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The Diva Runs Out of Thyme Audiobook

The Diva Runs Out of Thyme: A Domestic Diva Mystery, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Few can compete with the Natasha Smith when it comes to entertaining, but her childhood rival, Sophie Winston, certainly tries. While Natasha is known for her intricate centerpieces and painstakingly prepared gourmet meals, Sophie likes to keep things simple...real simple.

Natasha may have stolen the spotlight - and Sophie's husband - but Sophie is determined to take home the prize at the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. She just needs the right ingredients... However, Sophie's search for the perfect turkey takes a basting when she stumbles across a corpse. And when the police find her name and photo inside the victim's car, they think she has some explaining to do. Sophie will have to set her trussing aside to solve the murder - or she'll be serving up prison grub - and that definitely wouldn't be a good thing.

©2008 Christina Ryplansky (P)2013 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A mouth-watering mix of murder, mirth, and mayhem." (Mary Jane Maffini)

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    Meep Seattle 09-11-15
    Meep Seattle 09-11-15 Member Since 2009
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    "The type of cozy I don't enjoy"

    This is a specific type of cozy that I really don't enjoy. Many people clearly do, but for me they don't work. Specifically, the type of cozy that is just absolutely filled with annoying, demanding, mean and/or entitled characters. The main character is attractive and interesting, but in the first few chapters we're introduced to her bratty, self centered, spoiled brat of a "little" sister (over forty but acting like 15), the sisters icky fiancé, her destructively critical and continually carping mother, her "friend" who's constantly sniping, criticizing, and running her down (and also stole her husband), and a random cop who isn't interested in evidence just in bullying the main character to make himself feel tough. This is just a brief selection of some of the irritating characters we're treated to early on. There is another cop who seems nice, and is probably the romantic lead, but he's not sure about the main character because the obvious fact she's being framed is just too difficult for him to grasp. While some people like this sort of thing in a cozy for reasons that I don't understand, I prefer my cozies to be filled with largely attractive and fun characters since I read for pleasure and escape from the annoyances of the world, not to exacerbate them. I freely admit I didn't even come close to finishing this book, I only stuck with it as long as I did because the narrator is so excellent. I'll be looking for more books that she has read, but not from this series.

    38 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Voracious reader 11-16-15
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    "The Diva Runs out of Thyme"

    I had read another book in the series and really enjoyed it before listening to the audible book. At first I thought it wouldn't be good because the narrator's voice for the southern characters were so over the top. But once I got past it, the book started flowing and I got really really interested in it, and found the book enjoyable. I still didn't like the southern voice but thankfully was able to get past that.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    joan 11-12-15
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    "cute story but wishy-washy heroine"
    If you could sum up The Diva Runs Out of Thyme in three words, what would they be?

    Sophie is good at what she does and is very nice person. Those around her take full advantage her good nature She needs to stand up for herself!


    What about Hillary Huber’s performance did you like?

    Loved her voice! She does great accents and instills each character with their own personality. Hilary is one of the main reasons I've listened to the other Krista Davis "Diva" novels


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lois Lain 09-10-15
    Lois Lain 09-10-15
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    "A mish-mash of a holiday meal"
    Would you try another book from Krista Davis and/or Hillary Huber?

    Yes, I would try another book by this author and narrator.


    Would you recommend The Diva Runs Out of Thyme to your friends? Why or why not?

    I found the book a mish-mash and a total confusionfest. Maybe it would be easier to follow in a written book, but I couldn't track who was who.


    What three words best describe Hillary Huber’s performance?

    Nasal but great voices.


    Was The Diva Runs Out of Thyme worth the listening time?

    No. I wish I had chosen something else.


    Any additional comments?

    Too many characters! I felt like it was one of those madcap mysteries with people running in and out of rooms and opening and closing doors and it was just a big mess.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 07-29-15
    Deborah 07-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great cozy!"

    Good story with fun characters. Twists and turns in the "who done it". Will read the next in the series,

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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 12-31-13
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Good start"

    This is a very good book. The only thing I did not like about the book is that the lead character is too nice. I would highly reccomend this book.

