Thriller scribe Sophie Katz is as hard-boiled as a woman who drinks Grande Caramel Brownie Frappuccionos can be; maybe it's from a lifetime of fielding dumb comments about her half-black, half-Jewish ethnicity. ("My sister's married to a Polynesian! I just love your culture!") So Sophie knows it's not paranoia, or post-divorce, living-alone-again jitters, when she becomes convinced that a crazed reader is sneaking into her apartment to reenact scenes from her books. The police, however, can't tell a good plot from an unmarked grave.
When a filmmaker friend is brutally murdered in the manner of a death scene in one of his movies, Sophie becomes convinced that a copycat killer is on the loose...and that she's the next target. If she doesn't solve the mystery, her own best seller will spell out her doom. Cursing her grisly ending (why, oh, why did she have to pick the axe?), Sophie engages in some real-life gumshoe tactics.
The man who swoops in to save her in dark alleys at night is mysterious new love interest Anatoly Darinsky. Of course, if this were fiction, Anatoly would be her prime suspect.
Solve another case with Sophie.
©2005 Kyra Davis
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.
The story was somewhat interesting but I really started hating the heroine about 3/4 through the book. She annoyed the hell out of me when she framed an innocent person and got him shot and arrested. I'm glad it was on sale and I didn't waste a credit on this book.
I get so excited sometimes about writing a review..good or bad...that why sometimes I misspell words..lol..
When I heard the sample I thought this book was like the Lisa Lutz books..(funny, interesting from start to finish) The Spellman Files, Curse of the Spellmans ...etc..but it was boring at least in the beginning. I only kept listening because I paid for it. At some point in the book it really got good. The only problem big problem is the narrator trying to do the different accents- that was pretty bad
(- one star). You really wouldnt know what race she was trying to protray without the description...also...unfortunately I guessed the end pretty fasted I thought it was typical and not too creative (- one star). but I think I might try another. Sophie with the two friends were the funniest in the book!!
Kyra Davis' series with Sophie Katz is funny and decently written fluff with a bit of an edge. If this were just a book review, I'd probably rate it higher.
Unfortunately, the narrator ruins most of the timing, and makes all the characters sound like they're from Long Island or New Jersey. Since they're mostly native Californians it doesn't work at all. It's too bad they didn't give her the boot after the first book, and get someone better. Sadly, Zackman reads the whole series.
The books are good enough that they're worth a listen, though.
I love her regular voice but all the main character's friends seem to have a deep weird voice, particularlly for women. I liked the book, it was a light "read" and want to listen to more but I'm not sure I can get past the low monotone voice the narrator uses for everyone else in the story. It's kind of weird.
It was entertaining but the ending left me disappointed, and the title doesn't match the book at all! Did anyone else notice that? It's just ok.
I didn't find this book humorous, romantic or suspensful. The narrator was pretty bad as some of her female characters sounded like men - the Puerto Rican, Russian and Italian accents all about sounded the same - none of which came close to the actual accents they were trying to represent. The book drags and drags about Sophies suspicions of what was going on before the story finally decided to take a real step forward. I listened to the whole thing for the heck of it. But after 2/3 of the book it was apparent who the murderer was.
The book was breezy fun until the "bad guy" began using his prison vocabulary. It was almost as if some editor had insisted the author add profanity (and plenty of it!) to appeal to a wider audience. I had my ipod on speaker and I leaped across the room to hit the volume before the kids heard! Be warned!
Management consultant, video game player, avid reader of all types of books, and happily married father of four. I'll read just about anything, from Fantasy and SciFi, to mysteries and ChickLit.
The characters seem too hip for their own good. Are there really people this superficial?
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