Lust, Loathing and A Little Lip GlossBook - 2009
Mystery writer and dabbling recreational sleuth Sophie Katz is head over heels in love--with a three-bedroom Victorian. She's just got to have it, despite a few drawbacks. Her slimy ex is the Realtor. The rich, creepy seller wants her to join San Francisco's spirited Specter Society. And her first tour of the house reveals, well, a lifeless body clutching a cameo with a disturbing history of its own.
There's no way Sophie is going to give up the ghost 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 percent 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....
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Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss is the fourth novel in a series about a novelist turned amateur detective. Sophie Katz has no idea how she keeps finding herself in these situations, her mother has taken to calling her "the mortician", due to the fact that she is forever finding dead bodies. Can you imagine what this would do to a nice Jewish mother? oy!
Sophie has a bit of help on her side, her boyfriend just happens to be a P.I. kind of like Magnum. He gets hired to catch cheating husbands in the act, and to stop employees from robbing their bosses blind. He also maintains a full time job trying to keep track of what trouble Sophie has gotten herself into.
Her best friends never let her down either, Marcus the gay dreamboat hairstylist seems to always be a partner in crime, willingly or not. Then there is Dena, the owner of a sex shop with a wandering eye and a yen for excitement. Lastly there is her sister Leah, but shes a story whole other story in and of herself.
When Sophie starts finding bodies while house hunting, she finds herself the suspect of a murder. Granted, she is one of many suspects, but she must work to clear her name and snag an amazing Victorian for an unbelievable bargain. The only problem is, her slimy ex-husband is the real estate agent for the house, and the person selling the house is a bit crazy. She has no idea why she is so drawn to this house, and when Kane (the seller) tells her she has to contact ghosts for him because the house is haunted, she finds herself in the most hilarious and unpredictable situations yet.
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