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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 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 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 best seller will spell out her doom. Cursing her grisly ending (why, oh, why did she have to pick the axe?), Sophie engages in some real-life gumshoe tactics. The man who swoops in to save her in dark alleys at night is mysterious new love interest Anatoly Darinsky. Of course, if this were fiction, Anatoly would be her prime suspect.


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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 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 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 best seller will spell out her doom. Cursing her grisly ending (why, oh, why did she have to pick the axe?), Sophie engages in some real-life gumshoe tactics. The man who swoops in to save her in dark alleys at night is mysterious new love interest Anatoly Darinsky. Of course, if this were fiction, Anatoly would be her prime suspect.

30 review for Sex, Murder and a Double Latte

  1. 5 out of 5

    Adi Rocks Socks (semi hiatus)

    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 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 - the book almost failed the Bechdel test (in the first half, at least) - so much exagerrated drama - MOST IMPORTANTLY: what a predictable plot, i could see the plot twists a mile away Final Verdict: The book was enjoyable. If you're looking for a thriller that's intellectual or gripping, this is not it. This is not a triller, period. This is a lighthearted entertainer, perfect for a day when you're in sick with the flu. -x-x-x-x- Feel free to read my thoughts about the book as I read it. I think it’s called a commentary: Oct 6, 2018: Chapter 1: A Jewish POC narrator? I’m all in, baby! :D Oct 7, 2018: Chapter 4: I watched S1E09 of The Mentalist yesterday, and that’s kinda influencing who I think (at the moment) is the murderer in this novel. Chapter 7: My Spidey senses are tingling, because I think I know who the killer is. Oct 8, 2018: Chapter 10: Okay, time to eat my hat. The person I suspected all along is guilty, but they’re not the killer Sophie Katz (the MC) is out to catch? So I’m kinda right, but also wrong? So, uhhh... The suspect pool is now every guy mentioned in the book. Hold on, why am I being sexist? The killer could also be a woman. So now every person in this book, apart from Katz, is a suspect. *pats self on back for being feminist* because dammit, girls can be murderes too! Oct 9, 2018: Chapter 14: Oooooh, the plot thickens... Also, here’s a quote from the book that Katz, the MC, has written: "The hot ones are always gay, married, or murderers." #bookwithinabook #bookception Chapter 18: So right now, every character in the book thinks that this one particular character (let’s call them “X”) is the murderer/crazy-stalker. And that’s exactly why I think X is not the murderer. I’m calling the author’s bluff. But what if I’m wrong and it’s a double bluff—X is the killer, pure and simple? Or wait. What if it’s a triple bluff, and I’m supposed to be questioning myself the way I am rn? You’re evil, author. Chapter 21: (Last chapter) Yes, yes, YES! Detective Ad’s theories have been vindicated! I’m a regular Sherlock Holmes, all right.

  2. 5 out of 5

    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 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 very glad that I took the leap and ordered the first four books in the series. I'll be continuing on and I'm sure each story will go fast. Where you can find me: •(♥).•*Monlatable Book Reviews*•.(♥)• Twitter: @MonlatReader Instagram: @readermonica Facebook: Monica Reeds Goodreads Group: The Black Bookcase

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chuck

    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 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    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 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...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lois

    Funny, chick lit, cozy mystery and ultimately not my thing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Circa Girl

    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!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Johanna

    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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The story does keep your interest fairly well on the who-done-it front, but boy that leading lady just rubbed me wrong all the way through. Conclusions get jumped to a lot, accusations fly from her like confetti, and holy crap she did some hoooooorrible things. It was just way too outrageous and upsetting by the end. I honestly was a bit miffed that she wasn't arrested as the story wrapped up. Rant with Spoilers below OmG. She totally crazied out on Anatoly more than once. She thought he was the The story does keep your interest fairly well on the who-done-it front, but boy that leading lady just rubbed me wrong all the way through. Conclusions get jumped to a lot, accusations fly from her like confetti, and holy crap she did some hoooooorrible things. It was just way too outrageous and upsetting by the end. I honestly was a bit miffed that she wasn't arrested as the story wrapped up. Rant with Spoilers below OmG. She totally crazied out on Anatoly more than once. She thought he was the killer (after already jumping to that same conclusion about several other people). Who invites some one they suspect is a killer over to their place... several times? This girl does, apparently. She drew a knife on Anatoly in one instance and screamed at him, and he still makes a return visit (again invited) so she could fake an assault (having her best friend punch her in the face) to get him arrested .. whaaaaaat?! And it turns out he isn't the killer, but a PI. yet... Anatoly forgives her for her crazy moments and they end up together? *throws hands in air* I give up, that just. Ugh.

