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Few can compete with Natasha Smith when it comes to entertaining, but her childhood rival, Sophie Winston, certainly tries. Natasha may have stolen the spotlight, and Sophie's husband, but Sophie is determined to rob her of the prize for the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. She just needs the right ingredient. But Sophie's search for the perfect turkey takes a basting when sh Few can compete with Natasha Smith when it comes to entertaining, but her childhood rival, Sophie Winston, certainly tries. Natasha may have stolen the spotlight, and Sophie's husband, but Sophie is determined to rob her of the prize for the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. She just needs the right ingredient. But Sophie's search for the perfect turkey takes a basting when she stumbles across a corpse. And when the police find her name and photo inside the victim's car, Sophie will have to set her trussing aside to solve the murder, or she'll be serving up prison grub.


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Few can compete with Natasha Smith when it comes to entertaining, but her childhood rival, Sophie Winston, certainly tries. Natasha may have stolen the spotlight, and Sophie's husband, but Sophie is determined to rob her of the prize for the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. She just needs the right ingredient. But Sophie's search for the perfect turkey takes a basting when sh Few can compete with Natasha Smith when it comes to entertaining, but her childhood rival, Sophie Winston, certainly tries. Natasha may have stolen the spotlight, and Sophie's husband, but Sophie is determined to rob her of the prize for the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. She just needs the right ingredient. But Sophie's search for the perfect turkey takes a basting when she stumbles across a corpse. And when the police find her name and photo inside the victim's car, Sophie will have to set her trussing aside to solve the murder, or she'll be serving up prison grub.

30 review for The Diva Runs Out of Thyme

  1. 5 out of 5

    Luffy

    I would never have thought to give this book only 3 stars. But the final solution to all the hoo-ha was just cheating on behalf of the writer. There I was, amazed at the crimes and near crimes and suspicious events happening each two chapters. Despite that I knew from experience not to expect a phenomenal outcome to the mystery. But too many random events had come together to give the crimes a collective signature. The book started very vividly. The scenes at the heroine's slightly lavish house I would never have thought to give this book only 3 stars. But the final solution to all the hoo-ha was just cheating on behalf of the writer. There I was, amazed at the crimes and near crimes and suspicious events happening each two chapters. Despite that I knew from experience not to expect a phenomenal outcome to the mystery. But too many random events had come together to give the crimes a collective signature. The book started very vividly. The scenes at the heroine's slightly lavish house were strong and imposed on one's imagination until the pictures of domestic content came to my brain naturally. I was glad the heroine didn't have any non-culinary special skill. The writer tried to make Sophie flawed, but instead I chose Sophie's side when she dug her heels when she refused to be manipulated by her quite ordinary mum. Perhaps no other mystery book has strewn so many puzzling events like this one. But also, no other typical whodunit has revealed the murderer's identity so early - about 89% throughout the book. During the rest of the book, one thing was left unexplained. I mean the Peeping Tom. I guessed the identity of the criminal early on. I thought it would be one of a married couple. They had an alibi and that was an excuse for the writer to make them disappear from the focus. I was slightly doubtful about my guess because the murderer was part of the heroine's family and I didn't know how the writer operated. I mean I didn't know how unchanged the social circle of Sophie would be allowed to be. So there you have it. Three stars. This book was written in an easy style that I felt comfortable with. I admired the author's skill during parts of the book. It's better than two cozy books that I read earlier this year (Chocolate Bugbear Mystery, and Lye In Wait). But I still I cannot praise this book to the skies. Some of the attention to detail was there just for show, there wasn't much depth to it. There was no common theme, or meaningful moments. Just a bunch of stuff that happened together.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Delee

    When I was young(er)-pre-teen, and I was sick in bed with a cold, or getting over the flu, there were three things I loved to read to escape my woes- The Winnie the Pooh Get Well Book, Betty and Veronica comics, and Nancy Drew mysteries. Now that I am old(er),cozy mysteries are what I read to help me feel better and stay amused when I am feeling ill, or stressed out to the point that concentrating on something heavier hurts my brain. The DOMESTIC DIVA series with Sophie Winston are always my fav When I was young(er)-pre-teen, and I was sick in bed with a cold, or getting over the flu, there were three things I loved to read to escape my woes- The Winnie the Pooh Get Well Book, Betty and Veronica comics, and Nancy Drew mysteries. Now that I am old(er),cozy mysteries are what I read to help me feel better and stay amused when I am feeling ill, or stressed out to the point that concentrating on something heavier hurts my brain. The DOMESTIC DIVA series with Sophie Winston are always my favourites. I am not sure what it is about THE DIVA series that is different than the other cozies for me. I just love the setting, the characters-and best of all their early morning or late night gatherings over at Sophie's house when everyone tries to solve the mystery over hot cocoa, coffee, tea, wine and/or food.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vannetta Chapman

    This was my first Krista Davis book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I laughed out loud in places, collared at the characters in a couple of others, and I did not know "who did it" until the end. Nicely done! Note: This is a very clean read--no language or adult scenes that I can remember though there are maybe two references to adult situations. It's all done very well, and I can definitely recommend this book to all of my friends and readers! This was my first Krista Davis book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I laughed out loud in places, collared at the characters in a couple of others, and I did not know "who did it" until the end. Nicely done! Note: This is a very clean read--no language or adult scenes that I can remember though there are maybe two references to adult situations. It's all done very well, and I can definitely recommend this book to all of my friends and readers!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    A fun cozy mystery with lots of food! Perfect!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nidofito

