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
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.
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
Mother, Wife, Cultural Anthropologist, always a scholar and lover of books!
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.
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
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.
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.
Just plain good
The whole book, just a great, fun read
All of them, she just has a great voice
I enjoy light reading - a heroine with redeeming traits despite her faults, an intriguing mystery to follow, additional characters to provide lightness and humor. Unfortunately, this book tried and failed on all fronts. The main character is especially disappointing, she is simply a spoiled woman with no reason to forgive the annoying attitude, no reason to believe that she deserves the guy in the end and no reason to believe that she deserves the credit for the solution of the mystery.
Proud book worm!
To the right people I'd recommend this book.
She did an amazing job. I loved listening to her.
No, because I wanted to slap the main char a few times over for being so self absorbed. It frustrated me.
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!
It should be about the same as reading it. After all, it is unabridged.
The house burning scene.
Never heard her before.
Beware of ex's selling you a house.
I have enjoyed all the Kyra Davis series. A little humor, a little love, and some mystery. All ways a good listening pleasure.
I listened to this book while driving to work. It was an easy very enjoyable listen. Kyra Davis writes engaging and entertaining characters and Gabra Zackman does a fantastic job bringing them to life. I don't really have a favorite character, I find I like them all, Sophie, Anatoly, Marcus, Deena, and the list goes on...
Thanks to Kyra and Gabra for making my long commute enjoyable.
I"m putting off listening to book 5 till I know book 6 is available...I want to know I have one in the wings waiting!!
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