The Diva Spices It Up review

This is the thirteenth book in the Domestic Diva series by Krista Davis. This is one of my favorite series by one of my many favorite authors, and I really enjoyed this installment a lot. It was great how everyone worked together on this case, sort of a multi-generational case! There were some side mysteries, but it all came together nicely.

My Goodreads review:

The Diva Spices It Up (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #13)The Diva Spices It Up by Krista Davis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Like all the Domestic Diva series, this was a really fun read. I loved how the two senior ladies in town, Eunice and Francie teamed up as investigators too. Sophie’s friend Wolf, the police sergeant has been conferring with her on different investigations, and it’s always cool how Sophie and all her friends get involved in the mysteries.

Sophie was working as a cookbook ghostwriter for a wealthy former actress who loved cooking. There were all kinds of great red herrings, possible spies? Well, it was the DC area, and that was to be expected, but sweet little Eunice surprised Sophie with her knowledge of said spies. I just love that lady! I always enjoy how the entire mystery from start to finish all comes together at the end. Readers get the entire explanation instead of just Sophie’s conjectures, and there was the usual back-to-life scene at the end. Until next time, Sophie and pals! Although I have most of the series I still have to catch up on, since I came in on it in the middle so I could go to an online book chat. Lots of fun yet to be had!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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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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Death Crashes the Party–review

This is the first book in the Liv and Di in Dixie series by Vickie Fee. I had a lot of fun reading this book. I don’t think I’ve laughed this much reading a mystery before! It’s funny where it’s appropriate and serious when it’s supposed to be. Super entertaining and I’m anxious to read the rest of the series!

My Goodreads review:

Death Crashes the Party (Liv And Di In Dixie Mystery #1)Death Crashes the Party by Vickie Fee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think this is the most I’ve ever laughed while reading a mystery! I love the author’s style and how she words things, just little things that make a person giggle.

Liv is a party planner in Dixie, TN who had two dead bodies show up while she was talking with some clients so she’s really anxious to find out what really is going on. Dave, the sheriff who is sweet on her friend Di, had interviewed her at some length about the bodies. Liv is just wanting to get through one of the biggest 40th anniversary parties she’s ever planned without a hitch. But real life isn’t that way and as it turns out, the dead guys may have had something to do with drug smuggling going on in Liv’s husband’s family trucking business.

These characters are just awesome! Di is such a hoot and it’s so cute how the sheriff likes her and can be sweet one minute then take on his all-business cop persona the next. He wasn’t actually too strict with the girls when he found out they were investigating. Di is the kind of friend everyone would want, total support and “come use my house whenever you need to get away”, things like that. She and Liv make a great team.

I liked that the main character was happily married. It’s very few and far between that I find a cozy with a happily married couple in it that isn’t the parents or grandparents…or the sleuth’s best friend. Larry Joe was a great husband, very understanding and supportive. I’m anxious to keep reading in the series and see if he ever gets that home renovation done that he wants to do.

There were enough twists and little subplots that I definitely didn’t guess who the killer was until the reveal. What a surprise! And of course all ends well and everyone who is supposed to be in custody ends up there.

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