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Shoes To Die For (Jaine Austen Mysteries) Hardcover – May 31, 2005

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Product Details

  • Series: Jaine Austen Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (June 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758207816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758207814
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,983,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laura Levine is a former sitcom writer (The Bob Newhart Show, Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, Three's Company, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman). As an advertising copywriter, she created Count Chocula and Frankenberry cereals for General Mills. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.

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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Format: Hardcover
Jaine Austen enters the world of fashion when her neighbor Lance decides to give her a make-over. Visiting his favorite high end fashion boutique, Jaine doesn't find any clothes, but does land a potential client for her writing business. Coming in early to pitch ideas one morning, Jaine finds the body of Frenchie with one of the woman's own stiletto heels stuck in her neck. To know Frenchie was to loath her, so the list of suspects in long. The police are zeroing in on a woman who wouldn't hurt a fly, literally. When Becky hires Jaine to find the real killer, Jaine drops all her current writing assignments (ok, she had none anyway) to pursue the clues. Meanwhile, her father has his heart set on the lead in a play at her parent's retirement village, one of her memoir writing students suffers a heart attack, and Kandi signs both herself and Jaine up for speed dating.

Fans of this series will love the latest entry. All the charm and sarcastic humor of the others is present. I smiled, giggle, and laughed my way through the entire book. The book is very well set up. By the time the murder takes place, you are aware of several suspects. And how can you not love such an inventive murder weapon? The ending felt a little rushed to me and definitely could have used a few more pages to better flesh things out.

This book will appeal to those who love light mysteries. If that's you, this series is in fashion.
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This was the second Jaine Austen mystery I have read. It was very witty. I enjoyed reading about Jaine's class and her student Mr. Goldman. He is such a funny and believable character. Reading her emails from her parents are also a hilarious subplot.

The mystery was solved eventually by Jaine in the nick of time. Although the culpret was not Jaine's first choice, she eventually figured it out.

This series is refreshing and cleverly written. You will enjoy it too!
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This was a fun book; it had comedy, mystery, and a little bit of everything...even made me hate a few characters, which usually doesn't happen. It's a good, funny read, with lots of twists.
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Jaine Austen - freelance writer extraordinaire - is the farthest thing from your typical Los Angeles beauty. Case in point - she's living paycheck to paycheck, celebrities mean nothing to her, she's semi-plus size, and she spends her days - and sometimes nights - working as an amateur sleuth, and coming across more and more carbs to inhale in the form of delicious foods. This time, however, Jaine's fabulous next-door neighbor, Lance, has decided that Jaine must finally throw away her elastic-waist pants, and opt for something more stylish. More trendy. Less trailer park - if you know what I mean. So he takes her to Passions - a hip boutique that stocks clothing that wouldn't even fit one of Jaine's thighs, let alone her entire waist. And, while a new wardrobe isn't discovered there, Jaine is lucky enough to get an interview as Passions' new magazine ad writer. But then the universe shifts, and, suddenly, kind Grace is no longer the owner of Passions, but has placed ownership into the hands of Giselle aka Frenchie - a nasty blonde who makes fun of customers and cheats on her husband left and right. Ordinarily, Jaine would avoid this woman like the plague, but she needs the money - so she takes the job. However, when she arrives at Passions the next morning to pitch her ideas, she finds Frenchie among the land of the dead - a stiletto Jimmy Choo sticking out of her neck. Now Jaine has decided to toss the ad campaign, and dive headfirst into a sea of dangerous fashionistas, in an attempt to find Frenchie's killer, and protect herself from being next on the list of victims.

In the superficial land of Los Angeles, Jaine is a diamond in the rough, whose elastic-waist pants separate her from all of the plastic Barbie dolls traipsing around Rodeo Drive.
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If you're in the market for a lighthearted and enjoyable read, you'll definitely find it in Laura Levine's latest Jaine Austen installment, "Shoes to Die For." It may not be the most perplexing and suspenseful thing you read this year, but I do think that it will rate as one of the more amusing ones.

Jaine's neighbour, Lance, is between boyfriends and feeling bored. The solution: to glamourise the fashion-challenged Jaine. And against her better judgement, Jaine agrees to allow Lance to "spiff" her up. A three thousand dollar Prada suit and an expensive haircut later, and Jaine is looking very polished and quite glamourous. But the best part is that because of Lance's boredom, Jaine just might have landed a very lucrative assignment writing an ad for Passions, Lance's favourite fashionable clothing boutique. But when Jaine arrives early one morning to pitch her ideas, she finds Passions most detested employee, Frenchie, dead, stabbed in the neck with one of her own stilettos. And when another Passions employee, Becky, whom Jaine rather likes, ends up on the police's suspect list, Jaine finds herself, once again, donning her detective hat in order to hunt for Frenchie's real murderer.

"Shoes to Die For" was a nice, uncomplicated and amusing read. The mystery wasn't the most complex or the most intriguing I'd ever read, but Laura Levine's light and breezy prose style made it quite the entertaining read. I, especially enjoyed the colourful and wacky (no other way to describe it) e-mail exchanges that Jaine had with both her parents. The only thing that annoyed after a while was the author's penchant for stating that Jaine had said or done something and then taking it back, and letting us know that Jaine hadn't really acted that way.
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