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Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate | [Kyra Davis]

Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate

Sophie Katz's relationship with the irresistible and occasionally insufferable P.I. Anatoly Darinsky is on the fritz when a friend recruits Sophie's investigation skills to decode her possibly two-timing husband's strange behavior. When Sophie shows up in a short, red cocktail dress and her friend's hubby winds up dead, the loveable would-be sleuth can't help but take on the job.
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Publisher's Summary

Sophie Katz's relationship with the irresistible and occasionally insufferable P.I. Anatoly Darinsky is on the fritz when a friend recruits Sophie's investigation skills to decode her possibly two-timing husband's strange behavior. When Sophie shows up in a short, red cocktail dress and her friend's hubby winds up dead, the loveable would-be sleuth can't help but take on the job.

Suddenly plunged into a crazy world of campaign mudslinging, dirt-digging, and cover-ups, Sophie begins to uncover some pretty dirty secrets indeed, involving a conservative congressional hopeful's involvement in the Furry community, a group of people who dress up in mascot-size stuffed animal costumes. Sex and politics, wouldn't you know?

Way in over her head as usual, Sophie reluctantly, or not-so-reluctantly, enlists the help of her two-time sidekick and ex, Anatoly. Together they set out to determine who killed Eugene and why, and in the process can't resist falling for each other...again?

Solve another case with Sophie.

©2007 Kyra Davis; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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"One of Cosmopolitan's 'Sizzling Page-turners'." (Cosmopolitan Magazine)

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    Lehua Volcano, HI, USA 07-23-09
    Lehua Volcano, HI, USA 07-23-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Has some modest charm"

    I almost abandoned this one, finding the protagonist juvenile, vapid and brassy, but it eventually began to grow on me. There's some genuine wit beneath the nonsense, and the character is wide-open honest about her own faults. On the silly side, but it manages to be worth the purchase.

    AUDIO: Zackman has her flaws, but she understands her role and renders it well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne Charlotte, NC, USA 04-26-09
    Lynne Charlotte, NC, USA 04-26-09
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    "Loved this story!"

    I hesitated downloading this book since I wasn't thrilled with the one before this... but highly recommend giving this a listen. I do like the narrator and found I laughed out loud several times on my way to work. Will listen to again and again. I like how the characters have evolved in this series. Love the dynamics between Sophie and Anatoly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Rockledge, FL, USA 01-16-08
    Tammy Rockledge, FL, USA 01-16-08
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    "Pretty Good"

    This is the second in the series that I've read, and while I liked the other book better this one definitely kept my interest. Aside from the "furries", which I only knew about because they did a CSI episode about them, which was a bit... well weird, it did add an element of humor later in the story between Spohie and Anatoly.
    The story moved at a fairly good pace, and although several times in the middle I caught myself saying "Sophie is such an idiot" because really she was over looking things that were quite obvious for someone who is so smart she does some truly stupid things. But her interaction with the other characters make up for her short commings and the story held it's own for most of the book. I really wasn't sure who did it until seconds before it was revealed.
    I LOVE the narrator, she does an excellent job with all the voices, and seems to capture the essence of Spohie quite nicely.
    I will surely be getting the next in the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Bruechert 05-28-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Why the good reviews?"

    I listened to this book based on the good reviews and the catchy title. I was unpleasantly disappointed. The first chapter or two were written well enough, but as the book progresses, it sounds like the author slipped into her high school persona. The dialog and plot got progressively amateurish. Perhaps it was because I heard this book on the heels of a James Lee Burke novel (if you want to hear a very well written book, listen to any of his Dave Robicheaux books) and the comparison was just too vivid. The narrator did a credible job, but she didn't have much to work with. Needless to say, this is my one and only Sophie Katz novel.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JJReader 06-20-08
    JJReader 06-20-08 Member Since 2007
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    "First and last of Sophie Katz"

    This is the first Sophie Katz book I've listened to and I wouldn't get another one. I kept waiting for it to get better, but it never happened. The character development was very poor, although maybe that was because this isn't the first in the series. The plot was slow moving and unbelievable. The heroine was really quite stupid for someone trying to investigate a murder. Maybe part of it was the narrator - even the characters sounded bored.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Shelton, CT, United States 10-02-07
    Beth Shelton, CT, United States 10-02-07 Member Since 2003
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    "A Disappointment"

    Usually, Kyra Davis's books are a light, funny and entertaining read. Unfortunately, this book is nothing more than a trite political rant. It diminished the story content to a small minded political agenda. What a shame.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jenee Austin, TX, USA 09-05-07
    Jenee Austin, TX, USA 09-05-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Story or political agenda?"

    This author's liberal political agenda is mentioned in almost every paragraph of the book. It's impossible to concentrate on the underlying story when the author interjects negative political comments throughout.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 05-24-13
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2008
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    "This series should have an age appropriate warning"

    I wish I’d never listened to this book.

    This book is pure filth. Do not let your youngsters read this.

    Not only is this writer once again, portraying Christians as evil hypocrites, but with this low story, she now makes the trio of dominatrix, gay friend, and idiot, look absolutely normal. I just didn’t want to read about the sexually perverted needing stuffed animals for intimate companions. Ugh, I need my mind washed out with soap!

    Don’t waste your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ANDREA Centreville, VA, United States 04-08-13
    ANDREA Centreville, VA, United States 04-08-13 Member Since 2011

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    "A smart, fun series that makes you laugh out loud"

    The third book in the series it did not disappoint! Another fun story, with great dialogue and character development. Can't wait to read the fourth!

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    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 02-11-13
    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2008

    Love reading. Love listening.

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    "Kind of ridiculous"

    No further growth in Sophie's character. Although there are some laughs, the premise is kind of goofy. There was some further character development of Maryann, but she's still a bit shallow.

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