I love Laura Levine's series featuring Jaine Austen, a writer and sometimes private investigator. Each summer I look forward to reading the newest installment. I picked it up this week from the library and read it last night. Another great installment, and I give it a B+.
When writer-for-hire Jaine Austen signs on to script vows for the ultimate Bridezilla, "I do's" soon become "I wish I hadn't's"--and curtains for the bride spell a veil of woes for Jaine...
Jaine's accepted her share of lame gigs to pay the bills, but rewriting Shakespeare's got to be an all-time low. The fiasco begins with a call from Jaine's high-school nemesis, uber rich uber witch Patti Devane. It seems Patti will soon be sashaying down the aisle with another former classmate from Hermosa High, and she'd like the exchange of vows to evoke Romeo and Juliet...except without the "downer" of an ending.
Even worse than the assignment itself is dealing with Patti as a client. At least Jaine's not alone, as nobody can stand the demanding, spoiled, and incredibly rude Bridezilla from Hell. Patti's managed to rack up an amazingly long list of enemies in a short time, not the least of whom include her prospective mother-in-law, the soon-to-be ex-wife of Patti's stolen soon-to-be groom, and just about everyone involved in the wedding preparations. So it isn't a complete surprise when the erstwhile Juliet plunges to her death during her balcony scene.
The loosened bolts that brought down the bride were clearly an act of sabotage--what's not so obvious is whom, among Patti's numerous haters, committed this murder most foul. Was it the caterer she threatened to ruin? The bridesmaid tossed out of the wedding party for being too chubby? Jaine's determined to learn the truth--if only to end the hideous walk down memory lane kicked off by her association with Patti.
Between fending off advances from the nerd of her high school nightmares and figuring out ways to stop Prozac the cat from corrupting the victim's pet Poodle, Jaine's involvement in this case keeps veering between comedy and tragedy. That is, until another body is discovered--and the killer starts laying plot for a final act--starring Jaine...
This series, and particularly this book, always puts a smile on my face. I love Jaine and all of her friends and family who are zany, yet believable. I love the emails that Jaine's parents use to communicate with her. They are living in Florida and always are up to something. This particular book deals with people from Jaine's past time in high school, and I can relate with that. Jaine always is able to solve the mystery, but mostly by accident, not great detective skills. However, she is such a likeable and relateable character and I love catching up with her. It is one of the few cozy mystery series I continue to read each summer.
I am not sure what I am going to read next. I need to pick something up off my TBR shelves. Today, we may attend a bbq party at a friend's house, though I am not sure. The closer the time comes to go, the less I feel like going. I would love to get some reading done along with my cleaning and laundry. I also need to start prepping some materials for summer school and just be kind of low key this weekend. Plus my dog and my mom's dog are here and they are absolutely terrified of fireworks and I hate leaving them alone with all of the noise. One 4th of July, we couldn't find my dog anywhere and she was hiding in our basement bathroom because all of the noise. Whatever your plans are, have a safe and happy weekend! Happy Reading!