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The Diva Cooks a Goose (A Domestic Diva Mystery #4)

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A Scrooge steals presents right from under Sophie Winston's family Christmas tree. Then her sister-in-law's father show's up with a diva girlfriend just a month after his separation. More than one person is thinking of committing a merry murder-until it actually happens! With many under suspicion for the deadly deed, can Sophie find the murderer and restore the Christmas s ...more
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published (first published November 11th 2010)
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Jonathan
This book was the best yet int his series, which is saying a lot since all of the books in the series have been first-rate mysteries.

I've heard of some readers saving holiday themed books for that holiday to read, but I'm the opposite. I want to read it when it's not that holiday so I can get a change of scenery. This mystery was perfect for that, it's been getting warmer and warmer where I live so it was nice reading about Christmas.

Sophie once again proved to be an exceptional character who's
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Linda
Dec 03, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas, challenge
A good mystery set between Christmas and New Years. I still can't stand Natasha but luckily she wasn't in it too much. Lots of plot lines and characters to keep track of and a good ending.
Diane ~Firefly~
Sophie and family get involved in another murder. This time it is Sophie's sister-in-law's family in trouble and with Wolf away, there is no one in the police dept to help out.

What I enjoyed:
* The excerpts at the beginning of the chapters. It really shows how different Sophie and Natasha are.
* The characters. At this point, Sophie and group feel like a bunch of old friends that I love catching up with their adventures.
* The animals have such distinct personalities.
* (view spoiler)
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Yvonne
Jan 17, 2016 Yvonne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely Love the Diva Series by Krista Davis!! They are so entertaining and so much going on that
you are guessing right up to the end on who was responsible. These characters are so much fun!!
Daryl Gerber
Sep 07, 2011 Daryl Gerber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. sophie's adventures, pitted against a killer as well as her "nemesis," Natasha, are just downright fun to read!
Julia
Jan 19, 2011 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-authors
Fast paced, highly entertaining cozy! I'm looking forward to the next adventure for Sophie.
Candace Davidson
Love love love this series!
Marie Anderson
Love Love LOVE the Diva series!! This one was so much fun!!
February Four
Feb 16, 2017 February Four rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A couple of these characters are rather overblown, but all the same this was a fantastic book. (I guess with Natasha around, being overblown is not something I have the right to complain about.)
Luffy
Mar 17, 2013 Luffy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, page-turner
Take out the crayons and color me impressed. Most impressive this book is. This is the book that the previous ones were threatening to be. The book pulls a bold stunt by openly putting the spotlight on the murderer, and that is something even the masters of the genre don't do. I've never seen any author do it quite like this.

I also took pleasure in reading all of the book because I discovered the guilty's identity. I also could keep a tab on who was who, once I made a list of the characters. A
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Karen
Dec 24, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, if only for the recipes and organizational tips! It was a fun read, but a little chaotic at times. I had to refer back to the list of families in the front of the book when I got confused.
Imjussayin
Aug 27, 2016 Imjussayin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cosy
The Diva Cooks A Goose: A Domestic Diva Book 4
The most impressive book in the series four stars ****

Sophie Winston (nee Bauer) event organiser and amateur sleuth was looking forward to the Bauer family Christmas. Her brother and sister in law George and Laci were to host it at their home. A neighbourhood Grinch, however, stole the Christmas spirit by thieving all the neighbour's gifts. "They even snatched [the] Sweet Potato Spectacular.” On Boxing day Bonnie, (Laci's father's flame), unexpectedl
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Molly Cline
This is the fourth book of this series! You DO NOT have to read these in any type of order or as a series. The advantage of reading them in order is you get to know the characters and their personalities and friendships etc. It just adds to the storylines. But you don't have to read the others to read the individual books, they are too good of stories to skip over if you can't or don't want to read them all. You won't regret the time you spend on reading these.

I like mysteries and those that ar
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Nancy
Apr 27, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love Abbott and Costello’s who’s on first skit then you will love this book, for the rest of us, keeping straight who is dead, who is married to whom, which kids belong in which families and who is dating who gets a bit difficult to keep straight. My best advice is to take notes.

Besides the character confusion, the plot is interesting, taking place during the Christmas holiday season, when the home organizer extraordinaire is found dead after a music box releases a combination of deadly g
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Angela
I loved it!! I have loved all of Krista Davis' cozies so far! Returning to the Domestic Diva characters is like being reunited with old friends and getting to just sit back and enjoy the show!! All the drama, all the mystery, all the suspense, all the adorable animal antics, and all the food..... I absolutely drool over some of the delectable delicacies and downright delicious sounding recipes perfectly incorporated into this series!! Sophie has such a way of making everything come together so n ...more
Kelly Knapp
Jan 19, 2012 Kelly Knapp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Kelly by: daughter for Christmas gift
What happens when an entire neighborhood is struck by thieves the night before Christmas? Well, if that neighborhood happens to be the one in which Sophie's brother lives, then its a domestic diva to the rescue. Within just a few hours, Sophie has the neighbors working together to find gently used gifts that can be regifted, so the children will not find Santa has forgotten them.

While Sophie saves Christmas temporarily for the neighborhood, she can't prevent disaster within her own family when h
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Michelle
Dec 15, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-fall-reads
Another wonderful addition to the Domestic Diva series! I only wish I could remain as calm as Sophie does during all the holiday family drama!
Heather
Synopsis (from bn.com): A Scrooge steals presents right from under Sophie Winston’s family Christmas tree. Then her sister-in-law’s father show’s up with a diva girlfriend just a month after his separation. More than one person is thinking of committing a merry murder-until it actually happens! With many under suspicion for the deadly deed, can Sophie find the murderer and restore the Christmas spirit before it’s too late?



