Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge

Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge I m crazy about Laura Levine s mystery series Her books are so outrageously funny Joanne Fluke Freelance writer Jaine Austen is feeling festive about spending Christmas house sitting at a posh Bel

  • Title: Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge
  • Author: Laura Levine
  • ISBN: 1496708490
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Hardcover
  • I m crazy about Laura Levine s mystery series Her books are so outrageously funny Joanne Fluke Freelance writer Jaine Austen is feeling festive about spending Christmas house sitting at a posh Bel Air mansion, accompanied by her friend Lance and her cat, Prozac But when a grumpy neighbor gets himself iced, she ll have to find the culprit or she may spend the New Yea I m crazy about Laura Levine s mystery series Her books are so outrageously funny Joanne Fluke Freelance writer Jaine Austen is feeling festive about spending Christmas house sitting at a posh Bel Air mansion, accompanied by her friend Lance and her cat, Prozac But when a grumpy neighbor gets himself iced, she ll have to find the culprit or she may spend the New Year in jail. Scotty Parker is a former child star who once played Tiny Tim, but now he s grown up into the role of neighborhood Scrooge He cuts the wires on his neighbors Christmas lights and tells local kids that Santa had a stroke And his miserly, bah humbug attitude lasts year round a fact known all too well by his current wife, his ex wife, his maid, and many.Scotty thinks he can stage a comeback with the screenplay he s working on The Return of Tiny Tim Vengeance Is Mine , and Jaine s been reluctantly helping him edit it So when Scotty is bludgeoned with a frozen chocolate yule log and the police start making a list of suspects and checking it twice, Jaine s name is unfortunately included True, she s been under some stress, with Lance trying to set her up on dates and her fickle feline taking a sudden liking to someone else but she s not guilty of murder Now she just has to prove it, by using her gift for detection and figuring out who committed this holiday homicide Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 248 pages Published September 25th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation More Details ISBN 1496708490 ISBN13 9781496708496 Edition Language English Series A Jaine Austen Mystery 16 Other Editions 5 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge by Laura Levine Author Release date Sep 25, 2018 Enter to win one of ten autographed copies of DEATH OF A NEIGHBORHOOD SCROOGE, the sixteenth book in the Jaine Austen Mystery Series.It s ho ho homici Enter to win one of ten autographed copies of DEATH OF A NEIGHBORHOOD SCROOGE, the sixteenth book in the Jaine Austen Mystery Series.It s ho ho homicide when freelance writer Jaine Austen gets a job house sitting in ritzy Bel Air and her next door neighbor, an embittered former child actor and Scrooge Royale, detested by one and all, is bludgeoned to death with a frozen chocolate yule log Jaine sets out to find the killer all the while slogging through a series of internet dates from hell and watching in dismay as her fickle cat, Prozac, falls madly in love with Scrooge s beautiful young widow Don t miss this merry mix of murder, mayhem, and Worst Dates Ever Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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certain books in this long running series 2 or 3 stars It s been a not so smooth ride Having said so, if you love whodunits, you just might love this book It has you guessing till the very end And the epilogue will surprise all followers of the Jaine Austen books.While Jaine Austen s parents are on a Caribbean Cruise, Jaine and her neighbour Lance volunteer to watch over the house of Ms van Hooten, by living in it Their motivation is a 1000, each After that lots of surprising things happen Some of these things will catch the regular readers unawares.This time, Laura Levine has really put a lot of effort into her book The result is brilliant The last time I gave a book in this series 5 stars, was book 9 I m this impressed I read this book in two days flat, and though there is not a cliffhanger here, I await the changes in Death of a Neighbourhood Scrooge with trepidation flag 76 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Sep 08, 2018 Pamela rated it it was amazing review of another edition So by most objective standards this book probably doesn t merit five stars, but I derived such extraordinary enjoyment from it that I can t rate this any lower It s a lot like most of Laura Levine s other Jaine Austen books a mix of silly, gleefully over the top humor, impressively sharp and clever wit, and a surprisingly decently plotted mystery The writing itself is excellent just so supremely readable and engaging that I literally couldn t put this down Jaine, the main character, is imm So by most objective standards this book probably doesn t merit five stars, but I derived such extraordinary enjoyment from it that I can t rate this any lower It s a lot like most of Laura Levine s other Jaine Austen books a mix of silly, gleefully over the top humor, impressively sharp and clever wit, and a surprisingly decently plotted mystery The writing itself is excellent just so supremely readable and engaging that I literally couldn t put this down Jaine, the main character, is immensely likable a woman who loves sweatpants, bad TV shows and junk food, spends way too much time worrying about the fickle affections of her demonic cat, has catastrophic luck in her dating life, and can be a bit of a pushover She s also, however, genuinely kind and compassionate, curious, intelligent, and courageous in her own unique way Based on the synopsis, I was worried we d get way too much of Jaine s supposed best friend Lance in this one And, as always, he swell, often kind of terrible narcissistic, vain, selfish, and prone to criticizing Jaine s penchant for junk food and fashion sense or lack thereof Fortunately, in this book we get explicit acknowledgements of how irritating and infuriating he can be while also seeing JUST enough of how generous, optimistic and loyal a friend he can be to Jaine as well As much as I adored it, I have to point out a few minor criticisms Like some other readers, I could do with less of the somewhat repetitive adventures of Jane s parents, especially when they in no way involve Jane or anything related to the mysteries she s solving at the time As noted above, I d love it if they made Lance just a little less exaggeratedly self centered so much of the time Making his character terrible for about 90% of the time he s around and a genuinely good person for the other 10% worked better the first few books in the series, when he was positioned as That Annoying Neighbor a lot of us can relate to rather than Jane s true best friend Finally, the victim of this mystery isn t finally killed off until about 42% into the story The structure and flow of the story does work well much better than in most cozy mysteries, to be honest but I feel like the victim could and should have been killed off a little sooner If you don t like