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Death by Pantyhose (Jaine Austen Mystery series) by Laura Levine

Death by Pantyhose , the sixth title in the Jaine Austen Mystery series by Laura Levine, continues the tradition of the series with its quirky humor, quick pace, lovable characters, and zany situations. This time Jaine Austen, a financially down-on-her-luck writer and part-time detective who is not in any way related to the famous author of the same name, is hired by an excruciatingly unfunny feminist comic named Dorcas to spruce up her comedy act. To prep for her work, Jaine goes to a local comedy club to watch Dorcas perform. After watching Dorcas tell some bad jokes and cut up pantyhose for the finale of her act, Jaine and the entire club witnesses an angry altercation between Dorcas and another comic named Vic. This arrogant and immoral rival comic, who also happens to be Dorcas’ ex-husband, is soon after found murdered–strangled by a pair of pantyhose like the kind Dorcas shreds during her act. Dorcas is the main suspect and Jaine, who firmly believes in her client’s innocence, is on the case to save Dorcas and to bring the guilty party to justice. As the investigation continues and suspects come out the woodwork, Jaine must use all of her sleuthing skills to separate truth from deception. There are also fun appearances of series regulars, including: Jaine’s fabulous next door neighbor Lance, her sweet best friend Kandi, her regal and manipulative cat Prozac, and frequent emails from her retired eccentric parents. Author Laura Levine, a veteran comedy writer with The Bob Newhart, Show, Laverne & Shirley, and Three’s Company, keeps her fans eagerly anticipating more mysteries and more laughs. Those new to the series will want to start with the first book in the series, This Pen for Hire.

Jessica P.

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