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Sophie Green, the worst spy the British secret service has ever seen, is back and she’s in love—with a car. Her best friend is being stalked, and to find out why Sophie has to solve a murder committed fifteen years ago. Complicating the case is Docherty, whose brooding eyes and Irish accent get Sophie almost as hot as his Aston Martin—and her partner Luke, who might be se Sophie Green, the worst spy the British secret service has ever seen, is back and she’s in love—with a car. Her best friend is being stalked, and to find out why Sophie has to solve a murder committed fifteen years ago. Complicating the case is Docherty, whose brooding eyes and Irish accent get Sophie almost as hot as his Aston Martin—and her partner Luke, who might be sexy as hell but has all the interpersonal skills of a speeding bullet. Not that Sophie’s going to allow the state of her love-life to distract her from her mission. Much. Murder plots, stolen supercars, cool-headed mercenaries and mysterious artifacts? Must be a Tuesday. This is an updated version of the original book published in 2007.


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Sophie Green, the worst spy the British secret service has ever seen, is back and she’s in love—with a car. Her best friend is being stalked, and to find out why Sophie has to solve a murder committed fifteen years ago. Complicating the case is Docherty, whose brooding eyes and Irish accent get Sophie almost as hot as his Aston Martin—and her partner Luke, who might be se Sophie Green, the worst spy the British secret service has ever seen, is back and she’s in love—with a car. Her best friend is being stalked, and to find out why Sophie has to solve a murder committed fifteen years ago. Complicating the case is Docherty, whose brooding eyes and Irish accent get Sophie almost as hot as his Aston Martin—and her partner Luke, who might be sexy as hell but has all the interpersonal skills of a speeding bullet. Not that Sophie’s going to allow the state of her love-life to distract her from her mission. Much. Murder plots, stolen supercars, cool-headed mercenaries and mysterious artifacts? Must be a Tuesday. This is an updated version of the original book published in 2007.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Joni

    With 2 sick kids, a husband that had meetings for two straight days this book was the perfect get away. I lost track of time reading this book either on the couch with the kids or later that evening. Super easy, super silly, and a super escape from reality. Will I read the next book in the series? The next one I read may be by the pool enjoying the summer time ahhh....

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    I enjoyed this book just as much as the first one. A fast, fun, read, it was great for laying poolside on vacation. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who like quirky, fun chick-lit myseteries.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I loved the first book in this series and I was dissapointed with this book. There were several loose ends, or a lot of detail on topics that didn't really seem to tie in to the rest of the story. I felt like the mystery component of this story was sorely underdeveloped in contrast to the relationship aspect of the story regarding Luke and Sophie. Whereas the first book in the series had a great mystery, this book did not. I thought this book could have been much better. I did enjoy it, but not I loved the first book in this series and I was dissapointed with this book. There were several loose ends, or a lot of detail on topics that didn't really seem to tie in to the rest of the story. I felt like the mystery component of this story was sorely underdeveloped in contrast to the relationship aspect of the story regarding Luke and Sophie. Whereas the first book in the series had a great mystery, this book did not. I thought this book could have been much better. I did enjoy it, but not as much as I would have liked. I am looking forward to the next book though, as I've heard its very good.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Corman

    I love this series! Cannot wait to start the next book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nancy L Sumpter

    Really enjoyed! She actually reminds me of Stephanie plum, except she is not rubbish at everything. I love that it has funny moments and I am a scoobie, so I love all the Buffy references.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anca

    Great fun, very entertaining, highly recommended.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    I love the Sophie Green mysteries!! Perfect summer reading!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Neil

    See, a three star review doesn't mean a book isn't worthwhile, my three star review of the first Sophie Green led me to read this one. Let's just say, not enough Cockney rhyming slang. See, a three star review doesn't mean a book isn't worthwhile, my three star review of the first Sophie Green led me to read this one. Let's just say, not enough Cockney rhyming slang.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tuuli

