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Shoes To Die For (A Jaine Austen Mystery #4)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  1,339 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Freelance writer Jaine Austen is not your typical Los Angelino. She's not rich, she's not thin, and she's definitely not starstruck. She is a sarcastic, sometime-sleuth who's never met a carb she didn't like...or a mystery she couldn't solve...

If clothes make the man, then what do Jaine's elastic-waist pants and T-shirts make her? A fashion nightmare, according to her neig
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Kensington (first published 2005)
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Mailis Viiand
Half the book is dedicated to the always hungry Jaine Austen scarfing down most fattening foods the author can think of, making the pattern of the comic situation a bit worn out by always having the same solution and joke...Jaine meets a hamburger she likes, decides she cant afford to gain even more weight, resolutely refuses the goods, but says the next moment that no, actually i ate the whole thing and ordered some fries too, yumyum...haha...very funny, but not that much by the fourth book, co ...more
Frenchie (aka Giselle) is one of the worst employees one could ever have. She is stuck up and two-faced. So why would the owner of the fashion store, Passions had over her precious company to a quack like Frenchie? That is one of the questions Jaine Austen has to find out, along with who would be cruel enough to kill Frenchie by Stiletto heel.
I don't know why a person would dislike this series. Laura is quickly taking over my reading list and i dont mind it at all. Jaine is so funny in the book
Patricia Nowacky
Of course this is fluff, but I really enjoy fluff when my brain and heart need a break! And Laura Levine is a fun writer. The Jaine Austen mystery series is an entertaining set of murder capers set in La La Land--L.A., that is. The narrator, Jaine, is a size 8 or 10, which is terribly obese in L.A., and half the novel is made up of comments on her love of food and sarcastic observations on the behavioral quirks of not only those she meets but of herself as well. Frankly, what sells me on this se ...more
SOS Aloha
Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world. - Marilyn Monroe

Kensington created a new cover for Laura Levine's SHOES TO DIE FOR. Book Four in this popular series is a comedic satire of the fashion industry. Jaine Austen is an "average" woman who wears comfy clothes ... as I do! Yet Jaine (and I) would appear on the "don't" page of any fashion magazine ....

"Jaine, honey. Do you realize you're the only person in the restaurant with elastic-waist pants?"

He was right, of course. The
Jaine Austin is one of the most amusing characters to come out of a mystery series. A "regular" person who would rather eat Mc Donald's or Kentucky fried Chicken instead of giving in to the world of "thin is in!" This character is written with humor but always gets the culprit, not without a little action. Ms. levine makes you want to read her books! Well done.
#4 in the Jaine Austen Series
(Note: This series might be considered "fluff mystery" or "mystery-light." Each book can be read separately and out of order.)

Even though, as mentioned in previous reviews, the plot and jokes are somewhat recycled, I still enjoyed the book.
Ashlea Nicol
I absolutely love these books and can not get enough! I cant wait to read the next one!
Mark Baker
Jaine's neighbor Lance has decided it's time for her to have a makeover. It doesn't land her any new clothes, but it does land her a job writing for one of the boutiques they visit. Only then the owner is killed with a high heel. The result is another funny mystery with wild characters you can't help but like.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
I keep thinking I like this series and then I select the next book and realize I don't really like the series or Jaine very much. I'm just tired of her always being out of money. I think there are other things she can do to supplement her income, but instead she stubbornly holds on to her first love, writing. Obviously, its not working out well for her. She's a flighty, yet intelligent woman. I'm not suggesting she give up her passion but become more practical and find other work instead of bemo ...more
Nicole Girolomo
This series is pretty funny and quick to read. I read most of this book on the train to and from NY yesterday. Not sure how many more of the series I will read as they seem to be very similar so far. Then again that's what happens with most murder mystery series, like really, how many murders can happen around the same person? And she manages to solve or be involved in solving all of them??
Another great comedy and murder mystery by Laura Levine! Crazy Jaine Austen, her friend who's always trying to fix her up on dates, her gay next door neighbor always flirting with any guy that is near Jaine and thinks he's in love,,,, and of course the crazy emails from her parents down in FL.
Dharia Scarab
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Not wonderful by any means. I got about a third of the way through this book and decided it wasn't worth my time. I found the main character annoying, especially the way she would do or say something and then explain what she really did or said in that situation. She may have been realistic, with her lack of intelligence, lack of willpower and ambition, and inability to use money wisely. I'm sure there are a lot of people like her. But it really didn't make me want to see her succeed and solve t ...more
This book is awesome!!Its one of those books that kept me going. I read it in 4 day nonstop. I don't like mysteries but cuz its a cozy mystery I felt satisfied. I like how Jane is all human and right and always admitted that she lied.Like when she lied she ate something and came back saying that she ate a bigger amount. I also like because this book has lots of suspense and the killer is always the least person I expected. This book it very life like and Laura Levine is not afraid to write somet ...more
Luffy Monkey D.
Anything ranging from flawed angst ridden masterpiece to slick novellas can garner 4/5 ratings. This book falls in the range of the latter. Especially considered that it's awfully short. I read it in less than a day. But it was really well written. However I was disappointed with the denouement and the subterfuge used by the writer - or rather, by the murderer. But the writing was never boring and humor and pacing were integral to the book's success. The trouble with cozies is that one can neve ...more
Apr 17, 2015 Pat rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Cute story of a freelance writer and her friends.
Who killed the nasty one with a high heel through the neck?
Jaine will figure it out.
If you like reading about a normal-sized woman being berated by her 'friends' for being too large with a horrible appearance, this book is for you. It definitely wasn't for me.
It’s a kitschy LA poor writer who stumbles over dead bodies and does detective work story. It’s a bit campy and a bit funny.

There are two kinds of people in LA. Those who do lunch. And those who eat lunch. Those who do lunch talk to their agents and order things like ahi tuna and Chinese chicken salad. Those who eat lunch talk to a clown and order extra ketchup for their fries.

That’s the way it starts and it is a fun, light hearted book. The murdered person is evil, wicked, and mean, so you’re a
love this book! a halarious mystery with a good plot line and it will keep you intrested!
I find these books very humorous - I'm enjoying this series
This is not great literature. In spite of it being a murder mystery, it is 'light'. There is humor in it and you don't feel bad for the victim.... It is a series. I 'might' read more, but not sure.
This was cute.
I'm starting to think that the older books in this series is better than the newer ones. I like this series because the books are short and funny and are pretty fast paced.
In this one, Jaine gets a job writing for a clothing store when the hateful employee Frenchie get's stabbed in the neck with her Jimmy Choo. Everyone suspects friendly Becky, so Jaine trys to find out who really did it. The reason for the murder was pretty lame.
The emails from the parents are still funny.
Kelly Kiel
A fast, fun cozy mystery. Easy to read in an afternoon. I like the little emails from her mom and dad their drama is like a little story within the story. Makes me laugh. I never guess who the real killer was, she always throws me off at the end because of course who you think it might be never is. Her character is very down to earth and easy to relate too and laugh with. A good choice to lighten the mood (even though it's a murder) between other books.
Janice Williams
kept you guessing
When freelance writer Jaine Austen has a chance to write advertising copy for an upscale boutique she gets more than just a writing job. Using her amateur detective skills she attempts to solve the murder before becoming the next victim! Mixed with a decent mystery is the unique character of Jaine Austen. A single woman who likes to eat, enjoys comfortable clothes over fashion and isn’t really looking for a man. A fun series.
Ruth Anne
I liked these books at first, but after reading the series they are EXACTLY THE SAME. The only thing that changes are the character names. She even uses the same phrases and words. UGH. Disappointing cuz she actually has some wit and humor but it gets tiring reading the same jokes/catchphrases over and over. Oh, and it's also disgusting to read about her can licking it's privates all day long.
I just adore these books. Granted there does seem to be a outline the author uses concerning endings. But, who cares, the series is a cozy series. Reading this series is like spending a night with your best friend. These books are funny, interesting, I don't have to sit up and ponder. I can just curl up with a cup of tea and follow Jaine along on her adventure.
Jaine steps into another festive, laugh-out-loud, and murderously sticky situation. Well done!

An Enjoyable, humorous and pleasant read. I read this series for laughs. I don't expect Jaine to be anyone other than who she is. She is usually unemployed, being taken advantage of by Prozac, a devoted friend to Kandi, sometime writer when she works, faux private eye and a lover of food. I could definite be her friend. On to the next one!
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Grew up in Brooklyn, New York, back when mastodons (and Edsels) still roamed the earth.

Education: Barnard College

First job: Reporter/photographer at a newspaper so small, we had our photos developed in the local camera shop.

Advertising claim to fame: I created Count Chocula and Frankenberry cereals for General Mills.

TV gets invented, and I get a job as a sitcom writer, turning out scripts for show
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A Jaine Austen Mystery (1 - 10 of 16 books)
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