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REVIEW: Passion, Betrayal, and Killer Highlights by Kyra Davis

Warning: this entire book is a bit of a spoiler for Sex, Murder and a Double Latte. If you intend to read the story, you may want to skip the review. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya.

Dear Ms. Davis:

Passion, Betrayal, and Killer HighlightsThis is the HARDCOVER sequel to Sex, Murder and a Double Latte. Sophie Katz has just extricated herself from one murder investigation only to find her sister, Leah, a main suspect in Leah’s husband’s death. Leah and Bob had been married for years and while they had their problems, Leah was content being Mrs. Bob Miller. Even when confronted with Bob’s infidelity, Leah attempts to win Bob back. Leah’s chance to win back her hsuband is thwarted by Bob’s murder. Leah is the number one suspect and Sophie undertakes an investigation to absolve Leah.

This book is much more flawed than the first one. Leah is an unlikeable character, Leah’s 18 month old son can talk in sentences (not likely), and is the child from hell. There’s not as much interaction with Sophie and her fun friends and most of all with Anatoly. I understood that Bob was a horrible person who may have been having an affair with more than one woman, but Leah had no grief over his death, was not sensitive in any way to the fact that her son would not have a father, and takes the first opportunity granted to her to start a new relationship. I had no sympathy for Leah even after one scene in which she shows some maternal instinct.

The mystery is still excellent. You do a very good job at creating alternatives to Bob’s death while still making Leah the main suspect. Sophie’s interaction with Anatoly is limited in the beginning as Anatoly is admittedly a bit upset over Sophie’s attempt to stick him with a murder charge. But his lust for Sophie eventually overcomes his grudge over the minor incident of him being accused of being a serial killer and all.

There is a great sub theme between Sophie and Anatoly that involves Anatoly’s appreciation for another female character. I thought it was alot about Anatoly getting some of his own back from Sophie. Besides the mystery, the saving grace for this book is that Sophie still has the same charm and spunk from book 1. She’s a character voice that I will want to keep reading long after the nails-on-the-chalkboard narration of Leah fades from my mind. I don’t regret that I bought this book but it isn’t as good as the first one. I could have waited for the paperback and not been sorry. B-

Best regards


Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. HelenKay
    May 21, 2006 @ 09:28:12

    I didn’t like this one as much as the first due to the emphasis on Leah (who is just annoying), but I still enjoyed it, loved the voice, and found it to be a fast read. I’m hoping we’re now done with Leah and that the next book will move away from her a bit. But, the Anatoly/Sophie piece just gets more interesting. If the next in the series has anything to do with Anatoly and his backstory – one we’ve only gotten hints of – then I’m in for the hardcover again.

  2. Jane
    May 21, 2006 @ 20:43:54

    I do hope that there is a greater emphasis on Sophie and Anatoly in the next book. I find her friends to be great characters too, Marcus especially. His ability to bounce back is remarkable. I didn’t find as much interaction as I would have liked between Sophie and Anatoly until the second half of the book. One part I loved was how Anatoly played Sophie with the threat of working with Porscha. I was getting all mad on Sophie’s behalf and loved to find out that Anatoly was really lying to get Sophie to do what he wanted. It was a hilarious bit.

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