Killing Cupid : Jaine Austen Mysteries

  • by Laura Levine
  • Narrated by Brittany Pressley
  • Series: Jaine Austen Mysteries
  • 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Love is in the air as freelance writer Jaine Austen begins a new job at the Dates of Joy matchmaking service--but between juggling her boss's demands, deflecting theadvances of an eccentric suitor, and tracking down a calculating killer, she hardly has time to think about romance. . .
When Jaine lands a job writing web copy and brochures for matchmaker Joy Amoroso, she's excited for a chance to help the lovelorn just in time for Valentine's Day--until she realizes what "Dates of Joy" is really all about. Joy is a ruthless taskmaster who screams at her employees for the smallest infractions, pads her website with pictures of professional models posing as clients, and offers up convincing but empty promises of love in exchange for inordinate sums of money. And woe betide anyone who lays a finger on her heavily guarded stash of chocolates. So it's no surprise when the chiseling cupid turns up dead at a Valentine's Day mixer.
Aghast to find herself on the cops' suspect list, Jaine sets out to track down the killer. Who could it be? Joy's harried assistants, whose lives she made a living hell? Her younger lover? The handsome hunk of a client with a secret in his past? Or the furious Beverly Hills widow who forked over the last of her savings for a Prince Charming who never materialized? Joy left behind a slew of enemies struck by her deviant arrows, so finding the culprit may prove harder than spotting that elusive caramel praline in a box of chocolates--and Jaine will have to flirt with danger to get to the truth...

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"I'm crazy about Laura Levine's mystery series. Her books are so outrageously funny, they always make me laugh out loud." (Joanne Fluke)

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I love California mysteries. I've been reading Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone since "C is for Corpse" (1986), published the year I moved to Southern California. It's a place of stark contrasts - an oasis wrenched from the desert by William Mulholland, always flooded or in drought; of glittering Hollywood dreams built on the backs of migrants 'sans papiers.'

I keep looking for Marcia Clark's Rachel Knight ("Guilt by Association" (2011) etc.) at the Grand Central Market on Broadway when I get Thai take out after a Case Management Conference at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. And Michael Connelly - can I subpoena Harry Bosch ("The Black Echo" (1992), etc.) when I am defending a driver confused by Ventura Boulevard? And there's the LA Noir of Raymond Chandler, Gar Anthony Haywood, and Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins . . .

What Los Angeles mysteries don't do often enough is laugh when desperation turns to absurdity, and a 30 something looking for Mr. Right (or a 'Mr. I'm not a convicted felon and I can pay my half of the rent, but I'll leave the seat up and eat your yogurt') ends up dating an almost 80 something eligible with a blond toupee so frightening it deserves it's own movie, or at least an hour on Dateline.

Laura Levine finds that line between desperation and humor (I think it's on Wilshire Boulevard, west of the 405, by the way) and leaps over it in "Killing Cupid" (2014). We're talking doubled over laughing when laundry needs to be folded, here. And Jaine Austen's parents, who have their own Florida subplot going? I'm perpetually surprised that there aren't charges involved.

About the narration - well, I was listening to Brittany Pressley's narration by my mother's Persian cat, Crush. When Jaine Austen's cat, Prozac, meowed, Crush started looking for the offender. Crush may be a bit inbred, but he was a true believer.

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- Cynthia "Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always.""

Humorous and very enjoyable cozy

Witty dialogue, good plot, and quirky characters, I hope more Jaine Austen on Audible soon!
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- Eve-Lynn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-31-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios