The Diva Sweetens the Pie–review

This is the 12th book in the Domestic Diva series by Krista Davis, who is also known for her Paws & Claws series (another of my favorites!). I love all the Diva books I’ve read (I’m sadly not caught up in the series, but I keep requesting the ARCs as they come out) and of those few, I think this was one of my favorites so far. I love how Sophie and her friends work together any time, but this book seemed even more special. I think you’ll enjoy it!

My Goodreads review:

The Diva Sweetens the Pie (A Domestic Diva Mystery #12)The Diva Sweetens the Pie by Krista Davis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book! I’ve come to really care about Sophie and all her friends and love that the books aren’t just about solving mysteries, but they also show how much she and her friends care for one another and stick together. This adventure had Sophie pulled into a murder investigation and then into a murder that happened five years ago. Who could resist an adorable little girl who asks her to help get her wrongly-accused mom out of prison? When Sophie started getting too close to the truth, someone she cared for a lot was brutally attacked and left for dead. Later, she found out some information that gave her a new perspective on some things in her life.

I hadn’t suspected the killer until all the clues started coming together. As usual in this author’s books, the list of suspects was impressive and so were the red herrings. The showdown was epic! Sophie and her friends were all there for it, and I think I like that a lot as opposed to perp and sleuth one-on-one, which is what happens most of the time. It was great how things were wrapped up nice and neat at an end-of-summer party at Sophie’s house. All the little details that may or may not have added to the murder were explained, and Sophie’s belief that she did the right thing by investigating the old case was definitely confirmed.

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The Diva Runs Out of Thyme–review

I’m just back from one of my new favorite places to go, Mackinac Island. My family and I took a road trip up there, and I also managed to get quite a bit of reading done this past week. The first book I read, or reread, according to what Goodreads had said, which was that I had read this book already. I honestly don’t remember reading it–maybe I got it mixed up with another book, haha! Either way, I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait till our Facebook book discussion September 25.

My Goodreads review:

The Diva Runs Out of Thyme (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #1)The Diva Runs Out of Thyme by Krista Davis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Since I don’t really remember reading this in 2017 (but I had reviewed it here and it was marked as read) I’m going to write a better review after re-reading for a book club discussion this week.

Sophie Winston, a party planner and now a columnist of household and good life tips, had always been in some sort of competition with Natasha Smith, who was now living with Sophie’s ex-husband, Mars. Natasha seemed determined to win the stuffing competition. Earlier, Sophie had discovered a dead man in a dumpster who turned out to be a private investigator. She had adopted the kitten he’d approached her with when she was going into the grocery store. It wasn’t too much longer before Sophie stumbled onto another dead body, that of the man who was in charge of the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. It wasn’t looking good for her because Detective Kenner was ready to pin both murders on her. Detective Fleishman aka Wolf was more sympathetic and not so ready to toss her in jail. Sophie needed to prove her innocence and with the help of her good friend Nina, she set out to do just that.

This was a fun beginning to this series. There were a lot of different characters, but it became fairly easy to sort through and figure out which ones were important. I liked that Sophie had a good relationship with her parents as well as her ex-husband, Mars. Bickering is never fun, lol. I got a big kick out of Mars’ mom June who was totally crushing on one of Sophie’s neighbors, an older man named Colonel Hampstead. There were a lot of people keeping secrets and just as I thought I had it figured out, that person would be cleared. I honestly never saw the killer coming–and this was supposedly the second time I read this! (Maybe I will just use the excuse that going by the date I had down for reading this, I was either pre-op nervous or recovering from surgery when I read the first and that’s why I don’t remember!)

I do want to continue in the series. Natasha cracks me up. She might be a sort of nemesis for Sophie, but she’s pretty harmless. I’m anxious to see how things heat up between Sophie and Wolf too!

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