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The Diva Sweetens the Pie

(A Domestic Diva Mystery #12)

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In New York Times bestselling author Krista Davis's new Domestic Diva mystery, Old Town's annual Pie Festival crumbles into chaos after a celebrity judge is murdered, leaving it up to entertaining maven and sometime-sleuth Sophie Winston to dole out justice . . .

Nothing heats up Old Town quite like the annual Pie Festival, and this year is no exception, especially since So
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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Kensington
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Catherine As one of my husbands old bosses used to say: "It in da book." Read number 12 The Diva Sweetens the Pie to find out, but I would suggest you read the …moreAs one of my husbands old bosses used to say: "It in da book." Read number 12 The Diva Sweetens the Pie to find out, but I would suggest you read the series in order if you haven't already.(less)

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Dale Harcombe
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Old Town, U.S.A, it is time for the annual pie festival. Sophie Winston has been asked to oversee the pie eating contest. Because of previous suspect antics Natasha Smith, a professional rival of Sophie’s is banned from participating. Celebrity judge Patsy Lee Presley, host of television’s most popular cooking show is on hand but she is acting rather peculiarly. The pie festival is sent reeling when Patsy Lee collapses and dies. Police are quick to cordon off the area as they gather clues for ...more
LORI CASWELL
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

What a sweet mystery!!

Hometown foodie celebrity Patsy Lee Presley has come back to Old Town to be a judge for the annual Pie Festival. A festival diva Natasha Smith has been banned from participating in and that Sophie has been a key assistant to the organizer. As the pies are about to be judged Patsy tumbles right into a pie and dies. The police secure the scene quickly and many of Sophie’s friends are pieces of interest in the investigation’s pie. Patsy’s ex-husband also mak
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Kirsti
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

Krista Davis has another series I've enjoyed, but this one has never come across my radar before. Jumping in at book 12 you would htink I'd be lost, but Krista has excellent writing skills and I soon found myself at home with all the characters. So at home in fact I was getting hungry every time they ate! The food described in this book is so good, so many awesome sounding pies! Fruit pies aren't really a big thing in Aust
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The Cozy Review
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: Domestic Diva - Book 12
Author: Krista Davis
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Business/Culinary
Publisher: Kensington Books
Page Count: 336

New from Kensington Books comes Krista Davis’ latest addition “The Diva Sweetens the Pie” in her Domestic Diva cozy mystery book series. A fun, easy-to-read, and exceedingly entertaining book from beginning to end.

Krista Davis knows how to keep her audience’s attention while giving them hours of delight. Her characters are well thought out, striking, and filled with
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Tari
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I've come to really care about Sophie and all her friends and love that the books aren't just about solving mysteries, but they also show how much she and her friends care for one another and stick together. This adventure had Sophie pulled into a murder investigation and then into a murder that happened five years ago. Who could resist an adorable little girl who asks her to help get her wrongly-accused mom out of prison? When Sophie started getting too close to th ...more
Peggy R
This is one of my favorite installments in the series. It really kept me guessing. I love these characters and look forward to seeing what trouble Sophie can get herself into.
Ann-Marie "Cookie M."
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
No cozy mystery is complete without recipes at the end, or a knitting or crochet pattern. If I read one without that little bonus I automatically knock one star off its rating.
If course, the recipes have to follow the theme of the story, so the ones at the end of "The Diva Sweetens the Pie" are for pies or things that can be enjoyed with pies. I am going to try "TiJuana Odum's Easy Chicken Pot Pie" with leftover turkey after Thanksgiving.

Now, on to the story. I don't know why I like cozy myste
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Amy
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Old Town is getting ready for the Pie Festival. When a celebrity judge is killed, everything else starts to fall apart like a bad crust.
Lots of suspects and twists in this Diva Mystery. Sophie will be kept busy trying to solve this one.
Love the Diva Mysteries!

