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The best selling author Laura Levine is back with the indomitable sleuth Jaine Austen - and this time she's out to find who murdered a well-heeled French shop owner. The best selling author Laura Levine is back with the indomitable sleuth Jaine Austen - and this time she's out to find who murdered a well-heeled French shop owner.


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The best selling author Laura Levine is back with the indomitable sleuth Jaine Austen - and this time she's out to find who murdered a well-heeled French shop owner. The best selling author Laura Levine is back with the indomitable sleuth Jaine Austen - and this time she's out to find who murdered a well-heeled French shop owner.

30 review for Shoes To Die For

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Jaine Austen is back in all of her snarky, mystery solving glory. In this fourth book of the series, she’s gotten an advertising writing gig at a high-end department store—that has some quite interesting employees (the characters and hilarious writing make this series so much fun for me.) But when someone turns up dead, Jane has to figure out who would have had the most reason to kill them. And unfortunately, the suspect list is quite long. As always, cat Prozac steals the show and Jaine’s sassy Jaine Austen is back in all of her snarky, mystery solving glory. In this fourth book of the series, she’s gotten an advertising writing gig at a high-end department store—that has some quite interesting employees (the characters and hilarious writing make this series so much fun for me.) But when someone turns up dead, Jane has to figure out who would have had the most reason to kill them. And unfortunately, the suspect list is quite long. As always, cat Prozac steals the show and Jaine’s sassy LA lifestyle and diet denouncing inner monologue make for a quick fun read. Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amanda McGill

    Maybe the start of a new cozy series for me! I really enjoy the main character Jaine and the situations she got herself into. I did get tired of the constant I said this, wait no I didn't, I actually said this. I found that it would break up and distract me from whoever Jaine was talking to. Also a great mystery with an ending/killer that I didn't see coming at all! Maybe the start of a new cozy series for me! I really enjoy the main character Jaine and the situations she got herself into. I did get tired of the constant I said this, wait no I didn't, I actually said this. I found that it would break up and distract me from whoever Jaine was talking to. Also a great mystery with an ending/killer that I didn't see coming at all!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I keep thinking I like this series and then I select the next book and realize I don't really like the series or Jaine very much. I'm just tired of her always being out of money. I think there are other things she can do to supplement her income, but instead she stubbornly holds on to her first love, writing. Obviously, its not working out well for her. She's a flighty, yet intelligent woman. I'm not suggesting she give up her passion but become more practical and find other work instead of bemo I keep thinking I like this series and then I select the next book and realize I don't really like the series or Jaine very much. I'm just tired of her always being out of money. I think there are other things she can do to supplement her income, but instead she stubbornly holds on to her first love, writing. Obviously, its not working out well for her. She's a flighty, yet intelligent woman. I'm not suggesting she give up her passion but become more practical and find other work instead of bemoaning her poverty. Its very tiresome. I keep thinking I should swear off, but somehow I keep coming back only to be disappointed again.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    https://justadreamer24.wordpress.com/... This book was hilarious. Honestly I love the character Jaine. She is so funny. I will explain more about this in a bit but first lets talk about the actual mystery. While the book is hilarious and the characters amazing, the actual plot is really good. From reading the reviews of this book and the synopsis it’s easy to disregard this book as a good mystery. When you actually read it, it’s actually a fantastic mystery. You have Jaine investigating murder and https://justadreamer24.wordpress.com/... This book was hilarious. Honestly I love the character Jaine. She is so funny. I will explain more about this in a bit but first lets talk about the actual mystery. While the book is hilarious and the characters amazing, the actual plot is really good. From reading the reviews of this book and the synopsis it’s easy to disregard this book as a good mystery. When you actually read it, it’s actually a fantastic mystery. You have Jaine investigating murder and the messes she gets into are so ridiculous but in a good way, yet it doesn’t take away from the mystery. I was so convinced it had been this one character as the killer, and I had a secondary character that I suspected. I was so excited that the two people I thought were the killers, one actually was! Ok back to how hilarious this book is. Jaine is that typical “chick lit” romantic comedy clumsy girl who the guy always ends up falling for. Even though she is single and there’s not even a prospect for love. The dialogue from her character at one point or another we can all relate to. I would totally recommend this book to anyone who likes chick lit, romantic comedies, or a good mystery with other great components. Now I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from this book (Page 17). “How am I supposed to get into this?” I asked, waving it out the dressing room door. “It’s spandex,” Lance said. “It stretches.” Somehow I managed to squeeze myself into it. And for the first time in my life I knew what it felt like to be a sausage.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mailis Viiand

