I was so cranky with the fabled monthly symptoms by the end of that day that if just one more 'First Five' balloon had hit me in the face, I would have popped it with one of the bazillions of pens and pencils my kids collected that day. The title alone felt like vindication. And then I read it - that evening. The next year, I found Laura Levine again. I bought two more paperbacks. Eventually, I read them all, hardbacks included. That was, until I started The. Until now.
Levine captures that real Los Angeles, the one where apartment walls are apt to collapse in the next earthquake: native Spanish speakers are derided and assumed illegal; and the right shoes make woman, even if she's wearing Louboutins by day and eating Top Ramen every night. The witch in question is a one-season Morticia Addams derivative sitcom star Cryptessa Muldoon. Someone attempts to frame Jaine for her murder - but who? I suspect that Penny Marshall delivered most of Levine's lines.
Or Sir Librium. Especially the problems with errant slenderizing undergarments. I got over that, and Pressley was pretty good. I never confused one character for another. If Marcia Clark's fictional District Attorney Rachel Knight catches beautiful but cynical and tawdry Los Angeles, Levine's Jaine Austen captures commuter busses, taco stands, boring jobs, and Angelinos with always sunny dreams. This is another great book in the Jaine Austen series. As always, Jaine is funny and smart.
But she needs new friends. Lance was horrible. I also think Prozac should run away or get lost. As for the story, it is fast paced and very good. I have already bought the next book and will start on it as soon as I finish this one. Published June 1st by Kensington first published June 1st More Details Original Title. A Jaine Austen Mystery 1. Los Angeles, California United States. Lefty Award Nominee Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about This Pen for Hire , please sign up.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 23, Jennie rated it it was ok. If I weren't sitting here writing a review of this book, I probably wouldn't even remember I read it this time next year. This piece of fluff is a book I found in the kitchen at my office and when I read Laura Levine's biography notes, I was immediately curious. Levine's t.
Wondering how a sitcom writer would fare as a mystery novelist, I read this book over the course of four lunch If I weren't sitting here writing a review of this book, I probably wouldn't even remember I read it this time next year. Wondering how a sitcom writer would fare as a mystery novelist, I read this book over the course of four lunch breaks.
The truth? It wasn't bad and even had a twist that surprised me.
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Where it fell apart for me was in the main character, Jaine Austen. Jaine is a something divorced woman whose jobs including ghost writing letters for clients and teaching a memoir writing class at a senior center. When she writes a love letter for a man who is later accused of murder, her curiosity gets the better of her and she tries to figure out who really committed the crime.
It's a decent set up but my problem with Jaine is that Levine's descriptions of her insecurities are over the top. Jaine comes off as being shallow, self-absorbed and quite frankly like a one-dimensional sitcom character. Granted, that type of character was Levine's stock in trade when she wrote for t. View all 4 comments. The minute the heroine explained her name was "Jaine Austen" because her mother loved Jane Austen but couldn't spell, I knew this wasn't a mystery for me. I think I actually groaned. But I waited months for this one so I figured should at least finish it.
Unfortunately, it did not improve much. Guessed the murderer though admittedly not the motive immediately and spent the rest of the book bored. Jaine likes eating, mocking skinny people, and drinking margaritas. Oh, and whining about her lack The minute the heroine explained her name was "Jaine Austen" because her mother loved Jane Austen but couldn't spell, I knew this wasn't a mystery for me. Oh, and whining about her lack of love life. Her motivation for solving the mystery made no sense.
Some potential here but I fail to see what makes this one such a popular cozy mystery. Jan 03, Philip rated it it was amazing. Reading on the train is not usually a problem, except when you are chuckling out loud and people are wondering what's wrong with you. Laura Levine's book is a most amusing mystery filled with lots of funny one-liners. The mystery is good and the book just lets you delve into Jaine's world.
It is worth the read. Jan 12, Jacob Proffitt rated it did not like it Shelves: will-probably-regret , unfinished , mystery. I was sad to find myself unable to enjoy this. As protagonists go, I was kind of looking forward to a gun for hire writer type who stumbled into mystery situations.
