This Pen for Hire (Jaine Austen Series #1)

This Pen for Hire (Jaine Austen Series #1)

by Laura Levine

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Smarmy personals ads. Daring declarations of love. Writer-for-hire Jaine Austen has penned them all. But when one of the love connections she made is broken up by murder, Jaine finds herself freelancing free-of-charge--and uncovering more than she bargained for. . .

No one seems to need her help more than geeky, gawky Howard Murdoch. His request is simple enough: a letter proclaiming his undying love for Stacy Lawrence, a gorgeous aerobics instructor. The fact that he's never actually met the woman gives Jaine pause--but she soon overcomes her misgivings, warms up her computer, and starts pitching woo on Howard's behalf.

To Jaine's surprise, the letter is a success--the unlikely Romeo lands a date! But his triumph is, sadly, short-lived. On Valentine's Day, Howard finds Stacy bludgeoned to death with a Thigh Master--and is quickly named the prime suspect.

Upon hearing the news, Jaine is shocked. Sure, Howard's awkward, eccentric, and a tiny bit odd. But a murderer? That's hard to believe. Especially after a little sleuthing turns up a whole bunch of people who harbored less-than-loving feelings towards the svelte Stacy.

But Jaine had better wrangle her clues quickly, before a crafty killer catches on--and puts a whole new spin on her ghost writing career. . .

