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Some Wedding Advice from the Domestic Diva: Keeep the food....Lose the Groom! Sophie Winston's sister, Hannah, is getting married-again! And if you ask Sophie, her future brother-in-law is no prince. But is he a killer? That's the question on everyone's mind when his ex-wife is found hanging from a pergola. This is one event Sophie and her sister hadn't planned on. As hi Some Wedding Advice from the Domestic Diva: Keeep the food....Lose the Groom! Sophie Winston's sister, Hannah, is getting married-again! And if you ask Sophie, her future brother-in-law is no prince. But is he a killer? That's the question on everyone's mind when his ex-wife is found hanging from a pergola. This is one event Sophie and her sister hadn't planned on. As hidden family secrets begin to come to light, Sophie finds the list of suspects is almost as long as the list of wedding guests. Will the real killer be seated on the groom's side or the bride's? Or will he be standing at the altar? Either way, Sophie must solve the murder in time to stop her sister from making the biggest-and possibly the last-mistake of her life.


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Some Wedding Advice from the Domestic Diva: Keeep the food....Lose the Groom! Sophie Winston's sister, Hannah, is getting married-again! And if you ask Sophie, her future brother-in-law is no prince. But is he a killer? That's the question on everyone's mind when his ex-wife is found hanging from a pergola. This is one event Sophie and her sister hadn't planned on. As hi Some Wedding Advice from the Domestic Diva: Keeep the food....Lose the Groom! Sophie Winston's sister, Hannah, is getting married-again! And if you ask Sophie, her future brother-in-law is no prince. But is he a killer? That's the question on everyone's mind when his ex-wife is found hanging from a pergola. This is one event Sophie and her sister hadn't planned on. As hidden family secrets begin to come to light, Sophie finds the list of suspects is almost as long as the list of wedding guests. Will the real killer be seated on the groom's side or the bride's? Or will he be standing at the altar? Either way, Sophie must solve the murder in time to stop her sister from making the biggest-and possibly the last-mistake of her life.

30 review for The Diva Takes the Cake

  1. 4 out of 5

    Luffy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Everybody behaves queerly in this book. The Shakespearean excuses for these behaviors border on the farcical. Most of these occur in the background but some, like the mortician's kiss, are annoying. It's only now I gather how theatrical the entire book was. I put my money on one suspect to be the criminal, simply by eliminating those who've been dismissed. I was right, but this is just a mean feat. The first murder, which came in very early - 8% in my e-book - faded throughout the tragicomic we Everybody behaves queerly in this book. The Shakespearean excuses for these behaviors border on the farcical. Most of these occur in the background but some, like the mortician's kiss, are annoying. It's only now I gather how theatrical the entire book was. I put my money on one suspect to be the criminal, simply by eliminating those who've been dismissed. I was right, but this is just a mean feat. The first murder, which came in very early - 8% in my e-book - faded throughout the tragicomic wedding and all of the elements (the tussle between Natasha and Sophie, the false identities, the immensely annoying pets, the superfluous people) combined to make a less homely book. No, that's not a compliment. But there's enough for me to want more and give the series a chance. I want to know, now the Craig arc is over, who will be the next villain.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    Boy does a lot of work go into the planning and execution of a wedding. Murder on top of everything else only adds to the complications. I enjoyed the following things in this cozy mystery: 1. Colorful setting in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia 2. Use of the pets (dogs) in the storyline 3. Family interactions, especially between the two sisters and parents 4. Food theme nicely integrated into the plotline 5. Multiple murder suspects 6. First-person point of view narration carries the story

