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Passion, Betrayal And Killer Highlights (A Sophie Katz Murder Mystery #2)

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Sophie Katz has just offered a man $12,000 for his services… Is she desperate or just meshugeneh?

Considering the kind of disasters that usually befall the half-black, half-Jewish mystery writer, probably both. Because the last time Sophie saw sexy P.I. Anatoly Darinsky, he practically danced a jig when she waved goodbye�a normal reaction for a man who'd nearly bought the

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Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by Red Dress Ink (first published April 28th 2006)
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Julie H.
With a title like this, it didn't have to be good! I started this late one night/early one morning after finishing Laura Lippman's What the Dead Know--which was simply too unsettling to send your subconscious off into 5-6 hours of obsessing over--and it was just the trick. Main character Sophie Katz is a mystery writer cum-slightly incompetent but well-intentioned detective (a la Stephanie Plum as bounty hunter in Janet Evanovich's series) whose sister has just learned that her husband is having...more
Tina
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! If was a bright, funny mystery novel featuring half black-half Jewish mystery writer Sophie Katz. Her wanna be Martha Stewart sister, Leah is accused of the murder of her husband Bob.

But Sophie is convinced of Leah's innocence. She hires the handsome Russian PI Anatoly to help investigate Bob's murder. The two of them uncover facts about Bob's double life and the two of them get closer together as well.

Like I said, this book was fun. I loved the characterizations...more
Vicki
Great follow up to the adventures of Sophie Katz. Once again she gets involved with people she shouldn't have but manages to make it work in the end with help from her handsome Russian crush and her band of friends: hairdresser, make up consultant, and sex toy shop keeper. The book series is fast paced and entertainingly funny.
Shirley Worley
This second book in the series brings Sofie and her Russian love interest, Anatoly, closer together as they try to prove her sister Leah is innocent of murdering her womanizing husband. The two sisters seem as different as night and day. Frankly, even for a light-hearted chick-lit, Leah gets on my nerves a bit and her poor parenting skills seem off-kilter for a woman who coveted being a wife and mother and providing her executive husband with all the material appearances of a perfect life. I thi...more
Dee Dee Walker
This book just didn't have enough substance to keep me interested. I was hoping to find something comparable to Janet Evanivitch but it fell flat. I found the humor was mostly in the form of sarcastic one liners. I can't say that the plot really worked for me either.
Leticia Vega-Boggs
Ok. So I was rolling my eyes at times, but it was just as fun of a read as the first. Yeah, its predictable. Yeah, it has it's fair share of clichés. Oh, but it was fun. So if you're looking for a light and fun escape, then its definitely worth it. But if you're looking for something smart and intellectually challenging, don't even think about picking this one up.

Though it was just as fun as the first book in the series- I didn't run out and buy the next book in the series. After two books, I g...more
Holly
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Chibineko
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 spoiler...more
Kathleen Hagen
Sex, Passion and Killer Highlights, by Kyra Davis. B.
Produced by audible.com in partnership with the publisher, Harlequin.
This is the second book in a series published by harlequin in partnership with Audible.com. Sophie and Leah Katz are Jewish on their mother’s side of the family and African-American on their father’s side of the family. Sophie, the protagonist, is a crime fiction writer. Leah calls Sophie in tears because her husband has just informed her that he wants a divorce to marry a yo...more
Kara
I began this book on audio immediately after finishing the first (which literally got me hooked to this series). I loved the first one SO much that I may have had really really high expectations. Having said that, this book was good, but didn't pick up in my opinion till the last third. Also for some reason, Sophie's compulsive lying and inability to almost never have a serious moment really began to ware on me. Though they are her main traits (which I found funny in the first book)I think it wa...more
Johnsergeant
Entertaining - in the style of Janet Evanovitch's Stephanie Plum stories. The main characters are jewish/black american, so an interesting twist. The narrator did a good job.

