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The Diva Digs Up the Dirt (A Domestic Diva Mystery #6)

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Trouble in spades... Determined not to be a garden-variety diva, Sophie Winston's neighbor, Natasha, cultivates a plan to shine on television--using Sophie's backyard. As the cast and crew of the makeover show "Tear It Up With Troy" bulldoze through her backyard--and vacation--Sophie retreats to her perennial boyfriend Wolf's to replace a dead rose bush. But her tender ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 290 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Berkley Publishing Group
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Culinary Mysteries
42nd out of 74 books — 73 voters
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This series is one of my favorites; each mystery keeps getting better and better and the characters are all amazing. THis book was no let down, mixing an old disappearance with a new murder it was action-packed from the get-go!

Sophie was once again a level-headed character who doesn't mince her words and for this mystery we get to see a lot more of her friend, and across the street neighbor, Nina, and her next door neighbor and friend, Francie helping her with her sleuthing. I was actually wonde
Aug 03, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
The Diva books are not easy to put down, Krista Davis has a way of ending her chapters with just a morsel that has you saying, “well, just a little bit more” and soon you are up way past your bedtime finding out what Sophie and Natasha are up to.

All Sophie Winston wanted was a nice backyard vacation, no work for two weeks. A peaceful and quiet time with her gardening and pets, she works hard, that should not be too much to ask for. All that changed when Mona charges into her backyard and demands
❂ Jennifer
Jun 19, 2012 ❂ Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Well, I suppose if you read this series, you had to see this plot line coming. The mystery about Wolf's wife's disappearance is the focal point of this book, along with the strange goings-on in one local family. Lots of upheaval for Sophie in this book.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The characters are always fun, always interesting. Personally, I'd smack Natasha into next week if I were Sophie, but I guess every cozy has to have a 'nemesis' these days. I really look forward to seeing the next
Versel Rush
Jun 11, 2012 Versel Rush rated it it was amazing
(For synopsis, please read the blurb in the book description.)

I have loved everyone of "The Diva" series since I picked up the first one. This is no different.

In a very real way, "The Diva Digs Up the Dirt" is sort of a transitional book for Davis and her sleuth, Sophie. The transitions are obvious within the first 3 or 4 chapters and they all lead the reader to a "what next" set of questions--What next for Sophie and Mars? What next for Sophie and Wolf? What next for Sophie's house? and, by the
Jul 18, 2012 Nell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, z2012, southern
Excellent. This series just keeps getting better. The disappearance of Wolf's wife that has hovered in the background of earlier books is addressed in this one. The author's timing is perfect. Sophie and the supporting characters are well-developed at this point and their actions are consistent with what readers have come to expect. Krista Davis intertwines the disfunctional family of a wealthy entrepreneur whose annual picnic Sophie plans with a discovery she makes that reopens investigation ...more
Nov 05, 2015 Bea rated it liked it
The Diva Digs Up the Dirt by Krista Davis rated 3* just because I was able to put it aside while finishing other books. The story was fun and delightful with quirky characters. The mystery initially seemed to be straightforward: did the cop kill his wife? As the character of the wife is investigated, it looks like she might have been involved in embezzlement. There are twists and turns, but it all works out in the end.
Jul 15, 2016 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most addictive books I have read in a long time. This book draws you in from the
first page and was hard to put down.
Sophie finally gets a well deserved vacation. Two weeks off to just relax, or so she thought.
Sophie has to deal with Natasha, Kenner, and the whole Greene family. The mother of Wolf's missing wife turns up, and sneaks around trying to find Wolf, who seems to have disappeared but always seems to show up in the shadows. Can Sophie find out what happened to Anne b
Apr 08, 2016 Lindsay rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I'm giving this book 3 stars because I liked how it takes place around gardening and landscaping. Makes me wish I had a garden. Maybe someday. Other than that, I felt that the book was to long and there were to many characters, I got confused keeping track of everyone. And it seemed to repeat itself. Instead of having clues to the killer and what happpened to Wolf's wife they seemed to run around and blame everyone. I still like Sophie and Nina, but feel like Sophie lets Natasha get her way to ...more
Jun 16, 2012 Melodie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
Have I mentioned before that this is one of my favorite cozy series?? Probably, as I recommend it every time I'm asked for a good recommendation in this genre. This one was a little different from others in the series and there are some big changes. Will be interested to see what shakes out for Sophie in the next one. RECOMMEND!!
Dec 27, 2015 Brittany rated it it was amazing
I feel like there are three things wrong with this series.
1. the lack of sleep I'm getting because I can't put it down
2. they don't come with a sample platter so I can try all the tasty treats
3. Sophie Winston is not my neighbor in real life
Dec 01, 2013 Suzanne rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
3.5 stars. I can't put my finger on it, but for some reason I did not love this book the way I have others in the series.
Lucy Burdette
Jun 23, 2012 Lucy Burdette rated it it was amazing
Sophie is an irresistible character with a pack of funny friends who are constantly eating and drinking. Do not diet while reading this series!
Hollie Snider
Sep 10, 2016 Hollie Snider marked it as to-read
Anxiously awaiting the release of this one in June.
Nov 26, 2016 Imjussayin rated it really liked it
The Diva Digs Up the Dirt: A Domestic Diva Mystery Book 6
Reading in chronological order is not necessary but advantageous.
I am out of the closet with the Domestic Diva Mysteries. No more shall they be my guilty secret.

