May 20, 2012

Series Sunday: Vanity, Vengeance & A Weekend in Vegas

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.

  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name. 
My Series Sunday pick is Vanity, Vengeance & A Weekend in Vegas, the sixth book in the Sophie Katz series by Kyra Davis. Sophie Katz, the part-time amateur sleuth and bestselling mystery writer, returns. She discovers that Anatoly, her boyfriend of six years, is a mafia boss. Of course, Sophie kicks him out of the San Francisco home they share. To cheer Sophie up, friends Dena and Marcus take her away for a weekend in Vegas. It just so happens to be the weekend of a sex toy trade show and home of the Russian mafia.

Just her luck, the weekend in Vegas turns into a mystery instead of a getaway. Anatoly is seen there with his wife. But when Sophie goes to their hotel room for a confrontation, she finds a dead body stuffed in a closet and her own belongings around the room. Someone is framing Sophie Katz for murder and she needs to find out who and why. All the while, finishing her manuscript and keeping her man.

This is Kyra Davis's first self-published book. The author blogged throughout the process, giving fans the chance to be involved in her experience of self-publishing. She even offered fans the opportunity of designing the cover. I was especially eager to see and read the finished product. Although the cover matches the art style in the previous Sophie Katz books, meh, I imagined something more for such a bold title. The plot was better than the last few books of the series. The price of the eBook was less expensive than usual (only $3.99). However, there were too many grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors. The spacing was also off-centered on the NOOK version. After realizing the errors, the author promptly fixed them and released an updated version of the eBook. After working with the good people at B&N, I was able to swap versions. The update had most of the errors fixed but not all. Overall, I am proud of Kyra Davis's decision to self-publish. It is an accomplishment. I wish her an even better experience the next go-round.

Check out this series if you like suspense, romance and good mysteries with cute titles. Support this self-published author and purchase the eBook of Vanity, Vengeance & A Weekend in Vegas for just $3.99.

Author: Kyra Davis
Published: March 2012
Pages: 162
Edition: eBook
Rating: ♥♥♥♥


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