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The Diva Haunts the House

(A Domestic Diva Mystery #5)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,017 ratings  ·  206 reviews
Domestic diva Sophie Winston is getting into the Halloween spirit- her decorations for a community haunted house are so good, it's scary. Not to be outdone, rival domestic diva Natasha is throwing a spooktacular Halloween party at her house. But when Sophie arrives, she discovers one of Natasha's guests dead in a Halloween display, and a pale, fanged partygoer fleeing the ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Berkley
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Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok... a good Halloween book... the ending was the very best for me. Cute spooky ending to a long book. Some could have been cut out to make for a shorter story. Overall not entirely horrible.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sophie Winston is helping with a local haunted house while her long time frenemy Natasha is throwing a big Halloween bash at her house. When a local man (who is also not very well liked) turns up murdered outside Natasha and Mars's house (he's Sophie's ex husband) a vampire looking person escapes and starts showing up around town. Sophie herself has a near miss with this person so she's determined to help find the flesh and blood perp who seems to be trying to wreck her haunted house and the mid ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Found this one a little more contrived than the others. Still funny.
This month has been a catch-up month for me, out of the 14 books I've read this month 10 have been in series I've already started. This book fits perfectly into that, it's the third book in this series I've read this month, but it was an amazing read with just the perfect amount of spookiness to go with the Halloween theme.

Sophie is once again back, and she's better than ever. Like in her other books she is one of the most knowledgeable MCs I've read about recently, but yet she's one of the most
Avery Aames
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Krista Davis has created another gem of a book, with a winning protagonist in Sophie, a woman who can cook for an army while solving crime. Lovable characters and neighbors abound. Davis has created a diabolically perfect arch nemesis in the sassy Natasha. A haunted house, coffins, rumors of vampires, and things that go "Boo" in the night. The food descriptions are mouth-wateringly good. The mystery is deliciously crafted.
Cathy Daniel
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
It might be my mood but I wasn't as interested in this book as I normally am with this series. The vampire bit got old and by the time the story ended, I didn't care too much who the murderer was.
Jill Tool
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have really come to enjoy this series, it quickly became one of my favorites. The characters are more life like and feel like old friends when I read the books. The pace was quick, the mystery and plot were good, and how can you not like a book centered around Halloween.

I love how Sophie has so much patients to deal with Natasha, because I wouldn't. But as I read this series, Natasha is needed in the book. Even if she's self-centered, egotistic, picture perfect within herself, her home, and wi
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Book 5. I loved this book and it will always be in my top 5 favs for sure. Set during Halloween, loaded with cool advice at the beginning of each chapter and recipes in the back of the book, like making blood fingers and stuffed mummies lol. This book is very unique in story and in style. You can read these out of order as character developemnt is slower. This book is so full of Halloween you deff get geared up for the holiday. I read it during Halloween and it made it feel even more cool. I hav ...more
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Domestic Divas Sophie Winston and Natasha Smith are trying to outdo each other with their Halloween plans. Sophie is in charge of the community haunted house while Natasha is planning a huge Halloween Bash at her home. Sophie is worried the fake haunted house is really haunted and Natasha has costumes and caters on her mind.

Sophie was not really planning to attend Natasha's party but she ends up there to try to solve a small problem. When she arrives she discovers a much bigger problem, one a N
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I get hungry and amazed each time I read a foodie cozy, but especially this series. There is always an occasion to pull out the themed food or meal or flatware/plate/napkin/table runner. I wonder where Sophie gets the time to prep all of these goodies and where the heck she keeps all of the holiday themed dishware. Sometimes this distracts me from what's going on in the story. I know it's likely that I am the only who notices this or is bothered, but there it is.

It is a fun series and I like wa
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This fifth installment of the Domestic Diva series, has, in my eyes, proven to be very fresh still and still proven to have enough life to last for long. The heroine, Sophie Winston, has changed her clique thoroughly. Even her arch nemesis, Natasha, is almost out of the picture. There is no mention of many previous acquaintances. Her own parents, her siblings and in-laws? All gone. Other changes include the much reduced(no pun) spotlight on her cooking. Prior books almost had a revolving door i ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge
A great Halloween book! I really enjoyed this one. Lots of fun with Sophie running a haunted house and lots of Halloween hijinks going on including murder. I was happy to see who the killer was and Natasha wasn't in the book too much.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Unfortunately, the library doesn’t have all of these available so I’m going to do this series out of order. I’m starting w/audio & then I’ll move onto printed format.
It shouldn’t be too bad b/c unlike other series, you’re not lost if you do that. It’s easy enough to follow along w/the character & story history.
The writer does a good job of summing up previous info in a few sentences to remind the reader of the previous books happenings.

One of the things I like about this cozy series is
Debra Jo Burnette
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hoopla
I cannot get enough of this series!! I have to admit, usually 4-5 books into a series, I am kind of bored with the characters. This is a series that I know I will be so sad when I am finally current and have to wait for the next book to come out. Also, you don't have to read this series in order. Obviously, the character development will be stronger for you if you do but Ms. Davis does an amazing job recapping the characters' backstories and each book is its own story.

It was perfect timing to re
Karen B.
What a great book to read on the rainy Sunday before Halloween. Sophie Winston is in charge of setting up the community haunted house but of course there is always someone who has to find fault with the goings on. When Sophie's comic nemesis, Natasha, and Sophie's ex throw a party, Sophie and the kids discover that one of the "decorations" is not a decoration at all but a dead member of the community. Later the killer apparently goes after Sophie and herself. Of course the killer is dressed as a ...more
Mary Ann
It is almost Halloween and the school has had the offer of a house to use for making into a haunted house to raise monies. Sophie has volunteered to set up the house and work with the kids. Her ex-mother-in-law has come to stay with her and tells the vampire story and then when someone is found dead near her ex-husband's house with two holes in his neck the story gains wings. Things are creepy and Sophie feels the need to find the truth of the deaths and keep her haunted house open.

