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Death by Tiara: A Jaine Austen Mystery

Laura Levine

ISBN 9780758285065
Publish Date 6/30/2015
Format Hardcover
Categories Cozy, Kensington

Freelance writer Jaine Austen thought she knew what she was getting herself into when she landed a gig working behind the scenes at a teen beauty pageant. But between the vicious stage moms, exacting judges, and trash-talking teens, she’s not sure she’s the woman for the job—especially when the catfights turn deadly…

Jaine has been hired by über-pushy stage mom Heather Van Sant to write lyrics for her daughter Taylor’s song in the talent competition for the Miss Teen Queen America pageant. It’s different from anything Jaine has done before, but if nothing else, she’s looking forward to a free weekend in a swanky hotel and a chance to see what really goes on backstage at a beauty pageant. But the hotel is a dump, the cattiness is out of control, and Candace—the perfectly-coiffed, whip-cracking pageant director—is making even Jaine’s life miserable.

When Candace’s assistant Amy is found bludgeoned to death with a silver tiara, there are more suspects than sequins on a pageant gown—and Heather is first on the list. Taylor begs Jaine to help clear her mom’s name, but the search for the killer hits a dead end as Jaine quickly realizes that finding the culprit is going to be trickier than walking the stage in stilettos…

Outstanding Praise For Laura Levine’s

Jaine Austen Mysteries

Killing Cupid

“Levine offers a well-crafted plot.” —Publishers Weekly

“Jaine is absolutely hysterical…this author continues to write the best cozies.” —Suspense Magazine

Death Of A Neighborhood Witch

“Levine’s latest finds her at her witty and wacky best.” —Kirkus Reviews

Death Of A Trophy Wife

“If you love a good mystery, this book is for you.” —New York Journal of Books

Killer Cruise

“Get ready to enjoy another wickedly witty, quick‑paced and fun‑filled mystery.” —Freshfiction.com

Death By Pantyhose

“Fun…Jaine’s dogged sleuthing and screwball antics will entertain fans of this fizzy series.” —Publishers Weekly

The Pms Murder

"Jaine can really dish it out." —The New York Times Book Review

Shoes To Die For

“A lively sense of humor and an ear for the absurd help Jaine overcome any number of setbacks and a host of fashion no‑nos.”—Kirkus Reviews

This Pen For Hire

“Laura Levine’s hilarious debut mystery, This Pen for Hire, is a laugh a page (or two or three) as well as a crafty puzzle. Sleuth Jaine Austen’s amused take on life, love, sex and LA will delight readers. Sheer fun!”--Carolyn Hart

About Laura Levine:

Laura Levine is a former sitcom writer whose credits include The Bob Newhart Show, Laverne & Shirley, The Jeffersons, The Love Boat, Three’s Company, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. As an advertising copywriter, she created Count Chocula and Frankenberry cereals for General Mills. Her work has been published in The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.

In her latest (and favorite) incarnation as a mystery novelist, she has been an IMBA paperback bestseller and winner of the RT Book Reviews award for Most Humorous Mystery.

She and her husband live in Los Angeles.


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