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Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate

(Sophie Katz Murder Mystery #3)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,703 ratings  ·  135 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
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Red Dress Ink (first published January 1st 2007)
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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 che
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
It’s not everyday that you’re asked by your former mentor to try and seduce her husband. And it’s not everyday that he picks that night to get shot, leaving his would-be seductress as a witness to murder.

Sophie Katz thought she had seen- and written - enough violent crime to last at least a few months, but obviously she was wrong. Now, considering herself an amateur sleuth, she feels compelled to get to the bottom of another murder. One that her sexy-Russian-P.I of an ex is investigating, too. G
Mar 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Ugh. This might just be the worst mystery novel I have ever read. The heroine, Sophie, is vapid in an especially irritating 90's cliche way (actually this whole book is drenched with so many 90's cliches that only the 9-11 references convinced me it was published in the 2000s). She spends much of the book far more worried about her relationship with off-again, on-again boyfriend Anatoly than about the mystery. (Their relationship issues are resolved by Anatoly "getting" a celebrity reference tha ...more
The series gets better the more we get to know the characters. It wasn't lacking anything prior to this book, we just know everyone better. Sophie's relationship issues with Anatoly get more interesting, but I like how neither of them become pining, moping, emotional teenagers about it. Sophie's one liners, her group of friends and her curiosity to solve a mystery is what makes this series so awesome.
Nov 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Furries! Politicians! Plushies! I mean, what more could you ask for?
Sep 20, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
I normally love this character and series, and there was much that was extremely funny about the book... But I, seriously, can't understand why it took anyone in this book so long to figure anything out. I knew from the first chapter who the guy who was killed was referring to. I'm also surprised that Marcus didn't get what was happening when Sophie told him about the voice on the phone telling him that the voice said he "liked wearing a Panda suit."

Sophie also, never listened much to what the
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The mystery in this book wasn't as difficult to figure out, but the ride was just as fun as ever. I was glad to get to know Mary Ann little better in this book, and I knew Dena's professional expertise would once again come in handy for Sophie.
Renee M
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars. My least favorite of the three. I didn’t mind that the killer was obvious, but the politics was predictable. I did like the deepening of the character relationships, but I’d like to have had more of that. Still, it was a fun, light read and that’s what I was looking for.
Erin L
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I seriously love these mysteries. They're light, fun and intriguing. Plus - furries.

Hee hee. Furries.
Shoshana Frank
Excellent continuation of the series. Light political thriller elements.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Sophie and friends are alternately funny, fraught with drama, and endearing. And the mystery was a little twisty in a didn't-see-that-coming sort of way.
Brittany Filopanti
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am so obsessed with Sophie Katz. I'm mad that I've had these books for years and never finished the series. Ugh.
Brooke Sillaby
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Round up to 3.5 stars. Not quite as good as the first two books.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I knew it was him! After reading the first book in this series, I’ve come to pay attention to the underrated characters. I’m hoping the next book is a little less obvious.
Anika Cheung
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A little romance, and mystery.
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m having a lot fun reading this series. The dialogue is so funny. On to book #4!
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love these books so much. I need more!!
Sep 14, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: liberal chick lit lovers
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The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
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
Kim Griffin
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
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
Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
The basic premise is not bad. Sophie Katz is a half-Jewish, half-African American mystery writer with an unfortunate tendency to get mixed up in murder investigations. The husband of Sophie’s mentor & friend is killed in a drive by shooting – and the mentor asks if Anatoly, Sophie’s P.I. boyfriend, can investigate. Their on-again, off-again relationship currently being “off,” Sophie decides to investigate on her own. The story unfolds as a strange mix of political ambition and intrigue with ...more
Apr 16, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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