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Passion, Betrayal and Killer Highlights Paperback – March 20, 2007

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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 (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,199,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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This is my second book in the series and could see a little predictability with the storylines of this series. It did have a little humor but the swearing and instant "passion" was no surprise. Hoping for a little changeup next time.
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I always get a bit concerned about reading the second book in a series. It seems to usually lose the spark of the first book and be disappointing. NOT the case here at all! Sophie is back and this time it's her sister, Leah, who's in trouble. Leah is the number one suspect in her husband's murder. Sophie knows her sister is innocent and therefore hires Anatoly, sexy PI and love interest to find the real killer. Hijinks, mystery, good lovin and lots of laughs go on from there. Another thing I love about this story is that we get to understand Sophie and Leah's relationship better. Getting that side of a main character always helps with their development. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book and have already started book 3 Obsession, Deceit and Really Dark Chocolate
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Leah is the kind of sister that makes you wonder if you have the same parents. Sophie shows what lengths she will go through and how much money she will spend to protect her sister. Sophie has a hard time trying to convince SFPD Detective Lorenzo that Leah is innocent. After all, Leah had a good motive; she was the perfect "Trophy Wife and Mother" only to find out that her husband was cheating on her.

I love Sophie and her friends, Dena, Mary Ann, and Marcus. Each plays a part in assisting Sophie in solving this case. Sophie's friends know that Leah is neurotic and a "Martha Stewart wannabe" but not a murderer.

I would like to know more about Anatoly, Sophie's "commitment phobic" boyfriend.

I look forward to reading more Sophie Katz mysteries. I don't want the series to end.
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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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