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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth
Once again, Levine has written a book where the laughs never stop. Adding to the wonderfully funny character of Jaine Austen are her wacky family and best friend, Lance. This mix of characters enhances Levine's quick and descriptive writing. Once the mystery gets off the ground it's very engaging. This is one delightful read.
Jaine is thrilled to get a job as a lecturer on a cruise ship -- that means her trip is comped. But it isn't going to be the relaxing vacation that she hoped for. For one thing, she has to dine with the Pritchard family, a situation fraught with tension. When Emily Pritchard suddenly announces that she's engaged to one of the cruise's gentleman escorts, Graham, everyone knows the man is a gold digger. No one in the family is happy about losing their inheritances and, soon Graham is dead -- an ice pick sticking out of his heart. Jaine does her usual investigating, but if she isn't quick enough she could be the next to be dead at sea. (KENSINGTON, May, 256 pp., $22.00)
Reviewed By: Robyn Glazer
Published: May 2009