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She's a young Martha Stewart...in Old Town Virginia! New York Times bestselling author Krista Davis delights with the 13th in her enormously popular and completely charming Domestic Diva Mystery series. When a celebrity ghostwriter dies on the job, it's up to Sophie Winston, Old Town, Virginia's favorite entertaining expert and sporadic sleuth, to whip up an impromptu inve She's a young Martha Stewart...in Old Town Virginia! New York Times bestselling author Krista Davis delights with the 13th in her enormously popular and completely charming Domestic Diva Mystery series. When a celebrity ghostwriter dies on the job, it's up to Sophie Winston, Old Town, Virginia's favorite entertaining expert and sporadic sleuth, to whip up an impromptu investigation... Sophie never considered ghostwriting as a side gig, until former actress and aspiring lifestyle guru, Tilly Stratford, trophy wife of Wesley Winthrope, needs someone to write her celebrity cookbook. Sophie agrees, hoping she'll earn enough bread on this assignment to finish her bathroom renovations. But as it turns out, Sophie isn't the first foodie to get a taste for recipe ghostwriting, and if the marginalia are any indication, this project could be a killer... Wesley claims professional ghostwriter, Abby Bergeron, suddenly abandoned Tilly's cookbook with no warning. But Sophie quickly discovers that Abby may be more ghost than writer now...and her disappearance was no accident. So Sophie cracks open a fresh investigation but sifting the seasoned murderer from this sampling of salty suspects won't be easy. Will Sophie savor another case closed or will the culprit simply melt away?


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She's a young Martha Stewart...in Old Town Virginia! New York Times bestselling author Krista Davis delights with the 13th in her enormously popular and completely charming Domestic Diva Mystery series. When a celebrity ghostwriter dies on the job, it's up to Sophie Winston, Old Town, Virginia's favorite entertaining expert and sporadic sleuth, to whip up an impromptu inve She's a young Martha Stewart...in Old Town Virginia! New York Times bestselling author Krista Davis delights with the 13th in her enormously popular and completely charming Domestic Diva Mystery series. When a celebrity ghostwriter dies on the job, it's up to Sophie Winston, Old Town, Virginia's favorite entertaining expert and sporadic sleuth, to whip up an impromptu investigation... Sophie never considered ghostwriting as a side gig, until former actress and aspiring lifestyle guru, Tilly Stratford, trophy wife of Wesley Winthrope, needs someone to write her celebrity cookbook. Sophie agrees, hoping she'll earn enough bread on this assignment to finish her bathroom renovations. But as it turns out, Sophie isn't the first foodie to get a taste for recipe ghostwriting, and if the marginalia are any indication, this project could be a killer... Wesley claims professional ghostwriter, Abby Bergeron, suddenly abandoned Tilly's cookbook with no warning. But Sophie quickly discovers that Abby may be more ghost than writer now...and her disappearance was no accident. So Sophie cracks open a fresh investigation but sifting the seasoned murderer from this sampling of salty suspects won't be easy. Will Sophie savor another case closed or will the culprit simply melt away?

30 review for The Diva Spices It Up

  1. 5 out of 5

    beachbum bookworm

    Upon arriving for my visit, I was excited to hear that sophie was going to be ghostwriting a cookbook! Sounds fun...right?? It was until the cookbook author tells her the last ghostwriter The last writer didn’t just quit...she seems to have vanished. And sopie being sophie...we had to go check up on/snoop out the real story. Well instead of getting the dirt about the cookbook author from the ghostwriter...I mean she is a politicians wife….we find her body….stuffed in a freezer. Well turns out Upon arriving for my visit, I was excited to hear that sophie was going to be ghostwriting a cookbook! Sounds fun...right?? It was until the cookbook author tells her the last ghostwriter The last writer didn’t just quit...she seems to have vanished. And sopie being sophie...we had to go check up on/snoop out the real story. Well instead of getting the dirt about the cookbook author from the ghostwriter...I mean she is a politicians wife….we find her body….stuffed in a freezer. Well turns out it wasn’t her body….. My thoughts: I generally really love this series. This installment was not my favorite of the series, but still solid. I couldn’t get over her fascination about watching someone take a can out of a trash can...I mean sure it may be weird, but what is weirder to me is following the person because they took a can out of the trash can. I also thought their was too many moving parts to the story, and as always, I did not care for Natasha...although we did get to see a softer side of her with her sister. I did think the writing, characters, and setting were great as usual with Krista Davis’s books. Even though i mentioned that the story was confusing in parts...I did think it came together in the end well. It was wrapped up real pretty...just like a domestic diva is supposed to! I will be looking forward to the next book, and in the meantime.....trying some of her domestic diva tips and recipes! For more book fun check out my blog @: http://beachbumbookworm.com/ I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Netgalley, the author Krista Davis, and the publisher for this opportunity.

