Author Krista Davis/ Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 290 Pages
This was a melt in your mouth whodunit. I have read books with recipes before and I was impressed by the research and testing that Krista did in preparation for her newest release. I volunteer for the next taste testing go-round.
Also included were letters where folks had questions related to chocolate. Then Sophie Winston answered them (sometimes Natasha covered some). I learned some cool tricks. So, does this go on my cookbook shelf or mystery shelf?
The writing style was rich. I loved that Sophie had a head on her shoulders. She knew right off the bat she should NOT eat chocolates that arrived at her door anonymously without any brand markings. But when things start going wrong, somehow the finger gets pointed at her anyway. There are a lot of great characters. As in any small town there of those that have secrets, romantic entanglements and some that have personalities that have to be tip-toed around. I liked this cozy a great deal and will definitely check out the earlier books too. P.S. I’m making the Homemade Truffles recipe first.
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About the Author
Krista Davis writes the nationally bestselling Domestic Diva Mysteries. Her first book, The Diva Runs Out of Thyme, was nominated for an Agatha award. Krista’s Halloween mystery, The Diva Haunts the House, made the extended New York Times bestseller list and was also nominated for an Agatha award. The Season E-zine says “The mystery is clever, the plot has more twists and turns than a funhouse maze, and the sense of atmosphere is so strong you can practically smell the wood smoke and hear the dead leaves rattling in the street.”
The Domestic Diva Mysteries take place in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia and feature Sophie Winston, who loves to entertain but prefers to keep things simple. Each book includes recipes as well as tips on entertaining, cooking, and decorating. The Japanese rights to the Domestic Diva Mysteries have been purchased by Tokyo Shogensha.
Davis is currently at work on a second mystery series, which will be set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia on fictional Wagtail Mountain. As the name suggests, the books will involve dogs and cats, featuring a Jack Russell Terrier named Trixie who has a nose for trouble. The new series will also contain recipes. The first book will be available in December 2013.
A resident of Virginia, Davis resided for a time in Old Town and now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with three dogs and two cats who inspire the antics of the animals in her books.