I received an ARC prior to publication and decided to voluntarily review it. Opinions are my own.
Cathy
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Took a little bit to get into but once I did-wow! Such a good mystery within a mystery and another little surprise! I LOVE how principled Sophie is! (You'll see what I mean) excellent series ❤️ ...more
Shawna Shaheen
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
The 12 book in this series is with a baker Patsy Ann a famous television baking show has come to has come to Virginia. She had many secrets.Sophie the main character and Nina her best friend and neighbor see a dark shadows figure running away from Sophie houuse. At The Pie Contest fest Patsy Ann was introducing herself and she keeled over. The man Dooley was seen with a young girl about 12 were spotted that Sophie that was trying to harm her. But Dooley had heard from people that Sophie solved m ...more
Rebecca
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review!

Sophie once again finds herself in the middle of all the action in Old Town- she's busy helping with the Pie Festival, as well as entertaining and running her business- when the celebrity judge of the contest dies mid-introduction. Sophie naturally starts sleuthing- into Patsy Lee's death, and by special request, into the imprisonment of a woman whose family believes is innocent of the murder that's put her behind
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Annie


Sophie has her hands full when a celebrity judge is murdered at the Old Town’s annual Pie Festival. With its charming setting and even more charming characters, I think this is a good series for someone who is just starting out with Cozy Mysteries.

Krista Davis’ straightforward style of writing makes it easy to follow. I never had a problem with getting in tune with Sophie or the other characters. However, I’m not sure that this was one of my favorites in the series. While it is still enjoya
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Melodie
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Thanks to #NetGalley for the opportunity to read this one! I may have said in the past that Krista Davis is one of my VERY favorite cozy authors. This offering does nothing to disprove that fact! All my favorite characters are back and, once again, Sophie gets pulled into an investigation. Actually, more than one, including a case that's supposedly been solved and tried. All the talk about pie in this one had me pulling out my recipe box and making a couple of my own. Sophie's caught up in the m ...more
K.A. Davis
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THE DIVA SWEETENS THE PIE, the twelfth book in the Domestic Diva Mystery series, is a sweet, satisfying cozy mystery! I love how the author starts each chapter off with a pie advice column question. You can always count on the protagonist, Sophie Winston, to provide a great answer while her nemesis, Natasha (who claims to be top Diva) provides advice that is best not followed. Sophie is one of those sweet, caring women who anyone would love to call a friend. Natasha, on the other hand, is abrasi ...more
Micky Cox
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous addition to the Diva series! The characters in this series are so well developed with unique personalities that you really feel as if you know them. You quickly get invested in their stories as well as the mystery that they are trying to unravel. If you haven't read any books from the series, I really do suggest that you start at book one and work your way through as your enjoyment will be enhanced 10 fold, but you can read just this individual book and not feel like you are lost in t ...more
Bridget
"The Diva Sweetens the Pie" by Krista Davis is book twelve in the 'Domestic Diva Mystery Series' and was a great read! With plenty of pie and friends and also a generous portion of pets and murder this was a thoroughly enjoyable page-turner. I loved this book because the characters were really interesting and the plot solid and entertaining. The characters were a very likeable bunch of friends and I enjoyed how they cared and supported one other.

The writing style of Krista Davis was very appeal
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Kay
Apr 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a good one for me. PIES!
Melissa Cochrill
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Had me guessing until the end!
Patty
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Diva Sweetens The Pie
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Krista Davis

What it's all about...

Sophie and her group of friends seem to love making pies, eating pies and solving crimes. In this book there is a Pie Making Contest and two new murders as well as an old murder. This is the 12th book in the series so although I wasn’t confused in a major way..I was confused in a mild way until I got a good grip on these characters...and there are a ton of characters...including Mochi and Daisy...Sophie’s cat and dog.


My thoughts after
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Dawn Michelle
I am a huge fan of Krista Davis and all of her series, but this one will always be my favorite. I love the characters and the story-line never fails to entertain and keep me guessing.