  2. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts In this 13th installment of this fun series, Mars hooks Sophie up with Tilly Stratford, a renowned lifestyle guru, to finish ghostwriting her celebrity cookbook. Sophie is already planning to renovate her bathroom with the money she will make. But first, she needs to find out what happened to the previous ghostwriter who quit without warning and disappeared. Diva Natasha has some drama of her own as she finds she has a new relative through DNA testing. She better keep her eye h Dollycas’s Thoughts In this 13th installment of this fun series, Mars hooks Sophie up with Tilly Stratford, a renowned lifestyle guru, to finish ghostwriting her celebrity cookbook. Sophie is already planning to renovate her bathroom with the money she will make. But first, she needs to find out what happened to the previous ghostwriter who quit without warning and disappeared. Diva Natasha has some drama of her own as she finds she has a new relative through DNA testing. She better keep her eye her business though or someone may just snatch her dream job away from her while she is taking care of family matters. __________ This is truly one of my favorite cozy series and not just because the author always serves readers a delightful mystery to solve. What I really love is the relationships that have evolved over the course of the series and continue to grow in each new story. Sophie and Mars really care about each other even knowing they just can’t work as a couple. Now that he has divorced Natasha the relationship is even more comfortable. The fact that Sophie is with Alex and that everyone coexists is so refreshing. Also while Natasha and Sophie will never be besties, Sophie is strong enough to be there when Natasha beckons. All the character development is marvelous and the dialogue is realistic. Now this mystery was quite a twister. Many subplots roll around together leading to a compelling conclusion. Turns, misdirection, and a fair share of red herrings keep everyone on their toes. One body, then another, a suitcase caught by a fisherman, and it is still mystifying how everything fits into this puzzle. I was kept guessing the whole way. As for spicing things up, I loved that Sophie took on ghostwriting a cookbook and the whole process she followed. From trying out the recipes and making them better to working with Tilly Stratford and the discovery Sophie made within the pages. The food and recipes were great but the way the cookbook played into the whole whodunit was brilliant. The Diva Spices It Up is an excellent addition to this series. I recommend the whole batch but you can jump in anywhere as Ms. Davis always gives plenty of background on these fabulous characters. I truly can’t wait for the next Domestic Diva Mystery.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    Sophie is looking forward to a little break after doing four back to back events but it isn't meant to be. Her ex-husband has asked for help, the wife of the man he works for is putting together a cookbook and needs a ghostwriter. Her previous writer up and quit and the finished product is due in a few weeks. Sophie agrees and is excited to meet the woman she will be helping with the cookbook, Tilly Stratford who was on a tv show many years ago. While working on the recipes Sophie notices some w Sophie is looking forward to a little break after doing four back to back events but it isn't meant to be. Her ex-husband has asked for help, the wife of the man he works for is putting together a cookbook and needs a ghostwriter. Her previous writer up and quit and the finished product is due in a few weeks. Sophie agrees and is excited to meet the woman she will be helping with the cookbook, Tilly Stratford who was on a tv show many years ago. While working on the recipes Sophie notices some weird abbreviations in the margins and that they don't seem to have anything to do with cooking. She decides to visit the previous writer in hopes of getting some questions answered. Things don't go as planned though, she ends up finding a body in a freezer. As more and more weird stuff happens Sophie knows she must investigate herself and figure out just what in the world is going on. There are plenty of suspects but no one person is jumping out as the culprit. Will Sophie be able to comb through all that she has learned and come to the right conclusion or will a killer get away with murder.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    Another fun cozy. Sophie takes on a cookbook ghostwriting job that leads to solving mysteries. This one has an autumn feel with spice theme; sweets, drinks, food and hosting.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Burdette

    With the world so dark, sometimes escaping to a cozy mystery fits the bill--the familiar, lovable characters bring comfort and the bad guys always get caught. I enjoy Krista Davis's Diva series for those reasons, and THE DIVA SPICES IT UP is an excellent entry. You'll wish you were being fed along with Sophie's inner circle of friends. With the world so dark, sometimes escaping to a cozy mystery fits the bill--the familiar, lovable characters bring comfort and the bad guys always get caught. I enjoy Krista Davis's Diva series for those reasons, and THE DIVA SPICES IT UP is an excellent entry. You'll wish you were being fed along with Sophie's inner circle of friends.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    “The Diva Spices It Up” is the 13th instalment in the Domestic Diva Mystery series by Krista Davis. She's a young Martha Stewart...in Old Town Virginia! When a celebrity ghostwriter dies on the job, it's up to Sophie Winston, Old Town, Virginia's favorite entertaining expert and sporadic sleuth, to whip up an impromptu investigation... Sophie never considered ghostwriting as a side gig, until former actress and aspiring lifestyle guru, Tilly Stratford, trophy wife of Wesley Winthrope, needs someon “The Diva Spices It Up” is the 13th instalment in the Domestic Diva Mystery series by Krista Davis. She's a young Martha Stewart...in Old Town Virginia! When a celebrity ghostwriter dies on the job, it's up to Sophie Winston, Old Town, Virginia's favorite entertaining expert and sporadic sleuth, to whip up an impromptu investigation... Sophie never considered ghostwriting as a side gig, until former actress and aspiring lifestyle guru, Tilly Stratford, trophy wife of Wesley Winthrope, needs someone to write her celebrity cookbook. Sophie agrees, hoping she'll earn enough bread on this assignment to finish her bathroom renovations. But as it turns out, Sophie isn't the first foodie to get a taste for recipe ghostwriting, and if the marginalia are any indication, this project could be a killer... Wesley claims professional ghostwriter, Abby Bergeron, suddenly abandoned Tilly's cookbook with no warning. But Sophie quickly discovers that Abby may be more ghost than writer now...and her disappearance was no accident. So Sophie cracks open a fresh investigation but sifting the seasoned murderer from this sampling of salty suspects won't be easy. Will Sophie savor another case closed or will the culprit simply melt away? This is the third book I have read in the domestic diva mystery series by Krista Davis. Even though I haven't read all the earlier books I was able to follow along, so this can be read as a stand alone book. I really like Sophie, she is relatable, interesting and I love her relationship with her ex Mars as well as several other residents of Old Town. I was drawn into the story right away and couldn't put the book down. It had lots of twists and turns to keep me guessing till the very end. I highly recommend this book to all my cozy mystery loving friends. I requested and received an Advanced Readers Copy from Kensington Books and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Baker

