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Last Writes (A Jaine Austen Mystery #2)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  1,921 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
- Last Writes was a Featured Alternate Selection of the Mystery Guild.
- Will appeal to fans of comedic mysteries by such authors as Sarah Strohmeyer and Nancy Bartholomew. While writing for the sitcom Muffy 'n Me, occasional sleuth Jaine Austen is immersed in her latest mystery when the show's leading man, womanizer Quinn Kirkland, is murdered and she is faced with a wealt
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Published June 1st 2004 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2003)
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Vicki Seldon
Feb 26, 2012 Vicki Seldon rated it it was ok
My touchstone for these kinds of books is the early Stephanie Plum books which had me laughing out loud at the antics and liking the characters as well. This is my first book of this series and I may stay with it for a bit as it's a really mindless read while on the treadmill. I must say however that it was much more cliche than funny and I haven't yet developed an interest in Jaine Austen, the main character, a free-lance writer trying to break into show business as a comedy writer in LA.
Diane Morasco
Laura Levine's sophomore effort proves her debut, This Pen for Hire, was not a fluke.

Wisecracking, lovable, zany Jaine Austen is back in this comical mystery.

Told from Jaine's perspective this whimsical book is a must for readers who like their mysteries fast paced, entertaining... OK, sidesplitting w/ an abundance of humor.

Laura Levine delivers the one-liners effortlessly. This talented scribe definitely knows how to write comedy.

For readers who love their television, Laura Levine gives us a gl
Nathalie S
Aug 31, 2012 Nathalie S rated it it was amazing
I love Jaine Austen's mysteries and this one did not disappoint. I was just in the mood for a fun easygoing mystery. Jaine is thrilled to get to work as a joke writer on a rather lame sitcom "Muffy 'n me" but hey, this is Hollywood and this could be her big break. Of course things don't go as planned and the fun begins. Of note, Mormons are "popular" lately and they appear in this book in the studio audience as a "sea of American Gothic lookalikes--fair-haired, gimlet eyed people who sat ramrod ...more
Aug 27, 2016 Shiela rated it really liked it
Cozy set in in L.A of freelance writer
#2 in the Jaine Austen series

Jaine’s best friend Kandi gets her a gig writing for the sitcom “Muffy n Me.” But her writing career must take the back burner again when she feels the need to investigate the murder of sleazy lead actor Quinn Kirkland, who is known for sleeping with several of the women involved in the show, including Kandi.

Highly enjoyable and amusing. Better than the first, I absolutely LOVE this series.
Nov 07, 2011 SW rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-loaned
Normal chit lit meets Nancy Drew mystery. Nothing special just read it to pass the time and also because I borrowed it from someone on my Kindle and I always feel guilty if I don't read those since you can only loan it out once. What does this have to do with the book? Nothing really it just wasn't that great and it was predictable. The first one I found way more funny because I think it was new to me, this was just the same book different plot, so I found it boring after awhile.
Jan 16, 2016 Kaijsa rated it did not like it
Definitely not as good as the first in the series, which has a heroine I can barely tolerate because she's practically Cathy from the comic strip. Ack! It surprised me that the pattern for the murder--amateur sleuth investigates, figures out who did it and convinces the police, then immediately realizes she's wrong and REALLY figures out who did it, and almost dies humiliatingly in the reveal--would be exactly the same in the second book. Lame.
Mar 10, 2016 *b*l*u*e*m*o*o*n* rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, 2016
great read. really enjoy all the characters. mystery was also interesting. liked the fact that the book keeps you entertained until the end. you don't really find yourself bored at all. murderer was not a surprise. I feel that the ending was fitting for the whole story. I do enjoy the presence of romance that's usually found in most cozies. hopefully the author changes that up a bit.
Feb 07, 2012 Mishka rated it it was ok
Another in the series, enjoyed the quick read. Somewhat funny, character development is lacking and the plot is kind of thin...
Rachel Swords
Jan 22, 2013 Rachel Swords rated it it was ok
"Last Writes" is subpar as a mystery story. The mystery itself is interesting; the style it is written in is not. While I did enjoy the plot, there were several tricks the author used that I found rather annoying:

