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When a mystery writer cries bloody murder, everyone blames her overactive imagination . . . Thriller scribe Sophie Katz is as hard-boiled as a woman who drinks Grande Caramel Brownie Frappuccinos can be. So Sophie knows it's not paranoia or post-divorce, living-alone-again jitters, when she becomes convinced that a crazed reader is sneaking into her apartment to reenact scWhen a mystery writer cries bloody murder, everyone blames her overactive imagination . . . Thriller scribe Sophie Katz is as hard-boiled as a woman who drinks Grande Caramel Brownie Frappuccinos can be. So Sophie knows it's not paranoia or post-divorce, living-alone-again jitters, when she becomes convinced that a crazed reader is sneaking into her apartment to reenact scenes from her books. The police, however, can't tell a good plot from an unmarked grave.When a filmmaker friend is brutally murdered in the manner of a death scene in one of his movies, Sophie becomes convinced that a copycat killer is on the loose--and that she's the next target. If she doesn't solve the mystery, her own bestseller will spell out her doom. Cursing her grisly imagination (why, oh, why did she have to pick the ax?), Sophie engages in some real-life gumshoe tactics. The man who swoops in to save her in dark alleys is mysterious new love interest Anatoly Darinsky. Of course, if this were fiction, Anatoly would be her prime suspect.......

Title : sex murder and a double latte
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ISBN : 7884104
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Number of Pages : 493 Pages
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sex murder and a double latte Reviews

  • Chuck
    2019-02-13 09:51

    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 Davis an "Evanovich imitator."But it's unfair; Raymond Chandler imitated Carroll John Daly, Mickey Spillane imitated both, and Robert B. Parker read all three. The fact of the matter is, the "girly girl detective" is a genre, like the "hard boiled" genre of the thirties that survives today in the work of Parker's Spenser series and Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone Alphabet series. Evanovich and Davis are both writing in a tradition, and there's room enough for both.As with all traditions and genres, what's as interesting as the plot is the point of view of the main character--the way she looks at the world, the way she uses language how she reacts to things, and the city--in this case, Kyra Davis' San Francisco. Good novels of this tradition are rife with insider knowledge of a well known city, and the city becomes a character.This book is, so far, a great, fast read--an interesting enough mystery, but what keeps me turning the pages isn't the puzzle. Rather, it's seeing what Sophie will do next.This book, by the way, has the best opening page and a half of any novel I've read in the last ten years.

  • Nicole
    2019-01-25 04:25

    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. You think you know the murder? think again! You will change your mind many times on who it is... BUT you will never have it right... This is the first book i have read more than once. I cant put it down even though i have read it and i know whats comming. i cant wait for the new book May 26th... Thank you Kyra for Sophie Katz...

  • Andrea
    2019-02-10 08:27

    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
    2019-02-14 02:44

    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', but I like that. I was laughing like an idiot, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be getting the rest of the series asap./EDIT/Finished book in two days. It did not disappoint. Earned me several weird looks when I randomly started laughing, okay alot of weird looks.

  • April Wood
    2019-01-29 08:51

    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 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... But is the new man she is dating possibly the killer?Hilarious, sexy, fun, suspenseful, and witty. 5 stars!

  • Circa
    2019-02-19 03:44

    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)
    2019-01-24 07:36

    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 engaging, exciting and well thought out. Her characters were likable, relateable and hilarious. This book is a breeze to read, but it doesn't lack depth as so many other Chick-Lit books seem to.Sex, Murder and a Double Latte stars Sophie Katz, a thriller novelist who finds that what she has written starts coming true! When a hot Russian guy, Anatole Darinsky, starts following her around, she wonders if he is eye candy, or a homicidal maniac.When Sophie finds that nobody believes her story, and she can't tell who is on her side the story gets really juicy. You won't figure this one out before the end, its got more than a few surprises up its sleeve.When you finish this one, there are 2 more in the series, with a 4th to be released in June.

  • Jess
    2019-01-22 04:33

    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 highly entertaining. I particularly enjoyed the art gallery scene, it was really funny.I will definitely read the next book in the series.

  • Krista
    2019-02-20 08:40

    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
    2019-01-21 04:47

    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.

  • Johanna
    2019-01-21 04:48

    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.

  • Roxanne Montelongo
    2019-01-29 02:22

    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
    2019-01-26 10:28

    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 brought to Harlequin's web site. My brain still equates Harlequin romances with the bodice-rippers that my grandma used to read when I was a kid. (Insert groan and eye roll here-- that's groan with a 'G'... not moan and not that kind of eye rolling ~~~ See, those books scarred me for life.)Anyway... I decided to judge a book by its cover and catchy title. I hoped for a light, fun, easy read. It was indeed that; but most importantly, it was entertaining. (And, I'm not going to lie. Having any sort of coffee beverage in a book's title does indeed up the chances of me picking up said book.) I was delighted to find that the book exceeded my expectations. Even though I was able to suss out the culprit of this particular Whodunit long before the reveal, there was at least one moment in which the author had me doubting myself. Nicely played. This book had characters that I enjoyed, plenty of humor, a bit of mystery, and a dash of romance. That's almost always a winning combination.Oh... and the narrator was pretty good, too. I might just have to pick up the next book in the series. My rating: A solid 4 stars. (Maybe even 4.5 on the Chick Lit scale.)