    This story starts strong with a great opening that immediately sparked my curiosity and with continued teasers kept me entertained and guessing to the very end. I enjoyed the characters, setting and how everything tied together neatly in the end. I have read and enjoyed all 13 books in A Domestic Diva Mystery series and look forward to future additions. Thanks to Kensington and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    The Diva Spices It Up A Domestic Diva Mystery, Book #13 Krista Davis 5 Stars Synopsis: She's a young Martha Stewart...in Old Town Virginia! New York Times bestselling author Krista Davis delights with the 13th in her enormously popular and completely charming Domestic Diva Mystery series. When a celebrity ghostwriter dies on the job, it's up to Sophie Winston, Old Town, Virginia's favorite entertaining expert and sporadic sleuth, to whip up an impromptu investigation... Sophie never considered ghostwr The Diva Spices It Up A Domestic Diva Mystery, Book #13 Krista Davis 5 Stars Synopsis: She's a young Martha Stewart...in Old Town Virginia! New York Times bestselling author Krista Davis delights with the 13th in her enormously popular and completely charming Domestic Diva Mystery series. When a celebrity ghostwriter dies on the job, it's up to Sophie Winston, Old Town, Virginia's favorite entertaining expert and sporadic sleuth, to whip up an impromptu investigation... Sophie never considered ghostwriting as a side gig, until former actress and aspiring lifestyle guru, Tilly Stratford, trophy wife of Wesley Winthrope, needs someone to write her celebrity cookbook. Sophie agrees, hoping she'll earn enough bread on this assignment to finish her bathroom renovations. But as it turns out, Sophie isn't the first foodie to get a taste for recipe ghostwriting, and if the marginalia are any indication, this project could be a killer... Wesley claims professional ghostwriter, Abby Bergeron, suddenly abandoned Tilly's cookbook with no warning. But Sophie quickly discovers that Abby may be more ghost than writer now...and her disappearance was no accident. So Sophie cracks open a fresh investigation but sifting the seasoned murderer from this sampling of salty suspects won't be easy. Will Sophie savor another case closed or will the culprit simply melt away? (Goodreads) Review: The characters are well rounded and well developed. Even though this is the first book that I have read in this series, I did not have any trouble keeping track of who everyone was, I did not even have to check the character list. I liked the way that Sophie and Mars, her ex, got along. That is an unusual thing for exes. I thought that all of the characters added a lot to the story. I really enjoyed the beginning of each chapter,where there was an advice column questions for either Natasha or Sophie and their answers. This gave us a better insight into these two characters and helped us get to know them better. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. The mystery was not easily solved and I did not know who the culprit was until it was revealed. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

