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Death of A Trophy Wife (A Jaine Austen Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2011
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She and her husband live in Los Angeles.
Readers are welcome to contact her at Jaineausten@aol.com or on her website at www.lauralevinemysteries.com
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Meanwhile, Jaine is fighting off the advances of Vladimir, her e-mail order groom from Uzbekistan, who shows up to win her hand in marriage. And her dad has decided to start cooking everything. Oh yeah, and the police zero in on Lance as their prime suspect. With her neighbor sure he's going to be carted off any day, Jaine begins questioning suspects, hoping to find the killer. Can she clear Lance?
These books are always a blend of the comic and the mystery. I must admit here I found the comedic sub-plots more engaging than the main mystery. While it did have some nice twists, it was a bit on the formulaic side.
But oh the comic sub-plots and scenes. Lance really plays a large part here, and I loved him. I laughed so hard at some of Vladimir's scenes. And Jaine gets a classic of her own as well. Of course, there are the fake conversations Jaine has with her cat as well.
All this humor makes for another fun, fast read. Jaine has yet to disappoint, and her fans will find this book is no exception.
For anyone who is lonely, unhappy, or whose brain requires some exercise through complex puzzle solving, or anyone who simply enjoys pleasant, lively company, the whole Jaine Austen mystery series is the perfect solution. Not only does the author create hilarious, interesting situations, she has an uncanny ability to depict the relationship between people and the cats who own them. (This Prozac is an addiction that doesn't even require a prescription.) In any case, the book is worth buying just for the lessons Jaine teaches us all in How Not to Steal a Mattress Sample. (With an extra-credit tutorial: Destroying Bathrooms For Dummies.)
Levine often refers to the late, great P.G. Wodehouse. I can only add that since Plum writes no more, I'm glad we still have this author on the job.
I liked both the comedy parts and the mystery. Especially loved Vladimir Ivan Trotsky, the guy from Uzbekistan who tries to make Jaine fall in love with him with his bad love poems. Thought it was another very funny entry in the series. (And the killer came as a surprise, which is always a plus for me.)
Jaine is suffering from that old debilitating malady of not enough bucks in the checking account. She needs an infusion of cash real quick to stop the flow of outgo with no income. The Toiletmaster account has rather dried up. When her duplex neighbor Lance offers to take her to Sunday Brunch at the Four Seasons she accepts eagerly. Make that very eagerly because the most interesting thing in her refrigerator is a jar of martini olives. While they are lunching Lance meets his most extravagant customer from the designer shoe department at Neiman Marcus and Lance and Jaine find themselves invited to a pool party. From there can a shot at the advertising account for Marvin Cooper, the Marvelous Mattress King be far behind? Things are moving along pretty well until murder happens right in the middle of Bunny Cooper's Dirty Martini party.
I liked the lead character here. Jaine is one of those heroines most of us can relate to. She's got to work for a living, she isn't totally tuned in to the latest fashion issues and she loves to eat all the wrong foods. What's not to love?Read more ›
Someone put cyanide in Bunny's martini. Since the queen of mean was universally loathed, there are plenty of suspects. However, the Beverly Hills police hone in on Lance who has an additional motive. He inherits the victim's $175,000 Maserati. Jaine knows Lance would not kill a major customer so having success in solving homicides before (see Killer Cruise); she investigates and finds several viable suspects amidst the extended family members.
This is a wild over the top of the Sierras amateur sleuth who-dome-it as the eccentric cast brings to life Los Angeles with an amusing spin. Jaine dodges the marital demands of Uzbekistani Vladimir Ivan Trotsky, which is amusing but takes the reader away from her investigation. Still fans will enjoy Jaine's latest whodunit.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A "cute" and quirky mystery. Easy reading for time challenged people.Published 15 days ago by R. M. Voss
Great story telling as always from Laura Levine. Janie is funny & clever and my favorite down to earth sleuth!Published 16 days ago by Carla Garcia
I love Laura Levine books and Jaine Austen. This book was good but not one of the best I have read in the series. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary Marine
I love the Jaine Austen Mystery Series!! Laura is a great writer with a quick wit and a hilarious way of looking at life.Published 4 months ago by Jeremy
Funny, mysterious and full of food, you'll like this one. Main character is dedicated to several serious endeavors and has a cat that will keep you charmed. Read morePublished 4 months ago by DIANE ASHLEY
You can’t go wrong with a Jaine Austen mystery. I have yet to read one that isn’t comical and entertaining. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Author Jane B Night
Fun read. Loved the main character's zany exploits. I relate to her in some odd way.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I did not like this book. The descriptions of cat food turned me off. The story was ok.Published 9 months ago by Barbara Hurst