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The Diva Spices It Up

(A Domestic Diva Mystery #13)

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After a celebrity ghostwriter dies on the job, Old Town’s favorite entertaining expert and sporadic sleuth, Sophie Winston, whips up an impromptu investigation in the new Domestic Diva mystery from New York Times bestselling author, Krista Davis . . .

Sophie never considered ghostwriting as a side gig, until former actress and aspiring lifestyle guru, Tilly Stratford, trop
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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by Kensington Books
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Upon arriving for my visit, I was excited to hear that sophie was going to be ghostwriting a cookbook! Sounds fun...right?? It was until the cookbook author tells her the last ghostwriter

The last writer didn’t just quit...she seems to have vanished. And sopie being sophie...we had to go check up on/snoop out the real story. Well instead of getting the dirt about the cookbook author from the ghostwriter...I mean she is a politicians wife….we find her body….stuffed in a freezer. Well turns out
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this 13th installment of this fun series, Mars hooks Sophie up with Tilly Stratford, a renowned lifestyle guru, to finish ghostwriting her celebrity cookbook. Sophie is already planning to renovate her bathroom with the money she will make. But first, she needs to find out what happened to the previous ghostwriter who quit without warning and disappeared.

Diva Natasha has some drama of her own as she finds she has a new relative through DNA testing. She better keep her eye h
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Taryn
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Sophie is looking forward to a little break after doing four back to back events but it isn't meant to be. Her ex-husband has asked for help, the wife of the man he works for is putting together a cookbook and needs a ghostwriter. Her previous writer up and quit and the finished product is due in a few weeks. Sophie agrees and is excited to meet the woman she will be helping with the cookbook, Tilly Stratford who was on a tv show many years ago. While working on the recipes Sophie notices some w ...more
Kay
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun cozy. Sophie takes on a cookbook ghostwriting job that leads to solving mysteries. This one has an autumn feel with spice theme; sweets, drinks, food and hosting.
Lucy Burdette
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the world so dark, sometimes escaping to a cozy mystery fits the bill--the familiar, lovable characters bring comfort and the bad guys always get caught. I enjoy Krista Davis's Diva series for those reasons, and THE DIVA SPICES IT UP is an excellent entry. You'll wish you were being fed along with Sophie's inner circle of friends. ...more
Karen Hollins-Stallman
“The Diva Spices It Up” is the 13th instalment in the Domestic Diva Mystery series by Krista Davis.

She's a young Martha Stewart...in Old Town Virginia!

When a celebrity ghostwriter dies on the job, it's up to Sophie Winston, Old Town, Virginia's favorite entertaining expert and sporadic sleuth, to whip up an impromptu investigation...

Sophie never considered ghostwriting as a side gig, until former actress and aspiring lifestyle guru, Tilly Stratford, trophy wife of Wesley Winthrope, needs someon
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Nancy Baker
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story starts strong with a great opening that immediately sparked my curiosity and with continued teasers kept me entertained and guessing to the very end. I enjoyed the characters, setting and how everything tied together neatly in the end.

I have read and enjoyed all 13 books in A Domestic Diva Mystery series and look forward to future additions. Thanks to Kensington and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
Mary Brown
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Diva Spices It Up
A Domestic Diva Mystery, Book #13
Krista Davis
5 Stars

Synopsis:

She's a young Martha Stewart...in Old Town Virginia!
New York Times bestselling author Krista Davis delights with the 13th in her enormously popular and completely charming Domestic Diva Mystery series. When a celebrity ghostwriter dies on the job, it's up to Sophie Winston, Old Town, Virginia's favorite entertaining expert and sporadic sleuth, to whip up an impromptu investigation...

Sophie never considered ghostwr
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The Cozy Review
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest addition to the “A Domestic Diva Mystery” series, The Diva Spices It Up, from Krista Davis, is available tomorrow. Published by Kensington Books. This latest book is a wonderful fast read that leaves readers heads spinning.

Sophie has investigated a lot of murders but nothing like this! She is taking a break from her event planning business. Taking on a side gig as a ghostwriter for a celebrity who needs to finish writing her cookbook after the original ghostwriter suddenly quit. This
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Dawn Michelle
Oh how I love this series; every time I get to read a new one it is like meeting up with old friends that you have not seen in awhile and it is really almost always a lovely and fun visit. And this book was no exception. And the fact that I had no idea who the killer was or what was REALLY going on just made it all the better.