    Sigh Where do I begin? Was it the strange setting that made everything so alien? How can a setting be contemporary yet feel so last century? Or the saint-protagonist who was supposed to be in her 40s but simultaneously acted 20 yrs over and under that age? Or the annoying, bash-all-of-them-in-the-head-with-a-pan side characters? The hateful domestic rival, the overbearing mother, the nosy neighbors, and the myriad of current and former relatives who can't seem to stay in their own goddamn homes for Sigh Where do I begin? Was it the strange setting that made everything so alien? How can a setting be contemporary yet feel so last century? Or the saint-protagonist who was supposed to be in her 40s but simultaneously acted 20 yrs over and under that age? Or the annoying, bash-all-of-them-in-the-head-with-a-pan side characters? The hateful domestic rival, the overbearing mother, the nosy neighbors, and the myriad of current and former relatives who can't seem to stay in their own goddamn homes for one day? Ugh! Or that weird, nonsensical romance that's there just because a light, culinary mystery's supposed to have one? Or the eye-rolling, barely there murder plot that was so, so disappointing? Or maybe (and this was what made me see red) that creepy older woman who not only stalked her neighbor for months but also played a horrible 'prank' to mess up his chances with a woman he was interested in? And what might you think was everyone's reaction to this? They fucking laughed. Like it was a harmless joke. WHAT THE FUCK. If it were a man doing the same he would've been called a creep, notified to the police and maybe forcefully sent to an old home. Makes me so furious that somehow it's okay to peep into people's homes or know whether they send their underwear for cleaning for God's sake just because it's a woman doing it? It's NEVER okay! Grrrrrr

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Kay

    ★★★½✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Okay, I tried to read this via paperback several times. I really enjoy this author's Paws and Claws Mystery series, but I just couldn't get into this other series by the printed word. It really irked me that the mother and sister were so dismissive of the protagonist's feelings. Frustrating! I had to power through those scenes. (All while being extremely thankful my mom wasn't like that.) For some reason unknown to me, I decided to get it on audio, ★★★½✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Okay, I tried to read this via paperback several times. I really enjoy this author's Paws and Claws Mystery series, but I just couldn't get into this other series by the printed word. It really irked me that the mother and sister were so dismissive of the protagonist's feelings. Frustrating! I had to power through those scenes. (All while being extremely thankful my mom wasn't like that.) For some reason unknown to me, I decided to get it on audio, which is nicely narrated by Hillary Huber, and I'm glad I did. (Even though the trashing of the crime scene still made me shake my head, I reminded myself that in most of these cozies I have to suspend belief.) Sophie's rival, Natasha, really bugged me at first...but then, duh, she's supposed to! Still, when I tried via paperback to read her advice at the beginning of most chapters - I cringed and couldn't handle them. Nevertheless, hearing those outrageous, "Martha Steward Perfection" expectations made me LOL via audio! Too funny. Juxtaposed to Sophie's, they were even funnier. I'll continue with the series. We'll see if it's via paperback or audio.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Sadly this didn’t hold me

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    This won an Agatha award for first novel, but I couldn't finish it. It takes place during Thanksgiving and the main character, Sophie, has her hands full with trying to feed and entertain her many guests, and also happened to find both bodies, so she's a suspect. Her rival in the book is the woman who stole her husband, Natasha, a Martha Stewart wannabe. The "Ask Natasha" snippets at the beginning of each chapter are funny. But I got sick of how the author lists every ingredient that Sophie cook This won an Agatha award for first novel, but I couldn't finish it. It takes place during Thanksgiving and the main character, Sophie, has her hands full with trying to feed and entertain her many guests, and also happened to find both bodies, so she's a suspect. Her rival in the book is the woman who stole her husband, Natasha, a Martha Stewart wannabe. The "Ask Natasha" snippets at the beginning of each chapter are funny. But I got sick of how the author lists every ingredient that Sophie cooks with as organic this and organic that. Also couldn't see how someone who wears a turtleneck with embroidered leaves under a sweater with embroidered pumpkins could be so sought after by the men in the community. She sounds like she's in her 60's instead of in her 40's. Too many characters, none of them enough to keep me interested. Perhaps I have outgrown this genre?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    First book in the Domestic Diva mystery series. Some Dishes Are Best Served Cold... Few can compete with Natasha Smith when it comes to entertaining, but her childhood rival, Sophie Winston, certainly tries. Natasha may have stolen the spotlight, and Sophie's husband, but Sophie is determined to rob her of the prize for the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. She just needs the right ingredient. But Sophie's search for the perfect turkey takes a basting when she stumbles across a corpse. And when the po First book in the Domestic Diva mystery series. Some Dishes Are Best Served Cold... Few can compete with Natasha Smith when it comes to entertaining, but her childhood rival, Sophie Winston, certainly tries. Natasha may have stolen the spotlight, and Sophie's husband, but Sophie is determined to rob her of the prize for the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. She just needs the right ingredient. But Sophie's search for the perfect turkey takes a basting when she stumbles across a corpse. And when the police find her name and photo inside the victim's car, Sophie will have to set her trussing aside to solve the murder, or she'll be serving up prison grub. Loved this first book in the series, with hosting tips heading every chapter. With a Great set of recipes that I will trying out in time. NB - I preferred Sophie's tips more than Natasha's, as I'm like Sophie, keeping it plain and simple. With a strong set of characters, well plotted and written. A really enjoyable mystery, and will be reading more of this series. Published by Berkley Prime Crime, this book can be purchased from most book sellers. Also available from Amazon in paperback, kindle and audio CD's. It is also available to download via Audible.com (but not available Internationally). I managed to purchase the MP3 when it came up on offer on Amazon UK. Narrated by Hillary Huber, and I must say that she made listening very enjoyable. If you like the review and would like to read reviews on other books I have read, visit my blog at www.finalchapterreadersgroup.wordpres... like, comment and follow.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anne (Booklady) Molinarolo

