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The New York Times bestselling author of The Diva Wraps It Up unwraps an all-new tale in which chocolate is the kiss of death… Domestic Diva Sophie Winston is in charge of the sweetest event in Old Town this summer. Amore Chocolates is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a chocolate tasting at the mansion of the company’s CEO, Joe Merano—and Sophie is running the sho The New York Times bestselling author of The Diva Wraps It Up unwraps an all-new tale in which chocolate is the kiss of death… Domestic Diva Sophie Winston is in charge of the sweetest event in Old Town this summer. Amore Chocolates is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a chocolate tasting at the mansion of the company’s CEO, Joe Merano—and Sophie is running the show. With cookies, candy, and five kinds of chocolate cake, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream! But when Joe goes missing, the celebration becomes bittersweet. And when Sophie discovers the body of a competing chocolatier in the guesthouse, the event turns downright deadly. As if that wasn’t enough, Sophie’s been receiving daily boxes of sweet treats. After ruling out her new beau and her exes, Sophie wonders if someone’s trying to send her a message—and if she’s next on a chocoholic’s hit list… Includes delicious recipes and entertaining tips!


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The New York Times bestselling author of The Diva Wraps It Up unwraps an all-new tale in which chocolate is the kiss of death… Domestic Diva Sophie Winston is in charge of the sweetest event in Old Town this summer. Amore Chocolates is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a chocolate tasting at the mansion of the company’s CEO, Joe Merano—and Sophie is running the sho The New York Times bestselling author of The Diva Wraps It Up unwraps an all-new tale in which chocolate is the kiss of death… Domestic Diva Sophie Winston is in charge of the sweetest event in Old Town this summer. Amore Chocolates is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a chocolate tasting at the mansion of the company’s CEO, Joe Merano—and Sophie is running the show. With cookies, candy, and five kinds of chocolate cake, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream! But when Joe goes missing, the celebration becomes bittersweet. And when Sophie discovers the body of a competing chocolatier in the guesthouse, the event turns downright deadly. As if that wasn’t enough, Sophie’s been receiving daily boxes of sweet treats. After ruling out her new beau and her exes, Sophie wonders if someone’s trying to send her a message—and if she’s next on a chocoholic’s hit list… Includes delicious recipes and entertaining tips!

30 review for The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #9)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chatting About Cozies

    If I could rate this story 10 Stars, I would!! The latest Domestic Diva story will have you turning pages as fast as you can read. Sophie Winston is planning a 60th anniversary gala for Amore Chocolates, at the beautiful mansion of CEO, Joe Merano. His daughter, Coco Ross, and his mother, Nonni Merano, are helping Sophie with some of the event details. What follows is a masterpiece mystery, full of vivid details, and skillful manipulation of the characters and plot by the brilliant Krista Davis, If I could rate this story 10 Stars, I would!! The latest Domestic Diva story will have you turning pages as fast as you can read. Sophie Winston is planning a 60th anniversary gala for Amore Chocolates, at the beautiful mansion of CEO, Joe Merano. His daughter, Coco Ross, and his mother, Nonni Merano, are helping Sophie with some of the event details. What follows is a masterpiece mystery, full of vivid details, and skillful manipulation of the characters and plot by the brilliant Krista Davis, Author. I've never read a cozy mystery that surprised me with as many different twists and subterfuge as this story. It was thrilling!! Mouthwatering Recipes included! I received a complimentary copy from the author in return for an honest review. This review is my personal opinion and not influenced by anyone else.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This is the first book I have read in this series, and I will be going back to the beginning to read the rest of them. What's not to like in this book, chocolate, cake and well developed characters. I love the small town setting and Sophie and her friends! Sophie is in charge of the 60th Anniversary event for Amore chocolates. While cleaning up after the chocolate tasting Sophie comes upon a body in the guesthouse on the property where the party took place. Well, what happens next you need to read This is the first book I have read in this series, and I will be going back to the beginning to read the rest of them. What's not to like in this book, chocolate, cake and well developed characters. I love the small town setting and Sophie and her friends! Sophie is in charge of the 60th Anniversary event for Amore chocolates. While cleaning up after the chocolate tasting Sophie comes upon a body in the guesthouse on the property where the party took place. Well, what happens next you need to read to find out! You surely don't want to miss out on Sophie's fun, do you?! I received an Advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Frazier

