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- 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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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
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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
SW
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.
Shiela
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.
Mishka
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
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Kristen
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
Anastasia
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
Gail
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
Adrienne
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(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
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Melissapalmer404
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
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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
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Linda
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.
Lindsay
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
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Heather
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
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Diane
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.
Donelle
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.
Joggingt
Still unsettled by one aspect of her style (how she shows Jaine's weakness) but it's a funny read and fast
Linda
Jaine Austen gets a shot at scriptwriting on a sitcom. Hilarity - and murder - ensue. Fast and fun.
Marguerite Kaye
Fun, silly, full of quips and a cat called Prozac. Exactly what it says on the tin. I enjoyed it.
Nicole Grace
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
Jenni
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
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Liana Martino
So far formulaic, but fun. Hoping she develops the characters even more.
Maria
I find these books very humorous - I'm enjoying this series
Laurie
Very light reading but laugh out loud funny.
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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 12 books)
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