Title: Sex, Murder and a Double Latte
Author: Kyra Davis
Release Date: May 1, 2005
Publisher: Red Dress Ink
Genre: Mystery, Chick Lit
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Sophie Katz is a murder mystery novelist, and one of her books is in talks to be turned into a movie. However, she is shocked to discover that the producer who was interested in it has died unexpectedly. Though the police have ruled it a suicide, Sophie isn’t so sure. Sophie’s questions about the death draw attention to her and she realizes she might be the murderer’s next target.
I read Kyra Davis’ fourth Sophie Katz novel, Lust, Loathing, and a Little Lip Gloss not too long ago and really enjoyed it. When I accepted it for review, however, I didn’t realize that it was part of a series. Since I’m a stickler for reading series books in order, I decided that since I enjoyed that one so much, I should go back and read the rest of the series, which starts with Sex, Murder, and a Double Latte.
Kyra Davis is a talented writer, and is great at writing sympathetic but fun characters. Each person in Sex, Murder, and a Double Latte is hilarious, from Sophie’s gay best friend Marcus to Dena, Sophie’s friend who works in a sex shop. Sophie herself is a really endearing character – she’s the type of person you’d love to have as a friend, to meet for drinks and get to know. Though I already knew her from the other book I read, I loved being introduced to her and watching Davis develop her very quirky personality.
The mystery in Sex, Murder and a Double Latte is well done and interesting. There are twists, turns, and shocking revelations, and Sophie does the best she can with the information she has. Sometimes her schemes are a little crazy, but she doesn’t jump to unreasonable conclusions all the time. She’s perfectly self-aware and is willing to admit she’s paranoid, an appealing characteristic for someone who’s going to be investigating mysteries.
I really think this series is great, and can’t wait to read the second book. It’s a perfect blend of chick lit and mystery that I think fans of either genre will enjoy!