Narrated by Gabra Zackman

9 hrs and 42 mins

Publisher's Summary

Sophie Katz has just offered a man $12,000 for his services. Is she desperate or just meshugeneh?
Considering the kind of disasters that usually befall the half-black, half-Jewish mystery writer, probably both. Because the last time Sophie saw sexy P.I. Anatoly Dari...more
Laurie
Second book of a romance murder mystery series always seems better in character wise, you seem to have more of a love for the romance better by then and then I hooked and just keep reading the next books to see what's going to happen to the two in the future. The murder part of this one was good, very drawn out but good. It needed a side story or something to help push it along.
Melissa Ward
Kyra Davis - Passion, Betrayal and Killer Highlights
Red Dress Inc, 2006.

Following Davis' fiery debut novel to the Sophie Katz series, Passion, Betrayal and Killer Highlights comes as a bit of a let down. The suspense is surely lacking for the first portion of the story. Sophie encounters a new type of terror, one that threatens her slightly annoying, but still blood, sister. Despite the potential this story has, the plot fails to ever thicken enough to stand up to its predecessor. The supposed "...more
Kym Collar
This was a fun listen. There were some good, laugh-out-loud moments, a couple of slow bits, and there really are mystery & suspense involved. I can usually figure out who committed the crime relatively early in a book, but not so much these. Kyra Davis has recurring and peripheral characters, and maybe if she fleshed out the peripheral ones a little more, it could serve to heighten the mystery, though conversely, it may make it too easy to figure out.
There are generally 3 things I want fro...more
Urs
Apr 14, 2013 Urs rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Romantic suspense and chicklit lovers
This is the second book in the series, and it is the second one that I have read. In this book, mystery writer Sophie is up to her usual clumsy and fun sleuthing skills when she has to help her sister. Sophie's sister, Leah is a murder suspect this time, and Sophie enlists her favorite PI to help them find the real killer.

This was another quick, fun read from Kyra Davis. I was glad to see the return of Anatoly and more development of his relationship with Sophie. I was not sure if he would retur...more
Laura
I absolutely loved the first book in this series, and unfortunately was let down a little bit by this book. I knew within the first few chapters the few paths this book could take. I didn't feel there was the element of surprise or suspense I felt when I read Sex, Murder and a Double Latte.

That being said, this was still a great read and I read it in roughly a 24 hour period. I'm 100% on Team Anatoly - so I was very happy with his presence in the book. This is a great book that combines chick li...more
Karen Rowe
No One Messes with My Sister

Leah is the kind of sister that makes you wonder if they you have the same parents. Sophie shows what lengths she will go through and how much money she will spend to protect her sister.

I love Sophie and her friends, Dena, Mary Ann, and Marcus.
Marisa
This book was an excellent sequel for me. While I did feel like the story played out very closely to the end of the last book and was therefore a tad unrealistic, I loved how this author does not feel the need to introduce several new characters of varying levels of neuroses to keep the prose exciting. This mystery was a slightly harder to crack in my opinion because of the layers of crime and indiscretions going on with the victims in the book, but at the same time it was a good read because it...more
Penney
This series makes me laugh, a lot. The eclectic cast is great, the mysteries are interesting and overall it's an entertaining read. My only problem, and the one thing that keeps this from being a four star read, is that the main character makes stupid mistake, after stupid mistake, after stupid mistake and never seems to learn from them. Or maybe she just doesn't care, that actually would be more in character for her. It's just annoying to read a book while constantly thinking, "Why is she doing...more
Kath
I somehow managed to transpose books 2 and 3 in this series, but I was easy to figure out the gaps. A great story that will really keep you guessing who did it and why. Like the others, it's filled with comedy, suspense and a little romance.

