This Pen for Hire

This Pen for Hire

Laura Levine / Jul 17, 2019

This Pen for Hire Smarmy personals ads Daring declarations of love Writer for hire Jaine Austen has penned them all But when one of the love connections she made is broken up by murder Jaine finds herself freelancing

  • Title: This Pen for Hire
  • Author: Laura Levine
  • ISBN: 9780758201591
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Paperback
  • Smarmy personals ads Daring declarations of love Writer for hire Jaine Austen has penned them all But when one of the love connections she made is broken up by murder, Jaine finds herself freelancing free of charge and uncovering than she bargained for No one seems to need her help than geeky, gawky Howard Murdoch His request is simple enough a letterSmarmy personals ads Daring declarations of love Writer for hire Jaine Austen has penned them all But when one of the love connections she made is broken up by murder, Jaine finds herself freelancing free of charge and uncovering than she bargained for No one seems to need her help than geeky, gawky Howard Murdoch His request is simple enough a letter proclaiming his undying love for Stacy Lawrence, a gorgeous aerobics instructor The fact that he s never actually met the woman gives Jaine pause but she soon overcomes her misgivings, warms up her computer, and starts pitching woo on Howard s behalf To Jaine s surprise, the letter is a success the unlikely Romeo lands a date But his triumph is, sadly, short lived On Valentine s Day, Howard finds Stacy bludgeoned to death with a Thigh Master and is quickly named the prime suspect Upon hearing the news, Jaine is shocked Sure, Howard s awkward, eccentric, and a tiny bit odd But a murderer That s hard to believe Especially after a little sleuthing turns up a whole bunch of people who harbored less than loving feelings towards the svelte Stacy But Jaine had better wrangle her clues quickly, before a crafty killer catches on and puts a whole new spin on her ghost writing career This book is laugh out loud funny A real winner Laurien Berenson

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    About "Laura Levine"

      • Laura Levine

        Grew up in Brooklyn, New York, back when mastodons and Edsels still roamed the earth.Education Barnard CollegeFirst job Reporter photographer at a newspaper so small, we had our photos developed in the local camera shop.Advertising claim to fame I created Count Chocula and Frankenberry cereals for General Mills gets invented, and I get a job as a sitcom writer, turning out scripts for shows like The Bob Newhart Show, Three s Company, Laverne Shirley, The Love Boat, The Jeffersons, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.Current and favorite incarnation Author of Jaine Austen mysteries.Marital status Wedded blissfully to business journalist Mark Lacter aka Mr Hubby , whose insightful coverage of the Los Angeles business scene can be checked daily at laobserved biz Favorite authors COMEDY Joe Keenan MYSTERY Agatha Christie SERIOUS STUFF Anne Tyler.Hobbies Reading, swimming, gardening, and lots of walks mainly to the refrigerator.


    1. 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. Ms. Levine's t.v. credits including writing for The Bob Newhart Show, Three's Company and Laverne and Shirley, to name a few. Wondering how a sitcom writer would fare as a mystery novelist, I read this book over the course of four lunch [...]

    2. 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.

    3. 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. Sadly, I just wasn't engaged by this story.Most of that is on Jane (the protagonist). 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 [...]

    4. I really enjoyed this. It was fun, fast and witty. I had never heard of Jaine Austen, the PI/writer in it, until I saw a review of a later book on SuperWendy's blog, and I'm really pleased to have discovered a whole new series. 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.' So pleased to have found Jaine, and I know it won't be long befor [...]

    5. I am currently reading this book for the second time---the 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 date---and said date is found bludgeoned to death with her thig [...]

    6. Cute, fluffy and funny. Somewhat on par with Stephanie Plum, but so far without the romance or even fictional eye-candy to ogle. Hopefully within the next couple of books or I'll probably push these all to the backburner.

    7. A very good book, but I lost interest. I literally set this book down when I was half way through and read another books, but I picked it back up this morning and I enjoyed the ending. So, because I lost interest, I'm only giving this 3 stars.

    8. First time reader of this author. I enjoyed it. Prozac reminds me so much of my cat. I'm going to read the other books!

    9. Jaine Austen (no relation) is a freelance writer who spends most of her time writing promotional mailers and leaflets for various companies. When geeky Howard Murdoch approaches her to write a love letter, and then admits he's never even spoken to the object of his affections, Jaine relucantantly agrees to help. To Jaine's surprise her letter works and wins Howard a date with the gorgeous aerobics instructor Stacy Lawrence. But the next thing she knows Stacy is found bludgeoned to death with a T [...]

    10. As far as 'cozies' go- this was a good read- when I'm tired of the psycho, insane, stalker, killer books and need a break will most definitely pick up the second book in this series!

