Reviewer: Wendy Rucci
Title: The Diva Paints the Town - 3rd in the Domestic Diva Mystery series
Author: Krista Davis
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: February 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Washington D.C.
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Krista's Website/Blog: domesticdivamysteries.com
The Diva Paints the Town is the third book in the Domestic Diva Mystery Series following The Diva Runs Out of Thyme and The Diva Takes the Cake. In this book, Sophie Winston’s reclusive neighbor Professor Mordecai Artemus is found dead. Not having been a friendly neighbor to Mordecai, Sophie feels a little guilty about the man’s death.
Sophie’s long time nemesis, Natasha a women who is now married to Sophie’s ex husband Mars is not such a kind hearted woman. Determined to renovate Mordecai’s home almost immediately, Natasha hires various people including Sophie to work on different rooms in the house in order to prepare the home for a statewide Spring Home and Garden Tour.
Little do Sophie and Natasha realize that the renovations will turn up an old skeleton and a new one, a man named Kurt who was from Sophie’s friend Nina’s past. His body disappears after Sophie finds it, leading everyone (including Sophie’s friend Nina, who thought she killed the man) searching for a corpse they aren’t sure is a corpse.
Another murder takes place and this time it appears that Sophie’s boyfriend Wolf may be a suspect. Determined to stay under the radar, Sophie and Wolf have to keep their relationship under wraps while trying to find out who the murderer is and whether or not Kurt is also a victim of the murderer.
This book is an entertaining mystery which keeps the reader interested throughout. There is nothing that leads you to the murderer and the ending is a surprise. The romance is light and the reader is kept in suspense as the identity of the older skeleton found is not immediately known.
Is it Mordecai’s missing wife, as some suspect? Is it one of his former students? This book has a little bit of romance, mystery , and a few odd romantic entanglements. All in all a very worthy read.
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