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Death of a Trophy Wife (A Jaine Austen Mystery #9)

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Without a job or a date in sight, freelance writer Jaine Austen is equally out of luck in finance and romance. So when her friend Lance offers to treat her to brunch at the Four Seasons, Jaine leaps at the invite.

They've barely made it through the menu when Lance spots his friend Bunny, who is the new trophy wife of mattress maven Marvin Cooper.
When Bunny generously offe
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Kensington (first published 2010)
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Luffy
Oct 31, 2013 Luffy rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the story this time around. Yes, after a re read, I've decided to change my tune and sing the praises of this book, part of a series that has given me so much joy. See, there's a balance between the murdered and the murderer that failed to seep into my mind first time I read this book.

The victim is a socialite b*tch who gold dug her way to her current status. A lot of what seems apparent, is only for show though. I liked that a lot. Information about the victim, Bunny, and her
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E
May 05, 2010 E rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Normally I don’t read these types of books, but I gave it a try and after I zipped through the pages I just couldn’t help but love the quirky part-time unlicensed snoop, Jaine Austen, and not to mention her sarcastic cat, Prozac.

Jaine has the tendency to live dangerously - that’s of course when she’s not veggin’ out in her jammies or writing toilet bowl ads – and she gets a break from her mundane life by poking her nose into a humorous “who dunnit” case, in which she must help solve in order to
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Georgiann Hennelly
Aug 16, 2011 Georgiann Hennelly rated it liked it
This is a very lighthearted, fun, who-done-it. The main character is Jaine Austen an advertising writer and occasional p.i. She has a gay male friend Lance who gets accused of killing his best shoe buying customer Bunny. Jaine sets out to prove him innocent once he invades her cherished apt and her diet. He eats healthy she prefers Mcdonalds. Plus it would help her bank acct and career if she could land Bunny,s widower ,s mattress King advertising acct. A cast of believable characters. I was a l ...more
Nicole
Jul 25, 2010 Nicole rated it it was ok
Something to loose yourself in for an afternoon and then completely forget about. The writing is mildly entertaining and there are some cute tongue and cheek lines. However, I found the endless references to eating and the main characters constant conversation with her cat distracting. While this provided humor the first 3 times; after that it became tiresome.
Carly
A very quick read, mostly becaus there's no substance to this book. Apparently, this is the 9th book in a series. I can't believe 9 of these have been published. If you like the Stephanie Plum books you'll notice the writer is unsuccessfully trying to copy that concept.
Al
Protagonist Jaine Austen describes herself as a "part-time unlicensed private investigator." In other words she comes from the long literary lineup of main characters in mysteries that typically have no official (or often unofficial) reason for getting involved. Either trouble finds them, they're snoopy, or just can't help them self.

Although this is the 9th in the series of Jaine Austen stories it is my first. I thought Jaine was a great character. She's funny, self-depreciating, and very human.
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Shari
May 28, 2010 Shari rated it liked it
I downloaded this book from Amazon for free onto my iphone Kindle app. I had never heard of Laura Levine or The Jaine Austen Mysteries before and wasn't really sure what to expect. I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised. Death of A Trophy Wife is the 9th book in the series and I hadn't read any of the others but, that didn't keep me from enjoying this book.
Jaine is an out of work freelance writer. While out with her friend Lance, Jaine is introduced to Bunny, Lance's best client at Neim
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Cheryl
Aug 05, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, humorous
This is the first Jaine Austen mystery I've read but it won't be the last. She is a wonderful heroine who scoffs at designer clothes and health food. She'll keep her elastic-waisted pants, thank you very much, and chomp her way through fast food places without regret.

In this book, her neighbor and friend, the gay Lance with impeccable taste, is latched onto by the universally disliked Bunny. Bunny loves his fashion expertise and she has money to support it. Of course, she got it when she snagged
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Angela Kinder
Oct 26, 2012 Angela Kinder rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy
Another witty and funny book from Laura Levine! I could relate to Jaine with her fashion sense, dating troubles, and the kitty who seems to rule the house. Even as I type this, my 9-year-old tortie, Smokie, seems to be asking me to feed her.

