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The Diva Paints the Town

(A Domestic Diva Mystery #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,349 ratings  ·  174 reviews
Color this Domestic Diva puzzled-from the national bestselling author.

When Sophie's neighbor-a reclusive professor-dies, his final wish is for the Domestic Diva to throw a dinner party in his honor, and he's planned everything down to the letter. But what no one planned for is the corpse of a student that Sophie finds in his house.
Paperback, 293 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Berkley (first published December 23rd 2009)
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Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
These books are basically crack for me. Plus an ocicat!
Laura Watts
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book without giving it away! Det. Kenner you either want to slap him or feel sorry for him. Poor Sophie and Wolf, seems like nothing goes their way. Nina, Nina, what can I say about her in this book, girl you need to switch to decaf.

Y'all really need to read this series!
I listened to this book while working out. Pretty sure that’s why I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have if I was sitting on a couch and pigging out on chips. Because they are always eating! Or drinking! She’s a home organizer and I’ll say this for a cozy mystery heroine that Sophie at least seems like she works. But she’s also cooking for a ton of people, or someone else is, and please maybe lay off the chocolate? Not a good exercise book. Sadly I have the next three books of this series on ...more
Another fun Diva book. A bit tie in with murder in the previous book. Diva tips in each chapter is good and some I find useful.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I wasn’t blown away by this one. I enjoyed the first book, but since then I’ve had trouble really connecting with the characters. I feel like they haven’t changed or relationships grown much. I keep hoping for SOMETHING with Sophie and Wolf, but he was barely even in this one.
As for the mystery, I really had no idea who the murderer was. I didn’t enjoy how there was a question crime - was there a body or not? I felt like there were too many obvious suspects that no one really stood out and I wa
Vicki Gooding
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Krista Davis has done it again. This hilarious and delightful mystery was very hard to put down. Do yourself a favor, and curl up with this book. If you love to laugh there's a parrot named Hank that brings a realness to the world of mystery.
Cat Tutt
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another 5 star book in this series! The plot really had me guessing and assigning blame to half the characters before the reveal, and I was still wrong. It's fast pace kept me turning pages til the wee hours, since I knew I'd never sleep til I knew whodunit.

Highly recommended for all cozy fans, particularly ones that enjoy interior design.
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Childhood acquaintances, neighbors, and big time competitors, Sophie and Natasha are at it again during the House and Garden Show in their Old Town Alexandria neighborhood. This third in the series, 'Diva' books, continues to charm, with chapters headed with letters asking for help in decorating this time around. Sophie has some wonderfully practical advice, while Natasha continues with advice that would make Martha Steward look dowdy and cheap.

Sophie is in the middle of running the towns House
Kim Wright
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I volunteered for this because the book looked to be something that I would enjoy and I was correct in that assumption. This is actually the third book in this cozy mystery series. I can't wait to read the others. I just love discovering a new series, knowing there are a bunch more to read. Sophie is an event planner that has been charged with planning a different kind of event. Her long time neighbor has passed away and has beques ...more
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's winter, and designer Sophie Winston's elderly neighbor, Mordecai Artemus, has passed away. He'd been a recluse the latter part of his life and his last will and testament seems to reflect on the past. A former professor, he's left his house to his Pomeranian, Emmaline; his ashes to Sophie's diva designer friend, Natasha; and a hidden fortune to five of his previous students--IF they can all work together again and figure out how to find it. Sophie's boyfriend, Detective Wolf Fleishman, goes ...more
Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cozy Mystery Fans!
Definitely an improvement over the last book in this series. I really like Sophie and these books are fast, comfortable reads with satisfying endings. It's always fun to see what kind of holiday decorating tips or other time saving ideas will be included with the book, too. In this installment, Sophie's elderly next door neighbor passes away, right in the middle of preparations for Rooms & Blooms, Old Town Alexandria’s annual home and garden expo. He's left very specific instructions in his ...more
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed The Diva Paints the Town. Sophie Winston surrounds herself with a cast of characters that help to throw twists and turns into the story. Sophie is a calm and logical character mixed in with a bunch of others who are quite zany. The situations are impossible, adding humor and unpredictability to the story. The characters, living and dead, human and animals, are well developed. You begin to 'know' the people in the story and then you can't help but try to solve the mystery. Krista ...more
This series is really becoming one of my favorites, it is well-written, has good characters, and great mysteries.

The characters were all just as good as in the first two books, though, I'll admit, Natasha was a little bit over-the-top in this book. I feel like one second she shows some caring feelings, then the next the makes a really rude comment.

