This Pen For Hire

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Kensington Publishing Corporation, Jun 1, 2003 - Fiction - 224 pages
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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 more than she bargained for. . .

No one seems to need her help more 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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This whole series was so easy to read & delighful. - Goodreads
Entertaining with a decent plot. - Goodreads
The plot was good and funny. - Goodreads
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Freelance writer "Jaine" Austen turns sleuth in LA. - Goodreads

Review: This Pen For Hire (A Jaine Austen Mystery #1)

User Review  - Jane Night - Goodreads

This book was really hard for me to rate. In some ways I felt it deserved a lower rating at least compared to the rest of the novels in the series but at the same time 2 stars would have not been fair ... Read full review

Review: This Pen For Hire (A Jaine Austen Mystery #1)

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Quite amusing and I got caught up in it. Read full review

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