Absolutely adore this chick lit/mystery series by Kyra Davis. I don’t normally read mysteries or novels where characters are murdered (unless it’s an espionage thriller of the Brad Thor or Vince Flynn variety) but the main character Sophie Katz is so cool and engaging that you are quickly drawn into her world.
Sophie is a gorgeous (but flawed) bi-racial novelist based in San Francisco. (She’s half-black, half-Jewish, just like the author) in and out of love with a sexy, mysterious PI named Anatoly who is Russian and also kicked butt in the Israeli Army. Sophie has an annoyingly perfect sister, meddling mother and de rigueur gaggle of quirky girlfriends. But what keeps me going back to this series, seriously, is the writing. Kyra Davis is a very good writer. The series is kind of edgy with lots of sharp humor, sexy scenes and numerous verbal commercials for Starbucks and the City of San Francisco. This series totally encourages me to visit San Francisco and do a coffee shop crawl.
Whenever I find a really good book or series, I always wonder why it hasn’t been turned into a movie. Considering that seventies and eighties remakes are king right now in Hollywood, it should be a no brainer to turn to the local bookstore and library in search of fresh movie ideas. Take the Sophie Katz series for example, I think this would make a great series of movies. Davis is a best-selling novelist, so she already has a built in fan base. I’m not sure what the problem is, over there in LaLa land but I hope they get their act together and put this project into development. Continue reading