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While trying on bathing suits in the communal dressing room at Loehmann's, freelance writer Jaine Austen makes a new friend--a wannabe actress named Pam--and gets a new job: sprucing up Pam's bare-bones resume. Their feeling of connection is mutual, so Pam invites Jaine to join The PMS Club–a women's support group that meets once a week over guacamole and margaritas. But j While trying on bathing suits in the communal dressing room at Loehmann's, freelance writer Jaine Austen makes a new friend--a wannabe actress named Pam--and gets a new job: sprucing up Pam's bare-bones resume. Their feeling of connection is mutual, so Pam invites Jaine to join The PMS Club–a women's support group that meets once a week over guacamole and margaritas. But joining the club proves to be more a curse than a blessing for Jaine. Though she is warned that Rochelle, the hostess, makes a guacamole to die for, Jaine never takes the warning literally. Until another PMS member, Marybeth, drops dead over a mouthful of the green stuff. Now instead of dishing dirt with The PMS Club, Jaine has to dig up the dirt on the surviving members. . .


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While trying on bathing suits in the communal dressing room at Loehmann's, freelance writer Jaine Austen makes a new friend--a wannabe actress named Pam--and gets a new job: sprucing up Pam's bare-bones resume. Their feeling of connection is mutual, so Pam invites Jaine to join The PMS Club–a women's support group that meets once a week over guacamole and margaritas. But j While trying on bathing suits in the communal dressing room at Loehmann's, freelance writer Jaine Austen makes a new friend--a wannabe actress named Pam--and gets a new job: sprucing up Pam's bare-bones resume. Their feeling of connection is mutual, so Pam invites Jaine to join The PMS Club–a women's support group that meets once a week over guacamole and margaritas. But joining the club proves to be more a curse than a blessing for Jaine. Though she is warned that Rochelle, the hostess, makes a guacamole to die for, Jaine never takes the warning literally. Until another PMS member, Marybeth, drops dead over a mouthful of the green stuff. Now instead of dishing dirt with The PMS Club, Jaine has to dig up the dirt on the surviving members. . .

30 review for The PMS Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Jaine Austen is back to solve another mystery. She’s hoping to land a job working for a bank (where of course the CEO expects her to share in her love of salads while all the men eat delicious steaks and fries) and her cat Prozac is on a kitty-diet, which isn’t going well. While hanging with a new group of friends, Jane witnesses a murder… and becomes a suspect. This had all of Jane’s usual snarky antics and fun interludes with her writing group. Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on Jaine Austen is back to solve another mystery. She’s hoping to land a job working for a bank (where of course the CEO expects her to share in her love of salads while all the men eat delicious steaks and fries) and her cat Prozac is on a kitty-diet, which isn’t going well. While hanging with a new group of friends, Jane witnesses a murder… and becomes a suspect. This had all of Jane’s usual snarky antics and fun interludes with her writing group. Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    The PMS Murder by Laura Levine is the 5th book in A Jaine Austen Mystery series. Freelance writer, Jaine Austen is asked to join a women's support group, the PMS club, only to see a member killed during one of their meetings. Another funny and entertaining book, especially following the antics of Jaine's parents.The only letdown was the flimsy motive for the murder. Still it was a lot of fun with plenty of laughs. The PMS Murder by Laura Levine is the 5th book in A Jaine Austen Mystery series. Freelance writer, Jaine Austen is asked to join a women's support group, the PMS club, only to see a member killed during one of their meetings. Another funny and entertaining book, especially following the antics of Jaine's parents.The only letdown was the flimsy motive for the murder. Still it was a lot of fun with plenty of laughs.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Jaine Austen (not the author, a run-of-the-mill freelance writer and in her spare time, murder detective. She always seems to be at the wrong place at the right time (if there is such a thing) and this time, she is at a party with her PMS (not menstruation) group. She just joined and found some good friends. One of them ate some nutty guacamole and the host of the party said a nasty two-word phrase right before the death of the member. Jaine can't believe her new group could be capable of murder Jaine Austen (not the author, a run-of-the-mill freelance writer and in her spare time, murder detective. She always seems to be at the wrong place at the right time (if there is such a thing) and this time, she is at a party with her PMS (not menstruation) group. She just joined and found some good friends. One of them ate some nutty guacamole and the host of the party said a nasty two-word phrase right before the death of the member. Jaine can't believe her new group could be capable of murder so she sets out on her own investigation. With the latest man-crush with her friend, trying to put Prozac on a diet, and her dad on his latest gag about a certain reverend looking like a mob boss, you will never know what to expect on the next page. Laura has some very quirky humor in this book and i found myself chuckle quite a few times. Seems every book gets better and you would think you'd get annoyed by her dad acting like a crazyhead, but really, it is all so laughable and good clean humor. I recommend all of Laura's books to anyone who likes books.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Luffy

