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Killer Blonde

(A Jaine Austen Mystery #3)

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A gal with a serious Ben & jerry's habit and credits including a tome entitled I Was Henry Kissinger's Sex Slave can't afford to be too picky about employment opportunities. So when Beverly Hills socialite Sue Ellen Kingsley offers Jaine megabucks to ghostwrite a book of hostess tips, it's time to sharpen the #2s. So what if Jaine has to take dictation from a rail-thin ...more
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Published July 1st 2004 by Kensington (first published 2004)
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Luffy
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Donna
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Linda
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge
I really like Jaine, she is very real and funny! She is also very caring which is why she gets involved in solving this case when her latest boss gets killed and her step daughter is accused. I was definitely kept guessing with this one and totally didn't see the killer coming.
Terri
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like the other books I read in this series, but by this time, I'm a bit tired of the wise-cracking heroine. Maybe wise-cracking doesn't quite fit the bill, but the book is written in the first person, and there's too many asides in the narrative. Like the author is trying a bit too hard.
Chris
Jun 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny Read. I learned that I like mysteries! Or recalled I like mysteries.
Maureen DeLuca
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so maybe not a "real" 5 star read- but if you are looking for a cozy mystery series to read I suggest starting with this one. This is the 3rd in the series, and I've read 1 & 2 - and loved it. A fun, crazy, cozy mystery read- popcorn for the brain. A great read when you want something light, fluffy, and fun. So far I am very pleased and will continue to read the series (when I need some popcorn!)
Melissa Lenahan
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these books so much!! Great stories and a great read!!
Heather
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Zyra
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
jaine austen books are cozy mystery books, funny & light hearted. in each of these books, the main character jaine takes investigation on side to solve the murders.
jaine has funny sense of humor. things i enjoy most in her books are her conversations with her pet cat Prozac, the emails from her parents & her love for food. these books makes for relaxing reads at times with laugh out loud dialogues & scenes.
Sheri
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious! This book totally cracked me up.
Karen
May 20, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, funny read!
Nathalie S
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nitsa
May 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
funny
Candace
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it!!
Jenny
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was such a fun read! There were several laugh-out-loud moments for me. I will have to look for more books by this author. If you are a fan of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, then you will enjoy this one.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

After finding someone dead: "I managed to keep my cool for a whole three and a half seconds. After which I went screaming down the hallway like an extra on Nightm
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Kayla Watts
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Joey
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting characters, funny lines, good plot. Reading it to a cat I'm pet sitting for and he loves it. Good series if you like easy-to-read, light-hearted mysteries. Like Ms. Levine's way with words.
Beth
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick lite read
Reb
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exactly what I expected a fluffy, fun, who-done-it. You fall in love with the main character and she literally has you laughing out loud.
Kat Walter
A bit too silly, even for this type of book. Repetitive asides about her thighs, her cat, and comments she thinks, but doesn’t say. Television sitcom material.
Jennifer
An okay story with annoying bits
Nur Wulan Nugrahani
Jaine Austen caught up on complicated scene where she started as "ghost writer" to become a detective! Absolutely a funny detective novel worth to make your reading time merrier!
Nadine
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!!! Happy Reading:)
Monica E
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series. The books are funny, light, cute, and short. Jaine is a smart and funny character.
Brian Frauenknecht
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I love this series and loved this entry. This series always makes me laugh with the main character, Jaine! And the mystery is always intriguing and has me reading non stop to find out the murderer. I love it and hope the series keeps continuing on.
Cindy
Jaine has pretty bad luck. She ends up with some not-so-great writing jobs and she has pretty bad luck in the romance department too. This time around she’s been hired to help ghostwrite a book. When her employer ends up dead she decides, once again, to investigate the crime in order to clear the number one suspect. I get the feeling that Jaine isn’t the best freelance writer around (Flushmasters anyone?), but apparently she’s not the best private investigator either. When she does figure out wh ...more
Jamie
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jane Night
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
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Adrienne
KILLER BLONDE
#3 of the Jaine Austen Series
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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.)

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
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