    Half the book is dedicated to the always hungry Jaine Austen scarfing down most fattening foods the author can think of, making the pattern of the comic situation a bit worn out by always having the same solution and joke...Jaine meets a hamburger she likes, decides she cant afford to gain even more weight, resolutely refuses the goods, but says the next moment that no, actually i ate the whole thing and ordered some fries too, yumyum...haha...very funny, but not that much by the fourth book, co Half the book is dedicated to the always hungry Jaine Austen scarfing down most fattening foods the author can think of, making the pattern of the comic situation a bit worn out by always having the same solution and joke...Jaine meets a hamburger she likes, decides she cant afford to gain even more weight, resolutely refuses the goods, but says the next moment that no, actually i ate the whole thing and ordered some fries too, yumyum...haha...very funny, but not that much by the fourth book, considering the same joke is displayed and least once in every chapter... Sadly i had the feeling of knowing all the characters from this book and story lines that go with them, because they were quite unoriginal...if you are a mystery lover, you are left feeling- haven't i read this book already somewhere along the line? Shortly- looking for a mindless funny read? This is it...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maureen DeLuca

    As far as cozies go - this is a pretty good series. A few laughs here and there, pop corn for the brain- what else can you ask for ??

  7. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    SHOES TO DIE FOR #4 in the Jaine Austen Series ----------------------------- (Note: This series might be considered "fluff mystery" or "mystery-light." Each book can be read separately and out of order.) Even though, as mentioned in previous reviews, the plot and jokes are somewhat recycled, I still enjoyed the book. SHOES TO DIE FOR #4 in the Jaine Austen Series ----------------------------- (Note: This series might be considered "fluff mystery" or "mystery-light." Each book can be read separately and out of order.) Even though, as mentioned in previous reviews, the plot and jokes are somewhat recycled, I still enjoyed the book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Another good book in the series, this time with Jaine getting involved in a murder at a boutique. I was happy with the identity of the victim and was surprised at who the murderer was. I like Jaine's personality and her parents are a hoot, I love their emails and hearing what misadventures of their own that they are having. Another good book in the series, this time with Jaine getting involved in a murder at a boutique. I was happy with the identity of the victim and was surprised at who the murderer was. I like Jaine's personality and her parents are a hoot, I love their emails and hearing what misadventures of their own that they are having.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea B.

    I LOVED this book but oh my gosh it made me HUNGRY! Our heroine, Jaine--Jaine Austen, hehe-- was always eating delicious food and I may have binge-ate the past two days while reading. A wonderful mystery full of intrigue and hilarious shenanigans! And food!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Roxane Erickson

    You can't go wrong with any of Laura Levine's books. She will keep you laughing & on your toes of who did it. You can't go wrong with any of Laura Levine's books. She will keep you laughing & on your toes of who did it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Frenchie (aka Giselle) is one of the worst employees one could ever have. She is stuck up and two-faced. So why would the owner of the fashion store, Passions had over her precious company to a quack like Frenchie? That is one of the questions Jaine Austen has to find out, along with who would be cruel enough to kill Frenchie by Stiletto heel. I don't know why a person would dislike this series. Laura is quickly taking over my reading list and i dont mind it at all. Jaine is so funny in the book Frenchie (aka Giselle) is one of the worst employees one could ever have. She is stuck up and two-faced. So why would the owner of the fashion store, Passions had over her precious company to a quack like Frenchie? That is one of the questions Jaine Austen has to find out, along with who would be cruel enough to kill Frenchie by Stiletto heel. I don't know why a person would dislike this series. Laura is quickly taking over my reading list and i dont mind it at all. Jaine is so funny in the book by saying she won't do something, but then doing it anyway, or saying something but then say she didn't say it, just sucking it up and being nice. Her parents are histerical too, with her dad being overly paranoid about everything and her mom threatening to divorce him, but then he somehow sweet-talks her and everything is all good. All of these books are a riot and they are guaranteed to make you laugh out loud--literally!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Not wonderful by any means. I got about a third of the way through this book and decided it wasn't worth my time. I found the main character annoying, especially the way she would do or say something and then explain what she really did or said in that situation. She may have been realistic, with her lack of intelligence, lack of willpower and ambition, and inability to use money wisely. I'm sure there are a lot of people like her. But it really didn't make me want to see her succeed and solve t Not wonderful by any means. I got about a third of the way through this book and decided it wasn't worth my time. I found the main character annoying, especially the way she would do or say something and then explain what she really did or said in that situation. She may have been realistic, with her lack of intelligence, lack of willpower and ambition, and inability to use money wisely. I'm sure there are a lot of people like her. But it really didn't make me want to see her succeed and solve the mystery. The writing is decent but the author leaves out chunks of time in an annoying way, and the repetitive references to the main character's Corolla and her frizzy hair and her cat's inattention to her, were all very grating.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Nowacky

