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Product Details

  • Series: A Domestic Diva Mystery (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425224260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425224267
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A mouth-watering mix of murder, mirth, and mayhem." ---Mary Jane Maffini --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

Krista Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of the Domestic Diva series. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

A multiple Audie Award finalist, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, and one of AudioFile's Best Voices of 2010 and 2011, Hillary Huber has recorded close to two hundred titles. AudioFile magazine says, "Hillary Huber's narration is lyrical enough to be set to music." --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

More About the Author

New York Times Bestselling author Krista Davis writes the Domestic Diva Mysteries and the Paws & Claws mysteries for dog and cat lovers. She grew up devouring Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and Agatha Christie and still loves a good mystery. Like her domestic diva, Sophie Winston, Krista enjoys cooking (okay, eating!) and entertaining, but she'd just as soon leave the cleaning to someone else. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with two cats and three dogs.

Customer Reviews

I read this book from cover to cover in one sitting - I could not put it down!
Elizabeth N. Strickland
The Diva Runs Out of Thyme (A Domestic Diva Mystery) by Krista Davis is very well written and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Joyce C. Moser
This is a great cozy mystery with a well developed plot and plenty of fun characters.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By sally cutler on October 27, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The publisher description for this book was a bit minimal, but I was keen to try a new writer and luckily Harriet K's review inspired me to buy it as I really loved it and can't wait to read the next story dealing with these interesting and realistic characters. Each chapter ended in a way which made you want to read the next one, and the use of the emails to create suspense at the beginning of each chapter was really good. I could not put this book down.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Christy Tillery French VINE VOICE on November 10, 2008
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Event planner Sophie Winston and lifestyle columnist, TV celebrity Natasha Smith have been rivals since childhood. And now Natasha is living with Sophie's ex and coveting Sophie's house, which belonged to her ex's deceased aunt. Sophie has a busy Thanksgiving planned, with her mother, father, sister and sister's fiancé coming to visit. But things get off to a bumpy start from the get-go, when Sophie discovers the dead body of a private investigator in a dumpster. She quickly becomes a suspect when the police find her name and photo inside the dead man's car. Sophie engages in some amateur sleuthing and learns Natasha hired the PI. If that isn't bad enough, dead bodies keep turning up, all with a connection to Sophie and Natasha. On top of which, Sophie is attracted to the detective who seems convinced she's a murderer.

The first book in the Domestic Diva series starts the ball rolling with a glorified bang. This cozy mystery delivers a plethora of useful household tips and mouth-watering recipes immersed within a keep-you-guessing plot filled with suspicious-acting characters and twists and turns around every corner. Davis's smart writing style and engaging characters are sure to garner fans anxious to read future books in the series.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mystery/suspense lover on October 22, 2008
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Krista Davis serves up a delightful read with this faced-paced, fun, and scrumptious first mystery. Between eccentric neighbors, quirky relatives, and a hunky cop who thinks she just might be a killer, domestic diva Sophie Winston definitely has her work cut out for her. And if she doesn't figure out who the real killer is soon, she might find herself sporting a decidedly unfashionable prison-orange jump suit! I'm anxiously looking forward to the next book in this mouth-watering series.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth N. Strickland on October 29, 2008
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I read this book from cover to cover in one sitting - I could not put it down! I wish Krista Davis had more books out for me to read. The characters were a lot of fun! I loved the cat and dog interplay with the humans in this story. While I don't cook, my mouth was watering for some of the delicious foods served up in this mystery! (I'd like to eat at Sophie's house every day!) I really enjoyed this book and hope it's the start of a long series. I would definitely recommend this book to all my mystery-loving friends! In fact, I think my friends may be getting a copy of this book for a Christmas present!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kristena Henderson on November 6, 2008
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I was looking for a new mystery author to read and found this book. I didn't have high hopes, but I was so wrong. I found this book to be delightful. I enjoyed all of the characters, even the annoying Natasha, and found myself laughing out loud at some of the main character's observations and the e-mails/letters at the beginnings of the chapters. The meddling mothers cracked me up because their hearts were in the right place, but they caused a lot of confusion for Sophie, the main character. The soon-to-be romance with the hunky cop spurred my interest, too. Sophie and her great neighbor were spunky sleuths and went all out to solve the murders. I really look forward to Krista Davis' next book in this series. I couldn't put this one down. As soon as I finished, I loaned it to a friend and she is enjoying it as much as I did. This is a not only a really good first mystery novel; it's just a good novel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Albeck on February 2, 2009
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Cozy mystery readers, I believe, approach new authors and series with a certain degree of trepidation, after encountering too many formulaic stories with forgettable characters and predictable outcomes. I purchased Ms. Davis' book mainly because of Amazon's persistence in recommending it - virtually every list Amazon generated for me had this book in its first or second spot. I eventually weakened (usually I like to select my own material) and made the purchase, and I'm glad I did.

The Diva Runs Out of Thyme is great fun, with an engaging heroine, her by turns annoying and adorable extended family (and whose family is not thus?), best friend from across the street, a few neighbors, and a handsome detective with his own mysterious part. Plenty of suspects and red herrings, even a few animals thrown in the mix (none of whom are injured), and a satisfactory tying-up of loose ends at the conclusion, leaving just enough unanswered to draw us into the next book in the series.

The only bits I'm hesitant about are the "entertaining tips" - a little too Martha Stewart for my taste, but others more sociable and domestic than I might well love them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrea VINE VOICE on December 18, 2010
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I don't even know where to begin to tell how cozy and good this book is. This is the first book of the series (I had already read the 2nd book, and it was just as cozy and good). This book is so cozy and homy. The main character, Sophie, lives in a cozy home, and her relatives (and other people) were over during the duration of this book. This book has a Thanksgiving theme, so needless to say, there is lots of cozy food. This book was so cozy and warm, I just can't explain how cozy it was.

Sophie is an advice columnist, and her long-time friend?/competition? Natasha also gives advice and has a tv show. At the beginning of each chapter is some type of advice by one of them. I love advice columns, so needless to say, I looked forward to the beginning of each chapter. Sophie's advice was so much better and more down-to-earth and practical than Natasha's. I could always follow Sophie's advice, but Natasha's was usually too complicated.

This wonderful book was highly spicy (literally and figuratively). There wasn't a dull moment. Between murder(s), clues, the holidays, ex-husband and wanabes, good food, sleuthing, everyone was on their toes! I couldn't wait to find out who the killer was!

Another thing that I looked forward to was the ending of each chapter. That added so much to the book. Whenever I was in the middle of a chapter, I wanted to rush to get to the end of it. Because at the end of each chapter, something happened that spooked you or put you on your toes. And then, like I mentioned earlier, I loved the beginnings of each chapter (the advice). Therefore, we got two fun things in a row: the thrill ending of each chapter, and then the fun advice at the beginning of the next one.
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