  3. 5 out of 5

    fleurette

    I needed this book for one of my reading challenges. I've never heard of this author before or read the first volume in this series. Despite this, I am very happy that I came across this story. It means a lot because cozy mystery is not one of my favourite genres. I like detective stories and all stories with a suspense but I generally prefer thrillers or romantic suspense. Still, I read The Diva Takes the Cake with real pleasure. This book has what I think is the best in cozy mystery - good inte I needed this book for one of my reading challenges. I've never heard of this author before or read the first volume in this series. Despite this, I am very happy that I came across this story. It means a lot because cozy mystery is not one of my favourite genres. I like detective stories and all stories with a suspense but I generally prefer thrillers or romantic suspense. Still, I read The Diva Takes the Cake with real pleasure. This book has what I think is the best in cozy mystery - good interesting suspense and well-constructed characters, especially the main character. Sophie is a strong and intelligent woman who can deal with any problems. And at the same time she is very nice and sincerely cares about the people around her, especially her family. There wasn't one moment in this book that she would irritate me. And this is really rare! Sophie is not nosy, she is not stupid or naive and she does not tend to push herself into dangerous situations. I wish more heroines were like her. For this reason alone it is worth reading this book. But we also have excellent suspense. For a cozy mystery it is really well-built and thought out. It is also more complicated than we might expect. The author easily casts suspicion on different characters until we are not sure who is who, who tells the truth and who lies and, the most important thing, who killed (and who the victim really is). It is nice to read a well-constructed plot in which we are not entirely sure who the killer is. In the background we still have Mars (ex-husband of Sophie) who suspiciously spends a lot of time at Sophie's house, the strange behaviour of Natasha (Mars's new girlfriend), Wolf’s (Sophie's love interest) sudden coldness and puppy-eyed Humphrey's love dilemmas. And a whole parade of other fascinating characters that wonderfully complement the story. Yes, I am definitely very happy that it was this book that fulfilled my reading challenge. I spent a very pleasant time with it. I doubt that I will return to the first book in this series, but the next books will definitely be on my TBR list. And this is one more of the great things about this story. Although I haven't read the first book, I don't feel that I missed something, that I don't know enough about the characters or that I lack part of the picture. Everyone who, like me, for some reason starts this series with the second book, I can assure that there is nothing to worry about.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    A very good audiobook, though I have to say that the mc was too much of a softy at a couple of points in the story. Not to mention how often she let her competition roll over, and disregard, the plans she had worked so hard on. I totally disliked that Natasha, btw. I had read one book out of order earlier this year, and really liked it, so no question that I'll be continuing the series. A very good audiobook, though I have to say that the mc was too much of a softy at a couple of points in the story. Not to mention how often she let her competition roll over, and disregard, the plans she had worked so hard on. I totally disliked that Natasha, btw. I had read one book out of order earlier this year, and really liked it, so no question that I'll be continuing the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Book Concierge

    1.5* Book two in the Domestic Diva series has event planner Sophie Wilson in charge of her sister, Hannah’s, wedding. Of course rival diva Natasha has to insert herself into the event, trashing Sophie’s decorations and color scheme for a “more modern” style. But when the groom’s ex-wife is found hanging in the brand new garden pergola, it seems that the wedding may not happen at all. I kind of like the rivalry between Sophie and Natasha, including the competing advice given at the beginning of e 1.5* Book two in the Domestic Diva series has event planner Sophie Wilson in charge of her sister, Hannah’s, wedding. Of course rival diva Natasha has to insert herself into the event, trashing Sophie’s decorations and color scheme for a “more modern” style. But when the groom’s ex-wife is found hanging in the brand new garden pergola, it seems that the wedding may not happen at all. I kind of like the rivalry between Sophie and Natasha, including the competing advice given at the beginning of each chapter. But I read mysteries – even cozy mysteries – for the murder plot. And this one is just plain ridiculous. So many things made no sense whatsoever. (Why would a murderer bury a necklace rather than just pocket it?) Oh well, it satisfied several challenges and it was a fast read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    Hilarious. And food. I'm happy. Hilarious. And food. I'm happy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    I'm a relative newcomer to this series and I have to say that this second book kept me on my toes. I like Sophie Winston, the main character, and I hope as the series progresses she will start to stand up for herself with more frequency. There were three characters in particular that made me want to throw this book on several occasions. Sophie's sister Hannah acted like a spoiled child. I wanted Sophie to tell Hannah to take her wedding and go somewhere else on a number of occasions. Next was So I'm a relative newcomer to this series and I have to say that this second book kept me on my toes. I like Sophie Winston, the main character, and I hope as the series progresses she will start to stand up for herself with more frequency. There were three characters in particular that made me want to throw this book on several occasions. Sophie's sister Hannah acted like a spoiled child. I wanted Sophie to tell Hannah to take her wedding and go somewhere else on a number of occasions. Next was Sophie's mom and her insistence that Sophie and her ex-husband Mars were going to get back together. Sometimes, she was like something out of the 1950s in terms of her outlook. Finally, there's Natasha. She is unbelievable pretentious and rude. I know she is Sophie's frenemy so she will be around for a while. That said, I will probably never like her characters. The mystery kept me on my toes with everyone who was not who they were supposed to be. I like how the author tied things up, but poor Sophie just got battered in this one. I'll be continuing the series to see what the author has in store for Sophie and the rest of the characters.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sally906