My thoughts: I seem to be in a Domestic Diva kind of mood lately and am tr
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Mary
Aug 09, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The setting is Christmastime and Sophie's family is getting together to celebrate at her brother's home. However, everyone's Christmas is disrupted by a neighborhood Grinch who stole everyone's presents. Sophie to the rescue! She rallies the neighbors to find gifts for the children so that they will not be disappointed Christmas morning.

For the first time, Sophie's family is celebrating Christmas at the home of her brother George, his wife Laci, and their daughter Jen.
The next day, Laci's fathe
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Juanita
Sep 24, 2016 Juanita rated it liked it
In The Diva Cooks a Goose, Sophie is celebrating Christmas with her family, but disaster strikes -- a mean Grinch robs her brother George's neighborhood, stealing all the Christmas gifts while the families are at an event. Like past books in this series, the amount of characters are a bit overwhelming, but Krista Davis provides a little character list in the beginning of the book, which helps. George's in-laws have recently split, and there's a lot of drama here, and our murder victim actually t ...more
Rajnandini
I love cozies and this series is one of the best I've read though I might be biased by my love for cooking. I waited to read four books before reviewing this series because I'd hoped some of the things I didn't like would be resolved later on. But they weren't and that's what I start with.
Character development is so-so in the series; some develop wonderfully and some just don't and its surprising the protagonist should lag in this regard. She barely has a spine and never retorts till she is push
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Meg
Dec 15, 2012 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
It's Christmas in Alexandria, and there seems to be one crisis after another in Sophie's family. First all the gifts and food were stolen from her brother's home, then there's major drama with George's in-laws. When his father in law's new girlfriend ends up killed, Sophie investigates to help clear the names of her family members. Instead, she uncovers more than just a murderer.

The murder plot was great! Krista Davis did a great job of weaving a real web -- she kept me guessing almost the entir
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Cherie Bush
Fun series.
Marlyn
Dec 03, 2010 Marlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the first time, Sophie's family is celebrating Christmas at the home of her brother George, his wife Laci, and their daughter Jen. But when Sophie, Wolf and Hannah arrive at the suburban home on Christmas Eve, there are police cruisers with flashing lights on the street and people milling about on the lawns.

It turns out that somebody has stolen all the Christmas presents out from underneath the Christmas trees in the neighbourhood homes. Since it's obvious that the thief won't be found overn
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Diana V
Jul 13, 2015 Diana V rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion the mysteries get duller as the series progresses, and there are so many characters introduced I kept going back in the plot to remember who was who. Sophie is a good character, but gets roped against her will in so many things (organizing auctions and dinner parties, baby and animal sitting, taking care of grown adults, to name a few) that it makes me wish she grew a backbone already; specially when it comes to Natasha and her awful personality.

Talking about Natasha I wonder what
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Paula Ratcliffe
Nov 28, 2011 Paula Ratcliffe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2012
Everyone in the Bauer family is excited to go to George and Laci’s for Christmas only to find that everyone in the neighborhood has been robbed, no presents under the trees which makes people wonder who the Grinch in the neighborhood is. Add to that Laci’s family is deep in murder and mystery. When Laci’s father brings a new fling to Christmas Laci, Shawna and their mother are deeply troubled by this let alone Boxing Day when the engagement between their father to Shawna’s boyfriends mother Bonn ...more
Ronna
Nov 12, 2012 Ronna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I continue to enjoy these 'Diva' books. This time the story centers around stolen Christmas presents within Sophie's neighborhood. Also, someone is murdered and Sophie finds herself running a charity auction.

As in all the 'Diva' books, there are delicious receipts at the end of the book. The description of them within the book, sends me to snacking while I read! The addition of pet dogs and cats add much humor and lightness to these mysteries.

Unfortunately, I missed the great bantering between S
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Julie P
Nov 16, 2011 Julie P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
June 19, 2014
Just an update, as I read this book again after reading the first three in the series. I have to admit that doing so made it much easier for me to figure out who is who. I think I actually enjoyed it even more, so I'm adding an extra star.

November 16, 2011
I hate to read series out of order, but I did pick this up at the Borders closing sale, and just decided to go with it. I have to admit that I like the main character, Sophie, and the author does a very good job of evoking the Chr
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Kimberly
I love Krista Davis, she is my fav in the mystery/cozy line. This book is set during the Christmas holiday, but starts immediatly on Christmas, no leading up, just smack dab in the middle of it. It leads on into the New Year. This book is a 5 star, loved the unique story line as always. **SPOILER** Though at this point its obvious she and her cop secret BF are more than friends. Though he doesn't show up to the very end anyway. I always read her books in time with the holidays. So it made my Chr ...more
Vickie
Dec 13, 2010 Vickie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fun cozy featuring the Domestic Diva. Sophie is on the trail of a big ol' Grinch and she has a cast of plenty to choose from. That's my only distraction with this series, there are an awful lot of characters to keep track of and I have to go back and figure out who's who to who sometimes. Otherwise, I enjoy the heck out of the mystery and the domestic tips. Even Natasha, Sophie's Diva rival, has some interesting ones to offer this go 'round. She seems to have mellowed somewhat since the ...more
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Krista Davis lives and writes in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She lived in Northern Virginia for many years and resided for a time in Old Town Alexandria where her Domestic Diva Mysteries take place.

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