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Editorial 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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Little Loathing

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

To the right people I'd recommend this book.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Somewhat conflicted.

What three words best describe Gabra Zackman’s performance?

She did an amazing job. I loved listening to her.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, because I wanted to slap the main char a few times over for being so self absorbed. It frustrated me.

Any additional comments?

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!

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  • Kristine
  • Mesa, az, United States
  • 06-23-12

New to the Sophie Katz series

Would you consider the audio edition of Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss to be better than the print version?

It should be about the same as reading it. After all, it is unabridged.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss?

The house burning scene.

Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Never heard her before.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Beware of ex's selling you a house.

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  • 06-09-12

Another good one

If you could sum up Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss in three words, what would they be?

I have enjoyed all the Kyra Davis series. A little humor, a little love, and some mystery. All ways a good listening pleasure.

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Great and easy Listen!!

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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Another great book set in San Francisco!

What did you love best about Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss?

Fun, engaging and light.

What other book might you compare Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss to and why?

Other books by Sophia Kissel

What does Gabra Zackman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She made the characters more alive.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh and smile. Characters are great.

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THIS SERIES SHOULD GO ON FOREVER!

I don't care how many murders need to happen, but this series need to go on and on and on. What a great way to get away from the world: Russian Romance, Jewish Humor, and people who just like to get killed around the heroine! There is only one more book in the series after this, so savor it. The author has more to write, but the published dumped her years ago. Check the net.

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Pretty much like all her others

The continuing saga of Sophie and Anatolie, good for a quick escape. The series is kind of fun and good while gardening and walking the dog as you dont need to really think about it.

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Hillarious with a (slight) supernatural twist

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This was a great book. Very funny. Beware of the stares you will receive when you laugh out loud in public. I love Marcus best. I want a BFF just like him. The ending was good and the book was well worth the credit.

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Liked it a lot!

I enjoyed the setting, characters and story line. Showed originality. Narrator good.
Great listen!

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Fun read

At first I thought this book would be awful, I didn't like the first person narration and the skittish writing in the beginning. After a bit of time getting used to the author's sense of humor and with the introduction of some 'fabulous' characters I began to truly enjoy the book. This was my first book from the author so I did miss some back story, but it's a story about a writer who also works as a PI and wants a particular home in San Francisco very badly. I was very endeared to the descriptions of the various parts of San Francisco, where I lived for a little while. (similar to Christopher Moore but without the King and the dogs). So, I'll be off getting the backstories which will explain everything - I'm sure.