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Sex, Murder And A Double Latte

(Sophie Katz Murder Mystery #1)

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- Sex, Murder & A Double Latte is a surefire summer hit!
- This story has all the elements of a great chick-lit story (humor, pop culture and a lovable heroine) coupled with a solid and unique mystery plot.
- Sophie Katz is a dynamic, appealing and urban heroine, and she will appear in two follow-up stories. Readers will love her!
- Kyra Davis has also created memorable s
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Mass Market Paperback, 328 pages
Published March 21st 2006 by Red Dress Ink (first published January 1st 2005)
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Chuck
May 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
It's all about point of view. The narrator, Sophie Katz, is just downright funny and has an off kilter view of the world that makes it fun to view her San Francisco through her eyes. Some will compare the author, Kyra Davis, to Janet Evanovich, and it's probably a fair comparison--both Sophie Katz (Davis' protagonist) and Stephanie Plum (Evanovich's hero) are girly girl single women who live alone with cats and who continually wind up in situations where there life was in peril. Some have called ...more
Nicole
Apr 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a great book
Recommended to Nicole by: i found it in a book store
OMG! this is the book that introduced everyone to the world of Sophie Katz. Once i read this book i was wanting more... then a while later i decided to search again and found Kyra had released 2 more Sophie novels... These books are the most amazing books i have ever read. I would even pick these over Twilight..and i love that series too. Kyra knows how to get you into the story and makes you want more and feel like you are right there as its all happening. It keeps you on your toes and guessing ...more
Andrea
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book hooked me right away. It was so much fun! The MC was a hoot and her sidekicks took it up a few notches. Add in a murder mystery, a stalker, witty banter, a few LOL moments and a Russian hottie and it was one entertaining book.

I'll be starting the next one tomorrow.
Kana
I'm not done with this book, mainly because I hit the wrong button on my ipod and ended up screwing up the audiobook. Anyway, I can safely say I love this author and her characters. OMG, another Russian hottie and witty-strong willed woman. I love it. I actually read the fourth book in this series (not realizing it was the fourth), and I loved the dynamic created. So I'm starting from the beginning and the author has not disappointed. This is an awesome story. It would qualify as 'light reading' ...more
April Wood
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked on this book from the surprising long, (70 page), Google preview I read online. You wouldn't imagine my disappointment when trying to purchase the paperback, and learning that it was out of print. Fortunately, I was able to purchase this book USED for only a dollar from an independent seller on Ebay. It was well worth all the effort...

Mystery writer Sophia Katz is convinced that a crazed killer has been letting himself into her apartment, rearranging her things. The police don't bel
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Johanna
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Well, it really should be called Three Murders, Two Frappuchinos, and NO Sex....

But it is an entertaining quick read that won't tax your brain, which is something everyone needs in their life from time to time.
Circa
Dec 01, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
I can't say I actually read the book as in finished it but I gave it the fifty pages test and it failed. It's like all the other negative reviews said: it's shallow, unoriginal, the characters are stereotyped, and the dialogue tries too hard to be clever. People don't talk like that!
Holly Lee (Bellas Novella)
Jan 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
I love any book that has a kickass female lead. I saw this cover and couldn't resist. Granted, the female lead turned out to be not all the kickass, but not for lack of trying. Ladies and Gentleman, I have for you another author to watch.

I believe that this book is currently out of print. I know that the audio version is downloadable for maybe 10 bucks on itunes. I am sure you can get it secondhand as well. Just know that I won't give you my copy!

Kyra Davis writes like a pro. Her plot was engagi
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Jess
Jul 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, mystery
This was a solid 3 stars for me. Someone recommended it to me because I like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. I had to run out to the library and get it to see for myself. I enjoyed this book, and while there were some basic similarities between the two series it wasn't anything blatantly obvious.