    Cozy Mysteries are comforting, like Mac and Cheese and a bowl of Cheddar Broccoli Potato soup on a cold, rainy Fall day like yesterday. And The Diva Runs Out of Thyme was the perfect read. Event Planner, Sophie Winston, is expecting a house full for Thanksgiving. Her family is coming to D.C. for the holiday. And her mother is hilarious! I don't know what I'd do if my own mother had compared me to an old high school friend/rival that is a rising Martha Stewart like domestic diva star, especially Cozy Mysteries are comforting, like Mac and Cheese and a bowl of Cheddar Broccoli Potato soup on a cold, rainy Fall day like yesterday. And The Diva Runs Out of Thyme was the perfect read. Event Planner, Sophie Winston, is expecting a house full for Thanksgiving. Her family is coming to D.C. for the holiday. And her mother is hilarious! I don't know what I'd do if my own mother had compared me to an old high school friend/rival that is a rising Martha Stewart like domestic diva star, especially knowing that Sophie's ex-husband is living with Natasha Smith. So, Sophie is hoping to beat Natasha for the big Prize at the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown on the day before Thanksgiving. But she still needs a turkey for her family. At the grocery store, a man approaches her with a kitten. He tries unsuccessfully to cajole her into taking the small fur ball (she eventually does). Feeling guilty about the kitten - she can take it to Nina's - Sophie looks for the man and his pick up when she's leaving the store. She finds the box with the kitten on the guy's truck and finds the guy in the dumpster - DEAD! She's surprised that the dead man is a PI and has a file with her picture in the pick up. Why? Then at the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown, Sophie hunts down the sponsor/judge of the competition to tell him that she would not be going out with him, because Natasha accused her of "fixing" the competition. She does indeed find Simon. He's lying face down, his head is bleeding. And he is very DEAD. Two bodies in two days. Guess who is the Police's number 1 suspect? Sophie Winston must come up with a perfect recipe to out the killer before she is spending Christmas in jail. Krista Davis has created a slew of wonderful characters! And there several twists in the mystery and a whiff of a senior romance. I was completely taken aback when "whodunnit" was revealed. I am so glad that I stumbled onto A Domestic Diva Mystery Series!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    A good start to a cozy mystery series with lots of fun quirky characters.... It is Thanksgiving time and Sophie is stressed not only is her family coming for the holiday, she is also preparing for a stuffing cook off with her main competitor being her ex-husband's new wife who also happens to be a rival domestic diva.... throw in a couple murders and now Sophie is over-the-top stressed.... I really liked Sophie and I sure wish I could cook and host like she did... this book made me hungry and wan A good start to a cozy mystery series with lots of fun quirky characters.... It is Thanksgiving time and Sophie is stressed not only is her family coming for the holiday, she is also preparing for a stuffing cook off with her main competitor being her ex-husband's new wife who also happens to be a rival domestic diva.... throw in a couple murders and now Sophie is over-the-top stressed.... I really liked Sophie and I sure wish I could cook and host like she did... this book made me hungry and want to decorate my house.... I always think the best part of a cozy mystery is the characters and this book really had some colorful characters... it also had a very good and satisfying mystery, that definitely kept me guessing until the very end... definitely a series I will continue....

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    Since I don't really remember reading this in 2017 (but I had reviewed it here and it was marked as read) I'm going to write a better review after re-reading for a book club discussion this week. Sophie Winston, a party planner and now a columnist of household and good life tips, had always been in some sort of competition with Natasha Smith, who was now living with Sophie's ex-husband, Mars. Natasha seemed determined to win the stuffing competition. Earlier, Sophie had discovered a dead man in Since I don't really remember reading this in 2017 (but I had reviewed it here and it was marked as read) I'm going to write a better review after re-reading for a book club discussion this week. Sophie Winston, a party planner and now a columnist of household and good life tips, had always been in some sort of competition with Natasha Smith, who was now living with Sophie's ex-husband, Mars. Natasha seemed determined to win the stuffing competition. Earlier, Sophie had discovered a dead man in a dumpster who turned out to be a private investigator. She had adopted the kitten he'd approached her with when she was going into the grocery store. It wasn't too much longer before Sophie stumbled onto another dead body, that of the man who was in charge of the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. It wasn't looking good for her because Detective Kenner was ready to pin both murders on her. Detective Fleishman aka Wolf was more sympathetic and not so ready to toss her in jail. Sophie needed to prove her innocence and with the help of her good friend Nina, she set out to do just that. This was a fun beginning to this series. There were a lot of different characters, but it became fairly easy to sort through and figure out which ones were important. I liked that Sophie had a good relationship with her parents as well as her ex-husband, Mars. Bickering is never fun, lol. I got a big kick out of Mars' mom June who was totally crushing on one of Sophie's neighbors, an older man named Colonel Hampstead. There were a lot of people keeping secrets and just as I thought I had it figured out, that person would be cleared. I honestly never saw the killer coming--and this was supposedly the second time I read this! (Maybe I will just use the excuse that going by the date I had down for reading this, I was either pre-op nervous or recovering from surgery when I read the first and that's why I don't remember!) I do want to continue in the series. Natasha cracks me up. She might be a sort of nemesis for Sophie, but she's pretty harmless. I'm anxious to see how things heat up between Sophie and Wolf too!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karen B.

