Book Number in 2007: 17
Date Finished: 07/09
My Rating: 3/5
Author: Laura Levine
Title: This Pen for Hire
Series Number: 1
Genre: Cozy/Chick Lit
Book From: Library
Why I Read it: My friend is reading the series and suggested I try it too.
I really enjoyed this book..
It was a little oddly written, sort of like it was someone telling me a story at times and other times the interaction between characters. And I gave it a 3 instead of a 4 rating only because I felt like some of it was a little over the top and somewhat annoying. But a lot of it was sure funny! And the mystery kept me guessing.. I think I suspected everyone at one point in the book LOL
I'm already more then half way through the next book in the series and requested the 2 after that from the library last night :) So they do have my attention that's for sure.
Memorable Quotes from the book:
Detective: "Look Ms. Austen. I've been very patient with you. But my patience is running out. Leave the detecting work to the police. Believe it or not, we know what we're doing."
Jaine: " Yeah, right. That's why O.J. Simpson is spending the rest of his life playing golf in Florida."
The murdered victims ex-boyfriend said: "Stacy needed someone to take care of her."
Jaine thought to herself: "Yeah, right. Like Hells Angels needed training wheels."
Jaine (a conversation with her cat, Prozac): "How do I look?"
She gazed up from where she was napping on the sofa, and yawned.
Jaine's thoughts: "That's what I get for asking fashion advice from someone who has been known to walk around with dried pieces of you-know-what on her fanny. "
Description from Publishers Weekly:
Humor is the key ingredient in this slick debut by television comedy writer Levine. Freelancer Jaine Austen (her mother loved the classics but couldn't spell) makes a living writing love letters, personal ads and industrial brochures, but she never expected her work to involve her in murder. When geeky Howard Murdoch hires her to pen a letter proclaiming his love for gorgeous fitness instructor Stacy Lawrence, no one is more surprised than Jaine when Stacy agrees to go out with Howard on Valentine's Day. But Harold arrives for their date only to find that someone has bludgeoned Stacy to death with a ThighMaster. Feeling some responsibility for the hapless Howard, now the police's only suspect, Jaine starts digging. Stacy might have been beautiful, but most people disliked her. Elaine Zimmer wanted the corner apartment Stacy had just moved into, and the building superintendent seemed besotted with her. Then there's the volatile, married producer, not to mention the girlfriend Stacy stole him from. Handsome neighbor Cameron Bannick, a straight antiques dealer, piques Jaine's interest (she hasn't had a good date in a long time), and becomes a dashing Watson to Jaine's Sherlock. Though her life is in danger, Jaine never loses her sense of humor as the story zips along to an action-filled and surprising climax. Levine delivers the goods, and readers who appreciate a heroine with wry, self-deprecating humor will hope Jaine soon gets caught up in another murder.