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Sadly, I just wasn't engaged by this story. Most of that is on Jane the protagonist.
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She's kind of prickly, more obsequious than nice, and kind of an idiot. She came off as a caricature of her premise and that just didn't do it for me. It didn't help that Levine took the stereotype as an easy out every chance she got well, in the fi I was sad to find myself unable to enjoy this.
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It didn't help that Levine took the stereotype as an easy out every chance she got well, in the first six chapters, anyway. From the lecherous old student in her volunteer class to the arresting officer in the central mystery, there wasn't a single element that stepped outside of what you'd get if it were written by a committee. And that happened over and over again. I was sad this didn't pan out, as it's a longish series that I thought had potential View all 3 comments. Jan 23, Marguerite Kaye rated it liked it. I really enjoyed this. It was fun, fast and witty.
I read this in two gulps. It doesn't matter that I guessed whodunit, that wasn't the point. Fave line - 'He claimed he was writing the great America novel, it turned out to be the great American paragraph. Sep 21, Luffy rated it it was amazing Shelves: 5-star , page-turner , review-worth-reading. From the very start to the last sentence, This Pen For Hire kept me on my toes.
It was flawless overall. I cannot praise this book highly enough. I'm usually very careful with my rating system and all the books that get a perfect score need to go that extra mile to get 5 stars. The pacing was wonderful in This Pen For Hire. There was no surplus padding, only lean muscle through and through.
I could understand most of the jokes. The latter dried up after halfway through but by then things were g From the very start to the last sentence, This Pen For Hire kept me on my toes. The latter dried up after halfway through but by then things were getting serious anyway. The only person I suspected turned out to be the culprit and I still was shocked. Wonderful book, can't stress that enough. I can't imagine how the second book in the series is going to live up to the first.
The only predictable thing would be that the showdown will certainly have to occur at any place other than Jaine's house because of Lance's x-ray hearing. No unread book is guaranteed to be good and I do hope against hope that the series would find a new follower in me and make of me a lifelong fan of Laura Levine. Jan 27, Denise Rodgers rated it really liked it. I am currently reading this book for the second timethe advantage of having all my books on my Nook! The voice of the main character is engaging and self-deprecating, but not to the point of being annoying.
This is the book where we meet Jaine Austin, freelance writer-for-hire. She becomes involved in a murder mystery when one of her particularly pathetic clients is accused of murder. He hired Jaine to write a letter to get him a dateand said date is found bludgeoned to death with her thig I am currently reading this book for the second timethe advantage of having all my books on my Nook!
He hired Jaine to write a letter to get him a dateand said date is found bludgeoned to death with her thigh master, and the poor dateless client is found on the scene. Jaine is convinced of his innocence. While we want to know who dunnit, that is not entirely the point. It is fun to get into the head of the main character, Jaine, as she pushes beyond her usual boundaries and gets involved in a murder investigation. The book is more of a fun romp than a serious exercise in literature.
But that is the point, I believe, and Laura Levine gives us a fun romp indeed. A screwball, humorous, and light cozy mystery. First time reader of this author. I enjoyed it.
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Prozac reminds me so much of my cat. I'm going to read the other books! Jun 17, Trina aNovelReader rated it liked it Shelves: read , mystery , woman-sleuth. Definitely written by a sitcom writer but it was very entertaining. Feb 03, Nairabell rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in , cozy-mystery , 5-star. Jaine is shocked. Sure, Howard's awkward and eccentric.
But a murderer? That's hard to believe. Especially after a little sleuthing reveals a plethora of people who harbored less-than-loving feelings towards the svelte Stacy. Now Jaine had better wrangle her clues quickly, before a crafty killer catches on--and puts a whole new spin on her ghost writing career. She lives in Los Angeles, and is currently working on the next Jaine Austen mystery.
Readers can reach her at Jaineausten aol.