Thursday, December 16, 2010
Cozying Up for a Winter Night (or Weekend)
So I may have to swap them with my sister!
That's okay -- I had a really good time with both of them.
The first is from Krista Davis and is a lively tribute to family and neighborhood antics during the Christmas holidays. It's THE DIVA COOKS A GOOSE -- which is actually the least of what goes on in the kitchen at Sophie Bauer's house from Christmas eve until the New Year. There are a few yummy recipes at the back of the book, but my stomach growled in most of the scenes, which featured marvelous meals and lush desserts. And oh yes, crime, including robbery, assault, and (sob!) murder. "The Diva" is Sophie, who has a domestic advice column. But it's also her rival Natasha, and the first victim, Bonnie, who wants to outdo both of them. Playing supporting roles are three cats, a dog, and some great kids. By the time Sophie realizes what the real motives are behind the murder, the theft of a neighborhood's Christmas gifts, and the odd activities of a couple of fathers of grown children, she's put herself into danger more than once. And there's snowy weather to contend with, too, despite the book's location in the DC area. But decisiveness and persistence are on her side, and the book is a fun romp. By the time I finished, I'd had some good chuckles and had developed a serious and enduring longing for a (Southern) ham biscuit. Recipes welcome.
A bit of extra info: Davis's Domestic Diva series includes three earlier titles: The Diva Runs Out of Thyme, The Diva Takes the Cake, and The Diva Paints the Town. The author's website adds more cooking tips, too. Connolly already has three Orchard Mysteries, as well as her Glassblowing Mysteries under the pen name Sarah Atwell; her website is pretty far behind, a good clue that she's spent most of her time lately writing, as well as stepping into responsibilities at Sisters in Crime.
Posted by Beth Kanell at 11:34 PM