    I really liked the first book of this series. A lot. Not quite so the second. Here's why (these REALLY are spoilers btw): (view spoiler)[I had to suspend my disbelieve a lot. Vigorously. Sophie and the rest of the crew seemed to have little regard to the law or anyone's safety. Sophie in particular seemed a lot more self-centered and callous in this second installment. Sure, she was selfish in the first book - but there it seemed endearing and human to me. In this book she seemed to go from bad t I really liked the first book of this series. A lot. Not quite so the second. Here's why (these REALLY are spoilers btw): (view spoiler)[I had to suspend my disbelieve a lot. Vigorously. Sophie and the rest of the crew seemed to have little regard to the law or anyone's safety. Sophie in particular seemed a lot more self-centered and callous in this second installment. Sure, she was selfish in the first book - but there it seemed endearing and human to me. In this book she seemed to go from bad to worse. I didn't particularly find it funny when, in the beginning of the book, Sophie and Luke seemed to constantly be distracted from work by sex. The longer it went on the more stupid and unprofessional it started to look. Once would have been fine but all the time? Sheesh. Wasn't like anybody's life was in danger... Wait. It was. That was, naturally, just the tip of the iceberg. When Sophie shot Docherty my jaw fell open. There was no need. She was sure he did it. Okay, fine. But she had his guns, she could have just cuffed him. He wasn't even resisting, just asking questions. And afterwards she rolled him into their office and stuck him into a cell like it was no big deal. She was even proud of it - heck, there were high fives abound. She SHOT him. Twice. It's not like you can just slap a bandage on it - there are long term consequences. Whoops? And even before that - what about that explosion bit? Sophie just motored on out of there without even bothering to check about survivors. Sure, she called for help, after, but c'mon! She didn't even stop to think about it. The final straw was when Sophie shot Janulevic. As everyone wanted her to. I just... just... ARRGGGH. He had already been disarmed, there was no reason to kill him! Sheesh, I thought they were supposed to be law enforcers - not judge, jury and executioner. (hide spoiler)] So, yeah. I graduated from eye rolling to scornful snorts. Oh well. I still loved the first book, so I'm going to bravely continue on to the next one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shanyn Hosier

    Sophie Green is back in all her lovable, disorganized, spunky glory. If you like snappy, snarky dialogue chockablock full of vulgar Brit slang and dry Brit humor, this is your series. An extensive familiarity with Buffy the Vampire Slayer might also help with some of the jokes, but I still enjoyed the story without it. The friendship between Sophie and her friend, Angel, is warm and believable. The chemistry between Sophie and Luke continues as hot as ever. And then there's the mysterious Irishma Sophie Green is back in all her lovable, disorganized, spunky glory. If you like snappy, snarky dialogue chockablock full of vulgar Brit slang and dry Brit humor, this is your series. An extensive familiarity with Buffy the Vampire Slayer might also help with some of the jokes, but I still enjoyed the story without it. The friendship between Sophie and her friend, Angel, is warm and believable. The chemistry between Sophie and Luke continues as hot as ever. And then there's the mysterious Irishman, Docherty, who may or may not be what he seems. An Aston Martin is a character in and of itself. Yum! Sophie's (mis)adventures are thoroughly entertaining. The mystery of who's stalking Angel is riveting, though the plausibility is temporarily derailed on the Ireland trip. (view spoiler)[In particular, Sophie's actions in the aftermath of the explosion seemed counterintuitive. Why did she leap into the car and drive off without looking for survivors? Or at least Docherty? It isn't until several pages later that the thought occurs to her he might be the culprit. (hide spoiler)] All in all, a worthy sequel to "I, Spy?" Well done, Kate Johnson!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Karen Syed

    I am so hooked on this series. Kate Johnson has one of the freshest voices I have read in a long time. Her stories tickle me to no end, despite being mysteries. the dialogue is always snappy, the characters are always real enough to live down the road from you and Johnson knows how to make setting a great part of her stories. There are so many dimensions to her books that I can't seem to make myself stop reading. With each page I read, I dread going on because I know eventually I will get to the I am so hooked on this series. Kate Johnson has one of the freshest voices I have read in a long time. Her stories tickle me to no end, despite being mysteries. the dialogue is always snappy, the characters are always real enough to live down the road from you and Johnson knows how to make setting a great part of her stories. There are so many dimensions to her books that I can't seem to make myself stop reading. With each page I read, I dread going on because I know eventually I will get to the end. Ms. Johnson is just going to have to keep writing Sophie Green mysteries until both Sophie and I are too old to see, move, read, or breathe. Readers who enjoy Kate Johnson's style of writing might also enjoy the Miller Sisters Mysteries (Totally Buzzed and Totally Fishy) by Gale Borger. While they aren't British, they do bring the same kind of entertainment to readers via Wisconsin.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jan Jones

