Book Review: The Diva Runs Out of Thyme by Krista Davis
Thanksgiving can be Absolute Murder
Ask anyone what their favorite holiday is and they'll probably tell you Thanksgiving. Never mind the holiday is just a few short months away, but when it comes down to it, are there really that many entertainment venues which celebrate the four day long holiday?
Well, there are a couple of movies out there but in the new Domestic Diva Mysteries, author Krista Davis has created some really fun characters with The Diva Runs Out of Thyme taking place over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Davis' Sophie Winston is one of the most favorable characters I've "met" in a long time. She's not a young lass (maybe in her early 40's) and is very well balanced following her divorce from Mars (short for Marshall). Since July has been competing in The Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown (which was to take place during the days leading to Thanksgiving) but when Sophie comes upon two murders in two days, well, she's a little sidetracked.
As prime suspect to both murders, Sophie must contend with proving her innocence, while trying not to lose her head with all of the guests she acquires over the holiday.
It was supposed to be a simple holiday feast for Sophie. Her parents, sister and her fiancé were the intended guests, but after a mysterious fire at long time rival Natasha's house (who's dating Mars) she takes in Mars' mother June and out of town guest Bernie into the mix. With the fire, the guest list for the feast grows to include Natasha, Mars, Mars' brother Andrew, his wife Vicki and neighbors Francie and "The Colonel" and the detective on the case, Wolf.
Davis has created some really memorable characters out of this motley crew and the rivalry between Sophie and Natasha (which dates back to when they were children) is second to none.
Since both are "domestic divas" Natasha has always one upped poor Sophie. Natasha has her own local TV show (which she had hoped to go national until Simon Greer was murdered) and Sophie was just offered a domestic column for their local newspaper. It's fun here to note that each chapter starts off with a Sophie or Natasha domestic tip and at the end of the book there are a few recipes which have become popular in various mystery series.
And with everything Sophie's going through, she still manages to keep her guests full and glasses filled without losing her head.
I wonder how I can get invited to Sophie's Thanksgiving this year. Of course minus the murder.