Jaine Austen Mysteries
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  • 1

    This Pen for Hire: A Jaine Austen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Laura Levine
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
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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.

    Beatrice says: "Funny and Entertaining"
    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 ..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 29 2014 by Beatrice (Houston, TX, United States)
  • 2

    Last Writes: A Jaine Austen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Laura Levine
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
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    (11)
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    (12)

    Jaine still hasn't found a good man - or a way to keep all those sugary snacks from going straight to her hips. But - with a little help from her best friend Kandi - she's finally landed a gig as a sitcom writer! True, Muffy 'n Me (aka "Bewitched with Tits") isn't going to win any Emmys. And her office at Miracle Studios needs a little sprucing up, and a few dozen rat traps. But it sure beats writing boring brochures and bad resumes, so Jaine's not complaining. Until the plot thickens - with murder....

    Beatrice says: "C-"
    C-

    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 »

    Reviewed on March 30 2014 by Beatrice (Houston, TX, United States)
  • 3

    Killer Blonde: A Jaine Austen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laura Levine
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (19)
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    (17)
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    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 ghostwrite a book of hostess tips, it's time to sharpen the #2s. But everything short circuits when Jaine finds SueEllen floating face down in her tub, fried by her own blow dryer.

    Beatrice says: "4 stars"
    4 stars

    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 »

    Reviewed on April 12 2014 by Beatrice (Houston, TX, United States)
  • 4

    Shoes to Die For: A Jaine Austen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Laura Levine
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    If clothes make the man, then what do Jaine Austen's elastic-waist pants and T-shirts make her? A fashion nightmare, according to her neighbor, Lance. She doesn't expect Lance - who works in the designer shoe department at Nieman Marcus - to understand...which is how she ends up visiting his favorite boutique, Passions. While the couture is definitely not for Jaine, the staff's gossip is. Tiny orange-haired clerk Becky starts complaining about her co-worker Giselle - a.k.a. "Frenchie" - a brittle blonde who, when she's not making fun of customers behind their backs, adds extra-marital notches to her Chanel belt.

    Beatrice says: "Entertaining and Funny"
    Entertaining and Funny

    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 »

    Reviewed on April 12 2014 by Beatrice (Houston, TX, United States)
  • 5

    The PMS Murder: A Jaine Austen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laura Levine
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    On the frontlines of the battle of the bulge, otherwise known as trying on bathing suits in the communal dressing room at Loehmann's, freelance writer Jaine Austen makes a new friend - a wannabe actress named Pam - and gets a new job: sprucing up Pam's bare-bones resume.

    Beatrice says: "A+++"
    A+++

    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 »

    Reviewed on April 13 2014 by Beatrice (Houston, TX, United States)
  • 6

    Death by Pantyhose: A Jaine Austen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Laura Levine
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (8)
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    Freelance writer Jaine Austen has never been able to resist the siren call of an Eskimo Pie, just like she can't resist renewing her romance with Andrew, an old crush. With her bank account hitting new lows, she's also just agreed to write jokes for Dorcas, a stand-up comic who throws her pantyhose into the audience as a punch line. Not only is Dorcas' act a bomb, she is heckled by Vic, a gorgeous fellow comic. Naturally when Vic is murdered with Dorcas' pantyhose and that same Dorcas is standing over his dead body, the police arrest...Dorcas.

    Beatrice says: "Absolutely Hilarious"
    Absolutely Hilarious

    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 »

    Reviewed on April 14 2014 by Beatrice (Houston, TX, United States)
  • 7

    Killing Bridezilla: A Jaine Austen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Laura Levine
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Jaine's accepted her share of lame gigs to pay the bills, but rewriting Shakespeare's got to be an all-time low. The fiasco begins with a call from Jaine's high-school nemesis, uber rich uber witch Patti Devane. It seems Patti will soon be sashaying down the aisle with another former classmate from Hermosa High, and she'd like the exchange of vows to evoke Romeo and Juliet…except without the "downer" of an ending.

