The Diva is back and better than ever!
It’s been awhile since Sophie Winston checked in and this time she’s celebrating Christmas in the new domestic diva mystery The Diva Cooks a Goose by Krista Davis.
With the publication of the fourth novel in the series we’ve gone 13 months into the life of Sophie and the crazy characters in her life (and yes Miss Natasha is back). As if Sophie’s life isn’t complicated enough.
In this installment it’s Christmas Eve with Sophie and her sister Hannah travelling to their brother’s house where they find out the entire neighborhood has been robbed by a heartless Grinch. Sophie quickly devises a plan with the neighbors to donate any used toys so they can give them to their children for Christmas day.
The action goes back to Sophie’s house where she says goodbye to her beau Wolf and sets about getting things ready for Christmas Day. While celebrating, Sophie’s sister-in-law’s father, Phil, arrives unexpectedly with his new “lady friend” Bonnie Scarborough which is kind of tacky since Laci’s parents recently separated and Laci’s sister, Shawna is equally surprised since she’s hoping for an engagement ring from Bonnie’s son Beau.
On Boxing Day at Bonnie’s party everyone gets a not so nice surprise and later that night when Sophie goes over to Bonnie’s house for a business meeting she discovers Bonnie dead.
With Wolf out of town for the holidays she starts to do a little investigating when Shawna becomes the prime suspect in Bonnie’s death. But at the same time Sophie’s also asked to host Bonnie’s annual Auld Lang Syne Auction since many local charities will be benefitting from it. And she has her nemesis, Detective Kenner on her.
I don’t even want to bring in Natasha to the mix since she needs her own series. This is one character who should go down in literary history and I have no idea who (if any) person this is based on, but Davis has created the most self centered comical character. When Natasha’s on the scene you can’t help but start laughing.
What I don’t like about this entire series is Sophie’s constantly whipping up some type of dish. It doesn’t matter what time of the day it is she’s making something (and for poor folks like me you do get a little hungry) but the dishes and drinks she makes seem like they’re great. As usual at the end of the book there are a couple of recipes worth trying (I think I’ll skip the baked eggs on salmon).
If you’re looking for a gift this holiday season for your own domestic diva this is a good series to get them as there are helpful tips at the beginning of each chapter.
The Diva Cooks a Goose is scheduled to hit bookstores in early December.