Domestic Diva Mystery, No 6
Berkley Prime Crime
June 2012 / 978-0-425-25134-8
Mystery / Cozy / Amateur Sleuth
by Laura Hinds
With a wink
and a nod to the reality TV fad, author Krista Davis places protagonist
Sophie Winston in a pickle. Sophie's domestic diva nemesis, Natasha
(who is married to Sophie's ex-husband Mars Winston) has set Sophie
up to be the unwilling winner of a free garage. A free garage, built
by the team of the reality TV show "Tear It up with Troy."
Sophie is not
at all pleased with the idea of having her lovely garden torn up
at the mercy of the TV crew. Yet she realizes that a garage would
make her life much easier, and she goes along with it, planning
to be out of the way as much as possible. After all, this is Sophie's
vacation time and she'd planned to unwind. Natasha has other ideas,
and it looks like Sophie won't have her vacation and rest after
conspire to make the garage building and TV film crew (and Natasha)
the least of Sophie's problems. She decides to plant a new rose
bush in her boyfriend Wolf's yard, but as she digs, she finds a
buried pocketbook. The pocketbook contains identification belonging
to Wolf's wife, who disappeared several years ago. Wolf, a homicide
detective, is now the prime suspect in what may be a murder.
part of town, there is a wealthy family, the Greenes, whom Sophie
has previously worked for in her capacity as an event planner. She's
doing one event for them before her time off. Things don't go well,
beginning with vast quantities of ripe manure delivered just before
the outdoor event. With more possible affairs, murders, poisonings,
and chaos than you can shake a stick at, Sophie becomes an unwilling
investigator, a hat she has worn before. Just what is going on with
the Greene family?
This is a fun
series, and I enjoyed the hilarious goings on between Sophie and
Natasha. Many of the characters in this book have oversized egos,
yet Sophie remains level headed. The multilayered mysteries kept
me guessing until the end. I especially loved the "Dear Sophie"
and "Dear Natasha" letters from their fans found at the
start of each chapter.
will keep your eyes glued to the pages, and is worthy of a place
on your summer reading list.
Reviews of other titles in this series
Diva Runs Out of Thyme #1
Diva Haunts the House #5
Diva Digs up the Dirt #6
Diva Frosts a Cupcake #7
Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss #9
Diva Serves High Tea #10