Saturday, May 22, 2010

Pre Pub Book Buzz -- Vows, Vendettas and A Little Black Dress by Kyra Davis

It's time for Sophie Katz to make another appearance in the book world. Yay! Last year, I was introduced to Sophie and her author, Kyra Davis, when the fourth book in the series, Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss, was due out. I took her to the gym with me and dragged the book around until I was finished. And then wanted more!

Vows, Vendettas and a Little Black Dress is due out on June 1, but I snagged a review copy and am reading it as we speak. Here's the description from the back cover for you:

The peach taffeta bridesmaid dress -- THAT should be Sophie's problem. Not attempted murder.

Overjoyed at Maryanne's engagement, amateur sleuth Sophie Katz can't wait for the wedding vows and party toasts to begin. But then Dena - best friend, bridesmaid and all-around vixen - is mysteriously shot just after the announcemend. Lave this to the authorities? No way. Dena may never walk again, and Sophie vows to marry her fists with the shooter's face.

Problem is, the number of suspects is off the charts - from jaded lovers to anti-free lovers to just plain old haters. Dena's made plenty of enemies, thanks to her popular sex shop - and yes, she's no saint - but really, who deserves to be shot?

With an uberlogical almost boyfriend condemning her vigilante quest, and a wedding planner going vicariously bridezilla over the dream princess wedding, Sophie's barely thinking straight. But if she can keep her cool (and avoid all errant taffeta), she just might nab her man and save the (wedding) day. Big if.

If you haven't read a Sophie Katz mystery yet, treat yourself to them this summer. They're the perfect all around read: funny, suspenseful, romantic, and did I mention FUNNY? Perfect beach reads for the upcoming beach read season. Perfect lay in the hammock all afternoon read. Perfect for stowing away in your room and reading, while your significant other scratches their head wondering why you're laughing so much.

The series, in order, is:
Sex, Murder and a Double Latte (Blogged about here and here)
Passion, Betrayal and Killer Highlights
Obsession, Deceit and Really Dark Chocolate
Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss (Blogged about here)
Vows, Vendettas and a Little Black Dress (June 1)

Now, I've just heard that Harlequin, Kyra's publisher, is of the belief that chick-lit is dead. Dead?! How can it be dead? At it's heart, Janet E writes mystery chick-lit (Kyra writes mystery chick-lit so if you're a Janet E fan, I just found you a new author to add to your shelves).

If you pick up a Sophie Katz mystery, post about it somewhere. Review it on Amazon and BN.com. Blog about it. Put it on your Shelfari or your GoodReads pages. Spread the word, because that's what really matters in the reading community! Show 'em all that chick-lit is not dead, and more than that, show your support for a fantastic author who has plenty more Sophie Katz books under her belt if we want 'em (and I certainly do)!

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