    I enjoyed this cozy and would like to read other books in the series. Natasha is the "diva" and writes an advice column and appears to be an expert in entertaining. She also happens to be married to Mal, the ex-husband of her rival Sophie. They compete together in a stuffing contest and eventually due to unforeseen circumstances Natasha has to have Thanksgiving dinner at Sofie's house. Their is not a venomous rivalry, but one that creates tension and aggravation for Sofie whose approach to enter I enjoyed this cozy and would like to read other books in the series. Natasha is the "diva" and writes an advice column and appears to be an expert in entertaining. She also happens to be married to Mal, the ex-husband of her rival Sophie. They compete together in a stuffing contest and eventually due to unforeseen circumstances Natasha has to have Thanksgiving dinner at Sofie's house. Their is not a venomous rivalry, but one that creates tension and aggravation for Sofie whose approach to entertaining is a lot different. Sofie meets a man outside of a grocery store who offers her a kitten and when she leaves the store, she finds his body in the dumpster behind the store. Being the one who finds the body, the police immediately, find Sofie a person of interest. Then the judge of the stuffing contest is found dead and again, Sofie finds the body. To add suspicion to her, at Thanksgiving Sofie's ex, Mal gets sick and it's determined that he has been poisoned. Sofie and her neighbor, Nina are determined to find out who killed the first two victims, solve the two murders and determine the cause of the strange goings on in their neighborhood. Adding to Sofie's stress is the fact that she is entertaining her parents, her sister, and the sister's fiance. Sofie's quick mind and willingness to take risks makes this an interesting read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    I have seen numerous reviews for this series and it has been on my TBR pile for an embarrassingly long time. I'm glad I finally had the chance to read this book. It was a fun and entertaining read. Sophie probably has to be on if the most patient main characters I have read in a series. With her mother, sister and childhood frenemy all at the same time, it's a wonder she could stay sane. I really liked Sophie's neighbor, Nina. The mystery was solid, with plenty of suspects to keep me guessing. I I have seen numerous reviews for this series and it has been on my TBR pile for an embarrassingly long time. I'm glad I finally had the chance to read this book. It was a fun and entertaining read. Sophie probably has to be on if the most patient main characters I have read in a series. With her mother, sister and childhood frenemy all at the same time, it's a wonder she could stay sane. I really liked Sophie's neighbor, Nina. The mystery was solid, with plenty of suspects to keep me guessing. I'm happy I was finally able to start this series and will be reading more of the books.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    The holidays are crazy enough for Sophie, but now things have gotten even worse. After a strange man tries to pawn a kitten off on her in the grocery store parking lot, she comes out to find the unattended kitten and his body! Then When getting ready to compete in a local cooking contest for her holiday stuffing, the main judge ends up dead soon after asking her out. A large cast of suspects, motives and supporting characters add to her woes. A wonderfully fun ride!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christina/ The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!

    The Diva Runs Out of Thyme By: Krista Davis Series: Domestic Diva Mystery #1 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Date: 2008 Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Fiction, Thanksgiving, Recipes, Entertainment Advice Plus(es): Humor, plot twists, and plenty of suspects makes for a spellbinding mystery, two mysteries rolled into one Minus(es): At times, the storyline moves slowly due to the detailed descriptions of the numerous characters, setting, and events The Diva Runs Out of Thyme is an enjoyable first book in the Domest The Diva Runs Out of Thyme By: Krista Davis Series: Domestic Diva Mystery #1 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Date: 2008 Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Fiction, Thanksgiving, Recipes, Entertainment Advice Plus(es): Humor, plot twists, and plenty of suspects makes for a spellbinding mystery, two mysteries rolled into one Minus(es): At times, the storyline moves slowly due to the detailed descriptions of the numerous characters, setting, and events The Diva Runs Out of Thyme is an enjoyable first book in the Domestic Diva Mystery series. I have read all the books in this series to date, but I wanted to start from the beginning because of the complex relationship dynamics of the main characters. Sofie Winston, the main protagonist, is hustling to get ready for a small Thanksgiving dinner with her family. She stops by the local grocery store to pick up some items for the feast. A man stops her in the parking lot and offers her a free kitten. At first, she declines and proceeds to shop. However, Sophie has a change of heart while she is picking out her Thanksgiving fare. When she returns, she is horrified to find the man is dead in the dumpster, and things become eerier when Sophie discovers the mystery man knows her name and personal information. Wolf, the police officer investigating the suspicious death suspects foul play. But, who is the man in the dumpster? Why does he have Sophie’s information? Why does someone want him dead? The chaos continues at Sofie’s house when the guest list multiplies so quickly it makes her head spin. Natasha her long-time friend/nemesis and her partner Mars, who is Sophie’s ex-husband, join the Thanksgiving meal because they had a kitchen fire. Therefore, Mars’s mother (Sofie’s ex-mother-in-law) also joins the guest list. Suddenly, neighbors, friends, and even the police officer, Wolf, who is investigating the murder joins the group. It’s a good thing Sophie has enough food. (There was an Old Lady who swallowed a fly, I don’t know why she swallowed the fly… comes to mind as the guest list expands.) This is why I reread, and critiqued the first book for you, and I haven’t even covered all the characters. A short while later, Sophie and Natasha compete in a televised cooking competition where sabotage is afoot. Shockingly, a judge is found murdered, and Wolf is starting to question Sophie’s innocence. Fear not, the suspect list proceeds to become longer and longer as the Wolf discerns the judge was an unsavory man who hurt many people in his path. With holiday season just around the corner, this is the perfect time to curl up and start reading the Domestic Diva Mystery series! Once you get to know the characters, you will want more. (Luckily, there are 10 books in the series that have already been published.) This series is delicious! This book includes recipes for First Murder Pecan Pie, Crusty Country Bread, Bacon, and Herb Stuffing, Chesapeake Cornbread Stuffing, and Cranberry Mushroom Wild Rice Stuffing. In addition, Natasha (gives impractical, therefore witty, entertaining advice) while Sophie counters with practical and useful entertaining advice.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Book Concierge

