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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 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 up dead, the loveable would-be sleuth can't help but take on the job. Suddenly plunged into a crazy world of campaign mudslinging, dirt-digging and cover-ups, Sophie begins to uncover some pretty dirty secrets indeed- involving a conservative congressional hopeful's involvement in the Furry community, a group of people who dress up in mascot-size stuffed animal costumes. Sex and politics, wouldn't you know? Way in over her head as usual, Sophie reluctantly-or not-so-reluctantly- enlists the help of her two-time sidekick and ex-Anatoly. Together they set out to determine who killed Eugene and why, and in the process can't resist falling for each other-again?


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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 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 up dead, the loveable would-be sleuth can't help but take on the job. Suddenly plunged into a crazy world of campaign mudslinging, dirt-digging and cover-ups, Sophie begins to uncover some pretty dirty secrets indeed- involving a conservative congressional hopeful's involvement in the Furry community, a group of people who dress up in mascot-size stuffed animal costumes. Sex and politics, wouldn't you know? Way in over her head as usual, Sophie reluctantly-or not-so-reluctantly- enlists the help of her two-time sidekick and ex-Anatoly. Together they set out to determine who killed Eugene and why, and in the process can't resist falling for each other-again?

30 review for Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate

  1. 4 out of 5

    Monica **can't read fast enough**

    This was a quick enjoyable installment in the series, but there wasn't anything that stood out as particularly special about the story. It didn't keep me guessing but I did find myself rapidly moving through the story. Worth the read though and it filled a spot for MarchMysteryMadness. Where you can find me: •(♥).•*Monlatable Book Reviews*•.(♥)• Twitter: @monicaisreading Instagram: @readermonica Goodreads Group: The Black Bookcase This was a quick enjoyable installment in the series, but there wasn't anything that stood out as particularly special about the story. It didn't keep me guessing but I did find myself rapidly moving through the story. Worth the read though and it filled a spot for MarchMysteryMadness. Where you can find me: •(♥).•*Monlatable Book Reviews*•.(♥)• Twitter: @monicaisreading Instagram: @readermonica Goodreads Group: The Black Bookcase

  2. 4 out of 5

    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 ★★★★ 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 cheating on her. Melanie asks a small favor of Sophie: Make a pass at Eugene and see if he takes the bait. When Eugene ends up dead by page 17, Sophie steps in to try and solve the “whodunit?” After all, she cannot ask, Anatoly Darinsky, her on-again/off-again P.I. “boyfriend”, as their relation is currently off…or is it? Soon they are both involved in a local political mystery where they are pressing their lips not only together, but closed to suppress their more open-minded viewpoints in front of the conservatives politicians -- or attempt to keep their eyebrows from rising in front of the liberal ones. All the while, more bodies are piling up! Each chapter posts something from Sophie’s current best seller C’est La Mort. Here are a few jewels: People expect so much from the individuals they bear a fondness for. That’s why I focus my energy into being as disagreeable as possible. Without the lies I am uncomplicated and uninteresting. My bullshit gives me depth. As awful as this sound most of us do not want to live among the mentally ill. That’s why we try to keep them all in Washington.Kyra Davis’s series has funny and witty dialogues with a daily vernacular that makes it flow. I have the next one, Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss, all lined up!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lois

    Just okay🤷🏾‍♀️

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marythios (AkaSusanne )