1)the whole 'I wanted to say this, but I said this instead': it was mildly amusing the first time. But Ms. Levine has her heroine pull it five times in the course of one book! By the fifth time, I found myself wanting the character to actually say it, especially since she has so much sp
Feb 03, 2009 Gail rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Freelance writer, Jaine Austen is back, still single and still obsessed with pretending to diet. This time she lands a job writing an episode of a sitcom, Muffy 'n Me about a girl who has magical powers. Jaine dreams of riches as a staff writer while they rip her story apart, she meets the cast a crew. The handsome, flirtacious co-star is caught boffing the underaged, overendowed star on the set of the show. It comes as no particular surprise that he's murdered. When Jaine's good friend is the m ...more
Roxy Rosen
A wonderfully funny story that (thankfully!) ignored most of the tropes of the genre - adorkable protagonist who owns her own quirky store in a small quirky town, constantly getting herself into stupid scrapes much to the chagrin of her long suffering always-a-cop boyfriend.
Without giving anything away, the resolution was sad but with a sense of justice and you can really see the author's background in series television writing shine through, it reads episodically and by the end of the book, th
Jan 18, 2015 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: serial-cozy, 2015
In the 2nd installment of the Jaine Austen Mystery cozy series by Laura Levine, Last Writes, Jaine Austen returned in another caper of a mystery. This time, we found Jaine working for a sitcom in Los Angeles as a screenwriter, when everyone wants to hand her their own storyline. With her best friend Kandi, things aren't what they seemed. When one of the stars of the show was canceled, the people suspect Kandi. It was now up to Jaine to help out her best friend and found out who've done, when eve ...more
Mar 08, 2016 Luffy rated it it was amazing
Well done Laura Levine for writing such a good story. It was different from the first book, 'This Pen For Hire'. And they both were excellent, and I'm glad I was stubborn enough to experiment and diversify in non culinary cozy mysteries. Now I have this series, plus another, to look forward to. The solution to this book's mystery was brilliant, as was the path the heroine chose to conduct her inquiry. The much dreaded climax failed to materialize and suddenly I found myself face to face with a ...more
Jul 21, 2016 Adrienne rated it liked it
(Note: This series might be considered "fluff mystery" or "mystery-light." Each book can be read separately and out of order.)

A light, fluffy novel that reads quickly and contains mildly-humorous moments...

Detractors: This is the second novel in the series, and I am already growing weary of several of the formulaic "devices." For example, the author often has the character say something cheeky and sometimes rude, and then states (summarized), "Just kidding. I a
Jaine Austen, like her almost-namesake, is an author, but being the author of ads for Toiletmasters Plumbing isn't quite the career she had in mind. When her friend Kandi gets her a job writing for the sitcom Muffy 'n Me, she envisions a big improvement in her status. But when one of the actors is murdered on the set, Jaine returns to one of her other sidelines, detective, to help her friend Kandi who is the prime suspect in the crime. Jaine's sense of humor might seem to make her suited for the ...more
Dec 28, 2013 Melissapalmer404 rated it really liked it
Book #106 Read in 2013
Last Writes by Laura Levine

This is the second book in a cozy mystery series featuring writer Jaine Austen (no relation to the author) and her cat Prozac. In this book, Jaine is writing for a television show and then begins an investigation when one of the show's stars is killed. But then she becomes somewhat of a target herself so will she be able to solve the crime in time?

These books are cute, quick reads. There is a lot of humor in the series. Jaine's parents are enterta
Dec 21, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-mystery
Jaine Austen, with an I, is back and this time she gets a go as a sitcom writer with her friend Kandi! No more resume writing and toiletmasters slogans for Jaine! It is all beachfront houses, malibus, marrying a hot actor, and first class food! Well, until someone gets murdered on set and the police blame Kandi, forcing Jaine to dig through the dirt of the rich and famous, and boy is it dirty.

Laura is quickly moving up my favorite authors list and with laugh out loud humor, she will become your
Jane Night
Aug 13, 2015 Jane Night rated it really liked it
This book was early in the series and it isn’t quite as much fun stylistically as later books in the series but it was still very good.

Jaine is hilarious and so much fun to follow. True, the secondary characters were mostly stereotypes but they were still lots of fun to read about. Kandi, Jaine’s BFF is fun though also a bit stereotypical. She is the best friend who always chooses the wrong man.

The mystery in murder and resolution in this book is one of the better ones. The Jaine Austen mysterie
Apr 09, 2016 Lindsay rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Continuing on with my Laura Lavine mystery series reading, this one was equally good as the others. There hasn't been any of them that have stood out at me, they are just a fun, easy, mystery read. Something I can take to work and read in between annoying phone calls.

In this book, Jaine gets the chance to write for a sitcom. And of course someone ends up being murdered and Jaine's best friend Kandi is the main suspect, so Jaine tries to clear her name. The ending is kind of disturbing, as the k
Oct 28, 2010 Jenni rated it really liked it
This book is similar to the first, but you do not need to have read the first.