    I'm running out of superlatives to laud Laura Levine and her books. The most useful thing I can blurt out is for you to read the latter. There are several reasons for doing so. The writing style is smart and funny. The time between the start and the murder and between the murder and the investigation is well planned. The hijinks of Prozac are well thought. The other subplot with Jaine's prospective work is eye catching and laugh out loud funny. All of these add to much and more. Jaine Austen th I'm running out of superlatives to laud Laura Levine and her books. The most useful thing I can blurt out is for you to read the latter. There are several reasons for doing so. The writing style is smart and funny. The time between the start and the murder and between the murder and the investigation is well planned. The hijinks of Prozac are well thought. The other subplot with Jaine's prospective work is eye catching and laugh out loud funny. All of these add to much and more. Jaine Austen this time snatched - or rather convicted - her murderer from the jaws of defeat - or cast iron alibi - with more purpose and less blind luck than usual. Until next time, which will be soon.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Glenn Harris

    I'm sorry I couldn't rate this higher. It's well written, somewhat amusing, with a sufficiently interesting mystery to be solved. But it's just too cute for my taste. For instance, Janine frequently tells you the really smart-alecky thing she said, then tells you she really didn't say that, and then tells you the not-very-interesting thing that she did say. This gets old very quickly. And I did say that. I'm sorry I couldn't rate this higher. It's well written, somewhat amusing, with a sufficiently interesting mystery to be solved. But it's just too cute for my taste. For instance, Janine frequently tells you the really smart-alecky thing she said, then tells you she really didn't say that, and then tells you the not-very-interesting thing that she did say. This gets old very quickly. And I did say that.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Philip

    Laura Levine has the best sense of humor and continues to make me laugh when reading her books. The mysteries are good but the characters are just that, characters. Jaine's parents are hoots and people you'd love to know. Another well done job! Laura Levine has the best sense of humor and continues to make me laugh when reading her books. The mysteries are good but the characters are just that, characters. Jaine's parents are hoots and people you'd love to know. Another well done job!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Warren

    Love Love Love this series. Quick fun read. Janine is funny and and has a sassy attitude. Prozac her cat rounds up this delightful read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl

