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STORY (chick lit) - This is the first book I've heard in the Sophie Katz series, even though it's Book #6. I picked it because the summary sounded like it might be clever, which it was, but I still won't be listening to any more of this series. I think there were quite a few unexplained motives, loose ends and conclusions that were hastily reached, but I did enjoy the likeable characters and most of the author's attempts at humor. The characters, including Sophie's ultra-stuffy sister, a gay male friend and an airhead named Maryann, are with Sophie in Vegas. When Sophie finds a dead body in her hotel closet, she finds herself in a mysterious and precarious situation involving her Russian boyfriend, his wife (yes, he's married!) and members of the Russian mob who also happen to be in Vegas at the same time. The mystery is not complicated so you can multitask, but not so simple that you can just listen on autopilot.
Sophie and her friends are in Vegas to enjoy a sex toy trade show, so there's vibrator jokes, mention of a performance called "Puppetry of the Peni$" and other references which I thought were clever and fun. They also drop the F-word occasionally, but I thought it was funny when it was used.
PERFORMANCE - The narrator did a nice job. Her delivery of the humor was effective, and she did several different voices well, including a Russian accent.
OVERALL (Actual rating 3.5) - This story stands alone and comes to a complete conclusion. Besides what I mentioned in the second paragraph above, there is one short, mildly explicit sex scene. Definitely not a book for guys!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
The Sophie Katz mysteries gets better and better. In Vows, Vendetta, and a little Black dress, she sets up her latest novel Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend in Vegas. Davis does a marvelous job threading the ending of one mystery with the beginning of the next. Another strong suite is her continual rounding out of Sophie’s supporting cast. She allows the characters to grow and develop along with the central mystery. This growth started several novels ago and strongly continues.
In this Novel, the story starts innocently as Sophie consoles herself with her friends in Vegas after she and Anatoly split. Finding out he was - is married was too much. And, then the roller coaster ride starts the free fall. The series is great and you should definitely read this. If you haven’t got caught up on the series, you should go back as do so. This novel doesn’t really give anything away from the early novels so you should be pretty safe.
Sophie Katz is a strong central figure. There is a lot to admire, make you laugh and shake your head. The cast of charters work well together and you probably won’t guess what’s going to happen next. If you like the Stephanie Plum, Scarpetta or Pendergast series, this is a great addition to you reading lists. I highly recommend it and there is a hook to the next installment -- but you'll have to read it to find it.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
I'm sure glad I'm not your friend... just like to do lunch to catch up on the antics of the women. Gabra - you have to be the best narrator ever... I like narrator's as they either make or break the book... Gabra Girl you made it even better. Kyra - love all your books and I know my son does too. FABULOUS! When's the next one?