    Beatrice says: "Another great Jaine book"
    Another great Jaine book

    So far I have not been disappointed with any of the books in this series. This one was no different. It was funny with well thought out plot lines a..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 04 2014 by Beatrice (Houston, TX, United States)
  • 8

    Killer Cruise: A Jaine Austen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laura Levine
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (7)
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    (7)
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    (7)

    Wordsmith Jaine Austen's ship has finally come in. Her new teaching gig on a fancy cruise line nabs her a free vacation--and access to a 24-hour buffet! But sooner than you can say "bon voyage," Jaine's all-expenses-paid trip to the Mexican Riviera seems destined to be a wreck… Jaine's sinking sensation grows stronger at dinner, where she meets chatty Emily Pritchard, a wealthy seventy-year-old who's traveling with her two nephews.

    Beatrice says: "Jane stumbles through another mystery"
    Jane stumbles through another mystery

    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 »

    Reviewed on April 19 2014 by Beatrice (Houston, TX, United States)
  • 9

    Death of a Trophy Wife: A Jaine Austen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Laura Levine
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (9)
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    Without a job or a date in sight, freelance writer Jaine Austen is equally out of luck in finance and romance. So when her friend Lance offers to treat her to brunch at the Four Seasons, Jaine leaps at the invite. They've barely made it through the menu when Lance spots his friend Bunny, who is the new trophy wife of mattress maven Marvin Cooper.When Bunny generously offers Jaine a gig writing Marv's new advertising campaign, Jaine accepts the job, and an invitation to her upcoming soire. But at the party Bunny cruelly rules the Cooper mansion and before the evening is over, someone poisons Bunny.

    Beatrice says: "Funny and entertaining"
    Funny and entertaining

    I am thrilled that I started to listen to these books. They are incredibly funny and entertaining. I enjoy all of Jaine and her father's hijinks. T..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 04 2014 by Beatrice (Houston, TX, United States)
  • 10

    Pampered to Death: A Jaine Austen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Levine
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (7)
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    (6)
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    (6)

    When freelance writer Jaine Austen is surprised with an ber-luxe spa getaway, she and her feline pal Prozac are eager to hit the road and bask in a week of pampering and pedicures. But what she gets is a California fat farm in disguise, complete with celery-juice cocktails, humiliating weigh-ins, and a zero-tolerance position on carbs.Among her bulge-battling companions is Mallory Francis, a B-list movie star with a knack for making frenemies.

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  • 11

    Death of a Neighborhood Witch: A Jaine Austen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Laura Levine
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When Jaine Austen's beloved cat Prozac unwittingly scares to death a parakeet belonging to the neighborhood's resident curmudgeon, Jaine finds herself knee-deep in toil and trouble. The cantankerous Hollywood has-been once played television's fourth most famous monster mom. Now she spends her days making enemies with everyone on the block. So when the ornery D-lister is murdered with her own Do Not Trespass sign on Halloween, the neighborhood fills with relief - and possible culprits.

    Cynthia says: "At Last! Jaine Austen on Audible"
    At Last! Jaine Austen on Audible

    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 »

    Reviewed on April 19 2014 by Cynthia (Monrovia, California, United States)
  • 12

    Killing Cupid: A Jaine Austen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Laura Levine
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Love is in the air as freelance writer Jaine Austen begins a new job at the Dates of Joy matchmaking service--but between juggling her boss's demands, deflecting theadvances of an eccentric suitor, and tracking down a calculating killer, she hardly has time to think about romance. . .

    Cozy Reader says: "Zany, Valentines Mystery!"
    Zany, Valentines Mystery!

    It's almost Valentine's Day and the only date on Jaine's horizon appears to be her cat, Prozac. However things start looking up when she's asked to wr..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 06 2014 by Cozy Reader (Canada)