    The action in THE DIVA TAKES THE CAKE was relentless – taking place over a few days. Sophie’s sister Hannah is getting married for the umpteenth time – but no-one except for Hannah likes the creepy Craig. The story opens a couple of days before the wedding and the guests have started to arrive. Celebrations are dampened when Craig’s ex-wife is found dead and it turns out to be murder not suicide as first appears. Her’s is not the last body that is wedding associated. THE DIVA TAKES THE CAKE has f The action in THE DIVA TAKES THE CAKE was relentless – taking place over a few days. Sophie’s sister Hannah is getting married for the umpteenth time – but no-one except for Hannah likes the creepy Craig. The story opens a couple of days before the wedding and the guests have started to arrive. Celebrations are dampened when Craig’s ex-wife is found dead and it turns out to be murder not suicide as first appears. Her’s is not the last body that is wedding associated. THE DIVA TAKES THE CAKE has family secrets (mostly Craig’s), murder (of course), misunderstandings and betrayal. In fact the plot has so many twists, turns and characters that my head spun on the odd occasion as I struggled to keep up. Fortunately there was lots of humour to keep be glued to the book to see what disaster would happen next. The only thing I thought was unnecessary was the strange storyline between Wolf and Sophie – I thought it didn’t ring true and, in the end, didn’t add to the story. I enjoy Krista Davis’s work though – and have another book by her ready to read next.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Janell

    An OK mystery but I needed a score card to keep track of all the minor characters! I would just start to figure out where one of them fit into the story when another 3 or 4 characters entered the scene. I lost track of how many different people were somehow part of the story. A few were probably introduced in book one but were certainly not that memorable, while others appeared to be new to this story. Accounting for so many different characters also created a very choppy conclusion. Plus, excep An OK mystery but I needed a score card to keep track of all the minor characters! I would just start to figure out where one of them fit into the story when another 3 or 4 characters entered the scene. I lost track of how many different people were somehow part of the story. A few were probably introduced in book one but were certainly not that memorable, while others appeared to be new to this story. Accounting for so many different characters also created a very choppy conclusion. Plus, except for the main character, the majority were pretty irritating!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    I finally got to finish listening to this and before the end of the year too. It was a great mystery during what was supposed to be Sophie's younger sister's wedding. There were some really interesting although shady characters, and after two murders it seemed like there was no end to the amount of suspects. I think if I was Sophie, I'd have felt like shutting myself in my room until it all blew over so I'd be safe, but she's a lot braver than I am lol. The narrator did a great job with the vari I finally got to finish listening to this and before the end of the year too. It was a great mystery during what was supposed to be Sophie's younger sister's wedding. There were some really interesting although shady characters, and after two murders it seemed like there was no end to the amount of suspects. I think if I was Sophie, I'd have felt like shutting myself in my room until it all blew over so I'd be safe, but she's a lot braver than I am lol. The narrator did a great job with the various voices, but I think my favorite person that she portrayed was Darby, the girl from New Jersey. Her role in the whole thing was as complicated as were some of the others' roles. I don't want to say too much due to so many different types of spoilers in the story. The showdown was exciting and justice prevailed once more as the police made their arrests. Another engagement took place, and already Natasha was scheming for them to have a Civil War themed wedding. I'm sure that Sophie had to be rolling her eyes as far as she could! I enjoyed listening to this courtesy of RB Digital through my local library. I love that audio books are just there, no waiting.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Kay