I am not a fan of Sophie's sister, who's accused of murder in this one, but she does lighten up a bit in this one and we get to see more from Sophie's very Jewish mother, who's a real hoot. And not to forget Anatoly, their relationship picks up in this book....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...more
Angie
Je l'ai trouvé particulièrement long et fouillis. Le plus dur aura été la concrétisation de mes craintes, à savoir exploitation honteuse et abusive de ses origines et sa religion pour donner dans les clichés faciles (pourtant elle s'est inspirée de sa propre vie pour créer Sophie et sa famille), mais Davis en est fan jusque dans le portrait de ses personnages stéréotypés. J'ai été prise d'une forte envie de voir disparaitre l'agaçante Léah tout au long de l'histoire, et redoutais les passages où...more
Tracey
A fun family adventure ans a murder mystery. This is the second of the Sophie Katz novels, I like Sophie so much that I will have to find the first of this series and read on. In short, Sophie an author and mischief maker finds herself suddenly trying to clear her homemaker, straight-laced sister of the murder of her filandering ordinary husband. With the assistance of Sopie's seemingly nemesis Anatoly who happens to be a private investigator their detective hyjinx begin. Enjoyable to the last p...more
Stephanie P
What ruined this book for me was when the writer quipped about how someone was acting like they had Asperger's, because of their lack of social skills. My son has Asperger's Syndrome (a high-functioning Autism) and I didn't see this as funny or cute. She also used God's name in vain REPEATEDLY.

However, if the above does not bother you, you may like it. It has a fast-paced story with plenty of twists and turns. I gave the 1 star, because the criteria on GoodReads says that 1 star means I "didn't...more
Janet
i thought this book was awesome first i was so happy when anatoly and sophie finally get together and i was happy with the story i loved all the characters and i loved sophie. plus i loved the sex scenes it was cool and HHOOTT and it was cool i mean the way anatoly was tempting sophie with her coffe addiction doing all those things with the coffee beans that was H.O.T plus it was funny too i just love romantic comedies with a little murder on the side if like books like that and love the smart a...more
Stephanie
I really enjoyed this book! I especially liked that it picked up right where the first book ended so there wasn't a lot of lost time where I was left to guess what was going on. I got caught up in this book much quicker than I did in the first one and I seriously could not put it down. It was very fast paced and overall an excellent read.

I do wish we got to see a little bit more of Marcus, Dena, and Mary Ann. Especially since they were such major players in the first book. Their contributions in...more
Ashlie Sydel
Finished book 2 in the Sophie Katz series and I can honestly say I liked it 10x more then the first one. I still can't stand Sophie and I'm not sure how or why other people refer to her as lovable. She's an alcoholic who makes bad decisions and gives bad advice. But this book focused on her sister being blamed for the murder of her unfaithful prick husband. There was also a lot of race talk. Being bi-racial I was able to relate to the positive and negative sterotyping in this book. Looking forwa...more
Ubalstecha
Sophie Katz is back, and this time she's trying to figure out who killed her brother-in-law. Initially it's hard to find anyone, but quickly Bob's double life is revealed. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), Sophie has to enlist the help the sexy private eye, Anatoly, because her sister has become the prime suspect.

Sophie is her usual over-the-top self, stumbling across clues and getting herself (and her sister) deeper and deeper into trouble. Author Davis has delivered a nice diversion read f...more
Grace
Did not think I would enjoy this one as much, but the mystery was every bit as good as the first one. Good as in it was an intriguing reason for killing, and you don't suspect who it is, but when it pans out, it's not like a Scooby-doo mystery where it's that random person wearing a hat that appeared in the third scene. You MIGHT have suspected that person, but didn't. Not bad, and you like the main character a bit more in this book. But the male interest is truly appalling. I cannot understand...more
Anne
I know these books may never be recognized as works of great literature but I am loving the Sophie Katz series.

This book has all the same characters as the first one except now Sophie's sister is suspected of murdering her husband. The characters are all quite witty and I love the banter between Sophie and Anatoly. The murder mystery kept me guessing as well although I'm not sure there was any way to deduce what was happening as Davis only reveals all the facts at the very end. Still it was a v...more
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Kyra Davis was born in Santa Clara, California. Her mother was single at the time of her birth and raised her with the help of Kyra's maternal grandparents in Santa Cruz, California. Her mother's side of the family is Jewish of Eastern European descent. Her father was African American and lived in Los Angeles.

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