    I really like this series and the character is hilarious but it's beginning to feel like each book is just a carbon copy of the one before it with the same jokes and everything. Just a tweak in the mystery so it's not the same exact book as the one before and that's all. The jokes were hilarious in the first book, still funny in the second, but by the 3rd, 4th, etc., they are starting to wear me down. Jaine's personal life needs to move forward in some way (and she needs to come up with some mor I really like this series and the character is hilarious but it's beginning to feel like each book is just a carbon copy of the one before it with the same jokes and everything. Just a tweak in the mystery so it's not the same exact book as the one before and that's all. The jokes were hilarious in the first book, still funny in the second, but by the 3rd, 4th, etc., they are starting to wear me down. Jaine's personal life needs to move forward in some way (and she needs to come up with some more witty jokes) to keep this series from getting stale. I will need to take a break from this series before coming back to it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I love these books. Jaine is so real and funny! The things that she gets herself into! Fun mystery that she started investigating to help clear a new friend. Loved that she had Prozac on a diet and she was then eating in the bathroom since she didn't want to eat in front of her. I love these books. Jaine is so real and funny! The things that she gets herself into! Fun mystery that she started investigating to help clear a new friend. Loved that she had Prozac on a diet and she was then eating in the bathroom since she didn't want to eat in front of her.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    The PMS Murder by Laura Levine is a fun read with a few out-loud laughs & an ending that actually surprised me (I'm not to easy to surprise). Jaine Austen-yes, the joke is there, again & again-is a free-lance writer, battling danishes with the help of her cat, Prozac (the book is full of arch jokes that sometimes work & sometimes grate). Her best friend is busy working & getting married and Jaine (who has successfully solved previous mysteries) meets a new best-friend who introduces her to the PM The PMS Murder by Laura Levine is a fun read with a few out-loud laughs & an ending that actually surprised me (I'm not to easy to surprise). Jaine Austen-yes, the joke is there, again & again-is a free-lance writer, battling danishes with the help of her cat, Prozac (the book is full of arch jokes that sometimes work & sometimes grate). Her best friend is busy working & getting married and Jaine (who has successfully solved previous mysteries) meets a new best-friend who introduces her to the PMS Club: a group of apparently wealthy women who are supposedly friends. Jaine only makes it to one meeting, at which she has a great time until one of the guests keels over. Dead, of course, or where would the story go? Despite the sometimes heavy-handed humor, I liked Jaine (and her diet-resistant cat) and found myself rooting for her, laughing almost despite myself and pleasantly intrigued by the plot twists and turns. All in all, a very enjoyable read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    I really liked this mystery. The writing seems to just draw you into everything and the characters and situations all feel very real. Weirdly enough I had read the first Jaine Austen mystery and now this one (number 5 in the series) and I have the last one written on my list to read. I did have one small problem and that was the book cover. When you read the book she is always either eating or talking about her weight and how she needs to lose some but on the cover the girl pictured is very skin I really liked this mystery. The writing seems to just draw you into everything and the characters and situations all feel very real. Weirdly enough I had read the first Jaine Austen mystery and now this one (number 5 in the series) and I have the last one written on my list to read. I did have one small problem and that was the book cover. When you read the book she is always either eating or talking about her weight and how she needs to lose some but on the cover the girl pictured is very skinny and you can really tell that it is not at all what Jaine looks like. Fudging is fine but this is downright wrong IMO. Anyway, I liked how Jaine got facts from the different characters and they all seemed to have motive. It kept you trying to figure out who did it. I didn't know at all until Jaine herself figured it out which was at the very last moment.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Though I'd grown a tad tired of the Jaine Austen formula, this one pleasantly surprised me. I wish that the "branching out and making new friends" plotline had extended; it would have made things more interesting for future reads, as it brought fresh new faces. I have to say, I'm tired out by the running gag of Prozac, the cat, "cleaning her genitals." Cats do clean other parts of their bodies, y'know. Anyway, I fully expected to be bored, but this one did seem a slight variation on the formula. Though I'd grown a tad tired of the Jaine Austen formula, this one pleasantly surprised me. I wish that the "branching out and making new friends" plotline had extended; it would have made things more interesting for future reads, as it brought fresh new faces. I have to say, I'm tired out by the running gag of Prozac, the cat, "cleaning her genitals." Cats do clean other parts of their bodies, y'know. Anyway, I fully expected to be bored, but this one did seem a slight variation on the formula. Thus, I ended up enjoying it quite a bit; it's probably now one of my favorites in the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    When Jaine Austen meets another woman in the changing room at Bargain Barn she thinks she has found a kindred soul. Pam is someone who shares Jaine’s love of high calorie food, a few drinks, and doesn’t look like a super model in appearance conscious LA. Even better, Pam introduces Jaine to the PMS Club whose members are a fun group of women and one gay man. But with the murder of one member the group begins to fall apart. In trying to solve the crime, Jaine discovers that everyone had a reason When Jaine Austen meets another woman in the changing room at Bargain Barn she thinks she has found a kindred soul. Pam is someone who shares Jaine’s love of high calorie food, a few drinks, and doesn’t look like a super model in appearance conscious LA. Even better, Pam introduces Jaine to the PMS Club whose members are a fun group of women and one gay man. But with the murder of one member the group begins to fall apart. In trying to solve the crime, Jaine discovers that everyone had a reason to commit murder. This is a fun, light mystery. 5th in the series. If you haven’t started the series yet try the first one, This Pen for Hire.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Liana

    Unfortunately there seems to be no character development in this series at all. The protagonist's "comic misadventures" are the exact same in every book. The mysteries are the same, the ending the same. No change. No creativity. Sadly, the author has read many Stephanie Plum adventures and simply created a very poor imitation due to the fact that her writing talent is VASTLY inferior to that of Janet Evanovich. Unfortunately there seems to be no character development in this series at all. The protagonist's "comic misadventures" are the exact same in every book. The mysteries are the same, the ending the same. No change. No creativity. Sadly, the author has read many Stephanie Plum adventures and simply created a very poor imitation due to the fact that her writing talent is VASTLY inferior to that of Janet Evanovich.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pinto Neo

    I have read books 1 - 5. While I LOL a couple of times, I was disappointed with this book. Firstly, the moment the alibi was 'locked in', the murderer's identity was very clear. Secondly and more importantly, Jaine is still the same in book 5 as she was when I first met her in book 1. No development at all. I will read book 6 and if she is still the same, than that's it for me. No more Jaine Austen. I have read books 1 - 5. While I LOL a couple of times, I was disappointed with this book. Firstly, the moment the alibi was 'locked in', the murderer's identity was very clear. Secondly and more importantly, Jaine is still the same in book 5 as she was when I first met her in book 1. No development at all. I will read book 6 and if she is still the same, than that's it for me. No more Jaine Austen.

