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The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss
Domestic Diva Mystery #9
author Krista Davis

Berkley Prime Crime
June 2, 2015/ ISBN 978-0-425-25715-6
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Amore Chocolates is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary with a chocolate tasting at the family mansion. Sophie Winston is hired to run the event in her inimitable Domestic Diva style. Sophie's hopes for the celebration to go off without a hitch are quickly dashed when the CEO, Joe Merano disappears, followed by the discovery of the body of Arnaud Turnebe, a competing Chocolatier. Unfortunately, Sophie found the corpse and once again she is in the thick of a murder investigation!

There is no shortage of suspects in the Merano family, and for a while even Sophie seems to be in hot water. The family hires her to find Joe, but in the process she discovers more than she bargained for. The usual cast of characters, including ex-husband Mars, and Sophie's lifelong rival Natasha, keep the story rolling along at a good pace. The plot entails a nice mix of people from previous books as well as new folks, and of course a handful of dogs and cats play a role.

With everything going for it that a cozy mystery should serve up, The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss is a great summer read and is appropriate for teens on up. You'll find humor, mysteries, a touch of romance, and several good recipes as a bonus. Stock up on sweets before you start to read, because if you are like me the mere suggestion of the delicious Amore chocolates will tempt your sweet tooth repeatedly.

Reviews of other titles in this series

The Diva Runs Out of Thyme #1
The Diva Haunts the House #5
The Diva Digs up the Dirt #6
The Diva Frosts a Cupcake #7
The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss #9
The Diva Serves High Tea #10

Reviewed 2015