    ★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Hillary Huber does a lovely job of narrating this. Characters' voices are differentiated and done well. I don't know why I keep getting these, as no one appreciates Sophie like I do. It bugs me that her family - especially her mother - doesn't listen to her. And that they all continue to think passive-aggressive, overly-flamboyant, anal-retentive Natasha is wonderful. So glad my family doesn't treat me like that. It absolutely floored me that Natasha rev ★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Hillary Huber does a lovely job of narrating this. Characters' voices are differentiated and done well. I don't know why I keep getting these, as no one appreciates Sophie like I do. It bugs me that her family - especially her mother - doesn't listen to her. And that they all continue to think passive-aggressive, overly-flamboyant, anal-retentive Natasha is wonderful. So glad my family doesn't treat me like that. It absolutely floored me that Natasha reveals in this one that she thinks of Sophie as her best friend. Glad my best friend doesn't treat me like that either! LOL! Still, the action is plentiful, the mystery good, and Ms. Davis makes it all right in the end. Maybe that's why I keep listening to them? Yup. Must be.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Dnf 70% - enjoy this series but lost interest in my cozy phase

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cat Tutt

    This second book is a great follow up to the first. I can't overstate how much I am enjoying this series. The characters are great, the storyline is great, and the mystery is indeed mysterious. I've blown through each of the first two in 1 day each, and am ready to start the third one now. Highly recommended for any cozy lover, but especially if you like a little tantalizing culinary tidbits in your mystery. *5 Stars This second book is a great follow up to the first. I can't overstate how much I am enjoying this series. The characters are great, the storyline is great, and the mystery is indeed mysterious. I've blown through each of the first two in 1 day each, and am ready to start the third one now. Highly recommended for any cozy lover, but especially if you like a little tantalizing culinary tidbits in your mystery. *5 Stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Connie N.

