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The Diva Runs Out of Thyme

(A Domestic Diva Mystery #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  4,724 ratings  ·  479 reviews
Few can compete with Natasha Smith when it comes to entertaining, but her childhood rival, Sophie Winston, certainly tries. Natasha may have stolen the spotlight, and Sophie's husband, but Sophie is determined to rob her of the prize for the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. She just needs the right ingredient.

But Sophie's search for the perfect turkey takes a basting when sh
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by Berkley Prime Crime (first published September 7th 2008)
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When I was young(er)-pre-teen, and I was sick in bed with a cold, or getting over the flu, there were three things I loved to read to escape my woes- The Winnie the Pooh Get Well Book, Betty and Veronica comics, and Nancy Drew mysteries. Now that I am old(er),cozy mysteries are what I read to help me feel better and stay amused when I am feeling ill, or stressed out to the point that concentrating on something heavier hurts my brain. The DOMESTIC DIVA series with Sophie Winston are always my fav ...more
Vannetta Chapman
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first Krista Davis book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I laughed out loud in places, collared at the characters in a couple of others, and I did not know "who did it" until the end. Nicely done!

Note: This is a very clean read--no language or adult scenes that I can remember though there are maybe two references to adult situations. It's all done very well, and I can definitely recommend this book to all of my friends and readers!
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
A fun cozy mystery with lots of food! Perfect!
Lisa Kay
★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Okay, I tried to read this via paperback several times. I really enjoy this author's Paws and Claws Mystery series, but I just couldn't get into this other series by the printed word. It really irked me that the mother and sister were so dismissive of the protagonist's feelings. Frustrating! I had to power through those scenes. (All while being extremely thankful my mom wasn't like that.)

For some reason unknown to me, I decided to get it on audio, whi
First book in the Domestic Diva mystery series.

Some Dishes Are Best Served Cold...

Few can compete with Natasha Smith when it comes to entertaining, but her childhood rival, Sophie Winston, certainly tries. Natasha may have stolen the spotlight, and Sophie's husband, but Sophie is determined to rob her of the prize for the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. She just needs the right ingredient.

But Sophie's search for the perfect turkey takes a basting when she stumbles across a corpse. And when the po

Where do I begin?

Was it the strange setting that made everything so alien? How can a setting be contemporary yet feel so last century?

Or the saint-protagonist who was supposed to be in her 40s but simultaneously acted 20 yrs over and under that age?

Or the annoying, bash-all-of-them-in-the-head-with-a-pan side characters? The hateful domestic rival, the overbearing mother, the nosy neighbors, and the myriad of current and former relatives who can't seem to stay in their own goddamn homes for
Cathy Daniel
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book and couldn't put it down! Enjoyed the characters and the mystery so much. So happy to find a new to me author.
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reread-in-2018
Since I don't really remember reading this in 2017 (but I had reviewed it here and it was marked as read) I'm going to write a better review after re-reading for a book club discussion this week.

Sophie Winston, a party planner and now a columnist of household and good life tips, had always been in some sort of competition with Natasha Smith, who was now living with Sophie's ex-husband, Mars. Natasha seemed determined to win the stuffing competition. Earlier, Sophie had discovered a dead man in
Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This won an Agatha award for first novel, but I couldn't finish it. It takes place during Thanksgiving and the main character, Sophie, has her hands full with trying to feed and entertain her many guests, and also happened to find both bodies, so she's a suspect. Her rival in the book is the woman who stole her husband, Natasha, a Martha Stewart wannabe. The "Ask Natasha" snippets at the beginning of each chapter are funny. But I got sick of how the author lists every ingredient that Sophie cook ...more
Karen B.
I enjoyed this cozy and would like to read other books in the series. Natasha is the "diva" and writes an advice column and appears to be an expert in entertaining. She also happens to be married to Mal, the ex-husband of her rival Sophie. They compete together in a stuffing contest and eventually due to unforeseen circumstances Natasha has to have Thanksgiving dinner at Sofie's house. Their is not a venomous rivalry, but one that creates tension and aggravation for Sofie whose approach to enter ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good start to a cozy mystery series with lots of fun quirky characters....
It is Thanksgiving time and Sophie is stressed not only is her family coming for the holiday, she is also preparing for a stuffing cook off with her main competitor being her ex-husband's new wife who also happens to be a rival domestic diva.... throw in a couple murders and now Sophie is over-the-top stressed.... I really liked Sophie and I sure wish I could cook and host like she did... this book made me hungry and wan
May 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries, cozies
The holidays are crazy enough for Sophie, but now things have gotten even worse. After a strange man tries to pawn a kitten off on her in the grocery store parking lot, she comes out to find the unattended kitten and his body! Then When getting ready to compete in a local cooking contest for her holiday stuffing, the main judge ends up dead soon after asking her out.

A large cast of suspects, motives and supporting characters add to her woes. A wonderfully fun ride!
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The Diva Runs Out of Thyme
By: Krista Davis
Series: Domestic Diva Mystery #1
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Date: 2008
Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Fiction, Thanksgiving, Recipes, Entertainment Advice
Plus(es): Humor, plot twists, and plenty of suspects makes for a spellbinding mystery, two mysteries rolled into one
Minus(es): At times, the storyline moves slowly due to the detailed descriptions of the numerous characters, setting, and events

The Diva Runs Out of Thyme is an enjoyable first book in the Domest
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Cozy Mysteries are comforting, like Mac and Cheese and a bowl of Cheddar Broccoli Potato soup on a cold, rainy Fall day like yesterday. And The Diva Runs Out of Thyme was the perfect read.

