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Sex, Murder and a Double Latte

(Sophie Katz Murder Mystery #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  7,637 ratings  ·  576 reviews
Thriller scribe Sophie Katz is as hard-boiled as a woman who drinks Grande Caramel Brownie Frappuccionos can be; maybe it's from a lifetime of fielding dumb comments about her half-black, half-Jewish ethnicity. ("My sister's married to a Polynesian! I just love your culture!") So Sophie knows it's not paranoia, or post-divorce, living-alone-again jitters, when she becomes ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 328 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Red Dress Ink (first published January 1st 2005)
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Adi Rocks Socks
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Adi Rocks Socks by: Ashley
A solid 3 star read, I enjoyed the book. (Spoiler free review)

Things I Liked:
- a Jewish WOC as the narrator
- the concept of a book within a book #bookception
- the murderer's motive (so crazy and so novel)
- lgbt rep (?)

Things I Disliked:
- the jokes got a bit grating after a while; they were repeated so often
- the stereotypes, oh gawd, the stereotypes: gay men are always into fashion/work in the fashion field, are super sassy, and exist only to help the striaght female MC out with her love life
- t
Monica **can't read fast enough**
Okay, this is exactly what I expected from a cozy mystery. A main character who almost has it together, funny yet corny humor, secondary characters that are just shy of silly (but for me in a good way), a mystery surrounding murders that made sense, and an overall enjoyable read. If you are looking for gritty and complicated this won't be your thing, but if you are looking for well written quick to read entertainment that you can fly through like a row of Oreo cookies this may be your jam. I'm v ...more
I liked this a bit more.
Still not my normal thing but my mind is tired🤷🏾‍♀️
Original Review:
Funny, chick lit, cozy mystery and ultimately not my thing.
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
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
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.
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. ...more
M.  [storme reads a lot]
I love that it’s about a Jewish BIPoC woman. That’s amazing. I liked the cheesy dialogue that comes with cozy mysteries since I’ve been reading a lot. But this one was a disappointment. The way she treated her love interest and tried to say he was going to assault her was false, and gives the narrative that women should spread false accusations. As someone who’s survived assault, Thai bothered me. I also didn’t get why the killer was who they were when they barely played a role so it was just la ...more
Circa Girl
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! ...more
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.
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
Ms. Woc Reader
I read this book years ago and it was one of the first mysteries I enjoyed. Since it's a series I am familiar with and I've wanted to reread for awhile when I saw it on Audible Escape I thought it would be great to listen to. I'm still trying to get into audiobooks so I wanted to read something I'm somewhat familiar with. I hated the narrator though. Her voice was so lackluster and the only characters she really brought a life to were Sophie's mother and Anatoly. This book has a lot of jokes and ...more
Connie N.
#1 in the Sophie Katz Murder Mystery series

What an unexpectedly cute book! I had no expectations about this one--it was just one that I had added to my TBR several years ago, and it popped up on Audible. But it was fun. Sophie is a great character. She's an author of murder mystery books, and she recognizes that two recent murders have followed the "script" of a song and then of a movie. Now she's afraid she's the next victim since some scenes from her book are now suspiciously being reenacted.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
This was a fun, easy to get into, read that reminded me of the good (ie: early) days of Stephanie Plum mysteries. There are some cheesy bits and things played for humor that shouldn't be, but I liked it overall enough to want to continue. It didn't feel a crazy hijinks as the Plum books were and that's a plus for me. I'm interested to see if that continues. I did this on audio and it was really well done.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
fun ride. I'm a sucker for protagonists that are also writers. also SF. I'm extremely emotionally invested in the romance, so it's one of those ...more
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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Jul 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2010
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
The title is almost completely misleading. There was no sex or double lattes anywhere. The only thing this story had was terrible try hard jokes and a murder. The characters were all over the top versions of real people. Sophie is supposed to be a best selling author of crime fiction but can't string together one coherent thought to save her life. The romance was lacking and super weird. The way certain characters were portrayed disgusted me.

I honestly didn't expect much outside of entertainment
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, library, 2016
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.
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
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

This was a first time author for me. I picked the book on a whim because it was free with Audible Escapes and looked like it was going to be a fun and carefree story. I listened to most of this book on Audible and didn't have any problems with the narrator. Apparently this is book 1 of a new series and Sophie Katz - the female MC - is a very likable character. The author does a good job with the secondary characters and creates a close knit circle of friends that surround Sophie along w
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 sexu
Megan (BookWifeReviews)
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!
Marythios (AkaSusanne )
Mystery writer Sophia Katz is convinced that a crazed killer has been letting himself into her apartment, rearranging her things. The police don't believe her, her hair dresser thinks she is being over imaginative, and her friends aren't buying it either. When her filmmaker friend is murdered in the fashion of his movie, Sophia believes there is a copy cat killer on the loose and she is next. She doesn't care what anybody thinks, she knows to trust her own instincts. Could it be the new man she ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I needed a cozy mystery to give my brain a break. This one did it, and it was easy to read and fit the bill for a cozy mystery. Only ... I don't know. I'm really really tired of reading about women who think they're fat, who complain about their skinnier more attractive friends, who say if only they went to the gym more they'd be thinner, blah blah blah. Also who hate their hair and don't understand why they can't find a nice man.

Come on authors. You are writing FOR women. Give us a heroine who
Renee M
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I had fun reading this book. There were a few drawbacks, like stereotyped characters and some humor that fell flat. But, overall, it was quick-paced and quirky, with few wasted words. The fact that I knew the killer very early on didn’t bother me, because the rest of it kept me entertained.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It had the usual murder and mayhem that I love but with a lighter twist. Think it's what they might call a beach read but I call it a mid Winter escape . Couldn't wait to see who done it.! ...more
Karyn Bowman
Sep 18, 2020 rated it liked it
This was an ok book for me, maybe I was getting into it all that much because I am stressed. I wasn't happy with the constant push-pull of the romance. ...more
I really enjoyed the mystery in this one and the main character is very different from other heroines I’ve read. I also liked the location of San Francisco. For some reason in most books I almost always enjoy the supporting characters in the books way more than the main characters.

The climatic ending with the villain is awesome and I want to tell you more but it would spoil it for every one reading the book. (view spoiler)
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