    How can you go wrong with a book about chocolate? Sophie is in charge of the sixtieth anniversary event with a chocolate tasting for Amore chocolates. All kinds of chocolate is involved, cakes, cookies, candy, anything and everything chocolate. Sounds great right? It is, until poor Sophie stumbles across a body in the guesthouse of the mansion where the celebration is taking place. Throw in a possible case of poisoning, and a missing person, and we have a great mystery! I love all of the colorfu How can you go wrong with a book about chocolate? Sophie is in charge of the sixtieth anniversary event with a chocolate tasting for Amore chocolates. All kinds of chocolate is involved, cakes, cookies, candy, anything and everything chocolate. Sounds great right? It is, until poor Sophie stumbles across a body in the guesthouse of the mansion where the celebration is taking place. Throw in a possible case of poisoning, and a missing person, and we have a great mystery! I love all of the colorful characters, and Sophie is a lot of fun. The descriptions of the food and the chocolate kept me hungry throughout the book, and it seemed each chapter brought a new surprise. Author Krista Davis planned the mystery perfectly, and this book is a real treat to read! Don't miss it, it is deliciously fun!!! I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This installment in The Domestic Diva Mystery series is one of my favorites. The mystery was complex and kept me on my toes trying to guess the outcome. I really enjoy the characters and the unique friendship among the group. I'm looking forward to continuing the series. This installment in The Domestic Diva Mystery series is one of my favorites. The mystery was complex and kept me on my toes trying to guess the outcome. I really enjoy the characters and the unique friendship among the group. I'm looking forward to continuing the series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    I'm always waiting for each new A Domestic Diva Mystery just to see what not so domestic diva, Natasha is up to next. It always seems everything she does goes wrong and she she can never get a break she has a hit local TV show, where she tries to imitate her best Martha Stewart but with minimal success. Then there's the real domestic diva in my eyes, her friend Sophie, event planner in Old Town where they live. Everything that Sophie touches turns to gold, she cooks perfectly, has a amazing frie I'm always waiting for each new A Domestic Diva Mystery just to see what not so domestic diva, Natasha is up to next. It always seems everything she does goes wrong and she she can never get a break she has a hit local TV show, where she tries to imitate her best Martha Stewart but with minimal success. Then there's the real domestic diva in my eyes, her friend Sophie, event planner in Old Town where they live. Everything that Sophie touches turns to gold, she cooks perfectly, has a amazing friends including her ex husband Mars who is now with Natasha living just down the street from them, yes you read that right. She is also friends with another ex, Wolf who happens to be a homicide investigator and then there's Alex who is Sophie's new male friend and lawyer who keeps walking into compromising situations with Sophie and her exes. Sophie is asked to plan an event for the Sixtieth anniversary of Amore Chocolates. Sophie makes it a perfect party,it's everything a chocolate lover could dream of but It's not long before strange things start happening the company's CEO, Joe Merano goes missing. Then Sophie while cleaning up after the event finds competing chocolatier hunched over a bathtub in the guesthouse of the Merano's mansion where the party took place strangled to death. The family is in dire straits especially grandma Nonni, the very lovable Italian grandma and asks Sophie to help find Joe and find out who could have killed the chocolatier and with Sophie receiving boxes of anonymous chocolates. Sophie along with her side kick and best friend, Nina Reid Norwood try to track down the CEO of Amore Chocolates and find killer who loves chocolate enough to kill for. The foodie in me has me coming back to the Domestic Diva's every time just to see what deliciousness that Sophie whips up in her kitchen and also to be sure to avoid anything that Natasha may make (laugh out loud). I love foodie cozy mysteries and this series and this series is perfect for every foodie The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss is filled with delicious food descriptions, yummy recipes you will be dying to try (Pardon the pun). A crazy dysfunctional family, a missing patriarch of a chocolate empire, murder, and a killer that will leave the reader asking who would have expected them. Characters with so many family secrets but one by one the come out with Sophie's help. Many twists and turns in this mystery that makes it a perfect read for everyone. FTC Disclosure: Thank you to the publisher for providing me a copy of this book for review.This did not influence my thoughts in any way. All the opinions of the book and review are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    ❂ Murder by Death

