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 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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Good storyline, enjoyable characters, but watch out for language
Truly enjoyable audiobook, well thought out mystery. I agree 100% with the previous review by "ElleeB," so I won't repeat all of that here. I would only add that this is not an audiobook to listen to with children around. The "F" word is used very frequently. It was fitting to the characters that used it, but you don't want to be caught unawares listening to this with your 4 year old nearby.
This isn't your typical "cozy" read, but if language and a bit of crudeness (coming from a sleazy guy, so it had a place in the storyline) don't bother you, definitely give this story a try. It was well written and has some really great characters.
Great, Fun "Brain Candy"
I randomly came across the Sophie Katz novels when looking for a good audiobook to kill time on my long road trips. These are fantastic! The stories are fun and really entertaining. Also, the characters are charming and witty. Although it does have a "whodunnit" element to it, it is by no means a serious thriller. Kyra Davis really knows how women think and it comes out in her writing. I often found myself laughing out loud at the things Sophie would say and do. The entire series is enjoyable and I have listened to them multiple times. If you want an audiobook that is light and easy listening, this is the one for you. If you like this one, continue with the series!
Yes, Davis is funny. Great dry wit. Yes, it is a good story although I had to suspend my disbelief for the entire eight hours. And I will read other books of hers. But no award-winning author here. Just a fun mindless book that is completely implausible.