Death of a Trophy Wife (Jaine Austen Series #9)

Death of a Trophy Wife (Jaine Austen Series #9)

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by Laura Levine
     
 

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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.

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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 soirée. But at the party Bunny cruelly rules the Cooper mansion and before the evening is over, someone poisons Bunny.

The police arrest Lance, but Jaine knows his murderous urges end at her closet door. Setting out to clear his name, she soon discovers a list of suspects longer than Bunny's credit card bill. . .

"Zany. . .series fans will find Jaine as funny as ever." --Publishers Weekly

"If you love a good mystery, this book is for you." --New York Journal of Books

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Publishers Weekly
At the start of Levine's zany eighth Jaine Austen mystery (after 2009's Killer Cruise), the L.A. freelance writer and snoop extraordinaire accompanies her Neiman Marcus shoe salesman friend, Lance, to a party at the lavish Beverly Hills estate of “Marvelous Marv, the Mattress King.” Marv's obnoxious trophy wife, Bunny, is one of Lance's best customers. When Bunny dies after drinking a cyanide-laced martini, the LAPD's discovery that Bunny left a $175,000 Maserati to Lance in her will makes him a primo suspect in her murder. Jaine's search for the real killer turns up a host of suspects, including Ellen, Marv's disgruntled first wife; Sarah, Marv's brainy professor daughter, who totally hated her stepmother; and Sarah's unfaithful husband, Owen (aka the “Nerdy Son-in-Law”). A silly subplot involving Vladimir Ivan Trotsky from Uzbekistan, who's obsessed with marrying Jaine, distracts from the main action, but series fans will find Jaine as funny as ever. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758272225
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Series:
Jaine Austen Series , #9
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
66,209
File size:
1 MB

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