  9. 4 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    The latest addition to the “A Domestic Diva Mystery” series, The Diva Spices It Up, from Krista Davis, is available tomorrow. Published by Kensington Books. This latest book is a wonderful fast read that leaves readers heads spinning. Sophie has investigated a lot of murders but nothing like this! She is taking a break from her event planning business. Taking on a side gig as a ghostwriter for a celebrity who needs to finish writing her cookbook after the original ghostwriter suddenly quit. This The latest addition to the “A Domestic Diva Mystery” series, The Diva Spices It Up, from Krista Davis, is available tomorrow. Published by Kensington Books. This latest book is a wonderful fast read that leaves readers heads spinning. Sophie has investigated a lot of murders but nothing like this! She is taking a break from her event planning business. Taking on a side gig as a ghostwriter for a celebrity who needs to finish writing her cookbook after the original ghostwriter suddenly quit. This was odd enough, but when the former ghostwriter turns up missing and presumed dead, Sophie’s odd job turns into a legitimate mystery that takes everything she has and everything she can find to solve. Event planning can be a pain under the best of circumstances, but ghostwriting can be murder. Sophie has missing people, murder, and espionage, in short, a disaster. As usual, Sophie is up to the challenge, but even she has a hard time figuring out what happened, to whom or why. The other characters in this book, such as Sophie’s ex, her neighbors and friends try their best to help, and in some cases, hinder her investigation. Still, they all add intrigue, excitement, and information that ultimately allows her to find a killer and clear up a mystery, or two, or three. This new edition in the series is filled with twists, turns, and red herrings. Sophie’s event planning business does not play a part in this story. The location of Old Town is still exciting and filled with history, culture, and eccentric personalities. There are multiple subplots that add enjoyment and interest to the story and give readers a better look at Sophie’s world. Krista Davis is a flawless writer and can craft an immensely enjoyable story using almost any plotline. It can be difficult to keep a long-running series fresh, but the author achieves it with ease in The Diva Spices It Up. I am happy to recommend this new book in the series to readers and lovers of cozy mysteries.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    Oh how I love this series; every time I get to read a new one it is like meeting up with old friends that you have not seen in awhile and it is really almost always a lovely and fun visit. And this book was no exception. And the fact that I had no idea who the killer was or what was REALLY going on just made it all the better. This book finds Sophie ready to relax after a month of back to back engagements. She is looking forward to some time off, some relaxation and quiet time. But it is not to Oh how I love this series; every time I get to read a new one it is like meeting up with old friends that you have not seen in awhile and it is really almost always a lovely and fun visit. And this book was no exception. And the fact that I had no idea who the killer was or what was REALLY going on just made it all the better. This book finds Sophie ready to relax after a month of back to back engagements. She is looking forward to some time off, some relaxation and quiet time. But it is not to be - Mars comes to her and proposes a job that would entail her to reno her bathroom AND learn about the world of cookbooks. So Sophie takes it and finds herself right in the middle of an intrigue and a disappearance and then of course, a murder. Or two. Add Natasha and her annoyingness [which I am finding bugs me less so perhaps like Bernie, I am starting to like Natasha more], the amazing revelation she has to share and all that comes from it, and some new and fun characters along with some old favorites and it is a well-rounded book. And it is one crazy, wild, puzzling ride. And it keeps going until the very end!!! And the reveal was very well done [some of the newer authors could take notes from Krista Davis]. I love this series and recommend to everyone I know that reads cozies. Krista Davis is an excellent author and I am so glad that this series has continued. I know this is just coming out, but I am already looking forward to the next one! Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Sophie's ex-husband convinces her to take on a job ghostwriting a celebrity cookbook. The original ghostwriter, Abby, quit unexpectedly just weeks before deadline and has disappeared. Soon Sophie is investigating whether Abby's disappearance was helped along by someone who wanted her out of the way. There is a ton going on in The Diva Spices It Up, with a wide variety of subplots and plenty of quirky characters. Part of Sophie's job is to cook the recipes to confirm they work with the ingredient Sophie's ex-husband convinces her to take on a job ghostwriting a celebrity cookbook. The original ghostwriter, Abby, quit unexpectedly just weeks before deadline and has disappeared. Soon Sophie is investigating whether Abby's disappearance was helped along by someone who wanted her out of the way. There is a ton going on in The Diva Spices It Up, with a wide variety of subplots and plenty of quirky characters. Part of Sophie's job is to cook the recipes to confirm they work with the ingredient amounts listed, so there is a lot of cooking and baking. Recipes are included if you want to try some of the deliciously described meals. This book can be read as a standalone but it would be best to read it as part of the series. Recommended for fans of culinary cozy mysteries. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC. The opinions in this review are honest and my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    Once again Sophie to the rescue! First she is saving a cookbook then she is solving a murder, all in a day or two's work right! I absolutely love this series. It is written in a manner that makes the storylines so real that you feel like you are visiting old friends rather than just reading a book. While the murder plot is the central theme of the book, other storylines are woven throughout to add depth and substance to the books. In this book aging at home is an issue that is woven into the sto Once again Sophie to the rescue! First she is saving a cookbook then she is solving a murder, all in a day or two's work right! I absolutely love this series. It is written in a manner that makes the storylines so real that you feel like you are visiting old friends rather than just reading a book. While the murder plot is the central theme of the book, other storylines are woven throughout to add depth and substance to the books. In this book aging at home is an issue that is woven into the storyline seamlessly and deftly. A subtle reminder that giving up ones independence can be difficult and lonely, yet the way it is written into the storyline is uplifting and sweet. If you haven't started the Diva series yet, you really should as you are in for a delightful treat, not to mention some fabulously wonderful culinary delights and recipes as well as home tips sprinkled throughout!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Prockish

    I could not put this one down!! I really enjoyed trying to figure out the clues along side Sofie and her friends.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sandie

    This was one of the best books in the series so far. Several murders, lots of suspects, several twists, and a lot of food!! I couldn't put this one down!! This was one of the best books in the series so far. Several murders, lots of suspects, several twists, and a lot of food!! I couldn't put this one down!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    This takes place in the autumn. The story involves a found sibling, missing women, a kidnapped child, a cookbook, a code, and spies. The main mystery was interesting. It involved a lot of twists. I also liked most of the rest of the storylines. I didn't like the spy one, though. I thought that it was unnecessary. Also, the main character was a little too obsessed about it. This takes place in the autumn. The story involves a found sibling, missing women, a kidnapped child, a cookbook, a code, and spies. The main mystery was interesting. It involved a lot of twists. I also liked most of the rest of the storylines. I didn't like the spy one, though. I thought that it was unnecessary. Also, the main character was a little too obsessed about it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Daniele

