This is the eleventh book in the Domestic Diva series by well-known author, Krista Davis. She also writes another of my favorite series, Paws and Claws. I am determined to read more of this series but as of now, I’ve only read this one and the fourth book, a Halloween theme mystery. She tells a great story, adds in a little history and always has some good plot twists!
My Goodreads review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was only the second Diva book that I’ve read but I absolutely loved it! Krista Davis has an amazing way to weave a really interesting mystery with some history and lots of great characters who could be suspects. Even though I had only read one other book, it didn’t take me long to get to know the characters so this could totally be read as a stand alone if anyone wanted to. Although the person who dies would be a bit of a spoiler if you decide to go back and read the other books. I’m still going to read those books since I don’t know how many of them this person is in and that doesn’t really bother me since they were fairly minor. I did remember the name from the Halloween book though.
When a neighbor of Sophie’s is afraid he’s being poisoned and then he ends up dead, Sophie has to wonder if his trophy wife really did do this as everyone else in town seems to think. She ended up spending time with this wife and really felt like the woman couldn’t have killed her husband. Sophie all but told the woman she’d look into things, hopefully without getting herself killed. When another body is found by Sophie and Nina, everyone gets a little more nervous.
I loved how even though Sophie has a bestie named Nina, that she’s not the only one that tries to solve mysteries with her. Sophie actually had a nice group of friends even including her ex-husband to sit around the dinner table with and discuss the possibilities of who did what. I like that they have a friendly relationship and even share custody of the dog, Daisy. I honestly don’t remember a lot about the regulars from the Halloween book but I really do like the character of Francie who seemed to be the oldest of the friends and the voice of reason. And I of course didn’t forget about Natasha who really thinks she’s a diva and a sort of friendly rival with Sophie and the event planning. Natasha was good for some great comedy relief!
There were plenty of suspects and I’m really glad that some of them didn’t end up as the killer. I really never guessed it but I had suspicions about someone all along although I wasn’t sure why. The show down was delightfully unusual too. As it turned out, two people were actually after Sophie and they were caught. The actual book ending was a lot of fun, friends and neighbors gathered around and another couple of friends made a little love connection! You’ll just have to read it and find out. I am eventually going to get through all these books but I just couldn’t resist the chance to read this ARC provided by the publisher and NetGalley. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own (disclaimer)