Monday, June 30, 2014

Diva Wraps It Up

Title: The Diva Wraps It Up
Author: Krista Davis
Published: June 3rd 2014 by Berkley
Format: Paperback; Pgs 304
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Domestic Diva #8

By the time that I had finished this book, I was convinced that I needed one of those murder boards with the string running from picture to picture as they do on television crime dramas to keep everything straight.

To say that Diva Wraps It Up is twisty is an understatement, it is downright confusing and you just might need to keep index cards or a family tree going to keep straight who is married to whom and who is the parent of whom and who is, was or might be dating.

The story begins with Horace showing off a knife only to have that knife plunged into him as he falls from his office balcony during a Christmas party in Old Towne Virginia. Thus begins the antics that are at the crux of Krista Davis’s Domestic Diva Mysteries.

The old favorites are there and now a new batch of neighbors is added to the mix. With a wobbly balcony, broken ladders, faulty wiring and a neighbor found dead wrapped in holiday paper – Sophie Winston is going to have her hand full trying to sort this out by the evening of the neighborhood block party.

At least the murderer was not obvious from the beginning, but that was only due to the multiple storylines that were going on. I swear I spent most of this book trying to figure out how everyone was related, how Sophie always seemed to have enough groceries in her house without running to the market, and if she was a party planner why did she not have parties to coordinate during the holiday season. Most importantly, with no visible means of employment, how could she afford the never-ending outfits that she was donning.

I know, I am easily distracted, but the story was so convoluted that I had to amuse myself with the simpler things. It was either that or draw pictures in the margins of the book to remind me of the interpersonal relations or constantly run to the kitchen for a snack every time she sat people down at her table for yet another mountain of food and beverage.

Overall, I enjoy the Domestic Diva series, the interaction between Sophie and Natasha usually has more bite, but hopefully, Ms. Davis’s next book will get Natasha back to her usual shenanigans when she realizes that Mars is starting to pay more attention to his ex-wife then he should.

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