DEATH OF A NEIGHBORHOOD WITCH
This hilarious addition to the Jaine Austen mysteries features Halloween festivities and the death of a crazy third-rate actress. Sharp dialogue, laugh-out-loud moments and a scary good twist at the end make this as delightful as a bowl of Halloween candy.
Halloween is approaching, and Jaine is loading up on mini-Snickers — more for herself than for the trick-or-treaters. When Janie’s cat scares her kooky neighbor’s parakeet to death, Cryptessa threatens to sue Jaine. Jaine’s too busy to worry about lawsuits; she and Lance are vying for the affections of the neighborhood’s newest hottie, Peter Connor. When Peter throws a Halloween party, and Cryptessa is stabbed by someone in an ape suit on her front lawn, all eyes turn to Jaine, who was wearing an ape costume. Who stole her costume to commit the murder? Jaine investigates, uncovering all sorts of secrets — including hidden affairs and a coed call-girl — but can she find the killer in time? (KENSINGTON, Sep., 261 pp., $24.00)