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Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas: A Sophie Katz Mystery | [Kyra Davis]

Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas: A Sophie Katz Mystery

Sophie Katz, bestselling mystery writer and amateur sleuth, has just discovered that Anatoly, her sexy Russian P.I boyfriend of six years is actually married to the daughter of a Russian mafia boss. Devastated by his betrayal, Sophie banishes him from their beautiful San Francisco Victorian home. Desperate to distract their friend and pull her out of her depression, Dena and Marcus spirit Sophie away to Vegas for a "fun filled weekend" at a Sex Toy Trade Show. But bigger trouble awaits in Vegas. Anatoly is there; his beautiful Russian wife is there; and so is a dead body stuffed into a closet
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Publisher's Summary

Sophie Katz, bestselling mystery writer and amateur sleuth, has just discovered that Anatoly, her sexy Russian P.I boyfriend of six years is actually married to the daughter of a Russian mafia boss. Devastated by his betrayal, Sophie banishes him from their beautiful San Francisco Victorian home.

Desperate to distract their friend and pull her out of her depression, Dena and Marcus spirit Sophie away to Vegas for a "fun filled weekend" at a Sex Toy Trade Show. But bigger trouble awaits in Vegas. Anatoly is there; his beautiful Russian wife is there; and so is a dead body stuffed into a closet. And to make matters worse someone has gone out of their way to implicate Sophie in the murder. Sophie's completely over her head and when a mysterious man offers her help she's tempted to take it. But who is he and whose side is he on? It's also clear that whoever the bad guy is he would have no problem killing Anatoly, and although she may want to kill him herself, no one else is going to hurt Sophie's man.

©2012 Kyra Davis (P)2012 Kyra Davis

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    Heather Niceville, FL, United States 03-04-13
    Heather Niceville, FL, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2010

    Mother, Wife, Cultural Anthropologist, always a scholar and lover of books!

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    "An enjoyable read or listen."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is a good book, though don't try to read them out of order, you'd be lost (particularly in this one). I enjoy this series and look forward to each one.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Josephine Winfrey E. Orange, NJ 02-25-13
    Josephine Winfrey E. Orange, NJ 02-25-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Vintage Sophie"
    Where does Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm comparing all of the Sophie Katz mysteries and this is one of the best storylines of the bunch. I also like the progression of the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas?

    I don't want to be a spoiler but I love when Sophie makes assumptions before she has all the facts but always ends up in the right place.


    Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Gabra does a fantastic job distinguishing the characters. She gets you to care about them and what's going on in their lives individually and collectively.


    If you could rename Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't


    Any additional comments?

    I stumbled onto this series and I eagerly await the next installment. Kyra Davis is a writer that should not be passed on. I could easily see this on TV or in the movies. Not network though, cable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lavinia 10-30-12
    Lavinia 10-30-12
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    "Enough"

    the love affair is taking on the characteristics of totally uninteresting -- the set up for the break up sounds like high school -- the mis-information continues and continues. I have liked other books in this series but this wasn't one of them. Overall disappointing.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Edmond, OK 10-07-12
    Edmond, OK 10-07-12

    book lover

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    "Great Book!! Great Series!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas to be better than the print version?

    I havn't read the printed version. I don't really have time to read which is why I get the audio books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love all of Kyra's characters in this series. They work so well in the story and off of each other. Kyra does an amazing job with this series.


    Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Unfortunately, no. Or at least not yet. I am sure that I will and I am equally sure that she will be able to do as well on other books. Her voices for the characters are very believable.


    If you could take any character from Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    All of them. I would love to just sit back and listen to them go at it with each other!!


    Any additional comments?

    I am really happy that Kyra made the leap and published her book by herself. I am a major fan of this series and was very saddened to hear that her publisher had dropped her. I hope that she can continue to bring Sophie and her friends to us again and again. If you are a first time reader\listener I definately recommend this series!! I am always telling anyone who will listen about this series and I hope I have added to her fan base. Keep up the good work Kyra because some of us are are rooting for you and Sophie!!!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Pensacola, FL 09-26-12
    Natalie Pensacola, FL 09-26-12 Member Since 2013

    Addicted Audiofile!

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    "Cracking up! Another 5 star listen..."

    I don't know what is better, the amazing Gabra Zackman narrating in her signature "Sophie Katz" voices, seamlessly transferring from character to character without missing a beat...or the whitty dialogue of both the primary story, and the chapter beginning quotes.

    This book made me laugh out loud many times and it was a quick, fun listen that kept you guessing on who the villians were all throughout.

    Definately recommend! Listen to them all if you haven't already, this one was worth the wait!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Kentwood, MI, United States 09-20-12
    Richard Kentwood, MI, United States 09-20-12 Member Since 2015

    Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.

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    "More Great Fun"

    Lots of Sophie and friends humor and wacky detective work. If you're a fan of the series you won't be disappointed. Gabra does a great job and is still one of my favorite narrators. Can't wait until Kyra writes another.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Shirl Apple Hill, Ontario, Canada 09-15-12
    Shirl Apple Hill, Ontario, Canada 09-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Kyra and Gabra combo!!!"

    Kyra Davis is such a fun author!!! I have LOVED every Sophie book I have listened to (i.e. all of them!). So long as she writes them I will buy them, every single one is a sure bet! And Gabra Zachman is a marvelous actor! She brings each character back exactly as she has performed them in every other reading of this series! Not an easy task I'm sure but she performs each character with brilliance! It is in fact because of Gabra that I started listening to the Sophie Katz series (I loved her performances in other audible purchases) so thank you Gabra for introducing me to Kyra's books, they are just great!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kristen 09-16-12
    Kristen 09-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story with fabulous characters"
    What did you love best about Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas?

    The setting and story line was good. Sometimes it took a direction I expected then quickly went down a different path. The supporting charactures diversity and insane moves give Sophie something special, makes me want to see what will happen next.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary Ann is my favorite characture in this book. You will have to listen to find out why.


    Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Gabra does well with everything she performs. Following Gabra is how I found Kyra Davis!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! And I did. Not only did I listen to it in one sitting, I plan to listen again in a few days.


    Any additional comments?

    Great author and narrator! A bad narrator will ruin a book, Gabra is one of the best. Ms. Davis writes a great story every time. I can't wait to read her next work.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Janels 11-01-12
    Janels 11-01-12
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    "Much better than Evanovich"

    Kyra Davis's Sophie Katz is what Stephanie Plum used to be. She is endlessly entertaining. Davis's books are always witty, fast-paced and good mysteries. Where Stephanie Plum has degenerated into a cartoonish figure, Sophie rises above it all. I would recommend all of her books--there isn't a bad one among them.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gina 12-09-13
    Gina 12-09-13
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    "Best. Chick Lit Books. Ever."

    I just LOVE this series! I'm a very picky chick lit reader as too often the stories are so sweet, unbelievable and predictable that I can't stand it. But these books… these books are FUN. The characters are fantastic, the writing crisp, the plots complex and hilarious. Kyra Davis shows how great chick lit can be.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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