Title: The Diva runs out of Thyme
Author: Krista Davis
Blurb: Few can compete with Natasha Smith when it comes to entertaining, but her childhood rival, Sophie Winston certainly tries. While Natasha is known for her intricate centrepieces and painstakingly prepared gourmet meals, Sophie likes to keep things simple . . . real simple. Natasha may have stolen the spotlight – and Sophie’s husband – but Sophie is determined to take home the prize at the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown, she just needs the right ingredients. Then Sophie stumbles across a corpse. And when the police find her name and photo inside the victim’s car, they think she has some explaining to do. Sophie will have to set her trussing aside to solve the murder or she’ll be serving up prison grub — and that definitely wouldn’t be a good thing.
My Thoughts: THE DIVA RUNS OUT OF THYME is the first book in a cosy mystery series. Life for event planner Sophie Winston is good although she is a bit stressed at being a finalist in a turkey stuffing competition as she is coming up against Natasha. During a last minute raid on the supermarket Sophie is approached by a strange man who wants her to adopt a kitten. Sophie refuses but while shopping she changes her mind and goes to take the kitty off the man. She finds the kitty and the very dead body of the man. She is immediately a suspect as he has her name in his vehicle. If that is not bad enough the very next day Sophie is found standing over the dead body of the head judge followed by her ex-husband being poisoned at her Thanksgiving dinner the day after. On top of all this Sophie finds herself very attracted to the detective who seems convinced she’s the murderer. Sophie sets out to solve the crime herself to prove her innocence. THE DIVA RUNS OUT OF THYME is a very funny cosy mystery with a large supporting cast of quirky characters; just how many Peeping-Toms can there be in one neighbourhood? Sophie herself is a smart, funny and compassionate character and I am looking forwards to reading more of her adventures. To accompany the keep-you-guessing to the last minute mystery are heaps of useful household tips and some mouth-watering recipes. The plot is plausible, lots of suspects with more twists and turns than a pretzel. There are also cats and dogs thrown into the mix, none of which are hurt in the making of this book. Each chapter starts with a ‘help me’ letter to either Natasha or Sophie (they both write advice columns) along with the responses. Of course the two women are totally different in their responses with Natasha being very Martha Stewart while Sophie is more…well…normal and practical. I have the next two books in the series sitting on my TBR shelf.
Rating: B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it.
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