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Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss by Kyra Davis

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Cover art: Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss - 4th in the Sophie Katz Mystery series
Author: Kyra Davis
Publisher: Mira
ISBN-13: 978-0-7783-2736-3
Release Date: June 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Chick-Lit/Romance Mystery
Year/Setting: Current/San Francisco
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Kyra's Website: www.kyradavis.com


Sophie Katz has done quite well with her career and wants to take the next step. She wants to become a home owner. Now keep in mind that not any home will do. She wants it all. Unfortunately, her ex-husband seems to be delivering the house of her dreams but boy does it have conditions. Imagine a three bedroom, fully renovated Victorian home in San Francisco selling for $980,000. You canít?? Well, Sophie couldnít either but the outside chance that it isnít a scam gets her to go and look at the house.

The house is gorgeous except for one small thing. As she and her ex walk through the house, she is blown away by the woodwork, the size, the beauty and the body of the owner lying dead in his bedroom. That would tend to put a damper on things. For most folks that would turn them off of the house but Sophie has a feeling this house truly was meant to be hers.

The ownerís son agrees to sell it to her but she has to live in it for a month before escrow is closed so that he can see that she will treat the house right and she has to join the Specter Society (to which he belongs) for one year. The night of her first "meeting" with the group another dead body shows up. Against her boyfriend Anatolyís advice, Sophie decides that the best way to ensure getting her house is to figure out why there have been two dead bodies.

Kyra Davis has an incredible way of using humor and intrigue to pull in a reader. These two elements canít always be successfully done but she has the knack for doing just that. Some of the scenarios that our dear Sophie finds herself in just make the reader chuckle as they are scratching their head and thinking hum, what next. The hero is a man we would all love to have at our sides and the secondary characters are remarkably witty and fresh. My only hesitation with this story is that there are a few of those characters and keeping them all clear in your mind takes some doing. Now that being said, there also isnít a single one I would take out of the story.

Truly a book worth reading and be ready for some great hours of entertainment.

Lori

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