The Diva Says Cheesecake Book Review

The Diva Says Cheesecake Book Review

Title: The Diva Says Cheesecake
Author: Krista Davis
Published: May 31, 2022, Kensington Cozies
No. of Pages: 322
Cover Price: $14.49 Paperback, $9.99 Kindle

I am a big fan of Krista Davis’ Domestic Diva Mystery series. They are light, fun, and full of cooking and decorating tips, as well as good, doable recipes. The 15th installment, The Diva Says Cheesecake, is lots of fun, and since almost everybody loves cheesecake, is a help to all those who make it at home.

Protagonist Sophie Winston, an event planner in Old Town Alexandria, VA, meets with a wealthy woman and her daughter at a popular restaurant. Blackwell’s Tavern, to plan a Fourth of July society party. The owner of the restaurant, Tate Bodoin, welcomes them, checks on their meals, and is found dead – murdered – later that evening. The main suspect is Sophie’s close friend, Bernie, who owns The Laughing Hound, a competitor to Tate’s restaurant. Sophie is known for her help in solving murders in the town, and Bobby Sue, Tate’s wife, asks her to find the murderer. Sophie investigates, while putting herself and friends in danger mainly to clear her friend.

Davis does an excellent job of developing her characters. Most readers will already be familiar with Sophie, her ex-husband and friend, Mars, Bernie, Sophie’s best friend, Nina, and narcissist extraordinaire, Natasha, but these characters evolve even more throughout this novel. Davis does a good job of telling the story, adding suspense and danger t the prose to keep readers on the edge of their seats. It is so nice to know that Davis’ cozies don’t contain any sex, profanity, or blatant violence, so they are suitable for all ages, and will be enjoyed by all.

All told, this is a fun cozy worth reading.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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