Jaine didn't trust Bunny the minute she saw her take her best friend, Lance, from under her nose. Sure, Bunny is nice to her but Bunny has a bitchy side that no one seems to tolerate. When Bunny ends up dead, Jaine goes on the hunt to clear (view spoiler)
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Jessi
I've been reading a lot of romance novels lately so this was a nice palate cleanser. It's a nice stand-alone book (I haven't read any others in the series but was able to follow along quite well) and a quick, fun read.
Jaine Austen (yep) is an ad writer in L.A. She is always looking for new clients and when her friend Lance introduces her to Bunny (didn't think it could get worse than "Jaine" didja?) who is the second wife of the Mattress King. Bunny is, well, a bitch. She's plastic and fake and
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Jane Night
Aug 13, 2015 Jane Night rated it liked it
You can’t go wrong with a Jaine Austen mystery. I have yet to read one that isn’t comical and entertaining. This one was no exception, though it also wasn’t one of the best of the series.

Bunny and the other characters were interesting if a bit stereotypical. Lance, Jaine’s neighbor and friend, got some time for character building which was nice and much deserved as he makes frequent appearances throughout the series but usually he plays small parts. It was nice to be able to get to know him a bi
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Lauren
May 13, 2010 Lauren rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this novel for what it is- a fast pace, quirky, quick read. It's about a stereotypical Hollywood trophy wife who gets murdered at her own party. The main character Jaine Austen (gotta love those Austenphiles) is an advertising writer and occasional PI. Jaine has a main gay, Lance, who is falsely (or maybe not?) of the murder of his best shoe buying customer, Bunny. Once Lance is questioned by the police and invading her cherished apartment and diet (she likes McD's and he wants ...more
Angela
May 28, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have had this book on my kindle "shelf" for quite a while now. I regret not having read it sooner. It is a light-hearted mystery along the lines of the Stepanie Plum series. Except maybe no hot boyfriends. Jaine Austen is a self-deprecating freelance writer who solves mysteries on the side. This time her neighbor Lance accidentally gets her invovled in a mysterious death by poisoning of his new friend and trophy wife Bunny Cooper. Meanwhile Jaine has personal problems of her own with Vladimir ...more
Doreen
Nov 18, 2011 Doreen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a weakness for a particular type of novel that I call "throwaway mysteries." They're firmly within the mystery genre, of varying degree of plot complexity, and usually of insignificant literary value (hence the throwaway bit.) Unfortunately, most of these light entertainments tend to be extremely thin plot-wise, so I wasn't expecting a whole lot when I started reading this novel, as everything about it screams genre ghetto (to be fair, I was looking for something that wasn't intellectuall ...more
Margaret Konecsni
Now that I have finished reading all the books in my possession in this series, I do a perfect judgement on them all: I hated it!

There was no character developement, no situational development; and Jaine Austen isn't even Stephanie Plum, let alone Jessica Fletcher. The fact that she takes it upon herself to clear people who have been wrongly accused is one thing, but she has almost no investigational acumen. The only situational development is that her gay neighbor Lance kept the little puff-bal
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LadyCalico
May 05, 2010 LadyCalico rated it really liked it
This is a cute, fast, funny read with a likable heroine and pussycat. I gave it an extra star just because I've held many of those same conversations with my own fuzz faces. I normally hate chick lit because the main character is often so stereotyped that she is too girlie to be a real girl (I call it transvestite lit) but nobody could ever accuse Jaine of being too girlie--a slob after my own heart. Sometimes attempts at humor were too forced and just didn't work, but most of the time the humor ...more
Reading Faerie
I always consider Laura Levine's books a good source of humor. So with my life being a little stressful at the moment, I needed a good laugh, and pick up this book.
It didn't disappoint! All the date scenes with Vlad killed me. I even laugh out loud when I was reading it in a public place. I immediately looked around me to see who heard me cackle like a Halloween witch. I was relived to see that the few people around were to mesmerized by their cell phones or into reading newspapers to notice me
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Sara
May 05, 2010 Sara rated it did not like it
I picked this out thinking it might be a fun read and it was free on Kindle. I'm not sure which is worse, the fact that it was so bad or the fact that I actually finished it. This was an insult to my literature minor! You'll soon note that the author spends more time having the main character describe the food that she eats, her dad cooks, and her cat eats, than the main character does actually describing the other characters in the book. That may have been on purpose because I have a feeling th ...more
Lizz
Sep 29, 2010 Lizz rated it liked it
This was the first one of the series that I read. They can be read out of order as there really isn't continuity between the books. They are written in the first person which sometimes I find hard to deal with, but these are just hysterically funny, and what Jaine THINKS is very often different from what she actually SAYS. The other recurring characters are her cat Prozac, her gay shoe salesman neighbor Lance, her best friend Kandi who writes for a show called Beanie and the Cockroach, and the e ...more
Erin L
Sep 23, 2011 Erin L rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-pi, cozy-writer
The Jaine Austen books are always a quick, fun read. They can be a tad repetitive as there is only so much slapstick you can incorporate in 9 books (the number I've read so far) without running out of plausible material.