the Jaine Austen mysteries, this one isn t likely to change your mind It has all the usual elements that fans of this series love and which other readers don t Prospective readers who aren t familiar with this series should know going into it that most of the characters and situations are deliberately exaggerated for comedic effect If you re interested in something realistic, even by dubious cozy mystery standards, this series is probably not for you But if you re looking for hilarious, mood lifting book bliss, I highly recommend it These books are seriously the equivalent of an anti depressant for me, and this one is easily one of my two or three favorites of the entire series It s one of the few books that had me literally laughing out loud, and I honestly could not put it down There s also a very surprising scene at the end that has me clamoring even eagerly than usual for the next installment I m very thankful to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book flag 19 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 10, 2018 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018, mystery Thanks to her neighbor Lance, freelance writer Jaine Austen is spending Christmas at a Bel Air mansion It s not all luxury, however, when Jaine gets roped into helping her temporary neighbor polish his script Scotty Parker is a former child actor best known for playing Tiny Tim in a movie version of A Christmas Carol, but now he d be a shoe in to play Scrooge, complete with penny pinching ways and fights with neighbors Someone has had enough, and Jaine finds Scotty s body on Christmas morning Thanks to her neighbor Lance, freelance writer Jaine Austen is spending Christmas at a Bel Air mansion It s not all luxury, however, when Jaine gets roped into helping her temporary neighbor polish his script Scotty Parker is a former child actor best known for playing Tiny Tim in a movie version of A Christmas Carol, but now he d be a shoe in to play Scrooge, complete with penny pinching ways and fights with neighbors Someone has had enough, and Jaine finds Scotty s body on Christmas morning With the police focusing on her, Jaine begins her own investigation But which of the many suspects actually killed Scotty Those familiar with the series know exactly what to expect here, and they won t be disappointed The murder may take place a little later in the book than in some series I read, but we are busy meeting suspects and getting motives, so when Scotty does die, we can jump right in Jaine once again brings the case to a satisfactory conclusion We also have a couple of fun sub plots involving Jaine s on line dating misadventures and a cruise her parents are taking with their neighbors There are plenty of laughs, chuckles, and grins The characters lean toward caricature, but it works for this series The pages fly by all too quickly as alwaysTE I received a copy of this book.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers flag 8 likesLike see review Oct 21, 2018 Glen rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves christmas, cozies, mystery A great cozy.I discovered this series when I won the first book in a drawing, and now I ve read something like twenty does pay off Jaine and her friend Lance get a gig housesitting in Bel Air All is fine and dandy until they meet their neighbor He s a former child star who hates Christmas, and is cheaper than Scrooge He drives the whole neighborhood crazy until somebody murders him Jaine is a primary suspect, and to clear her name, she pokes around asking questions while A great cozy.I discovered this series when I won the first book in a drawing, and now I ve read something like twenty does pay off Jaine and her friend Lance get a gig housesitting in Bel Air All is fine and dandy until they meet their neighbor He s a former child star who hates Christmas, and is cheaper than Scrooge He drives the whole neighborhood crazy until somebody murders him Jaine is a primary suspect, and to clear her name, she pokes around asking questions while Lance pursues every attractive man in sight A well constructed mystery with many red herrings, and a real twist of an ending.Highly recommended flag 8 likesLike see review Sep 04, 2018 Annette rated it it was amazing review of another edition Jaine Austen is a very funny lady She is also smart, intelligent and a lover of chocolate and ice cream She is not above having those two things in the same bite.She and her best friend, Lance, have had the good fortune to be invited to house sit in a Bel Air mansion for Christmas vacation The only down side, Jaine s cat, Prozac would not be able to stay with her The house was filled with important pieces of art and no pet was allowed Fortunately, a next door neighbor would love to have Pro Jaine Austen is a very funny lady She is also smart, intelligent and a lover of chocolate and ice cream She is not above having those two things in the same bite.She and her best friend, Lance, have had the good fortune to be invited to house sit in a Bel Air mansion for Christmas vacation The only down side, Jaine s cat, Prozac would not be able to stay with her The house was filled with important pieces of art and no pet was allowed Fortunately, a next door neighbor would love to have Prozac stay with her Prozac not only gets a name change, but evidently the name has created an entirely new cat in Prozac s body.When Jaine gets anxious, she needs to eat Actually, she enjoys eating whether she is anxious or not Starch and sugar are her two favorite food groups.When Jaine is coerced into helping a next door neighbor work on his screen play, she meets a true Christmas grinch The man is hateful to everyone he meets He treats his present wife, his ex wife and every neighbor as though they were out to steal from him He was an equal opportunity meanie.It is no surprise when he is murdered It couldn t happen to a nicer guy.Laura Levine has written another funny, funny book.Although this is part of a series, it is easy to follow if you are not familiar with earlier books.But,I would suggest that just for the laughs, you read every book in the series.Because Jaine may be a suspect in the murder, she determines that she is the best one to investigate the murder She interviews suspects on a regular basis In between those interviews she is dating men she meets through a web site This book will not make anyone want to date people they meet on a web site But, there will be laughs at how truly bad internet dating can be for a woman s ego.This is a fun book with a good mystery Jaine is a terrific heroine who is very human, very quick to see reality and most of all very funny I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley I am voluntarily writing this review and all opinions are my own flag 5 likesLike see review Sep 27, 2018 Patty rated it it was amazing Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge by Laura Levine is the 16th book in Jaine Austen Mystery Series, and is another wonderful book Jaine Austen is a writer and part time semiprofessional private investigator who always seems to be around when a murder occurs It s Christmas time and Jaine and Lance are house sitting at a lush Bel Air mansion When Jaine finds a neighbor s body, the mystery begins