    Eh. I think I might be done with this series. I don't get what she's doing with the characters and I don't care anymore either. Wordy review: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/123108... Eh. I think I might be done with this series. I don't get what she's doing with the characters and I don't care anymore either. Wordy review: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/123108...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Decent mystery with many fun facts about chocolates. This would be good for chocolate lovers and bakers, I'm neither and still enjoyed it. Decent mystery with many fun facts about chocolates. This would be good for chocolate lovers and bakers, I'm neither and still enjoyed it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I LOVE the Domestic Diva mysteries! First off, the events she plans are just so over-the-top amazing to me - it exhausts me to even think about them, and yet I want to attend them all. Especially this one - an evening of chocolate tasting. Lol I love chocolate, and I've been trying to not eat sugar for TWO WHOLE DAYS - and....even without that, the event sounded wonderful. Oh yeah and there is a mystery too. To me, that is definitely secondary to all of the diva-exploits. And the chocolate. I LOVE the Domestic Diva mysteries! First off, the events she plans are just so over-the-top amazing to me - it exhausts me to even think about them, and yet I want to attend them all. Especially this one - an evening of chocolate tasting. Lol I love chocolate, and I've been trying to not eat sugar for TWO WHOLE DAYS - and....even without that, the event sounded wonderful. Oh yeah and there is a mystery too. To me, that is definitely secondary to all of the diva-exploits. And the chocolate.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Another stunning book in a really great series, The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss was a crazy twist of suspects, secret family members. and chocolate. This book introduced quite a few new characters, and many of them were wonderful. Ms. Davis does a wonderful job of blending her fictional characters so you can clearly picture them as people you would meet any day. I really hope we continue to see more of the Merano family in future books. There was only one major thing I didn't like about this book Another stunning book in a really great series, The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss was a crazy twist of suspects, secret family members. and chocolate. This book introduced quite a few new characters, and many of them were wonderful. Ms. Davis does a wonderful job of blending her fictional characters so you can clearly picture them as people you would meet any day. I really hope we continue to see more of the Merano family in future books. There was only one major thing I didn't like about this book and that was Nina. In the former books she was fun, but in this book she seemed to want to investigate a little bit too much for my taste. Overall a great book. Highly recommend this series!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shelley Giusti

    It's a chocolate celebration in Old Town and Sophie is ready for a chocolate tasting event that will make your mouth water. SO what happens when Joe goes missing and the body of the chocolatier is found dead? Sophie is on the case now to figure out what is going on, find Joe and the killer before she becomes the next victim. This bittersweet whodunit will have you craving chocolate by the end. You will not want to put this book down. Krista starts strong with the story and finishes strong. A gre It's a chocolate celebration in Old Town and Sophie is ready for a chocolate tasting event that will make your mouth water. SO what happens when Joe goes missing and the body of the chocolatier is found dead? Sophie is on the case now to figure out what is going on, find Joe and the killer before she becomes the next victim. This bittersweet whodunit will have you craving chocolate by the end. You will not want to put this book down. Krista starts strong with the story and finishes strong. A great cast of characters keep you so involved with the story line. A fantastic summer read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Devaux

    Just okay. Too many characters. Love how it was in old town Alexandria and loved the descriptive food menus!

