Author: Kyra Davis
Release Date: June 1, 2009
Genre: Chick Lit, Mystery
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
From the publisher’s website:
Mystery writer and dabbling sleuth Sophie Katz is head over heels in love--with a three-bedroom Victorian. She's got to have it, despite a few drawbacks. Her slimy ex is the Realtor. The creepy seller wants her to join San Francisco's spirited Specter Society. And her first tour of the house reveals a body clutching a cameo with a disturbing history of its own.
There's no way Sophie will give up on her dreams of stained glass and original woodwork, though--even when things become officially weird. A Society member is found with a slashed throat, and Sophie's house might as well be yelling, "GET OUT!" She's hearing footsteps, lights are turning themselves off and her stuff keeps moving inexplicably. To top it off, boyfriend Anatoly thinks it's all in her head. Sophie is 99% sure her problems are caused by someone six feet tall instead of six feet under, but the only way to be sure is to track down the killer--before he pushes her kicking and screaming to the other side....
When I was offered Lust, Loathing, and a Little Lip Gloss for review, I didn’t know it was the fourth book in a series. When I found out, I contemplated running out and buying all the others before reading this one. However, I ended up deciding to just go ahead and read this book as a standalone novel to see how much I liked it – that way if it wasn’t entertaining, I wouldn’t have subjected myself to three novels before it! I needn’t have worried, though – Lust, Loathing, and a Little Lip Gloss was a wonderful novel that was funny, quirky, and thoroughly entertaining.
I really loved Lust, Loathing, and a Little Lip Gloss. Though I hadn’t read the previous books, I honestly didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything. The character of Sophie was fully developed within the confines of this novel – I really felt like I got to know her. I have to give Kyra Davis credit. She managed to create a rich standalone novel that’s also a part of a series, without ruining any of the previous books! I’m planning on reading the first three books in the series now, and I’m looking forward to the mysteries in each of them.
I also really liked that Sophie was a biracial character – she was half-black, half-Jewish. It doesn’t really play into the book that much, but I really appreciated that detail. Sophie herself was a lot of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her.
The mystery in Lust, Loathing, and a Little Lip Gloss was very well-written. I have to admit, I had no idea who the real culprit was, or what was actually going on. Davis has a real talent for crafting intricate mysteries – she kept me guessing for the entire book!
The secondary characters in Lust, Loathing, and a Little Lip Gloss were a lot of fun as well. I really enjoyed getting to know all of these people – Davis made them as real to me as if they were friends. The entire book is very well done. If you’re a fan of chick lit or mysteries, definitely pick this one up. If you’re a fan of both? What are you waiting for? Read Lust, Loathing, and a Little Lip Gloss as soon as possible!