Not only is this book really funny, it has a great mystery There are twists and turns around every co Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge by Laura Levine is the 16th book in Jaine Austen Mystery Series, and is another wonderful book Jaine Austen is a writer and part time semiprofessional private investigator who always seems to be around when a murder occurs It s Christmas time and Jaine and Lance are house sitting at a lush Bel Air mansion When Jaine finds a neighbor s body, the mystery begins Not only is this book really funny, it has a great mystery There are twists and turns around every corner I laughed out loud several times The emails from her parents were also amusing I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series If you love humorous cozy mysteries, I strongly recommend this book.I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review flag 5 likesLike see review Aug 22, 2018 Shari rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley arc, ebook, 2018 Another hilarious installment in the Jaine Austen series In this one, Jaine and her friend and neighbor Lance get the chance to house sit for one of Lance s ultra rich customers, spending the Christmas holiday seeing how the other half live Jaine soon finds out that things aren t so glamorous on the other side when their neighbor turns out to be the neighborhood scrooge and her cat, Prozac, abandons her for someone younger, prettier and richer Things escalate when the scrooge like neighbor is Another hilarious installment in the Jaine Austen series In this one, Jaine and her friend and neighbor Lance get the chance to house sit for one of Lance s ultra rich customers, spending the Christmas holiday seeing how the other half live Jaine soon finds out that things aren t so glamorous on the other side when their neighbor turns out to be the neighborhood scrooge and her cat, Prozac, abandons her for someone younger, prettier and richer Things escalate when the scrooge like neighbor is murdered, with a Yule Log of all things, and Jaine becomes the prime suspect Join Jaine as she tries to clear her name and salvage the holidays, all while hilariously trying to join the world of online dating Another winner from Laura Levine Thank you Netgalley for an arc of this title flag 5 likesLike see review Jul 26, 2018 Lisa Morin rated it it was amazing review of another edition Fans of this series will absolutely love Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge.For Jaine, life is all about ice cream, brownies and staying out of trouble This book is filled with all of the above.I don t want to give anything away, so my actual review will come later.I ve been a huge fan of this series from the moment I met Jaine and Prozac Each book gets better and just when I think I ve found my favorite, Ms Levine puts out another fantastic addition to the series.The cliffhanger ending has me w Fans of this series will absolutely love Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge.For Jaine, life is all about ice cream, brownies and staying out of trouble This book is filled with all of the above.I don t want to give anything away, so my actual review will come later.I ve been a huge fan of this series from the moment I met Jaine and Prozac Each book gets better and just when I think I ve found my favorite, Ms Levine puts out another fantastic addition to the series.The cliffhanger ending has me waiting for the next incredible book.I think we all need a little bit of Jaine in our lives, she certainly puts a smile on my face whenever I read about her and her quirky parents Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for approving me to read and review an ARC of this book flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 20, 2018 Rachel rated it liked it review of another edition I want to campaign for a lasting love interest for Jaine flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Sep 24, 2018 Susan rated it it was amazing review of another edition When I need to escape, silly, laugh out loud mysteries like this series are good for what ails me Jaine and her cat, her parents, her friends are a very funny bunch of characters This time around, her parents are on vacation and Jaine is housesitting It s the neighbors who take center stage and one becomes a corpse My only quibble Why did it take so long to do him in He was disliked by all and made the perfect murder victim Add to that, her cat gets to take a vacation, too, not being allo When I need to escape, silly, laugh out loud mysteries like this series are good for what ails me Jaine and her cat, her parents, her friends are a very funny bunch of characters This time around, her parents are on vacation and Jaine is housesitting It s the neighbors who take center stage and one becomes a corpse My only quibble Why did it take so long to do him in He was disliked by all and made the perfect murder victim Add to that, her cat gets to take a vacation, too, not being allowed to stay with Jaine and risk breaking something valuable Jaine is my kind of lady, one who eats when she is stressed and when she is not, her clothing choice runs to sweats and her sense of humor is amazing This is the 16th in the series but it can be read as a standalone I have enjoyed every one of them My thanks to the publisher Kensington and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Sep 24, 2018 Kate rated it really liked it review of another edition Jaine Austen spends the holidays house sitting in a beautiful mansion when one of the Scrooge like neighbors is murdered I always love this series because the books are funny, breezy and often holiday themed This installment doesn t disappoint and has everything fans like myself look for antics from Jaine s cat, chunky monkey ice cream, and LOL emails from Jaine s parents who are living in a retirement community in Florida Keep the holiday cozies coming Ms Levine Thanks to Net Galley for Jaine Austen spends the holidays house sitting in a beautiful mansion when one of the Scrooge like neighbors is murdered I always love this series because the books are funny, breezy and often holiday themed This installment doesn t disappoint and has everything fans like myself look for antics from Jaine s cat, chunky monkey ice cream, and LOL emails from Jaine s parents who are living in a retirement community in Florida Keep the holiday cozies coming Ms Levine Thanks to Net Galley for the advance copy flag 3 likesLike see review Sep 18, 2018 Kathleen Gray rated it it was amazing review of another edition Right up front as usual Levine takes this cozy right up to and occasionally over the top but that s ok because Jaine, Lance, and Prozac the cat are all so well written and funny that you ll find yourself laughing out loud If you somehow have missed this long running series, you are in for a treat and don t worry, you ll fine with this as a standalone Jaine and Lance are housesitting in Bel Air Woo hoo AND, the fact that the house must be pet free means that Prozac goes to live with Scotty n Right up front as usual Levine takes this cozy right up to and occasionally over the top but that s ok because Jaine, Lance, and Prozac the cat are all so well written and funny that you ll find yourself