    Of course this is fluff, but I really enjoy fluff when my brain and heart need a break! And Laura Levine is a fun writer. The Jaine Austen mystery series is an entertaining set of murder capers set in La La Land--L.A., that is. The narrator, Jaine, is a size 8 or 10, which is terribly obese in L.A., and half the novel is made up of comments on her love of food and sarcastic observations on the behavioral quirks of not only those she meets but of herself as well. Frankly, what sells me on this se Of course this is fluff, but I really enjoy fluff when my brain and heart need a break! And Laura Levine is a fun writer. The Jaine Austen mystery series is an entertaining set of murder capers set in La La Land--L.A., that is. The narrator, Jaine, is a size 8 or 10, which is terribly obese in L.A., and half the novel is made up of comments on her love of food and sarcastic observations on the behavioral quirks of not only those she meets but of herself as well. Frankly, what sells me on this series is that I hear my sister's voice in Jaine--sometimes to the point of making me wonder if she isn't secretly moonlighting as an author! This particular book focuses on the murder of a fashion sales assistant who is murdered with a stiletto heel to the jugular.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Luffy

    Anything ranging from flawed angst ridden masterpiece to slick novellas can garner 4/5 ratings. This book falls in the range of the latter. Especially considered that it's awfully short. I read it in less than a day. But it was really well written. However I was disappointed with the denouement and the subterfuge used by the writer - or rather, by the murderer. But the writing was never boring and humor and pacing were integral to the book's success. The trouble with cozies is that one can neve Anything ranging from flawed angst ridden masterpiece to slick novellas can garner 4/5 ratings. This book falls in the range of the latter. Especially considered that it's awfully short. I read it in less than a day. But it was really well written. However I was disappointed with the denouement and the subterfuge used by the writer - or rather, by the murderer. But the writing was never boring and humor and pacing were integral to the book's success. The trouble with cozies is that one can never get to grips about what makes a cozy really tick. You'll have to take my word for it that Shoes To Die for warrants sparing 7 hours of your time for reading it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Glen

    This entry in the Jaine Austen series is pretty good. Jaine is broke, and out of work. She tries to get a job writing ad copy for a hoity toity boutique. She makes some progress, when the boutique is sold to a sales girl, who is a real jerk. The new owner pays the usual penalty for being a jerk in a cozy--Death--in this case by having a spiked heel of her own shoe stabbed through her neck. A salesgirl friendly with Jaine is the primary suspect. She hires Jaine to investigate the murder, and the us This entry in the Jaine Austen series is pretty good. Jaine is broke, and out of work. She tries to get a job writing ad copy for a hoity toity boutique. She makes some progress, when the boutique is sold to a sales girl, who is a real jerk. The new owner pays the usual penalty for being a jerk in a cozy--Death--in this case by having a spiked heel of her own shoe stabbed through her neck. A salesgirl friendly with Jaine is the primary suspect. She hires Jaine to investigate the murder, and the usual hi-jinx begin. Some really funny passages, and a well constructed mystery make this one fun.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Zyra

    jaine austen books are cozy mystery books, funny & light hearted. in each of these books, the main character jaine takes investigation on side to solve the murders. jaine has funny sense of humor. things i enjoy most in her books are her conversations with her pet cat Prozac, the emails from her parents & her love for food. these books makes for relaxing reads at times with laugh out loud dialogues & scenes.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    Jaine Austin is one of the most amusing characters to come out of a mystery series. A "regular" person who would rather eat Mc Donald's or Kentucky fried Chicken instead of giving in to the world of "thin is in!" This character is written with humor but always gets the culprit, not without a little action. Ms. levine makes you want to read her books! Well done. Jaine Austin is one of the most amusing characters to come out of a mystery series. A "regular" person who would rather eat Mc Donald's or Kentucky fried Chicken instead of giving in to the world of "thin is in!" This character is written with humor but always gets the culprit, not without a little action. Ms. levine makes you want to read her books! Well done.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Livia Washburn

    This was an enjoyable popcorn read. I wasn't surprised by the killer, but I still enoyed the journey. This was an enjoyable popcorn read. I wasn't surprised by the killer, but I still enoyed the journey.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ashlea Nicol

    I absolutely love these books and can not get enough! I cant wait to read the next one!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heidi (Yup. Still here.)

