Obsession, Deceit and Really Dark Chocolate (Sophie Katz Series #3)

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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...
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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 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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Sophie Katz flirts with dirty politics and a certain Russian PI in Davis's cool but sometimes overcaffeinated third chick lit cozy (after 2006's Passion, Betrayal and Killer Highlights). A simple favor for Sophie's college mentor Melanie O'Reilly turns into an investigation after Melanie's husband, former FBI agent Eugene, is killed in a drive-by shooting. Sophie teams with ex-lover boy Anatoly Darinsky, a licensed San Francisco PI, to crack the case. Eugene had been working as a crackerjack researcher for Flynn Fitzgerald, a conservative Republican running against liberal Democrat Anne Brooke in a hotly contested congressional race. As the killer begins stalking Sophie, she discovers one of the candidates is connected to "the dark underbelly of the furry world" inhabited by fetishists who dress up in animal costumes and get it on with stuffed toys. Wry sociopolitical commentary, the playful romantic negotiations between Anatoly and Sophie and plenty of Starbucks coffee keep this steamy series chugging along. (Sept.)

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Mystery writer and amateur detective Sophie Katz (Sex, Murder and a Double Latte) must determine whether her former mentor's campaign manager husband has been unfaithful, but when he is gunned down, Sophie's investigation leads her into some dirty and dangerous politics. Unfortunately, the heavy focus on Sophie's relationship with her ex-boyfriend overshadows the mystery. Buy only where Davis's books and chick-lit mysteries are popular.


—Jo Ann Vicarel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373895533
  • Publisher: Red Dress Ink
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: Sophie Katz Series , #3
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Kyra Davis

Kyra Davis was born in the San Francisco Bay Area where, with the exception of a brief stint in New York, she has spent her entire life. Like her protagonist, Kyra has a Jewish mother of Eastern European descent and her father was African-American. She often considers herself to be something of a one-woman Benetton ad. She majored in business and humanities at Golden Gate University and, after graduating with her bachelor's degree, began a career in fashion merchandising and marketing. At age 27 Kyra gave birth to a wonderful son and stayed home with him for the first 18 months of his life. During her hiatus from work she managed to spend just enough quality time with her husband to motivate her to file for divorce. As a single mother on the verge of bankruptcy, Kyra felt it was irresponsible to drown her sorrows in Cosmopolitans so she drowned them in Frappucinos and writing instead. The Frappucinos (complimented by a healthy dose of anxiety) lead to insomnia, which lead to more writing time and it wasn't long before she realized that she had found her calling. Two years later Kyra had an agent, a finished manuscript and bids from two New York publishing houses. She joyfully signed with Red Dress Ink for two contracts and a total of four books. She feels the secret to living a happy life is to pursue your passions and learn from your mistakes, which is why she has quit her day job to become a full-time writer and will only spend quality time with her son, her friends...and Juan Valdez.

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Why sleep with the enemy when you can screw 'em?

-C'est La Mort

It's not often that an old friend and mentor asks you to seduce her husband. I suppose it was the bizarre nature of the request that made me want to do it. Or perhaps it was because I knew that Melanie O'Reilly was at least partially responsible for my becoming a novelist. Or maybe I just agreed because I thought it would be a good way to get my mind off my ex-boyfriend, Anatoly Darinsky.

Whatever. The point is that after years of very sporadic contact Melanie invited me to lunch and asked if I would do her a big favor. My initial assumption was that she wanted me to donate some money to one of her favorite organizations or charities-the Salvation Army, the Symphony, the Boy Scouts . . . what have you. It even occurred to me that she wanted me to attend one of those five-hundred-dollara-plate dinners to support Flynn Fitzgerald, the majorly right-wing Contra Costa County congressional hopeful whose campaign was currently employing her husband, Eugene. The last really would have been a huge favor since I disagreed with almost everything Fitzgerald stood for, but for my favorite former writing professor I would have done it. But this . . . this one came out of left field.

It seems that Eugene had not been the same since he and a few of his evangelical buds had returned from a Moral Majority road trip, an excursion not unlike the MTV Rock the Vote road trip, except this expedition involved more vinced that the Jesus van had doubled as a magnet for wayward sluts, and that her husband had been nibbling on the forbidden fruit.

But I digress. My mission had nothing to do with Jesus, nor was Isupposed to emulate the Virgin Mary. My mission was to tempt Eugene by behaving like Mary Magdalene during her party years. Melanie explained that I was the only "younger woman" friend who had never met her husband. At thirty-one I wasn't sure I still qualified as a younger woman, but it was true that I had never met Eugene O'Reilly. I was supposed to have gone to their wedding but a bout of strep throat put an end to those plans.

I wasn't going to sleep with him, of course. Apart from the fact that this was only a fact-finding mission, one look told me that the man's weight had to be somewhere under one hundred and twenty pounds. If a guy looks like Brad Pitt I'll willingly compromise my political ideals in exchange for a little face time, but when confronted with a conservative who's twice my age and skinny enough to make me feel fat, I emphatically refused to cross the party line.