    Sophie Winston may have lost her husband to domestic diva (and former high school rival) Natasha Smith, but she kept Max’s family home, and a decent relationship with her former mother-in-law. Now she has a chance to expand her role at the paper writing a domestic help column that rivals Natasha’s, but keeps things simple. If she can win the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown she’ll get some great positive publicity and show her ex-husband, her rival, and her parents that she can make it on her own. Sophie Winston may have lost her husband to domestic diva (and former high school rival) Natasha Smith, but she kept Max’s family home, and a decent relationship with her former mother-in-law. Now she has a chance to expand her role at the paper writing a domestic help column that rivals Natasha’s, but keeps things simple. If she can win the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown she’ll get some great positive publicity and show her ex-husband, her rival, and her parents that she can make it on her own. But when she finds a body while grocery shopping, she’s suddenly embroiled in a murder investigation. I love cozy mysteries – they are my reading comfort food. This has a pretty good premise, and I liked the rivalry between Sophie and Natasha, and between Sophie and her sister Hannah. Davis starts each chapter with domestic advice from either Natasha or Sophie; there are some great ideas for decorating or rescuing a cooking mistake here. Setting the story at Thanksgiving gave the divas plenty of fodder for advice (good or bad). The story was filled with more suspects than you could shake a turkey leg at, and plenty of plot twists to keep the reader guessing. There’s also a nice little sub-plot of a senior romance that was entertaining. However, the central murder mystery plot was pretty thin, and the big reveal stretched credulity a little too far. Still, it’s a satisfying, fast read, and I’ll continue the series. Oh … and even though it’s months until November, I’m ready to try that Bourbon Pecan Pie recipe now!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Debra Jo (Room of Required Reading Book Reviews)

