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The Diva Haunts the House (A Domestic Diva Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – September 6, 2011
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“Reader alert: Tasty descriptions may spark intense cupcake cravings.”—The Washington Post
“Davis...again combines food and felonies in this tasty whodunit.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Loaded with atmosphere and charm.”—Library Journal
“A mouthwatering mix of murder, mirth, and mayhem.”—Mary Jane Maffini, author of The Busy Woman's Guide to Murder
“Raucous humor, affectionate characters, and delectable recipes highlight this unpredictable mystery that entertains during any season.”—Kings River Life Magazine
About the Author
- Publisher : Berkley; Original edition (September 6, 2011)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425243788
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425243787
- Item Weight : 6.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.79 x 6.72 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #285,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sophie’s nemesis and ex-husband’s girlfriend, Natasha, decides she won’t be outdone by Sophie’s haunted house and throws a high-class Halloween party for the town’s influential. But things go terribly wrong when Sophie, her niece and Natasha’s niece stumble upon one of the party-goers who turns out to be dead, staged to look like one of her gruesome vignettes. What is even more puzzling are the two puncture wounds in the murdered guest’s neck.
Soon vampire theories are flying and Sophie’s haunted house is threatened to be shut down. When Sophie is attacked (but saved by her loyal dog, Daisy) she’s determined to find out who the murderer is and find out who or what is behind the bizarre occurrences happening in her haunted house.
In addition to a fun and only slightly scary story (the only kind I like!) Sophie or Natasha begin each chapter with tips for celebrating Halloween. The tips range from crafty to decorating to costumes to food and are a great way to get in the mood for Halloween. The author also provides some spooktacular recipes that are perfect for pre- trick-or-treat dinners.
Set at Halloween, this cozy mystery again features Sophie Winston, an event planner living in Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia. As the book opens, she is responsible for setting up the local haunted house and is doing a terrific job. Maybe too terific since one of her workers is scared off and the family of another volunteer doesn't want him working there due to the ongoing strange events. In the last few days leading up to the big holiday, Natasha is throwing a bash of her own and trying to outdo everyone else with her over-the-top decorations. One ends up containing an actual dead body which sets off the chain of events that unfolds over the course of the book.
VERY heavy on atmosphere, this was a fun, fluffy read at this time of year. I had actually purchased the book several months ago but held onto it to read in October. I am very glad I did as the Halloween theme is so strong that I would probably not have enjoyed reading it as much during other times of the year. For those who like their cozies very cozy, this should be well received. Lots of description of the indoor and outdoor decorations as well as the holiday food which is always prevalent in these books. I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the others since it seemed to drag a bit and the vampire theme was overdone in my opinion. And how many adults really run around in full costume and mask for days leading up to Halloween?
If you like holiday-themed books and if you like (very) cozy mysteries, this would be one to enjoy but don't expect a complicated mystery. The mystery really is secondary to all the atmospheric componenets. As with many series, it would be more enjoyable if you start from the beginning and work your way through but it's not absolutely necessary. This could be read as a stand-alone book if you choose.
Sophie is a well-known event planner and writes an article for the local newspaper regarding 'Tips' for cooking, crafting, and much more. Her competitor in life, Natasha, is even living with Sophie's ex-husband, Mars. It was at Natasha's home that Patrick was attacked by a Vampire.
Absolutely every character. plus more, is involved in finding out the true story of the haunted house. Daisy, the dog even comes to Sophie's aid again and saves her life.
I suggest you read this book before garlic becomes scarce in your hometown market. This book is a fast paced, humorous and attention grabbing Halloween thriller. Who are you going to call? Why Sophie of course!
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What bothered me the most with the book was that there were so many characters that I was constantly confused for around the first quarter of the book. Of course, I realized that one should not start a series after a number of books have been written but I have done so before (number of times) and I never had that feeling that I had no idea of who is who before.
I realize that Halloween is a time of make believe (and this is the reason I chose this book. I remember the time of having the perfect costume and spookiness in trick-or-treating and coming to an HAUNTED HOUSE when young...) but, to me, the story was written slapstick style (I really do not like slapstick), and I found a number of characters ridiculous in a character type casting style. A sort of
And unfortunately, I found Sophie too Nancy Drew like, too perfect. Oh, she was likeable, but I find I like my characters to have a fault...this way I can connect to them a whole lot better.