natasha Smith grew up as rivals and little has changed in the present. Not are these two dueling divas as to advice columns, Natasha is dating Sophie's ex and Sophie is trying to win the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. Here starts Sophie's problems. While at the grocery store trying to get her ingredients for the contest as well as Thanksgiving dinner, Sophie stumbles across a corpse. The police think she's involved so haul her down to police headquarters. Released and at home, Sophie prepares for the bakeoff but before they can start their cooking the next day, Sophie does it again and finds a second body.It's startling how Sophie not only can prepare a marvelous Thanksgiving meal scheduled for 5, ballooned to 14, with 4 unexpected houseguests and still find time for the Stuffing contest and solve the mystery, but Sophie is terribly organized, so she managed brilliantly.This book was so much fun! Each chapter started off with a question, alternating between Natasha and Sophie, that seemed to be straight from Heloise and I laughed frequently at the answers. In fact, one of the answers figures prominently in the story. But that isn't all that made this so much fun. The main characters (Sophie, June, Hannah) are so endearing, they make you just smile. I certainly hope that they continue in the same fashion in the future!
ctfrench on LibraryThing 8 months ago
When psychotherapist Rebecca Butterman¿s friend, therapist Annabelle Hart, misses a luncheon engagement and does not return her calls, Rebecca becomes concerned. She goes to her friend¿s house and finds Annabelle badly beaten. Annabelle is rushed to the hospital, where she lies in coma. Rebecca¿s attempts to see Annabelle at the hospital are denied by Annabelle¿s sister, a cold woman who writes a catty gossip column. Rebecca incorporates the help of Detective Meigs, who concludes that Annabelle was beaten as the result of a botched robbery, and then mysteriously disappears. Rebecca decides to do some sleuthing on her own, which isn¿t easy with so many people connected to Annabelle acting suspicious, if not guilty.This third outing in the Advice Column Mystery series by Roberta Isleib proves another winner. Rebecca Butterman is complicated, has unresolved issues, and is still trying to find her way in the world. She can be petty and has lingering doubts about her divorce, but overall is intelligent and loyal and works hard to make the best out of the situations she finds herself in while trying to deal with past traumas and lingering issues. Isleib throws in plenty of red herrings, wrapped around an intriguing plot.
Squeex on LibraryThing 8 months ago
There are two domestic divas in this book, one is a pain in the tookus and the other is Sophie. She is way better at organization and having things on hand than I, or anyone I know, is..are....I marvelled at how Sophie had everything to hand to entertain at a moment's notice or many drop-in guests for dinner. She had room in her house for stay-over guests and had time to go with her friend to go on wacky investigating into the murders that have occurred. I love Nina, Sophie's ready-for-anything-so-long-as-she-can-escape-her-mother-in-law's-visit buddy. The murder solving was well-done, though there were an awful lot of characters for me to get introduced to and remember. I know who I don't like and look forward to learning more about in the next books in the series to like them even less or dislike them more....Five way more organized than me beans.....
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Sophie and Natasha have been rivals since they were kids. Now they are both "Domestic Divas" but with a difference. Natasha is Martha Stewart on crack and Sophie has a more homey and relaxed approach. Now Natasha is dating Sophie's ex-husband, Sophie's family is coming for thanksgiving and they are competing in a stuffing competition. Why not up the ante with a couple of murders?This is the first in the Domestic Divia series. I really liked it. Each chapter starts with hints from Sophie or Natasha that are sometime informative, sometimes hilarious. The characters from Sophie to her elderly neighbor are very well developed. The descriptions are very good. I felt like I was right there with them. I enjoyed they mystery that kept me guessing. I will definitely visit Sophie again. Can't wait to see where she and Natasha are going.
Kellswitch on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I'm sort of mixed on this book, I enjoyed it but was also annoyed by it. No one, and I mean NO one in this book behaved in an anyway logical or reacted in a believable fashion, but the story and characters were fun and engaging.The mystery actually was pretty good and would have been better had anyone used a lick of sense or behaved like they should, even the cops.But I did enjoy it, it was a silly, fun romp and I will be trying the second book to see how it goes.
Booklady123 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Goodreads Description:Few can compete with Natasha Smith when it comes to entertaining, but her childhood rival, Sophie Winston, certainly tries. Natasha may have stolen the spotlight and Sophie's husband but Sophie is determined to rob her of the prize for the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. She just needs the right ingredient.But Sophie's search for the perfect turkey takes a basting when she stumbles across a corpse. And when the police find her name and photo inside the victim's car, Sophie will have to set her trussing aside to solve the murder or she'll be serving up prison grub.This book has been sitting on my To Read Shelf for quite a while. I can't believe I waited so long to read it. I love a good cozy mystery. This series fits the bill: an intelligent, likable, and down to earth sleuth, a love interest, a few lovable if irritating relatives and a nemesis you love to hate. Sophie is a well developed character that I look forward to reading more about. I think she shows incredible patience in dealing with all the distractions in her life. She's far nicer to Natasha than Natasha deserves. The one thing I did find irritating was the attitude of the police, even Wolfe, whom, I hope will be taking a more personal role in Sophie's life. The police just seemed too pigheaded for my tastes. However, that just made it more enjoyable when Sophie solved the case.If you are looking for a great cozy series that includes some down to earth entertaining tips, you should give this one a try.
scoutlee on LibraryThing 8 months ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the colorful characters, the meals thrown together and the suspense throughout the book.
Storytellermary More than 1 year ago
One problem or disaster follows another in this Thanksgiving tale, making all my past "disasters" seem less so. I found myself turning off the television and staying up late to read . . . and under the influence of Sophie's hospitality, cooking a bit more creatively. Good food, suspense, and quirky characters who, despite disagreements, stick up for each other. Wonderful! This is the first in the series, so many more to look forward to.
bwilhoite More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure about this book just from reading the back. Once I decided to give it a try, I was surprisingly hook! There are a handful of characters but they weren't hand to keep track of. I'm a fan of the Diva series!
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Sophie Finds Herself in a Thanksgiving Mess It’s shaping up to be a busy Thanksgiving for Sophie Winston. She’s hosting her family for the holiday as well as participating in a stuffing contest against, among others, her high school rival Natasha Smith. While Sophie now works as a caterer, Natasha has gone on to make a name for herself as the authority of all things domestic, and her website and TV show are watched by legions of local fans. Making it more personal, Sophie’s ex-husband, Mars, is now dating Natasha. So Sophie really wants to win this contest. However, the day before the contest, Sophie’s grocery run ends when she finds a dead body in the dumpster behind the store. She’d met the guy on the way in to the store, but the police start looking at her as a suspect because the victim had Sophie’s picture in his car. When Sophie stumbles upon another dead body, she realizes she needs to act fast before the police pin both murders on her. I’ve long heard of this series, but I finally getting around to trying it. It is easy to see why it is so popular. The characters are delightful and well developed, and I already love many of them. The plot started out strong with plenty of twists and clues. I did feel the pacing slowed down some in the middle, but it ramped up again for the great climax. Add in a few dashes of humor, and you’ve got a winner. I don’t need another long running series to attempt to catch up on, but I believe that is exactly what I have now added. Hopefully, I will find the time to catch Sophie’s second adventure soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Krista Davis' writing. I first discovered her knack with mystery when I read MURDER SHE BARKED. I also read the next book in that series. While waiting for the third book in that series, I began this Diva series. Her writing contains enough humor for some lightness while keeping the reader guessing "who done it".
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fun read! I never did figure out the really bad guy! I will be anxious for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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EZREADER211 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this book. Read it very quickly. Anxious to find out the ending. It wasn't who I thought it was.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
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!!