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Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate (A Sophie Katz Murder Mystery #3)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  2,006 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Mind her own business? Leave it to the experts? Not a chance.

Sophie Katz's relationship with the irresistible and occasionally insufferable P.I. Anatoly Darinsky is on the fritz when a friend recruits Sophie's investigation skills to decode her possibly two-timing husband's strange behavior. When Sophie shows up in a short, red cocktail dress and her friend's hubby winds
Paperback, 393 pages
Published 2007 by Red Dress Ink
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Lisa Kay
Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate is the third installment in the Sophie Katz novels. It is a chick-lit mystery with plenty of witty humor and a smidgen of romance. Just my cuppa tea for a break from my plethora of Historical Romances!

Sophie Katz is the heroine in this series and, though she is a successful writer, she finds herself involved in a murder mystery again. This time she is helping out her friend and mentor, Melanie, who thinks her conservative husband, Eugene, is cheatin
I'm only giving this book one star because I can't give it zero. I only finished it because I was reading it on my ereader and if I didn't finish it, the book would sit there, open, every time I turned the reader on.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series. Didn't enjoy the second one as much and absolutely hated this one. I hated the way Johnny was written (do men really 'gush' when they talk?), I hated the way Sophie said things like "It sooo is not!" when she was arguing with Anatoly, I
Kim Griffin
Sep 26, 2014 Kim Griffin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like chick-lit and cozy mysteries
Recommended to Kim by: Goodreads
Sophie gets an odd request from her friend and mentor, Melanie O’Reilly, and feels compelled to help her out. Melanie, who is married to a man involved in a political campaign, suspects her husband of infidelity. She asks Sophie to try to seduce him to see if he is eager to take the bait, so to speak. Fortunately, Eugene O’Reilly proves to be an honest man, unfortunately, he is shot and killed in a drive-by shooting just minutes after parting ways with Sophie. Feeling sorry for her friend and de ...more
Shaunesay Eslanai
I'm kind of lukewarm on this one, the first two were more entertaining I think. I still liked it, and will read the next one, but of the three so far, this one isn't my favorite.
I finished Obsession, Deceit and Really Dark Chocolate by Kyra Davis last night, and while the writing was great, it was up to her usual goodness, I found myself having a really hard time enjoying the book. And the reason for that is because whoever wrote the cover blurb gave away things that didn't happen until 350 pages into the book. And this was a 390 page book. It took away a lot of what I felt should have been revelations and surprises.

I don't know, maybe we weren't supposed to be surprise
Ever read a mystery where you’ve already figured out who the culprit is and you’re only on page twenty? That was the case with Kyra Davis’ third Sophie Katz novel Obsession, Deceit and Really Dark Chocolate. I’d read the first two (in spite of the Red Dress line being a Harlequin imprint, a publisher I try to avoid at all costs save for a few stand-out titles) and found them to be sort of the whodunit equivalent of chick-lit. Sophie Katz is the half-black/half Jewish successful writer of pop mys ...more
Kym Collar
This is not a synopsis of what this novel is about. You can get that when you look at the page for it. I don't think there are many real spoilers in this review... i really have enjoyed the 3 Sophie Katz mysteries I've listened to. I liked this plot, the characters, and the truly laugh-out-loud moments. I am so glad i was cleaning house while listening, instead of grocery shopping. Not much character growth, but it is part of a series, so that should be gradual. We'll see. Sophie's lack of being ...more
Sarah Null
May 14, 2008 Sarah Null rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: liberal chick lit lovers
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This is the third book in the Sophie Katz series and the third that I have read. In this book, Sophie is enlisted by her old friend to investigate the friend’s husband. Of course, murder ensues at some point, and Sophie is again caught in the middle while trying to survive some threats of her own.

By this time in the series, I was hoping that Sophie would have learned from her past experiences and that she would not make so many thoughtless decisions that land her in danger. Well, she has not le
Very fun! Kyra Davis is one of those authors who (at least to me) just gets better and better at her craft the more she writes. THe story becomes more involved, more intricate and more entertaining as the series continues. I also love how she maintains the core group of characters. In fact the only person not in all of them (that i can think of) is sister, Leah, who isn't introduced until book two. She does an excellent job of maintaining consistency in that core group of characters, making the ...more
As though I needed another reason to read this book...
It just shot to the top of my endless TBR...

I had the opportunity to say hello to the amazing Kyra Davis in Memphis while she was traveling with the Belles on Wheels Book Tour. I asked sign a copy of this wonderful book for me!

Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate is the third Sophie Katz installment and I was pleased to find that Davis was able to keep her story moving a long in an entertaining and humorous manor.

Sophie reconnects with an old mentor who needs her help proving her husband is not cheating on her. In the first few pages Sophie has witnessed a murder and we are off and running. It's the same premise as the other books in this series with Sophie and her friends trying to solve an increasingly stran
Okay - read this all the way through, and it turned out to be pretty good. I learned way too much about some kinky sexual appetites, but the part that bothered me most was the first hundred pages of "setup".

Yeah, I figured out whodunnit early on, I just didn't have the "why" figured out. That was a good surprise, and the ending was well written. There are also some good relationship discussions, and the protagonist is working on her own relationship. Past issues, present conflicts, and personal
When I first started this next episode in the Sophie Katz series, I was disappointed. It lacked a lot of what made the other books enjoyable and I thought it would be my least favorite of the Sophie Katz series thus far. However, I was wrong. The book's story quickly picked up and it quickly became my favorite of the Sophie Katz series. The characters of Sophie & Anatoly were explored even further, the complications of their relationship seemed to be realistic complications that a lot of cou ...more
Tammi Thacker-Coleman
I was looking on iTunes for a good audio book to keep me busy while at the lake with my four teens & their friends. I found "Sex,Murder and a Double Latte" by: Kyra Davis and couldn't stop listening!