    THE DIVA SPICES IT UP is the thirteenth entry in the long running Domestic Diva Mystery series, and is indeed lucky thirteen. Always having considered this one of my favorite series, the characters, setting, and murder mystery are as fresh as ever. In this installment, event planner and domestic diva Sophie steps into a new role as cookbook ghostwriter when congressman’s wife and aspiring lifestyle guru Tilly Stratford’s original ghost writer abruptly quits and disappears. Sophie soon finds herse THE DIVA SPICES IT UP is the thirteenth entry in the long running Domestic Diva Mystery series, and is indeed lucky thirteen. Always having considered this one of my favorite series, the characters, setting, and murder mystery are as fresh as ever. In this installment, event planner and domestic diva Sophie steps into a new role as cookbook ghostwriter when congressman’s wife and aspiring lifestyle guru Tilly Stratford’s original ghost writer abruptly quits and disappears. Sophie soon finds herself embroiled in quite the investigation when the body count begins to rise. Espionage, domestic drama, politics, kidnapping, and murder are all on Sophie’s plate, and it is quite tasty to figure everything out alongside Sophie. Author Davis always crafts a quality, complex mystery, and here is no exception. There are several subplots woven in, and they all come together to make a great tale. As much as I enjoy the puzzle, it is the characters that keep me coming back for more. I adore Sophie. She is down to earth and relatable, and I can only hope to be as welcoming as she is. I enjoy all of the meal and snack prep, and the details about table linens and dishes. They are dispersed throughout the book but never become tedious or boring, and the talk of food always makes me hungry (luckily, there are recipes included in the back of the book). All of the characters, including unlikable Natasha, are endearing, and, at this point, I feel like they are all old friends. Meeting Eunice and Sam is a particular treat, and I hope they pop up in future installments. THE DIVA SPICES IT UP is just about as perfect as a cozy mystery gets. Highly recommended! I received and ARC of this title from Kensington Books through NetGalley and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.

  17. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    THE DIVA SPICES IT UP is the thirteenth book in the Domestic Diva Mystery series by Krista Davis and despite what you might think about the number thirteen, this newest release is a charming delight! If you haven’t read any of the previous books in the series, Ms. Davis provides a list of characters at the beginning to help the reader keep track. Even though this series has been a long-time favorite of mine, I still like to refer to the list. In this newest book, protagonist Sophie Winston, owne THE DIVA SPICES IT UP is the thirteenth book in the Domestic Diva Mystery series by Krista Davis and despite what you might think about the number thirteen, this newest release is a charming delight! If you haven’t read any of the previous books in the series, Ms. Davis provides a list of characters at the beginning to help the reader keep track. Even though this series has been a long-time favorite of mine, I still like to refer to the list. In this newest book, protagonist Sophie Winston, owner of an event planning company, tries her hand at ghostwriting a celebrity cookbook. I liked how Sophie and her client immediately click and how down to earth they both are, which make them relatable to readers. On the other hand there is Natasha, Sophie’s somewhat frenemy and ex-girlfriend of Sophie’s ex-husband (but rest assured, there’s not a single love triangle in sight). She’s the sort of person that personifies a prima donna but instead of being annoying, the author finds ways to make her a sympathetic character. Ms. Davis uses an advice column question written to either Sophie or Natasha, at the beginning of each chapter, which allows the personality of each to shine through. I found it an effective way for the reader to get a better understanding of the characters. THE DIVA SPICES IT UP weaves an intriguing story about code-breaking, spies, a dastardly murder, and a disappearance. I especially love that the author wrote a scene based on a dead drop experience she witnessed. While there are plenty of clues, this is a story I was happy to sit back and savor each word instead of trying to figure it out. Ms. Davis is quite adept at writing seemingly unrelated subplots and then pulling them together into one cohesive and compelling story at the end! It left this reader highly satisfied and anxious for the next book in the series. I greatly enjoyed how the food aspect was woven into the storyline via the ghostwriting cookbook project and Sophie’s love to provide comforting and nourishing meals for her friends. I’m always impressed by not only the delectable dishes she prepares, but how she elegantly dresses her table and stylishly serves them. Sophie certainly lives up to her Domestic Diva name! Ms. Davis provides several recipes at the back of the book which all sound fantastic. I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Brown

    I love this series and it's group of characters! I'm not sure why, but I always feel like I'm coming home when I read these. It definitely has earned it's status of cozy with me!! I didn't see the outcome the way it happened. It wasn't hugely spectacular but it fit perfectly. I REALLLLLY hope this series continues! If not, I'll be rereading it (well once I get a home where I can unbox all my books :-) !)! I love this series and it's group of characters! I'm not sure why, but I always feel like I'm coming home when I read these. It definitely has earned it's status of cozy with me!! I didn't see the outcome the way it happened. It wasn't hugely spectacular but it fit perfectly. I REALLLLLY hope this series continues! If not, I'll be rereading it (well once I get a home where I can unbox all my books :-) !)!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    Sophie is so endearing. She feels like a friend and I find myself thinking about her long after I close the book. I adore her true friendships with so many and how she generously hosts friends at all hours of the day. Fantastic recipes in this one!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Linda Smatzny