laughing out loud If you somehow have missed this long running series, you are in for a treat and don t worry, you ll fine with this as a standalone Jaine and Lance are housesitting in Bel Air Woo hoo AND, the fact that the house must be pet free means that Prozac goes to live with Scotty next door in return for Jaine s help on a script Timmy Parker is writing He is the Scrooge of the title and when he s murdered that must have been some Yule log, frozen or not , Jaine is a suspect AND, of course, she and Lance will figure out which person he has been rotten to is the real culprit One of the nicest things about this group are the smaller characters, such as Jaine s mom, who always has something to say Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC Another winner from Levine flag 3 likesLike see review Sep 05, 2018 Jamie Holzberg Fluff Smut Murder rated it really liked it review of another edition While I still cannot get over reading a Christmas book at the beginning of September, I will always jump at the chance to read a Jaine Austen mystery book because its always like coming home I sometimes miss Mar Vista, Westwood, West LA where I grew up and I know by reading one of her books I ll always be transported to my hometown.What I loved The ending who saw that coming I cannot wait to see where this goes as its a brand new direction for Jaine.What I didn t love This is like While I still cannot get over reading a Christmas book at the beginning of September, I will always jump at the chance to read a Jaine Austen mystery book because its always like coming home I sometimes miss Mar Vista, Westwood, West LA where I grew up and I know by reading one of her books I ll always be transported to my hometown.What I loved The ending who saw that coming I cannot wait to see where this goes as its a brand new direction for Jaine.What I didn t love This is like book 2 or 3 in a row without a scene mention anything of Jaine s female best friend Its been so long I can t even remember her name As fun as Lance is I mentally picture him as Frederick from Million Dollar Listing New York I d just like to see the other bestie once in a while.Overall Grade B flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 27, 2018 Kathy Miller rated it it was amazing review of another edition First of all I LOVED this book and this series Not only was it a cozy mystery, but it will also tickle your funny bone Jaine, Prozac, and Lance get to housesit in a lush mansion, but the owner has a no pets policy Luckily the lady next door offers to take care of Prozac, but in return the man of the house insists that Jaine help edit his screenplay which is a total disaster.The fun begins when The Scrooge turns up dead, beaten by a frozen yule log cake The problem is Jaine had just tak First of all I LOVED this book and this series Not only was it a cozy mystery, but it will also tickle your funny bone Jaine, Prozac, and Lance get to housesit in a lush mansion, but the owner has a no pets policy Luckily the lady next door offers to take care of Prozac, but in return the man of the house insists that Jaine help edit his screenplay which is a total disaster.The fun begins when The Scrooge turns up dead, beaten by a frozen yule log cake The problem is Jaine had just taken a finger swipe taste test and has left her fingerprint.But, oh so many people were pleased he was disposed of, no one seemed to miss this miserly grump Could it be the ex wife who lives above a kabob restaurant, or his current wife who lives on a scrimpy budget and like the company of the handsome renter Hmmm, don t forget the slip of a woman and her son who cleans the house and she can t quit because he knows her secret The list never ends as the neighbors literally despise this man, who tries to ruin Christmas for the children But Jaine is out to clear her good name and does her own haphazard investigation and a few little white lies.Plenty of fun and laugh out loud texts from her parents on a cruise.Hop aboard for this holdiay fun cozy that will keep you trying to solve the puzzle and a tangled web it is.Read as soon as you can get your hands on this book and it would make a nice gift for people on your gift list this holiday season.Sit back enjoy and feel the hot Santa Ana winds on your face Insert drumroll I LOVED IT flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 06, 2018 Stacy rated it it was ok review of another edition I m really sad to say that I think this is the last Jaine Austin book for me, as much as I love this character.I love the antics she always gets into, I love how Jaine sounds like a normal girl who loves food and the like But at this point in the series, I feel like she should ve grown a little with the things she deals with i.e being a better liar or snooper, letting Missy call Prozac other names and act like it s not even her pet any The worst for me was the ending Literally The kille I m really sad to say that I think this is the last Jaine Austin book for me, as much as I love this character.I love the antics she always gets into, I love how Jaine sounds like a normal girl who loves food and the like But at this point in the series, I feel like she should ve grown a little with the things she deals with i.e being a better liar or snooper, letting Missy call Prozac other names and act like it s not even her pet any The worst for me was the ending Literally The killer was found out in the last four pages It took one page for the killer to be knocked out and have the police show up It s like Laura Levine just absolutely gave up Seriously, read the last four pages and you ll understand how frustrating that made me feel The killer advanced toward _____, and ____ came from behind and knocked him out Within four hours the police showed up The end And then you have the epilogue of Jaine meeting her true love which was absolutely ridiculous and the worst way to tie up things I m not sure what Levine was going for with this book If this is the last Jaine Austin book she is writing and wanted to tie up all the loose ends or whatnot but after that BS of an ending, I sadly have to give up on this author Her first handful of stories with this character were a thousand times better Don t waste your time reading this one flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 08, 2018 Fran rated it really liked it review of another edition I love this series When looking for humor and a believable female heroine, Laura Levine delivers I have heard her Jaine Austen series compared to Evanovich s Stephanie Plum I much prefer Jaine, as she is far relatable to the average woman This series, and in particular, this installment, will appeal to fans of cozies, cat lovers, and those who like their mysteries delivered with laughs flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Christopher Hicks rated it really liked it review of another edition Fun book I always enjoy this series This one had some interesting characters and fun storyline The ending kinda wrapped up quickly but otherwise I enjoyed it flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 05, 2018 RO Gma rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 craving for cozies challenge, read in 2018 Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge