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Sophie Katz flirts with dirty politics and a certain Russian PI in Davis's cool but sometimes overcaffeinated third chick lit cozy (after 2006's Passion, Betrayal and Killer Highlights). A simple favor for Sophie's college mentor Melanie O'Reilly turns into an investigation after Melanie's husband, former FBI agent Eugene, is killed in a drive-by shooting. Sophie teams with ex-lover boy Anatoly Darinsky, a licensed San Francisco PI, to crack the case. Eugene had been working as a crackerjack researcher for Flynn Fitzgerald, a conservative Republican running against liberal Democrat Anne Brooke in a hotly contested congressional race. As the killer begins stalking Sophie, she discovers one of the candidates is connected to the dark underbelly of the furry world inhabited by fetishists who dress up in animal costumes and get it on with stuffed toys. Wry sociopolitical commentary, the playful romantic negotiations between Anatoly and Sophie and plenty of Starbucks coffee keep this steamy series chugging along. (Sept.)
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About the Author

Novelist Kyra Davis has spent her life in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, where she currently lives with her young son. Now a full-time parent and writer, Davis previously divided her time between a career in the fashion industry and various artistic endeavors such as acting, singing and creative writing.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Red Dress Ink; Original edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373895534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373895533
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,391,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kyra Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of the the JUST ONE NIGHT series, the PURE SIN series, the SOPHIE KATZ MYSTERIES and SO MUCH FOR MY HAPPY ENDING. Kyra now lives with her husband (lauded director, screenwriter and fantasy football advocate), son (proud science-geek and Hawaiian-Shirt-aficionado), dog (champion eater and guardian of the squirrel will dare set foot in it) and gecko (the gecko doesn't do much). You can learn more about Kyra Davis and her books by visiting:

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Maryasha on September 11, 2007
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I've read all of Kyra Davis' books and have enjoyed them all. This is the third in the Sophie Katz series and Davis is not letting us down. She keeps the fun as well as the mystery, romance and the adreneline going. It's a well written and quite a delightful page turner with Davis' signature quirky characters. This one has an interesting and funny quasy political plot and a facinating look into a what might be called by some an alternative life style and by others a devient and rather unusual one. Check it out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Nix on June 11, 2008
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Sophie Katz is a bit of an original. She is half Eastern European White Jewish and half African American, which leads to some interesting hair. She is a famous author and a divorcee who has no desire to ever see her ex, unless it is under a truck somewhere. She has a cast of friends from sex toy shop owner Deena, to former college professor Melanie. It is Melanie who calls Sophie for help when she thinks her husband is cheating. Since Melanie knows that Sophie hasn't met her husband she is the perfect woman to see if she can entice her husband. Sophie reluctantly agrees. After meeting him and determining that he may be concerned about something but cheating on his wife isn't it. Unfortunately for Sophie, this is when the troubles begin. He is killed in a drive by attack seconds after leaving her.

Now she is going to figure out what the real story was behind his death for Melanie. She reluctantly agrees to have Anatoly work with her (ok she decides to use him and his PI skills) so that she can keep an eye on him. When Melanie turns up dead and Sophie starts to get phone calls and threatening notes from characters (pink panthers, koala bears etc.) suddenly they both believe Melanie's husband might not be the victim of a drive by shooting anymore.

In the spirit of Stephanie Plum (by Janet Evanovich) or Sophie Metropolis (by Tori Carrington), Sophie Katz is a character you will come to love.

I love Sophie Katz and in Obsession, Deceit and Really Dark Chocolate I have to say Ms. Davis has outdone herself. Not only is Sophie again in the middle of a murder mystery but also the sexy, dark Anatoly is back. Will she be able to explain that when she said she wanted a boyfriend that she meant a "Tim Robbins to her Susan Sarandon" not marriage?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TSchlaack on April 27, 2008
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Sophie Katz is back at it again. Doing all she can to annoy Anatoli, solve a murder, and make it through a day in her life. She will meet new friends and even deal with some of her past in this book. All the favorite characters are back in this one and it does not dissapoint. I have to say I am with her in the addiction to Starbucks Frappachino and I love how Anatoli discribes one that he gets her. She is as head strong and full steam ahead, ignoring threats etc., as usual. If you like a murder mystery, laughting out loud, a little romance and a bit of the odd then this is the book for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on September 18, 2007
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Sophie Katz gets a strange request from her friend Melanie: try to seduce Melanie's husband to see if he's cheating on her.

He's not cheating, but something more dire is going on. When Sophie follows him( after failing to seduce him), she sees him killed by a drive-by shooter. Things go downhill from there, involving Sophie in a red-hot political race with each candidate trying to "get something" on the other, and one of them responsible for the shooting.

Sophie, a writer who thinks she's a detective, gets further involved when she tries to squeeze out her ex-boyfriend Anatoly from working on the case This is a bit of vindictiveness on her part. Anatoly refused to make a commitment as her steady boyfriend, so now she's out to get her revenge She ends up with a slew of suspects and an investigation into a whole `nother part of the animal kingdom and human kinkiness with both politicians having something to hide from their pasts

And Sophie is not the great detective she thinks she is, and comes up with the wrong suspects--which could cost her her life.

Obsession is the third in a series of mystery novels featuring Sophie and her cat, Mr. Katz. The first book was the bestselling Sex, Murder and a Double Latte. The author's touch is light and funny--especially the funny-but-true sayings she quotes at the head of her chapters. The sayings come from a bestselling book her character has written, entitled C'est La Mort (Such is Death).These include sayings like: "People expect so much from individuals they bear a fondness for. That's why I focus my energy on being as disagreeable as possible." And while Sophie Katz has her flaws, she is bulldog-stubborn when it comes to standing by her friends.

Kyra Davis' website will direct you to her other books and to what's coming up in the future.

Armchair Interviews says: Kyra Davis fans have another treat in store with this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 9, 2007
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San Francisco mystery writer Sophie Katz's former college advisor Melanie O'Reilly asks her to do a favor. She wants to know who killed her husband Eugene, a former FBI agent, in a drive by shooting.

Sophie enlists the help of Russian expatriate private investigator her former lover Anatoly Darinsky and plenty of caffeine. They investigate starting with Eugene's last job, a staff researcher for republican congressional candidate Flynn Fitzgerald in his race against democrat Anne Brooke. As they dig deeper, they learn one of the candidates has a furry bestiality fetish of wearing animal costumes and making it with stuffed toys. As Sophie is stalked by an unknown adversary, she wonders if Eugene uncovered the dark truth, which if revealed would doom the congressional run and might be the motive for a deliberate drive by shooting.

Sophie's third zany whodunit (see PASSION, BETRAYAL AND KILLER HIGHLIGHTS and SEX, MURDER AND A DOUBLE LATTE) is an entertaining madcap San Francisco romp. The heroine lands in one predicament after another as she follows the clues while someone follows her. Readers who enjoy a chick lit private investigative thriller starring a person who proves there really is a warm San Franciscan night will want to read Katz's capers as the mystery is fun and the satirical social commentary superb though even though the sleuth's supporters would agree she needs to be on decaf.

Harriet Klausner
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