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Death of a Bachelorette – A Jaine Austen Mystery by Laura Levine

Looking for a terrific summer beach read during the hot and sweaty months of July and August?  Then look no further than the newest release by incredibly funny Laura Levine.   She can weave a cozy mystery filled with murder and madcap humor like no one else!

Freelance writer Jaine Austen thinks she’s landed the dream job of a lifetime writing for a reality TV show in the tropics.  Manny, the show’s hot shot producer, has even allowed her to bring along her extremely feisty (yet lovable) cat, Prozac.  Together they head off to an island off the coast of Tahiti.

But her grand illusions of becoming a prominent TV writer (as opposed to writing her usual commercial small business ads and brochures), come to a screeching halt when she realizes the working conditions and accommodations on the island are less than desirable.

In fact, being trapped on an island with Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla might seem like a better option than this writing gig!   The staff and contestants are relegated to dumpy rooms, their food is literally leftover airline food and forget any type of air conditioning or a halfway decent stream of shower water.   And wouldn’t you know it – Manny’s accommodations include luxurious rooms complete with air conditioning, full kitchen and of course, someone to cater to him and fix his gourmet meals!

The contestants on the show Some Day My Prince Will Come are even cattier than Prozac on her worst day!  Backstabbing, fighting and blackmail are no strangers to this reality TV show gone terribly wrong.  To top it off, there’s a killer among the cast and crew, and Jaine is bound and determined to flush him or her out!

The laughs don’t stop coming as you weave your way through this delightful vacation read. You’ll sweat right along with Jaine as she tries to avoid the advances of the island chief, Konga, who is adamant about making her Wife Number 12.  He will stop at nothing to add her to his harem of wives who promise to wash his hair, floss his teeth, polish his harpoon and minister to the needs of his pet pig!

You’ve also got cagey Prozac escaping from her room and creating utter chaos (especially when it comes to Manny’s fish tank and his personal cuisine), a thieving water bug living the life of luxury in Jaine’s room, and of course, her parents and neighbor, whose banter of e-mails to Jaine will have you rolling in the sand with laughter!

A web of a good tale with Jaine being the prey of a murderous spider and Prozac, the mischievous cat who, thankfully, just can’t help but intervene!  A perfect book for summertime reading – and who among us doesn’t want a little murder and laughter mixed into our pina coladas?