This go round involves pie, old friends and enemies and of course, murder. It also involves a little girl who just wants her mom home and people who are willing to do anything to be at the top. And Sophie [AND Nina - who s in this book way more than she has been before and I love how she and Sophie work together. T
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Melodie
May 08, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I may have said in the past that Krista Davis is one of my VERY favorite cozy authors. This offering does nothing to disprove that fact! All my favorite characters are back and, once again, Sophie gets pulled into an investigation. Actually, more than one, including a case that's supposedly been solved and tried. All the talk about pie in this one had me pulling out my recipe box and making a couple of my own. Sophie's caught up in the murder of a famous TV chef and then gets roped into looking ...more
Julia David
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love Sophie and the gang. Sophie is helping with a pie baking contest when the star judge is murdered. Next thing you know, Sophie's boyfriend is attacked and Sophie is blamed. When a little girl comes to Sophie to ask her to help clear her mom's name, Sophie can't refuse her. The more Sophie and friends look into the murders and attack, the more she is convinced that they are all connected. It all circles back to a group of friends. Which one of them is guilty? Sophie needs to find out before s ...more
Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
This series gets better with each yummy addition. I’m not sure what I enjoy more, the mystery, the baking/cooking tips or recipes. I’m now in the mood to bake pies especially a strawberry pie.

I enjoy how Davis does not let romance overshadow her mysteries. There is just enough to make it interesting and real. I still think her and Mars make a great couple.

If you are looking for a delicious, sweet read this is the book for you.

I received a complimentary copy from Kensington through NetGalley.
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Kate
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Please tell me Mars and Sophie get back together in the next book! I need for this to happen!
Taryn
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Sophie is looking forward to the upcoming Pie Festival, who wouldn't want to sample such a wonderful treat. She is also happy to be the overseer of the pie eating contest. The festival seems to start off well that is until Peggy Lee Presley, the celebrity judge for the contest, dies during the competition. Things start looking worse when some of Sophie's friends become suspects in Peggy's death. As she starts to look into things Sophie realizes that there are a core group of people who keep over ...more
Debra Jo (Room of Required Reading Book Reviews)
I have no idea how this phenomenal series continues to get better but Krista Davis makes it happen. I had caught up with the series back in December and it reading this installment made me feel like I was reuniting with old friends. I cannot say enough about the core characters of this series. Not only are they extremely well developed but you actually feel like you are a part of their world.

In this installment of the series, Old Town Alexandria is getting ready to host the annual Pie Festival.
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Karen Hollins-Stallman
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read in the domestic diva mystery series, but not the first book by Krista Davis as I love her Paws and Claws series. Even though I hadn't read the earlier books I was able to follow along, so this can be read as a stand alone book.

Nothing heats up Old Town quite like the annual Pie Festival, and this year is no exception, especially since Sophie’s professional rival, Natasha Smith, is barred from participating. Sophie, meanwhile, has been asked to oversee the pie e
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Joan
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is always a pleasure to spend a few hours with Sophie Winston and her fun and ever supportive friends. In spite of her bad luck with men (although she always remains friends with her exes) Sophie has a great life. She lives in a gorgeous home in Old Town, Virginia, that makes me envious. When her friends pop in, any hour of day or night, she prepares foods that have me wanting to join them.

Old Town is holding a pie festival, and of course Sophie is in the middle of the action. Although the g
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Jerri Cachero
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Diva Sweetens the Pie was wonderful - the book was fast-paced and I didn't want to put it down!
When a national pie competition comes to Old Town, so does murder. Old friends and old resentments make for a murderous contest. If Sophie and her friends can't solve the murders, then she may pay the ultimate price - her life.

While I love all of the Domestic Diva mysteries, this may be my favorite. Sophie is at her amateur sleuth, cooking diva, pet mom and loving friend best. The characters of Nat
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Micky Cox
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fabulous addition to the Diva series! The characters in this series are so well developed with unique personalities that you really feel as if you know them. You quickly get invested in their stories as well as the mystery that they are trying to unravel. If you haven't read any books from the series, I really do suggest that you start at book one and work your way through as your enjoyment will be enhanced 10 fold, but you can read just this individual book and not feel like you are lost in t ...more
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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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