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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. The primary suspect: Heidi, SueEllen's stepdaughter, whose account of a mysterious blonde fleeing the scene is greeted with skepticism by Beverly Hills' finest. Peroxided suspects abound, including a very private masseuse, a jealous nurse, a former game show hostess…even a closet blonde with a surprising secret. One of them is hiding a murderous heart behind pricey highlights, and Jaine's out to expose the killer's dark roots. Because blondes have enough fun without getting away with murder…

©2004 Laura Levine (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Jaine Austen's amused take on life, love, sex and LA will delight readers." (Carolyn Hart)
"Levine's series gets stronger with each book. Her dialogue is realistic yet hilarious, and her vivid characters jump off the page." (Romantic Times)
"The identity of the real killer comes as [a] smart surprise." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 04-12-14

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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 entertaining 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.

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Fun, light cozy murder mystery

I consider this book (and series) "brain candy,"akin to the whole Hamish MacBeth series, but what a delightful read when you want something with a little whodunit in it that will also make you laugh out loud. The protagonist, Jaine, is utterly charming and hapless, and the cast of characters that run throughout this series provide depth and comedy without appearing wooden or stereotypical. In my reading so far (I have almost all of Levine's books), there is always a murder, plenty of antics, and a few entertaining screwballs. This book won't give you high drama, particularly if you read the series (it's not always obvious who the "bad guy" is, but you can bet that they will be found out and the plot will be wrapped up in a neat little bow), but although some of the shenanigans seem a little formulaic they are written (and read) in a way that come across as hilarious anyway. Pressley is the perfect narrator for the voice of Jaine, and she also delivers on all of the other characters (male and female) in a way that is believable yet also maintains the humor of the situation. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a series of light-hearted cozy murder mysteries.