  11. 4 out of 5

    April Wood

    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 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!

  12. 4 out of 5

    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. #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. Secondary characters of Marcus (her gay hair stylist), Dena (owner of a sex store) and Mary Ann (the Ditz), sister Leah (new mom), and new boyfriend Anatoly add some humorous dimension and act as either her partners in detection or as possible culprits. I was surprised at the reveal (that's nothing new) and found the ending to be very satisfying. I look forward to continuing with this humorous series. However, I was a little disappointed with the narration of Zackman. She read well, but her Anatoly voice was more clenched than sexy. The other characters were well-defined and easy to differentiate.

  13. 4 out of 5

    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 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 wit but the jokes just didn't land well in the audiobook. I still recommend reading this story if you want a diverse chicklit mystery but get yourself the paperback or Kindle edition instead!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mana

    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

  16. 4 out of 5

    Holly Lee (Bellas Novella)

    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 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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    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 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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kole

    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 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 and it didn't really deliver on that front. I found myself bored most the time.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Krista

    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

  20. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne Montelongo

    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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sunny

    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 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 take a turn for the worse wasn’t bad enough, Sophie realizes she has a crazy stalker on her hands who is recreating scenes from her book. And it’s going to take more than a good dose of caffeine to catch him. With the help of her slightly-less crazy friends, and a mysterious Russian as her prime suspect, Sophie Katz is ready for action in “Sex, Murder and a Double Latte” - and you better be, too. While this book, on a whole, was nothing extraordinary, it was still entertaining. It had a fast-paced, straightforward plot, amusing characters, and was written in a style that was easy to read. I was looking for a specific kind of entertainment when I opened this book, and I’m happy to say that it delivered. I wasn’t able to predict the identity of the killer (thought I confess I wasn’t really trying to), which adds to my positive review. I will likely be continuing this series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    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 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 with a bit of a quirky family. There is the love interest who we keep getting conflicting information from Sophie on: Does she like him? Should she like him? Is he the stalker? When can I break my drought? So, the story was funny at times and the mystery kept it interesting. I also think that this felt like it was just a little bit too superficial (there was not too much depth to this story), but I think that may have been what the author was going for. I would like to continue on and read the second book, but I think I'll change genres for a bit and then come back.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Violet

    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 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 sexual tension was addictive, spicy and fun enough.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Megan (BookWifeReviews)

    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!

  25. 5 out of 5

    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 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 is dating is he possibly the killer? Sophia Katz is funny, witty, sexy, and everything in between. I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. This is Chick lit at it's finest. who doesn't need some laughter in there lives from jokes.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    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 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 loves herself a little bit. Give us someone who is strong and healthy and doesn't care if she isn't super skinny. Give us someone who enjoys dating instead of someone who is so desperate she acts like an idiot. Let us all breathe a little for once.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Renee M

    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.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    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.!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Quenya

    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)[ Her friend saves the day not her love interest - I loved this so much. 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)[ Her friend saves the day not her love interest - I loved this so much. (hide spoiler)] I had several issues with the main character. Her inner monologues were so bad even the other characters noticed and had to snap her back into the story. There are times were she is an actual bitch and her reactions seems exaggerated for the situation. Besides her close circle every other character in the book was made out to be a horrible person. Sophia and Dina’s relationship with MaryAnn is a little disturbing to me as well. I will be continuing the series as I am interested in seeing how Sophie deals more with her family and friends.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dana "dew"

    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 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.)

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