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Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss | [Kyra Davis]

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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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    J 09-28-09
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    "give me more, please jd"

    having read 4 of her five books, Kyra Davis can write better than most women and all men. I truly cannot choose the best except to say the one I am reading at the time always seems the best. Read them in order to really appreciate them. J M

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandi J Wilson Houston TX 08-09-09
    Sandi J Wilson Houston TX 08-09-09 Member Since 2001

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    "Passion, Loving and a Lot of Fun"

    This was the best Sophie Katz yet. I didn't think they could get any better but they did. My friends and I are into supernatural and paranormal so I could relate to this one the most.

    Now that I have finished all of the Sophie Katz novels that Krya has written so far, I just hope she keeps writing these for many years to come.

    She really makes my long commute to work just fly by.

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    L. Noelle Dahm 08-07-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved it!"

    Great book, great series. Can't wait for the next one...there is a next one, right?

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    Brittany L. Cooper 07-07-09 Listener Since 2009

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    "Listen to in order!"

    I was so excited that there was a new book to this series! I needed to know what was next. I love the charactes and the narriator is awesome. Love that it's the same for all her books.

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    Elizabeth Massena, NY, United States 06-10-09
    Elizabeth Massena, NY, United States 06-10-09
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    "Not all that interesting"

    This is my first and will be my last of this series. I just couldn't warm to the main character and found little charm in the story (which seemed forced) but I did laugh occasionally.

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    Jessica Garfield, NJ, USA 01-12-10
    Jessica Garfield, NJ, USA 01-12-10
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    "Added To My Favorite Author List!"

    I am almost through with this audio book and I can already say "I love it". Maybe it is because I have heard all of Kyra Davis' books read by Gabra Zackman. I listed to over 4 hours in one night! I can't wait until she comes out with another! Story- Fun. Voices- Life like. Situations- Unexpected. Romance- Believable.
    Nothing not to love!!

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    Angi Bristol, TN, USA 12-04-09
    Angi Bristol, TN, USA 12-04-09
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    "Really fun series!"

    I am really enjoying this Kyra Davis series and this latest installment was not a let down. The books remind me a lot of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, the way the author mixes in a mystery with the romance. In all these books the mystery has kept me guessing and the characters have kept me laughing....often out loud. Give this one a try. You won't be disappointed!

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    Brooke 11-02-09
    Brooke 11-02-09
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    "Nothing "easy, breezy" about this book"

    I don't know how anyone could describe this as "easy, breezy escapism". There was nothing fun about this book...It made me feel down to listen to... Maybe it would help if the story was compelling, but it wasn't.

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    Amber Pratt 10-23-09
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    "Sassy fun"

    This was an o.k. book. Had some sass. The plot had some good turns and kept me guessing right until the end. Interesting characters. Well read.

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    Joann Pasco, WA, USA 06-23-09
    Joann Pasco, WA, USA 06-23-09
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    "Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss"

    Very Good Book

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