The Diva Runs Out of Thyme

A Domestic Diva Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Series: Domestic Diva, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (619 ratings)

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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

Critic Reviews

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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too polite

Good narrator. I enjoyed the over l story. However, our main character never corrects the behavior of childhood classmate who declares they are dating without talking to her because "that wouldn't be polite." it was probably meant to be funny and was definitely a side plot but that shit is hard to listen too. As was all the body shaming spouted by our main character's mother. I likely won't be reading any other books by this author unless I can varify a change in tone.

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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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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.

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Book includes descriptions of domestic activities!

Seriously, you get to find out about the main characters cooking, cleaning, and sleeping activities and habits. Want to slow the story down? Example, she talks about putting cups, spoons, sugar etc on a tray to serve coffee to the detective. She talks about examining her living room for dust because guests are coming and shares her cleaning habits. She hates mopping. That is so what I want to know....6

I couldn’t get into any of these characters. They seem superficial. Was she trying to be funny? And at a certain point she starts adding “Dear Abby” tips from the two central characters. I know she is trying to show the different characters point of view, but why do it more than once? Again, it slows the story down.

Also the author does not seem to have a clear view of her characters. There is a point where the main characters mother calls her husband Pa. That was sort of jarring and very inconsistent with those characters. Was she trying to make those two more unsophisticated?

And the narrator is good except with accents. She lays these Southern accents on a couple of characters that was over done. And the British accent was unrealistic.

I don’t know if I will finish this. I am not sure I care.

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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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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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