    #2 in the Domestic Diva cozy mystery series I read the first book in this series years ago and have finally continued, and I'm glad I did. I especially like the main character Sophie. She is a very talented event planner, but she's also a basically nice person, with insecurities about her looks and worries about her "boyfriend." She had an amicable divorce from Mars, and now that he lives down the street, he pops in as a friend, although everyone thinks that he dumped her for her arch enemy Natas #2 in the Domestic Diva cozy mystery series I read the first book in this series years ago and have finally continued, and I'm glad I did. I especially like the main character Sophie. She is a very talented event planner, but she's also a basically nice person, with insecurities about her looks and worries about her "boyfriend." She had an amicable divorce from Mars, and now that he lives down the street, he pops in as a friend, although everyone thinks that he dumped her for her arch enemy Natasha. Natasha is the woman we love to hate--she's also a talented advisor for wedding and manners advice, with a popular newspaper column and TV show, but she is always trying to one-up Sophie. When Sophie is asked to host her sister's wedding (marriage #3), she goes all out even though she has a bad feeling about the groom. When all the guests are there and the event is proceeding, a murder occurs which upsets everything (of course). I really like the character development and the entertaining "disasters" that keep happening to throw things off. Sophie likes to investigate, but I'm happy that she doesn't take dangerous chances and often calls Wolf (boyfriend/cop) to help. Secondary characters of Natasha, Mars, and various friends/family members provide solid support and some funny stories of their own. Beginning each chapter with dueling advice (sometimes from Natasha, which are always over-the-top and sometimes from Sophie, which are usually clever and much more doable) was fun and set the tone for the chapter ahead. I always enjoy books with a wedding setting, and this one was no exception. I'll definitely continue with the next in this series sooner than it took me to get to this one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    While I love this series, I just really do not like her sister.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Another very enjoyable read, though not as good as the first. I felt like we saw some major changes with characters, especially Hannah, Mars, and Natasha throughout this book. I also really feel bad for Natasha, I feel like she's not meaning to be mean or rude but she's just ignorant. However, the angst between Sophie and Wolf was kind of pointless to me, I thought that entire minor plotline of the book could have been eliminated quite easily. The mystery was very well written and the killer was s Another very enjoyable read, though not as good as the first. I felt like we saw some major changes with characters, especially Hannah, Mars, and Natasha throughout this book. I also really feel bad for Natasha, I feel like she's not meaning to be mean or rude but she's just ignorant. However, the angst between Sophie and Wolf was kind of pointless to me, I thought that entire minor plotline of the book could have been eliminated quite easily. The mystery was very well written and the killer was so obvious I never would have guessed him. Usually authors try to hide the killer until later in the book, however, Ms. Davis did an exceptional job of placing the killer in plain sight, but at the same time keeping people from guessing him and the ending right up to where the killer was exposed was really well plotted out. I never would've guessed what had happened. Overall a really good book. There were a few minor things that I wasn't pleased with and I think these titles are kind of corny, but I'll definitely be reading the next one and I'd readily recommend this one.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars This book doesn't pick up at Christmas, where I expected it would. Instead, it picks up seven months later, in June, just before Hannah's wedding. As with the first book, this is also told in first-person, and has the lovely touch of Natasha and Sophie's columns at the beginning of each chapter. This book was quite a bit longer than the first, and more interesting as well. Again, I really liked how I felt that I knew each character to the extent that Sophie knew them, whic Rating: 4 out of 5 stars This book doesn't pick up at Christmas, where I expected it would. Instead, it picks up seven months later, in June, just before Hannah's wedding. As with the first book, this is also told in first-person, and has the lovely touch of Natasha and Sophie's columns at the beginning of each chapter. This book was quite a bit longer than the first, and more interesting as well. Again, I really liked how I felt that I knew each character to the extent that Sophie knew them, which was extremely important in this book. I also liked how the previous characters were expanded and developed on, along with their relationships with one another. However, the one thing I didn't like was the pacing. In the beginning, the book moved a bit too slowly for my taste and though it improved, I never felt the smoothness that was in the first book. Overall, I enjoyed the second installment to the series for the writing style and character development, though I felt it was slow at times. I will be continuing with the next one.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    LOVED!!! This is the fourth Krista Davis cozy I've read and they are all just wonderful!! (I've read books one and two of the Paws and Claws mysteries as well as book one and now book two of the Domestic Diva series) Many of the characters from the first Domestic Diva story were present along with fun new visitors!! I love wedding themed mysteries and this one is hilarious, chaotic, deadly, and adorable all in one. I had a few moments where had I been Sophie, Wolf would have had to arrest me for LOVED!!! This is the fourth Krista Davis cozy I've read and they are all just wonderful!! (I've read books one and two of the Paws and Claws mysteries as well as book one and now book two of the Domestic Diva series) Many of the characters from the first Domestic Diva story were present along with fun new visitors!! I love wedding themed mysteries and this one is hilarious, chaotic, deadly, and adorable all in one. I had a few moments where had I been Sophie, Wolf would have had to arrest me for murdering Natasha...... that woman is crazy!! And then Hannah.... talk about a Bridezilla!! I never would have put up with that, especially not from both Natasha and Hannah, but Sophie truly exhibits the virtue of patience and all of that craziness really makes the story worth reading!! I LOVED IT!!!! Can't wait to read the next in the series!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I really enjoy this series, but I somehow missed this book #2 - so finally remedied that. However, I didn't like it nearly as much as some of the later books - mostly because Natasha, Hannah, Wolfe, and others are all so mean to Sophie. She's just too nice and I want her to at least retort back or drop these toxic "friends". I really enjoy this series, but I somehow missed this book #2 - so finally remedied that. However, I didn't like it nearly as much as some of the later books - mostly because Natasha, Hannah, Wolfe, and others are all so mean to Sophie. She's just too nice and I want her to at least retort back or drop these toxic "friends".

  20. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I really like this series. Set in Old Town Alexandria, where I lived for 2 years, the landmarks are familiar and I can visualize much of what is happening :-) Well written, good mystery with some twists and a little romance too!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    This is the 2nd in the Domestic Diva series by a local author. I enjoyed this quick read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julie P

    I really like this series. Sometimes there are a lot of characters floating around and I forget who some are, but the atmosphere is great, and it's cute and clever without being cloying. I really like this series. Sometimes there are a lot of characters floating around and I forget who some are, but the atmosphere is great, and it's cute and clever without being cloying.