  12. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Sophie Winston has been busy planning a 60th anniversary celebration and tasting for Amore Chocolates. When Natasha is excluded from the baking competition for submitting horrendous recipes, she decides to bad mouth Amore Chocolates any way she can including complaining that the ticketed event is elitist. The family can't have that and beg Sophie to find a new venue at the last minute. No go but Sophie finds a way to appease and include Natasha. Crisis adverted. Next, after the reception for the Sophie Winston has been busy planning a 60th anniversary celebration and tasting for Amore Chocolates. When Natasha is excluded from the baking competition for submitting horrendous recipes, she decides to bad mouth Amore Chocolates any way she can including complaining that the ticketed event is elitist. The family can't have that and beg Sophie to find a new venue at the last minute. No go but Sophie finds a way to appease and include Natasha. Crisis adverted. Next, after the reception for the recipe winners, a sleazy French chef hits on Sophie. No problem. She can handle herself. Then while setting up for the event, the chocolate centerpiece crashes and breaks and Sophie discovers patriarch Joe Merano is missing, leaving Nonni Merano to fret about a curse! While the party goes well without Joe and no one knows he's missing, while cleaning up Sophie discovers something suspicious. There are no bodies lying dead outside but she decides to save her evidence for the police anyway. It's a good thing she did because the body was inside the Meranos' guesthouse in the bathtub! The body belongs to the rude French chef who is actually Belgian chocolatier Arnaud Turnèbe who has come to Old Town to open a new shop! Sophie swears she won't get involved this time. It's none of her business but when Joe's son-in-law, Mitch, asks for her help finding Joe, Sophie wonders if the murderer is hiding Joe somewhere. Mitch seems to think it might be one of the family but everyone else insists they don't know where Joe is. Sophie follows her gut and the clues to try to find some answers running afoul of Wolf and the police. To make matters worse, anonymous boxes of chocolates keep showing up on Sophie's doorstep and neither her exes nor her current beaux admit to sending them. Is a killer out to get Sophie? When another person ends up dead, it puts Sophie on high alert. A third person may also be dead and a 4th could follow! She needs to find out what is happening before anyone else gets hurt. Her ex-husband, Mars, moves in temporarily when Natasha accidentally breaks his leg, and the water main. Sophie has no interest in rekindling that romance but her current boyfriend, Alex, doesn't see it that way. Assuming she survives the investigation, will her romance die a painful death? Chocolate! Chocolate and more chocolate! OMG! Better than the cupcake dinner, the chocolate tasting event is right up my alley. I wanted to dive in the pages of the book to eat them all. There's also an Italian-American family with a beloved Nonni which is always a plus. (We miss you Nonnie! ) This is my top favorite of the series and likely to remain so! The mystery was good until it became obvious who the villain was. I wasn't surprised but I wondered who else, if anyone, was involved and that kept me reading all night. Krista Davis always writes compelling mysteries but it's usually the characters I can't stand. She dialed it back a bit with the annoying characters to keep the focus on the Merano family. Thankfully Natasha is off page for most of the book. I still can't stand her. Mars attempts to figure out why Natasha is the way she is and Natasha even tries to explain to Sophie. That still doesn't make me like her or explain why she's so a)snobby, b)rude, c)selfish and d)has a horrendous sense of what flavors pair well together. She's just plain unlikable. Her desire to make her own chocolate bars is crazy! I don't get why Mars is still with her. He doesn't seem to love her and is done with her crazy house renovation schemes. It sounds like their relationship is lacking in the bedroom as well. How sad for Natasha. I'm not overly fond of Sophie either. She always feels bad for Nat and lets Nat railroad her. Sophie won't have difficult conversations or confront her feelings for her exes, especially Mars. She really needs to have a conversation with him about what happened and where their relationship is headed. She seems happy being an independent, single woman and I think she needs to remain there. Alex may be a handsome, rich lawyer but he has jealousy issues that could cause serious problems. I don't think it will or should work out between them. As always Nina is the comic relief sidekick and this time she has a new foster pup, a chocolate lab named - what else? Truffles! Truffles is sooo cute! She's an unruly puppy and needs training but seems very sweet and loving. Someone will be lucky to adopt her. Francie and Humphrey are not in the story very much. Humphrey's relationship with the cupcake baker doesn't seem to have worked out but he doesn't seem to be in love with Sophie anymore either. Both characters only serve to share information with Sophie to advance the story. Wolf seems to still have feelings for Sophie but can't be with her for multiple reasons. He has an ethical dilemma whenever she gets involved in a murder case and telling her to stay out of it never works. She needs to listen to him for once. Dear Sophie, remember when you ruined everything just by digging up a dead bush? Yeah... butt out. There's a new cop in town and he has a devious, suspicious mind. Wolchik may be hard but he's also lazy. Sophie doesn't have a motive and why start bullying her to get her to confess before all the lab tests are back AND the poison is way too common to pinpoint where it came from. I knew right away what plant was described. The Meranos seem like a close-knit, loving family. Everyone certainly loves Joe. He sounds loving, generous and calm. I hoped he wasn't dead! The reveal of what happened to him was a huge surprise. I didn't see that coming. His mother, Nonni, is naturally my favorite character! It's not true that Nonni means grandFATHER! It's plural. As in grandparents (Nonna and Nonno are my Nonni) or as in "My Nonna is so nice she's like MANY grandmothers so we call her Nonnie!" (the story my dad always used to explain why we used the obscure but becoming more common nickname). This Nonni is nothing like my own aside from wanting to teach Sophie how to make a real tiramisu and guessing that since Sofia is a nice Italian name, Sophie must be Italian. LOL! That's totally something my dad and my Nonnie would say. This Nonni, like mine, is tough. Little old Italian ladies had rough starts in life and sitting and resting in comfort is not in their vocabulary. However, this Nonni looks frail but is the backbone of the family. She's the eyes and ears and seems to know everything that is going on even when the grandchildren think she doesn't know what they're up to! My Nonnie spoke perfect English with a Massachusetts accent so I can't comment on whether Nonni sounds authentic. I never met my great-grandparents. Nonni's love for her family is evident though. She's always concerned especially for her son. Coco, Joe's oldest, is tough like Nonni. She faints once in the beginning after crying "Oh no!" but not explaining why she said that. Otherwise she mostly keeps it together. Then when someone else is murdered, she starts to lose control a bit. Coco is a good public face of the business. She makes sure everything is running, makes speeches, gives interviews and doesn't let on that something is wrong. I think she genuinely wants to find her dad. Her husband, Mitch, on the other hand, seems rather rude. He's a cutthroat businessman and wants revenge on Natasha. He doesn't agree with Joe's attitude and would rather take no prisoners. He does seem to care about Joe, though, in spite of disagreements. Nonni describes him as a rooster so maybe he's just cocky. Dan, the artist of the family, is the youngest child. He keeps calm and carries on sharing his passion for sculpting with the world. He isn't so fond of chocolate though. His girlfriend, Stella, seems suspicious. I don't trust her. Is she a gold digger? A newcomer to Old Town is Kara, who looks just like Coco (ugh the girls' names are awful! Coco and Kara Mel)! Who is she and why is she in town? Her story is a bit suspicious and I have a hard time believing any of it, even what happened in the past. Come on ladies, wake up! I can tell this book was written pre-#MeToo because Arnaud was one nasty dude. Arnie was a creepy womanizer who women let get away with horrendous behavior for far too long. When the going got rough, he sought to save his own skin and ran away. I can't see women today letting him get away with all that without calling him out. Of all the characters, he deserved to die! If one of the Meranos didn't kill Arnaud, then who did? Randy Hicks, an employee, seems like a nice man. He's quiet and stays in the background. What would his motive be? Loyalty to his employers or something more? Perhaps he knows a woman who was MeToo-ed by that creep. Marla, Joe's personal assistant, seems to know more than she's willing to reveal. How is she involved with Joe's disappearance or Arnie's death? How loyal is she to Joe? I don't trust her. She's definitely nervous about something. Vince Wilson, another employee, is always lurking too. He doesn't seem to have a defined role, just errands and set up and stuff. I am suspicious and think he's a con artist and has something to do with Joe's disappearance. Top of the list for Arnaud's murder is Cheryl Maiorca. She won the chocolate cake contest and is a cousin of some sort to Arnaud. She hated him and if she's the next of kin, she could stand to inherit the shop and fortune! Her new BFF, Lori Speer, winner of the chocolate truffle contest, is a fun person. Both ladies enjoy each other's company but Lori, as an ex-cop, is suspicious of her new friend. Lori is also a suspect. She has a good motive to want revenge on Arnaud but why after all this time? Both ladies WERE lurking in the garden after the tasting event ended. The recipes sound AMAZING! Natasha's suggestions aren't always bad either. Chocolate cannoli are the only kind worth eating, in my opinion. You CAN buy the shells pre-baked so it won't take 5 hours! They're expensive though. Cannoli are tough to make from scratch. My Nonnie stopped making them herself. It's faster and easier to buy them or at least buy the shells. Some people might agree that jalapeno brownies or bacon chocolate chip cookies sound good too. Why didn't she submit those recipes to the contest? Sophie's tips are good too but I already knew most of them.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This is a truly delightful series. I am behind in it but earnestly playing catch up. This book involves a murder, a missing person, family secrets, competing businesses and chocolate, what’s not to love?! The whodunit was well written and the characters were a treat to read about. I highly recommend this book and series. Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book in a contest.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    The Diva Steals A Chocolate Kiss is the ninth book in the A Domestic Diva Mystery series. Sophie Winston is busy putting the finishing touches on the Amore Chocolates sixtieth anniversary gala celebration at Joe Amore's family mansion in Alexandria, VA. The company has held a contest and the winners of various candies have been invited to attend the celebration and to have their creations sampled. For a couple days prior to the party, Sophie has been receiving small boxes with four pieces of choc The Diva Steals A Chocolate Kiss is the ninth book in the A Domestic Diva Mystery series. Sophie Winston is busy putting the finishing touches on the Amore Chocolates sixtieth anniversary gala celebration at Joe Amore's family mansion in Alexandria, VA. The company has held a contest and the winners of various candies have been invited to attend the celebration and to have their creations sampled. For a couple days prior to the party, Sophie has been receiving small boxes with four pieces of chocolate candies in them. Since they are unmarked and she has no idea who sent them, she hasn't been eating them. The day before the party, Coco, Joe's daughter, and Joe's mom, Nonni-co-founder of Amore, come to Sophie's home to go over some last minute details. While there Nonni and Coco sample the candies in one the boxes. Within in minutes Coco passes out and Sophie's first thought is that the chocolates had been poisoned. Fortunately that wasn't the case. As the celebration is about to begin, Sophie notices that the family seems to be on edge and not as outgoing as they have been during the planning meetings leading up to the celebration. Then she soon finds out that Joe has gone missing and everyone is sure that he has been kidnapped. As the party is winding down Sophie is checking that things have been picked up and enters the guesthouse to check it. As she is picking up glasses and plates, she notices a champange glass that has a couple undissolved pills in it. Something about this seems wrong to her and she puts the glass in a safe place, in case it might be important. As she goes to check the bathroom, she finds the body of Arnaud Turnebe laying over the edge of the bathtub, dead. A medical examination shows that he had been strangled. Turnebe was also a maker of chocolates and was able to open a store in Old Alexandria in direct competition with the Amore's. As Sophie begins to do some sleuthing she learns that not only was Turnebe using an alias, but he had at one time dated Coco and her estranged sister, Marla. In addition he had ties to two of the contest winners, who might have reasons for getting rid of Turnebe. As Sophie begins to look into Joe's disappearance and the murder of Turnebe she soon discovers some the families well kep secrets. Most all of the regular characters are back to help Sophie investigate. Her current boyfriend, Alex German, feels she is spending too much time with Detective Wolf Fleishman, former boyfriend, and Mars Winston, her ex-husband, investigating this case. Also her best friend Nina is back to provide lighter moment, as always. Such an enjoyable character. Of course Natasha, the desperate Diva is back to also provide some humorous times. Helpful hints from the Diva's start each chapter and recipes are also included. Looking forward to the next book in this delicious series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Morrison Haddock

