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Killer Blonde (A Jaine Austen Mystery #3)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,458 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
When Beverly Hills socialite Sue Ellen Kingsley offers Jaine megabucks to ghostwrite a book of hostess tips, it's time to sharpen the pencils.

So what if Jaine has to take dictation from a rail-thin lady of leisure in a bubble bath? Pride doesn't feed the cat and the dubious side benefit of this particular job is an up-close, personal view of the amorous exploits of Hollyw
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 3rd 2005 by Kensington (first published 2004)
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Mar 08, 2016 Luffy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, page-turner
Oh my god this series keeps on getting better. If you're a newbie to the cozy mystery scene then leave everything you're doing right now and get one of Laura Levine's books. Yet again though, the only person I consciously labeled as the potential killer turns out to be so. The quality of the mystery is quite top notch though. The writing is fresh and keen. Only the humorous side of the writer seems to be on its last legs, as many of the jokes are recycled. Nevertheless I recommend following thi ...more
Oct 15, 2011 Donna rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you just need to read something that makes you laugh and isn't meant to have deep redeeming value. For that reason, I really like cozy mysteries and this series is one of the best. The main character - Jaine Austen - is funny and real-life and the emails with her parents that are included as a background to each story just make me chuckle. I can also appreciate her love of all foods warm and chocolatey. This is just a fun series to take your mind off things for a couple of hours. Each ...more
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
I really like this series so far. I listened to this one on audio for the first time and liked the narration.
Jun 02, 2007 Chris rated it it was amazing
Funny Read. I learned that I like mysteries! Or recalled I like mysteries.
Feb 06, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-mystery
Jaine Austen, not the famous book writer, is back with the 3rd book of her series. This time she is working for some stuck up size 2 wife of a plastic surgeon. The job: to sit for hours on end on a hard toilet seat listening to the woman talk of her life and recipes that sound suspiciously like Gone With The Wind, only eating about a third of her normal portions of food, and being forced to endure the ridicule that Jaine's body is not a small size like hers. SueEllen also ridcules her stepdaught ...more
Nathalie S
Nov 21, 2015 Nathalie S rated it it was amazing
Just what the doctor ordered to take the stress off. A good dose of hilarious Jaine, Lance, Jaine's Mom and Dad's zany emails and of course, Prozac, Mighty Empress of Jaine-land.
Apr 16, 2015 Candace rated it it was amazing
I loved it!!
Jane Night
Aug 15, 2015 Jane Night rated it liked it
Jaine Austen mysteries are always amusing and this one was no exception. Jaine shows her very human side as she befriends a teenager with a weight problem who is being bullied by her step mother. I love how Jaine is a character who loves food and isn’t afraid to grab an extra brownie here and there.

Jaine’s dating exploits were amusing and something I could relate to. I have totally been on dates with guys who are like Tommy the Termite. Tommy the Termite is an actor who is completely full of him
May 16, 2014 Arlene rated it it was amazing
This is book #3 in the Jaine Austen series. Each book stands alone and you dont have to read them in any order. Each book has the main character of Jaine Austen who is an ad writer and sometimes private investigator. Her next door neighbor, Lance who is a gay shoes salesmen that is constantly following in love w/one guy after another. And emails Jaine receives f/ her goofy parents in FL. The books are pure comedy, but also mystery and suspense! First and foremost, comedy tho! They are quick, eas ...more
Mar 24, 2009 Sheri rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! This book totally cracked me up.
May 20, 2009 Karen rated it liked it
Fun, funny read!
May 04, 2011 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do believe I like this one better than book 2. Although I am getting tired of the predictability of knowing that the culprit Jaine catches is not really the murderer and that it really is someone else. The first book, and the second, ok I can see that twist, but knowing it's going to happen every time? I hope the 4th book doesn't have the same twist. It would be nice to get to the end of the book and Jaine catches the right person the first time! Jaine finds herself ghost writing a book for an ...more
May 21, 2008 Nitsa rated it really liked it
Jan 04, 2014 Adrienne rated it liked it
#3 of 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.)

I enjoyed this third installment of the series more than the second. While most of the jokes are recycled, there were some new and loveable characters to liven up the mix. In addition, the plot structure is a bit recycled, as well, but since the mystery changes WITH the work assignments that the prota
Mark Baker
Mar 15, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2004
Jaine has taken a job ghost writing a party planning book, but SueEllen, her new boss, turns out to be horrible. But when the police begin focusing on a murdered SueEllen's step-daughter, Jaine steps in to find the killer. While the characters can be a bit shallow, they work in this laugh out loud, over the top, comedic mystery.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Dec 31, 2015 Glen rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozies
This third book in the Jaine Austen series is light but entertaining.