Event Planner, Sophie Winston, is expecting a house full for Thanksgiving. Her family is coming to D.C. for the holiday. And her mother is hilarious! I don't know what I'd do if my own mother had compared me to an old high school friend/rival that is a rising Martha Stewart like domestic diva star, especially
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Sophie Winston may have lost her husband to domestic diva (and former high school rival) Natasha Smith, but she kept Max’s family home, and a decent relationship with her former mother-in-law. Now she has a chance to expand her role at the paper writing a domestic help column that rivals Natasha’s, but keeps things simple. If she can win the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown she’ll get some great positive publicity and show her ex-husband, her rival, and her parents that she can make it on her own. ...more
Debra Jo Burnette
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hoopla
Ever since I have gotten into the Cozy genre, I have heard amazing things about Krista Davis. I have had her books on my TBR list for forever. I have no idea why it took an online book group selection to actually get me to read it but I am furious that I have waited this long to do so.

This book was so much fun. First, I had suspicions but not a clear idea of those involved in the crimes. Second, it was so entertaining. I literally laughed out loud and could not put it down. There are multiple c
I'll probably read more of these books, because I like Krista Davis. But Diva Runs Out of Thyme lacks a main character with compassion. That's not something that bothered me in either Paws & Claws or Pen and Ink. It also has a so-so mystery, but I don't really read cozy mysteries for the plot. My guess is that Sophie will grow, but I hope it's soon because at this point the lady is horribly annoying. If there's anyone more annoying than her it's that idiot love interest of hers. Why these sn ...more
Apr 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
So I am really torn with this book. For starters, the characters are ridiculously weird and flat. The protagonist, Sophie, has a childhood rivalry with a "domestic diva," Natasha, who also happens to have "stolen but not stolen" her newly divorced husband. They go through a lot of weird incidents revolving around some cooking or decorating, all leading up to two murders and Sophie finds herself a prime suspect, because she finds both bodies. She then pairs up with her friends and family to try t ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Sweet Mary, mother of God, this book is fucking awful. I had really high hopes because I enjoy Krista Davis' Paws and Claws series, but I honestly don't even know where to start here. Maybe the unrelenting parade of loathsome, one-dimensional characters? Or is it the fact that this book contains not just the worst, most unbelievable cozy romance I've ever read, but maybe the worst, most unbelievable romance of any book I've ever read (and I read the first Twilight book, y'all)? Or the threadbare ...more
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
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May 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This is the first book that I have read by this author, and loved it!

The ending had me guessing until the end, and I also liked the questions about decorating and holiday notes at the beginning of each chapter.

The characters were very interesting, and they blended together in the storyline very well.
I plan on reading more from this series!
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I wish I could feed people/entertain as effortlessly as Sophie.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
In The Diva Runs Out of Thyme, the first Domestic Diva Mystery by Krista Davis, social planner Sophie Winston has a busy Thanksgiving holiday planned. Her parents and sister, plus her sister's new fiance, are coming for the holiday, and Sophie is scheduled to compete the day before Thanksgiving in Alexandria, Virginia's Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. She will be facing off against her lifelong rival, Natasha Smith, the self-proclaimed local celebrity who is the real diva in the book, with a snob ...more
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This cozy series was recommended to me by several people.
I did this first one in the series on audio.

Positive: Good humor! Likable characters.
And I’m always a sucker for the heroine & the lead cop having a romance.

Sophie & Wolf had great chemistry.

Negative: while the narrator on audio was ok, she did sound older than the character. Also, being from the DMV area, VA doesn’t mean southern accent. A lot of the characters in this were voiced w/a southern accent and not a typical southern
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Sophie is preparing to host her family for dinner, as well as participate in a stuffing baking contest. Off to the store for her groceries, she has an encounter with a strange man who wants her to adopt an unwanted kitten.  Sophie's mind is on the impending events, so she refuses the adorable kitty, but has a change of heart in the store.  When she leaves, she searches out the man and his kitty.  Fortunately, she finds the kitty in it's box, but unfortu ...more
Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
This was a great start to the Domestic Diva Mystery series! Sophia is preparing for the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown, a cooking competition that includes her childhood rival, when she encounters her first dead body. The timing for murder is never convenient, but the cooking competition is the next day, her family has arrived for Thanksgiving weekend, and now she's a suspect in a murder case. Sophie is determined to find the real killer with the help of her family, friends, neighbors, and a riva ...more
Where do I begin on what was so wrong with this book? Too many characters who could have done it, too many characters who I wanted to beat with a cement bat, or hearing the phrase "signature color" one more FUCKING time?! The one character who I royally wanted to see dead, Natasha the Martha Stewart wanna be, was unfortunately very much alive at the end of the book and too much taking credit. Again we have the over done mother of the heroine who still thinks that she knows more about her adult d ...more
Mark Baker
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, mystery
Sophie Winston is hosting Thanksgiving for her family and facing off against her high school rival, domestic diva Natasha Smith, in a stuffing contest. The last thing she needs is to find a dead body while out grocery shopping. Worse yet, the police think she is a suspect when they find her picture in the dead man’s car. What is happening?

I’ve heard lots of good about this series, and it is obviously well deserved. The large cast of characters are so well developed I never had a hard time keepin
Wow, two amazing mysteries in a row! I picked up this book because I found it on Overdrive and I liked the author's other series. I don't regret it!

This book honestly reminded me of a really good Matlock or Murder, She Wrote episode for the simple fact that it was a simple mystery that made it flow so naturally and the fact that it was a quick read that I immensely enjoyed.

As I mentioned above the mystery and plot was simple, and it was extremely refreshing, because it was so simple I didn't see
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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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A Domestic Diva Mystery (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • 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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