Many of the same jokes are re-used, but it's not that annoying as one would expect.

This time Jaine is working on a sitcom set, with a some pretty busy characters. Again, as Jaine tries to solve the murder, she's convinced she knows who did it... until the next chapter. Every chapter she once again has a new suspect, and this story honestly had me guessing until the very end as to who the culprit actually was.

If you lik
Maria (Ri)
Jun 24, 2009 Maria (Ri) rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this light comedic cozy even more than the first in the series. Jaine is a really likable character. I like how she says what always has something snappy to say, even if only in her head! The crazy backdrop of the Hollywood scene is also really entertaining. I found this story less predictable than the first. I hope to find more cozies by this author. They are light enough to read here and there between toddler and newborn napping, but entertaining enough to keep me wanting to k ...more
Nicole Grace
Jul 04, 2011 Nicole Grace rated it really liked it
Argh! I had an entire review written here and .... POOF, just like that it's disappeared. I like these books because they are a fun/funky detective series. Our main character, Jaine Austen (yes, like the famous author) isn't a detective at all, just finds herself in these situations where people die around her and she's nosy enough to try and figure it out herself. I like the characters. Especially Jaine and her roommate "Prozac" the cat. I like her lack of willpower and lack of confrontational ...more
Helen Talaniec
Jan 23, 2016 Helen Talaniec rated it really liked it
The author was a sit-com writer for many of my favorite shows and developed this fun series with an amusing cast of characters! Jaine is an amusing, currently single self-employed woman who doesn't take herself too seriously living with her cat as her significant other, has wacky parents, and friends who want the best for her but somehow finds herself in various snafus. I read a book late in the series and now want to read them all!
Sep 20, 2014 Anastasia rated it it was amazing
Last Writes by Laura Levine is the second book in a Jaine Austen Mystery series. Jaine is hired as a scriptwriter on the sitcom Muffy 'n Me when one of the actors drops dead after eating a poisoned doughnut. This is one of my favourite series and I really enjoyed reading this book, it was so funny. I loved all the characters and I loved the emails to and from her parents. A fun read, with lots of laughs and a well written mystery. Can't wait to read the next book.
Mark Baker
Mar 13, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2003
Jaine is sure her ship has come in when her friend gets her a job writing a spec script for a sitcom. However, when the star is killed, Jaine finds her dream job turned into a nightmare. The book is very funny and the mystery is great. Plus it introduces the sub-plot involving Jaine's parents.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Dorothy Timm
Jan 24, 2013 Dorothy Timm rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Like so many other cozy mysteries, though, it had the annoying problem of not giving the reader a key piece of information that leads to the killer's motive, until near the end of the book. Whereas when an author does that, it usually annoys me, I was just enjoying the author's writing style so much, I forgave her. I especially loved when the main character would let the reader know what she really wanted to say versus what she actually said. Very funny!
Lee Collins
Jul 06, 2015 Lee Collins rated it really liked it
The author is a T.V. situation comedy writer. The detective (Jaine Austen, notice the cutsy level of humor) is a T.V. writer and the murder mystery takes place on the set of a T.V. situation comedy pilot. So naturally the book reads like a T.V. situation comedy. This said, I thought it was funny, easy to read, and the solution to the crime was surrealistically comical. I didn't guess the murderer
beforehand. If you're looking for a serious noir murder mystery this isn't it.
Kim j
Feb 27, 2012 Kim j rated it it was amazing
Shelves: levine
I just got these books at the discount store & thought even if bad I did not spend that much. Was I surprised to find how easy they were to read & how funny she is. She does not claim to be a PI or have any experience with murder but it happens. Love her cat, so typical & that Lance gets me all the time. Loving this series.
Sep 11, 2007 Kristie rated it liked it
Shelves: own-paper, own-kindle
This didn't seem to be as laugh-out-loud fun as the first in the series, This Pen for Hire, but it was fun nonetheless. It's also refreshing to read a novel featuring an amateur detective where the police don't just consider her a nuisance or worse, but perhaps as someone who might actually provide them with useful information.
May 09, 2016 Glen rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozies
A pretty good cozy in the Jaine Austen series.

Jaine's best friend gets her a writing job for a syndicated television show. There's some real verisimilitude to go along with the wise-cracks. Then one of the stars gets murdered, and Jaine, her friend, and everyone else on the show is a suspect, so she investigates to keep the show going.

Pretty good.

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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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