I really liked Sophie's character. She had an interesting view of the world around her and she was really amusing. Her friends were all oddballs, and the situations she found herself in were hig
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Krista
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, 2016, series
I liked it. I was funny, interesting, great characters, witty dialogue, and the twists were good. I took this out because I thought it was be okay plus murder mystery, could be pretty good and it passed my expectations. I can't wait to read the rest in the series.
4/5
Deborah
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it
If it were edible it would be cool whip. You're not even certain it's a real food product, it might just be chemicals suspended in air. But damn if you can't eat the whole container in one sitting.
Sunny
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Sophie Katz is a half African-American, half Jewish author who has just finished her latest book, and has a movie in the works. Having a cause to celebrate, she decides to stop at Starbucks to get a sugar drink- sorry, Caramel Brownie Frappuccino- and pat herself on the back. Perfectly harmless, right?

But she jumped the gun with that little pick-me-up, because soon after, the would-be director of her movie is found with his wrists slit, and a suicide note to top it off.

As if having her career ta
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Violet
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Sugar, ah honey honey
You are my candy girl
And you got me wanting youuuuuuu

And now that tune is stuck in your head forever.

More of a 2,556 stars rating, but what a heck, all tales of the City automatically get an extra star.

Fun&fast, a read with some totally predictable twists. Characters are cute and there's not that many of them, so it's very easy to simply deduct who did it. Life simulates art, narrator's faux Russian accent is atrocious, but the humor, banter and all that coffee infused
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Megan
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
okay so this book was quite a surprise for me, a good surprise! I am not a huge fan of mystery books. They tend to stress me out because I have no patience and I need to know who did it immediately. But this book was listed in the humor section of the audible romance package lists so Igave it a shot. And I kind of loved it. It gave me Stephanie Plum vibes.

It was so good that as soon as this one was over I started on the second one and I am loving that one too!
Roxanne Montelongo
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't expect much from this one, and it still left me underwhelmed. It felt a little forced, and the characters were stereotypical and flat. The "twist" becomes painfully obvious about halfway through, and the "playful banter" drags. I really wanted to like it, but no luck.
Dana "dew"
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
SEX, MURDER, AND A DOUBLE LATTE was one of the audio books I picked up from Audible (and at a steal) for under $5. (Yeah, me!) I almost didn't pick this one up. I admit it. I can be a snob sometimes. I had never heard of Kyra Davis or the Sophie Katz series; and when I did a bit of research (by 'research' I mean I Googled Kyra Davis. --- Is it just me or does using "Google" as a verb sound slightly dirty? My apologies to the author.) Where was I...?

Right! When I did a bit of research, I was brou
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Rachel Smalls
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This is really 2.5 stars. This series was recommended to me by a friend, so I finally located a copy I could read for free and dove in. I could see what the intent was with this book. Sophie Katz was supposed to be quirky and witty, and at times she was, but overall my impression of her and the story fell flat. There were way too many conversations were I felt some action was needed to move the plot along. I don't mind humor in books; however, the final moment with Sophie and Anatoly (whom she h ...more
AlenGarou
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi dispiace Sophie, ma il frapuccino non è considerabile come un caffè. È un milkshake! (e nemmeno tanto decente)

Questo romanzo si può riassumere come una puntata di Sex and the City unita a CSI.
In sé è senza pretese; il classico libro da leggere sotto l’ombrellone o durante una giornata afosa perché è leggero, ironico e veloce.
La protagonista della vicenda è la famosa scrittrice di gialli Sophie Katz. La povera Sophie, che vive con Mr. Katz (il suo gatto che merita un premio come comparsa speci
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Jen
Sophie Katz is a successful novelist who specializes in murder mysteries. Her first book is about to be turned into a movie when the producer is found dead, apparently having committed suicide, and her movie is put on indefinite hold. Sophie is upset about the incident, and she isn't entirely certain that she really believes it was suicide, but soon enough she is more worried about a burgeoning relationship with a tall, handsome new guy in town. Then a series of increasingly less coincidental in ...more
Kath
Jan 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, fast, read with some twists. It sort of reminds me of Mary Janice Davidson's Undead series without the supernatural aspect. Sophie and her friends are absolutely fun and hillarious. Lots of sarcastic humor in this one that will have you laughing out loud. Then there's Anatoloy, her mysterious love interest who happens to be Russian. Of course, there's also a focus on Sophie's love for Starbuck's. You gotta love that.