    Ever since I have gotten into the Cozy genre, I have heard amazing things about Krista Davis. I have had her books on my TBR list for forever. I have no idea why it took an online book group selection to actually get me to read it but I am furious that I have waited this long to do so. This book was so much fun. First, I had suspicions but not a clear idea of those involved in the crimes. Second, it was so entertaining. I literally laughed out loud and could not put it down. There are multiple c Ever since I have gotten into the Cozy genre, I have heard amazing things about Krista Davis. I have had her books on my TBR list for forever. I have no idea why it took an online book group selection to actually get me to read it but I am furious that I have waited this long to do so. This book was so much fun. First, I had suspicions but not a clear idea of those involved in the crimes. Second, it was so entertaining. I literally laughed out loud and could not put it down. There are multiple characters which I usually don't like but Ms. Davis developed each so well. Each character's personality shone through, even down to the animals. The protagonist, Sophie, and her best friend Nina are hilarious. They reminded me of myself with my friends. Also, I loved the helpful tips throughout with the advice columns. Reminded me a lot of Hints from Heloise. I think I may have to actually buy the physical books to have as reference guides. I am totally hooked and cannot wait to continue on with this series. I will definitely be reading the Paws and Claws Mysteries too. I had the audiobook and the narrator was great. I loved the different voices and accents. She is a very talented narrator. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Cozy Mysteries, Foodie Mysteries, and just down right good entertainment.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This is the first book that I have read by this author, and loved it! The ending had me guessing until the end, and I also liked the questions about decorating and holiday notes at the beginning of each chapter. The characters were very interesting, and they blended together in the storyline very well. I plan on reading more from this series!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    I LOVED this book and couldn't put it down! Enjoyed the characters and the mystery so much. So happy to find a new to me author. I LOVED this book and couldn't put it down! Enjoyed the characters and the mystery so much. So happy to find a new to me author.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Sophie is a freshly divorced party planner who is currently planning a family Thanksgiving and taking part in a turkey stuffing competition. Within the first pages of this book you are introduced to Natasha, a glamorous, perfect, Martha Stewart type and Sophie’s nemesis since her school days. It seems that her family are completely enchanted with Natasha, her column and TV show – which only seems to give the most impractical of advice for Thanksgiving, guaranteed to make any regular woman feel li Sophie is a freshly divorced party planner who is currently planning a family Thanksgiving and taking part in a turkey stuffing competition. Within the first pages of this book you are introduced to Natasha, a glamorous, perfect, Martha Stewart type and Sophie’s nemesis since her school days. It seems that her family are completely enchanted with Natasha, her column and TV show – which only seems to give the most impractical of advice for Thanksgiving, guaranteed to make any regular woman feel like a failure. Oh, and she has also set up house with Sophie’s ex-husband, Mars. On her way to the supermarket, Sophie is approached by a man with a kitten asking if she would like to have it. Sophie says no, but while shopping decides to accept the kitten if he is still there. She is also approached by Dean Coswell, the editor of a newspaper who is frustrated with the Natasha insanity (his wife injured herself trying to make Natasha’s Thanksgiving decorations), and asks if Sophie would write a column as the voice of reason – an anti-Natasha. Hooray When she reaches her car, she finds the kitten as well as the body of the man . As the person who found the body, the police are suspicious of her especially as she is covered in residual blood (from the kitten? bin?) and the dead man had a picture of her in his car. After taking her statement, one of the policemen, Wolf, turns up at her house with her groceries and kitten food – he seems to have taken a shine to her and the kitten :) At the stuffing contest, Simon, a judge who is obnoxiously rich presumes that Sophie would go on a date with him, as he is a judge, Natasha is the first (and only person) to shriek about cheating, even though Sophie hadn’t agreed to the date. When Simon is found dead, it is Natasha again who accuses Sophie of killing him. Good grief, this woman bugs me, to top it all Sophie doesn’t do anything, she just benignly accepts Natasha and her antics. “Oh, you’ve just accused me of cheating and murder… that’s nice”, also her family and friends do nothing either! Gah. In the run up to Thanksgiving, her house (which seems like the Tardis) fills up with her own family including her sister Hannah (who is almost as irritating as Natasha) and her insipid fiance Craig, as well as Mars’ relatives who Natasha has pissed off and alienated. This includes his Mum, June and his best friend Bernie. After Natasha has a fire in her house (which she blames on June and consequently tries to convince Mars to put her in a residential care home), Sophie’s Mum and June invite Mars and Natasha to Thanksgiving in the hope to get Sophie and Mars back together. There is so much talk about Southern hospitality, but surely there is Southern etiquette for being a good guest too? During Thanksgiving lunch, which includes several neighbours and Wolf, a guest is poisoned and guess what, there are more accusations by Natasha which prompts Sophie into figuring out who the murderer is. I am split about this book, I really like it, but there are some elements that truly bug me. The main characters are all one-dimensional. Natasha is as irritating as a flea bite on your ass and Sophie has saint-like patience that makes her seems like a doormat. It is frequently commented that Natasha and Sophie are friends, but I see no friendship between them. Really, would a friend be the first person to accuse you of cheating and murder? With friends like those, who needs enemies! It’s not even a rivalry, just a woman who is so used to getting her own way that she just tramples over everyone. I suppose the author has done a good job, because Natasha’s character makes my blood boil, I just wish that I could see Sophie stand up to her. Or if they are friends, show me why they are friends, not simply because they went to the same school. On the positive side, at the start of every chapter is an excerpt of a column or TV programme by Natasha or Sophie. It is not only interesting, but a clever way of setting the tone for the chapter and highlight the differences between Natasha and Sophie. It is also a great mystery, there are so many twists and turns – and so many characters that it is hard to keep track of who is who which is a clever way of concealing who the murderer is. I also liked the characterisation of the animals and her next door neighbour Nina, who comes across as a real friend. Of course I am going to read the next books, but not straight away – I can’t handle another Natasha filled novel, not just yet which is sad because in the end you want a reader to want to read your books, not read them while despising a character.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    So I am really torn with this book. For starters, the characters are ridiculously weird and flat. The protagonist, Sophie, has a childhood rivalry with a "domestic diva," Natasha, who also happens to have "stolen but not stolen" her newly divorced husband. They go through a lot of weird incidents revolving around some cooking or decorating, all leading up to two murders and Sophie finds herself a prime suspect, because she finds both bodies. She then pairs up with her friends and family to try t So I am really torn with this book. For starters, the characters are ridiculously weird and flat. The protagonist, Sophie, has a childhood rivalry with a "domestic diva," Natasha, who also happens to have "stolen but not stolen" her newly divorced husband. They go through a lot of weird incidents revolving around some cooking or decorating, all leading up to two murders and Sophie finds herself a prime suspect, because she finds both bodies. She then pairs up with her friends and family to try to solve the mystery, which really comes from left field in my opinion. (view spoiler)[and honestly, one freaking kind-of hint is not much to go on for what the explanation was (hide spoiler)] What was weird to me is that Sophie is in her early to mid forties, but doesn't really act like it. Maybe it's because it is the first novel in the series so the author hasn't found Sophie's voice just yet, but she comes off more sheltered than her younger sister Hannah, who is introduced as really sheltered (who is also in the beginnings of an abusive relationship, but we'll just ignore that because the author heavy handedly focused on it only to dropp it in the end). For instance, when she and Natasha are attempting to psych each other out before the stuffing contest, Sophie points out that Natasha is making an oyster stuffing that Mars wouldn't like. When Natasha mentioned that he liked her oysters, Sophie childishly says internally that Natasha doesn't know what she is talking about, but I say Natasha knows how Mars likes his oysters. And then there is Sophie's mother, who is cloyingly overbearing about Sophie getting another man. Think the historical romance novel mothers set during the regency period where a woman is worthless without a marriage. Everything from how Natasha stole Mars and how Sophie needs to steal him back to what pajamas Sophie wears is brought up repeatedly. This nasty woman undercuts her daughter with every comment, as if it is totally her fault Mars left and she is alone (although Sophie ignorantly stands that she didn't steal Mars). She just wore me out and made the beginning so rough because you want to slap her for being so mean for no reason. Also she introduces this weird stalker Humphrey guy, and then there's a random romance with the detective of the case. It just makes me wince a bit. It didn't need to be there at all. The rest of the characters blend together. You have two old women (Francieand June being the best written characters in my opinion) an da bunch of busybodies or relatives who all happen to be connected like 3 times over. The rest of the story is pretty run of the mill, with some tips about being a good housewife, or "domestic diva" thrown into the mix. I didn't like the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. It was cool to see the difference between Sophie and Natasha at first, but then it got old and I wanted to skip each one to read the actual story. It segmented it in a way that a 4 page chapter shouldn't be segmented. So I am torn. I don't like most of the characters, but I saw the depth in some of them. The story is run-of-the-mill, but as it winds up to the climax and resolves I think it was enjoyable to read. The romances seemed out of place and/or creepy. I swear that Hannah will have an abusive husband arc within the series, but am confused how she would do that without breaking the cozy theme. I read this mainly because it focused on Thanksgiving, and this does deliver a Thanksgiving themed murder plot. I think it was an okay read, but I don't know if I'll be purchasing another book in this series. At least not until my to-read shelf is dwindling.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    Sweet Mary, mother of God, this book is fucking awful. I had really high hopes because I enjoy Krista Davis' Paws and Claws series, but I honestly don't even know where to start here. Maybe the unrelenting parade of loathsome, one-dimensional characters? Or is it the fact that this book contains not just the worst, most unbelievable cozy romance I've ever read, but maybe the worst, most unbelievable romance of any book I've ever read (and I read the first Twilight book, y'all)? Or the threadbare Sweet Mary, mother of God, this book is fucking awful. I had really high hopes because I enjoy Krista Davis' Paws and Claws series, but I honestly don't even know where to start here. Maybe the unrelenting parade of loathsome, one-dimensional characters? Or is it the fact that this book contains not just the worst, most unbelievable cozy romance I've ever read, but maybe the worst, most unbelievable romance of any book I've ever read (and I read the first Twilight book, y'all)? Or the threadbare mystery that the author genuinely seems to forget is the framing device of the whole narrative for long, long swathes of text? (view spoiler)[ There's zero chemistry between Sophie and her love interest, Detective Wolf. Imagine rubbing a stick of celery against the shell of a hermit crab. At best, you feel confused. Why a stick of celery? Why a hermit crab? But, also, who cares? That's how the Sophie/Wolf romance felt. Perplexing but also utterly, utterly boring. And for what it's worth, Wolf should be fired from the police force immediately. He is wretchedly unprofessional and has a seemingly pathological need to immediately reveal the progress of his investigation to any and all suspects in his immediate vicinity. Honestly, there's no one here to root for. Just off the top of my head, there's Sophie's horrible mother, who seems like she enjoys nothing better than undermining her daughter's confidence at every turn and pushing her to wear sexy sweaters; there's Sophie's "computer whiz" sister who's clearly in an abusive relationship that ate up an enormous amount of the book to have literally zero payoff at the end; there's the snooty Natasha who...oh my god, what does it even matter? Life is meaningless and then you die. I was also really, really not a huge fan of the setting. I've lived near that area (Old Town Alexandria) and, let me tell you, the house Sophie lives in would sell for a cool million (probably closer to $1.5 million, honestly). I know it was "in Mars' family" or what the fuck ever, but Sophie still bought out his share on it, so all her "I'm so down to earth; I wear flannel pajamas, am roughly 10 pounds overweight, and don't feel it necessary to brine the turkey" bullshit rang really false to my ears. She's rolling in dough and she clearly married rich. Many questions remain: what even was that thing with the call girl? Is there a ghost or is June fucking crazy? Who would EVER nickname someone named Marshall "Mars"? Why weren't Mochie, the cat, and Daisy, the dog, the central protagonists? What is my signature color? Why did I continue hate-reading this book over 200 pages past the point when I started hoping the murderer would kill everyone? No one knows. No one cares. (hide spoiler)]

