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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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Fun and Light!

Sometimes this is just what you need, nothing heavy, a story enough to be interesting and the narration easy on the ears....just right!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Mediocre book, lousy reader

I have NEVER complained about a reader--especially if the book is good. Unfortunately, Gabra Zackman's reading ruined what was already a not-very-good-book. Her characterizations are horrible (her accents deserve minus stars alone) and it is often impossible to tell which character (and, sometimes, if the character is a male or female) is speaking. For the first time in the 30+ years I have been listening to audiobooks, I will make a note of a reader to totally avoid.
Of course, the fact that the book wasn't very good doesn't help: our heroine's sister's lousy husband is murdered; our heroine's sister is accused; other dirt about lousy husband comes out; other people killed; sex in kitchen; killer caught; everyone lives happily ever after. And, during this cliche novel, we get a stereotypical Jewish mother and a lead female straight out of the 1950's screwball comedy--she's strong enough to live alone, write mysteries, and have a nice 401k, but can't stand up to her sister, her mother, or even her 18 month old nephew. Glad I got this one on sale because won't be buying another.

Stay away and use your credits or cash more wisely.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Cathleen
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 12-30-09

Reliable entertainment

I have read more recent entries in this series but enjoyed learning some of the "backstories" of the main characters. The story was a bit of a stretch but that was more than offset by the development of Sophie and her family story, understanding Anatole and where he came from, etc. I am sure that I will enjoy future novels more because of this delightful "read".

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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boring

could not even finish it.... stupid storyline, drawn out, Gabra Zackman voice was pitful to say the least...do not waste your money...sorry

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Passion, Betrayal, and Killer Highlights

Absolutely addictive personality! I loved reading about Sophie! She has a unique background and interesting friends. There is a perfect balance between fun and seriousness, what really impressed me the most is that Sophie actually comes across as real and highly intelligent. She's educated and reacts to challenging situations the way I would react, not like the damsels in the movies.
After reading this one, I immediately downloaded the other 3 in the series.
Hurry up, Kyra Davis, get your keyboard tapping!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Loved it.

I love the character's in this book. Sophie and her friends are great. There are so many parts that make me laugh out loud. The killer is never who you think it is. Great to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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HOE DO KYRA'S BOOKS JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER?

Just finished this second book in the Sophie Katz series today and it is better than the first.

I have become addicted to Kyra's books.

I loved the ending to this book, which I'm certainly not going to give away in a review.

I have already favorably compared Kyra to James Patterson in my last review; but, now I am putting her right up there with my 3 favorite female authors, Kate Wilhelm, Dana Stabenow & J.D. Robb.

Please keep writing Sophie Katz books, Kyra.

Sincerely, Sandi

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Couldn't stop smiling!

I really enjoyed this book. The main character is so real and her friends are very loyal and together they are all just so funny. There were parts were I found myself laughing out loud in the car and was still smiling 5-10 mins later. I enjoyed the first book, this one made me laugh even more and I can't wait to listen to books 3 and 4. Highly recommmend!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sylvia
  • Laguna Hills, CA, USA
  • 04-30-09

Another great book!

I thought this book was funny. Sophie really loves coffee, after you read this you will understand how much so.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kim
  • Roanoke, VA, USA
  • 12-18-07

Fun!

Very well-written and well-read. I love this book. I laughed quite a bit! This is definitely a keeper.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful