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Laura Levine
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May 1 2005 Jaine Austen Mysteries
A gal with a serious Ben & Jerry's habit can't afford to be too picky about employment opportunities. So when Beverly Hills socialite SueEllen Kingsley offers freelance writer Jaine Austen megabucks to ghost write a book of hostess tips, it's time to sharpen the No. 2s. But everything short circuits when Jaine finds SueEllen floating face down in her tub, fried by her own blow dryer. The primary suspect: Heidi, SueEllen's stepdaughter, whose account of a mysterious blonde fleeing the scene is greeted with scepticism by Beverly Hills' finest. Peroxide suspects abound, including a very private masseuse, a jealous nurse, a former game show hostess...even a closet blonde with a surprising secret. One of them is hiding a murderous heart behind pricey highlights, and Jaine's out to expose the killer's dark roots. Because blondes have enough fun without getting away with murder...

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just love Laura Levine May 20 2014
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This book is pure Laura Levine.

Love the pace, the humour and the characters. Higly entertaining.

Recommended for those who just love quirky humour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars it's a Killer! March 17 2014
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Killer Blonde is funny and interesting! For those who like cats, high fashion and sass this is a great read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars MYSTERY SPICED WITH GOSSIP June 25 2004
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Following the popular This Pen For Hire television comedy writer Laura Levine is back with her fourth Jaime Austen mystery. Levine's pen is as witty, winsome, and wicked as ever - perhaps more so as Jaime gets up close to the swells in Beverly Hills.
Jaime is offered a job as a ghostwriter for one of the ritziest and richest, socialite SueEllen Kingsley who want to put out a book of social tips. Jaime isn't too excited about this task but the pay is great, and she does have to keep body and soul together. The body is often kept together with Ben & Jerry's, but that's another story.
Married to a plastic surgeon, SueEllen does her dictating from a mountain of bubbles in her exquisite tub, and has little time for her reticent, chubby stepdaughter, Heidi. She's not a woman Jaime would choose for a gal pal, but the opportunity is there to learn all about the amorous exploits of the wealthy. There's a great deal more going on in L.A. than the Times reports, and Jaime is privy to it.
True, SueEllen spends a lot of time in the tub but it's usually sitting up, not face down. She's found unbreathing among the bubble, apparently electrocuted by her blow dryer. Who would have done this to such a charming, convivial lady? Heidi is, of course a suspect. But, she's not alone. There is also a bevy of blondes with motives as obvious as their dye jobs: a masseuse who offered services other than massage, a green-eyed with envy nurse, a once-upon-a-time game show hostess, and one more surprising blonde person.
Jaime turns to her detective roots to find the real killer and exonerate Heidi.
Mystery mixed with gossip - what fun reading!
- Gail Cooke
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4.0 out of 5 stars MYSTERY MIXED WITH GOSSIP - A FUN READ! May 10 2004
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Following the popular This Pen For Hire television comedy writer Laura Levine is back with her fourth Jaime Austen mystery. Levine's pen is as witty, winsome, and wicked as ever - perhaps more so as Jaime gets up close to the swells in Beverly Hills.
Jaime is offered a job as a ghostwriter for one of the ritziest and richest, socialite SueEllen Kingsley who want to put out a book of social tips. Jaime isn't too excited about this task but the pay is great, and she does have to keep body and soul together. The body is often kept together with Ben & Jerry's, but that's another story.
Married to a plastic surgeon, SueEllen does her dictating from a mountain of bubbles in her exquisite tub, and has little time for her reticent, chubby stepdaughter, Heidi. She's not a woman Jaime would choose for a gal pal, but the opportunity is there to learn all about the amorous exploits of the wealthy. There's a great deal more going on in L.A. than the Times reports, and Jaime is privy to it.
True, SueEllen spends a lot of time in the tub but it's usually sitting up, not face down. She's found unbreathing among the bubble, apparently electrocuted by her blow dryer. Who would have done this to such a charming, convivial lady? Heidi is, of course a suspect. But, she's not alone. There is also a bevy of blondes with motives as obvious as their dye jobs: a masseuse who offered services other than massage, a green-eyed with envy nurse, a once-upon-a-time game show hostess, and one more surprising blonde person.
Jaime turns to her detective roots to find the real killer and exonerate Heidi.
Mystery mixed with gossip - what fun reading!
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  41 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laughs and Mystery Aplenty Aug. 6 2004
By Mark Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When Jaine gets the phone call, she thinks she's hit the mother lode. SueEllen Kingsley wants a ghost writer for her party planning and recipe book and is willing to pay three thousand dollars a week. Jaine soon finds that working for SueEllen is hardly worth the effort. The woman is mean to all around her, especially her step-daughter. After a few days, Jaine is ready to quit. But when she arrives to resign, she finds her employer dead. With the police focusing on the step-daughter, Jaine steps in to find the real killer. Meanwhile, her parents are having another crisis. Seems her father has bought a used toupee that looks horrid and insists on wearing it at all times. Can Jaine help her mother from three thousand miles away?