I so enjoyed
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, holiday
This was an awesome Halloween themed book. I would say it's ok to read out of order also for there wasn't any spoilers to previous books.
Oct 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
What happened to snarky Natasha? Now I am a girl that loves a good snarky character, one that seems a bit too full of herself with enough wit and a few raised claws to make you either love her or hate her. Unfortunately, the Natasha that showed up in this book has been so white washed that she came across as more of a “oh yeah, she was there too” instead of one of the central characters that she has always been in the past. I miss the self-assured husband stealing M. Stewart wanna-be.

It is now H
Kelly Knapp
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Kelly by: daughter as a Christmas gift
Hey, Sophie? Let's plan a haunted house for the community, get teens interested in helping for school credit, let the grandmothers spread rumours of vampires and ghosts, and let your neice, Jen, spend the weekend so she can have you create the perfect Halloween birthday slumber party for her and seven friends? Can you do it?

You betcha! In fact, Davis tosses in a murder at Natasha's Halloween bash, which Sophie trips over, literally; Followed by an explosion that reduces Natasha's new kitchen to
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love the Domestic Diva Mystery series by Krista Davis – even if I don’ t love all the characters all the time. Reading the series is like catching up with all friends. And The Diva Haunts the House – number five in the series – was no different.
I love a mystery where I don’t who the killer is and this book delivers that plus so much more. It is Halloween and main character Sophie Winston is in charge of decorating a haunted house for the Old Town Arlington, VA community in which she lives. Wi
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Sophie is turning an empty boarding house into a haunted house for the community. A local legend says that a vampire once resided at the boarding house -- and which a vampire "victim" turns up dead, Sophie's haunted house is threatened with closure. Can Sophie solve the crime without encouraging the local teenagers' excitement over vampires?

I really enjoyed reading about the process of developing the haunted house -- it inspired me so much that I might have to participate in creating one someday
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paperback
The plot was good and kept me guessing "who done it" til the end but I did have a really hard time keeping track of all the characters. There were so many! We've got a group of kids who, while supposedly only being around 12 years old, acted and spoke like adults. I mean, at one point, Vegas and Blake are kissing in the sunroom. I am a little surprised by that at their supposed age. We've also got the group of Sophie and her love...quadrangle? Like 4 different guys vying for her affections inclu ...more
Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it
this is a fantastic seasonal cozy mystery. Halloween is present on almost every page, so that is fun. there are lots of characters, lots of suspects, lots of interpersonal drama, costume parties, haunted houses, lots of recipes (included in the back of the book). there are also some creative ideas for decorating, party-planning, etc at the beginning of each chapter.

this is the first book I've read in this series, I think I would like to read more. however, the reason I'm giving this 3/5 stars i
Erin L
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another audiobook review

It's been awhile since I read something from the Domestic Diva series. They're hard to find at my local library and most of the requestable copies come from libraries on the other side of the province. It was nice to get back to an old series. One of my goals for the year is to catch up on some of these series I started a long time ago and never finished.

Davis writes a story and characters that I can enjoy. Well, ok, Natasha pushes the limits and I can't think what Mars w
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This is the first book that I've read in the series and I picked it because it takes place during Halloween. Perfect for this time of year. I thought it was pretty creepy. But then again, I read most of it in the middle of the night using a booklight. Good way to set the mood.
Sophie and her friends are doing a haunted house when someone ends up murdered at a party with two red marks on his neck to look like a vampire bite. Which fits the story of how a vampire used to live in the house where th
Sep 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: z2011
Good mystery with a Halloween haunted house at the center. I read the first two in this series then skipped to this one. Several recurring characters but a number of new ones: Sophie's niece, her friends and their parents. The roster in the front was helpful to keep them straight. The author begins each chapter alternating between letters to Sophie and Natalie, competing domestic divas, and their answers. This continues to be amusing and to contrast their characters, but the chapters often end a ...more
✨ Gramy ✨
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the first book of this mystery series that I have read and I really liked it. The only draw back was that I got confused about who was who because there were so many characters to keep track of. There were lots of Halloween tips and menu ideas included as well.

In this series, the amateur Sleuth, Sophie (event planner) and her family join together to investigate mystery capers. The books entertain with wit, humor, and actual recipes. Of course, Sophie's nemesis, Natasha, rears her ugly he
Micky Cox
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Vampires, ghosts and dead bodies abound in this installment of the Diva series. I quite liked this book from the series as the story was interesting and kept you guessing who the killer was with reasonable false positives to make the plot more interesting. I was thrown for a bit of a loop as book four was a Christmas book and this one was a Halloween book so there is quite a bit of time hop in the lives of the characters, but it was a well written story so you tend to just go with it. Looking fo ...more
May 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful episode in the Domestic Diva saga. Was especially fun reading it around Halloween. Am getting a bit tired of Natasha though, no character development. If she's going to become a friendly part of Sophie's circle than she needs to show some enlightenment and if she's going to remain an adversary than Mars needs to dump her as his staying with someone so nasty, clueless and narcissistic is ridiculous.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love this series. It has everything I want in a cozy mystery. The main character, Sophie is likable. The side characters are well developed. It is expertly written. Suspense is built. As another reviewer pointed out, it has the perfect amount of spookiness to go with the Halloween theme. What more could you want in a cozy mystery? I haven't read all the books in the Domestic Diva Mystery series yet, but I sure plan to!
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Krista Davis lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where she writes three mystery series. 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 wit

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