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Vows, Vendettas, and a Little Black Dress | [Kyra Davis]

Vows, Vendettas, and a Little Black Dress

Overjoyed at Maryanne’s engagement, amateur sleuth Sophie Katz can’t wait for the wedding vows and party toasts to begin. But then Dena—best friend, bridesmaid and all-around vixen—is mysteriously shot just after the announcement. Leave this to the authorities? No way. Dena may never walk again, and Sophie vows to marry her fists with the shooter’s face.
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Publisher's Summary

The peach taffeta Bridesmaid dress- that should be Sophie’s problem. Not attempted murder.

Overjoyed at Maryanne’s engagement, amateur sleuth Sophie Katz can’t wait for the wedding vows and party toasts to begin. But then Dena—best friend, bridesmaid, and all-around vixen—is mysteriously shot just after the announcement. Leave this to the authorities? No way. Dena may never walk again, and Sophie vows to marry her fists with the shooter’s face.

Problem is, the number of suspects is off the charts—from jaded lovers to anti-free-lovers to just plain old haters. Dena’s made plenty of enemies thanks to her popular sex shop—and, yes, she’s no saint—but really, who deserves to be shot?

With an überlogical almost boyfriend condemning her vigilante quest, and a wedding planner going vicariously bridezilla over the dream princess wedding, Sophie’s barely thinking straight. But if she can keep her cool (and avoid all errant taffeta), she just might nab her man and save the (wedding) day.

Big if.

©2010 Kyra Davis (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 02-13-13
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2012

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "A Must Read!"

    This is a must read who-dunnit. Within minutes, Dena is shot in Maryanne's apartment and the rest of the novel is a classily woven who-done-it. There are many twist, turns and interesting backstories. Anatoly get fleshed out and we learn that he has secrets -- so there is a lot of meat in the backstories.

    Garra Zackman continue to do a great job narrating and I've become accustomed to her reasonable pace and excellent control of the character interactions.

    You want to read this novel and you are going to want to get to the next one as soon as possible. Keep the series going, its still has legs.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 08-03-10
    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 08-03-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Really Good!"

    Great story! If you are a fan of the series, this one was much better than the last. Excellent cliff-hanger at the end. Good character distinction in the narration except for the fact that every now and then the narrator would slip and use the wrong voice for a character. Other than that, I really enjoyed this one!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    A Worcester, MA, United States 01-09-11
    A Worcester, MA, United States 01-09-11 Member Since 2003

    Love to read. Mysteries, history, romance, biography, current events, science, classic fiction. No vampires. No zombies. No self-help. Find me on GoodReads and BookLikes.

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    "Not worth a credit or even the sale price"

    The narrator did a lousy job with the accents. The plot and the characters were mundane. It was paced like a typical cookie-cutter Harlequin romance-- no surprises

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Kalaheo, HI, United States 06-18-14
    Diana Kalaheo, HI, United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Confusing, long winded overuse of bad language."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Cut out the sexual graphic descriptions/verbiage.


    Would you recommend Vows, Vendettas, and a Little Black Dress to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, needs to be cleaned up and abridged.


    What three words best describe Gabra Zackman’s voice?


    Reasonable n clear


    Could you see Vows, Vendettas, and a Little Black Dress being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No idea. Would need to be a late night movie


    Any additional comments?

    I had anticipated this book being similar to a Stephanie PLum novel, no where near.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Burns West Virginia 09-10-13
    Sharon Burns West Virginia 09-10-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Not a keeper"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This was entirely disappointing. I did listen to the bitter end just to see who the culprit was. But the story was slow and boring. I didn't care for the characters, I did not like the narration, the whole thing was a miss for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia United States 08-30-13
    Felicia United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun, silly, girly mystery."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they were just looking for something short and easy and entertaining but not serious.


    Which character – as performed by Gabra Zackman – was your favorite?

    I thought she did a great job with all of them. Marianne was funny because she said things that were so dumb.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh. Some of the lines were just so cheesy they were funny.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Monroe, NC, United States 09-01-12
    Andrea Monroe, NC, United States 09-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Strong Female Lead & a Little Mystery"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love these books, not because of Sophie's sleuthing skills (she doesn't have any) but because of the strong, dynamic characters. Sophie's primary investigation skills are getting into the middle of things and messing them up, she's a pathological liar, constantly fights with her boyfriend and has a tendency to do exactly what she shouldn't because someone pissed her off. In short, she could easily be a real woman. I don't think these books would suffer a bit if there was no murder, but there is and the villain is never straight-forward.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Vows, Vendettas, and a Little Black Dress?

    The scene where they catch the killer.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anatoly opening up to Sophie after their fight.


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

    Yes. I had to force myself to go to bed.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the series sequentially because they're all great books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Byrd Fort Worth, TX 08-05-12
    C. Byrd Fort Worth, TX 08-05-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Sexy thriller"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Vows, Vendettas, and a Little Black Dress to be better than the print version?

    don't know, have not read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    plot twists for sure


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

    Gabra is just a good reader


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laugh, for sure


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Baton rouge, LA, United States 07-27-12
    Paul Baton rouge, LA, United States 07-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "horrible story teller"

    The overall story was good. But the reader's voices were painful to listen to. She sounded corny and unbelievable.

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    Deb Dublin, OH, United States 05-26-12
    Deb Dublin, OH, United States 05-26-12 Member Since 2008
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    "good summer read"
    If you could sum up Vows, Vendettas, and a Little Black Dress in three words, what would they be?

    Great light mystery read. Romance is not over the top and it was a great listen driving to and from work. My work reading is so heavy that I need light-weight pleasure reading that is still intelligent and mature and this hit the spot.


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