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Last Writes (A Jaine Austen Mystery #2)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  1,743 ratings  ·  124 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
Paperback, 255 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2003)
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Vicki Seldon
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
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
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.
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.
Jane Night
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
Another in the series, enjoyed the quick read. Somewhat funny, character development is lacking and the plot is kind of thin...
Rachel Swords
"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
Lee Collins
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.
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
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
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.
Lisa Morin
Jaine Austin is a lovable character. the best part of all her books are the hilarious emails from her parents. I'm sure we all have had moments that can relate. Prozac is hysterical, she is large and in charge!!
I have read every one of her books, and will read them over and over again.
when I read I love to escape, and this books gives me the chance to do just that.
A true laugh out loud book
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
A pretty good cozy in the Jaine Austen series.

Her 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.

(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
I have to say this book was more amusing than the first and the twist ending was exactly that, but it didn't make me want to run out and grab the next book in the series. Perfect for a lazy weekend read, fast phase and laughable. It did make me frustrated how rude jaine could be to people but that's her whole "funny" personality.
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
Luffy Monkey D.
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
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
This is such a fun series. Love how we always get to see what Jaine wants to say and then what she really does. This one took place on the set of a TV show where Jaine was a scriptwriter. Very entertaining all the way around.
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
My friend recommended this book to me because she was convinced I would enjoy the cozy mysteries genre. She was mistaken.
Apr 09, 2015 Pat rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Jaine gets a tv writing job through her friend.
Cast is a mess.
Star is poisoned and Jaine figures out who did it.
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
I did not care for this book. It's easy and fast to read, but kinda dumb - embellished with a few really stinky word bombs.
Kristin Dow
Needed some fluff after a heavy read and this delivered. Formulaic, but the writer is clever and hilarious.
I like the character but she sure does annoy me sometimes. Love how she gets to the solution. I'm looking forward to the next mystery.
Still unsettled by one aspect of her style (how she shows Jaine's weakness) but it's a funny read and fast
Jaine Austen gets a shot at scriptwriting on a sitcom. Hilarity - and murder - ensue. Fast and fun.
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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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