    Krista Davis is at it again! This time she's got Sophie up to her ears in a chocolate covered murder mystery in Old Town. Twists and turn abound as Sophie and her band of faithful friends hunt for the truth after Joe Merano, a local prominent chocolatier goes missing after a grand Anniversary celebration for his company held at his private mansion. Then the body of a competing chocolatier is found in the guest house! Sophie is running the event complete with cookies, candy, and five types of cho Krista Davis is at it again! This time she's got Sophie up to her ears in a chocolate covered murder mystery in Old Town. Twists and turn abound as Sophie and her band of faithful friends hunt for the truth after Joe Merano, a local prominent chocolatier goes missing after a grand Anniversary celebration for his company held at his private mansion. Then the body of a competing chocolatier is found in the guest house! Sophie is running the event complete with cookies, candy, and five types of chocolate cake! Mars, Sophie's ex-husband and ever present co-parent to Daisy the dog, lives close by and is the level head in a sometimes chaotic situation. Natasha, Mars love interest, is always trying to one up Sophie whether it be creating a new recipe, interior design, or clothing choice. Speaking of recipes,this book has lots of yummy sweet treats to make in your own kitchen! Natasha and her one sided rivalry with Sophie definitely adds laugh out loud humor into the mix. Krista Davis has written another great, can't put it down until I'm finished cozy mystery!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Linda Hurst

