Search Results: "Laura Levine"


BOOK REVIEW

KILLING CUPID by Laura Levine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 31, 2013

"Even if Cupid's arrow misses its mark, Levine's charming heroine (Death of a Neighborhood Witch, 2012, etc.) is right on target."
A cynical freelancer would rather spend her time looking for love and chocolate than her boss's killer. Read full book review >

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PAMPERED TO DEATH by Laura Levine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Levine offers a full menu of clues for the detection-starved reader. But couldn't wordsmith Jaine find some slicker means of interrogation than confronting her suspects with reasons for thinking they done it?"
Dieting can be murder, as a freelance writer finds out at the health resort from hell. Read full book review >

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MURDER HAS NINE LIVES by Laura Levine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Jaine's flair for the well-turned phrase puts her in the top tier of do-it-yourself detectives."
A writer thinks she's found a ticket to fame and fortune when her cat gets tapped for a TV ad shoot. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A BACHELORETTE  by Laura Levine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"The cast and crew of a reality show are perfect foils for sharp-tongued Jaine, who outwits everyone on the set, except possibly her cat."
There's trouble in paradise for a freelance writer working on a reality television show. Read full book review >

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THIS PEN FOR HIRE by Laura Levine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"A neat mystery debut, untidily wrapped in so-so romance."
Although it's better than her friend Kandi Tobolowsky's TV gig on Beanie and the Cockroach, writing freelance ad copy for Toiletmaster Plumbers ("In a Rush to Flush?") isn't the most fulfilling life aspiring screenwriter Jaine Austen can imagine. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A NEIGHBORHOOD WITCH by Laura Levine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Levine's latest finds her at her witty and wacky best."
If good fences made good neighbors, ad writer Jaine Austen (Pampered to Death, 2011, etc.) would need the Berlin Wall to cope with the nutty crew that surrounds her South Beverly Hills rental. Read full book review >

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KILLING BRIDEZILLA by Laura Levine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2008

"A better ratio of clues to red herrings would be nice, but Jaine's inner monologues are worth the price of admission to this sad, funny stroll down memory lane."
The $3,000 fee charged by freelance writer Jaine Austen (Shoes to Die For, 2005, etc.) doesn't begin to compensate for the psychic travail of working for a bitchy high-school classmate. Read full book review >

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SHOES TO DIE FOR by Laura Levine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2005

"A lively sense of humor and an ear for the absurd help Jaine overcome any number of setbacks and a host of fashion no-nos."
A drop-dead gorgeous businesswoman ends up speared by her own stiletto in a tale of fashion run amok. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 9, 2006

A companion volume to Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Founders of Rock and Roll (2001) presents brief biographical sketches of some 18 of the greats of Country and Western music, from the Carter Family to Johnny Cash. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Children who have heard tell of the Bo Diddley beat or 'Rock Around the Clock' will get the connection, and children who haven't will be fascinated by the stories and the music references. (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
Fourteen of the men and women at the roots of rock 'n roll are given star billing in this energetic, young, collective biography. Read full book review >

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CANDY CANE MURDER by Joanne Fluke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Like a box of holiday chocolates, this recipe-studded assortment gives all readers a crack at their favorites."
Santa gets bludgeoned, neighbors knock neighbors off their light-festooned roofs and householders nearly blow themselves into next year cooking Yule dinner in this triple-decker helping of holiday cheer. Read full book review >

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LAURA MCNEAL
by Poornima Apte

It was in 2002 when Laura McNeal was writing a magazine article about the evolution of home economics classes, that she walked up a stone staircase to a peculiar cottage called the Practice House in Fallbrook, California. “It had been built during the Depression because parents and teachers feared—incredibly—that high school girls weren’t learning the Home Arts,” McNeal recalls ...


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