is the sixth book in Laura Levine s Jaine Austen Mystery series This is the first book I ve read in this series, but because the author provides great background information on the characters, I didn t feel lost jumping in so late in the series This quick and easy read is a well thought out, humorous whodunit, with well developed characters, and some adult language There are multiple potential suspects and lots of things going on to keep the reader engaged The Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge is the sixth book in Laura Levine s Jaine Austen Mystery series This is the first book I ve read in this series, but because the author provides great background information on the characters, I didn t feel lost jumping in so late in the series This quick and easy read is a well thought out, humorous whodunit, with well developed characters, and some adult language There are multiple potential suspects and lots of things going on to keep the reader engaged The reveal came as a surprise to me.Jaine Austen, a freelance writer, and her neighbor and gay friend, Lance Venable, a shoe salesman at Neiman, are looking forward to spending two weeks at Christmastime in a Bel Air mansion Connie Van Hooten, one of Lance s customers, hired them to housesit Not only do they get to spend two weeks in her mansion and are being paid a thousand dollars each, but since she has a strict no pets policy, offered to board Lance s dog, Mamie, and Jaine s cat, Prozac, at the Fur Seasons Pet Hotel Unfortunately, Prozac attacks the pet hotel s concierge on the first day and they drop her off at Ms Van Hooten s home While Jaine and Lance try to decide what to do, Prozac sneaks into a neighbor s house, and Missy Parker, the owner, offers to take care of Prozac, but her cheapskate husband, Scotty, wants to charge Jaine for boarding her cat Scotty agrees to waive the charge if Jaine will help edit his screenplay Jaine hates working with Scotty and sadly, Prozac has taken a liking to Missy, leaving Jaine with a huge case of jealousy On Christmas morning, Jaine finds Scotty dead in his office, beaten by a frozen chocolate yule log, and Jaine becomes a suspect because she left a fingerprint in the icing when she tried to taste it after she found it sitting on the kitchen counter As Jaine begins to question people, she discovers no one seems to miss Scotty and her suspect list gets longer and longer The emails Jaine receives from her quirky parents are hilarious and Jaine ventures into online dating, thanks to Lance signing her up and creating her profile on Smatch.I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 25, 2018 Shoshana rated it it was amazing review of another edition I laughed, giggled and chortled my way through Laura Levine s latest adventure of Jaine Austen and her cat, Prozac Or maybe it was the latest adventure of Prozac and her person, Jaine Austen Either way, this book is hilarious Jaine s best friend Lance is here, and the usual hysterical emails from Jaine s parents are included.Jaine and Lance are housesitting in a huge Bel Air mansion for Christmas Naturally, there is a murder and Jaine ends up sleuthing I don t like spoilers, so I am not goi I laughed, giggled and chortled my way through Laura Levine s latest adventure of Jaine Austen and her cat, Prozac Or maybe it was the latest adventure of Prozac and her person, Jaine Austen Either way, this book is hilarious Jaine s best friend Lance is here, and the usual hysterical emails from Jaine s parents are included.Jaine and Lance are housesitting in a huge Bel Air mansion for Christmas Naturally, there is a murder and Jaine ends up sleuthing I don t like spoilers, so I am not going to spoil this for you You will want to read it and get all of the laughs for yourself The only thing I will say is that I didn t figure out whodunnit, but maybe I was too busy laughing to pay enough attention.I don t know how Laura Levine does it If anything, she is getting funnier as the series goes along The emails from Jaine s parents are perfect, and I really like Lance, even if he is a little over the top sometimes I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, and you will too Five stars, and I wish it could be flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 24, 2018 Missi Stockwell rated it it was amazing review of another edition I cannot believe that Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge by Laura Levine is the sixteenth book in the Jaine Austen Mystery series and the first one that I have read I instantly fell in love with Jaine, her adorable friend Lance, her cat Prozac and the craziness that follows them Of course some of the craziness is all of Lance s doing but you gotta love him for it In Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge Jaine and Lance are house sitting for one of Lance s rich customers while she is away for the I cannot believe that Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge by Laura Levine is the sixteenth book in the Jaine Austen Mystery series and the first one that I have read I instantly fell in love with Jaine, her adorable friend Lance, her cat Prozac and the craziness that follows them Of course some of the craziness is all of Lance s doing but you gotta love him for it In Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge Jaine and Lance are house sitting for one of Lance s rich customers while she is away for the holidays Jaine cannot believe their luck.a massive mansion in Bel Air unfortunately no pets are allowed but Jaine is saved by the neighbors Scotty, who had his 2 minutes of fame starring in a remake of The Christmas Carol when he was a child and his trophy wife, Missy jump at the chance to watch Prozac while Jaine and Lance house sit next storeon one condition Jaine help Scotty edit his screenplay The screenplay is a horrible piece of work where Tiny Tim gets revenge on everyone which makes sense that Scotty wrote it because he is a horrible person He is a modern day Scrooge all year long So when Jaine finds Scotty dead in his office the list of suspects is longer than Santa s nice list and sadly Jaine is on the top of the list So while Lance is off working and daydreaming about the hunky mailman he met, Jaine is lying her way into peoples homes in order to clear her name From the fake profile Lance wrote for Jaine of Smatch to the emails Jaine receives from her parents who are away on a cruise to the grenn smoothies that Lance whips up each morning, to Jaines obsession with Chunky Monkey ice cream, to the neighbor Missy adoringly turning Jaine s cat against her, to the way Jaine investigatesyou will NOT be able to put this book down I fell in love with everything about this booke only thing upsetting is that I missed the first 15 books Well maybe I m on Santa s nice list and he will help me out with resolving that issue flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Chris rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves christmas, crime, fiction Freelance writer Jaine Austen is feeling festive about spending Christmas house sitting at a posh Bel Air mansion, accompanied by her friend Lance and her cat, Prozac But when a grumpy neighbor gets himself iced, she ll have to find the culprit or she may spend