    Chocolate to Die For I have read all of the books in the Diva series and enjoyed them, but in this one I finally have had too much of Sofie's niceness. She turns out fabulous food for all and sundry, takes in her cheating ex-spouse who is living with her competition and even considers this woman a friend? Go figure. I also couldn't stand her new guy Alex, he spends the whole book glaring and stomping off because of her friendship with her exes and she forgives him after a mealy mouthed paragraph o Chocolate to Die For I have read all of the books in the Diva series and enjoyed them, but in this one I finally have had too much of Sofie's niceness. She turns out fabulous food for all and sundry, takes in her cheating ex-spouse who is living with her competition and even considers this woman a friend? Go figure. I also couldn't stand her new guy Alex, he spends the whole book glaring and stomping off because of her friendship with her exes and she forgives him after a mealy mouthed paragraph on the last page. This woman needs to find a spine and realize she doesn't have to play 'mommy' to everyone. The mystery was okay, I spotted the murderer early on, it was pleasant but I am really beginning to want Sophie to be more realistic. After all how many women spend time cooking gourmet meals for exes who left them and then moved across the street with their so-called friend?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tami

    I adore Krista Davis and her books. They are just a feel good, fun read. This book was so much fun. First off, Krista's descriptions of the town, her house, the food, everything are just so enjoyable. I love Sophie's relationships with friends and family. This book moves Sophie's life along nicely. The mystery is wonderful, I didn't have a suspect the entire time and it was a great reveal. This was again set in Old Town and there is a chocolate tasting with Amore Chocolate's 60th anniversary tha I adore Krista Davis and her books. They are just a feel good, fun read. This book was so much fun. First off, Krista's descriptions of the town, her house, the food, everything are just so enjoyable. I love Sophie's relationships with friends and family. This book moves Sophie's life along nicely. The mystery is wonderful, I didn't have a suspect the entire time and it was a great reveal. This was again set in Old Town and there is a chocolate tasting with Amore Chocolate's 60th anniversary that Sophie, an event planner, has been hired to oversee. The patriarch of Amore goes missing and a murder happens and Sophie and her fun, crazy sidekick Nina get involved. There are a lot of twists and turns and it certainly keeps you guessing until the end. I would highly recommend this and please Krista, keep this series going!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    Always read these for the food and it didn’t disappoint.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    This book starts with a great character guide to help the reader become more familiar with the characters. I’ve seen this in a lot of books recently and I think it’s a cool feature. Also, each chapter begins with a Dear Sophie or Dear Natasha letter. I had to keep myself from going through the whole book and reading them all at once! This ninth installment of the Domestic Diva series may be the best so far. The storyline was wonderful. It pulled me in from the very first page and kept me entrance This book starts with a great character guide to help the reader become more familiar with the characters. I’ve seen this in a lot of books recently and I think it’s a cool feature. Also, each chapter begins with a Dear Sophie or Dear Natasha letter. I had to keep myself from going through the whole book and reading them all at once! This ninth installment of the Domestic Diva series may be the best so far. The storyline was wonderful. It pulled me in from the very first page and kept me entranced until the end. While I can cook and bake, I am so far away from being a domestic diva. Series lead, Sophie Winston, makes it seem so easy. And she still has time to solve mysteries! The supporting characters are all so diverse, but they blend really well together. They are a group of people I wouldn’t mind hanging out with. The worst part of THE DIVA STEALS A CHOCOLATE KISS was when it ended. I didn’t want it to! I’m already looking forward to book ten. Don’t forget to check out the back of the book for some wonderful recipes and a sneak peek of MURDER MOST HOWL, the upcoming book in Krista’s Paws and Claws Mystery series!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Baker