The Protagonist: Sophie Winston is an event planner. She is an organised, patient and considerate woman. She is also observant and a thinker. These attributes make Sophie a good amateur sleuth. You might get frustrated with Sophie, but she will win you over.

The Plot: Sophie has b
Nov 03, 2016 Gina rated it it was amazing
I just finished listening to “The Diva Digs Up Dirt” – book six in the Domestic Diva Mystery series by Krista Davis and it was great! Like all the books in the series, the backdrop is Old Town Alexandria, Va., and event planner/domestic diva Sophie Winston finds herself snarled in murder.
With an offbeat cast of supporting characters that include her ex-husband, Mars; her best friend, Nina – among many others – Sophie finally unravels the mystery of what happened to her cop boyfriend’s wife – wh
Jennifer Brown
Oct 26, 2016 Jennifer Brown rated it it was amazing

I absolutely love this series! Not only does the books take place near my home (I know, I know...all fiction), but the characters are 100% lovable! And, yes, even Natasha!

This one finds Sophie trying to take a well needed stay-cation. Natasha ruins that plan when she has a reality show film an episode in Sophie's back yard creating her a garage. Trying to escape that, Sophie goes to Wolf's house to plant a rose bush. While digging in the dirt, she uncovers a purse and
Michelle Rotteau
Oct 26, 2016 Michelle Rotteau rated it liked it
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Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
All Sophie wants to do is sit back and relax and enjoy her one week of vacation. Natasha is not going to let that happen. She has plans to become a television star and she is going to use Sophie's backyard to put her plan in motion. She has entered Sophie to be on the show Tear It With Troy and Sophie has won a backyard makeover.

Natasha has things under control and is driving the host Troy absolutely crazy. It is the perfect time for Sophie to make her getaway. She decides she is going to hideou
Apr 15, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have ever read by this author or from this series. Usually I steer clear of books in the middle of a series because I am worried that I will be lost. The plot just sounded way too good for me to do that this time though. With some apprehension I picked up this book, hoping against all hope, that it would wow me and not make me regret my decision to just jump into the series. I was not at all disappointed! There were a few things that may have made a bit more sense had I ...more
Kelly Knapp
Sep 13, 2012 Kelly Knapp rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers, romance lovers
Recommended to Kelly by: no one, it is the next in a series I like.
OK! So, this is a prime example of why I do not care for series where the romance develops in the background. Still, the writing was as good if not better than the previous titles in the series. I wish we had seen more of Mochie in this one, she is so cute.

In this book, we find our Sophie planning a BBQ in the middle of a feud. When this gig is over, she is taking two weeks blessed and deserved vacation. But instead of a vaction, Sophie is in for a wild time.