    Another fast-paced, nuts but funny spy caper featuring Sophie Green

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vittoria

    Very fast and funny, quite like the first one, but too many lose ends. Too many whys and hows to which I found no answer. I will certainly read the next one though. The heroine is crazy (we should ask a psychiatrist to read the book and diagnose her) and she's got that wonderful sense of humour I so much love. Is it so, that the idea of fun for the British always involves getting drunk? How peculiar. Very fast and funny, quite like the first one, but too many lose ends. Too many whys and hows to which I found no answer. I will certainly read the next one though. The heroine is crazy (we should ask a psychiatrist to read the book and diagnose her) and she's got that wonderful sense of humour I so much love. Is it so, that the idea of fun for the British always involves getting drunk? How peculiar.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hilde

    I absolutely adored the first installment of the Sophie Green Mysteries as the heroine is just your average girl. She doesn't have super powers, is far from perfect and has a great sense of humour. The sequel does not disappoint either, the story is fast paced and it's difficult to put the book down: think Bridget Jones meets MI5. I'm looking forward to reading part 3: A is for Apple. I absolutely adored the first installment of the Sophie Green Mysteries as the heroine is just your average girl. She doesn't have super powers, is far from perfect and has a great sense of humour. The sequel does not disappoint either, the story is fast paced and it's difficult to put the book down: think Bridget Jones meets MI5. I'm looking forward to reading part 3: A is for Apple.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Linda882

    Chick lit spy caper, a la Stephanie plum but without....? Quick and easy read, no brainer, fun. A great deal of willing suspension required, particularly the re- arrangement of a charity ball. Seriously.. Sophie as a spy is one thing, but event management is another thing altogether. Still any girl who loves Buffy is a friend of mine

  16. 4 out of 5

    Josi

    I am loving the Sophie Green books. She is a great character. I want to read the other books in this series. The combination of humor and mystery is great. Throw in the mentions of some of my favorite things like Buffy, Stephanie Plum and all the British stuff. It is like my catnip. Love it. I just re-read this book and it is just as great this time.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    Another great read by Kate Johnson, I've grown addicted to the wonderful, witty and sometimes wacky world of Sophie Green. Excellent writing, brilliantly funny characters, I love how this series is developing. Another great read by Kate Johnson, I've grown addicted to the wonderful, witty and sometimes wacky world of Sophie Green. Excellent writing, brilliantly funny characters, I love how this series is developing.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cassiday Tamillo

    Funny, easy read. Lots of loose ends, so will have to continue to hopefully get some answers. The heroine is a little looney, but in a very entertaining and familiar way....if I were British (and a spy) it might almost be like reading about myself......no, probably not.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Janessa14

    this book brings you in to a diffrent place..

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This was really good. All the lead in from the first book and the prequel helped make this one go by fast because most everything was already explained.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lakshmi

    More fun with Sophie and the gang in this second book of the series. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Johnna Ehlendt

    Loved it! Can't wait to read the 3rd book! Loved it! Can't wait to read the 3rd book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    I liked this better than the first one, I think. More excitement and mystery. Except there is lots of language I take offense to. So, I was disappointed about that.

  24. 5 out of 5

    CherryBlossom0301

    Fast-paced, quirky and sexy like the first one, slightly less funnier. But veeery entertaining all the same.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joan Thompson

    Great book with humour and action.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ljj

    A fun series. Light "summer reading" books. A fun series. Light "summer reading" books.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Audra

    Laugh-out-loud funny. I giggled like Anderson Cooper! This series is what Stephanie Plum was like in its heyday! Really fun and funny!!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Kaupp

    Was in the mood for a Stephanie Plum/Izzy Spellman type of book and remembered this series. It hit the spot. (Sophie is even a Stephanie Plum fan.)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I am starting to like this series. It has a lot of the trademarks of the Stephanie Plum books although it is set in England.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lori Whitwam

    Book 2 held up to book 1. Fast, funny, good tension, well-paced plot, good flow.

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