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The Diva Cooks Up a Storm

(A Domestic Diva Mystery #11)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,362 ratings  ·  213 reviews
When a trendy, underground dinner club leaves some guests six-feet-under the table, entertaining professional and amateur sleuth Sophie Winston hopes she has all the right ingredients to put a murderer on ice in New York Times bestselling author Krista Davis's new Domestic Diva mystery . . .

Domestic diva Sophie Winston can whip up an elaborate event in her sleep, but as th
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever since the day I stood in the library spinning the racks and waiting for the books to fall off so I could check them out, I have been grateful to have found the Diva series by Krista Davis. True story I would spin the racks at the library and any book that fell off would come home with me. The first I read in the series was The Diva Haunts The House, and then I could not wait to read the series. Anyone who tells you Libraries don't help sell books is wrong. I bought what I could not get in f ...more
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Sophie and Nina had planned a mini vacay to the beach, but an impending hurricane has changed their plans. A pop-up dinner party is just what they need. An event planned by someone else where they can sit back and enjoy the food with their friends. But not everyone is enjoying the event, Hollis Haberman and his young new wife are in attendance as are his ex-wife and their son. Most of the town has shunned the new bride while remaining friendly with the ex.

The next morning the
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This story starts buzzing on page one and is a thrilling flight until you touch down on the final page! Event planners, Sophie Winston (down-to-earth), and her rival, Natasha (rather snobbish); are showcased at their best with their different personalities when a neighbor’s death stirs up trouble and a hurricane knocks out everyone’s electricity. Sophie hosts an impromptu backyard party for everyone to use their cold or frozen food before it spoils. I love the laugh-out-loud moments throughout t ...more
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was only the second Diva book that I've read but I absolutely loved it! Krista Davis has an amazing way to weave a really interesting mystery with some history and lots of great characters who could be suspects. Even though I had only read one other book, it didn't take me long to get to know the characters so this could totally be read as a stand alone if anyone wanted to. Although the person who dies would be a bit of a spoiler if you decide to go back and read the other books. I'm still ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I have only read a few books in this series, but I had no problem following and enjoying this story. It might have taken me a bit to sort out the characters, but otherwise, it can be read as a stand alone.

In this story, Sophie finds herself investigating the death of one of her neighbors, Hollis. Hollis came to Sophie with fears that he was being poisoned, and it appears that he was right. With a new, much younger wife, a bitter ex-wife, and a teenage son who is having issues with his father du
Laura M
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have loved every single book in the Domestic Diva mystery series, and this is no different. I was so excited to be able to read an ARC from NetGalley, and it did not disappoint.

In this book, Sophie and her best friend, Nina, are preparing to go on vacation. Sadly, their vacation is cancelled due to bad weather, but it’s a good thing because there is a new murder in town to solve! Just hours before, Hollis Haberman comes to Sophie and tells her he thinks he is being poisoned. He asks if she can
Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I've read all the books in this series & have loved them. I must say that I'm disappointed in this one. It is well-written & has richly detailed characters as always, but I don't feel that Sophie & "the gang" were very nice in this book. They shunned Kelsey and then decided that she was guilty of murder just for being Hollis's second wife. They jumped to conclusions, acted mean and spiteful and made her life miserable. I didn't think this behavior was in the characters that I've grown to love ov ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I love the Domestic Diva Mystery series! The writing flows and is deliciously descriptive. The characters are well-developed and engaging. The plots are always interesting, absorbing and captivating. I really can’t say enough good things about author Krista Davis! This installment of A Domestic Diva Mystery is no different. Sophie and her best friend Nina secure invitations to a hip gourmet pop-up dinner where death is ultimately on the menu. The book drew me in from page one and kept me guessin ...more
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Peggy R
This series just keeps me coming back for more. It's amazing what trouble Sophie can find doing the most everyday things, like attending a dinner party. Once again, Sophie is in the middle of a murder, when she finds her neighbor in the street at night gasping for breath. When he subsequently dies, it seems like everyone wants Sophie's help, including the victim's wife, ex-wife, and son. There is a lot happening in this book to keep the reader engaged. It also is another chance to highlight how ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Diva Cooks Up a Storm by Krista Davis is the eleventh installment in A Domestic Diva Mystery series. Sophie Winston enjoyed dining at an underground restaurant with her friends the night before. She is out walking Daisy when Hollis Haberman staggers from his house and collapses in the street. He is struggling to breeze. The police check on his new wife, Kelsey and she is coughing. Later that day, Wolf Fleischman, Criminal Investigator for Alexandria Police Department, informs her that Hollis ...more
Only read half of the story, and skimmed to the end and read the final chapter. Lost interest in the story. To many characters to remember, couldn't keep focus on what was happening. ...more
Dawn Michelle
Oh how I have missed Sophie and all her cohorts!! I was so glad when I saw that Krista Davis was going to release another book in this series and I was absolutely not disappointed!!

