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Publisher's Summary

Sophie Katz has just offered a man $12,000 for his services. Is she desperate or just meshugeneh?

Considering the kind of disasters that usually befall the half-black, half-Jewish mystery writer, probably both. Because the last time Sophie saw sexy P.I. Anatoly Darinsky, he practically danced a jig when she waved goodbye; a normal reaction for a man who'd nearly bought the farm trying to protect her from her own foolishness. What are the chances he'd agree to take incriminating pictures of her sister's philandering husband? Or that he'd let her tag along, you know, for research?

But when her brother-in-law turns up dead and her sister becomes the prime suspect, Sophie's priority is finding the real killer. With or without Anatoly's help. Her brother-in-law's secret life yields plenty of suspects, but the San Francisco police aren't taking any of them seriously. So Sophie does what comes naturally to her: she stirs up trouble (to lure the killer out, of course).

But if her crazy plan works, will Anatoly be there to protect her this time?

Solve another case with Sophie Katz.
©2006 Kyra Davis (P)2006 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.

Critic Reviews

"Following hard on the red spike heels of 2005's Sex, Murder, and a Double Latte, Davis' second whodunit delivers on the promise of the first....Davis chooses style over substance, skillfully keeping the snappy dialogue funny all the way to the unsurprising surprise ending." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Jessica
  • Charleston, TN, United States
  • 04-16-10

Great Chick Lit Mystery

This is the second Sophie Katz book in the series and I really enjoyed this book, even more than the first one. I thought I had the murderer figured out really early on but about half way through the book a twist was tossed in and put me off guard and from that point on I could not figure out who was the murder until they revealed themselves at the end. I found this book a light easy read and would classify it Chick Lit Mystery. I also enjoyed the narrator, even though once or twice a book she seems to get the voices mixed up a little not enough to drive you crazy just enough that you recognize it. I would recommend this book to people who like light murder mysteries.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Annoying

Any additional comments?

I would have loved this book as much as I loved the first book, but simple common sense things like calling a lawyer when being questioned by police or calling the police when an intruder is in your house or not going into someone's opened house due to no answer, all overlooked. This made the story irritating and unrealistic. Not my favorite.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jessica
  • Garfield, NJ, USA
  • 01-12-09

I wanna be Sophie!!

I listened to this audiobook on my Zune while I am at work at my desk or at the gym on the elliptical. I often hate to have to pause it, and forget about the consequences if someone interrupts me!
This story keeps your attention and every step that Sophie takes in solving her mystery makes you hold your breath for more.
Gabra Zackman's character voices are hysterical and believable both at the same time.
She makes you feel like you are at the scene of the crime, or right in the bedroom.

I highly reccommend this audiobook.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Diana
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • 09-10-08

Style over substance like PW said . . .

I'm right in the middle on this one. What I liked? Very clever, snappy dialogue. Likable lead characters. This author is clearly one of the sharpest knives in the drawer. Really enjoy Zackman's style of narration.

However . . . I simply don't get why such a sharp author would write such dumbass, screwup characters. I wanted to kill the heroine's sister myself. I completely lost patience with one "cute" antic after another. I mean, there was real murder going on here and it was treated inappropriately cavalierly. Maybe it's just me, but I think that if you're going to write "cute," then for crying out loud pick a "cute" subject -- like lost puppies maybe.

Loved this author's style and there were some very sparkly moments, but the characters were just too cute to live, and in the end it just didn't work for me.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Witty Banter

Loved the use of sarcasm by many of the characters. Enough drama in the story to keep you interested too.

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  • Susan
  • PEARLAND, TX, United States
  • 02-08-07

STEPHANIE PLUM FANS, TAKE NOTE!

Whomping good fun! The plot is inconsequential, but the characters are a riot. Kyra Davis writes people we all know, pushes them just far enough over the top to keep us laughing. (If you DON'T know any of these people, you must be an orphan who's hanging out with the wrong crowd.) From Jack, the 18-month old terrorist, to the Jewish mother with two African-American daughters, to the celeb-worshipping sister-in-law, not to mention the personality-challenged philandering husband (deceased), and the Russian/Israeli private eye, they'll all strike chords of familiarity and keep you smiling.
A tough read for the narrator -- lots of characters, all of them "types", lots of different accents. The reader does a great job with the main characters, and well enough with the rest.

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  • Jill
  • Jamaica, NY, United States
  • 01-01-07

Better than the first !

If you thought that Kyra's first book was exciting, her new book Passion, Betrayal, and Killer Highlights is even better. You really get to know and feel the characters. I highly recommend listening to this audio. Can't wait for another audio by this author.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I Love This Series

Kyra Davis has done an excellent job renewing this story from the first book - Sex, Murder and a Double Latte. Gabra Zackman does such a good job with the narraration. I was so excited to see this title and purchased it immediately!

If you like suspense, funny characters with a little romance, this is the book for you.

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Sarcasm Rules

If you like sarcastic banter then this is the book for you. Story is decent. The dialogue is funny. Good few hours of entertainment.

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  • Amy
  • Mesa, AZ, United States
  • 09-22-08

Awesome!

I was so impressed with Kyra Davis. I just happened to listen to one of her other books and was completely impressed by her books. This book should be the first one of 3, and if you listen to them all in order it is a great long book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful