Killer Blonde (Jaine Austen Series #3)

Killer Blonde (Jaine Austen Series #3)

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by Laura Levine
     
 

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"Jaine Austen's amused take on life, love, sex and LA will delight readers." —Carolyn Hart

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

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"Jaine Austen's amused take on life, love, sex and LA will delight readers." —Carolyn Hart

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. . .

"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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Publishers Weekly
In Laura Levine's Killer Blonde: A Jaine Austen Mystery, her third cozy to feature sassy freelance writer and sometime sleuth Jaine Austen (after 2003's Last Writes), Jaine agrees to ghostwrite a book of hostess tips for SueEllen Kingsley, a Beverly Hills socialite. When the abusive, self-centered SueEllen gets electrocuted in her bathtub, Jaine must do what she can to exonerate the chief suspect in the murder, the victim's endearing, chubby teenage stepdaughter. The identity of the real killer comes as an abrupt if smart surprise. Agent, Evan Marshall. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758235473
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
05/03/2005
Series:
Jaine Austen Series, #3
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
148,360
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.90(d)

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Killer Blonde (Jaine Austen Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Laurel_Blue More than 1 year ago
Just like the first two books in the Jaine Austen mystery series, Killer Blonde presents mystery laced with tongue in cheek humor. The returning characters are endearing, the writing is clever, the mystery is intriguing.
Nicole Glonek More than 1 year ago
The first time I ever read one of Laura Levine's books I was hooked. She keeps everything fun and full of suspense.
KarenC55 More than 1 year ago
This is another great book by Laura Levine. I read them and pass them around to my friends. Love them all!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Though she would prefer to say no to Beverly Hills socialite SueEllen Kingsley, THIS PEN FOR HIRE writer Jaine Austen needs the money so that she and Prozac the cat can eat in the style that Ben & Jerry recommend. She knows if offered she will accept the ghostwriting of an insipid mess. Before meeting SueEllen, Jaine meets her client¿s stepdaughter fifteen years old overweight Heidi, who warns her that within a week she will quit because no one survives the queen of mean. The interviews starts out strange as SueEllen resides in a giant bathtub and Jaine cannot get her eyes off of the perfect boobs that apparently was a present from her plastic surgeon husband................................... Jaine sits on the toilet while SueEllen dictates her memoir At Home with SueEllen. Quickly she considers quitting and giving up 3K a week instead of trying to fix a book that has recipes that start with the maid and the cook doing the work. Someone else gives her assignment its LAST WRITES as SueEllen is electrocuted in her tub by her hairdryer. The police believe Heide killed her stepmother, but the teen insists she saw a blond run from their home. Jaine likes Heide and begins an investigation hoping to find the KILLER BLONDE............................... The third Austen amateur sleuth tale is an amusing story as Jaine provides a stand up comic¿s running soliloquy. The story line is fun and contains a few surprising but reasonable twists. The SueEllen-Heide relationship sounds some what like ¿Mommy Dearest¿ so the teen makes a perfect suspect. Fans will laugh at Jaine¿s observations as Laura Levine furbishes a jocular who-done-it................................. Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Following the popular This Pen For Hire television comedy writer Laura Levine is back with her fourth Jaime Austen mystery. Levine's pen is as witty, winsome, and wicked as ever - perhaps more so as Jaime gets up close to the swells in Beverly Hills. Jaime is offered a job as a ghostwriter for one of the ritziest and richest, socialite SueEllen Kingsley who want to put out a book of social tips. Jaime isn't too excited about this task but the pay is great, and she does have to keep body and soul together. The body is often kept together with Ben & Jerry's, but that's another story. Married to a plastic surgeon, SueEllen does her dictating from a mountain of bubbles in her exquisite tub, and has little time for her reticent, chubby stepdaughter, Heidi. She's not a woman Jaime would choose for a gal pal, but the opportunity is there to learn all about the amorous exploits of the wealthy. There's a great deal more going on in L.A. than the Times reports, and Jaime is privy to it. True, SueEllen spends a lot of time in the tub but it's usually sitting up, not face down. She's found unbreathing among the bubble, apparently electrocuted by her blow dryer. Who would have done this to such a charming, convivial lady? Heidi is, of course a suspect. But, she's not alone. There is also a bevy of blondes with motives as obvious as their dye jobs: a masseuse who offered services other than massage, a green-eyed with envy nurse, a once-upon-a-time game show hostess, and one more surprising blonde person. Jaime turns to her detective roots to find the real killer and exonerate Heidi. Mystery mixed with gossip - what fun reading! - Gail Cooke
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Hard to put down, it was a fast and fabulous read!
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Jaine Austen is hired as a ghostwriter by SueEllen Kingsley. Jaine doesn¿t really want to work for her, but she can¿t turn down the three thousand dollars a week she is paying. Jaine befriends Heidi, SueEllen¿s teenage step-daughter. Heidi tells her that she¿ll probably quit within a week like everyone else as they can¿t survive with SueEllen. SueEllen does most of her work while soaking in the tub. Jaine finds sitting on the toilet a terrible place to work. Plus having to look at SueEllen¿s perfect boobs, a present from her plastic surgeon husband, every day is difficult. Jaine stays for dinner one night and quickly finds that the women in the house don¿t get but a miniscule helping. After Heidi¿s birthday party where SueEllen is very mean to Heidi, Jaine decides to quit. Unfortunately when Jaine arrives for work to tell SueEllen she quits, Jaine finds SueEllen has been electrocuted in the tub by her hairdryer. The police believe Heidi killed her. Jaine believes Heidi when she says she didn¿t do it and that she saw a blonde in the hall not long before SueEllen was discovered. Jaine sets out to try to find out who killed SueEllen to keep Heidi from going to jail. Since SueEllen was mean to everyone, there are plenty of suspects in Jaine¿s mind. There are quite a few blondes as well. Plus Jaine discovers plenty of infidelity going on as well. Books in this series are so much fun to read. Jaine is a fun character and has plenty of one-liners to keep you laughing. Jaine¿s neighbor Lance is a great supporting character in the series. There¿s always lots of laughs with the various guys Jaine dates as well. There are plenty of clues but lots of suspects as well. I didn¿t figure out who did it or why until it was revealed. I highly recommend this book.