  • AlenGarou
    2019-02-18 07:47

    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 speciale), si ritroverà invischiata in una serie di omicidi collegati a personaggi di spicco nel mondo del cinema e della musica, che faranno presagire la prossima vittima: lei.Questi delitti, inoltre, hanno la peculiarità di emulare le opere degli artisti e, nel suo caso, Sophie ha l’impressione di essere finita dentro a uno dei suoi primi libri: Sesso, Droga e Cappuccino.Con l’aiuto dei suoi amici; Marcus, il parrucchiere gay; Dena, proprietaria di un sexy shop e Mary Ann, l’ingenua del gruppo, Sophie cercherà di fare luce sul mistero e soprattutto di non essere uccisa.Tra i principali sospettati ci saranno il ragazzo di Dena, che crede di essere un vampiro e Anatoly, un sexy russo che farà impazzire Sophie… in tutti i sensi.Ma la verità non sembra essere così a portata di mano e Sophie sarà costretta a giocare sporco pur di non farsi ammazzare come il personaggio di uno dei suoi libri.Se volete passare un pomeriggio in allegria tra omicidi e cappuccini, questo libro fa al caso vostro.

  • Jen
    2019-02-18 06:22

    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 incidents lead her to think someone might be trying to kill her, though the police think she's nuts, so she and her friends decide to play detective. Will they be able to figure it out, or will they all get themselves arrested or killed in the process?This is a fun, light-hearted mystery. It definitely lands in the are of "chick lit" (term used for expediency's sake) but with a mystery to go along with it. Sophie and her friends are fun and often funny, though they are almost completely inept as detectives. I enjoyed reading this, but it's total brain candy for me. I like it every now and then, but don't want to consume too much.

  • Kath
    2019-01-31 03:34

    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 producer winds up dead from an apparent suicide that looks suspiciously like a scene from one of Sophie's book (along with some other deaths), Sophie sets out to solve it. While this has lots of humor, there's lots of mystery in this one. It really kept me guessing until the very end.I am not sure what you would call this one. It's not really a romance. It's not really a mystery, since there's lots of humor, but I can say it's got it all. I bought this series over time though some audible sales and had put off reading them. I won't be putting off the rest of the series. I'm ready for the next one.

  • JessicaSinn (Books and Trouble)
    2019-02-03 09:29

    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 die until he can give her hair some new sexy highlights!Chock-full of zany, wisecracking characters, red herrings and (be still, my heart!) coffee stimulation – Sex, Murder and a Double Latte provides the perfect escape. If you’re a fan of the witty dialogue in Sex in the City (the show, not the movies) or the quirky characters in the Stephanie Plum mystery series, you’ll get a kick out of this one!

  • Tasha enderby
    2019-02-09 06:34

    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 book first. I did find myself in a starbucks more often while spending the time to read this story and the carmel brownie frappicinno is to die for but I would subscripe to the it's a milk shake and not a coffee theroy. To each his own!

  • Meredith Galman
    2019-02-14 07:21

    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 the nature of the crimes. And I don't care how smokin' hot Anatoly Darinsky is supposed to be; he's a jerk, and he and Sophie have zero chemistry.

  • Lesley
    2019-02-06 02:42

    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 have friends like Dena, Mary Ann and Marcus.

  • Heather
    2019-02-07 06:48

    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 will definitely be reading more from this author.

  • Meaghan
    2019-02-05 08:25

    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.
    2019-02-20 04:43

    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
    2019-02-21 03:35

    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
    2019-02-04 06:44

    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.

  • Jerry
    2019-01-30 08:39

    I got this book because I thought my wife and her sister would like it. It seemed like the kind of chick-lit they would like. Since they were reading something else, I picked it up and started reading it. To my surprise, I loved it. My frequent attempts at suppressing my laughter disturbed my fellow patrons at Starbucks. I have already recommended the book to several friends. It's a good read.

  • Laura
    2019-02-01 02:34

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book.It's the first one I read from this author and to be honest I didn't know what to expect.But it was really good and I enjoyed reading it.There were moments when I honestly laughed out loud.The plot was also quite good,I didn't really figured out who the murderer was until...well,until it was obvious:)).He crossed my mind once or twice,but I easily forgot about him.You'll see what I mean if you read the book.And I recommended it!

  • Holly
    2019-01-30 02:23

    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. I especially enjoyed the viewpoint of what she thought of those who lived in LA. Interesting side kicks- a gay hairdresser, an owner of an adult toy store and a beautiful but ditzy cosmetic salesgirl. A few laugh out moments!

  • Farah
    2019-01-25 08:48

    I fell in love with this book and will be a Sophie fan until the series ends. It has the a great supporting cast that is are all funny and well written. The mystery is itelligently done, the and the relationships are with family, love interests, and friends are ones that played up for entertainment, but not so much that we can't people in our lives that fit the molds. A fun funny and sexy read.

  • Danielle
    2019-02-02 10:21

    I have never read a murder mystery and the only reason I came to read this book was that I got it at the library wrapped up in red paper for valentines day with a little description on the front. A blind date with a book so to speak.... It was surprisingly funny and not at all about sex, which was good. The leading lady is hilarious. I can see myself reading the next in the series.