This book had a great story-line, the banter between the friends was as good as ever and I am so happy that Mars got smart and dumped Natasha; if anything was a negative it was Natasha. I know she is a thorn in everyone's side, but in this round, she is mean. And petty. And way worse than she has been in previous out
May 07, 2018 marked it as to-read
The Diva Cooks up a Storm is the eagerly anticipated 11th book in the Domestic Diva Mystery series and it does not disappoint! Sophie and the gang are back at it, doing what they do best...solving mysteries!
Krista Davis has a talent for creating a fun and engaging setting with quirky yet likable characters (yes, even Natasha will grow on you). The snippets of both Sophie and Natasha's columns at the start of each chapter add a unique element to the series and the well planned mystery contains e
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sophie is back with all her friends in book 11 of the Domestic Diva series. Nina and Sophie are attending a new fad dining experience, secret location, secret cook and secret menu. This one has a very upsetting guest list with recently divorced Haberman's both in attendance with a new wife. When he dies the next day Sophie needs to find why her neighbor died since he just asked her about food poisoning. Great cozy with all the gang. You can read this as a stand alone. I received a copy of this A ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Slightly less cooking in this one, but a meatier mystery!!
Heidi Prockish
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
Reading this series is like hanging out with old friends. I loved this book!! && check out that cover! While it probably is good to read as a stand alone, I highly recommend reading the series in order.
Toni  (T.C.) LoTempio
So glad Kensington picked this series up. I love Sophie, Mars, Alex and all the quirky residents of Old Town!
Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
Sophie and her best friend Nina are excited to spend their vacation on the beach but before they can leave they attend the trend of an underground dinner. The next day one of the diners is found dead. What or who had it in for him?

I absolutely adore this series. Sophie is your quintessential girl next door that everyone wants to be around. She not only can cook yummy dishes she also has a knack for solving the latest murder around town. Her ex-husband lives down the street and they share custody
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Domestic diva Sophie Winston attends an underground dinner club where her divorced neighbor, Hollis, brings his new wife to the festivities. Some people at the gathering are not amused, including his ex-wife and son. Things go totally awry when he’s found dead the next day from poisoning. Can Sophie find the truth before another body is found?
I love it when a story sweeps you away from your life, and transports you to another place filled with intriguing characters and a plot that keeps you up a
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
In this new book Sophie is approached by a friend who thinks he is being poisoned and asks her for help with finding out if it's true or not. She thinks Hollis should take his concerns to the police but that is something that he is not prepared to do just yet. When Hollis ends up dead Sophie worries that she didn't make Hollis talk to the police. Hollis who has recently married a much younger woman instantly becomes the main suspect but so is the ex-wife. Who killed Hollis, what killed him, and ...more
Micky Cox
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A storm has hit Old Town and with it a murder or two or three have popped up. While the town is recovering, Sophie and crew are on the hunt for the murderer or is it murderers! Characters are excellently fleshed out to be both relatable, likable and dislikable as the case may be all entwined in an entertaining plot that keeps you guessing as you try to figure out who the villain is. In an entertaining twist the author has created multiple plausible villains so it isn't a quick, aha moment, but r ...more
Micky Cox
Sep 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
A storm has hit Old Town and with it a murder or two or three have popped up. While the town is recovering, Sophie and crew are on the hunt for the murderer or is it murderers! Characters are excellently fleshed out to be both relatable, likable and dislikable as the case may be, all entwined in an entertaining plot that keeps you guessing as you try to figure out who the villain is. In an entertaining twist the author has created multiple plausible villains so it isn't a quick, aha moment, but ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Sophie, our favorite party planner, finds herself smack in the middle of another murder mystery. This time unsettling. A neighbor and prominent attorney, Hollis has come to Sophie to ask her help in finding out if he is being poisoned. Sophie assumes he means by his new wife, but as another murder is committed and a past murder lurks...her viewpoint changes.

This series is a good murder mystery but also has the charm of Sophie and her competition, Natasha's competing newspaper columns. They can h
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Krista Davis does it again with another fab installment in her Domestic Diva series! I felt so close to the characters that I might have been right there with them, enjoying coffee and goodies in Sophie’s kitchen while they dished about potential suspects. This one had me lying awake at night analyzing the plot and trying to figure out the killer. I hope this series continues to enjoy its well-deserved longevity.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to reconnect with Sophie and her friends for a Domestic Diva mystery! The mystery was fascinating and kept me guessing and I loved the updates on where my favorite characters were since I last saw them. Highly recommend the author and series!
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sophie can do an elaborate event in her sleep but she doesn’t get to enjoy it as a guest so her friend talks her into a pop up dinner where everything is a secret until the dinner happens. The dinner is going well until Hollis comes in with his very young new wife. The next morning Sophie finds Hollis breathing his last and sets out to find out who would want him dead. An enjoyable store with an added part to each chapter of a etiquette question Sophie answers.
Jennifer Brown
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finally caught up with Sophie and her crew! (I hadn't realized I had missed two of the books!!) I loved this tale with the gang. I like how they all work together and just jump right in. It's the small-town life that I would love! :-) Although, I live near Alexandria and can't see this as believable for there (but what do I know!!). Enjoyable book with a wonderful crew! ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this latest edition of the domestic diva series, Sophie attends a underground dinner party, where the chef is unknown. Things go south when Hollis Haberman shows up with his new wife while his ex wife and son are at the dinner. Hollis is found dead shortly after the dinner. Hollis had confided in Sophie earlier that he thought he was being poisoned. Sophie of course makes it her mission to find out what happened. There are numerous suspects, including Hollis current and ex wife. Sophie and he ...more
Marie McNary
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Divas are back and they don’t disappoint! A fun and engaging book that was well worth the wait.

A Little About the Book
Underground dinners, power extinguishing thunderstorms, and a ghost? All these elements make for an exciting and entertaining installment of the Domestic Diva Mystery Series. When Sophie’s neighbor is murdered, she knows she has to do everything she can to catch the killer before tragedy strikes again. Can she do it in time?

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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

Other books in the series

A Domestic Diva Mystery (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • The Diva Runs Out of Thyme (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #1)
  • The Diva Takes the Cake (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #2)
  • The Diva Paints the Town (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #3)
  • The Diva Cooks a Goose (A Domestic Diva Mystery,  #4)
  • The Diva Haunts the House (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #5)
  • The Diva Digs Up the Dirt (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #6)
  • The Diva Frosts a Cupcake (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #7)
  • The Diva Wraps It Up (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #8)
  • The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #9)
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