    I've read every book in the Domestic Diva Series and loved them all but this one is my favorite. Sophie Winston is in charge of the sixtieth anniversary celebration of Amore Chocolates. All is running smoothly until Natasha, fellow "domestic diva" and a continual problem for Sophie starts bad mouthing Amore Chocolates. Add to that the disappearance of the CEO of Amore Chocolates, a murder, a surprise family member and another murder. Sophie's new boyfriend is also having trouble with all the tim I've read every book in the Domestic Diva Series and loved them all but this one is my favorite. Sophie Winston is in charge of the sixtieth anniversary celebration of Amore Chocolates. All is running smoothly until Natasha, fellow "domestic diva" and a continual problem for Sophie starts bad mouthing Amore Chocolates. Add to that the disappearance of the CEO of Amore Chocolates, a murder, a surprise family member and another murder. Sophie's new boyfriend is also having trouble with all the time she spends with her ex-husband and ex-boyfriend. When you read this book you will not only get a great mystery, you will get helpful hints about chocolate at the beginning of every chapter and some great recipes too. Add this book to your must read list! Thank you to the author for providing a complimentary ARC in exchange for a honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Amazing book! I won this book in a contest and it's the first Domestic Diva mystery that I've read. When I discovered it was the 9th book in a series, I have to admit I was a little bit scared. I love reading series mysteries, but I like to read them in order. I shouldn't have worried, the book was fabulous. Now I get the luxury of going back and picking up books 1 - 8 and reading them this summer. This was a fun read with a colorful cast of characters. The writing was fantastic and kept me engag Amazing book! I won this book in a contest and it's the first Domestic Diva mystery that I've read. When I discovered it was the 9th book in a series, I have to admit I was a little bit scared. I love reading series mysteries, but I like to read them in order. I shouldn't have worried, the book was fabulous. Now I get the luxury of going back and picking up books 1 - 8 and reading them this summer. This was a fun read with a colorful cast of characters. The writing was fantastic and kept me engaged even when there was chaos going on in the house around me. I had my suspicions throughout the book, but those suspicions kept changing the more I read. It was the perfect book for me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melodie

    I love this series! Natasha is a pain in the ass, but she doesn't come across so good in this one. I was pretty sure who the bad guy was, but that didn't matter. A victim who pretty much deserved what he got, a good story, a couple of good recipes and a visit with some of my favorite characters. What could be better? I'd hate to live near Sophie. You'd weigh 400 pounds with all that wonderful food! RECOMMEND! I love this series! Natasha is a pain in the ass, but she doesn't come across so good in this one. I was pretty sure who the bad guy was, but that didn't matter. A victim who pretty much deserved what he got, a good story, a couple of good recipes and a visit with some of my favorite characters. What could be better? I'd hate to live near Sophie. You'd weigh 400 pounds with all that wonderful food! RECOMMEND!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Cornelius Ashby

    I can not say it enough, I absolutely LOVE this series. This is book #9 in the series. This book is filled with the small town, fun characters and their wonderful relationships, cozy companions, wonderful food intertwined into the story, and of course a good murder mystery. I love where Sophie, the protagonist, and her new love interest, Alex, are at the end of this book. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, and I hope this series never ends!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    4.5 Krista Davis never fails to deliver a fabulous story! Loved it!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Another great addition to the Diva series. This was one of my favorites in the series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    I really enjoyed this story. There were quite a few unexpected twists and turns.