This book finds Sophie ready to relax after a month of back to back engagements. She is looking forward to some time off, some relaxation and quiet time. But it is not to
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Katherine
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Sophie's ex-husband convinces her to take on a job ghostwriting a celebrity cookbook. The original ghostwriter, Abby, quit unexpectedly just weeks before deadline and has disappeared. Soon Sophie is investigating whether Abby's disappearance was helped along by someone who wanted her out of the way.

There is a ton going on in The Diva Spices It Up, with a wide variety of subplots and plenty of quirky characters. Part of Sophie's job is to cook the recipes to confirm they work with the ingredient
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Micky Cox
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again Sophie to the rescue! First she is saving a cookbook then she is solving a murder, all in a day or two's work right! I absolutely love this series. It is written in a manner that makes the storylines so real that you feel like you are visiting old friends rather than just reading a book. While the murder plot is the central theme of the book, other storylines are woven throughout to add depth and substance to the books. In this book aging at home is an issue that is woven into the sto ...more
Daniele
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
THE DIVA SPICES IT UP is the thirteenth entry in the long running Domestic Diva Mystery series, and is indeed lucky thirteen. Always having considered this one of my favorite series, the characters, setting, and murder mystery are as fresh as ever.

In this installment, event planner and domestic diva Sophie steps into a new role as cookbook ghostwriter when congressman’s wife and aspiring lifestyle guru Tilly Stratford’s original ghost writer abruptly quits and disappears. Sophie soon finds herse
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K.A. Davis
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THE DIVA SPICES IT UP is the thirteenth book in the Domestic Diva Mystery series by Krista Davis and despite what you might think about the number thirteen, this newest release is a charming delight! If you haven’t read any of the previous books in the series, Ms. Davis provides a list of characters at the beginning to help the reader keep track. Even though this series has been a long-time favorite of mine, I still like to refer to the list. In this newest book, protagonist Sophie Winston, owne ...more
Leah
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This takes place in the autumn. The story involves a found sibling, missing women, a kidnapped child, a cookbook, a code, and spies. The main mystery was interesting. It involved a lot of twists. I also liked most of the rest of the storylines. I didn't like the spy one, though. I thought that it was unnecessary. Also, the main character was a little too obsessed about it. ...more
Jennifer Brown
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series and it's group of characters! I'm not sure why, but I always feel like I'm coming home when I read these. It definitely has earned it's status of cozy with me!! I didn't see the outcome the way it happened. It wasn't hugely spectacular but it fit perfectly. I REALLLLLY hope this series continues! If not, I'll be rereading it (well once I get a home where I can unbox all my books :-) !)! ...more
Missy
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozymysteries
Sophie is so endearing. She feels like a friend and I find myself thinking about her long after I close the book. I adore her true friendships with so many and how she generously hosts friends at all hours of the day.

Fantastic recipes in this one!!
Kim
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Krista Davis really spices up this mystery. The book draws you in from the start. The mystery is full of twists and turns and red herrings. The characters are relatable and interesting. As Sophie tries to find out what happened to the previous ghostwriter, the suspects seem to multiply. This leaves her with no shortage of possible suspects. I look forward to the next in the series.

All thoughts and opinions are my own, and in no way, I have been influenced by anyone.
Paula
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Krista Davis books, and The Diva Spices It Up does not disappoint. This book (and all her books) are fun to read, even though there was a murder. 

The Diva Spices It Up is a great mix of suspense, mystery, and some funny moments. The recipes included at the end of the book are always a bonus, especially the maple-glazed Brussels sprouts with bacon! And I will have to try the Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte. 

The codes used in the book's mystery were pretty cool to figure out. I really enjoyed
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Nancy
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This series is beginning to lose its appeal. Just your usual straight to the end with no bumps in the road, whereby the middle of the book, the reader had it all figured out, and the espionage which Krista Davis tried to plant was neither a bonus nor important to the storyline.

