Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: The Diva Cooks a Goose - 4th in the Domestic Diva Mystery series
Author: Krista Davis
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: December 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Alexandria, VA
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Krista's Website/Blog: www.kristadavis.com
The fourth in The Diva series about a wonderful family who actually get along well and want to spend their holidays together. How about that for a breath of fresh air?
Sophie Bauer is a divorced woman who lives in a house with her sister, Hannah and two great pets, a dog Daisy and a cat Moochie. She is a party planner and also writes a domestic diva column for the local news. Her childhood friend, Natasha who is now the significant other of Sophie's ex-husband also writes a column and everyone seems to get along swimmingly. Sophie is enamored of a city policeman, Wolf. (Great name!!) All is happy and bright on this Christmas Eve when the whole family got together at Sophie’s to eat Christmas Goose and start the season off with a bang. Sadly, following the feast at Sophie’s, she receives a call from her brother, George telling her that someone had broken into all the houses in his neighborhood and stolen all the gifts left under the tree by SANTA and also the food that was being prepared for Christmas dinners. Sophie and her sister jump in and organize a toy swap up and down the street so the children will get Christmas gifts and try to stop the arguing and finger-pointing so the kids will have a good Christmas. When her sister-in-law's father shows up at the Christmas dinner with a woman on his arm and flaunts her in front of his estranged wife and family, some are ready to commit murder or, at least, something to get even. When Dad's girlfriend ends up dead most of the Bauer family are suspects. Sophie's boyfriend is out of town so it's up to her and her family to find out what happened and she tries to run the killer down so her family can have the Christmas that they wanted.
This is a great whodunit as you won't be able to figure it out until the last pages. I really love that kind of mystery. I'll be looking to read the other Diva mysteries and look forward to the next. So enjoy, and I'll talk to you soon.
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