The Diva Runs Out of Thyme
A Domestic Diva Mystery with Sophie Winston by Krista Davis
Review: The Diva Runs Out of Thyme is the first in a new cozy culinary mystery series by Krista Davis featuring domestic diva and gourmet chef Sophie Winston. As is typical with mysteries of this subgenre, delicious recipes and entertaining tips are included.
Sophie and Natasha Smith were rivals in high school and now, each in their mid-forties, they remain fiercely competitive. And if that weren't enough, Natasha "stole" Sophie's ex-husband. During the week before Thanksgiving they take part in a Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown with the winner taking home a Golden Turkey. Though both are accomplished cooks, Sophie prefers to take a simple approach to her recipes and presentations while Natasha uses "not over the counter" foods and stipulates meticulous, elaborate table settings. Before the contest, Sophie discovers a corpse in a dumpster. (It's never quite clear what she was doing looking in a dumpster.) In the dead man's truck is a picture of Sophie with her name. Then, on the day of the competition, one of the judges is found, again by Sophie, murdered. Being the first on the scene of two murders makes Sophie a prime suspect. All this happens just before the arrival of her parents, sister and her fiancÚ, for their annual family Thanksgiving dinner. When Sophie is taken into custody for the murders of two men, her family and friends rally around to lend a hand for her Thanksgiving dinner originally planned for six, but now more than a dozen. When bodies begin dropping, starting during Sophie's simply planned dinner, the question becomes: Who is trying to kill Sophie's guests? How many will lay dead or wounded before an answer can be found? Who is creating this family disaster?
The Diva Runs Out of Thyme is as much comedy as mystery. The author has a light touch with her narrative, almost mirroring Sophie's approach to dining and decorating. Each chapter begins with letters to Sophie or Natasha (who, in addition to everything else they do, write competing columns in the newspaper) who offer in response witty, often realistically useful, suggestions on topics of cooking, table settings, even dealing with in-laws. The mystery isn't demanding, the story entertaining, and there's no mention of who's wearing what designer to be found; all in all, a really good book. This is a series worth watching.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of The Diva Runs Out of Thyme.
Acknowledgment: Krista Davis provided a copy of The Diva Runs Out of Thyme for this review.
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The Diva Runs Out of Thyme by Krista Davis — A Domestic Diva Mystery with Sophie Winston
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publication Date: October 2008
List Price: $6.99
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