When an elderly gentleman divorces h
Angel M.
Sep 15, 2016 Angel M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read. There are cliff hangers at the end of each chapter so don't plan on putting it down in between. I couldn't tell if the gardening tips were a joke or real. One says water plants in the morning and another says at night. Nice pace.
Jun 28, 2012 Dee rated it it was amazing
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The Diva Digs up the Dirt is another hit by Krista Davis. Once again Sophie finds herself spread too thin between her work and her love life. She has just finished up her party planning season, by planning the company social for Roscoe Greene, but, her summer freedom quickly disappears with the appearance of a strange woman asking for Sophie's help to find her missing daughter.

Sophie apologizes to the woman, denying t
Alannah Davis
Sep 01, 2012 Alannah Davis rated it really liked it
I bought this book not realizing I was coming into the middle of a series (why, oh why is it so difficult to find a stand-alone mystery these days????). Not to worry - you don't need to read the previous books in the series to get what is going on.

I'm not giving this 5 stars because I found the character of Natasha to be so over-the-top unbelievable. However, the rest of the characters, as well as the story, are awesome.

Sophie Winston is looking forward to a few days off. But then a reality sh
Dec 31, 2012 Meg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
It's Sophie's brief two-week vacation, and Natascha's shown up with a TV show to tear up Sophie's backyard to put in a much-needed garage. Fortunately, Sophie has two mysteries to solve... the perfect excuses to escape the renovation's noise. While gardening, she found the purse of her boyfriend's missing wife -- and Wolf is suspected of her murder. Sophie also gets wrapped up in the drama surrounding a rich client's family, all of whom seem to be wanting each other dead. Can she clear Wolf's ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Jul 04, 2012 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it really liked it
Sophie Winston is expecting to have a vacation at home. Quiet and un-eventful (yes, that was intended.) Little did she see not only a murder case pending, but, being involved in the deconstruction of her own romantic life...

The last event Sophie manages prior her time off ends up being more than she bargained for. Not only will it keep her busy but suddenly she is surrounded by persons wishing each other ill. Sophie finds herself circled by thefts and attempted murders.

Sophie knows Wolf's marria
Jul 28, 2016 Nicky rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Fantastic transition for this series. I can't give it a 5 stars because there were glaring issues that bothered me. I loved the mysteries in this one, especially the old one. I pretty much had the new one somewhat figured out, but it was still a good read. I really love this series. But.... (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 29, 2016 Bridget rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
I enjoy this series, and was in the mood for something lighter. It did not disappoint, though I have to say there was a little more complexity to this particular book than to others in the series.

This time around, Sophie Winston decides to do something nice for her boyfriend while she is on vacation, and goes to his yard to plant a special rosebush she knows he will like. Problems start when she digs up a woman's purse and a knife buried in the boyfriend's back yard. Things get worse when the p
Paula Ratcliffe
All I can say is wow and Natasha is at it again. Now Natasha is having Sophie's yard ripped apart to install a garage. Sophie grudgingly agrees to allow it happen. In a desperate attempt to flee Natasha's madness Sophie buys a rose bush and takes it over to her boyfriends house to plant it after retrieving the old bush she discovers a purse with a wallet inside that belongs to her boyfriend Wolf's missing wife. The fingers all point at Wolf having killed his wife and it's up to Sophie to find ...more
Jan 20, 2013 mandyfujita rated it really liked it
I have read all the Diva books that Krista Davis has written. I think this is one of the better ones. Sophie is an events planner whose has worked hard and plans to enjoy her 2 week vacation. Her last event before her vacation is with one of her more frequent clients - Mr Greene. He has an annual family picnic where he invites his employees and their family. This year is a little different where he has a trophy wife and he is close to retirement.

Things start to go crazy at this party and peopl
Six books in and I just can't get enough of the Domestic Diva!! Reality shows, poisoning, embezzlement, old missing person cases, and murder fill these pages! This story focused more on gardening, outdoor decor, and recycling/repurposing than the usual food and recipes but there was still some of that deliciously weaved throughout the story. Most of our favorite characters were present along with several new people that kept the story hopping!! After reading the first five books in the series, I ...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.

Krista also writes the Paws and Claws Mysteries, which debuted with MURDER, SHE BARKED. They are set in a resort town that caters to people who want to vacation with their dogs and cats. Alas,
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