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.
Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.
Not really a fan. I cannot pinpoint why I was not really getting into this book, but it may have been the narrator. Plus, I don't understand the "vanity" part of the title.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (chick lit) - This is the first book I've heard in the Sophie Katz series, even though it's Book #6. I picked it because the summary sounded like it might be clever, which it was, but I still won't be listening to any more of this series. I think there were quite a few unexplained motives, loose ends and conclusions that were hastily reached, but I did enjoy the likeable characters and most of the author's attempts at humor. The characters, including Sophie's ultra-stuffy sister, a gay male friend and an airhead named Maryann, are with Sophie in Vegas. When Sophie finds a dead body in her hotel closet, she finds herself in a mysterious and precarious situation involving her Russian boyfriend, his wife (yes, he's married!) and members of the Russian mob who also happen to be in Vegas at the same time. The mystery is not complicated so you can multitask, but not so simple that you can just listen on autopilot.
Sophie and her friends are in Vegas to enjoy a sex toy trade show, so there's vibrator jokes, mention of a performance called "Puppetry of the Peni$" and other references which I thought were clever and fun. They also drop the F-word occasionally, but I thought it was funny when it was used.
PERFORMANCE - The narrator did a nice job. Her delivery of the humor was effective, and she did several different voices well, including a Russian accent.
OVERALL (Actual rating 3.5) - This story stands alone and comes to a complete conclusion. Besides what I mentioned in the second paragraph above, there is one short, mildly explicit sex scene. Definitely not a book for guys!
People who like a light, competent story - nothing unusual or compelling. People who like irrational female behaviour from the heroine because of 'unrequited love' and too many cocktails.
Too much pointless, girly introspection from the protagonist. Klunky sexual interludes. Plot a bit predictable.
The performance was just fine. She delineated the characters well, and deserves better material to work with.
Yes, it had a few well conceived humorous moments, and some nice character development.
I love the Sophie Katz books; I try to save them for when I'm going on a trip to make the travel time more fun.
I saved this one for when we had a family reunion in Vegas this year. Loved it!!! The writer and the narrator did not disappoint. I laughed all the way thru!
Keep it up Ms. Davis!
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.
I love this these books! Sophie always manages to get herself in some kind of trouble. But with her sass and wit, and Mr Cat, she seems to solve each case! Sophie's friends and her boyfriend always add to the comic relief. Her ethnic combination of Jewish and African American is a hilarious combination at times.
The narrator Gabra Zackman is awesome! You can't go wrong with any of Kyra's titles
A reader from day 1 now a listener too! Remember honesty in a review does help you decide, even if you don't agree!
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'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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