the New Year in jail Scotty Parker is a former child star who once played Tiny Tim, but now he s grown up into the role of neighborhood Scrooge He cuts the wires on his neighbors Christmas lights and tells local kids that Santa h Freelance writer Jaine Austen is feeling festive about spending Christmas house sitting at a posh Bel Air mansion, accompanied by her friend Lance and her cat, Prozac But when a grumpy neighbor gets himself iced, she ll have to find the culprit or she may spend the New Year in jail Scotty Parker is a former child star who once played Tiny Tim, but now he s grown up into the role of neighborhood Scrooge He cuts the wires on his neighbors Christmas lights and tells local kids that Santa had a stroke And his miserly, bah humbug attitude lasts year round a fact known all too well by his current wife, his ex wife, his maid, and many Scotty thinks he can stage a comeback with the screenplay he s working on The Return of Tiny Tim Vengeance Is Mine , and Jaine s been reluctantly helping him edit it So when Scotty is bludgeoned with a frozen chocolate yule log and the police start making a list of suspects and checking it twice, Jaine s name is unfortunately included True, she s been under some stress, with Lance trying to set her up on dates and her fickle feline taking a sudden liking to someone else but she s not guilty of murder Now she just has to prove it, by using her gift for detection and figuring out who committed this holiday homicide The book was OK, but hard to keep on going I don t know if it was the obligatory gay friend, the bad dating website and not a lot of character development, along with the narrator s voice, but I could barely continue to the end It was stream of consciousness and constant comments obsessing on her weight and eating habits I just wanted it to hurry up and get to the end to find out who done it Definitely not in the Agatha Christie league flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 31, 2018 Joan rated it really liked it review of another edition Jane Austen books are always great for a hilarious and mindless romp This time jane and Lance are house minding a mansion in Bel Air The place is so fancy that Jane leaves Prozac at a posh resort for cats, afraid of the damage she could do to the house, but of course we know how that works out Soon Jane is looking for a new place for her challenging pet The wife of the mansion owner next door loves cats and soon is spoiling Prozac so much that jane is afraid she will never go home with her a Jane Austen books are always great for a hilarious and mindless romp This time jane and Lance are house minding a mansion in Bel Air The place is so fancy that Jane leaves Prozac at a posh resort for cats, afraid of the damage she could do to the house, but of course we know how that works out Soon Jane is looking for a new place for her challenging pet The wife of the mansion owner next door loves cats and soon is spoiling Prozac so much that jane is afraid she will never go home with her again The husband of Prozac s new love is a miserly grinch, hated by everyone He cuts the electrical cords of his neighbour s Christmas displays, won t allow the maid to spend Christmas with her family, and in spite of his millions, pinches every possible penny He tells Jane that unless she edits his terrible movie script he will charge her an exorbitant fee for boarding Prozac Everyone seems much happier when he is found dead in his messy office.In the meantime, Lance has put Jane s profile on a dating site, and the match ups are not going well Her first date turns out to be married and only wants jane to get him a job writing television shows Lance has padded her resume and claimed she is a famous writer The second turns out to be wearing an ankle monitor just a bit of fraud The third is an elderly gnome Jane always end up paying the food bill The final date turns out to be someone with whom Jane is very familiar Is there hope here flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 18, 2018 Christine rated it it was amazing review of another edition Jaine Austen s friend and neighbor, Lance Venable, gets them a cush job house sitting for Connie Van Hooten s luxurious home in Bel Air Missy Parker, who lives next door to Connie, agrees to watch Jaine s feisty cat Prozac Missy is the trophy wife of a former child star and cheapskate Scotty Parker and their home has no valuable that Prozac could damage Missy falls in love with Prozac, but her cheapskate husband, Scotty, makes Jaine help him with his atrocious screenplay in exchange for board Jaine Austen s friend and neighbor, Lance Venable, gets them a cush job house sitting for Connie Van Hooten s luxurious home in Bel Air Missy Parker, who lives next door to Connie, agrees to watch Jaine s feisty cat Prozac Missy is the trophy wife of a former child star and cheapskate Scotty Parker and their home has no valuable that Prozac could damage Missy falls in love with Prozac, but her cheapskate husband, Scotty, makes Jaine help him with his atrocious screenplay in exchange for boarding Prozac When Scotty is murdered, Jaine becomes the prime suspect, so she starts her own investigation to clear her name This book is part of a long running series, but reads as a stand alone for new readers The book isn t complex, but for a lighthearted, fun read, nothing beats a Jaine Austen mystery I love the humor of the dialogue, Jaine s comments to herself, the situations she and Lance get into, as well as the emails Jaine received from her parents As in prior books, the emails from Jaine s mom and dad aren t related to the murder investigation, but deal with some sort of crisis usually of Jaine s dad s making I find these emails to be hilarious and don t find them to be distracting to the main case I would love to see a future book in which Jaine and Lance go visit her parents in Florida I can only imagine the havoc Lance, Prozac, Jaine, and Hank Austen could wreak if they were all in the same city In addition to a mystery Jaine is investigating, this book, like most in the series, also show Lance and Jaine looking for a prince, but ending up with toads Lance means well, but is equally adorable and annoying The help he gives Jaine in finding Mr Right usually backfires, as do his own attempts to find his soulmate Since the murder victim is such a jerk, Jaine has plenty of people to investigate, which keeps readers entertained I was surprised when the murderer was revealed even though there were some clues as to that person s identity I was shocked by a development in Jaine s personal life and am looking forward to see what happens Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge is funny from beginning to end I hated to put it down and was sorry when it ended 4.5 starsI received this book from NetGalley, through the courtesy of Kensington Books The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 04, 2018 Maxine rated it liked it review of another edition When Jaine Austen and her cat, Prozac, head off to Bel Air to house sit during the holidays with her bff, Lance, she expects a quiet holiday full of upscale shopping and helping Lance get over his latest broken heart with lots and lots of chocolate When their next door neighbour, a one time child actor and full time curmudgeon, is murdered, Jaine becomes the main suspect but there are plenty of people who despised him including both his present and ex wife Jaine decides the only way to prove h When Jaine Austen and her cat, Prozac, head off to Bel Air to house sit during the holidays with her bff, Lance, she expects a quiet holiday full of upscale shopping and helping Lance get over his latest broken heart with lots and lots of chocolate When their next door neighbour, a one time child actor and full time curmudgeon, is murdered, Jaine becomes the main suspect but there are plenty of people who despised him including both his present and ex wife Jaine decides the only way to prove her innocence is to unmask the culprit herself Unfortunately, her sleuthing skills are a bit off, what with Prozac deciding to transfer his affections elsewhere and Lance s efforts to find her a date, not to mention the emails her parents are sending her about their adventures on their holiday cruise.Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge by Laura Levine is, for the most part, a fun, fast, and humorous holiday cosy At times, it did seem to drag and the humour was sort of hit and miss for me but, overall, I did enjoy it especially her parents emails easily the funniest part of the book.Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 23, 2018 Susan Johnston rated it it was amazing review of another edition Princess Fuzzypants here I confess I adore Prozac Not the drug, of course, but the kitty She is so funny with her acerbic comments and observations Jaine would be even of a catastrophe on two legs without her In fact Jaine begins to mourn when her affections are usurped by a tall leggy blonde who may or may not have murdered the Neighborhood Scrooge, her husband He is an obnoxious child actor whose career ground to a halt with the advent of acne It did not improve his disposition eit Princess Fuzzypants here I confess I adore Prozac Not the drug, of course, but the kitty She is so funny with her acerbic comments and observations Jaine would be even of a catastrophe on two legs without her In fact Jaine begins to mourn when her affections are usurped by a tall leggy blonde who may or may not have murdered the Neighborhood Scrooge, her husband He is an obnoxious child actor whose career ground to a halt with the advent of acne It did not improve his disposition either He is a thoroughly reprehensible person so the suspects practically line up when he is murdered by being whacked with a frozen chocolate Christmas Log I kid you not.I love these books because there is so much silliness There were times when I snorted aloud at a passage Jaine does a bang up job complicating her life but with her friend and neighbour with whom she is House sitting when the action occurs it adds another layer of goofiness Then there are her parents who this time are on a cruise and the emails back and forth from Mom and then Dad explaining the most recent mishap to befall them are hilarious.I look forward to each new book and this one does not disappoint If you are a fan of the series, you will love this one If you have never read the Jaine Austen series no not 19th Century writer , you can pick up the thread anywhere and this is as good as any to get started.I give it five purrs and two paws up flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 26, 2018 Sara rated it liked it review of another edition 3.5 starsThis book is a cutesy, cozy mystery that I picked up at the library based off the cover alone I did not even read what it was about.This genre is not a favorite of mine But it s good to branch out sometimes I realized this is a part of a series of books And maybe I would have liked it better if I started with the first one As it was, it took me most of the book to appreciate Jaine s personality, her relationship with her cat, and the emails from her parents which I did not underst 3.5 starsThis book is a cutesy, cozy mystery that I picked up at the library based off the cover alone I did not even read what it was about.This genre is not a favorite of mine But it s good to branch out sometimes I realized this is a part of a series of books And maybe I would have liked it better if I started with the first one As it was, it took me most of the book to appreciate Jaine s personality, her relationship with her cat, and the emails from her parents which I did not understand the point of, until I figured out it was to show the reader where Jaine gets her quirky personality from.If you like cozy mysteries, you probably will really enjoy this It was fun, predictable, cute and silly all at the same time As for me, it was a nice break between all the fantasy, sci fi and YA novels that normally are in my hand flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 25, 2018 Ana rated it really liked it review of another edition Jaine and Lance get a job house sitting a Bel Air mansion on Christmas week When the Scrooge like neighbor gets murdered, Jaine is the prime suspect so she starts investigating in order to clear her name Was it the ex wife, who had to beg for her alimony check Or the new wife who hates his miserly ways Or the law student boarder who is in love with the wife Too many people hated his guts Meanwhile, Prozac the cat is bonding with another woman, since Jaine can t keep him at the house This Jaine and Lance get a job house sitting a Bel Air mansion on Christmas week When the Scrooge like neighbor gets murdered, Jaine is the prime suspect so she starts investigating in order to clear her name Was it the ex wife, who had to beg for her alimony check Or the new wife who hates his miserly ways Or the law student boarder who is in love with the wife Too many people hated his guts Meanwhile, Prozac the cat is bonding with another woman, since Jaine can t keep him at the house This series tends to be very funny, although I was annoyed at the Hispanic maid incorrect Spanish one of my pet peeves The ending was completely unexpected flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 31, 2018 John Damelio rated it liked it Anyone familiar with the Jaine Austen mysteries will feel like they are running into old friends in the newest entry from the Laura Levine series Jaine s neighbor Lance, her persnickety cat Prozac and Jaine s oddball couple parents are all back in this holiday themed story.The Jaine Austen series have all followed a basic format the basic plot of the story, a new love or loss of for Lance, mischief of some sort from Prozac, and e mails from her Home Shopping Network obsessed mother and always Anyone familiar with the Jaine Austen mysteries will feel like they are running into old friends in the newest entry from the Laura Levine series Jaine s neighbor Lance, her persnickety cat Prozac and Jaine s oddball couple parents are all back in this holiday themed story.The Jaine Austen series have all followed a basic format the basic plot of the story, a new love or loss of for Lance, mischief of some sort from Prozac, and e mails from her Home Shopping Network obsessed mother and always at war with the neighbors father In this installment Levine stays true to that formula As someone who has read the entire series so far, the humor can seem