Header image with four cats and the text: Pussreboots, a book review nearly every day. Online since 1997
Now 2024 Previous Articles Road Essays Road Reviews Author Black Authors Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA+ Artwork WIP

Recent posts

Month in review

Ascender, Volume 4: Star Seed by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (Illustrator)
Bayou Book Thief by Ellen Byron and Amy Melissa Bentley (Narrator)
Bear Country by Doreen Cronin and Stephen Gilpin (Illustrations)
Body and Soul Food by Abby Collette and L. Malaika Cooper (Narrator)
Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay and Allyson Ryan (Narrator)
The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd
The Cat Who Saved Books by Sōsuke Natsukawa and Louise Heal Kawai (translator)
Christmas Cookie Murder by Leslie Meier and Karen White (narrator)
Coached Red-Handed by Victoria Laurie and Rachel Dulude (Narrator)
COVID-19 in Three to Five Words by April Murphy
Crowned and Moldering by Kate Carlisle
Death in Four Courses by Lucy Burdette
Digging Up Trouble by Kitt Crowe and Tina Wolstencroft (narrator)
A Fatal Booking by Victoria Gilbert and Suzie Althens (Narrator)
Friends Forever by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham (Illustrations)
Gone but Not Furgotten by Cate Conte and Amy Melissa Bentley (Narrator)
Guys and Dolls by Damon Runyon
The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi
A Little Ferry Tale by Chad Otis
Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire and Emily Bauer (Narrator)
A Murder Yule Regret by Winnie Archer and Emile Durante (Narrator)
A Nancy Drew Christmas by Carolyn Keene
Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley
Noragami: Stray God, Volume 13 by Adachitoka
Okoye to the People by Ibi Zoboi
Sex, Murder and a Double Latte by Kyra Davis and Gabra Zackman (Narrator)
Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie, Volume 1 by Keigo Maki
Spy x Family, Volume 5 by Tatsuya Endo
A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
The Trainbow by Nina Laden

August 2022 Sources

August 2022 Summary

Previous month

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

Beat the Backlist 2024

Ozathon: 12/2023-01/2025

Canadian Book Challenge: 2023-2024

Chicken Prints
Paintings and Postcards

Privacy policy

This blog does not collect personal data. It doesn't set cookies. Email addresses are used to respond to comments or "contact us" messages and then deleted.

Sex, Murder and a Double Latte: 09/21/22

Sex, Murder and a Double Latte

Sex, Murder and a Double Latte by Kyra Davis and Gabra Zackman (Narrator) (2005) is the first book in the Sophie Katz murder mystery series. Set in San Francisco during the real estate downturn it's the tale of a mystery author who sees a pattern in some recent celebrity deaths and has come to realize the murderer is now targeting her. If only she can get the SFPD to believe her!

The initial book really should be called Sex, Murder, and a Frappuccino because of Sophie's addiction to them and her loyalty to Starbucks. She spends much of her time in the book either drinking them, trying to get others to drink them, or wishing that she could be drinking them.

Despite the silly Starbucks detail, Sophie is an interesting person. Her overall personality and her relationship with her hairdresser reminds me of the character duo from the Life Coach mystery series, but with a San Francisco perspective, rather than the Hamptons. Sophie also brings to the novel a mixed heritage, having a Black father and a Jewish mother.

The mystery builds on the trope of the killer who is recreating fictional murder scenes and using them against their creators. Before Sophie is targeted a rapper and a movie director are both murdered. Usually this trope bugs me but Sophie is enough of a cynic to not fall prey instantly. Instead she tries to thwart the murderer and does manage to a few times, forcing their hand.

That said, an observant reader will be able to spot the murderer well before Sophie does. There is a strong red herring to confuse the issue but if you pay attention to another mystery trope — one that usually takes multiple books to play out — you'll be able to tell the difference between the murderer and the herring.

The second book is Passion, Betrayal and Killer Highlights (2006).

Five stars

Comments (0)

Lab puppy
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:

Twitter Tumblr Mastadon Flickr Facebook Facebook Contact me

1997-2024 Sarah Sammis