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

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,429 Ratings  ·  206 Reviews
Je vous le dis: tout n'est pas si parfait qu'on croit dans la haute societe de San Francisco ! La preuve, ma s ur Leah, la perfection incarnee - mere au foyer accomplie, epouse de Bob Miller, un homme d'affaires incroyablement ennuyeux - decouvre du jour au lendemain: 1) que Bob la trompe; 2) que Bob git, le crane fracasse, sur la moquette blanche immaculee du salon conjug ...more
Published June 15th 2012 by Red Dress Ink (first published April 28th 2006)
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Erin L
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-pi, cozy-writer
Another fantastic, light vacation read. Perfect reading for the plane and for sitting in airports for long layovers.

I'm glad I've finally gotten around to discovering Sophie Katz and her delightful side-kicks. In this book, Sophie, Anatoly and Leah are investigating Leah's husband's murder. Leah (Sophie's sister) is suspect #1 as Bob was shot on the same day he told her he'd been having an affair and was leaving her for another woman.

This is another series I'd compare favorably to Stephanie Plum
Julie H.
Jun 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, mystery
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
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
Feb 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Loving Sophie Katz and her situations she is always finding herself in. And Anatoly sounds hot. One to book 3.
Cute, even though the sister and her son grated on me at times. Overall, I'm enjoying this series quite a bit.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of fun, witty and lighthearted. Loving this series for a less serious read! Will keep going with it.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it.
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
The relationships between each and all of the characters is what makes this series so special, entertaining, humorous, and fun. It is not unimaginable that someone like Sophie would refuse to listen to warnings and investigate her brother in laws death. It is also not unimaginable that someone would go to any length to stop her.
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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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
Kathleen Hagen
Sex, Passion and Killer Highlights, by Kyra Davis. B.
Produced by in partnership with the publisher, Harlequin.
This is the second book in a series published by harlequin in partnership with 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
Melissa Ward
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 "
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, audio-books
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
Leticia Vega
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
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, library, series
I really like this author's writing, it's funny and interesting and the story keeps me hooked. Once again the characters were great. It was nice seeing characters from the first book have a bigger role in this one, giving them more background. I figured out who done it late in the book but even then I wasn't completely correct so I like that's actually a mystery.
I wanted to read the third book but I'm not sure the library have that one but has the rest in the series so I'm skipping it and going
May 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 11, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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
Okay, so I liked this way better than the first of the series, which gives me hope, that if the author could make such a jump, especially as it's the second book that usually is the weakest in a series, then I may come to really enjoy the next one.
Albeit Sophie still acts just plain stupid a lot of times, she did show more sense overall.
As for Anatoly - sigh. I'm sorry, he just doesn't do it for me all that much. He changes his colors way too often. Frankly said, I see more sparks in her intera
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