    11. The book that started it all! I read book #12 of this series first by accident, picking it up at the library without realizing that it was part of a series. Then I went back and tried to find the others, as much in order as I could, to catch up. While the Jaine Austen mystery books can certainly be read in any order, it was interesting to see the "roots" of the characters by finally reading the very first book.Laura Levine's heroine, Jaine Austen (not relation!) is a writer who keeps stumbling i [...]

    12. This is a funny mystery! I was laughing out loud several times. I had fun reading the crazy adventure that makes up Jaine Austen's life. I love when people tell her that they have read her books. Pick this up if you want a good, belly laugh.

    13. #1 in the Jaine Austen Mystery seriesThis was totally fun! I've been putting it off, but I shouldn't have because it was much different from what I had expected, lighter and more entertaining. Jaine is a professional writer, creating brochures, resumes, letters, etc. for small business and individuals (that actually sounds like fun). But she gets involved in a murder investigation because one of her clients is accused of killing a woman he had wanted to date. When the police seem to be zeroing i [...]

    14. 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 ge [...]

    15. Cozy set in LA #1 in the Jaine Austen seriesFree lance writer Jaine Austen makes a living penning resumes, personal ads, brochures and love letters for other people. Imagine her surprise when her latest client, geeky and bashful Howard Murdoch becomes the police’s only suspect when his love interest is found bludgeoned to death with a Thighmaster. I really enjoyed this light, fluffy but completely hilarious cozy. The situations Jaine found herself in made me laugh out loud on several [...]

    16. I love a mystery and if there is humour in it even better. With the author Laura Levine's past history of writing sitcoms I had high hopes that this would be a funny book and I was right. This Pen for Hire is a fun, easy read. It is short and doesn't dwell on too many details. I like mysteries that are short mainly because I don't have to read as long to find out who the killer is. Jaine is a fun and relatable character, like everyone else out there terribly insecure about her looks and I couldn [...]

    17. This book is a cute and cozy mystery. One thing that drew me into this book wasn't the plot (although the plot was pretty good) was the fact that the character, Jaine Austen is life-like.This isn't a mystery where the main character is oh-so-awesome at everything and knows everything. She admits it that she has a good number of suspects for the murder, that she happens to be some-what connected to. Some of the jokes are cheesy and over-used, but again, that's lifelike. If your name is Jaine Aust [...]

    18. A fun and witty novel that is as entertaining as it is quick to read. Set in trendy, plastic LA Levine dances the line between outrageous and down to earth magnificently. Readers will instantly fall in love with Jaine's best friend and her cat, Prozac. Perfect for an afternoon pleasure lounging on the beach or just snuggled on the couch on a rainy day. Either way, This Pen for Hire blends mystery and chick-lit with ease for our enjoyment.Austen fans, beware. The only thing linking the two [...]

    19. 3.5I really enjoyed this book! it was hilarious and nicely written. The mystery was mediocre, but still interesting. Hated the outcome but I still want to continue on with the series!

    20. I read this in one evening. Simply HILARIOUS! I laughed until I cried! I can't wait to inhaleI mean read more of this series :)

    21. #1 in the Jaine Austin series. Finalist 2003 Lefty Award. Humor is the key here, it keeps the story moving along at a good clip. The self-deprecating humor, though, wears thin - there are too many asides to the reader about her ample waist and tush and her inability to turn down offered food. I found author Levine (The Danger of Candy Canes - 2007) in a trio of novellas and although I wasn't overly impressed, I thought I'd give her award nominated debut novel a shot. My verdict is that the novel [...]

    22. Ugh I really wanted to like this book, I really did. This book reminds me a lot of murder she wrote only not as compelling. I get the Jaine probably felt a little bad about the fact that her letter was being used against her client. I get trying to point the police in the right direction, however, I just couldn't connect to the character. I normally enjoy a good amateur sleuth novel, especially one who is as involved as Jaine, however, I couldn't get into it. I couldn't connect with Jaine, not f [...]

    23. A fast read. I predicted the killer right away. I thought some of the humor was forced, but it was still entertaining anyway. Jaine agrees to write a "love" letter for a client. The woman her client tries to woo winds up being murdered and her client is the accused. There were several different suspects. A woman who was competing for an apartment, the apartment complex manager, a rich guy that she was seeing, his wife, and the super's wife. The killer winds up being a man that Jaine was dating. [...]

    24. 2.5 stars. This is a nice little cozy mystery that's a quick read (seriously quick!). Just keep a couple of things in mind:1. Despite the name of the heroine, this book bears no resemblance to a Jane Austen novel, nor do there appear to be any parallels in this lives of Jane and Jaine.2. This book was published in the early 2000's and it shows. There's a lot of dated references (the Yellow Pages, wanting to marry Mel Gibson, etc).

    25. I loved this book and the author! Jaine Austen is 36, single, and nosy. But she has a heart of gold and doesn’t mind helping others. When her client (she is a freelance writer) is accused of murder, she becomes an amateur detective to solve this mystery. Great character. She kind of reminds me of me.

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