  24. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read this book because it takes place at Thanksgiving, and I'm reading books about the Season. To be fair, I really liked the mystery part; it kept me guessing right up until the end, which is what a mystery should do. On the other hand: a)Sophie is weak, a doormat who won't tell anyone the truth, and I HATE people like that. She won't tell Humphrey she has no interest in him (which isn't doing him any favors, by the way); she won't tell Natasha she's a pain in the rear and her ideas for decor I read this book because it takes place at Thanksgiving, and I'm reading books about the Season. To be fair, I really liked the mystery part; it kept me guessing right up until the end, which is what a mystery should do. On the other hand: a)Sophie is weak, a doormat who won't tell anyone the truth, and I HATE people like that. She won't tell Humphrey she has no interest in him (which isn't doing him any favors, by the way); she won't tell Natasha she's a pain in the rear and her ideas for decorating are really lousy; she won't ask her mom why she thinks more of Natasha than she does her own child; and so forth. b) Sophie's mother is awful. If I had a mother that praised someone else over me constantly I certainly wouldn't have anything to do with her. Toxic. Again, she should tell her exactly what she thinks about that. c) It's not really realistic to see your ex-spouse with your ex-best friend and welcome them both into your life like, "Hey! No problem! I wanted to get rid of him anyway, so you did me a favor!" There was no explanation of WHY they split up, just that "Natasha didn't steal him". Their 'relationship' is really, really, weird. But again, probably because Sophie's a doormat and won't tell anyone how she really feels. d) I got tired of hearing how everything was 'organic'. Who really cares? I am a great cook, love doing it, and - gasp! - rarely use organic ingredients. Nobody notices. The dishes come out beautiful, taste wonderful, and I am proud of them. Proper cleansing is all that's needed. I'm not obsessed that everything in my kitchen has to be organic or it won't be good. (BTW, some people might, but I wouldn't use bacon OR oysters in stuffing. Gross). I will read the next installment, because I did really like the mystery part; but I sure hope that Sophie gets some b---- by then.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This is the first book in the domestic diva series. It is Thanksgiving and Sophie Winston is hosting her parents and her sister and her sister's fiancé. She is at the grocery store when a man approaches her wanting to give her a kitten. She initially declines but later goes back to the parking lot to look for the man and finds him dead. She later finds out he was a PI and had been looking for her, but Sophie had no clue as to why. Sophie and her longtime rival, Natasha are both entered in the St This is the first book in the domestic diva series. It is Thanksgiving and Sophie Winston is hosting her parents and her sister and her sister's fiancé. She is at the grocery store when a man approaches her wanting to give her a kitten. She initially declines but later goes back to the parking lot to look for the man and finds him dead. She later finds out he was a PI and had been looking for her, but Sophie had no clue as to why. Sophie and her longtime rival, Natasha are both entered in the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. Before the competition can begin, Sophie finds one of the judges dead and immediately becomes a suspect because now she has found two bodies. There were so many things I loved about this book. I loved the characters. The author does a great job with so many characters. Each one was fleshed out well and were very well developed. I kept going back and forth on the killer and in the end was wrong. I also don't know how Sophie can stand to be around Natasha. She is the type of character that you love and hate at the same time. There are times that I just wanted to shake some sense into her. This was a reread for me and I had forgotten how much I couldn't stand Natasha at the beginning.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    The Diva Runs Out of Thyme is the first book I read of Krista Davis. I usually love reading cozies mysteries. I did not engage with the plot of this book. However, I did finish reading this book. Krista Davis did an excellent job of portraying her characters. The Diva Runs Out of Thyme is written well and researched by Krista Davis. I like Krista Davis's description of The Diva Runs Out of Thyme's settings that complemented this book's plot. The Diva Runs Out of Thyme readers will learn about mak The Diva Runs Out of Thyme is the first book I read of Krista Davis. I usually love reading cozies mysteries. I did not engage with the plot of this book. However, I did finish reading this book. Krista Davis did an excellent job of portraying her characters. The Diva Runs Out of Thyme is written well and researched by Krista Davis. I like Krista Davis's description of The Diva Runs Out of Thyme's settings that complemented this book's plot. The Diva Runs Out of Thyme readers will learn about making excellent stuffing for turkey and chicken. Also, the readers of The Diva Runs Out of Thyme will learn about event planners' role. I recommend this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Angela Maria Hart