Now I've listened to or read all the books in The Sophie Katz series and can't wait for more!!

No matter how hard Sophie tries she just can't seem to stop getting involved in solving murder mysteries.

Sophie and her friends keep you drawn into every story right up until the last word.

Sophie's relat
I enjoyed the last sophie katz story I had to go out and buy story #3 in the series. The library doesn't own a copy! More laugh out loud moments. This plot remined me of a CSI episode involving consenting adults dressing up in animal costumes and it had a lot of politics in it-which could be a turn-off for some. There are 2 more books in the series. I read #4 first so I get to skip to #5( I believe it came out May 26)! Only the library doesn't own that one either so back to the bookstore! Stepha ...more
April 23/10 -- Chapter 18 --
April 24/10 -- finished --

um... OK... so maybe I live in a cave??
Yeah, this was not my fave.

Yes, everything was explained and neatly tied together in the end but it really felt forced and I didn't buy the villain's explanations. I also didn't feel the connection between Melanie and Sophie. Melanie kept too much to herself and in the end it was all for nothing.

I like Anatoly and find Sophie more insufferable.
There were some funny moments, as with the books 1 & 2,
I love the Sophie series and this story was quite good, though a big strange compared to the other books. It was interesting to learn more about the Furries and quite funny to have Sophie and Anatoly involved in that world. But I can't say I've ever been as surprised with the story line as I was in the first book. Nothing can probably live up to that one in this series so far!

edited to add (12/12): LOVED the audiobook version of this! Definitely laughed out loud and loved the ridiculousness of t
Liked this book because of the funny dialogue and the interactions between Sophie and Anatoly. However, it was all over the place with all the back-stabbing politicians and (in my opinion) a little messy at the end, when it was all supposed to be explained and when the mystery was solved. I still did not get the motives (view spoiler) ...more
Aprille Apple
First book by this author I have read. I enjoyed it, a little predictable but still worth my time.
I love the same things about this one as I do the others and this one doesn't disappoint, though there are a couple things in this one that are just plain odd. The weird thing is, they work for the story. Lots of politics in this one though, so don't get weighed down by that.

I read this one before the second book and while I was able to catch up relatively quickly, I was a little confused to start. It's best to read this series in order and not as stand alone books.

Sophie's friend Dena is in th
K. Williams
The build up on this was LONG! I didn't guess the killer right off the bat, so that was good, but the build up just didn't jive with the denoument if you ask me. This is the 2nd book in the Sophie Katz series that I've read & the MC is someone that I'm not sure if I totally like so I'm having trouble connecting with her, it makes it harder for me to care whether she solves the crime or is killed. I'm also not invested in the relationship between her and Anatoly (her Israeli PI boyfriend). Ho ...more
I like part of the story. The murder mysteries are not very compelling and reading about Sophie's bumbling investigation got very boring very fast. It is no longer cute or endearing. By now, Sophie should be a little better at the investigation. The only part of the story I enjoyed was her interaction with her friends and there was not nearly enough of this in the story line. I am a little annoyed that I paid for this book. I will finish the series but I will acquire from the library.

This is th
Finished the 3rd Sophie Katz book on Friday. And finally the herioine was not a drunken idiot. I still do not care for her but she didn't annoy me as much. The plot was entertianing and had some unexpected twists. I don't want to give it away but let's just say that there are a lot of sick Politicans who engage in very immoral and strange behavior. I'm glad the author showed a more human side to Sophie instead of crawling inside a vodka bottle whenever things got difficult. Also huge shout out t ...more
First book I read in the series (there we're two before), but it didn't seem to matter. There were a few small references to previous stories. But I was still able to enjoy it without missing out. It was a light, chick-lit mystery and the main character was likable and funny. I wouldn't go out of my way to read another, but it kept me entertained. The most interesting part of the story was her banter and relationship with her boyfriend which was both honest and well written. The mystery wasn't m ...more
I love this series but this is definitely so far the weirdest of the books in the series so far.

If you haven't read the other books, don't read this one. You will be turned off from the series if you only read this one, but if you know and love the series you can forgive the weirdness that is. It's still a very good book, just weird. I have to wonder if the author watched a very odd CSI episode and thought it would make a good story line for the book.

Either way - recommend the series!
This was a book I needed to ease my brain for a bit. It actually started out pretty good until about the last few chapters of the book. The story line was decent and entertaining THEN...the mystery in the story evolved into not only involving sneaky, backstabbing, murdering politicians....but people "who dress up in animal costumes and get it on with stuffed toys." Are you KIDDING me? I didn't think anyone would actually ever create a story out of something like that! Very, very strange...
The book is about Sophie, who is a successful novelist and a sort-of-inept amateur detective. She recieved a request from her long-time mentor to help prove that her husband is not cheating on her. However the guy got shot right after Sophie's meeting with him.
I quite like the heroin, although she's no Nancy Drew, and she doesnt really 'investigate' but rather tend to 'fall' into the mystery. Does help that the non-boyfriend boyfriend is a private investigor. :)
Shirley Worley
This book was my least favorite of the Sophie Katz mysteries. K Davis has a fun, quirky cast of characters that appear in all three books, but the subject matter of the plot just didn't do it for me. Maybe it was the political angle, or the 'furry' thing, I don't know. I also got lost about 2/3 way through trying to follow Sophie and Anatoly's process in making connections between all the players. Still a fun read, but not my favorite.
Eh. I didn't really like this one which makes me sad because I really liked the first two. It took the whole first half of the book for me to get interested at all. It kind of dragged. And I thought the whole furry thing was pretty stupid. However the last paragraph did get me interested in what might happen in the next one, but I was so disappointed in this one that I don't know if I'll actually read the next one!
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