Holidays sometimes bring out the worst in families. But Krista Davis gives her amateur sleuth, Sophie Winston, one of the worst Thanksgiving experiences I've ever read about. The Diva Runs Out of Thyme is a terrific debut mystery, perfect for the holiday season. Sophie's family holiday will make everyone else's holiday look delightful in comparison.
Sophie Winston is 44, happily divorced, and living in Old Town Alexandria in Virginia. She's participating in the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown just before Thanksgiving, competing against Natasha, her lifelong rival, a Martha Stewart-type who now lives with Sophie's ex-husband, Mars. Can she handle the competition while hosting her parents, her sister and her sister's fiancé for the holiday? Sophie thinks she can easily juggle everything, until a trip to the grocery store leaves her with a kitten and a dead detective who had her picture in his truck. If she's unlucky, Sophie could be cooking her special stuffing recipe in the prison kitchen.
Davis' debut mystery in the Domestic Diva series is a perfect cozy with a likable sleuth, her sidekick friend, and a cast of a dozen suspects who are friends or family. There are pets to add to the cozy atmosphere, along with a couple men competing for the heroine's attention. And the Thanksgiving recipes included look wonderful, especially Crusty Country Bread, Bacon, and Herb Stuffing, and Cranberry Mushroom Wild Rice Stuffing. Did I mention that I didn't guess who the killer is? That's always a plus for avid mystery readers.
Here's hoping Krista Davis' The Diva Runs Out of Thyme is the beginning of a successful series. It would be a perfect holiday gift, Thanksgiving or Christmas, since it's an affordable paperback, and the start of a series. Cozy mystery readers will always be content to receive the first book in a series.
Krista Davis' website is divamysteries.com
The Diva Runs Out of Thyme by Krista Davis. Berkley Prime Crime, ©2008. ISBN 9780425224267 (paperback), 304p.