    A big change for Natasha in this story. The main character Sophie gets involved in a murder case with spies and missing people. The story is set in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The book contains recipes. It was an easy quick read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Danni

    good book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Author Krista Davis really spices up this mystery. The book draws you in from the start. The mystery is full of twists and turns and red herrings. The characters are relatable and interesting. As Sophie tries to find out what happened to the previous ghostwriter, the suspects seem to multiply. This leaves her with no shortage of possible suspects. I look forward to the next in the series. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and in no way, I have been influenced by anyone.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    I love Krista Davis books, and The Diva Spices It Up does not disappoint. This book (and all her books) are fun to read, even though there was a murder.  The Diva Spices It Up is a great mix of suspense, mystery, and some funny moments. The recipes included at the end of the book are always a bonus, especially the maple-glazed Brussels sprouts with bacon! And I will have to try the Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte.  The codes used in the book's mystery were pretty cool to figure out. I really enjoyed I love Krista Davis books, and The Diva Spices It Up does not disappoint. This book (and all her books) are fun to read, even though there was a murder.  The Diva Spices It Up is a great mix of suspense, mystery, and some funny moments. The recipes included at the end of the book are always a bonus, especially the maple-glazed Brussels sprouts with bacon! And I will have to try the Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte.  The codes used in the book's mystery were pretty cool to figure out. I really enjoyed all the characters and the quaint-town atmosphere. Her books are a great way to escape and just relax and try to figure out the mystery with lots of interesting twists and turns, plus fun moments with good character development.  I'm looking forward to more in the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    This series is beginning to lose its appeal. Just your usual straight to the end with no bumps in the road, whereby the middle of the book, the reader had it all figured out, and the espionage which Krista Davis tried to plant was neither a bonus nor important to the storyline. With Sophie being in-between jobs, her ex-husband Mars offers an interesting proposal - why not take on the job of ghostwriting a cookbook. How hard could it be he asks. He just so happens to know of an up and coming homem This series is beginning to lose its appeal. Just your usual straight to the end with no bumps in the road, whereby the middle of the book, the reader had it all figured out, and the espionage which Krista Davis tried to plant was neither a bonus nor important to the storyline. With Sophie being in-between jobs, her ex-husband Mars offers an interesting proposal - why not take on the job of ghostwriting a cookbook. How hard could it be he asks. He just so happens to know of an up and coming homemaking personality, who just so happens to be the wife of one of his clients. What he didn’t tell her was that the last ghostwriter walked off the job with no notice. Not good. But what they both find out later is even worse. With a half-written manuscript and odd notes in the margin, Sophie jumps in only to discover there is more going on in Old Towne, Virginia than meets the eye. It also appears spies are running amok, a missing child may have been found, Natasha’s half-sister has made an appearance, and a bathroom falling into disrepair only adds to the stress of a looming deadline. It is now up to Sophie and her band of neighbors and friends to figure out why people are dying and only then will their little community return to its quiet self. Krista Davis throws some odd things into the book which didn’t add to the story and only appeared as distractions. Multiple storylines are good and can add greatly to the overall narrative, but she went a bit far afield. I wish she would get back to where the books began and even bring back the haunted aspect that was once mentioned in regards to a picture hanging in the house.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Moore

    This is another delightful book in the Domestic Diva series. I won it in a Goodreads Giveaway several weeks ago but only received it this week due to shipping delays caused by the Coronavirus. Sophie agrees to ghostwrite a celebrity cookbook for Tilly Stratford, wife of Wesley Winthrope, a Washington Congressman, for whom Mars, Sophie's ex-husband works. The ghostwriter who had been working on Tilly's cookbook, Abby Bergeron, had left with no warning and then disappeared. Sophie hopes to earn en This is another delightful book in the Domestic Diva series. I won it in a Goodreads Giveaway several weeks ago but only received it this week due to shipping delays caused by the Coronavirus. Sophie agrees to ghostwrite a celebrity cookbook for Tilly Stratford, wife of Wesley Winthrope, a Washington Congressman, for whom Mars, Sophie's ex-husband works. The ghostwriter who had been working on Tilly's cookbook, Abby Bergeron, had left with no warning and then disappeared. Sophie hopes to earn enough from this job to renovate her bathroom. Several dead bodies are discovered, and confusing explanations given as Sophie investigates the missing persons while doing her ghostwriting job. The novel has surprises, twists, and turns. Natasha's previously unknown half-sister, Charlene Smith, is introduced.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Corinne

    Not my favorite of the series. Why doesn't Sophie get annoyed by everyone dropping by for meals or magically appearing whenever they want? Where does she store the multitude of dishware in so many patterns and designs? Not my favorite of the series. Why doesn't Sophie get annoyed by everyone dropping by for meals or magically appearing whenever they want? Where does she store the multitude of dishware in so many patterns and designs?

