Retro Reading: The Diva Cooks a Goose by Krista Davis
The Diva is back and better than ever!
It's been awhile since Sophie Winston checked in and this time she's celebrating Christmas in The Diva Cooks a Goose.
With the publication of the fourth novel in the series we've gone 13 months into the life of Sophie and the crazy characters she calls friends, neighbors and enemies.
It's Christmas Eve and Sophie along with her sister, Hannah, are traveling to their brother's house. Upon arriving, they discover the entire neighborhood has been robbed by a heartless Grinch. Sophie quickly devises a plan with the other neighbors to donate any gently used toys so they can give them to the children for Christmas.
On Christmas Day the action switches back to Sophie's house where she says goodbye to her beau Wolf. Sophie's sister-in-law's father, Phil, arrives unexpectedly with his new "lady friend" Bonnie Scarborough. It's kind of tacky since Laci's parents recently separated and her sister, Shawna are equally surprised. You have to add the soap opera twist in there somewhere.
Davis then adds Boxing Day (a holiday that only appears on the calendar for most of us) over at Bonnie's party everyone gets a not so nice surprise. Later that night when Sophie goes over to her house for a business meeting she discovers her dead.
With Wolf out of town for the holidays, she starts to do a little investigating when Shawna becomes the prime suspect in Bonnie's death. But at the same time, Sophie's also asked to host Bonnie's annual Auld Lang Syne Auction since many local charities will be benefitting from it.
And has her nemesis, Detective Kenner is on her back.
I don't even want to bring Natasha to the mix since she needs her own series. This is one character who should go down in literary history. When Natasha's on the scene you can't help but laugh.
What I don't like about this series thus far is Sophie constantly whipping up some type of dish. It doesn't matter what time of the day it is she's making something (and for poor folks like me you do get a little hungry) but the dishes and drinks she makes seem like they're great.
If you're looking for a gift this holiday season for your own domestic diva this is a good series to get them as there are helpful tips at the beginning of each chapter for life's greatest challenges.