With Sophie being in-between jobs, her ex-husband Mars offers an interesting proposal - why not take on the job of ghostwriting a cookbook. How hard could it be he asks. He just so happens to know of an up and coming homem
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Ellen Moore
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, 2020
This is another delightful book in the Domestic Diva series. I won it in a Goodreads Giveaway several weeks ago but only received it this week due to shipping delays caused by the Coronavirus. Sophie agrees to ghostwrite a celebrity cookbook for Tilly Stratford, wife of Wesley Winthrope, a Washington Congressman, for whom Mars, Sophie's ex-husband works. The ghostwriter who had been working on Tilly's cookbook, Abby Bergeron, had left with no warning and then disappeared. Sophie hopes to earn en ...more
Kristina
The Diva Spices It Up by Krista Davis has Sophie Winston looking forward to relaxing after four weeks of catering back to back conventions. Then Mars Winston, Sophie’s ex-husband, asks if she would be willing to be a ghostwriter for a cookbook. Tilly Stratford, wife of Congressman Wesley Winthrope, lost her last ghostwriter suddenly and the gig pays well. Sophie agrees to the job after her shower begins falling apart while she is in it. Sophie is going through the stack of recipes for the cookbo ...more
Christine
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When professional ghostwriter Abby Bergeron abruptly drops celebrity TIlly Stratford’s cookbook project, Tilly calls on Sophie Winston for help. Sophie is an event planner, but since Tilly’s politician husband is a client of Sophie’s ex-husband, Mars, Sophie agrees to help. Sophie looks forward to the extra money, too, but things get awkward when it’s determined there is more to Abby leaving her job than meets the eye and Mars becomes one of the prime suspects. Now in between testing and organiz ...more
Toni
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This is the thirteenth book in the A Domestic Diva mystery series by Krista Davis.

I have read a couple of other books in this series and it is really growing on me. It is definitely a series I want to do a marathon on. I am really resonating with all the cooking and foodie cozy mysteries right now.

Basic premise: Mars asks Sophie to ghostwrite a cookbook for the wife of one of his clients. It appears as if Abby, the original ghostwriter, just left town. But when they find a dead body in
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RO G'ma
The Diva Spices It Up is the thirteenth book in Krista Davis’ A Domestic Diva Mystery series. The storyline is well plotted, the well-developed characters are likable, and the twists and red herrings will keep readers guessing in this steadily paced cozy mystery. The storyline includes an intriguing mystery along with several subplots that the author ties everything together in the end. This is only the second book I’ve read in this series, but the author provides sufficient background informati ...more
Amanda
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cooking, cozy
This was such an entertaining and enjoyable book! I suspected several different characters throughout the story and was quite surprised by the ending. I had a hard time putting this book down because there was plenty of action, between Sophie's cookbook ghostwriting gig, the suspicious happenings around Old Town Alexandria, and Sophie's everyday life. There are several intriguing mysteries that draw Sophie to investigate and I also love the characters in this series. Sophie is so down-to-Earth a ...more
Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
Another delicious mystery with our favorite domestic diva.

Book 13 is filled with lots of murder, intrigue, and food.I'm always worried about a series after ten books as I'm afraid things will get repetitive and stagnant but I have yet to feel that way about this series. I enjoy how Davis grows all her characters whether they are the main character or secondary characters. I keep hoping Sophie and Mars work out their differences and find the path back to love. This book gave me hope that maybe w
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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 binge read this series, books 1-11, and reading each new installment makes me feel like I am 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, Sophie is ready for some R&R until Mars has her hired out as a ghost writer
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Cozy Cat Reviews
Krista Davis' 13th Domestic Diva Mystery is a perfect reading escape ! Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the ARC. My review opinion is my own. I have read most of the series and always enjoy returning to this fun cozy mystery world that author Krista Davis has created. I highly recommend this series. This book can be read as a stand alone however every reader will want to dive into this wonderful series from the beginning.

In this next in this popular series Sophie takes on a uniq
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Christine
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
This is another great book in the domestic diva series. Sophie is looking forward to a break from event planning and wants nothing more than to spend that time relaxing. That all changes when her ex husband Mars shows up begging her to meet with the wife of one of his clients. The wife is writing a cookbook and her ghostwriter quit so she needs Sophie to take over. Sophie soon learns that the former ghostwriter didn't quit, she disappeared. Sophie finds a body in Abby's house and soon after star ...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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A Domestic Diva Mystery (1 - 10 of 14 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)
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