Book Review: The Diva Says Cheesecake! by Krista Davis

Posted July 4, 2022 by meezcarrie in contemporary, cozy mystery, Krista Davis, mystery/suspense / 4 Comments

A Domestic Diva Mystery #15

GENRE: Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Kensington
RELEASE DATE: May 31, 2022
PAGES: 322

A delightful new story from a New York Times bestselling author perfect for fans of Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen Mystery series! In this page-turning new book, entertaining guru Sophie Winston is faced with a midsummer nightmare when a celebration in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, is the appetizer for murder…

Old Town’s midsummer festivities are getting a tasty addition this year. To coincide with a public performance of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Bobbie Sue Bodoin, the Queen of Cheesecake, has hired Sophie to organize a dinner with a dessert buffet on the waterfront. Bobbie Sue’s homegrown company is thriving, and since her baking dish overfloweth, she wants to reward her employees.

Bobbie Sue has only one menu demand: no cheesecake! But her specialty isn’t the only thing missing from the evening—Tate, Bobbie Sue’s husband, is too, much to her annoyance. Next morning, however, Tate’s dead body is discovered. Bobbie Sue insists she didn’t kick her spouse to the curb, and begs for Sophie’s help finding the real killer. Digging in, Sophie discovers an assortment of Old Town locals who all had reason to want a piece of Tate. Can she gather together the crumbs the killer left behind in time to prevent a second helping of murder?

Includes delectable recipes and fabulous DIY decorating tips!


Other Books In This Series

I really enjoy The Domestic Diva series by Krista Davis & the latest installment, The Diva Says Cheesecake, is equally as delightful as its predecessors.

The midsummer motif and the upcoming Fourth of July festivities provide a mood-setting backdrop as Sophie investigates a murder to give one friend some answers & to save another from prison. She is a terrific protagonist – caring, smart, loyal, and savvy – and her friends are just as well-drawn and engaging. From bestie Nina, quirky Francie, and sweetheart Bernie to even quasi-nemesis Natasha and (because Sophie is the kind of person who stays friends with her exes) Mars & Wolf, they are fun to hang out with on the pages … murder notwithstanding.

Krista Davis always crafts a well-layered mystery that keeps you guessing & holds your interest all the way through. The Diva Says Cheesecake! is no exception. The murder of a local restaurateur (and husband of the Queen of Cheesecake) introduces a bevy of suspects for Sophie & friends to sift through including restaurant staff, his family members & their circles, other restaurateurs, a mysterious stranger, and one of Sophie’s close friends.  Just about the time I thought I had it figured out, another plausible suspect came across our radar and I had to rethink the clues I’d isolated.

Bottom Line: Grab a slice of your fave cheesecake and curl up with the latest sleuthing adventures of Sophie and friends in the Domestic Diva series from Krista Davis! A cleverly plotted mystery shares the pages with continued character development and mouth-watering food, as well as a setting that readers will feel a part of. The fact that each chapter opens with a sometimes-related DIY advice question and a corresponding answer from Sophie or Natasha ties in the theme of the series and adds further fun to the story. I’m already looking forward to my next visit with the Domestic Diva and her friends …. and trying to scrounge up some pumpkin cheesecake to assuage my book-indued cravings.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / love it!

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Krista Davis is the New York Times bestselling and four-time Agatha Award-nominated author of the Domestic Diva Mysteries, the Pen & Ink Mysteries, and the Paws & Claws Mysteries. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with two cats and a brood of dogs. Her friends and family complain about being guinea pigs for her recipes, but she notices they keep coming back for more. Please visit her at

What about you? What makes you want to read The Diva Says Cheesecake! by Krista Davis?

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4 responses to “Book Review: The Diva Says Cheesecake! by Krista Davis

  1. Who wouldn’t want to read this series, there is always food involved and the characters are entertaining and so very different from each other.

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