  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

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    This book is a cozy murder mystery that was rather a let-down for me. The Author used humor and well, however, it grew old as the story progressed. I became tired of the food addiction and self-deprecating humor as a constant. I was not amused. As for the murder, it was predictable and so was the culprit. I have a couple more of the series yet to read, but, am sort of reluctant to begin them.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Jaine joins a women's support group called the PMS Club. However, at the first club meeting, one member dies from her peanut allergy. Which is Jaine's new friends is a killer? Another fast and funny read. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers. Jaine joins a women's support group called the PMS Club. However, at the first club meeting, one member dies from her peanut allergy. Which is Jaine's new friends is a killer? Another fast and funny read. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Pugh

    Another great Jaine Austen book by Laura Levine. She helps you build a relationship with Jaine. You feel her pain, joys, and she makes you laugh. And sometimes you want to strangle that darn cat, Prozac! Lol. The author also knows how to reel you in to the point you don't want to put this book down! She makes you feel like your on this investigation too! Love this series!! Another great Jaine Austen book by Laura Levine. She helps you build a relationship with Jaine. You feel her pain, joys, and she makes you laugh. And sometimes you want to strangle that darn cat, Prozac! Lol. The author also knows how to reel you in to the point you don't want to put this book down! She makes you feel like your on this investigation too! Love this series!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Glen

    Really, I'd put it at 2.5 stars. Jaine Austen gets embroiled in another mystery, this time a member of her woman's support club. She acts dizzier than usual, and this one seems more than a bit padded. It also seems amazing to me that there are cops who don't know who she is. Not really fair play, and enough with the cat licking its privates, already. Really, I'd put it at 2.5 stars. Jaine Austen gets embroiled in another mystery, this time a member of her woman's support club. She acts dizzier than usual, and this one seems more than a bit padded. It also seems amazing to me that there are cops who don't know who she is. Not really fair play, and enough with the cat licking its privates, already.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Gee

    This is the first book I read in the series. I picked it up based entirely on the title. It was a great marketing tool as I fell in love with this book and the entire series. I think the concept is every woman's secret dream. This is the first book I read in the series. I picked it up based entirely on the title. It was a great marketing tool as I fell in love with this book and the entire series. I think the concept is every woman's secret dream.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Nowacky

    Again, a fun, fluffy novel from Laura Levine, this time focusing on a murder via peanut oil in a guacamole dip. Jaine's relationships with her cat, her finances, and food had me chuckling throughout. A cute, fun read by the pool. Again, a fun, fluffy novel from Laura Levine, this time focusing on a murder via peanut oil in a guacamole dip. Jaine's relationships with her cat, her finances, and food had me chuckling throughout. A cute, fun read by the pool.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Jaine Austen is invited to join a group of women who call themselves the PMS Club, not because they all have PMS but because everyone has troubles, right? But when the snarkiest of the group members is killed, their perpetual hostess is the main suspect. Writer Jaine doesn't think the police are looking at the right person; besides, her new free-lance job is dependent on her not being a murder suspect. Both good reasons for her to investigate, yes? Trying to keep her cat Prozac on a diet, deal w Jaine Austen is invited to join a group of women who call themselves the PMS Club, not because they all have PMS but because everyone has troubles, right? But when the snarkiest of the group members is killed, their perpetual hostess is the main suspect. Writer Jaine doesn't think the police are looking at the right person; besides, her new free-lance job is dependent on her not being a murder suspect. Both good reasons for her to investigate, yes? Trying to keep her cat Prozac on a diet, deal with her eccentric e-mailing parents in Florida, and figure out a way to stop humiliating herself in front of her good-looking putative boss should be enough to keep Jaine occupied, but she has to find a murderer too.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nur

    This is the only Jaine Austen book I've read and I am sure it will be the last. First of all, I can guarantee you that all these books will feel exactly the same--the writing screams mass produced novel for women. Also, it's clear to me that the author HATES fat women. I can't believe none of the other reviews mentioned this? Jaine's entire internal monologue is "but let me get some fast food first" or "wow clothes don't fit me" which is not cute or endearing at all. I give the book two stars be This is the only Jaine Austen book I've read and I am sure it will be the last. First of all, I can guarantee you that all these books will feel exactly the same--the writing screams mass produced novel for women. Also, it's clear to me that the author HATES fat women. I can't believe none of the other reviews mentioned this? Jaine's entire internal monologue is "but let me get some fast food first" or "wow clothes don't fit me" which is not cute or endearing at all. I give the book two stars because there were some mildly funny moments and I definitely didn't see the ending coming, but I will not be recommending this book to anyone. Sorry, Kaitlyn. I guess I'll try Amish romances next...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sues

