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Death by Pantyhose (A Jaine Austen Mystery #6)

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Freelance writer Jaine Austen has never been able to resist the siren call of an Eskimo Pie, just like she can't resist renewing her romance with Andrew, an old crush. With her bank account hitting new lows, she's also just agreed to write jokes for Dorcas, a stand-up comic who throws her pantyhose into the audience as a punch line.
Not only is Dorcas's act a bomb, she is h
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Kensington
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Aug 09, 2011 Ellie rated it liked it
Death by Panty Hose is #6 in Laura Levine's Jaine Austen mystery series. There is so much to kvetch about with this series-the predictability of both plot and dialogue for starts-that I'm going to simply by-pass the whole process and say:

I like this series.

I'm not sure why but it's mildly addictive. Like some not-very-good-for-you cellophane-wrapped concoction that you buy and complain about (as soon as you've finished scarfing it down). And then buy again.

I like Jaine (with an i). I like her ca
Nancy Narma
Apr 25, 2014 Nancy Narma rated it really liked it
“More Enjoyable, Comical Adventures With Jaine”

Has life in this chaotic world got you down? Well, I highly suggest a trip into the wacky world of Jaine Austen. We join Jaine, strapped for cash and looking forward to a scheduled job interview with Stan McCormick of “Rubin-McCormick”, one of L.A.’s hottest ad agencies. While prepping herself for the interview, she receives a call from Comic, Dorcas MacKenzie, who wants Jaine to write some new comedic material, but, is only willing to pay a paltry
May 02, 2009 Christy rated it it was amazing
Freelance writer Jaine Austen’s finances are looking pretty good until a con man, under the guise of a potential employer, takes her for a free lunch and her Toyota. Now Jaine has to come up with enough funds for a new car. Desperate for money, she reluctantly agrees to become a writer for feminist comedian Dorcas MacKenzie whose signature is cutting up a pair of pantyhose and throwing it at her audience. On and off stage, Dorcas is heckled by Vic, a mean-spirited comedian who can’t keep his han ...more
Great read as usual. Didn't enjoy it as much as the first few, hopefully that will change in the next one.
Krystle Kouture
Aug 15, 2016 Krystle Kouture rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, chicklit
A solid cozy with lots of humor peppered in. I love Jaine, and Prozac!
Jan 26, 2014 Hapzydeco rated it really liked it
In this parody of Hollywood behavior, Levin continues to crank out good mysteries with enjoyable laugh lines.
Jan 10, 2017 Anne rated it it was amazing
This is a great mystery series I discovered over Christmas. Jaine, the main character, is a real person, a true 'everywoman'. I know some people may think the crazy things that happen to her are far-fetched – however they resemble some of my own life adventures!. Laura Levine's 'Jaine Austin' books will make you laugh and keep you guessing 'who done it' along with Jaine. In this installment, panty hose are introduced as a murder weapon and Jaine has to weave pitiful loaner cars through the stree ...more
Aug 18, 2008 Yvonne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Freelance writer Jaine Austen is once again unemployed and having a real bad day. Her ancient Toyota Corolla is stolen, her father is wanted by the police for stealing an old Hawaiian shirt, a potential employer calls her a liar and the only job prospect on her arisen is arrested for murder by pantyhose. The only thing Jaine can do is investigate the murder and not lose out on a job offer.

Jaine has more obstacles thrown in her path then she would care to admit. It all starts with her cat Prozac,
Jane Night
Sep 18, 2015 Jane Night rated it liked it
This series is very entertaining though it is often as unrealistic as television shows of the past like I Love Lucy, Green Acres, and Mr. Ed. The situations Jaine gets herself into are so unrealistic and out there that even a person with the worlds worst luck wouldn’t be able to experience it all. The book starts off with Jaine heading to a big job interview but when she gets there the man she thinks she is being interviewed by steals her car instead. She is forced to get a rental and naturally ...more
Jen Selinsky
May 11, 2014 Jen Selinsky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jaine Austen is an out of work advertisement writer. After having her car stolen and losing her chance for potential employment, she becomes desperate to find a job. She received a phone call from Dorcas, a budding comedian, whose comedy act leaves much to be desired. Jaine decides to try and help her. After witnessing one of Dorcas’s routines, Jaine is convinced that not even her talent as a writer can help Dorcas’s routine. Things go from desperate to shocking when Dorcas, in a fit of rage, at ...more
Pattie Tierney
Mar 14, 2011 Pattie Tierney rated it really liked it
I confess, I'm a serial Laura Levine reader. Yes, there is some repetition from book to book, but not enough to keep me from putting one down and opening up another. I first became acquainted with Levine by way of an audio version of a holiday book called THE GINGERBREAD COOKIE MURDER, made up of three novellas, one by Joanne Fluke (whom I find unreadable), Leslie Meier, and Levine. The reader of the Levine offering gave such personality and character to heroine, Jaine Austen, that I immediately ...more
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Sep 07, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Death by Pantyhose
Laura Levine
287 pages
copyright: 2007
isbn: 0-7582-0786-7