The mystery was amazing, it was kind of a mix between an old mystery and a new one, with not one, but two murder victims. One of the murderers took me
Tara Petersen Naccarella
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Krista Davis does it again. I just can't get enough of these books the new books keep eclipsing the old books. Davis description of a tight community and wonderful characters makes me want to move to old town and hang out with Sophie and her friends. what I love especially in these books is that you think you know who the murder is but then a twist happens and you are running in another direction. Davis all ways keeps you guessing and it's hard to put the book down once you start. I can't wait f ...more
Micky Cox
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another great read from the cozy mystery genre! In this installment in the Diva series, Sophie is hosting the Design Guild Expo, designing a room in a showhouse, trying to help a shy mortician find a love connection and solving a murder that once again someone is trying to pin on her! The cast of characters are extremely well developed and interesting, the plot is wrought with twists and humor, but best of all is the hoard of animals that grace this story! If you are up for a good laugh and a fu ...more
Jan 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2010
Though this is only the 3rd book in this series, it has quickly become a favorite of mine. I like visiting with Sophie and all her extended "family", even the very much a pain in the ass Natasha! This one did not disappoint me. I wasn't sure of the killer until almost the end. When a book keeps me guessing like that, it's a good one! Not so much in the way of recipes in this one, but lots of good decorating tips.
Julie Wilber-Berry
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first book that I've read in this series even though it's the 3rd book. I really enjoyed it, and look forward to reading the rest of the series. Sophie is an event planner with a crazy schedule who happens upon a murder mystery in the middle of everything. I didn't guess the killer until the end, and there was a delightful cast of support characters. Throw in a budding romance and it turned into a great read! I definitely recommend it.
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Diva Impresses Again!

I love this series and this installment does not disappoint! Start with Sophie's loner neighbor who has died and left her in charge of his arrangements, add in Humphrey, Nina, Natasha, all the pets and all the friends and the people they meet along the way you have the makings of a fabulous mystery as well as a wonderful humorous story.
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge, bingo
I still don't know how anyone can like Natasha. There was a lot going on in this book and lots of characters which at times I really appreciated the character listing in the front of the book. Lots of decorating and cooking in this one. The recipes at the end sound good too.
Sallie Andrews
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great read!! I loved the character development and what a suprise ending. A must read!!! Can't wait to read more of Krista's books.
Alicia Brooks
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sophie is at it again. This time she is helping reviving a neighborhood house. With twists and turns and even a hidden passage. Krista blows it away again!
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sophie is heading up a design show and then needs to decorate a house under Natasia's guidance. Throw in a couple of murders and you've got another entertaining mystery.
Candace Davidson
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cozytastic as always!
Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
The Domestic Diva delivers again. Sophie proves even when she is up to her eyeballs in work she can solve a murder mystery.

In the third book of the series, The Diva Paints the Town, we join Sophie as she runs the Rooms and Blooms expo. She is beating herself up a bit over never having really fronded her neighbor, Mordecai. She soon learns she is in charge of hosting 5 of his past students at his host as she gives them envelopes with their names. As Sophie is looking over the space she is to use
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
As I said in my review of The Diva Takes the Cake, I came late to this series after reading Ms. Davis's Paws & Claws series, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I enjoyed the first book in the Diva series (not as much as the Paw & Claws - but it was OK). I wasn't thrilled with The Diva Takes the Cake at all -- annoying characters was my main gripe, but there were other issues, too. However, I said I would read the 3rd book in the series to see if things improved and was I glad that I did. Nearly ...more
Marietta Slater
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another winner for the Diva series. Sophie Winston is an events planner in the charming town of Alexandria, Virginia. This time her event is coordinating Rooms and Blooms. One of her neighbors dies and Sophie is asked to throw a private party in his honor that has been prearranged by the deceased. These two events would be enough to keep anyone too busy, but now throw in a body which is found in the home of the deceased neighbor. Another one of Sophie's friends and neighbors thinks she killed th ...more
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it
revisiting the world of Krista Davis. I so enjoyed this book. Love to cook and craft and to make things like she does. I found an old reading journal which listed all the book I read from 2005 -2012 so listed them in Goodreads. I found that I had read the first two books of this series. So I read this one and the characters came back clearly. That is wonderful to me because that means they were fully formed 3 dimensional I really did not get the murder in this one. That is just so unusual for me ...more
Alice Teets
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I like the characters, they feel real to me. I love the interaction between Sophie and Natasha - reminds me of the pettiness you see in real life and makes me laugh. I am working my way through this series slowly and out of order.

I did notice a couple inaccuracies that editing should have caught - just little things, but they detracted a little from the story.

I was surprised by the conclusion of the book; I did not really suspect who the murderer
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed going back into this world.

The main character's neighbour dies.
The local ladies decide that the house would be perfect to redecorate for the Spring Home and Garden Tour. As the main character becomes involved, she finds another body but the local police think she is the prime suspect. As she and her friends investigate to clear her name and she carries out one of the last wishes of her neighbour, you get drawn in and are taken on a fun read.

Great characters and well written.
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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 Takes the Cake (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #2)
  • 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)
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