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

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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 che
Mar 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I am so obsessed with Sophie Katz. I'm mad that I've had these books for years and never finished the series. Ugh.
Anika Cheung
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little romance, and mystery.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love these books so much. I need more!!
Sep 14, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: liberal chick lit lovers
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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  ·  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
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
May 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books, 2012
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
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,
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
Valerie Andrews
Sophie claims she's as good a detective as her ex-boyfriend Anatoly, and she's going to prove it by finding out who killed her mentor's husband. As Sophie enters the world of political intrigue, she learns that politics makes some really strange bedfellows, and one of those fellows – or gals – might be making serious threats against her.

Will she be able to find out who dunnit before they done her in? Will she be able to come to terms with her father's death years before? Will she be able to quit
Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tammi Thacker
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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!

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
Kenesha 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
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