    The Cozy Mystery Book Club August Pick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHkCp... I mapped out the who/murder involvement since it was a little confusing for some book club members: Natasha hired Otis to find information about Simon (so she can get a TV show)-> Otis finds dirt (Simon's reality TV show was rigged) -> Blackmails Simon -> Simon has his driver, Clyde, kill Otis -> Vicki attempts to kill Natasha -> poisons Mars instead -> Vicki and Clyde look for bottle of poison -> Vicki shoots Andrew The Cozy Mystery Book Club August Pick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHkCp... I mapped out the who/murder involvement since it was a little confusing for some book club members: Natasha hired Otis to find information about Simon (so she can get a TV show)-> Otis finds dirt (Simon's reality TV show was rigged) -> Blackmails Simon -> Simon has his driver, Clyde, kill Otis -> Vicki attempts to kill Natasha -> poisons Mars instead -> Vicki and Clyde look for bottle of poison -> Vicki shoots Andrew by accident -> Clyde wants to finish Andrew / kill him -> *they are caught* breaking into Sophie's house (while looking for bottle Vicki left during/at Thanksgiving dinner). Bring on the old high school frenemies, Thanksgiving food, sassy one-liners, a new detective who just might be what Sophie needs, and an adorable kitten.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chaitra

    I'll probably read more of these books, because I like Krista Davis. But Diva Runs Out of Thyme lacks a main character with compassion. That's not something that bothered me in either Paws & Claws or Pen and Ink. It also has a so-so mystery, but I don't really read cozy mysteries for the plot. My guess is that Sophie will grow, but I hope it's soon because at this point the lady is horribly annoying. If there's anyone more annoying than her it's that idiot love interest of hers. Why these snoops I'll probably read more of these books, because I like Krista Davis. But Diva Runs Out of Thyme lacks a main character with compassion. That's not something that bothered me in either Paws & Claws or Pen and Ink. It also has a so-so mystery, but I don't really read cozy mysteries for the plot. My guess is that Sophie will grow, but I hope it's soon because at this point the lady is horribly annoying. If there's anyone more annoying than her it's that idiot love interest of hers. Why these snoops go for the obviously dumb cops I'm not sure. Even that poor mortician with zero sex appeal seemed to have a better personality than Wolf. Oh well.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I wish I could feed people/entertain as effortlessly as Sophie.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    AUTHOR Davis, Krista TITLE The Diva Runs Out of Thyme DATE READ 01/06/21 RATING 4/B FIRST SENTENCE GENRE/ PUB DATE/FORMAT/LENGTH Cozy Mystery/2008/Hoopla Audio/8 hr 42 min SERIES/STAND-ALONE #1 CHALLENGE Good Reads 2020 Reading Goal/4/120 GROUP READ TIME/PLACE 2008/ Virginia CHARACTERS Sophie/ runs an event planning business COMMENTS Good 1st entry in a series … maybe a tad long but overall good! The time is Thanksgiving and Sophie is hosting Thanksgiving for her family … little did she think unforse AUTHOR Davis, Krista TITLE The Diva Runs Out of Thyme DATE READ 01/06/21 RATING 4/B FIRST SENTENCE GENRE/ PUB DATE/FORMAT/LENGTH Cozy Mystery/2008/Hoopla Audio/8 hr 42 min SERIES/STAND-ALONE #1 CHALLENGE Good Reads 2020 Reading Goal/4/120 GROUP READ TIME/PLACE 2008/ Virginia CHARACTERS Sophie/ runs an event planning business COMMENTS Good 1st entry in a series … maybe a tad long but overall good! The time is Thanksgiving and Sophie is hosting Thanksgiving for her family … little did she think unforseen circumstances would also have her inviting her ex, his girlfriend and her former mother-in-law. There are quite a few bodies and lots of characters to suspect… and kept you guessing.

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