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Krista Davis

Author of The Diva Runs Out of Thyme

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Includes the names: KRISTA DAVIS, Cristina Ryplansky

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Series

Works by Krista Davis

The Diva Runs Out of Thyme (2008) 393 copies, 22 reviews
Murder, She Barked (2013) 223 copies, 19 reviews
The Diva Takes the Cake (2009) 199 copies, 17 reviews
The Diva Paints the Town (2010) 180 copies, 9 reviews
The Diva Cooks a Goose (2010) 161 copies, 13 reviews
The Diva Haunts the House (2011) 155 copies, 12 reviews
The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer (2014) 127 copies, 16 reviews
The Diva Digs Up the Dirt (2012) 123 copies, 10 reviews
Color Me Murder (2018) 119 copies, 10 reviews
The Diva Frosts a Cupcake (2013) 118 copies, 8 reviews
The Diva Wraps It Up (2014) 95 copies, 8 reviews
The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss (2015) 95 copies, 7 reviews
Murder Most Howl (2015) 93 copies, 8 reviews
The Diva Serves High Tea (2016) 84 copies, 6 reviews
Not a Creature Was Purring (2017) 82 copies, 9 reviews
Mission Impawsible (2017) 81 copies, 6 reviews
The Coloring Crook (2018) 69 copies, 7 reviews
The Diva Sweetens the Pie (2019) 60 copies, 4 reviews
The Dog Who Knew Too Much (2019) 59 copies, 3 reviews
The Diva Cooks up a Storm (2018) 58 copies, 8 reviews
Big Little Spies (2021) 46 copies, 5 reviews
The Diva Spices It Up (2020) 44 copies, 7 reviews
A Good Dog's Guide to Murder (2022) 42 copies, 1 review
Murder Outside the Lines (2020) 41 copies, 3 reviews
A Colorful Scheme (Pen & Ink) (2022) 37 copies, 4 reviews
The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit (2021) 37 copies, 3 reviews
The Diva Says Cheesecake! (2022) 32 copies, 3 reviews
The Diva Delivers on a Promise (2023) 20 copies, 5 reviews

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Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer's Journey (2014) — Contributor — 17 copies, 1 review

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Very cute! Now I want to vacation in Wagtail!
 
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DianeVallere | 18 other reviews | May 16, 2024 |
4.5 Stars
An addition to a long-standing cozy mystery series, this novel was the first I've read from the Diva books (it can easily be read in order or as a stand-alone). Although there were a couple of editing errors, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought the characters were interesting, the storyline entertaining, and the food sounded yummy! It's quirky and engaging, from the colorful cast of characters, delicious recipes, advice column blurbs at the start of each chapter, and the antiques. There were so many potential suspects, the mystery plot was difficult to guess as well. I'll definitely give e this series a try.

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LibStaff2 | 1 other review | May 13, 2024 |
I chose this book for a challenge for all the wrong reasons to choose a book. The cover had a snow scene which I needed for the challenge...but it also had a pair of cute little critters a dog and a cat gracing the cover...Trixie and Twinkletoes. Holly, the human in the story, was excited about the "Christkindl Market" that she knows well, thanks to her grandmother's German heritage. Sounds like fun to me with food, beverages and all types of goodies being for sale in a series of little Swiss chalet like booths. The town even has a cute name, Wagtail. It's now covered with several inches of fresh-fallen snow and all the houses are decorated with cheerful colorful Christmas lights. That is all but Rupert Grimpley's house. In the early hours of the morning, Rupert's Christmas spirit shows it's itself uncheerful self with ear-splitting music and a 45-foot towering, blow-up Grinch. This was funny as it reminded me of a neighbor we had when I was a child that always tried to tell us kids that the venison in his freezer was one of Santa's reindeer. Festivities come to a halt when Trixie's nose goes into action and sniffs out a dead person. Holly and police officer Dave start an investigation. Then we have Holly's old flame, Holmes, who is also back in Wagtail...he points out that it IS his hometown, and with his fashionable "city-girl" fiancee much to Holly's disappointment. The entire Thackleberry family...don't you love these names?... is holding their Christmas at the inn and Holmes's fiancee is part of this family of business owners. The book is so full of small-town America Christmas spirit, complete with parties, enough food to feed a third-world country, decorations and, even fun despite it being a murder mystery. The author did an outstanding job with the characters, continuity, dialogue, and atmosphere.… (more)
 
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Carol420 | 8 other reviews | Apr 18, 2024 |
Sophie Winston is an event planner that lives in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, with her dog and cat. While walking her dog one morning she spots a car on fire and calls it in. She has no idea who did it, or why. It seems odd, but life goes on...while visiting with her best friend Nina, her frenemy Natasha Smith, who has been in competition with Sophie most of her life, arrives in a dither. It seems her mother Wanda is getting married -- to Orson Chatsworth, who doesn't seem like Wanda's type, but Sophie offers to help Natasha with the engagement party. Part of that is hiring Orson's daughter Stella to make charcuterie boards, which are becoming a trend and Stella's new business.

While all seems to be going well at the party, Orson suddenly drops to the floor and at first appears to be having a heart attack. But Sophie thinks that he was murdered, even though her police detective friend Wolf doesn't. Another surprise comes when Orson's will is read and he leaves Sophie his antique business and all it entails, including the bank account. In his strange video will he tells her that 'you will know what to do.'

But Sophie has no idea what to do. At least not at first. And with half the town thinking there was something going on with her and Orson (why else would he leave her the business instead of to his daughter?) or Sophie being a gold digger, there's problems with trying to find out who killed Orson. When the police finally do reveal that it was murder, Sophie's problems just got bigger. Now she not only has to find the murderer, but she has to discover why he had the secret room in his store and what he wanted her to do with the information. With the help of Nina, her ex-husband Mars and friend Bernie, she's about to learn what Orson wanted to tell her, and hope she'll be able to prevent another murder...

This is the 17th book in the series, and I have read most of them. In my opinion, each one gets better than the last. In this one, Sophie is up to her ears in intrigue, secrets, and lies. All her suspects are keeping them, and it's up to her to ferret them out. But with everyone suspecting her of swaying Orson in her favor, she needs the help of her friends to get to the bottom of it.

But when Sophie learns what Orson really wanted her to do, she's stunned. It's something no one could have suspected, and when she discreetly shares some of the information, others don't think it's possible. After discovering an item that gives her the link she needs, Sophie can begin to put everything together. And watching her do so is like watching a clock being assembled. The parts are there, and it is up to the clockmaker to put them into the proper order and make sure that it works. This Sophie does beautifully.

The ending has another surprise in store, and when it is all woven together, Sophie manages to show us once again why she is our favorite Domestic Diva. This book is so entertaining that I read it in one sitting (whew!) because I wanted to find out how it all came about and I don't like to peek! There are also some delicious recipes at the back that I intend to make (and you should, too!). I eagerly await the next in the series. Highly recommended.

I was given a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley but this in no way influenced my review.
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