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Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas Audiobook

Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas: A Sophie Katz Mystery

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Sophie Katz, bestselling mystery writer and amateur sleuth, has just discovered that Anatoly, her sexy Russian P.I boyfriend of six years is actually married to the daughter of a Russian mafia boss. Devastated by his betrayal, Sophie banishes him from their beautiful San Francisco Victorian home.

Desperate to distract their friend and pull her out of her depression, Dena and Marcus spirit Sophie away to Vegas for a "fun filled weekend" at a Sex Toy Trade Show. But bigger trouble awaits in Vegas. Anatoly is there; his beautiful Russian wife is there; and so is a dead body stuffed into a closet. And to make matters worse someone has gone out of their way to implicate Sophie in the murder. Sophie's completely over her head and when a mysterious man offers her help she's tempted to take it. But who is he and whose side is he on? It's also clear that whoever the bad guy is he would have no problem killing Anatoly, and although she may want to kill him herself, no one else is going to hurt Sophie's man.

©2012 Kyra Davis (P)2012 Kyra Davis

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  • AudioAddict
    Austin, Texas, USA
    5/06/14
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    "Light, fun mystery with a hint of romance"

    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
  • Karen
    CA, United States
    7/04/16
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    ""BoBo To the Rescue""
    Would you consider the audio edition of Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas to be better than the print version?

    Gabra is this series! This was great, and if you get this before book#5, it will spoil the series for you. If you buy only one book, then buy #1 or 2 as the rest are a continuation of 3.4.5. with this book bringing it all together.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas?

    this is a chick flick series that is light,humorous, and a mystery. Anotoly is not the focus in this series. He is a part of it, but the surrounding characters each build a great deal of each different story. Anotoly is the binding agent.


    Which character – as performed by Gabra Zackman – was your favorite?

    Alex was the fave in this story. G.Z. made him yummy!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Author made a couple of scenes very notable. I listen to #2,3,4,5,6 in a row so I got the full effect author had when she wrote this series. Sorry I let so much time go by between #1 and #2 to listen to these


    Any additional comments?

    To get the full effect of this series use the new 1.25X speed to listen. It makes the story so much more enjoyable

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Farrell
    Colorado Springs, CO, United States
    29/12/15
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    "The story continues..."

    Pretty much like the previous books. Sophie just keeps getting herself in trouble, then saved at the last minute by her friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • laura
    Conroe, TX, United States
    30/04/16
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    "Another great book!"

    I love this series by Kyra Davis! Each book will make you laugh and pulls you deeper into Sophie Katz's world. Gabra Zackman does a wonderful job with narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonnie
    Denver, CO, United States
    4/02/16
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    "Would recommend this to anyone who enjoys humor"

    I have been a Kyra Davis fan since her first book. It's sarcastic, sexy, and never fails to make me laugh. In this novel another obstacle appears when after 6 yrs. of being together Sophie finds out that Anatoly is married which kind of puts a monkey wrench in their happiness. Only Sophie’s friends would suggest taking a trip to Vegas to a Sex Trade Show to cheer her up after the breakup. All of the crazy characters that we have come to know and love are in this book: Dena is fierce, Sophie's sister Leah surprises, Marcus is more outrageous than ever, and MaryAnn is still the optimistic Disney princess.

    There are few characters I love more than Sophie but I frequently shook my head over her reasoning. Her mind strings together seemingly unrelated things and comes up some of the weirdest conclusions! However, she is a dynamic and fun character and this is a sexy, humorous, and mysterious blend of entertainment from one of my favorite authors. Davis knows how to make me laugh and cry.

    I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys humorous mysteries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Ashland, VA, United States
    28/01/15
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    "Get them all!!"

    I have almost all of this series. All of them are funny, and fun to listen too. Enjoy!!! Get the whole series for non thinking fun!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pat
    Weston Creek, Australia
    23/03/14
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    "pedestrian"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like a light, competent story - nothing unusual or compelling. People who like irrational female behaviour from the heroine because of 'unrequited love' and too many cocktails.


    What was most disappointing about Kyra Davis’s story?

    Too much pointless, girly introspection from the protagonist. Klunky sexual interludes. Plot a bit predictable.


    What aspect of Gabra Zackman’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance was just fine. She delineated the characters well, and deserves better material to work with.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, it had a few well conceived humorous moments, and some nice character development.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    Tuscaloosa, AL, United States
    13/10/13
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    "Slow, light-weight and kinda boring...sorry to say"
    What disappointed you about Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas?

    Very little action, slow paced and just plain boring...I dozed off at times.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kyra Davis before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first Sophie Katz "mystery" and will probably be my last, there is just so much better out there.


    Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't recall listening to this narrator before and I usually remember someone who gives an awesome performance, so if I have heard her before she did not make an impression, but I will say she did a pretty good job.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas?

    There was a lot of dead time that I just zoned out on...I don't know what could have made it better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miz B
    Florida
    29/09/13
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    "Off the mark"

    This one was too predictable throughout the story. It made Sophie appear to be a complete idiot. The amount of whining was unbelievable. There were so many times I was so tempted to stop listening, but I enjoy the series and kept thinking it would get better. This one was way off the mark.

    Gabra Zackman has done a wonderful job with this series, but she seemed as off as the story did. Maybe the amount of whining was getting to her, too.

    I'll try the next one and hope for the best. If you've never read any of the series, don't start with this one. Start from the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AmazonUserInNYC
    West Hartford, Connecticut, United States
    10/08/13
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    "Loved it"
    Would you listen to Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas again? Why?

    Not for a few years. But I would watch mini-series. I've reread some of Davis's other books from this series that I hadn't read for some time.


    What other book might you compare Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas to and why?

    It has the sass of Suits (USA) and the character development of 30 Rock (NBC) on top of a sexy suspenseful plot.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, I was thoroughly entertained throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    Great from start to finish, excited for the next one. I highly recommend the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Dee
    23/12/12
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    "Oh Sophie"

    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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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