The Diva Cooks a Goose by Krista Davis is the fourth book in the “Domestic Diva” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), November 2010

It promises to be a jolly holiday for Sophie Winston, until a scrooge steals the gifts from her family and neighbors and even pinches their holiday meals! Sophie quickly ends the neighbors’ finger-pointing by organizing a toy swap for the kids, restoring the spirit of the season. But not for long.

When her sister-in-law’s father shows up to the festive gathering with a diva girlfriend just a month after his separation, more than one person is thinking of murder. And when the girlfriend becomes the victim of foul play, some of Sophie’s relatives are at the top of the suspect list. Her detective boyfriend, Wolf, is out of town, so it’s up to Sophie to chase the goose and cook it, because nobody ruins her Christmas!

Sophie is all set to have a nice family gathering when an unexpected wedding announcement is made that mars their dinner. The next day Sophie finds Bonnie, the bride-to-be dead, murdered, as a family member becomes the primary suspect. Sophie believes in their innocence and we watch as she discovers others who have stronger motives to want Bonnie dead. What a great read! This mystery held me captive from beginning to end. I couldn’t put this book down as I wanted to know who were behind the mysteries in this charming tale. When I thought I knew who did what to whom, the author kept me guessing. The festive winter setting, the clever plot and the interaction among the characters was delightful. This entertaining story is filled with holiday cheer and delicious recipes.My rating: 5 stars

FTC Full Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book.

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

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