"This book is laugh-out-loud funny. A real winner!" --Laurien Berenson

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587243417
Publisher: Cengage Gale
Publication date: 11/20/2002
Series: Jaine Austen Series , #1
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.28(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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This Pen for Hire (Jaine Austen Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
TheBookResort More than 1 year ago
Memo to self... Do not drink anything while reading this saucy book. Do not read this book while in public due to outrageous fits of laughter that will bubble up & the next vacation you take will be @ the LoOnY Tunes Ranch : 0. Be prepared for the looks, stares, gazes & head shaking you will receive as your family, friends & strangers finally realize you have officially gone off the deep end. Be prepared to have tears flow endlessly from laughing hysterically. Warning... Reading this book will spoil you & you will crave more. Oh, yeah, don't forget the chocolate ; 9. Laura Levine knocked it right out of the box w/ her quick witted, smartly paced debut. This Pen for Hire is brimming with humor. Meet Jaine Austen ~ her mom's not too big on spelling . Jaine is one of the most down-to-earth & utterly charming amateur detectives to come along in a long time. Laura Levine created not only an appealing, crafty, brassy, character ~ she hit the nail & penned a fun, fast~paced mystery that is laugh~out~loud funny!!! Laura has an invigorating knack for writing in a style that gives the impression that Jaine is personally talking to you. Love that!!! Laura's clever narration is unquestionably refreshing!!! I love how Jaine often shares what she wishes she could say. Her communication w/ her parents is definitely a side-splitting adventure. And her imagined conversations with Prozac are uproarious. Jaine is such a magnetic heroine, it won't be long before you become absorbed in her endless high jinks. Jaine's best friend Kandi is a blast. Jaine's neighbor Lance is riotous. Her cat Prozac is priceless. Jaine Austen is definitely a character you'll love. Laura Levine is a keeper. I adore this series so much it is a must to have the moment it hits the shelves. I pre~order all of her books. The only thing I don't like about this darling series is I have to wait a year for the next Jaine & Prozac adventure. : /. Grrr... Oh, How I long to have a character named after moi ; p ... Don't miss out on this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the series especially the wacky parents
thehistorychic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read in April, 2012Read for Fun!Overall Rating: 3.75Story Rating: 3.50Character Rating: 4.00First Thought When Finished: What a fun read!What I Loved: Note to self: don't write love letters for others unless you want to be in the middle of a very fun mystery. Jaine Austen was such a cute character. She was sassy, fun, and kind of a mess. Her dating life sucks. Her career is a little unusual. Her neighbor is nosy. Her best friend was a total riot. All in all she was just fun to watch stumble through things. She was a hot mess as she tried to figure out how to get a nerdy client that she wrote a love letter for out of jail. It was just downright fun!What I Liked: The mystery was quirky and fun. Though it wasn't hard to figure out who was guilty. I find that is pretty much standard in cozy mysteries. It was fun to unravel the case through Jaine's eyes. There were a few twists and turns with the characters that I thought were really well done.What made me go huh?: I wanted a little more of the detective in the story though I think we will see more of him in the future. I also wanted more of her best friend--she was a riot!Final Thought: This is a perfect summer afternoon cozy mystery read!
gma2lana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was just ok for me. It was a fast read, but almost a cheesy book. I didn't care much for the reference of the main character's weight, I think it was repetitive in that respect. The story plot a familiar one, although the ending was a surprise as to whom the murder really was.
grshppr215 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a really fun, quick read. A great way to unwind at the end of the day. I will probably continue to read the rest of the series.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had read a novella by Levine in The Candy Cane Murders and had liked it well enough that I thought I would pick up the first in Levine's series featuring Jaine Austen. It sat around in a to be read pile for a long time, and when I noticed that the murder was committed on Valentine's Day, which was coming up, I decided to take it out and read it. It was a fast read, taking only about four hours from start to finish. I found myself laughing because of the main character's humor and the manner in which the author gave us insight into what Jaine was thinking. However, Jaine proved to be a rather incompetent sleuth, casting her suspicion on person after person until she finally has it right. This is somewhat of a cross between chick lit and a cozy mystery. It's good for a quick light read, but I probably won't be reading others in the series.
butterflybaby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked the idea of the story and would consider reading the rest of the series later, but I did not feel a connection to the characters. The main character was a little annoying and I felt that the author repeated herself a little too much. The author did try to make this book funny, but, in some places I felt that she tried a little to hard.
angharad_reads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very thin plot and writing, even for a chick-lit. I thought it would be an acceptably pouffy read for an afternoon, but I just couldn't engage any sort of emotion for the characters. Humour was occasionally actually funny. Also, unexpected ending-twist? Hardly.
RPerritt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really like Jaine Austen. She is daring, funny, and determined. She really stood up for Howard and did not stop until he was free. I liked the surprise ending. I never suspected Cameron was the murderer. I have to read more books about Jaine.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Freelance writer Jaine Austen takes on the job of writing a love note for a desperate young man. Then the object of his desire is killed and he is accused of the crime. Can Jaine free him? This is the first in a very funny mystery series. Light and fun. If that's the kind of mystery you enjoy, this is right up your ally.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it as Ilove all her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, though I knew who done it within the first few chapters. Jaine is pretty funny and the characters in the book are easy to like. I will be reading another one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Jaine Austen books and loved them all. Laura Levine brings the characters to life and makes a very entertaining read
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Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I loved Jaine, her thought process had me laughing more times than I can remember. I love when I can laugh with a story, even a murder mystery. The characters were real and believable. The mystery had me guessing until the end...I never saw it coming. I loved the antics with her cat Prozac, great name. I am definately continuing on with this series.
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spongebob22 More than 1 year ago
Very quick read - clever writing - some lines made me laugh out loud. Looking forward to more in the series. Actually found this author on The Big Bang Theory - book was staged on a bookshelf in one of the shows and I looked her up to see if it was a real author. Turns out she is - and very quick witted as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great funny read. My first read by her. I will start her second one today. This was an easy read
slk53 More than 1 year ago
Love this series of books! Laura Levine is very good at what she does. Her self-deprecating humor is delightful to read. I'll be reading all of her books.
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I did not care for this book at all and will not be buying any others by this author. It is filled with crude, disgusting humor from beginning to end. Also, the story and mindless characters did not hold my attention, only finished it because I paid for it, then deleted it immediately!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great little cozy mystery. Quick read. Buying the next in series now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author has an easy to read, light writing style. I'd say this is a good "beach" read. There is only about 160 reading pages so it is easy to get through. I'm not sure I'm in love with her protagonist. There are times when I wish she'd show more backbone. I don't like characters that let others walk all over them. I'd say buy it if you want a quick light-hearted book. I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to buy the next one...