    AFTER READING SEVERAL JAINE AUSTEN MYSTERIES I'VE COME TO REALIZE THAT THE CHARACTERS AND DIALOGUE ARE MOSTLY THE SAME - JUST THE SETTING AND ABOUT 80% OF THE PLOT ARE DIFFERENT . . . . CONSEQUENTLY - GETTING A LITTLE BORED AFTER 4 BOOKS - ALSO, THE SHAMELESS PLUGS IN THE MIDDLE OF A STORY FOR HER OTHER BOOKS ARE, WELL, A LITTLE ANNOYING - THAT SAID, IF THIS IS THE FIRST OR SECOND JAINE AUSTEN MYSTERY YOU READ, YOU WILL LIKE IT - IT HAS SOME LOL MOMENTS AND ENDEARING CHARACTERS . . . . WORTH A T AFTER READING SEVERAL JAINE AUSTEN MYSTERIES I'VE COME TO REALIZE THAT THE CHARACTERS AND DIALOGUE ARE MOSTLY THE SAME - JUST THE SETTING AND ABOUT 80% OF THE PLOT ARE DIFFERENT . . . . CONSEQUENTLY - GETTING A LITTLE BORED AFTER 4 BOOKS - ALSO, THE SHAMELESS PLUGS IN THE MIDDLE OF A STORY FOR HER OTHER BOOKS ARE, WELL, A LITTLE ANNOYING - THAT SAID, IF THIS IS THE FIRST OR SECOND JAINE AUSTEN MYSTERY YOU READ, YOU WILL LIKE IT - IT HAS SOME LOL MOMENTS AND ENDEARING CHARACTERS . . . . WORTH A TRY FOR FIRST TIME READERS.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ranie Elias

    It's always a pleasure to read a Jaine Austen's mystery. Laura Levine is quite a fascinating writer. Her books are humorous, relaxing, and laugh-out loud funny. Janie, our main character in this series, often get herself in hilarious scenario that can get dangerous, and somehow, manages to get a crazy killer, unexpectedly. As always, I highly recommend this book and I'm looking forward to the next book in this series. Thank you, Ms. Levine, for writing these excellent books! 😅 😂😏 It's always a pleasure to read a Jaine Austen's mystery. Laura Levine is quite a fascinating writer. Her books are humorous, relaxing, and laugh-out loud funny. Janie, our main character in this series, often get herself in hilarious scenario that can get dangerous, and somehow, manages to get a crazy killer, unexpectedly. As always, I highly recommend this book and I'm looking forward to the next book in this series. Thank you, Ms. Levine, for writing these excellent books! 😅 😂😏

  27. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    I thought the book was good but the cat licking its genitals every chapter was disgusting. Why does the author say that so much? I can see maybe one time but every chapter it seems? Just gross. I’m getting ready to read Death by Pantyhose and I hope Laura Levine doesn’t do that throughout this book. It really is gross.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2.75 stars. I do enjoy these books but the formula is always the same and I figure out the bad guy before I'm even halfway through. It's always the nice new friend/sexy guy/friendly co-worker who befriends Jaine in the beginning chapters who is the killer. The comedy is pleasant though which is why I keep reading them. Prozac and Jaine are quite a formidable pair. 2.75 stars. I do enjoy these books but the formula is always the same and I figure out the bad guy before I'm even halfway through. It's always the nice new friend/sexy guy/friendly co-worker who befriends Jaine in the beginning chapters who is the killer. The comedy is pleasant though which is why I keep reading them. Prozac and Jaine are quite a formidable pair.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nadine

    This was really funny ....too bad I figured it out at the beginning....but not the "why". Who cares ....a great series!!! I love jaine and all the hilarious things that happen to her!!! Happy Reading:) This was really funny ....too bad I figured it out at the beginning....but not the "why". Who cares ....a great series!!! I love jaine and all the hilarious things that happen to her!!! Happy Reading:)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    A wealthy socialite who is part of club that Jaine has just started attending ends up dead and once again there are many suspects...but sometimes the person you least suspect is the one who ends up to be the murderer. Hilarious as usual. Recommended.

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