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Passion, Betrayal And Killer Highlights: 01/30/23
Passion, Betrayal And Killer Highlights by Kyra Davis and Gabra Zackman (Narrator) (2006) is the second book in the Sophie Katz Murder mystery series. This time Sophie is trying to help clear her sister's name after her husband is murdered. Of course she also ropes in P.I. Anatoly Darinsky.
Like so many mysteries of the early twenty-first century, the murder victim, though closely related to the accused ends up being both utterly awful and completely surprising to the person who should have known him best. By the end of the book it's fairly well established that the dead brother-in-law didn't have a single moral fiber in his body.
Leah is everything Sophie isn't. She's proud of being a housewife. She knows how to play societal politics to her and her family's advantage. She's constantly thinking about her reputation and how it reflects on her family and their status. Coming to realize her husband didn't take their marriage as seriously as she did brings repeated blows to her confidence and world view.
What both sisters share, though, is their blended ethnicity as Black Jewish women. Leah, who up to the murder of her husband had eschewed both sides of her heritage, now has the emotional need to embrace both.
There's one other roadblock to solving the mystery efficiently, Leah's infant son. He proves to be a handful — especially for Sophie who has no interest in having children. He's constantly in the background destroying one thing or another. He could have absolutely ruined the pacing of the novel but most of his mayhem comes from understandable inattentiveness on the part of the adults around him.
The third novel is Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate (2007).