  23. 4 out of 5

    ChrisQ

    Well done! A solid follow up! First, I love the characters. Even Natasha! I loved her extra over- the- top wedding suggestions. A couple had me cracking up. Sophie is a great lead and does not get annoying as she tries to solve the murder. I am looking forward to the next one.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cherise Deeley

    This is a very good book! I felt the gambit of frustration and hurt and anger and love for this character! Super frustrated when no one believed her and I still wish she would tell off some people but the mystery itself was very twisted and I had no clue who did it until the end

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Like the first book, this was... Fairly fun fluff, and I finished it, but I won't be going on to book 3. It's frivolous but not in a fun, beach read kind of way. In an annoying, overly-dramatic, eye-roll kind of way. Maybe I'm just in a bad mood and too stressed from work but I was exasperated by this book more than I enjoyed it. The characters making huge leaps, jumping to conclusions at every step, nobody addressing the HUGE conflict of interest of the police officer investigating **multiple** Like the first book, this was... Fairly fun fluff, and I finished it, but I won't be going on to book 3. It's frivolous but not in a fun, beach read kind of way. In an annoying, overly-dramatic, eye-roll kind of way. Maybe I'm just in a bad mood and too stressed from work but I was exasperated by this book more than I enjoyed it. The characters making huge leaps, jumping to conclusions at every step, nobody addressing the HUGE conflict of interest of the police officer investigating **multiple** murders tied to the lady he's trying to bang??? Hello?? She's literally been a suspect in like 6 murders at this point sir you shouldn't be working cases that she's tied to??? Ugh. I don't know. Like yeah, I wanted to know what happened!! But I went COME ON and OH WHAT THE HECK (I did not say heck) so many times getting there. I will find anither cozy series - one without so many judgy body comments every few paragraphs (really, the protagonist loves to bemoan her weight and comment on the weight of others entirely too much. Go to therapy).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    *spoilers* In this book Sophie’s sister, Hannah, is marrying creepy Craig and she is organising the wedding. Of course, this also means that the oh so delightful Natasha is doing all she can to muscle in on the action at every opportunity. What I like about this book is that on every chapter there is a Q and A or an article snippet from either Sophie’s or Natasha’s column. It is a really clever way of highlighting the difference between the characters and also set up the theme of the chapter. Natas *spoilers* In this book Sophie’s sister, Hannah, is marrying creepy Craig and she is organising the wedding. Of course, this also means that the oh so delightful Natasha is doing all she can to muscle in on the action at every opportunity. What I like about this book is that on every chapter there is a Q and A or an article snippet from either Sophie’s or Natasha’s column. It is a really clever way of highlighting the difference between the characters and also set up the theme of the chapter. Natasha set up home with Mars in the same road as Sophie, which means that Sophie has a constant stream of people who are seeking refuge, including the dog. The first victim turns out to be connected to Craig, which throws the wedding party into chaos. Hannah on the other hand is doing a perfect impression of an ostritch sticking her head in the sand, so Sophie decides to poke around a bit to try and find out more about Craig’s life – and more importantly, what he is hiding. Along with the murder, the other main theme running through the book is the constant interfering of Natasha. What an awful woman, I don’t know whether Sophie is the most gracious hostess on the planet or is an impressive doormat. She seems to just accept the meddling and blatant attempts of Natasha to seize every element of her life. I wonder if she actually has a backbone. Halfway through the book she finally told Natasha not to interfere, but did she listen? Of course not, and Natasha carried on regardless. What I don’t understand is that Sophie considers her as a friend, yet there is no indication of a friendship, just some nutty woman who wants to hijack anything that she does. When it comes down to it, Natasha is just a whisker away from assuming Sophie’s identity. Like the previous book, the storyline was very complex and with all the relatives and friends floating around Sophie’s house, it was reminiscent of an Agatha Christie novel. All these different characters kept you on your toes because you were constantly trying to figure out who was doing what and who was connected to who, not to mention several red herrings. There was also the non-romance between Sophie and the Wolf, with the classic lack of communication between them, made worse by guess who? Natasha, of course. Again in what way is this woman showing friendship? As much as I hated Natasha, I did enjoy the book. The complex plot and all the characters meant that you never got ahead of yourself in trying to predict what was going to happen. It would be a great book if Natasha wasn’t such a pantomime villain. If she was toned down, or if we could see why there is this friendship, then it would be easier to tolerate such a vivid character. Just because she is the antagonist, doesn’t mean that you can’t see the good parts in her – many of the characters that I love the most are the ones where you get to see all shades of their personality. Again, like the first book, I am going to wait a while before I read the third in the series to de-Natasha-ise, otherwise the book would certainly end up being thrown across the room! Domestic Diva Mysteries Website – this is a great website, you even get the layout of Sophie’s neighbourhood and some of her recipes http://murdersheread.wordpress.com

