Julie Seedorf

Sunday, July 26, 2015


DEATH BY TIARA by Laura Levine

DEATH BY TIARA 
Book 15 in the Jaine Austen Mystery series 
by Laura Levine


Freelance writer Jaine Austen thought she knew what she was getting herself into when she landed a gig working behind the scenes at a teen beauty pageant. But between the vicious stage moms, exacting judges, and trash-talking teens, she’s not sure she’s the woman for the job—especially when the catfights turn deadly…

Jaine has been hired by ├╝ber-pushy stage mom Heather Van Sant to write lyrics for her daughter Taylor’s song in the talent competition for the Miss Teen Queen America pageant. It’s different from anything Jaine has done before, but if nothing else, she’s looking forward to a free weekend in a swanky hotel and a chance to see what really goes on backstage at a beauty pageant. But the hotel is a dump, the cattiness is out of control, and Candace—the perfectly-coiffed, whip-cracking pageant director—is making even Jaine’s life miserable.

When Candace’s assistant Amy is found bludgeoned to death with a silver tiara, there are more suspects than sequins on a pageant gown—and Heather is first on the list. Taylor begs Jaine to help clear her mom’s name, but the search for the killer hits a dead end as Jaine quickly realizes that finding the culprit is going to be trickier than walking the stage in stilettos…

MY REVIEW


My friend has been trying to get me to read Laura Levine’s book for months now. But something always came up in my TBR before I could get to one. Well, now I have read one, this book, and I am a fan! I have a lot of catching up to do!

I fell in love with author Levine’s writing style during the prologue of death by tiara. First off, she is hysterical! I knew if the mystery in this story was half as well written as the comedy, it would be a fantastic read…and it was!

I spent hours immersed in mystery, a teen beauty pageant, and laughing until I cried. I’m so happy I wasn’t drinking my soda when I read protagonist, Jaine, make a plug for book 14 of this series, KILLING CUPID, or I would have done a spit take that would have done any sitcom actor proud. As for the mystery, is was well plotted and had me second guessing myself. To me, the ending of this book was truly unexpected. I just didn’t see the answer to this whodunit coming.

I could find no fault in this book whatsoever. All I found was gifted writing that flowed across the pages so fluidly, I never wanted the story to end.

DEATH BY TIARA may have been my first book in the Jaine Austen Mystery series, but it will not be my last!

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10 comments:

  1. Lisa, Lisa, Lisa...you've done it to me, again...another author I've not read and (now) want to!! :)

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    1. Pat, Pat, Pat...that makes me very happy! :-D

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  2. Thanks for the review! I love your enthusiasm for cozies!

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    1. Elaine, thank you! I am very enthusiastic for cozies. They pulled me out of a reading slump that was over a year long.

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  3. Thanks for the review, Lisa! I just LOVE Laura Levine, and it looks as if she has another hit on her hands. Can't wait to read this one!!

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    1. Linda, I have been missing out not reading them until now. My friend, Dawn has been after me to read them forever.

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  4. Thanks Lisa for another great review. I have added the book to my TBR list.

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    1. Aw Jen...you make me smile thanking me for me reviews. :-) Thank you!

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  5. Lisa, Laura is one of my FAVE writers and I adore her books. I am so happy you featured her. Laura used to write for TV sitcoms and her books are laugh-out-loud funny.

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    1. Hi Mary. I saw in her bio about writing for TV. Her flare for writing comedy really is wonderful. And I did laugh out loud a lot!

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