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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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    TRACY HARTFORD, KS, United States 10-09-07
    TRACY HARTFORD, KS, United States 10-09-07 Member Since 2005

    Hard core Audble listener, been listening to recorded books since they were on casset tape...

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    "Not as engaging as previous books"

    The first two books of this series were hilarious! This one was only so-so. I loved the Dena and Maryann dynamic in the first two books and in this one Dena hardly showed up at all! I guess it was the whole "furries" thing. NOBODY is into it. Well except for a select few.
    An okay read if there is nothing else you are interested in. I sure wish I would have put my credit to better use.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    KismetKat11 Evanston, IL USA 03-29-09
    KismetKat11 Evanston, IL USA 03-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Great new talent"

    Kyra Davis' characters in the Sophie Katz series are hysterical! I liken the series to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum adventures. However, where Evanovich's tales have grown stale, and her characters one dimensional, Kyra Davis' tale seem fresh and funny. I can't wait to see more from her!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle Baldwinsville, NY, USA 09-21-07
    Danielle Baldwinsville, NY, USA 09-21-07
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    "Really Really Great"

    As in her other two books, Davis continues the tradition of imaginative and delightful characters that make you forget your own world and crawl into theirs for a bit. It was really a great book. I found myself washing extra dishes at home just so I could continue listening to the story while doing housework...it was really THAT good!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    asassyvic Indiana 10-30-08
    asassyvic Indiana 10-30-08 Member Since 2007

    asassyvic

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    "a fun light read"

    Sophie Katz is a fun character. In this book her former English teacher asks her to do a favor.
    That's when the fun begins. Her old teacher wanted her to find out if her husband was cheating on her. Sophie can't say no since she feels obligated to her for getting her own career started. She sets it up to meet and flirt with the husband. The husband is not cheating and not taking Sophie's come on. So she leaves him and right after that he is shot to death. Melanie her old teacher asks Sophie to investigate who murdered her husband. Sophie gets her ex boyfriend Anatoly to help her and between them they uncover a furry secret and solve the mystery.
    This is the third in her series. There are always lots of funny lines that make me laugh out loud. The story is not overly complicated or overloaded with people to keep track of. It's a fun and easy book to listen too. If you like some humor and a good paced story you will enjoy this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica York, PA, USA 11-29-07
    Jessica York, PA, USA 11-29-07
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    "A great guilty pleasure"

    This is the first book I have read by Kyra Davis and I am hooked. A great plot and I love Sophie's character, she has great sarcastic wit. I actually caught myself laughing out loud at the gym. I wondered why people were giving me funny looks?!? :-) A++++++++++

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 11-19-07
    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 11-19-07 Member Since 2007

    avid reader

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    "Loved it!"

    Really good mystery. Laugh-out-loud funny. Best I've read since the Janet Evanovich "Plum" series. You won't be disappointed.

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    Pamela memphis, TN, USA 10-10-07
    Pamela memphis, TN, USA 10-10-07 Member Since 2005
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    "A"

    I will warn you,this mystery does center around
    "furries" which I didn't know what they are. I do now however! No furries in my mysteries please. The narrator is excellent, really really good. My advise, would be to go to google and look up what furries are. I am not going to tell you here. If it doesn't disgust you- then hear the book. Nice and escapist up to the furrie point.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia Laguna Hills, CA, USA 04-30-09
    Sylvia Laguna Hills, CA, USA 04-30-09
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    "Loved this book!"

    This is the third book Kyra Davis has done as a series to the adventures of Sophie Kates, the main character. I would suggest reading her first two books to fully enjoy this one. Just wished I had an Anatolli of my own. :)

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Luv2Read Waterford, MI USA 09-07-13
    Luv2Read Waterford, MI USA 09-07-13 Member Since 2001

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    "A Major Disappointment"
    What would have made Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate better?

    Skip the narrow minded judgmental rants about people to the right of Michael Moore


    Has Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. This is one of my favorite genres. It has just turned me off to this author


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate?

    Where to begin?


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book would be my introduction to an enjoyable series in the same vein as series like Joe Grey, and Chet and Bernie. Was I ever disappointed. This is the first time I can remember listening to a book where I could not eventually come to admire at least something about the main character. She is a sarcastic, dissembling, manipulative character with an arrogant disdain for just about everyone she encounters. Her only redeeming quality seems to be that she says she never lies to her friends -- which is also a lie. The plot plods along so slowly that I had to keep reminding myself what the mystery was that she was trying to solve. The two main characters seem to be a thinly veiled rip off of Stephanie Plum and Ranger. The only difference being that I like Stephanie and find her to be funny. To make matters worse, the book is a running diatribe against Republicans, Christians, conservatives and right-to-lifers. They are all portrayed (in a very narrow minded, judgmental way I might add) as narrow minded, judgmental, mean spirited hypocrites. I wouldn't want to pay money to endure this kind of continual rant in a venue like this against Republicans or Democrats.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Charleston, TN, United States 06-02-11
    Jessica Charleston, TN, United States 06-02-11
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    "Just Ok"

    Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate follows Sophie and her on again off again and maybe on again boyfriend Anatoly as they try to find out who murdered her old professor/friend’s husband. They get plunged into the world of politics and animal costumes. I enjoyed this book but it did not blow me over, to me it was just ok. The narrator was pretty good and the storyline ok but it seemed to drag in places and I found myself ready for it to end to move on to another book. The only time the narrator really annoyed me was at the beginning of each chapter when she was reading an excerpt from Sophie’s book and it seems like she did it in an odd voice especially when she said the name of the book each time. I gave this book 3 stars because the story line was pretty good, the narrator good, and I will be reading the next book in the series but it just did not grab me like the first two did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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