Having read the previous two books, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. I was once again rewarded with a hilarious book with a great mystery. The plot left me plenty confused; I never would have guessed the killer. Laura Levine is the queen of the one-liner. I was laughing the entire way through the story. The sub-plot with Jaine's parents just adds to the fun. Jaine is charming and sympathetic heroine, and you can't help but root for her to solve the latest puzzle.

If you have never met Jaine Austen before, you are in for a treat. This is a wonderfully charming cozy series. Once you get started, you'll want to read them all.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Not So Blonde Moment May 4 2008
By J. E. Stephens - Published on Amazon.com
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This Jaine Austen installment was very enjoyable. Ms. Levine is such a clever writer. She writes a great mystery with lots and lots of humor entwined.

A blonde socialite hires Jaine to be her ghostwriter. Jaine soon learns that she is working for a wicked stepmother. After a few days on the job, Jaine shows up for work to find her employer murdered. Jaine has made friends with the stepdaughter and doesn't believe she was the killer even though the police think that very thing.

After many days of sleuthing, Jaine is sure the mystery is solved and that all loose ends are tied up. However, a surprise ending makes this book riveting until the last page.

The writer has many red herrings throughout and just when you think you know you find yourself surprised.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's a "Killer" of a Writer Jan. 3 2007
By Samantha Augustus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As soon as I read this book by Laura Levine I had to order the rest of her "Jaine Austen" series. She's funny, she's entertaining and she writes a great mystery. She "grabbed" me right away. Her books are page turners. I was impressed with the unusual way she includes her family in her books. I don't believe she started including "emails" from her zany parents until her second mystery in this series but they are inventive and now expected as well as anticipated in each one she writes. She has a flare for humor and that's what I enjoy and look for in mysteries. If you favor a whodunit with a little more than the usual and sometimes boring quessing game of which character in the book is the guilty party, this is a great series to start with. She's right up there with Janet Evanovich, Sarah Strohmeyer and Lori Avocato - just to name a few. I wish I could give her more than 5 stars!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully fun to read! July 29 2006
By Donna K. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Murder mysterious aren't my usual genre, but this book would more accurately classified as chick-lit. It was laugh-out-loud funny, and was written with the same type of witty flare and snappy dialogue as Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series, but with a much more responsible heroine and more realistic storyline. As I was reading along, I thought the murderer's identity was so predicatable, but I was way off-track, as lots of suprising twists are unraveled.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bubbly Who-Done-It Aug. 9 2005
By Erika Sorocco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jaine Austen - no relation to the author - can't be picky about clients, when she's got a Ben & Jerry's habit that would surprise an army, and her neurotic cat, Prozac, is constantly on the lookout for fresh fish guts. So when she's offered the position of ghostwriting a book of hostess tips for Bevery Hills socialite SueEllen Kingsley, she agrees instantly. After all, the amount of money she'll be making each week will definitely keep her thighs happy. But everything goes down the tube when Jaine finds SueEllen floating facedown in her bathtub - her home away from home - electrocuted by her very own blowdryer. The primary suspect? SueEllen's overweight stepdaughter Heidi, who wished the woman dead just hours before her death, and whose account of witnessing a mysterious blonde fleeing the scene is tossed aside as a lie. Now, with bottle blondes abound, Jaine must figure out which one was capable of killing SueEllen, before Heidi is put away.

It is hard to find a mystery series that keeps you intrigued and laughing at the same exact time from beginning to end, but that's exactly what Laura Levine has managed to do in every single novel starring Jaine Austen. KILLER BLONDE, like THIS PEN FOR HIRE and LAST WRITES is a bubbly who-done-it that leaves the reader on the edge of their seat trying to figure out who was capable of the murder, and whether or not Jaine will finally meet a good guy who will love her - and her thighs. Overall, this was a fabulous addition to the Jaine Austen series that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

Erika Sorocco

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