    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 Eugene who is 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 frien 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 Eugene who is 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 determined to keep her ex-boyfriend, Anatoly (a private investigator) from getting the case, Sophie decides to play detective again. Sophie discovers multiple suspects and signs that point to some sort of cover up related to the political campaign Eugene was involved in. Of course, while searching for clues and trying to find the killer, Sophie herself starts getting odd threats and unwittingly attracts the attention of the very man she set out to avoid, Anatoly. Can Sophie catch the killer without getting killed herself? Will Sophie and Anatoly patch up their relationship, or just annoy each other? The wit and humor was again driving the story and keeping me entertained.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    The audio for this one was pretty fun and exactly what I needed. Some parts of the story were ridiculous but I was still engaged. It's the perfect blend of the female PI series I used to read with a bit of romance. The audio for this one was pretty fun and exactly what I needed. Some parts of the story were ridiculous but I was still engaged. It's the perfect blend of the female PI series I used to read with a bit of romance.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    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 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 that she had earlier used and finally accepting that she actually wants what she says she wants from their relationship. In the middle of the night, in a conversation that Sophie initiates. One is left to wonder when exactly he had this epiphany and when he was going to bring it up.) She has "an army" of friends that she guilt trips and manipulates into doing whatever she needs at the moment, even if it violates their ethics, and is never shown to reciprocate. She always doesn't seem to talk to them when she doesn't need anything (hence a three-peat of a conversation in which Sophie's supposedly-super-close-friend-that-she-wants-to-ask-for-a-huge-favor doesn't know that someone close to Sophie has recently died.) The airy chick-lit tone works well enough for the early portions of the book, but it just stupid for the internal narration to be tossing off one-liners about frappucinos while the heroine is supposed grieving. The chapter quotes from the book-within-a-book range from mildly clever to cringe-y, and the furries.... This is a book in which the plot of an entire mystery hinges on a grown woman who is a novelist and a grown man who is a private detective who both live in San Francisco having literally never heard of a furry. The author tries to make up for it by having other characters react to them as if they have been living in a cave, but still. (Also, I could be wrong, and I am certainly not going to google it, but I was under the impression that furries usually have a single "fursona" that they identify with. I really didn't think a furry would dress as different animals on different occasions) Also, I was completely in agreement with the killer when he accused the heroine of being "the stupidest woman I have ever met." The only way the mystery was resolved was because the killer came to her apartment and ranted at her. She would literally never have solved it otherwise. She wasn't even close. It was mildly amusing how judgmental Sophie and her friends were of everyone and everything, and then would have moments when they remembered they were supposed to be tolerant liberals and not use words like "depravity." But that's about as much as this book has to offer.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sunny

    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 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. Great. This was a nice murder mystery, though some parts may bother those who are on the prudish side. I enjoyed it about as much as the previous two books. Nothing extraordinary, but light and amusing enough for an easy read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Annelise

    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 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 hated the politics, I felt embarrassed for the book whenever Sophie's obsession with Starbucks was mentioned, but what I really hated the most was Kyra Davis's use of 'koala bear'. To make a character continually correct another character's use of 'Frisco' instead of 'San Francisco', I feel it's a bit ignorant to refer to a koala as a bear. There's a whole song about how they are not bears at all. A little bit of research would have cleared that right up. I won't be reading anymore of this series (not just because of the koala bear debacle).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alison Smith

    More murder with a touch of naughty fun en route

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kat, lover of bears...

    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. 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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shaunesay

    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. 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ∙ Jory ∙

    Furries! Politicians! Plushies! I mean, what more could you ask for?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aubrey

    I wasn't as keen on this Sophie Katz adventure as I have been the previous two. While I did enjoy the book overall, I found a lot of the "murder mystery" aspect to be way too convoluted. Sophie is no stranger to putting herself in danger. She tends to throw caution completely to the wind and throw herself head-first into a "favour for a friend" or a case in order to avoid her other troubles. Avoidance isn't exactly the healthiest method, but hey, I get it, I avoid shit all the time. And then it c I wasn't as keen on this Sophie Katz adventure as I have been the previous two. While I did enjoy the book overall, I found a lot of the "murder mystery" aspect to be way too convoluted. Sophie is no stranger to putting herself in danger. She tends to throw caution completely to the wind and throw herself head-first into a "favour for a friend" or a case in order to avoid her other troubles. Avoidance isn't exactly the healthiest method, but hey, I get it, I avoid shit all the time. And then it comes back to bite me. Just like it comes back to bite Sophie. (Something we both should probably work on.) Sophie at least gains self-awareness this time around. Which comes in the form of a rather huge and emotional conversation with her sister. I was disappointed to see so little of Leah this time around. After everything that happened with her in the last book, I was hoping for a more thorough "Look where she is now!" portion, rather than the few lines we got. Hopefully we'll see more of her next time. As for the case itself. It was one hell of a wild ride. It took a lot of twists and turns, following everything felt a little like whiplash. Piecing it all together wasn't necessarily too complicated, but everything going on around the case made it exceedingly complex. Which, of course, meant everything ended in more or less a giant disaster. But who doesn't love a good disaster? The big twist comes right at the end, ensuring that the next book is going to be extremely high tension for Sophie. Hopefully we see more character growth from her. What makes Sophie so approachable as a character is that she is human and flawed, and she realizes she has these flaws. She doesn't necessarily want to work on them all at the moment, but she's growing. And that's pretty great in my books.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    This is one of my favourite series, and book 3 continued the streak. I really enjoyed this! My absolute favourite thing about this series is the humour. The author is very funny, and the sarcastic nature of the humour is exactly aligned to my own sense of humour so I love that about these books. I feel certain Sophie and I could be great friends if she were real. The plot in this book was also really fun. Without giving spoilers, I will just say that this book confirms what I have always thought a This is one of my favourite series, and book 3 continued the streak. I really enjoyed this! My absolute favourite thing about this series is the humour. The author is very funny, and the sarcastic nature of the humour is exactly aligned to my own sense of humour so I love that about these books. I feel certain Sophie and I could be great friends if she were real. The plot in this book was also really fun. Without giving spoilers, I will just say that this book confirms what I have always thought about politicians and the political world. As long as you don't still believe politics to be in any way noble, you should enjoy this plot as well. I also enjoy the supporting characters in this series, who nicely complement Sophie and help out when needed. Sophie's friend Dina in particular always makes me laugh out loud with her perspective and the things she says. This is basically just an easy to read, enjoyable light mystery series, with well-written, likable characters and interesting murders for them to solve. Format note: I usually get these books in audio format and the woman who narrates them is excellent. If you like audio books this series is a good one to listen to.