I'd simply be testing him: if Eugene O'Reilly wanted to play "break the commandments" with me I would simply ditch him and report back to Melanie. If he resisted my charms, all was right with the conservative world.

I took one more sip of the lemon drop I had been nursing while scoping him out from my seat in the darkened corner of the Antioch bar, screwed up my courage and then crossed the room to Eugene.

"Is this seat taken?" I pretended not to notice the way my short red dress rode up when I climbed onto the bar stool.

The man didn't even bother to look up from his Scotch and soda. "Not that I'm aware of."

So far so good-still, I couldn't help but feel a little hurt. I mean really, when an older man doesn't bother to give you the time of day after you stick your boobs in his face you have to question your own sex appeal.

I tried to discreetly glance at myself in the mirror behind the bar. No major pimples, and as far as I could tell I didn't have food in my teeth. My hair was a little out of control but no more than usual. My father was African-American and my mother had curly hair that was typical of her Eastern European Jewish ancestry, so when it came to my hair "a little out of control" was the best-case scenario.

I rested my elbow on the bar and tried another tactic. "I've never been to this place before."

"Mmm." He took another sip of his Scotch and casually looked around the room. I caught a glimpse of his hands, which seemed to be one of his few saving graces. They were big and strong . . . I'm into hands, but they need to be attached hands, and arms, and shoulders . . . but I wasn't going to think of him right now or ever again. I was over Anatoly. Really.

"I don't usually go to bars," I said, bringing my focus back to the task at hand, "but tonight I just had to get out of the house. You ever feel like that? Like you just need to go somewhere no one knows you and forget your troubles?"

Eugene looked at me for the first time. "What are you trying to forget?"

I hesitated. I hadn't really worked this story out in my head yet. "Oh, you know . . . family stuff."

He nodded and turned his attention back to his Scotch. "My younger brother dropped a big bomb on the whole family today," I said quickly. In reality, the only sibling I had was a younger sister, but he didn't need to know that.

"Oh?" His disinterest was palpable.

"Yeah . . . it turns out he's ga . . . a homosexual."

Eugene snapped his head back in my direction. "I'm so sorry."

"It gets worse," I said, encouraged by the reaction. "He has a boyfriend and they're going to Massachusetts to get married."

"No!" Eugene put his glass on the bar with a thud. "Did anyone see this coming?"

I shook my head and looked away. "He was always such a good kid. He consistently made the honor roll, played lots of sports in high school . . . he even got a full scholarship to Syracuse University."

"Syracuse is a good conservative town."

"I know! That's why everyone in the family was so happy when he decided to go there instead of to the other university he was accepted to-" I leaned over and lowered my voice to a tremulous whisper "-UC Berkeley."

Eugene exhaled loudly. "Clearly he made the right choice. But something must have gone wrong. Something must have happened to make him lose his way."

"Yes, but what? Here we all thought he was busy studying and partying it up with a bunch of nice Republican fraternity brothers, and as it turns out he was spending all his free time campaigning for . . . for . . . " I dropped my head in my hands in what I hoped looked like a display of grief rather than an attempt to hide a smile " . . . for Hillary Clinton!"

"My God! Your parents must be devastated."

"Oh, they are, and so am I. I keep replaying the whole sordid event in my head." I glazed my eyes and pretended to relive the moment. "I'm eagerly awaiting his arrival with my parents at their place, he walks in the door, and before you can say 'Green Party' my whole world is turned upside down!"

Eugene put a hand on my arm. I held my breath and waited for him to use his thumb to stroke my skin or to somehow make the gesture more intimate, but he released me quickly, leaving me with nothing but the sense of being comforted by a well-meaning stranger.

"You need to have faith that your brother is going to be okay," he said in a tone that was much gentler than what I was expecting. "People sometimes make mistakes, but with the love and the guidance of a good family many find their way back to the path of righteousness. You can't give up on him."

I looked up into Eugene's eyes, expecting to see some kind of mad religious fervor, but all I saw was sincerity and conviction. He waved the bartender over. "Sir, I'd like another Scotch and soda and the lady needs a drink as well." He turned and smiled at me. "Put it on my tab."

I ended up closing the place with Eugene. I kept waiting for him to make a move on me, but everything he did seemed to be motivated by a desire for companionship. He sucked down a countless number of cocktails, and while the alcohol definitely made him more talkative, it didn't make him more f lirtatious.

"This country's going to hell in a handbasket," he said as he stumbled to his feet and tried unsuccessfully to help me put on my coat. "Immorality is everywhere-on the TV, radio, don't even get me started about the Internet."

"Tell me about it," I said as I gently guided him out of the bar and into the warm night. "There's this Web site, www.womenserotica.com-it's despicable. I go on it every day to read the new entries and I'm horrified every time."

"Exactly what I'm talking about!" Eugene slurred, too drunk to pick up on my sarcasm. "How are we suppose-ta raise children with good solid Christian values when they're continually confronted with evil temptations?"

I nodded gravely. "I'm having a hard enough time just trying to shelter my cat from the filth they've been promoting on Animal Planet! Do you know that they had a whole show on elephant sperm?"

"My God!" Eugene shook his head. He looked at me in a blatant attempt to focus. "You realize that you're not fit to drive."

