The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit - (Domestic Diva Mystery) by Krista Davis (Hardcover)

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Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Series Title: Domestic Diva Mystery
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Mystery & Detective
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Book theme: Cozy, Culinary
Author: Krista Davis
Language: English
Street Date: May 25, 2021
TCIN: 81413473
UPC: 9781496732736
Item Number (DPCI): 247-07-5384
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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"With Old Town's DIY Home Decorating Festival in full swing, Sophie's swamped, juggling a bumper crop of artisans, antique dealers, and decorators for the busy street fair. Still, when her best friend Nina suddenly needs a ride from the airport, Sophie is happy to help ... until she sees Nina disembarking in a state of disarray. It's obvious the trip to Portugal soured somewhere along the way. But after one of Nina's traveling companions turns up murdered the following day, Sophie knows something is truly rotten"--



Book Synopsis



She's a young Martha Stewart...in Old Town Virginia!
New York Times bestselling author Krista Davis delights with the 14th in her enormously popular and completely charming Domestic Diva Mystery series, as entertaining maven Sophie Winston must cut to the core of another murder investigation when members of an international tour group begin dropping like flies all over Old Town, Virginia...

With Old Town's DIY Home Decorating Festival in full swing, Sophie's swamped, juggling a bumper crop of artisans, antique dealers, and decorators for the busy street fair. Still, when her best friend Nina suddenly needs a ride from the airport, Sophie is happy to help...until she sees Nina disembarking in a state of disarray. It's obvious the trip to Portugal soured somewhere along the way. But after one of Nina's traveling companions turns up murdered the following day, Sophie knows something is truly rotten...

Though the crime scene is staged to look like an accident, Sophie isn't fooled and peels off to conduct her own investigation. Her only clue is a strange image the victim scratched into the soil before dying. Could it point to a cryptic killer in Old Town? A bitter travel adversary? Or a cursed artifact smuggled back from the trip? As the mystery grows, so does the body count, and if Sophie doesn't pluck the murderer soon, her best friend may be the next to fall...



Review Quotes




Praise for the Domestic Diva Mysteries by Krista Davis

"Full of surprises as author Krista Davis teases readers with one plot twist after another. This series just keeps getting better!"
--Suspense Magazine on The Diva Spices it Up

"If you're a "people of the pie vs. clan of the cake" like I am, then this book is for you! Filled with mouthwatering descriptions of all sorts of pies, the author satisfies the reader's cravings with several pie recipes at the back of the book, both dessert pies and savory pies."
--Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder on The Diva Sweetens the Pie

"Reader alert: Tasty descriptions may spark intense cupcake cravings."
--The Washington Post on The Diva Frosts a Cupcake

"This satisfying entry in the series will appeal to readers who enjoy cozies with a cooking frame, like Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy Schulz mysteries."
--Booklist on The Diva Cooks up a Storm

"Mystery-wise, I felt that this was the strongest of Ms. Davis's plots to date. I also really enjoyed the ongoing developments in our regular cast of characters' personal lives: Natasha especially is a hoot, even if appallingly so on more than one occasion. I'm already looking forward to the next installment in the series!"
--CriminalElement.com on The Diva Cooks up a Storm

"Loaded with atmosphere and charm."
--Library Journal

"Touches all the bases of the cozy mystery--including a bit of romance--and does so with style."
--Richmond Times-Dispatch

"A beautifully written, cleverly crafted mystery sure to please pet-lovers and fair-play-mystery fans, alike."
--Smitten by Books

"Raucous humor, affectionate characters, and delectable recipes highlight this unpredictable mystery that entertains during any season."
--Kings River Life Magazine



About the Author



Krista Davis is the New York Times bestselling and four-time Agatha Award-nominated author of the Domestic Diva Mysteries, the Pen & Ink Mysteries, and the Paws & Claws Mysteries. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with two cats and a brood of dogs. Her friends and family complain about being guinea pigs for her recipes, but she notices they keep coming back for more. Please visit her at KristaDavis.com.
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4.0 out of 5 stars with 1 reviews

An entertaining whodunit

4 out of 5 stars
- 2 years ago
The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit by Krista Davis is the 14th A Domestic Diva Mystery. This cozy can be read as a standalone if you are new to this entertaining series. Sophie Winston is organizing Old Town Alexandria’s DIY Home Decorating Festival. When Paisley needs Sophie to locate her mother for help with her rowdy brood of boys, she is happy to help. Unfortunately, Lark is found dead in her back garden and is not from natural causes. Lark left them a cryptic clue to help. When another woman is found dead in a similar manner, Sophie wonders if something happened on their recent trip to Portugal. Sophie must gather the clues and sift through them so she can identify the guilty party. I thought The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit was well-written with developed characters. Sophie Winston is a friendly and relatable character. I like how various characters are still friendly despite previous relationships and residents of the community are there for each other in times of need. I love the setting of this book. The author provided beautiful descriptions of Old Town with its beautiful old homes. The DIY Home Decorating Festival was fun. There were some great items being sold along with some interesting demonstrations (I want a festival like that in my town). I especially loved the word images of Paisley’s hand painted furniture. The whodunit was a delight. I enjoy a good mystery that is thought out and complex. I had a good time solving this mystery. It was fun following Sophie as she asked questions and collected clues. I appreciated that Officer Wong and Detective Wolf are friendly. Detective Wolf does not discount Sophie There was a lot going on in The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit. Besides the whodunit and the festival, Sophie has houseguests, Paisley’s rowdy children (I do not know how she does it) plus her irritating husband (she needs to get a divorce), Natasha carrying on about her house, and the dashing new medical examiner Dr. Chryssos who takes an interest in Sophie. There are mouthwatering food descriptions (made me hungry). There are recipes at the end of the book. I enjoyed reading The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit and did not want it to end. Cozy mysteries like this one are rare. The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit is a diverting tale with cute canines, a fun festival, tasty treats, a clever clue, boisterous boys, a dashing doctor, and an astute amateur sleuth.
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