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 ..Show More »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.
I was a bit disappointed. The plot was so light and fluffy that there was hardly anything to it. The characters were predictable and stereotypical a..Show More »nd the pacing was a bit slow. However, Jaine had a few funny moments and the mystery aspect was okay. I'll probably listen to the next one because I think there is some potential.
Killer Blonde is the forth novel in the Jaine Austen Mystery series. Jaine is a great character. She's funny, clever and brave. The plot was entertain..Show More »ing and realistic and the pacing was fast with enough twists and turns to keep me turning the pages. I really enjoyed the emails between Jaine and her parents. I wish Jaine would dump Prozac and get a nice dog. I look forward to the next book.
This is an entertaining and funny mystery. It has a quick pace with enough twists and turns to keep you interested. This is proving to be a funny s..Show More »eries with great characters and witty dialogue. The mystery is light hearted and not very easy to figure out. I would recommend this book and series.
This is the best book of the series so far. It is funny, witty and clever. Jane takes after her father in that they both get involved in cringe wort..Show More »hy but funny situations. I laughed out aloud as I listened to this book. The murder mystery developed slowly but picked up and moved fast. There were lots of red herrings to prevent guessing the killer. The narrator did a good job with all of the voices. I would recommend Laura Levine to anyone who like cozy mysteries. I'm off to download the next book in the series.
This was one of the best yet in the series. Not only was it funny, but well written and thoroughly engaging. As always, Jaine and her father get int..Show More »o all types of silly situations that made me gasp and blush with shame. I couldn't put it down. I'm hooked. I bought the next three books and will buy the rest of the series as well. I highly recommend this series. The narrator does a great job with the voices. Even though I don't like Prozac, I love the way Brittany Pressley brings her to life.
This is an entertaining and funny series. Jane bends over backward to keep Prozac by her side and has the worse working vacation ever. But, through ..Show More »it all Jane keeps her cool and manages to stumble through another mystery with her usual silly antics. I'll be starting the next book in a couple of days.
About seven years ago, when the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books was still at UCLA, as I was dragging exhausted, sunburned and way over suga..Show More »red children (who still have no idea what it means to have actually met Sally Ride), I passed the "Sisters in Crime" booth. A bright paperback title caught my eye: "The PMS Murder".
I love the LA Times Festival of Books so much there's a clause in my child custody agreement that I always get my kids that weekend, and that title sang to me. I was so cranky with the fabled monthly symptoms by the end of that day that if just one more 'First Five' balloon had hit me in the face, I would have popped it with one of the bazillions of pens and pencils my kids collected that day.
So, I bought Laura Levine's "The PMS Murder" (2007), and had her sign it, without even caring what it was about. The title alone felt like vindication. And then I read it - that evening. The next year, I found Laura Levine again. I bought two more paperbacks. Eventually, I read them all, hardbacks included. That was, until I started The. Long. Commute. And Laura Levine's Jaine Austen mysteries weren't on Audible. Until now.
"Death of a Neighborhood Witch" (2013) is a laugh-out-loud jaunt through the below-Wilshire, less fortunate but still striving part of West Los Angeles. Levine captures that real Los Angeles, the one where apartment walls are apt to collapse in the next earthquake: native Spanish speakers are derided and assumed illegal; and the right shoes make woman, even if she's wearing Louboutins by day and eating Top Ramen every night.
The witch in question is a one-season Morticia Addams derivative sitcom star Cryptessa Muldoon. Someone attempts to frame Jaine for her murder - but who? The list of suspects is long, their foibles many, and what they say - well, Levine wrote for Laverne & Shirley (1976 - 1983). I suspect that Penny Marshall delivered most of Levine's lines. And Jaine's cat, Prozac - let's just say if I get a cat, I'm naming it Xanax. Or Sir Librium.
Brittany Pressley's narration disappointed me because after half a decade, I'd really began to identify with Levine's advertising writer/detective Jaine Austen. Especially the problems with errant slenderizing undergarments. Pressley isn't the Jaine voice I've heard in my head, which was My Own Voice. I got over that, and Pressley was pretty good. I never confused one character for another.
If Marcia Clark's fictional District Attorney Rachel Knight catches beautiful but cynical and tawdry Los Angeles, Levine's Jaine Austen captures commuter busses, taco stands, boring jobs, and Angelinos with always sunny dreams.
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