In Death of a Trophy Wife, Jaine is investigating the death of one of Lance's customers after he is suspected of doing the deed himself. There are many suspects as the victim wasn't the least bit likeable. By the end of the book, I'm not sure anyone near the victim was likeable e
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Mark Baker
Mar 20, 2014 Mark Baker rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2010
Freelance writer Jaine Austen is trying to land The Mattress King as a new client when his much younger wife is murdered at a party she is giving. Considering she wasn't well liked, Jaine is surprised when her neighbor is accused of the crime. Can Jaine clear him? The mystery was a little too familiar here, but the jokes and crazy situations kept me turning pages in this fast read.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
bella
Apr 07, 2012 bella rated it really liked it
I'm really enjoying these funny cozy mystery series by Laura Levine.

The ever funny Jaine Austen is chasing after a murderer of a trophy wife in this book in the series. I really enjoyed watching Jaine stumble through, trying to find the murderer and avoiding being the next murder victim.

I like these books because they are full of laughs. Who can resist Jaine with her lust for food and finding murderers? While the previous book, Killer Cruise, packed some laughter, this one made me love the ser
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Susan
May 07, 2010 Susan rated it liked it
Freelance writer Jaine hopes to get a job writing ad copy for Marv Cooper, the Mattress King when her gay, shoe-salesman neighbor Lance introduces her to Marv's trophy wife, Bunny. But Bunny is unpleasant to most of the people in her life, and there are a lot of suspects when she's poisoned. Unfortunately, the police focus on Lance, because he's mentioned in Bunny's will. Meanwhile, the Uzbek tourist that Jaine's eccentric parents met comes to Los Angeles to pursue a more than reluctant Jaine, a ...more
Emilia
Feb 11, 2013 Emilia rated it really liked it
Shelves: cosy-mystery, humour
Funny, fast paced cozy :) I have to admit though - I was loosing patience with Jaine this time, with her lack of assertiveness and inability to say "no" :D
Not only she has a murder to solve, but has to deal with the main suspect (Lance, her best friend and neighbour) who, being laid off because of the arrest, has too much time and makes Jaine's life that much more annoying ;)
There is an Uzbek stalker, and of course the parents who do not hesitate to email her all their troubles. :)
Hilarious,
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Susan
This is a light mystery that has some cute dialogue but not much substance. The murder didn't take place until about the halfway point of the book. Up until that, the reader is treated to a long build up as to why no one likes the victim, detailed descriptions of the main character's meals and a subplot carried out through e-mails from the protagonist's mother and father. I found the e-mails particularly distracting, and didn't find much else to keep me reading this series.
Grandma Mush
Feb 04, 2017 Grandma Mush rated it liked it
Fun, light reading. Some annoying actions by the heroine tho...dumb moves. But at least the mystery kept going on more than expected.
Barb
Jul 24, 2010 Barb rated it it was ok
Though I read all the way through to the end, this book left me a bit flat. The protagonist seems to make her living as an independent copy writer but one wonders how she can make a living with just one account. She 'makes nice' to people she doesn't really care for to further her career and to solve the mystery. Its an okay read but with no real depth to the characters, I'll pass on this author's other books.
Michelle Robinson
Mar 27, 2011 Michelle Robinson rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This is my first read by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. while things that happen to the heroine are far fetched, they are very humorous. I literally laughed out loud a few times.

I didn't figure out who had commited the murder but that may have been because I was so caught up in the story that i was not focusing on solving the mystery.

I really loved this book. After a long drought of just okay novels it is good to read a few really good things lately including this one.
Kate
May 03, 2010 Kate rated it really liked it
A funny, fast paced read about a young, money hungry, husband-stealing blonde with a lot of enemies, one of whom does her in. The main character Jane runs around LA, interviewing suspects and trying to clear her friend's name, all while dealing with a lovesick foreigner and trying to land a new job with the "Mattress King." The mystery took a lot of twists and turns, and I didn't know "whodunit" until the end! A good, fun summer read.
Shalini
Aug 07, 2011 Shalini rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, cozy-mystery
a fantabulous cozy mystery. Just loved it. This is the first book of the series that I read , though this is not the first in series. I really liked the dry wit (though sometimes it was repetitive) which made me laugh out loud and the heroine-ad writer-detective and her gay friend next-door. This plot revolves around a trophy wife with a cruel interior who is disliked by one and all, and it comes as no surprise when she is killed. Who did it is difficult to fathom, as all had motive to do so.
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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 15 books)
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