a little retread at times but all in all this is still one of the best cozy mystery series around flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 09, 2018 Angela Verdenius rated it it was amazing review of another edition Enjoyable and fun, with a good mystery and old friends Ah, Prozac, how I love you Gotta love that cat Jaine is her usual fun self, Lance as self absorbed but well meaning as ever, and I love the emails form Daddy0 ShopTilYouDrop always fun.What can I say but fun Looking forward to the next in the series plus reading these books always makes me hungry because Jaine likes all the tasty stuff flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 26, 2018 SuperWendy rated it liked it review of another edition I found the last book in the series so offensive I darn near quick cold turkey, but easier said than done when you ve invested yourself in a series that s now on it s 16th book This one was a vast improvement, in that only a backhanded slap against the romance genre ended up offending me The mystery was also a return to form, with plenty of viable suspects that kept me guessing to the end Much like Janet Evanovich s Stephanie Plum series which I stopped reading uh, nearly 10 books ago , the I found the last book in the series so offensive I darn near quick cold turkey, but easier said than done when you ve invested yourself in a series that s now on it s 16th book This one was a vast improvement, in that only a backhanded slap against the romance genre ended up offending me The mystery was also a return to form, with plenty of viable suspects that kept me guessing to the end Much like Janet Evanovich s Stephanie Plum series which I stopped reading uh, nearly 10 books ago , the repetitive gags are starting to wear thin for me, but I hope the author doesn t drop the intriguing development from the final chapter of this book off page at the start of the next Frankly, it could spice up the proceedings and give readers something fresh to read about other than Jaine s eating disorder seriously, she has one I m convinced she s an undiagnosed binge eater and it s not very funny and dating disasters flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. Laura Levine

      Grew up in Brooklyn, New York, back when mastodons and Edsels still roamed the earth.Education Barnard CollegeFirst job Reporter photographer at a newspaper so small, we had our photos developed in the local camera shop.Advertising claim to fame I created Count Chocula and Frankenberry cereals for General Mills gets invented, and I get a job as a sitcom writer, turning out scripts for show Grew up in Brooklyn, New York, back when mastodons and Edsels still roamed the earth.Education Barnard CollegeFirst job Reporter photographer at a newspaper so small, we had our photos developed in the local camera shop.Advertising claim to fame I created Count Chocula and Frankenberry cereals for General Mills gets invented, and I get a job as a sitcom writer, turning out scripts for shows like The Bob Newhart Show, Three s Company, Laverne Shirley, The Love Boat, The Jeffersons, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.Current and favorite incarnation Author of Jaine Austen mysteries.Marital status Wedded blissfully to business journalist Mark Lacter aka Mr Hubby , whose insightful coverage of the Los Angeles business scene can be checked daily at authors COMEDY Joe Keenan MYSTERY Agatha Christie SERIOUS STUFF Anne Tyler.Hobbies Reading, swimming, gardening, and lots of walks mainly to the refrigerator

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    1. I know most people haven t even heard of this series And many people don t like cosy mysteries But give this book a chance A long time ago I persuaded my sibling to read the first book in the series, but said sibling only gave the book 3 stars.I myself have rated certain books in this long running series 2 or 3 stars It s been a not so smooth ride Having said so, if you love whodunits, you just might love this book It has you guessing till the very end And the epilogue will surprise all f I know [...]


    2. So by most objective standards this book probably doesn t merit five stars, but I derived such extraordinary enjoyment from it that I can t rate this any lower It s a lot like most of Laura Levine s other Jaine Austen books a mix of silly, gleefully over the top humor, impressively sharp and clever wit, and a surprisingly decently plotted mystery The writing itself is excellent just so supremely readable and engaging that I literally couldn t put this down Jaine, the main character, is imm So by [...]


    3. Thanks to her neighbor Lance, freelance writer Jaine Austen is spending Christmas at a Bel Air mansion It s not all luxury, however, when Jaine gets roped into helping her temporary neighbor polish his script Scotty Parker is a former child actor best known for playing Tiny Tim in a movie version of A Christmas Carol, but now he d be a shoe in to play Scrooge, complete with penny pinching ways and fights with neighbors Someone has had enough, and Jaine finds Scotty s body on Christmas morning Th [...]


    4. A great cozy.I discovered this series when I won the first book in a drawing, and now I ve read something like twenty does pay off Jaine and her friend Lance get a gig housesitting in Bel Air All is fine and dandy until they meet their neighbor He s a former child star who hates Christmas, and is cheaper than Scrooge He drives the whole neighborhood crazy until somebody murders him Jaine is a primary suspect, and to clear her name, she pokes around asking questions while A great cozy.I discove [...]


    5. Jaine Austen is a very funny lady She is also smart, intelligent and a lover of chocolate and ice cream She is not above having those two things in the same bite.She and her best friend, Lance, have had the good fortune to be invited to house sit in a Bel Air mansion for Christmas vacation The only down side, Jaine s cat, Prozac would not be able to stay with her The house was filled with important pieces of art and no pet was allowed Fortunately, a next door neighbor would love to have Pro Jain [...]


    6. Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge by Laura Levine is the 16th book in Jaine Austen Mystery Series, and is another wonderful book Jaine Austen is a writer and part time semiprofessional private investigator who always seems to be around when a murder occurs It s Christmas time and Jaine and Lance are house sitting at a lush Bel Air mansion When Jaine finds a neighbor s body, the mystery begins Not only is this book really funny, it has a great mystery There are twists and turns around every co Deat [...]


    7. Another hilarious installment in the Jaine Austen series In this one, Jaine and her friend and neighbor Lance get the chance to house sit for one of Lance s ultra rich customers, spending the Christmas holiday seeing how the other half live Jaine soon finds out that things aren t so glamorous on the other side when their neighbor turns out to be the neighborhood scrooge and her cat, Prozac, abandons her for someone younger, prettier and richer Things escalate when the scrooge like neighbor is An [...]


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