The Diva Runs Out of Thyme by Krista Davis

The first time I tried to read this book, I only read about half of the first chapter and I put it down. The fault clearly was with me because the second time I picked it up, I enjoyed it quite a bit.

So here’s the basics: Sophie Winston is a Washington, DC event planner whose childhood rival is a local celebrity – the Martha Stewart of Washington. Sophie’s family is at her house for Thanksgiving – stressful enough, right? Then someone is killed, someone is poisoned, other crimes are being committed and Sophie has to find out what the heck is going on before she ends up the one charged with the initial murder and who knows what all else?

Sophie is an interesting woman – sort of an Everywoman, if you overlook her penchant for ignoring the police and getting involved in homicide investigations. She is friendly with her ex-husband but can’t believe he’s dating her rival, she loves her parents but has had enough of the family visit and wishes her sister well while (not so) secretly disapproving of the sister’s new fiancé. She keeps inviting people into her home because she’s warm and friendly – but also can’t figure out how to get out of it. Things we all have experienced.

There are a couple of clichés in The Diva Runs Out of Thyme (such as the romantic interest being a detective) but overall it’s an excellent cozy mystery. I liked it enough that I immediately went to amazon.com and bought the other two books in the series. The Diva Takes the Cake is up next!

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