  27. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Better than the first, but lots of red herrings

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    2.5 stars Ok. some humor. Decent story. I figured it out early on but kept listening anyway b/c I like the characters. My one big issue-Sophie wore skworts. Seriously…SKWORTS!! While I’m not exactly Miss Fashion-Plate, even I know that’s a stupid fashion choice. I had to deduct ½ star for that. Sorry, but again, seriously, no one should wear those proudly. The mystery surrounding Wolf’s wife is mentioned. Apparently, Wolf’s wife is missing. The rumor mill says he killed her & hid the body. I was hop 2.5 stars Ok. some humor. Decent story. I figured it out early on but kept listening anyway b/c I like the characters. My one big issue-Sophie wore skworts. Seriously…SKWORTS!! While I’m not exactly Miss Fashion-Plate, even I know that’s a stupid fashion choice. I had to deduct ½ star for that. Sorry, but again, seriously, no one should wear those proudly. The mystery surrounding Wolf’s wife is mentioned. Apparently, Wolf’s wife is missing. The rumor mill says he killed her & hid the body. I was hoping there would be an explanation.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Wedding Planner and Domestic Diva, Sophie Winston, has her hands full. Her sister, Hannah is about to be married and Sophie is in charge of putting together a wedding beyond her wildest imagination. However, Sophie hits a snag. For one thing, she hates the groom, Craig, but her sister isn’t listening to her. When the groom’s ex-wife is murdered, Sophie is convinced the groom is the prime suspect. Not that her sister will listen, even the cops won’t listen. Sophie is determined to prove to Hannah Wedding Planner and Domestic Diva, Sophie Winston, has her hands full. Her sister, Hannah is about to be married and Sophie is in charge of putting together a wedding beyond her wildest imagination. However, Sophie hits a snag. For one thing, she hates the groom, Craig, but her sister isn’t listening to her. When the groom’s ex-wife is murdered, Sophie is convinced the groom is the prime suspect. Not that her sister will listen, even the cops won’t listen. Sophie is determined to prove to Hannah that she’s on the verge of making the biggest mistake of her life. Secrets slowly begin to be revealed and Sophie begins to have second thoughts. Craig’s definitely not the man Hannah thinks he is, but is he really a killer? Sophie is definitely onto something, especially when her own life is threatened. This story has it all…family secrets, mystery, betrayal, and even a bit of romance for our heroine. Sophie finds herself with more than one suitor but she only has eyes for one. The plot takes so many twists and turns, your head will spin. I enjoyed Sophie and her family. I would love to see more of her romantic interest, Detective Wolf Fleishman, and see if their relationship progresses. Since this is a wedding setting, it stands to reason there were many characters as they were all wedding guests but I admit, I was having trouble keeping them all straight in my head. There were many people for the reader to get to know, but I do love a book with many characters – all with distinct personalities. This is the second book in the “A Domestic Diva Mystery” and I enjoyed it. I read the first one a few years ago and have been anxious to read this one for the longest time. I just never got around to it, but thanks to the “Just for Fun Reading Challenge” and “Mount TBR Reading Challenge”, I finally had the chance. Hopefully I will get to the next one sooner.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    I'm so glad I decided to give this series a second chance. This is the second book in the Diva series and it was a very enjoyable cozy mystery. The characters are much more fleshed out and developed in this book and the plot was terrific. I would recommend reading the books in order as they definitely build upon one another and the first book sets up the storyline for this book, however, this book is tons better than the first in the series. I'm really looking forward to Diva number 3 now! I'm so glad I decided to give this series a second chance. This is the second book in the Diva series and it was a very enjoyable cozy mystery. The characters are much more fleshed out and developed in this book and the plot was terrific. I would recommend reading the books in order as they definitely build upon one another and the first book sets up the storyline for this book, however, this book is tons better than the first in the series. I'm really looking forward to Diva number 3 now!

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