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Death by Tiara
by Laura Levine


Overview - Entertaining cozy fun. Publishers Weekly"
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 uber-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.
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Overview
Entertaining cozy fun. Publishers Weekly"
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 uber-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 "

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780758285065
  • ISBN-10: 075828506X
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publish Date: June 2015
  • Page Count: 304
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds

Series: Jaine Austen Mysteries

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Cozy
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-07-27
  • Reviewer: Staff

At the start of Levine's entertaining 13th Jaine Austen mystery (after 2013's Killing Cupid), L.A. freelancer Jaine, who's accustomed to writing ads for drycleaners, roofers, and plumbers, agrees to compose a song for Taylor Van Sant, a contestant in the Orange County division of the Miss Teen Queen America beauty pageant. Taylor's mother, a former garlic festival queen, is sure that original lyrics will make her daughter stand out from the crowd, and Jaine is happy to pocket the $500 fee. At the beauty pageant, held at a rundown hotel, Jaine discovers that the event's formidable director, Candace Burke, is engaged in a little blackmailing. When someone fatally bludgeons Candace's assistant with a rhinestone tiara, perhaps mistaking her for her boss, Jaine turns sleuth. Meanwhile, Jaine, "a woman whose spiciest romance in the last several years had been with Chef Boyardee," is thrilled to be dating homicide detective Scott Willis, whom she met in Killing Cupid. Humorous emails from Jaine's parents—dad is obsessed with his golf cart, mom with dieting—add to the cozy fun. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency. (July)

 
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