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Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss Audiobook

Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss

Mystery writer and dabbling recreational sleuth Sophie Katz is head over heels in love--with a three-bedroom Victorian. She's just got to have it, despite a few drawbacks. Her slimy ex is the Realtor. The rich, creepy seller wants her to join San Francisco's spirited Specter Society. And her first tour of the house reveals, well, a lifeless body clutching a cameo with a disturbing history of its own.
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Mystery novelist Sophie Katz is a tart, peppery vodka gimlet of a gal, gadding about foggy San Francisco, sleuthing crimes in a chic, papery coat. Like any hard-boiled dame worth her smelling salts, however, withering Sophie guards a mushy heart. "Anatoly knew the details of me," she gushes, when her dishy Russian private eye suitor remembers her fussy coffee order to the letter. Even at 31, Sophie gets goose bumps when she's jittery and is peevish with her two-year-old nephew. She's petty and rams through small talk. She is likeably damaged.

Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss is audiobook four in the Sophie Katz mystery series, though each volume stands alone as easy, breezy escapism, so you can skip downloading sequentially. This is foremost a whodunit and author Kyra Davis plots Lip Gloss around the stagy killing of blue-blood Oscar; his creaking Victorian mansion, snapped up by Sophie; her bad egg ex-husband, and current realtor, Scott; his chilly swizzle stick girlfriend, Venus; and the quirky Specter Society, which holds séances to channel "disembodied spirits".

Gabra Zackman is the hypnotic narrator of Lip Gloss. As Sophie, she creeps a scratchy world-weariness into her inflections, hinting that the trademark Katz sass might be half-invented. Zackman instinctively connects with her characters, wiring Scott's boyish charisma to a chatty pace while attaching terse Anatoly to gnashing pauses. It's risky for an audiobook narrator to spin through nearly two dozen characters — plus a plot hooked to the paranormal — to claim believability. But Zackman teases out subtle voice distinctions and accents (Italian, Russian, Yiddish) until the prospect of communing with the dead seems slightly more believable than Sophie landing a fully renovated, three-bedroom house in Ashbury Heights. Prime real estate, after all, trumps ghosts. —Nita Rao

Publisher's Summary

Mystery writer and dabbling recreational sleuth Sophie Katz is head over heels in love - with a three-bedroom Victorian. She's just got to have it, despite a few drawbacks. Her slimy ex is the realtor. The rich, creepy seller wants her to join San Francisco's spirited Specter Society. And her first tour of the house reveals, well, a lifeless body clutching a cameo with a disturbing history of its own.

There's no way Sophie is going to give up the ghost on her dreams of stained glass and original woodwork, though--even when things become officially weird. A Society member is found with a slashed throat, and Sophie's house might as well be yelling, "GET...OUT!" She's hearing footsteps, lights are turning themselves off and her stuff keeps moving inexplicably. To top it off, boyfriend Anatoly thinks it's all in her head.

Sophie is 99 percent sure her problems are caused by someone six feet tall instead of six feet under, but the only way to be sure is to track down the killer - before he pushes her kicking and screaming to the other side.

Solve another case with Sophie.

©2009 Kyra Davis; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Consuelo Antlers, OK, United States 01-10-10
    Consuelo Antlers, OK, United States 01-10-10 Member Since 2012
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    "New listen for me in this series"

    UGH!!! Well not completely. The story line was good. Plot ok, kinda slow... but I think for the most part the READING was ANNOYING!!!! To say the least. Not sure if its just me, but the reader drove me INSANE. Nice voice, but there was an influx or rise in tone at the end of almost every sentence... I wanted to pull my hair out. I liked the book, for the most part- but not sure if I will get more from this series. I think I will have to try another. I have listened to Sophie Kinsella, and Charlaine Harris. Love Chic Lit, and for the most part have been satisified with books until now. Sorry; I would suggest to preview first to see if you can tolerate the reader, and then go from there.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie 02-04-16
    Bonnie 02-04-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Quirky friends help this sleuth"

    Never a dull moment in Sophie Katz life. That is probably why she is one of my favorite sleuths OR is it the title of the books that hook me OR is it the sexy boyfriend, Anatoly? HUMMM.

    In this novel she has found the home of her Dreams, a 3 bedroom Victorian. The only problem is her ex-husband is the realtor, the owner of the house is crazy, the house is haunted (which Anatoly thinks is all in her head), there are two murder victims back to back but she has a contract to buy the home of her dreams. It is up to her and her quirky friends to figure out what is going on in the house.

    Love this series. Fast paced. Highly entertaining. Buy this book. I have already started the next one. The series is that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 11-08-15
    Farrell 11-08-15

    Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.

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    "They are all nuts"

    Ms Davis is very good at coming up with oddball characters. A bit over the top, but I guess that's what makes them fun. The narrator is good, but there seemed to be a few times she got bored.

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    Leah 06-13-13
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    "Good book but strange narration"
    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator had a strange intonation at the end of most of her sentences when she was talking to herself. It didn't occur in the previous books. Made it hard to love this
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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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    "A fun series!"

    This is another great book in a fun series - don't try to read them out of order - it will just confuse you. But DO read them if you like funky, fun mysteries with great characters.

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    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 01-30-13
    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2011

    I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!

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    "good fun!"

    The story is very good BUT the reader is not; which is why I cannot give this a higher rating. A different narrator could make this fun mystery a five.

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    Michelle Harrisonburg, VA, United States 11-12-12
    Michelle Harrisonburg, VA, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Another great Sophie story!"
    Any additional comments?

    Sophie always cracks me up with her sarcasm and drama. This story made me wonder and laugh at the same time. And Mr. Cats is great, too.

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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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    "Fat free fun!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Just plain good


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss?

    The whole book, just a great, fun read


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

    All of them, she just has a great voice


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

    Oh, yes....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie J. Luther Kent, WA United States 06-30-12
    Melanie J. Luther Kent, WA United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2010

    Proud book worm!

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    "Little Loathing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    To the right people I'd recommend this book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Somewhat conflicted.


    What three words best describe Gabra Zackman’s performance?

    She did an amazing job. I loved listening to her.


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

    No, because I wanted to slap the main char a few times over for being so self absorbed. It frustrated me.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the plot line, loved the little side plots too but for me, if I could, I'd bonk the main char over the head just to give her a reality check! The book had me cursing a few times but if that was what the Author was going for, the reader cursing out the main char, then she got me good!

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    Kristine Mesa, az, United States 06-23-12
    Kristine Mesa, az, United States 06-23-12 Member Since 2013
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    "New to the Sophie Katz series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss to be better than the print version?

    It should be about the same as reading it. After all, it is unabridged.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss?

    The house burning scene.


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

    Never heard her before.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Beware of ex's selling you a house.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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