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Following hard on the red spike heels of 2005's Sex, Murder and a Double Latte, Davis's second whodunit delivers on the promise of the first. Mystery novelist Sophie Katz has a knack for collecting real-life murders. The latest victim is her detestable brother-in-law, Bob Miller, with her sister, Leah, the prime suspect. Bob's sister further muddies the waters with accusations that Leah, the perfect Republican society wife, is playing up her black and Jewish heritage for sympathy in the press. Meanwhile, Sophie and Anatoly, her favorite love-to-hate PI, are investigating Bob's three mistresses and extravagant spending habits as well as their own budding relationship. A cast of charming caricatures—the Jewish mom, the gay hairdresser, the destructive toddler—round out a version of San Francisco in which racial politics are fun to play with and sex is steamier than frothed milk. Davis chooses style over substance, skillfully keeping the snappy dialogue funny all the way to the unsurprising surprise ending, and lands square on target for her chick lit audience. (May)
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Davis presents a follow-up to Sex, Murder and a Double Latte (2005) featuring mystery writer turned sleuth Sophie Katz, who is once again grappling with a case that hits close to home. Bob Miller, the philandering husband of her straightlaced sister, Leah, has been found shot to death in their house, and Leah is the prime suspect. Just that morning, Bob told Leah he was leaving her for his mistress, 21-year-old Bianca Whitford. Leah was determined to fight for her marriage, for her own sake and that of their son, Jack. Sophie turns to sexy PI Anatoly Darinsky, who reluctantly agrees to help. The two pay Bianca a visit, but the wide-eyed girl doesn't seem capable of cold-blooded murder. No worries--plenty of suspects abound, from Bob's social-climbing sister to his ambitious former boss. Davis' second novel takes plenty of detours--Leah gets a makeover, Sophie romances Anatoly--on its way to becoming a satisfying yarn with plenty of colorful characters. Kristine Huntley
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Red Dress Ink; Reprint edition (March 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373895526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373895526
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,381 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 backyard...no 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: www.kyradavis.com

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Maryasha on May 7, 2006
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I read Kyra Davis' first book, Sex, Murder, and a Double Latte and thought it was great fun, but I have to say her second outing with her irreverent protagonist, Sophie Katz, is even more of a delight. Sophie's neurotic, but delightful sister, Leah, takes a leading role in this one (she made a briefer appearance in the first) and she and her slightly demonic toddler, Jack, add a lot to the narrative. Anyway I devoured Passion, Betrayal and Killer Highlights quickly. It was a tasty treat.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrea VINE VOICE on May 17, 2008
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This book was an adventure from start to finish. Sophie, the main character, is a cool person with a cool life. She is witty and smart. She and her cat live in her apartment in San Fransisco. Sophie has a sister, Leah, and a nephew, Jack.

There are murder(s), but I will not say who, because I don't want to ruin it. But I will say that Sophie and Leah and Anatoly (Sophie's friend) are determined to solve the mystery.

And solving the mystery takes you on some very interesting adventures. There are several important things that happen, and they all tie in together. The book is hard to put down.

The characters are so well developed, you feel like you know them personally.

I don't want to say anything more, as to not ruin the book. But I will tell you that Sophie is clever and spunky. And she likes frappucinos. And I will tell you that this book is fantastic. The whole book is good, and the ending is satisfying. I ended the book thinking 'this book was fulfilling and clever'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reading to escape! on February 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
To do justice to this second Sophie Katz novel/sequel, I really think you need to read Sex, Murder and a Double Latte first. Otherwise, the characters might seem lacking, some of the incidents mentioned might seem extraneous, and some references might simply be missed.

With this novel I was eagerly anticipating the continuation of the stories begun in Sex, Murder and a Double Latte, and I was not disappointed. This novel picks up the storyline right where the first left off and further develops some key relationships/characters. This second novel seemed slower (especially the first half), less zany, more serious, and a bit deeper than the first. It was also missing some of the first novel's fun repartee between Sophie and Anatoly, her Russian Jewish love interest. Nonetheless, this book was still a quick, light, easy read with a few laugh-out-loud moments.

As a Chinese American woman with bi-racial children, I appreciated the heightened (relative to the first novel) race/culture element and the addition of more characters of color in the story. It made the story feel more like a true San Francisco Bay Area story.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on May 29, 2006
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When I picked up this book I realized that I hadn't read a Red Dress Ink book in quite a long time. Most of them began to seem one-dimensional and I'd felt as though I was reading the same book again and again. I believe one of the last RDI books I picked up and read was Sex, Murder and a Double Latte by Kyra Davis. I enjoyed the imprint's foray into the mystery mixing with chick-lit thing and had looked forward to the sequel. Passion, Betrayal and Killer Highlights is a great follow-up to the first book and has the same entertaining mixture of mystery solving and single woman angst. Mystery author Sophie Katz had to become an amateur sleuth in real life when she someone begins to stalk her and pin her to the murders. The game is on again, and now her sister becomes the prime suspect when her husband is murdered. Leah may be a society snob, but she's no killer, or so Sophie believes. Sophie along with hottie PI Anatoly Darinsky are in charge of getting the answers needed to free Leah from the trouble she's in. There are some twists throughout the novel.

Even though this is a great follow-up to Sex, Murder and a Double Latte, I liked the first one better. This one focuses too much on the heroine's heritage of being half black, half Jewish. While I found the at times over the top scenes with her family fun, I felt that the heroine (and in turn the author) wears her mixed ancestry in her sleeve a little too much. I am fine with it, I just don't want to have to read about it all the time. Alas, I hope that the third installment will focus more on other things now that the author has established and developed that side of the heroine. The mystery is quite well done and it kept me guessing more than in the first offering.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Gomar on November 9, 2006
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Great author! She ties in fun characters, great plots and plenty of laugh out loud humor! I can't wait for her next novel!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Gilcrest on July 7, 2006
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I also read the first Sophie Katz mystery and enjoyed it, but it didn't hold a candle to the sequel. I just LOVED the plot, the characters and Sophie's never-ending sarcasm. The murdered, philandering husband aspect kept me rapt and sympathetic to Leah, while always wondering if she was in fact the murderer. I felt it was better-written and less forced than "Sex, Murder and a Double Latte." Davis is really coming into her own and nailing down her charming personal style. Can't wait for the next one!
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This was one of two Davis books that I read within a twenty four hour period this weekend, with the only reason I didn't finish the third one being that at some point I did have to sleep. These books were that addicting.

This book picks up where the last left off, with Sophie trying to help her sister Leah while also attempting to win back the affections of Anatoly, the guy she mistook for a homicidal murderer in book one. (Hey, a girl can make a mistake, right?) I'm going to be somewhat spoilerish and say that this book has one of the the cutest sex scenes I've read in a while and that for Anatoly to have that type of equipment, I can see where Sophie gave in. (Once you read the book you'll understand what I'm talking about!)

Part of what I've liked about this series is that Sophie isn't your typical heroine. It's not easy to find a series with a character that's Jewish with a mixed heritage of white and black parents, but what makes this so good is that at no point does Davis really throw it in our faces in this series or put anyone on a platform. Sophie has nothing to prove about her heritage and her acceptance of herself is as simple as breathing. I've read books that try to pen a character with a varying degree of uniqueness, but so many of them make these things something that seems to be the most important thing to the character despite whatever else is going on. Davis doesn't do that, which is why I could see Sophie stepping out of the pages into real life.

The mystery here is fairly good and despite seeing her as annoying in the previous book, I adored Sophie's sister Leah in this entry. She goes through a lot of changes as a character and you can't help but cheer her on.
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