I don't know when the last time was that I read a mystery that was as much fun as Krista Davis' fifth Diva book, The Diva Haunts the House. If you're not already anticipating Halloween, you will be after reading this mystery. Haunted houses, vampires, ghosts, along with tips for decorating and Halloween recipes. Buy it now, save it to read closer to Halloween, and use it for decorating and party tips. Davis has wrapped a mystery up in the perfect package for a Halloween treat.
Sophie Winston loves the idea of decorating an historical Old Town Alexandria house for the community haunted house for Halloween. But, a couple of her adult volunteers run out on her, claiming there's something in the house. Her four teenage volunteers, including her niece, Jen, love the idea of a real haunted house. They're all set to decorate it room by room, including a vampire's bedroom with a real coffin. But, before they can even open the house, Sophie has a run-in with a man trying to shut down a possible romance between two of the teens. Sophie assumes Patrick Stark is Blake's father, so she's surprised when Blake's actual father picks him up later.
That's not the last time she'll see the disagreeable man, though. Sophie's hosting the teens at her house, while her rival, Natasha, the other diva in town, hosts a Halloween party for adults only. It's a little boy who raps at her door saying there's a bad man out there who leads Sophie to Natasha's house, and the discovery of a body on the porch. Sophie and the girls are just in time to see the killer escape, disguised as a vampire. But, it seems every man in town has a vampire costume, and most of them hated Patrick Stark.
Krista Davis fills the mystery with suspects and spookiness. Between someone who follows Sophie, and the hysteria caused by young teenagers, Sophie's jumpier than usual. Eerie events at the haunted house, and stories of a vampire who once lived in town only add to the general feeling of hysteria, and, in some cases, terror, in town. It's enough to make a diva question even people she's known for ages.
Davis manages to create a perfect atmosphere for the story of a haunting to accompany a murder msytery. Old Town Alexandria, with the historic buildings, is just right as a setting. Give yourself a treat for the Halloween season. Pick up a copy of Krista Davis' The Diva Haunts the House. It's isn't only kids who deserve a delicious treat this time of year.
Krista Davis' website is www.kristadavis.com, and she blogs at www.mysteryloverskitchen.com.
The Diva Haunts the House by Krista Davis. Berkley Prime Crime. ©2011. ISBN 9780425243787 (paperback), 304p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.