  15. 4 out of 5

    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 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 voice on the phone was actually saying. She was so intent on being snarky and smart mouthed to the voice that she didn't listen to what it was saying and put two and two together. I can also tell that the character is evolving as the years go by and technology, etc. change. In the earlier books, the character never had her cell phone with her and relied on her answering machine on her home line for messages. I still love the series and will be jumping to book 5 since I read book 4 a couple years ago.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Consoli

    I very much enjoy this series, it’s just so fun. Nothing ground breaking and can be a little repetitive so breaking it up with other books is a great idea. This is the first one that ended with a cliffhanger which is fun. I’m kind of annoyed it started out with Anatoly and Sophie not together. I would’ve liked to see their tension and arguments, but start off another book with her pissy knowing they’d get back together. All in all tho, another fun romp. I guessed the killer n it was kind of a la I very much enjoy this series, it’s just so fun. Nothing ground breaking and can be a little repetitive so breaking it up with other books is a great idea. This is the first one that ended with a cliffhanger which is fun. I’m kind of annoyed it started out with Anatoly and Sophie not together. I would’ve liked to see their tension and arguments, but start off another book with her pissy knowing they’d get back together. All in all tho, another fun romp. I guessed the killer n it was kind of a lamer mystery, but still enjoyed.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gemma

    I think this was my favourite book in the series so far? I like that the mysteries are getting more complicated. I still figured out the general key parts of the mystery basically from the beginning, but there was one character who I thought was a red herring that turned out to be involved in a way that I hadn’t immediately predicted, so that was cool.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    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. 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Renee M

    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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shauna

    I’m starting to enjoy the characters more. I accidentally skipped #2, so now I’ll have to go back and listen to that one. I also really wonder if she gets some kind of kick-back feom Starbucks and Neiman Marcus for all of the mentions in her books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jolie

    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. 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shoshana

    Excellent continuation of the series. Light political thriller elements.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    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.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Sillaby

    Round up to 3.5 stars. Not quite as good as the first two books.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Erin L

    I seriously love these mysteries. They're light, fun and intriguing. Plus - furries. Hee hee. Furries. I seriously love these mysteries. They're light, fun and intriguing. Plus - furries. Hee hee. Furries.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tonya Johnson

    I love this author and character!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I keep picking up Cozy Mysteries to read, because I used to like them, but I guess I really don't anymore. It just seemed too silly to me, I gave up. I keep picking up Cozy Mysteries to read, because I used to like them, but I guess I really don't anymore. It just seemed too silly to me, I gave up.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tori

    I almost stopped reading this because the main character was acting like a teenager in response to Anatoly, but I like the Anatoly character so I kept reading.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Barton

    I love a fun female-centric read and Sophie doesn’t disappoint. Mystery with a hint of fashion, love, and friends.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    3.5 Stars

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