Lured by the premise of a mystery writer/amateur sleuth with an addiction to caramel brownie frappaccinos, I couldn’t resist delving into this mystery. How could I bypass a pink book cover depicting a stiletto-heeled woman clutching a double latte in one hand and a smoking gun in the other?
The thrill ride begins when Sophie Katz – a heavily caffeinated San Francisco hipster –prepares to indulge herself in a long bubble bath after completing her novel. But just before she could pop the champagne, she discovers that Alex Tolsky, a famous movie producer who was interested in transforming one of her mysteries into a blockbuster hit, was found dead in his bathtub. Though the police chalked his mysterious death up to a suicide, Sophie can’t shake the feeling that something doesn’t add up.
Unable to resist her sleuthing instincts, Sophie probes into the case and discovers the hotshot filmmaker’s murder was eerily similar to a death scene in one of her books. She also finds out that a famous rap star was snuffed out in the same manner that was described in one of his hit singles. Although both cases seem unrelated, Sophie can’t help but wonder if a copycat killer is on the loose – turning fiction into cold-hard facts! Is this a sick case of life imitating art? Sophie’s determined to find out.
When she and her friends become the target of a bizarre string of attacks, she realizes that she must catch the killer before she becomes the next victim in one of her own mysteries! Surrounded by a slew of sketchy characters, Sophie isn’t sure who to trust. Could the killer be Anatoly Darinsky, a sexy Russian bad-boy with a mysterious past? Or is it the mentally challenged boy next door who’s always lurking around her apartment?
Part J.B Fletcher, part Miranda from Sex in the City, this sassy gumshoe is a fantastic female lead! Her witty one-liners literally had me laughing out loud, which can be rather awkward when smooshed between two people on an airplane! I especially enjoyed the witty banter between Sophie and her gang of sidekicks, which consists of a ditzey makeup artist, an endearingly sarcastic sex shop owner, a flakey artist who thinks he’s part vampire, and a fabulous gay hairstylist who just can’t let Sophie die until he can give her hair some new sexy highlights!
Chock-full of zany, wisecracking characters, red herrings and (be still, my heart!) coffee stimulation – Sex, Murder and a Double Latte provides the perfect escape. If you’re a fan of the witty dialogue in Sex in the City (the show, not the movies) or the quirky characters in the Stephanie Plum mystery series, you’ll get a kick out of this one!