My lips curved into an amused smile. "And you think you are?" "No, no. I'm gonna walk back to my hotel. I live in Walnut Creek. I'm jus' here on business, my hotel's only a mile away," he slurred.

"It's two in the morning, kind of late for a long walk."

"Normally I'd take a cab," Eugene conceded, "but tonight I need fresh air. You're not the only one who had a bad day, ya know."

I spotted a park bench on the other side of the street. "Why don't we sit down for a while and talk? Like you said, I can't drive and you're obviously not in any big hurry to get to sleep, so you might as well hang out with me and talk while I sober up."

Eugene nodded and followed me to the bench. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a green SUV parked at the end of the city block. Other than that, the area had already been deserted. The vehicle probably belonged to one of the bartenders closing up. I sat down on the bench and patted the seat next to me, but Eugene hesitated.

"Sophie, you're a very nice girl and you're very beautiful . . . but I'm married."

"I saw the ring."
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    I love her!

    Loved it!

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    Sophie Katz Series is a great find!

    I recently found Kyra Davis and the Sophie Katz series by accident and I'm hooked! In the way of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum Sophie Katz just can't seem to stay out of trouble. The situations that Sophie ends up in and her commentary about such is hysterical! The supporting characters are great too.

    Try it on audiobook if you get the chance, it's a great listen!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2008

    Funny

    I have read all three books in this series, and they just keep getting better!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

    Sophie Katz is thoroughly entertaining!

    I've read all three Sophie Katz books and loved each one. They are all funny and entertaining, especially this last one. My sisters enjoy the books as well and I have passed on to other readers to enjoy. I'm looking forward to the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

    Fantastic!

    This was my favorite in the series so far, and since I loved the other two, that says quite a bit! The story has everything -- great characters, smart and funny dialog, and an intriguing plot. It's laugh-out-loud funny, and I recommend getting it in audio format because the narrator really makes the story come to life!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Couldn't put it down

    I loved it!! This is the third mystery, but by far the funniest. There were times I laughed out loud. Sophie once again finds herself knee deep in a murder. She does a favor for a professor where she tries to find out if the professor's husband is being unfaithful. While discovering that her old professor's husband isn't a cheater, he is killed. Sophie is on the case to get clues to find out who did it. I don't want to spoil the mystery, but it was great.

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    Obsession, Deceit And Really Dark Chocolate

    San Francisco mystery writer Sophie Katz¿s former college advisor Melanie O¿Reilly asks her to do a favor. She wants to know who killed her husband Eugene, a former FBI agent, in a drive by shooting.-------------- Sophie enlists the help of Russian expatriate private investigator her former lover Anatoly Darinsky and plenty of caffeine. They investigate starting with Eugene¿s last job, a staff researcher for republican congressional candidate Flynn Fitzgerald in his race against democrat Anne Brooke. As they dig deeper, they learn one of the candidates has a furry bestiality fetish of wearing animal costumes and making it with stuffed toys. As Sophie is stalked by an unknown adversary, she wonders if Eugene uncovered the dark truth, which if revealed would doom the congressional run and might be the motive for a deliberate drive by shooting.------------ Sophie¿s third zany whodunit (see PASSION, BETRAYAL AND KILLER HIGHLIGHTS and SEX, MURDER AND A DOUBLE LATTE) is an entertaining madcap San Francisco romp. The heroine lands in one predicament after another as she follows the clues while someone follows her. Readers who enjoy a chick lit private investigative thriller starring a person who proves there really is a warm San Franciscan night will want to read Katz¿s capers as the mystery is fun and the satirical social commentary superb though even though the sleuth¿s supporters would agree she needs to be on decaf.------ Harriet Klausner

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    Posted July 26, 2007

    Obsession, Deceit And Really Dark Chocolate

    San Francisco mystery writer Sophie Katz¿s former college advisor Melanie O¿Reilly asks her to do a favor. She wants to know who killed her husband Eugene, a former FBI agent, in a drive by shooting.------------------- Sophie enlists the help of Russian expatriate private investigator her former lover Anatoly Darinsky and plenty of caffeine. They investigate starting with Eugene¿s last job, a staff researcher for republican congressional candidate Flynn Fitzgerald in his race against democrat Anne Brooke. As they dig deeper, they learn one of the candidates has a furry bestiality fetish of wearing animal costumes and making it with stuffed toys. As Sophie is stalked by an unknown adversary, she wonders if Eugene uncovered the dark truth, which if revealed would doom the congressional run and might be the motive for a deliberate drive by shooting.---------------------- Sophie¿s third zany whodunit (see PASSION, BETRAYAL AND KILLER HIGHLIGHTS and SEX, MURDER AND A DOUBLE LATTE) is an entertaining madcap San Francisco romp. The heroine lands in one predicament after another as she follows the clues while someone follows her. Readers who enjoy a chick lit private investigative thriller starring a person who proves there really is a warm San Franciscan night will want to read Katz¿s capers as the mystery is fun and the satirical social commentary superb though even though the sleuth¿s supporters would agree she needs to be on decaf.----------------- Harriet Klausner

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