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This Pen for Hire: A Jaine Austen Mystery | [Laura Levine]

This Pen for Hire: A Jaine Austen Mystery

Smarmy personals ads. Daring declarations of love. Writer-for-hire Jaine Austen has penned them all. But when one of the love connections she made is broken up by murder, Jaine finds herself freelancing free-of-charge - and uncovering more than she bargained for…No one seems to need her help more than geeky, gawky Howard Murdoch. His request is simple enough: a letter proclaiming his undying love for Stacy Lawrence, a gorgeous aerobics instructor.
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Smarmy personals ads. Daring declarations of love. Writer-for-hire Jaine Austen has penned them all. But when one of the love connections she made is broken up by murder, Jaine finds herself freelancing free-of-charge - and uncovering more than she bargained for…No one seems to need her help more than geeky, gawky Howard Murdoch. His request is simple enough: a letter proclaiming his undying love for Stacy Lawrence, a gorgeous aerobics instructor. The fact that he's never actually met the woman gives Jaine pause - but she soon overcomes her misgivings, warms up her computer, and starts pitching woo on Howard's behalf. To Jaine's surprise, the letter is a success - the unlikely Romeo lands a date! But his triumph is, sadly, short-lived. On Valentine's Day, Howard finds Stacy bludgeoned to death with a Thigh Master - and is quickly named the prime suspect. Upon hearing the news, Jaine is shocked. Sure, Howard's awkward, eccentric, and a tiny bit odd. But a murderer? That's hard to believe. Especially after a little sleuthing turns up a whole bunch of people who harbored less-than-loving feelings towards the svelte Stacy. But Jaine had better wrangle her clues quickly, before a crafty killer catches on--and puts a whole new spin on her ghost writing career…

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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 03-29-14
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Funny and Entertaining"

    I enjoyed this book. It was funny and clever. The story is well plotted, and the pace never lets up. Jaine Austin is a great character, very witty and bright. The other characters are also well developed and clever. I especially loved Cameron Bannick. He shares the spotlight with his witty conversations.
    This is a great debut to a mystery series. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen EAGLE RIVER, WI, United States 07-27-14
    Karen EAGLE RIVER, WI, United States 07-27-14

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    "ENJOYED!"

    Good 1st book. Plan to read the next. Narration is good, voice changing done pretty well for various characters. I notice that "men" are always hard to do for a women narrator for the most part but she did okay :-) I liked her voice in fact, some voices I don't enjoy, hers I did...good voice for narration.

    Some cute descriptions of "herself", her hair, her general appearance, other things/people and of her kitty as well. Makes for enjoyable reading in between the "playing detective" portions of the book.

    Only one thing I noticed that could be changed... used the word "gusto" for the same description of one thing in particular too much... maybe 3-4 times but shoulda been a better way to describe that same thing differently each time? Not a biggie but still.... all in all, interesting reading, not complicated with too many characters so that I couldn't remember what was happening if I had to put it down for a day without reading/listening.

    I did figure out a couple things in advance but I seem to be good at figuring out murderers and various things that are being led up to on TV as well, I nearly always know the killer ahead of time and it boggles my husband's mind how I do it but I'm always right. I can't guess EVERY TIME, but very, very often but it didn't ruin the book for me just because I figured out the end ahead of time. It still was written well and I still wanted to read on and finish the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime CA, United States 04-15-14
    Jaime CA, United States 04-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Easy Listen"
    What did you like best about This Pen for Hire? What did you like least?

    It was a light and easy listen. Kind of predictable in many parts, but enjoyable.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I think the ending made sense. I felt kind of bad for the main character, but it was a nice story.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think the narrator was fine. She did a good job doing all the voices.


    Do you think This Pen for Hire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I'm undecided about this. I found the book to be fun, but I don't know about an entire series.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun, easy read to get you through your day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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