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    Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe Los Angeles, CA United States 11-15-17
    Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe Los Angeles, CA United States 11-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A nightmare Thanksgiving"

    In The Diva Runs Out of Thyme, the first Domestic Diva Mystery by Krista Davis, social planner Sophie Winston has a busy Thanksgiving holiday planned. Her parents and sister, plus her sister’s new fiance, are coming for the holiday, and Sophie is scheduled to compete the day before Thanksgiving in Alexandria, Virginia’s Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. She will be facing off against her lifelong rival, Natasha Smith, the self-proclaimed local celebrity who is the real diva in the book, with a snobbish attitude demanding perfection in all aspects of her and everyone else’s life but especially in entertaining. But not only does Natasha have the media attention, she has Sophie’s ex-husband as well. Going to the grocery store the night before the contest, Sophie meets a man who tries to get her to take in a kitten he can’t care for. Leaving the store, Sophie starts to reconsider her refusal and looks for the man. She finds him, but he is dead, the victim of murder, but on the plus side, she rescues the cat!

    Sophie finds herself a suspect in the murder, especially with the discovery that the dead man, Otis Bulchenski, is a private investigator and has Sophie’s photo in his car, with documents that show he has been looking into her. But life must move forward, and the next day is the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. But just as the contest is about to begin, Sophie finds the body of judge Simon Greer, stabbed with the turkey statue created as a prize for the winner of the stuffing contest. Immediately after Sophie has tested the pulse of Simon to determine he is dead, Natasha bursts in and screams that Sophie has murdered the judge!

    The wild adventure only gets started when Sophie’s Thanksgiving guest list grows. First, late at night arrives Rose, the mother of Sophie’s ex-husband, Mars (who besides a Roman god or a planet is named Mars? I can’t locate the spelling of his name online, since I listen to my books, but I can’t imagine any other possible spelling of this pronunciation, and no matter what, it seems really strange to me to name a character after the god of war!). Rose is fed up with Natasha, with whom Mars now lives (whether he actually left Sophie for Natasha or waited to date his wife’s personal enemy until after the divorce is unclear, with different people giving different explanations). Then, when Natasha’s home catches fire, Rose invites her whole family to Sophie’s house for Thanksgiving, and the guest list keeps growing. Sophie must deal with murder while also being pressured to host the perfect dinner as hostess.

    This book has some strong points, but it runs hot and cold. I enjoyed the basic mystery plot, and I really had fun with the advice columns at the beginning of each chapter. They vary between letters written to and from Natasha and Sophie. The women’s personalities come across so clearly in their letters, with Natasha showing herself to be a complete snob, while Sophie shows a more compassionate, practical side.
    I did not appreciate the way everyone seems to idolize Natasha and her unrealistic expectations of entertaining. Sophie’s mother, for instance, frequently points out the amazing and ridiculous standards of Natasha in pointing out her own daughter’s shortcomings. This especially seems strange given that both Sophie’s and Mars’s mothers are anxious to get the ex-spouses back together, and Natasha, Mars’s new girlfriend, stands in the middle of their doing this.

    Hillary Huber performs the audio version of this book. I like the sound of her voice, which suits the book well.

    I enjoyed The Diva Runs Out of Thyme, but I did get annoyed at the idolized treatment of Natasha and poor treatment of Sophie throughout the book. I don’t know whether I’ll get the next book in the series. But Davis’s series set in Wagtail started hot and cold in its first book, and I love her subsequent books. So I might consider getting another. I give this book 3.5 stars.

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    Eileen Godeaux AUSTIN, TX, US 10-04-17
    Eileen Godeaux AUSTIN, TX, US 10-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Who knew?"

    Loved this book. I never figured out the killer and was surprised. Gonna grab another in the series.

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    Penny 09-15-17
    Penny 09-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A great book. loved it"

    Cant wait to start the next book. love the characters and the story line. I hope there's many more to come

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    Christina 08-21-17
    Christina 08-21-17
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    "These characters are the WORST"

    Sophie's family is the worst. In fact, half the characters are infuriatingly rude. Natasha is the villain so she's purposely insufferable, but even Sophie's mom and sister are awful selfish humans. It's so bad, it takes me out of the story. Sophie found 2 dead bodies the day before thanksgiving, became a suspect in both murders, and no one seems to care. They're too busy being demanding and terrible to have any empathy. The only good character is the dad who is the only rational character offering real advice.

    To summarize, Sophie is the punching bag of the whole family (and extended family). No one helps her out, no one cares about her feelings & everyone just piles on and is rude. My goodness... what a terrible job of character development

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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