Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Killing Cupid (A Jaine Austen Mystery #12) by Laura Levine
"I'm crazy about Laura Levine's mystery series. Her books are so outrageously funny, they always make me laugh out loud." --Joanne Fluke
Love is in the air as freelance writer Jaine Austen begins a new job at the Dates of Joy matchmaking service--but between juggling her boss's demands, deflecting the advances of an eccentric suitor, and tracking down a calculating killer, she hardly has time to think about romance. . .
When Jaine lands a job writing web copy and brochures for matchmaker Joy Amoroso, she's excited for a chance to help the lovelorn just in time for Valentine's Day--until she realizes what "Dates of Joy" is really all about. Joy is a ruthless taskmaster who screams at her employees for the smallest infractions, pads her website with pictures of professional models posing as clients, and offers up convincing but empty promises of love in exchange for inordinate sums of money. And woe betide anyone who lays a finger on her heavily guarded stash of chocolates.
So it's no surprise when the chiseling cupid turns up dead at a Valentine's Day mixer. Aghast to find herself on the cops' suspect list, Jaine sets out to track down the killer. Who could it be? Joy's harried assistants, whose lives she made a living hell? Her younger lover? The handsome hunk of a client with a secret in his past? Or the furious Beverly Hills widow who forked over the last of her savings for a Prince Charming who never materialized?
Joy left behind a slew of enemies struck by her deviant arrows, so finding the culprit may prove harder than spotting that elusive caramel praline in a box of chocolates--and Jaine will have to flirt with danger to get to the truth...
My Review: Killing Cupid
This is book 12 in the Jaine Austen Mystery but the first one I have read. I hope not the last. It is a fun wacky story. Her parents are full of laughs with the emails they send her. I like Jaine and her cat too. Though if someone offered me twentyfive thousand dollars for my cat I would say sold. My dogs would be a harder sell.
I liked the plot. It was fun to read. The body was found at a party for Dates of Joy clients and Jaine has sneaked into her bosses office to delete a email she had sent by mistake. So she is a suspect in the murder so she wants to find out who the real killer is to clear herself.
No one likes the person killed so their are plenty of suspects and motives. I was kept guessing and never got it right. Jaine is even a suspect herself.
Jaine is hired to make a advertising brochure for Dates of Joy. That is not all she ends up doing for them. She finds herself writing online bios to go along with headshots of models. She even ends up going on a date with quite a character himself.
But be careful you might find yourself wanting to eat chocolate while reading about it. I did.
The pacing was good and kept me reading till the end to find out who the killer was.
Based on this story I would read more of Jaine Austen Mysteries series.
I was given this ebook to read and in return asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley.
publication: December 31st 2013 by Kensington 272 pages ISBN9780758285034