Freelance writer Janie Austin has never been able to resist the siren call of Esikmo Pie, just like she can't resist renewing her romance with Andrew, an old crush. With her bank account hitting new lows, she's also just agreed to write jokes for Dorcas, a stand-up comic who throws her pantyhose into the audience as a punch line.

Not only is Dorcas's act a bomb, she is hackled by Vic, a gorgerous fellow comic. Natural
Nov 06, 2010 Lindsay rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
All her books are pretty much the same, but still enjoyable. But I do hope one day she gets the cat declawed. I'd be super peeved if my cats were clawing up the furniture and pillows and everything.
In this book Jaine is looking for work (like always) and gets hired by Dorcas, a comedian who needs Jaine to write good jokes for her. The first night that Jaine goes to hear Dorcas's act, she meets a bunch of people who later become suspects when Dorcas's arch enemy Vic ends up dead, with Dorcas fou
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This book is exactly why I always give an Author two chances to 'hook' me as a reader. This book was way more to my taste than the last one I'd read. In "Death by Pantyhose" there was a balance between the humor (which was more general,) and the actual murder mystery.

I truly enjoyed the e-mails from the parents and the inner 'thoughts' of Jaine as she bumps through her daily life while attempting to help others by solving crimes.

This book had it all, an interesting mode of murder, interesting
Katherine Rowland
May 29, 2014 Katherine Rowland rated it it was ok
Shelves: fic-mystery, nf-humor
I knew that this would be a "fluff" mystery when I picked it up at the library, so I wasn't expecting a great deal of gravitas or heavy plotting: I kept my expectations low. Even so, I was disappointed. The book is very repetitive. Every time food is offered to the heroine, she says she's not going to take it, and then she does. She says what others say, and then confesses that she made up part of it. After the first couple of times, this is no longer in any way funny: it's just plain annoying. ...more
Jun 24, 2008 Patti rated it it was amazing
This was such a funny book. I loved her writing style. Now, to me, the plot was a bit silly. I mean, someone strangled with a set of pantyhose? Anyway, it didn't matter since the writing was so humerous.
Jaine's day turns from good to bad and she ends up writing jokes for a terrible commedian who uses pantyhose in her act. When another nasty comic ends up strangled with the same kind of hose, Jaine decides to help solve the mystery. The whole club is filled with suspects who all have motives to
Sep 06, 2007 Diane rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Cozy Readers
Shelves: booksread
This was my least favorite of the series : (. I felt Laura's mind was elsewhere while writing this book. I really love Laura's series & comedic talent but it just wasn't displayed to full capacity.
I was very surprised to find myself reluctant to read this latest installment.
Death by Panty Hose is definitely not the book to read to discover the series.
I understand Laura's cat, Mr. Guy, passed away so I believe that may be why her heart wasn't in it.
I didn't like the story, one of the char
Jaine's day starts out great and then gets really bad after her car is stolen on her way to a job interview. So she takes a job to write jokes for a very bad comic to bring some money in. So she goes to watch the woman's act which ends with the woman dramatically cutting up a pair of pantyhose for the finale. The act wasnt funny, and it was even less funny when a rival comic is found dead later that night, strangled by pantyhose and her standing over the body.

I really enjoy this series. It is wi
Jan 01, 2014 Adrienne rated it liked it
#6 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.)