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    The Diva Spices It Up by Krista Davis has Sophie Winston looking forward to relaxing after four weeks of catering back to back conventions. Then Mars Winston, Sophie’s ex-husband, asks if she would be willing to be a ghostwriter for a cookbook. Tilly Stratford, wife of Congressman Wesley Winthrope, lost her last ghostwriter suddenly and the gig pays well. Sophie agrees to the job after her shower begins falling apart while she is in it. Sophie is going through the stack of recipes for the cookbo The Diva Spices It Up by Krista Davis has Sophie Winston looking forward to relaxing after four weeks of catering back to back conventions. Then Mars Winston, Sophie’s ex-husband, asks if she would be willing to be a ghostwriter for a cookbook. Tilly Stratford, wife of Congressman Wesley Winthrope, lost her last ghostwriter suddenly and the gig pays well. Sophie agrees to the job after her shower begins falling apart while she is in it. Sophie is going through the stack of recipes for the cookbook and finds some odd notations made by Abby Bergeron, Tilly’s former ghostwriter. Sophie decides to visit Abby’s house with her best friend, Nina to ask her about the notes. She also wants to check up on her since no one has seen or heard from Abby since the previous Friday. The back door is open, and a body is discovered stuffed into the basement freezer. Abby’s neighbor, Eunice Crenshaw asks Sophie to investigate (like she would not on her own). It turns out that Abby is not the only woman to have gone missing recently and she also had a connection to Tilly. Something sinister is happening in Old Town Alexandria and Sophie intends to get to the bottom of it. The Diva Spices It Up by Krista Davis is an engaging cozy with mystery, mayhem, and murder. It is the 13th A Domestic Diva Mystery and I believe that it can be read as a standalone. I have only read one book many years ago, and I had no trouble following along. Krista Davis never disappoints with her developed characters and wonderful settings. Sophie Winston is a freelance event planner who is wore out after handling four conventions in four weeks. She is looking forward to some downtime with her cat, Mochie and dog, Daisy. Unfortunately, Mars Winston needs Sophie to do him a favor. His client’s wife, Tilly Stratford’s cookbook ghostwriter quit without notice and the cookbook is due to the publisher in just a few weeks. Sophie’s bathroom needs a remodel (tiles fall off while she is in the shower), so the generous salary would come in handy. Sophie did not count on getting drawn into a mystery. There is quite a bit happening in this twisty whodunit. A welfare check finds a body in the freezer of the ghostwriter’s home, a suitcase pulled out of the river by a fisherman, two missing women, mysterious code, and another lady is beaten badly. There are subplots going on at the same time. Sophie spies a man doing some odd things about town. She wonders what he is up to and is it related to the main case. Tilly’s husband, Congressman Wesley WInthrope has had his email hacked and the contents are being bandied about social media causing an uproar. The mysterious code was intriguing (what mystery reader does not love a cipher). I had just watched a movie that helped me figure out that part. The author did a wonderful job plotting out this knotty mystery. I like how everything came together at the end. I had a good time following the clues and arriving at a solution. I could not wait to see if I had landed on the correct resolution. There are delectable items cooked up in between sleuthing sessions. Sophie is a whiz in the kitchen (she should be on television, not Natasha). There are recipes at the end including one for macaroni and cheese. I like how well Mars and Sophie get along even though they are divorced. I enjoyed the secondary characters like Eunice, Frannie and Nina along with the cute animals. The Diva Spices It Up is a pleasing and puzzling cozy mystery with a missing mother, curious code, located luggage, a confusing cat collar, a stiff in the freezer, and a horrible hacker.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    When professional ghostwriter Abby Bergeron abruptly drops celebrity TIlly Stratford’s cookbook project, Tilly calls on Sophie Winston for help. Sophie is an event planner, but since Tilly’s politician husband is a client of Sophie’s ex-husband, Mars, Sophie agrees to help. Sophie looks forward to the extra money, too, but things get awkward when it’s determined there is more to Abby leaving her job than meets the eye and Mars becomes one of the prime suspects. Now in between testing and organiz When professional ghostwriter Abby Bergeron abruptly drops celebrity TIlly Stratford’s cookbook project, Tilly calls on Sophie Winston for help. Sophie is an event planner, but since Tilly’s politician husband is a client of Sophie’s ex-husband, Mars, Sophie agrees to help. Sophie looks forward to the extra money, too, but things get awkward when it’s determined there is more to Abby leaving her job than meets the eye and Mars becomes one of the prime suspects. Now in between testing and organizing recipes, Sophie launches her own investigation to find out if a murderer is on the loose in Old Town Alexandria and to clear the good name of Mars. This is the thirteenth book in the Domestic Diva series but would be just as enjoyable to new readers as loyal fans. I came late to the series, but it has quickly become one of my favorites and I have gone back and read most of the prior books I had missed. Part of the reason I enjoy these books so much is I love Sophie. She is smart, loyal, and kind and everyone in town’s go-to person when they need help, whether it’s a party to organize or a murder to solve. I also like Sophie’s close relationship with her circle of friends that includes her ex-husband Mars. (I’m actually hoping he and Sophie will get back together but don’t know if that’s in the cards.) There is a side storyline in the book involving Sophie’s frenemy Natasha that ends up playing a big part in the main plot. I don’t usually care for Natasha at all, but this book shows another side of her and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this part of the story. Another highlight of the book and the series in general is the writing style. The mystery is intriguing and there is plenty of humor mixed in with the murder investigation. In addition, each chapter begins with a letter to either Sophie or Natasha on all sorts of culinary and domestic matters. All the letters are entertaining but very different. Natasha’s responses are unsurprisingly blunt and over-the-top while Sophie’s are down-to-earth and have tips the average person could actually use. This book has several recipes from Tilly’s cookbook at the end that helped clarify a plot point from the story. The solution to the mystery is more complex than I had expected, but I like how things are resolved. I highly recommend the book and I’m already looking forward to the next one in the series. The appealing characters and descriptions of the neighborhood are so realistic, I can picture myself sharing a meal with Sophie and her friends at The Laughing Hound or enjoying a delicious dessert in Sophie’s kitchen. I received this book from NetGalley through the courtesy of Kensington Books. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 Stars This is the thirteenth book in the A Domestic Diva mystery series by Krista Davis. I have read a couple of other books in this series and it is really growing on me. It is definitely a series I want to do a marathon on. I am really resonating with all the cooking and foodie cozy mysteries right now. Basic premise: Mars asks Sophie to ghostwrite a cookbook for the wife of one of his clients. It appears as if Abby, the original ghostwriter, just left town. But when they find a dead body in 4.5 Stars This is the thirteenth book in the A Domestic Diva mystery series by Krista Davis. I have read a couple of other books in this series and it is really growing on me. It is definitely a series I want to do a marathon on. I am really resonating with all the cooking and foodie cozy mysteries right now. Basic premise: Mars asks Sophie to ghostwrite a cookbook for the wife of one of his clients. It appears as if Abby, the original ghostwriter, just left town. But when they find a dead body in the freezer in her basement, it seems as if this disappearance might mean something more sinister. I enjoyed all the cooking references and food ideas brought up in this book. It always inspires me since I am not the greatest cook and am greatly learning from those who do make and create these recipes. There are a lot of quirky characters in this series and I totally dig most all of the cast. The bumbling spy guy just cracked me up when he appeared in the scene. I do find that I am a bit mystified by Sophie’s relationship with Mars and Natasha. Mars dated them both and this easy comradery they find with each other is downright crazy and fascinating at the same time. With so many characters in the mix, it made the whodunit aspect of this quite difficult to figure out. I enjoyed Abby’s neighbor and former socialite, Edith. I do hope she pops up in a future book. There was a bit of spy school going on behind the scenes in this story with all the code breaking, dead drops and hidden messages. Quite a fun aspect of the story, really. I thought the little advice column snippets at the beginning of each chapter to be helpful when by Sophie and quite a hoot when by Natasha. Remind me again why Natasha has the tv cooking show and not Sophie? That particularly boggles my mind. This is definitely a series you grow into but one you won’t want to miss! If you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out . You won’t be disappointed. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  30. 5 out of 5