    I really enjoy this series. This is the second one I listened to on audiobook and I really like the narration.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Lomax

    When Janie Austin applies to rewrite the ads for a popular clothing store, she doesn't realize she will, once again, be putting on her sleuthing hat to find a murderer. Things don't go as planned while Janie is doing her best to get the murder suspect out of trouble. Along with looking for a killer, Janie must navigate the dating waters, keep her cat, Prozac, from destroying her $3000 Prada Suit, and keeping up with her parents and their hijinks (ok just her dad) in Florida. Laura Levine brings J When Janie Austin applies to rewrite the ads for a popular clothing store, she doesn't realize she will, once again, be putting on her sleuthing hat to find a murderer. Things don't go as planned while Janie is doing her best to get the murder suspect out of trouble. Along with looking for a killer, Janie must navigate the dating waters, keep her cat, Prozac, from destroying her $3000 Prada Suit, and keeping up with her parents and their hijinks (ok just her dad) in Florida. Laura Levine brings Janie back in a laugh out loud book. While it's one of her early books, it's just as funny as her most recent.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Kovaleski

    It’s pure entertainment. Jaine is far from perfect but you gotta give her credit; she never stops trying . She should have known fashion would catch up with her one day... not by her choice of course. In her usual style, Jaine is determined to help a young girl framed for the murder of her coworker. The way she looks at it she needs a job and she believes In Becky’s innocence. As in the previous installments, the humor does not disappoint and the murderer not obvious. It’s a cozy series with spu It’s pure entertainment. Jaine is far from perfect but you gotta give her credit; she never stops trying . She should have known fashion would catch up with her one day... not by her choice of course. In her usual style, Jaine is determined to help a young girl framed for the murder of her coworker. The way she looks at it she needs a job and she believes In Becky’s innocence. As in the previous installments, the humor does not disappoint and the murderer not obvious. It’s a cozy series with spunk!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ranie Elias

    Wow, another hilarious and humorous adventure for Janie Austen. Janie is a young woman who is happily seeking love (in an unconventional manner) but at the same time trying to help her new friends solve a murder. The author did a great job in keeping the readers guessing, who the actual killer was, till it was revealed in the ending of her book. (I honestly couldn't guess who the real killer was until the last chapter of the story and it was actually shocking!). Once again, I highly recommended t Wow, another hilarious and humorous adventure for Janie Austen. Janie is a young woman who is happily seeking love (in an unconventional manner) but at the same time trying to help her new friends solve a murder. The author did a great job in keeping the readers guessing, who the actual killer was, till it was revealed in the ending of her book. (I honestly couldn't guess who the real killer was until the last chapter of the story and it was actually shocking!). Once again, I highly recommended this book and exciting look forward to reading more of Janie Austen stories! 😁

  24. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Kirsch

    Noticed original pub date is 2005 but still, so many of her references are severely out of date. And all credibility was lost when she said a stiletto heal could penetrate deep enough to kill. The heels aren't like ice picks. The elastic pants and constant references to her weight among other constant self deprecating things were off putting. Noticed original pub date is 2005 but still, so many of her references are severely out of date. And all credibility was lost when she said a stiletto heal could penetrate deep enough to kill. The heels aren't like ice picks. The elastic pants and constant references to her weight among other constant self deprecating things were off putting.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    I enjoyed reading the book but the cat licking its genitals is pretty disgusting and it seems like she writes that in almost every chapter. Not sure why that’s relevant. Otherwise, the rest of the book is pretty interesting. The books do keep my attention. I read about 2 chapters a day.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Jaine is back again, and this time she is hired to do ad copy for a trendy fashion store. Unfortunately an unpopular sales person is stabbed with her Jimmy Choo knock-offs and a fellow worker needs Jaine's help to clear her name. Funny as usual...I really like this series. Recommended. Jaine is back again, and this time she is hired to do ad copy for a trendy fashion store. Unfortunately an unpopular sales person is stabbed with her Jimmy Choo knock-offs and a fellow worker needs Jaine's help to clear her name. Funny as usual...I really like this series. Recommended.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kat Walter

    Amusing, but tiresome. Too much repetitious self-deprecation...no money, fast food, her full figure. A few funny lines ala Stephanie Plum series. It didn’t help that I figured out the who early on, but not the why. I’m also not a fan of the author’s writing style.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    I guessed the bad guy fairly early on, though it's possible I just remembered them from the last time I read this book (years ago, pre-Goodreads). Overall funny and entertaining. A solid addition to the series. I guessed the bad guy fairly early on, though it's possible I just remembered them from the last time I read this book (years ago, pre-Goodreads). Overall funny and entertaining. A solid addition to the series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    This story of Levine’s was ok. Not as good as some of her other ones. A not very nice sales lady at a fashion store is found murdered by Jaime. The very unusual murder weapon is there, but who done it. The store owner, one of the other sales people or even the victims spouse!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Judy Evenson

    Ok so this qualifies for silliest book this month. Janie, the writer/private eye figure out who killed Frankie using jimmy chop heels as the murder weapon of choice. Yeah... right....

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