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Book Review: The Diva Haunts the House by Krista Davis

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Diva in the house – check. Halloween – break out the pumpkins. Haunted houses – *goose bumps*. Domestic… huh? What? Hmmm… this is where I pass the whisk onto the talented Krista Davis to whip… whisk… stir… oh, whatever she does domestically with it, it’s all hers.  

I will now do what divas of the Diane variety do – demand, give orders, lounge, read and get pampered – while sipping a few Immortal Kisses and munching on Breakfast Monster Fingers courtesy of Davis and her yummy recipes. Readers, you can snack and sip and get to the gym or par take in a hula dance ‘cause the cooler weather is approaching and you can bundle your butt up while indulging on the treats nestled inside Davis’ 280 pages (287 if you’re counting the tasty recipes).  Don’t you love having choices? Now, let’s get to the autumnal fun.

The Diva Haunts the House is Davis’ fifth outing in the popular Domestic Diva series and is the best of the bunch. Davis has truly outdone herself with this volume.  Aside from Santa trying to squeeze down the chimney and eventually resigning to bribing my poochies with treats and using the back door, Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy and once I did, I couldn’t put it down. Davis’ enchanting series had Halloween arriving a bit early, and I was absorbed, captivated and feeling as warm and toasty as warm pumpkin muffins straight from the oven. I was absolutely hooked!

Davis kicks off this delightful volume with the dynamic domestic diva Sophie Winston getting into the holiday swing of things by preparing for Halloween.  Decorating the community haunted house, is penciled into Sophie’s already whirlwind agenda;  Meanwhile, Sophie’s cutthroat opponent, the highly entertaining, Natasha, decides she is going to bring her own brand of merriment to the town’s activities.  After all, Natasha’s not going to sit quietly on the sidelines while Sophie basks in the autumnal glow, so Natasha decides to join the festivities by hosting a spooktacular Halloween party. 

When Sophie arrives at her rival’s home, she stumbles upon the body of one of Natasha’s party guests and a bicuspid attendee bolting from the scene. 

The cause of death is not easily determined, but the victim does have two puncture wounds on his neck.  Rumors start swirling about Old Town like dry autumn leaves as Sophie’s homicide detective boyfriend Wolf investigates.  One of the rumblings is whether or not the killer is an actual vampire and if the scuttlebutt has even an ounce of truth to it, the townsfolk are wondering if it’s the same one who lived in Sophie’s haunted house when it was a boarding house?

When it comes to culinary mysteries, Davis’ cast of characters has all the ingredients to keep this series rolling out for many years to come.  Davis finely blends mystery and comedy keeping The Diva Haunts the House entertaining and alluring.  The Diva series is worth investing your time and you will fall in love with the author, the characters and the lovely Virginia setting.

The Diva Haunts the House
shines as brilliantly as cinnamon glaze on an apple spice bundt cake.  

As someone who grew up reading Diane Mott Davidson, all I have to say is, move over Davidson, ‘cause Krista Davis has cemented herself securely as a fierce, fresh competitor to your culinary throne. 

The Diva Haunts the House hits shelves on September 6th.

Visit Krista’s festively decorated website and over on Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen.

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Diane Morasco is a triple fusion ethnically – vanilla, caramel and chocolate – and creatively – designer, media proprietor and writer. Ms. Morasco was born in the juicy apple and with a panoramic view of the Hudson River still calls the city home. She is the Founder, CEO, Chief Creative Officer, and Publisher of J Fox Ink™ (JFI), Founder, CEO, Chief Creative Officer of Diane Morasco Enterprises™ (DME), which is the parent company of Morasco Media™ (MM), and The Book Resort™ (TBR). Ms. Morasco first cut her teeth interviewing the immensely talented cast members of Eureka, Warehouse 13, and Sons of Anarchy, as well as Kurt Sutter himself. She counts Ron Howard, Eddie McClintock and the Sons of Anarchy cast and team members for inspiring her to spread her wings into the film and television arena. She is the former Editor-in-Chief for Alwayz Therro Magazine, former reviewer for RT Book Review and still guest scribbles as her schedule permits for Blogcritics, Examiner, The New York Review of Books, and a sundry of periodicals. Ms. Morasco has a genuine fervor for animals, butter cream cupcakes, Supernatural, The Good Wife, Chicago Fire, Elementary, Castle, Major Crimes, Grimm, the beach, cinnamon gum, music, movies, shooting pool, hiking, Italy, HSN, QVC, and curling up near the ocean with a gripping novel !