From Publishers Weekly
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 HuntleyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved