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Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss (A Sophie Katz Murder Mystery #4)

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Mystery writer and dabbling recreational sleuth Sophie Katz is head over heels in love—with a three-bedroom Victorian. She's just got to have it, despite a few drawbacks. Her slimy ex is the Realtor. The rich, creepy seller wants her to join San Francisco's spirited Specter Society. And her first tour of the house reveals, well, a lifeless body clutching a cameo with a dis ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Mira (first published January 1st 2009)
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Susan
I started off liking this book and it's characters but half way through the book they were really getting on my nerves. By the end of the book I was sorry more of them hadn't been murdered. The plot was goofy and mystery almost none existent.
Terri Clark
Jul 05, 2009 Terri Clark rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Friends who like chick lit, lots of humor, and a little mystery thrown in.
Shelves: mysteries
Forget Manolos and Cosmopolitans, trade New York for San Francisco, Mr. Big is no Anatole, and your new BFF is Sophie not Carrie.

This series is a delightful romantic romp with a little mystery and a lot of humor mixed together to create one absolutely FABULOUS read. Kyra Davis's leading lady is one feisty chick who seems to attract murderers and crazy people [and that's just her friends and family:]. Sophie Katz's most endearing qualities are her addiction to Starbucks and the enlightening conv
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Lisa Kay
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(This is a review of the audiobook.) I just love Ms. Davis’ clever Sophie Katz Murder Mystery series, but I’ve never heard one of her books on audio. I have this one in paperback and hadn’t gotten around to reading it. Alas, then audible.com had a sale. Eep!

Gabra Zackman does a nice job reading this one, doing a great job differentiating the voices. I liked Sophie Kate’s Private Investigator boy
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Liz
This will be a great beach/pool read for mystery lovers. This is the 4th in a series of mysteries by Kyra Davis but you can begin with this one and pick up the others later. Divorcee Sophie Katz lives in San Francisco and loves her designer coffee. She also loves Victorian houses and is going to be able to purchase one--not because she can afford it but because her ex-a sleazy realator thinks he can get it for her "at a steal." However, the house comes with conditions attached and Sophie loves t ...more
Kana
Okay, this author has about 6 books in this mystery/suspense series. I read the fourth in the series, cause I'm silly. And I enjoyed it a great deal. The book stood easily on it's own, so even though I hadn't read the first three, I didn't feel as if I was missing alot. They referenced previous books, and side stories from those, but nothing major. And again, the hottie is a Russian ex-spy/awesomeness. I appreciated the the humor, the sex scenes, and story. The book wasn't very long, but I am ha ...more
Chicken Lit'er
Sophie Katz strikes gold in this mystery/women's lit thriller. The author, Kyra Davis, kept me guessing right up until the very end with twists and turns along the way! This novel is Davis' best, by far, mixing themes of mystery, romance, family and non-stop action.

5 exuberant stars!
Moira
"I believe there are only three things we can count on to make this world bearable: good friends, a loving family (even when they're as crazy as mine) and certain mood-altering substances, mainly caffeine and vodka." I fell in love with this book with the third sentence. This book is part of an on-going saga (of which I have read none), but Sophie and her kooky friends are entertaining as all get out. I don't understand some of the personal drama between Sophie and her lover it would seem previo ...more
Isis Persephone
Sophie is back, and she's just as funny, neurotic, and danger-attracting as ever! What starts out as a real estate transaction--albeit one that would be oh-so-much-better if the real estate agent wasn't Sophie's ex-husband--becomes a multiple murder mystery with a creepy supernatural twist. The new characters were well developed and the old ones even more so, and as always, Anatoly's super sexy. Unfortunately, in this book Sophie tiptoed over the line into the Too Stubborn to Live category of h ...more
Julie
Good grief, these are funny! They tide me over until the next Stephanie Plum novel comes out. Highly recommended for anyone who's an Evanovich junkie.
Janina
Anatoly makes my mouth water.
Cara Purcell
Lust, Loathing, and a Little Lip Gloss is another great book in the Sophie Katz series. I loved this one just as much as the others, Sophie is back with her stellar sleuth skills and quick wit that makes you laugh out loud while reading. Many times while reading this book I got the “is that lady crazy look” for busting out laughing in public. Anatoly is sexy and sweet as ever and I was so happy with the way these two are progressing in their relationship. The paranormal side of the story keeps i ...more
JoLene
This is the 4th installment of the Sophie Katz mystery series. Sophie is a mystery writer living in San Francisco, who has a wacky set of friends and a hot Russian boyfriend (one star is given just for him). This installment has Sophie dealing with some things from her past including her ex-husband who makes her an offer she can't refuse.

Normally I have to space out books in a mystery series because they are too formulaic. There are some elements of a formula as Sophie always stumbles onto a bod
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Holly Lee (Bellas Novella)
I have the review of Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss here, as well as the winner of a copy of this fabulous book!

Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss is the fourth novel in a series about a novelist turned amateur detective. Sophie Katz has no idea how she keeps finding herself in these situations, her mother has taken to calling her "the mortician", due to the fact that she is forever finding dead bodies. Can you imagine what this would do to a nice Jewish mother? oy!

