I decided this time that I wanted a light, fun read and selected Pampered to Death by Laura Levine. This title is part of the Jaine Austen Mystery series – a modern day sleuth. I expected a tale similar to a Murder, She Wrote TV episode. And I was not disappointed.
Even though a murder is involved, this was a fun read. Jaine Austen is headed to a retreat, which she believes to be a quiet time to read, nap and enjoy culinary treats. What she gets is sweaty hikes, a hunger diet and the joy of being badgered for her muffin top. I could really identify with this character, very aware of her flaws, but has accepted them, put on her lipstick and is heading out to skip through life.
There are several quirky characters: Mallory Francis – a mouthy, diva movie star, studly Clint – another movie star and Cathy – who is always babbling and happy – even while starving! And I can’t forget the cat, aptly named Prozac. If you have ever owned a cat, you get the name.
Pampered to Death is a quick read that is a great get-away book. Be a sleuth, have some fun and get some snacks – the talking about food will make you head out for pizza. A side note are the emails sent by Jaine’s parents – not part of the plot – but hysterical.
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