While many of the jokes and much of the plot remain the same, I still enjoyed the novel. It seems like the writing improves as the series goes on (perhaps due to the "practice, practice, practice" mentioned in this installment and the confidence that stems from five successful and mostly well-rece
Jul 01, 2016 Anastasia rated it really liked it
Death by Pantyhose by Laura Levine is the 6th book in the Jaine Austen Mystery series. Needing money when her corolla is stolen, Jaine takes on a job to write for a comic, Dorcas, whose signature is to throw her pantyhose into the audience at the end of her act. A fellow comic is killed with a pair of her pantyhose and Dorcas is arrested for the crime. Another funny and entertaining book, although it is hard not to feel sorry for Jaine with all the disasters that come into her life. Plenty of LO ...more
Oct 11, 2013 Luffy rated it it was amazing
I had anecdotal based feedback about this book, and it wasn't good. I thought this book will disappoint but in fact it's one of the best mysteries I've ever read. While writing it's difficult to make a clue blend in with red herrings. Imagine how difficult it is to disguise a clue as a joke. That's awfully tough to pull off. I now feel that Laura Levine can do no wrong. The entire whole shift stick thing and the red hair incident were brilliantly thought of. The fact that this book scored even ...more
Dec 20, 2011 Jackie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
Another Jaine Austen mystery. This book was so funny. I love Jaine and her cat Prozac. In this one, Jaine’s car is stolen which forces her to take on a job she wouldn’t normally take on. Writing jokes for a stand up comedian named Dorcas who is not funny and ends her act by throwing her pantyhose into the audience. When a comic named Vic is strangled with a pair of pantyhose, Dorcas is the number one suspect. But there are lots of people who wanted Vic dead and Jaine sets out to find the murdere ...more
The main character was likeable and the plot was uncomplicated. I congratulate the author on not having the old girl gets the boy thing at the end. It was funny and some parts were original. I wouldn't mind reading this author again. However I wasn't too fond of the way the protagonist would say one character said something and then confess that it wasn't actually the case and that they said something else. It felt like the author was trying too hard to make the character an enigma. While I can ...more
Cari Schaeffer
Aug 26, 2016 Cari Schaeffer rated it liked it
From my perspective, I can enjoy probably a few of these series of books before I've had enough. They're not BAD books by any means. I appreciate the sprinkles of humor and the lack of blood/guts/gore in a murder mystery, however it's like having a candy bar. One, maybe two, is enough.

The plots are almost identical in the book series. I always feel bad for the main character, Jaine. She always nukes junk food, wears stretchy waistbands, has a narcissistic cat, feels awkward in every situation, a
Mark Baker
Mar 03, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2007
The sixth Jaine Austen mystery finds Jaine agreeing to write jokes for an unfunny stand-up comic. But before she can get started, the woman is arrested for murder. The weapon, a pair of pantyhose. Definitely for those who love funny mysteries, this one will keep you laughing while you puzzle over the clues.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Amber  Cabrera
Mar 09, 2014 Amber Cabrera rated it it was amazing
I have a hard time getting into most books. If it doesn't catch me within the first few minutes, I'm bored and stop reading. This book was interesting and humorous enough to keep me engaged the whole way. As a result, I finally have several other books by the same author on standby waiting to read them as well. For a picky reader like myself, it's really nice to finally find something that interests me.
Jan 12, 2016 Glen rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozies
Another fun entry in the Jaine Austen series.

As usual, short on money, Jaine is hired by a failing comedienne to help pep up her routine. The comedienne becomes the primary suspect in the murder of her jerk ex-husband, a rising star comic. Jaine investigates, and meanwhile, her beau from a couple of books back returns, and she tries to get some cuddling time with him, despite interference from his co-worker.

One of the best yet.
Aug 31, 2016 Susan rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
This series has grown stale for me. It's always the same. I've started skipping the emails from Jaine's parents. The story itself is always the same: mildly amusing, something always going wrong, "lucking" into the identity of the killer, and little if any character growth. If the latter changed, I could probably continue, but I don't think I want to invest any more reading time into that unlikely possibility.
May 26, 2010 Ronica rated it it was amazing
I found myself in another small reading slump this month, I pulled myself and finished this book here is what I think...

I love this series of cozy mysteries, reading about Jaine's antics puts a smile on my face. There are several laugh out moments for example Jaine's first date with hunky love interest Andrew. I high recommend the Austen series.
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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.

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