Sophie has a bit of
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Brooke
I was really cautious when I picked up this novel because it had been on my 'to-read' list for awhile and even though I had read the previous novels in the series, I found that it had been such a long time I couldn't remember anything surrounding the storyline. Luckily, that was not a problem at all. This book could have easily been a standalone novel and I was quite happy about that. It was the ideal cute, girly, poolside read that I was aiming for and it had me laughing and lusting for the won ...more
Cathy
Another Sophie Katz mystery filled with humor, love, sex, betrayal, murder and - this time - ghosts from the past. Poor Sophie can't seem to go anywhere without stumbling upon a dead body (or two). I never know how Sophie's going to get herself out of the mess she always seems to land herself in. In the 4th book in the series, with help from PI boyfriend, Anatoly, ex-husband, Scott and his girlfriend, Venus and an odd-house-seller, Kane, Sophie finds her dream home. At a price that might not be ...more
Laura
I liked this book because I learned so much more about Sophie's family, as well as her steamy relationship with Anatoly. However - it took me quite a long time to get into and I just never felt connected to the book. I was often very confused about the character's names and telling people apart. I'm not sure if I just read this at a bad time in my life (I'm swamped with everything else and haven't been reading much lately) or if this book just wasn't spot on for me...

Love the series though and L
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Farah
Lust Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss, the fourth book in the Sophie Katz further follows the headstrong frappocino loving writer as she attempts to buy a home. And of course, in true Sophie fashion the entire process is far from simple and includes as a few dead people. Proving once and for all how fabulous Sophie is because despite the body count that follow close encounters with her, she always gets invited to rub shoulders with the fabulous.. I did see some suprises coming in this book but ot ...more
Darcy
I love this series, Sohpie is an interesting woman with fun friends. I love that she goes off and does all these goofy things, that seem perfectly normal to her at the time, but then afterwards when she has time to think she realizes that it wasn't the best thing. This book is no different. Breaking into Kane's house was very funny, and watching her deal with Dena and her men issues. But I think the best thing about this book was bittersweet, her realization that the person she thought was perfe ...more
Carrie
This was cute and entertaining, part of a cute and entertaining series.

The problem is, that I get this series very confused with Laura Levine's Jaine Austen series. They both are "chick lit" style mysteries about women who are writers, live alone, have an eccentric family, a (stereotypical?) gay best friend, a wacky female best friend, and who inadvertently come across dead bodies in their day to day life. The only difference is whether or not they are successful writers.

This means that as I rea
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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
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J
BEWARE of spoilers. One man's book flap summary is another man's spoiler.
I don't hide or promote my reviews.

This was amusing. It was also a trifle.
Ashlie
Finally I am falling in love with this series and Sophie. There were so many suspects I couldn't pin point the bad guy or guy(s) until the author did her big reveal. Love the dynamic of the Katz family and really felt for the trama that all the characters expereienced. This was heavier then they other books. Sophie was still stubborn and did stupid things but noting to the point where you wanted to slap her. Her relationship is progressing at a believable rate and all together it was just a good ...more
Susan
Sophie Katz has the opportunity to buy a Victorian house in San Francisco. The price is really low, but beyond that, Sophie feels that the house is destined to be hers. Unfortunately, her sleazy ex-husband is the real estate broker involved, and the new owner of the house makes the sale contingent on some rather peculiar conditions, including Sophie's pledge to take out a lifetime membership in the San Francisco Spectre Society. Is the house haunted, as the owner believes? The mysterious murder ...more
Theresa Honeycheck
This was a great fun, quick, easy read. Author is entertaining and funny.
Melissa Ward
Kyra Davis - Lust, Loathing, and a Little Lip Gloss
Mira, 2009.

Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss truly brings Sophi Katz back into full action. Though the fire between her and now longtime boyfriend Anatoly tests the winds in this book, their romance burns on stronger than ever, as do Davis' gripping sex scenes. The plot twists and turns in every direction, seeming to point to one possible antagonist. Typical Davis however, does not make it that easy. This ghost story/murder mystery/romance/h
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Kathryn Moore
over all good. But started to get side-tracked toward the end. Just added to much useless story line.
#4 in the series.
Sherry
Not my favorite Kyra Davis book.
Jennifer
Enjoyable. Far fetched at time but it's fiction.
M.J. Heiser
I can always count on Kyra Davis to make San Francisco, sleuthing, and girly diversions magically transform into some yummy fiction.

1. I love Marcus, the dark-skinned, gay hairdresser friend. I would do anything to have one of those in my life.
2. Kyra, honey, you need to stop using the word "hedge" the way you do. I cringe every time your main character says that she "hedged" instead of saying that she "said" something.
3. Somehow, these books make even the bad guys fascinating.
4. Anatoly IS sex
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Claudia Kwanho
I thought that this book was a really good book because I could not stop reading it. I do not know why I thought that it was so good, maybe because the twists in the story are so utterly amazing and unbelievable that I did not expect it at all. The author did a very good job with connecting all the details and clues together to make a very thorough and satisfying end. Also the author did not completely focus on just the murder, she also expressed the importance of friendship and family through ...more
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A Sophie Katz Murder Mystery (6 books)
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  • Passion, Betrayal And Killer Highlights (A Sophie Katz Murder Mystery #2)
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