    RO G'ma

    The Diva Spices It Up is the thirteenth book in Krista Davis’ A Domestic Diva Mystery series. The storyline is well plotted, the well-developed characters are likable, and the twists and red herrings will keep readers guessing in this steadily paced cozy mystery. The storyline includes an intriguing mystery along with several subplots that the author ties everything together in the end. This is only the second book I’ve read in this series, but the author provides sufficient background informati The Diva Spices It Up is the thirteenth book in Krista Davis’ A Domestic Diva Mystery series. The storyline is well plotted, the well-developed characters are likable, and the twists and red herrings will keep readers guessing in this steadily paced cozy mystery. The storyline includes an intriguing mystery along with several subplots that the author ties everything together in the end. This is only the second book I’ve read in this series, but the author provides sufficient background information to allow readers to understand the characters’ relationships. Sophie Winston, an event planner and amateur sleuth, lives in Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia, with her hound mix, Daisy, and her Ocicat, Mochie. As the story opens, Sophie helps an elderly fisherman reel in what he believes to be a huge fish, only to discover it’s a suitcase filled with clothing. Sophie’s looking forward to a break from her busy schedule, but her ex-husband, Mars, convinces her to help his client, Texas Senator Wesley Winthrop’s wife, Tilly Stratford, a former actress, ghostwrite her cookbook because her professional ghostwriter, Abby Bergeron, suddenly abandoned the project. Sophie becomes intrigued when she discovers what she believes are alphanumeric codes on twelve of the recipes. Sophie’s friend, Natasha, discovers through DNA testing that she has a half-sister, Charlene Smith, and plans an elaborate dinner party to meet her and introduce Charlene to her friends, but things don’t go as Natasha hoped. When a body is found stuffed in Abby’s freezer, everyone assumes it’s Abby. Sophie notices a man acting secretively and begins to believe he’s a spy. Sophie and her friends and neighbors have their hands full trying to keep up with everything that’s happening in their small community. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

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