Narrator: Hillary Huber
Series: Domestic Diva Mystery #8
Published by Tantor Audio on June 3, 2014
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Length: 9 hrs 48 mins
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In the latest novel in the national bestselling Domestic Diva Mystery series, it’s beginning to look a lot like murder…
The holidays are domestic diva Sophie Winston’s favorite time of year. But this season, there seem to be more mishaps than mistletoe. First, Horace Scroggins tumbles from a balcony during his office Christmas party. Then, Sophie’s neighbor takes a fall from his ladder while decorating his roof with lights. But it’s the cookie swap that really starts her wondering who’s naughty or nice….
Sophie arrives at the annual event with high spirits and thirteen dozen chocolate-drizzled gingersnaps. But when an argument erupts and a murder ensues, it becomes clear that the recent string of events is anything but accidental. Now Sophie has to make a list of suspects…and check it twice!
It’s Christmas time in Old Town, usually a wonderful time of year for Sophie and her neighbors, but this season we have a sprinkling of murder and mayhem. Horace Scroggins falls from a balcony during his office Christmas party. Baxter Babineaux, Sophie’s neighbor falls off of his ladder decorating his house for the Annual Christmas lighting Contest. And then, at the annual Christmas Cookie Swap hosted by Gwen Babineaux, tempers flare when Gwen snaps unflattering pictures of Natasha, Sophie’s rival domestic diva and girl friend of Sophie’s ex-husband Mars. After the cookie Swap, Gwen is found murdered, wrapped up like a Christmas present complete with a bow in Natasha’s garage. Obviously, Natasha comes under suspicion, but it turns out that there is more than one person who may have had a motive. Apparently Gwen has several secrets and what if the other accidents were not actually accidents. Sophie and her friends need to find out who in their neighborhood is a killer.
I really enjoy the characters in this series. Sophie is warm and friendly and smart. I’m not sure about her relationship choices, but I’ve only read two in the series so far, so can’t really say too much. Her friends, and frenemies, make me smile. The Christmas time setting was perfect. I enjoyed all the tips and I love that Sophie always has something ready to throw in the oven. I wish I did.
The plot itself was maybe a little overly complicated, but it did keep it interesting. All the loose ends were tied up by the end. This was a fun read for the season.
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