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
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
The Sophie Katz mysteries gets better and better. In Vows, Vendetta, and a little Black dress, she sets up her latest novel Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend in Vegas. Davis does a marvelous job threading the ending of one mystery with the beginning of the next. Another strong suite is her continual rounding out of Sophie’s supporting cast. She allows the characters to grow and develop along with the central mystery. This growth started several novels ago and strongly continues.
In this Novel, the story starts innocently as Sophie consoles herself with her friends in Vegas after she and Anatoly split. Finding out he was - is married was too much. And, then the roller coaster ride starts the free fall. The series is great and you should definitely read this. If you haven’t got caught up on the series, you should go back as do so. This novel doesn’t really give anything away from the early novels so you should be pretty safe.
Sophie Katz is a strong central figure. There is a lot to admire, make you laugh and shake your head. The cast of charters work well together and you probably won’t guess what’s going to happen next. If you like the Stephanie Plum, Scarpetta or Pendergast series, this is a great addition to you reading lists. I highly recommend it and there is a hook to the next installment -- but you'll have to read it to find it.
I tried to get interested in this book, but just couldn't make it work. The characters didn't appeal to me, and MaryAnn was the absolute straw that broke the camel's back. I think she was supposed to be cute in her absence of mind, but it just irritated the heck out of me every time she opened her mouth.
The main character got off on the wrong foot at the very beginning of the book, by taking the word of a malicious troublemaker, (which she knew her to be a conniving con) then not even listening to the love of her life's side of the story, just immediately kicks him out of the house. I realized it was going to be one of those books, where you stay half mad at how stupid the characters are acting, and just wasn't in the mood to deal with frustration. At any rate, I decided to go to something else.
This one was too predictable throughout the story. It made Sophie appear to be a complete idiot. The amount of whining was unbelievable. There were so many times I was so tempted to stop listening, but I enjoy the series and kept thinking it would get better. This one was way off the mark.
Gabra Zackman has done a wonderful job with this series, but she seemed as off as the story did. Maybe the amount of whining was getting to her, too.
I'll try the next one and hope for the best. If you've never read any of the series, don't start with this one. Start from the beginning.
I have bought all the audiobooks in the Sophie Katz series and I've loved them all except this one. The first 5 books I only bought through Audible. This book, I first bought on Amazon for my kindle because it wasn't available in audio format. I had not been overly impressed with the book, but I thought it was because I really loved Gabra Zackman's performances of all the characters. I just recently purchased and listened to this audiobook, and I couldn't even get more than an hour in before I just shut it off. The problem is the story is very slow and lacks most of the laugh out loud moments I loved. This particular performance by Gabra is equally bad. None of the characters sound right. They all seem to lack the personalities and voice inflections I've gotten used to. The main character, Sophie, just comes off as whiney. It's hard to know if these problems are due to the changes in editing and publication, or if this series has just reached the end. I don't believe I will be buying anymore though.
Always a reader, now a listener as well!
Just liking the series, just enough spice to keep it edgy, story enough to keep it interesting, well written to keep me in the story, and the performance by the narrator is spot on!
My third one, and enjoying the characters as developing, evolving and interesting as time is passing....
As long as these elements remain, I will keep listening!
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.
Got a different narrator, Tavia Gilbert, Jennifer Ikeda, Poter......
The narrator is why I couldn't finish, sorry. Maybe it is for preteens.
Hard to tell it was the narrator that made me give up.
I will from now on listen to the sample before buying a book. No matter how well it is written if the performance is bad.......
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen.
Very little action, slow paced and just plain boring...I dozed off at times.
This is my first Sophie Katz "mystery" and will probably be my last, there is just so much better out there.
I don't recall listening to this narrator before and I usually remember someone who gives an awesome performance, so if I have heard her before she did not make an impression, but I will say she did a pretty good job.
There was a lot of dead time that I just zoned out on...I don't know what could have made it better.
Not for a few years. But I would watch mini-series. I've reread some of Davis's other books from this series that I hadn't read for some time.
It has the sass of Suits (USA) and the character development of 30 Rock (NBC) on top of a sexy suspenseful plot.
No, I was thoroughly entertained throughout.
Great from start to finish, excited for the next one. I highly recommend the series.
I suppose. If you are a huge fan of this series you should certainly read it. But, if you are new, I'd recommend starting with the first book.
No. This book just felt different from the others. The characters all seemed so off. Specifically the main character Sophie. I had a real problem with her security issues, which made the story so weak and very annoying. The character is supposed to be such a strong and independent woman, and this story made her seem weak and too dependent on others, mainly men.
I love Gabra Zackman! She's so great and nails it as Sophie Katz.
No. If it were any other book in the series I would.
I'm not sure what happened to my amazing Sophie, but she was certainly MIA in this book. I can only hope the author will bring her back to life in the next book.
I'm sure glad I'm not your friend... just like to do lunch to catch up on the antics of the women. Gabra - you have to be the best narrator ever... I like narrator's as they either make or break the book... Gabra Girl you made it even better. Kyra - love all your books and I know my son does too. FABULOUS! When's the next one?
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