Jaine is hired by a rich woman to ghost write a book. No other writer has even lasted a month, but Jaine is, as usual, desperate for money, so she takes on the job.

The woman turns out to loathesome. She is soon killed off, and the police suspect her step daughter, who Jaine has befriended. Jaine tries to solve the mystery, and not end up dead herself.

Pretty good, and a quick read.
Jan 06, 2015 Anastasia rated it it was amazing
Killer Blonde by Laura Levine is the third book in the Jaine Austen mystery series. An obnoxious socialite for whom Jaine is ghostwriting an etiquette book for, is found murdered in her bath tub.Another very entertaining and very funny read. The emails from Jaine's parents had me laughing out loud so much that my non-reading husband actually picked up and read parts of the book. Looking forward to reading the next book.
Jun 02, 2015 Denise rated it really liked it
It's such a simple, fast paced read that I forget the stupid stuff - such as all of humor about how terribly fat she is as a size 10/12 who does zero exercise, never refuses a meal and ends up wearing half of what she eats. But for mindless reading it's funny and will leave you guessing about the villain.
Mailis Viiand
Jul 08, 2009 Mailis Viiand rated it really liked it
Its a good book, if not a little predictable...There are only so many times you can make the same joke, without it getting boring. I kind of rolled my eyes every time there was a joke in the style where the heroine says something like: "I was good, I didn't eat the burger straight away when i got home" and then Levine always adds in- (I put it in the freezer for an 15 second period of time and then I ate it...and fries...and the freezer)...
I got up 6.30 in the morning to do my laundry (alright i
Dharia Scarab
Mar 03, 2014 Dharia Scarab rated it it was ok
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
Mary Kovarik
Feb 26, 2016 Mary Kovarik rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book by Joanne Fluke, where she is a writer pretending to be a detective. She is very creative at setting the scene for her mysteries. As an aside she talks about the parents of the main character who send her emails about anything under the sun.
Jeanne Stephens
Jul 05, 2012 Jeanne Stephens rated it it was amazing
This Jaine Austen installment was very enjoyable. Ms. Levine is such a clever writer. She writes a great mystery with lots and lots of humor entwined.

A blonde socialite hires Jaine to be her ghostwriter. Jaine soon learns that she is working for a wicked stepmother. After a few days on the job, Jaine shows up for work to find her employer murdered. Jaine has made friends with the stepdaughter and doesn't believe she was the killer even though the police think that very thing.

After many days of s
Dec 01, 2015 Annalissa rated it really liked it
So far my favorite of the Jaine Austen books, the jokes are better, the twist more interesting, and the ending was by far more enjoyable to read. Perfect light enjoyable reading, fast phase and laughable.

I really like Laura Levine and her Jaine Austen Mystery series. They are quick, fun, easy reads. Especially if you just want to take your mind off of anything, definitely a stress eliminator for me. I can finish these in a few days and keep my mind occupied. Killer Blonde dragged on a bit much, but the ending made up for the little hiccups along the way. I wouldn't call this my favorite of the three I've read, but certainly worth checking out. I'll definitely pick up #4 (Shoes to Die For) for
Nov 25, 2015 Alicia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, owned
I really am enjoying this series. I happened on these books in Amazon. I love when Amazon recommends books based on my past. Anyway, this is another good one. These are cozy mysteries that always have some fun in the them. Jaine always finds herself in some sort of trouble. I also love that Jaine is not a skinny barbie doll. She always comments on her fat thighs..i just love that she is casted as a "normal" person :).
Mar 04, 2014 Christi rated it it was amazing
love this book! a halarious mystery with a good plot line and it will keep you intrested!
Apr 16, 2014 Marie rated it liked it
I like the spunk of the lead character. Just a good, light, funny mystery.
Apr 09, 2015 Pat rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Jaine gets a job as a ghostwriter for a wealthy socialite.
Dec 21, 2015 Fiona rated it liked it
Fun series... Her parents are delightfully wacko.
Mar 28, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it
I find these books very humorous - I'm enjoying this 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.

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 13 books)
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