There appears to be a killer out there that it imitating art. When a movie
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Christina
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Jessica  Sinn (Books and Trouble)
Part J.B Fletcher, part Miranda from Sex in the City, this sassy gumshoe is a fantastic female lead! Her witty one-liners literally had me laughing out loud, which can be rather awkward when smooshed between two people on an airplane! I especially enjoyed the witty banter between Sophie and her gang of sidekicks, which consists of a ditzey makeup artist, an endearingly sarcastic sex shop owner, a flakey artist who thinks he’s part vampire, and a fabulous gay hairstylist who just can’t let Sophie ...more
Tasha enderby
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, book-club-books
I am going to give this book a full four stars but I am not sure the ending deserves that full rating. The book starts out really well, it's funny, easy to relate to, a variety of charectors that bring bring a great personality to the book but then the story lines begins to drag. By the time I got to the last few chapters I was ready for it to end. This book keeps referring the her first book and I think I need to read it just to help make this story round out. I would not suggest reading this b ...more
Meredith Galman
Nov 01, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
Negligible chick lit mystery about an author who thinks a stalker might be setting her up for a murder straight out of one of her own books. I never thought Janet Evanovich was a genius writer, but compared to her imitators she's James freaking Joyce. Hardly an original moment in the whole book, particularly the characters of Sophie's friend Marcus (gay hairstylist stereotype) and mother (Jewish mother stereotype). The murderer's identity is transparent if you pay even a smidgen of attention to ...more
Lesley
Jun 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
Considering how light hearted the story I must say I'm pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It's quite fluffy and a fast and easy read with well thought out characters and a decent story line, coupled with lots of amusing situations and interplay means that while it won't win any major awards, it is enough to keep you coming back for more (in between a lot more serious and "heavy" reads). I can't wait to see if the relationship between Sophie and Anatoly progresses any. We should all h ...more
Heather
May 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sophie-katz, 2010
Fast, fun read. I enjoyed the characters immensely...I love chicks that kick ass (or at least TRY to!). I liked how the author found a way to introduce several different characters (aka: suspects) without overwhelming me with too many names & people to remember. Therefore, I found myself really trying to figure out whodunit the entire book, not wanting to put it down until he/she was discovered! And being able to laugh while the puzzle was coming together made the book even more enjoyable. I ...more
Meaghan
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery, chick lit
Shelves: chick-lit
Honestly, I picked up this book simply because of the title. I figured if she, the author, could make me laugh from just the title, she could make me enjoy her book. Overall, it read very much like a Janet Evanovich novel, but with a plot that makes a little more sense. Characters are loud, enjoyable with just a dash of quirky that I love. The plot gets a little long in the towards the end, but I still really enjoyed this read.
Sherri F.
This was a real good one maybe even 4.25+ It was my first Kyra Davis & first in this series. I loved it from 1st page when Sophie (Black Jewish novelist) said to her mother "smut is nondemoninational" in answer to her mother commenting that shiksas wrote about such sexual things in addition to murder in her books. It had great characters, plot, mystery as well as humor, far more than I expected. Can't wait to read me more in the series if they are all this good.
Elizabeth Berg
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This just became my favorite chick-lit novel. I hadn't read one for years, but thanks to a sale on iTunes this weekend, I found this hilarious novel. I automatically adore an author who can make me laugh-out-loud, not just once, but several times throughout a novel.

Kyra Davis, and her character Sophie Katz, are witty, sharp, realistic and just overall lovable characters. I'm excited to tackle #2.
Stephanie
Jul 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Myster, Crime,Chick Lit
Shelves: audiobook
Sophie Katz is a mystery writer that gets thrown into a situation where someone is trying to kill her by emulating the deaths in her own books.

Much along the lines of other popular female kick ass leads like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum (which is my favorite book series) Kyra Davis gives us a character with a unique take on the world with her cynical commentary.

On audiobook, it was a fun read. The narrator's voice was pleasant enough as were her takes on Russian and Italian accents.
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