  27. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts I love this series. Sophie and Natasha are just wonderful characters. Sophie is very soothing and handles things in a very sensible way and Natasha seems to have no common sense whatsoever and poor Mars is caught right in the middle. Add a little murder to the mix along with a jealous boyfriend and chocolate and you have a fantastic story I love the way Krista Davis writes. Her characters are quite a quirky mix, perfect for a cozy mystery. This time we meet Joe Merano and his f Dollycas’s Thoughts I love this series. Sophie and Natasha are just wonderful characters. Sophie is very soothing and handles things in a very sensible way and Natasha seems to have no common sense whatsoever and poor Mars is caught right in the middle. Add a little murder to the mix along with a jealous boyfriend and chocolate and you have a fantastic story I love the way Krista Davis writes. Her characters are quite a quirky mix, perfect for a cozy mystery. This time we meet Joe Merano and his family, the owners of Amore’ Chocolates. They have a very complex history and it may be coming back to haunt them. When Joe goes missing and another man is killed in their guest house Nonni immediately says the family is cursed. Well Sophie is on the case and she hopes to find Joe and a killer too. Nonni is my favorite character this time. She is a very strong, wise and opinionated woman who keeps her family on their toes. Davis gives us a story with many twists and spins. She drops the clues with the hand of a master leading the reader at a perfect pace. The antics of Natasha will have you laughing out loud and feeling for Mars as he deals with her outlandish ideas. Thankfully Sophie is there to help but Alex doesn’t like it one bit. We are also treated by tips from Sophie and Natasha at the start of each chapter. These bring a few giggles too. Don’t forget the chocolate, you will be craving it from the first page to the last so be sure to stock up. Krista is nice enough to include a few recipes, Nonni’s Tiramisu and Double Chocolate Bourbon Bread Pudding are just 2 I would love to try. I highly recommend this book and all the others in this series. Grab it today and enjoy!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I liked this book until nearly the end: plenty of clues and a nice heroine who isn't stupid (even if she is sometimes dense). But it fell apart in the last ~25 pages. They discover Someone whose story sounds far-fetched and has some errors or lies, but no one doubts Someone's version of what happened. When the solution is revealed, it's extremely improbable. It all starts with a successful businessman who didn't bother to check out why an order kept going wrong and who had no labeling on his prod I liked this book until nearly the end: plenty of clues and a nice heroine who isn't stupid (even if she is sometimes dense). But it fell apart in the last ~25 pages. They discover Someone whose story sounds far-fetched and has some errors or lies, but no one doubts Someone's version of what happened. When the solution is revealed, it's extremely improbable. It all starts with a successful businessman who didn't bother to check out why an order kept going wrong and who had no labeling on his product (which is probably illegal and makes no marketing sense). It continues with a hidden box of chocolates which only the heroine knows about and yet whodunit somehow does know and manages to steal it without leaving any evidence of a search. It also involves a minimal motive, an accident, and so on. Some details that I thought were clues are never explained, nor is the reason for the complex (and risky) attempt to frame the heroine explained. I read this story with two other people. They were left feeling that the solution was unsatisfactory and that someone else was more probable as the murderer. I agree. To top it off, the heroine's boyfriend gives her a Mr Darcy speech ("I love you against reason, against..") and yet she's all, "yay, he's still my boyfriend so I have someone to kiss without feeling guilty!" Ok, girl: you deserve someone who loves you for everything you are, not despite of everything you are. I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lilac Reviews

    This was a melt in your mouth whodunit. I have read books with recipes before and I was impressed by the research and testing that Krista did in preparation for her newest release. I volunteer for the next taste testing go-round. Also included were letters where folks had questions related to chocolate. Then Sophie Winston answered them (sometimes Natasha covered some). I learned some cool tricks. So, does this go on my cookbook shelf or mystery shelf? The writing style was rich. I loved that Soph This was a melt in your mouth whodunit. I have read books with recipes before and I was impressed by the research and testing that Krista did in preparation for her newest release. I volunteer for the next taste testing go-round. Also included were letters where folks had questions related to chocolate. Then Sophie Winston answered them (sometimes Natasha covered some). I learned some cool tricks. So, does this go on my cookbook shelf or mystery shelf? The writing style was rich. I loved that Sophie had a head on her shoulders. She knew right off the bat she should NOT eat chocolates that arrived at her door anonymously without any brand markings. But when things start going wrong, somehow the finger gets pointed at her anyway. There are a lot of great characters. As in any small town there of those that have secrets, romantic entanglements and some that have personalities that have to be tip-toed around. I liked this cozy a great deal and will definitely check out the earlier books too. P.S. I’m making the Homemade Truffles recipe first. I was provided a ARC to read and write an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Mitchell

    Even though The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss is the ninth book in the series, it is the first for me. It is so beautifully written, I felt like I was in Old Town with Sophie and her friends. This was a fun read that had everything that I enjoy in a good mystery including a strong female protagonist, a great cast of characters, witty dialogue, a good plot with interesting twists and turns that kept me guessing, and a bonus of chocolate recipes (yum)! I liked it so much, I plan to read the first e Even though The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss is the ninth book in the series, it is the first for me. It is so beautifully written, I felt like I was in Old Town with Sophie and her friends. This was a fun read that had everything that I enjoy in a good mystery including a strong female protagonist, a great cast of characters, witty dialogue, a good plot with interesting twists and turns that kept me guessing, and a bonus of chocolate recipes (yum)! I liked it so much, I plan to read the first eight and any future installments of the Domestic Diva Mysteries. I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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