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

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Freelance writer and part-time sleuth Jaine Austen becomes immersed in a lethally funny cocktail of murder, mayhem, and dates from hell.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Kensington (first published 2010)
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Georgiann Hennelly
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
Emma
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...more
Nicole
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.
Mark Baker
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.
Cheryl
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...more
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...more
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....more
Lauren
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
Stephanie
I’ll preface this review by saying that it’s likely that I’ll lose a whole lot of literary cred by admitting how much I enjoyed this book. Perhaps it’s that my brain has been rather addled by all this month of MS Readathoning, or perhaps I’m seeking a bit of brain fluff to prepare myself for the hard slog of literary fiction I have mounting up by the bed.

Or perhaps it’s that Jaine Austen, the hapless protagonist of this book, has a contract writing copy for a toilet company, and goodness, as a f...more
Shari
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...more
Angela Kinder
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)...more
Angela
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
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
Luffy Monkey D.
Marvin and Betty Cooper are a couple of which the better half is a trophy wife. She also happens to be the victim in this mystery story. The heroine's neighbor, Lance, is one of the prime suspects, prompting Jaine Austen to put on her thinking cap and play detective. Starring in the comedy department are Vladimir the Uzbek and Hank the Chef. See, I never do synopsis of a book, but here I had to post myself a reminder as to how a potentially good story can quickly go south. It's the lowest rated...more
Lauren
"OMG I eat food and don't understand fashion and I'm SO lonely but I'm disgusted by men who actually pay attention to me especially earnest eastern European stereotypes and PHYSICS IS HARD and my parents' emails are like charmless episodes of 'I Love Lucy' aren't I a hilariously relateable everywoman HAHA BEN AND JERRYS AND JADED DESPERATION AND CATS ARE SO FUNNY."
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...more
Lola4
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
CuteBadger
This a good example of a "crime lite" novel which has much emphasis on humour despite the fact that it deals with a murder. An entertaining, quick and funny read which keeps you engaged throughout, and which you can put down will all the loose ends tied up when you've finished. Perhaps not the most memorable read ever, but fresh and funny and entertaining.
Lizz
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
Deedee Heyne
Love Jaine !!

I have read all of the books so far and really enjoy this series. light, funny, and pretty good mystery.
Sara
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
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...more
Shirley
Quick and easy read. My first by this author. I will read another one by Laura if a plot interests me.
Christi
love this book! a halarious mystery with a good plot line and it will keep you intrested!
bella
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...more
Virginia Hlavaty
Ugh. I should have just jumped to the end to see who the killer was. At least it didn't take long to read.
Susan
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
Mary
A fun summer read.
Liz
So delightfully cozy and gossipy! I love this series for those times when all you want is to escape into a fun book.
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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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