The Diva Haunts the House

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The Diva Paints the Town
“[Davis] handles this tricky tale with aplomb and fills it with a cast of eccentrics . . . And the three animals are endlessly amusing. Davis includes several recipes, and although the novel takes place during a Virginia winter, the strawberry daiquiris will have you pretending it’s summer.”
—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Davis plates up another delectable whodunit, complete with recipes. Indeed, her novels are every bit as good as Diane Mott Davidson’s Goldy Schulz mysteries.”
“Davis’s latest is an enjoyable mystery that includes decorating tips, a few pets, an unusual bequest, and recipes . . . Once again, Krista Davis brings us interesting, fun characters.”
—Lesa’s Book Critiques
“Ms. Davis immerses the reader into the world of interior design.”
—TwoLips Reviews
The Diva Takes the Cake

The Diva Takes the Cake
does just that—takes the cake.”
—The Romance Readers Connection
“Mistaken identities, half truths, buried secrets, missing jewelry, wedding jitters, and family squabbles are whipped into a sweet froth in this second of the Domestic Diva Mysteries . . . A fun little bonbon of a book to enjoy on the beach or as a break from any wedding plans.”
“Sure to thrill cozy fans.”
—Fresh Fiction
“Davis has devised a delightful romp, with engaging characters and a nicely crafted setting in which to place them. The author sets just the right tone to match her diva’s perfect centerpieces, tablescapes, and lighting effects.”
The Diva Runs Out of Thyme
“[A] tricky whodunit laced with delectable food . . . [A] fine mystery that’s stuffed with suspects—and a reminder that nobody’s Thanksgiving is perfect.”
—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“A mouthwatering mix of murder, mirth, and mayhem, nicely spiced by new author Krista Davis.”
—Mary Jane Maffini, author of
Closet Confidential
“This cozy mystery delivers a plethora of useful household tips and mouthwatering recipes immersed within a keep-you-guessing plot filled with suspicious-acting characters, and twists and turns around every corner. Davis’s smart writing style and engaging characters are sure to garner fans.”
“Filled with humor, delicious recipes, and holiday decorating tips,
The Diva Runs Out of Thyme
is a lighthearted mystery that is sure to get you in the Thanksgiving mood . . . [A] must-read to prepare for the holiday season!”
—The Romance Readers Connection
“[A] fun romp into the world of food, murder, and mayhem.”
—Armchair Interviews

The Diva Runs Out of Thyme
is as much comedy as mystery . . . [A] really good book . . . [A] series worth watching.”
—Mysterious Reviews
“An entertaining mystery novel with charming characters. The plot of the mystery is well drawn out . . . Davis is an excellent mystery author.”
“The beginning of a good culinary cozy series with some interesting and different characters.”
—Gumshoe Review
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Berkley Prime Crime mass-market edition / September 2011
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For Janet Bolin and Daryl Wood Gerber (Avery Aames) with love and appreciation
I am so grateful to all the wonderful people who gave of their time, expertise, and imagination during the writing of this book. Special thanks to Rhonda Dossett, who shared her childhood memory of wrapping socks around her neck to prevent vampire bites! Also to Julie Hyzy, who so kindly filled me in about the details of a séance she attended. Naturally, any errors in the séance in this book are my own. I am also grateful to Beth Solheim for her expertise on coffins and caskets.
I was overwhelmed by the generosity of Mary B. Smith-Morrison for sharing her famous Sweet Potato Pie recipe, and I thank her daughter, Patsy Smith Morgan, for coaxing it out of her. This is the real thing, and has already become a favorite at my house. Many thanks, too, to Meg London for the fabulous microwave risotto recipe, which I turned into Bat Cave Risotto by adding black beans for a creepy touch. And what would I do without my wonderful friend Amy Wheeler, who patiently mixed ingredients until she achieved the delicious Immortal Kiss.
As always, I’m grateful to my mother and Susan Smith Erba for their suggestions and enthusiasm. My friends Meg London, Kaye George, Marilyn Levinson, Laura Alden, Janet Bolin, and Avery Aames are always there to help me get over humps and think outside the box. Janet and Avery also keep me on track with their insightful critiques. I can’t forget my dear friend Betsy Strickland, who is my best first reader and biggest promoter. Her support surpasses anything I could possibly deserve.
Many thanks to my delightful new agent, Jessica Faust, for staying on top of everything. And very special thanks to my editor, Sandra Harding, who is always such a delight, not to mention patient and fun! Thanks also to the very talented Teresa Fasolino, who has once again painted a cover that is a perfect window into Sophie’s world.
I must thank the charming Robin Bierlein, who told me about the Dracula orchid when I was on tour in North Carolina. Last, but not least, I thank Brach’s and Dianna Dailey of Kroger for providing a case of candy corn off-season—for free!
Old Town Alexandria is rumored to have plenty of ghosts, as one might expect of a historic location. However, Viktor Luca is totally a figment of my imagination. If any vampires have resided in or passed through Old Town Alexandria, I have no knowledge of it.
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