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Title : Last Writes
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ISBN : 9780758201614
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 255 Pages
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Last Writes Reviews

  • Vicki Seldon
    2018-10-08 10:34

    My touchstone for these kinds of books is the early Stephanie Plum books which had me laughing out loud at the antics and liking the characters as well. This is my first book of this series and I may stay with it for a bit as it's a really mindless read while on the treadmill. I must say however that it was much more cliche than funny and I haven't yet developed an interest in Jaine Austen, the main character, a free-lance writer trying to break into show business as a comedy writer in LA.

  • Diane Morasco
    2018-10-21 13:55

    Laura Levine's sophomore effort proves her debut, This Pen for Hire, was not a fluke.Wisecracking, lovable, zany Jaine Austen is back in this comical mystery.Told from Jaine's perspective this whimsical book is a must for readers who like their mysteries fast paced, entertaining... OK, sidesplitting w/ an abundance of humor.Laura Levine delivers the one-liners effortlessly. This talented scribe definitely knows how to write comedy.For readers who love their television, Laura Levine gives us a glimpse inside the fickle world of the actors & the erratic writing process.Laura Levine saturates Last Writes w/ a freshness that is not always easy to pull off in the ever growing world of the mystery series.Laura Levine's writing is crisp, down~to~earth, & plain 'ole fun!!!Jaine is back w/ her campy, kooky, delightful friends ~ be prepared for plenty of laughs.Kandi, Lance & Prozac are priceless!!!All of the characters peppered in Last Writes are fascinating.I adore the uproarious e-mail exchanges between Jaine & her parents.Despite the fact that the dead body doesn't show up until almost half way into this campy read, the mystery is first~class.Laura Levine does an excellent job setting up the foundation. She doesn't drop the ball.While Last Writes is book # 2 in the Jaine Austen Mystery it stands alone just fine.

  • Nathalie S
    2018-09-25 15:55

    I love Jaine Austen's mysteries and this one did not disappoint. I was just in the mood for a fun easygoing mystery. Jaine is thrilled to get to work as a joke writer on a rather lame sitcom "Muffy 'n me" but hey, this is Hollywood and this could be her big break. Of course things don't go as planned and the fun begins. Of note, Mormons are "popular" lately and they appear in this book in the studio audience as a "sea of American Gothic lookalikes--fair-haired, gimlet eyed people who sat ramrod straight, eerily silent who are here on a break from a Bible Study Camp." It's quite obvious the author knows nothing about Mormons and/or has them confused with fundamentalist mormons. But never fear, Jaine did not disappoint. "What's more, the Mormons were wonderful! Yes those delightful people laughed at all my jokes...I guess after being holed up in Bible camp, they were ready to laugh at anything or maybe they were simply connoisseurs of comedy....they were a fabulous audience and the next time they show up at my doorstep wanting to discuss the Bible, I'm going to ask them in for coffee and danish" LOL! They are now dubbed as "my darling Mormons". Whew! we came out alright in the end. Maybe the author does need a referral so she can meet some real Mormons :D. All in all, this is a very fun break from daily life!

  • Luffy
    2018-10-11 12:41

    Well done Laura Levine for writing such a good story. It was different from the first book, 'This Pen For Hire'. And they both were excellent, and I'm glad I was stubborn enough to experiment and diversify in non culinary cozy mysteries. Now I have this series, plus another, to look forward to. The solution to this book's mystery was brilliant, as was the path the heroine chose to conduct her inquiry. The much dreaded climax failed to materialize and suddenly I found myself face to face with a perfect cozy mystery. I cannot imagine how the writer is going to outdo herself a third time. Even the title, 'Last Writes' works on different levels. Boldness and imagination coupled together makes for a great alloy and Laura Levine's got it amply.

  • Helen Power
    2018-10-19 15:53

    This is another hilarious book by Laura Levine! There are some glaring plot holes, but I didn't mind, because I was reading it for Jaine Austen’s humorous outlook on life and the embarrassing situations she gets herself into. However, I do wish that there had been a little more mystery in the plot. The murder occurred a whopping 36% into the book! Although, that did allow for Levine to properly develop the characters before the murder, and she effectively made it seem like anyone could be the killer (except for Prozac, the cat. I always knew he was innocent). All in all, this was a fun, quick read!

  • Zyra
    2018-10-06 13:39

    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.

  • Shiela
    2018-10-22 14:39

    Cozy set in in L.A of freelance writer #2 in the Jaine Austen seriesJaine’s best friend Kandi gets her a gig writing for the sitcom “Muffy n Me.” But her writing career must take the back burner again when she feels the need to investigate the murder of sleazy lead actor Quinn Kirkland, who is known for sleeping with several of the women involved in the show, including Kandi.Highly enjoyable and amusing. Better than the first, I absolutely LOVE this series.

  • SW
    2018-10-17 12:34

    Normal chit lit meets Nancy Drew mystery. Nothing special just read it to pass the time and also because I borrowed it from someone on my Kindle and I always feel guilty if I don't read those since you can only loan it out once. What does this have to do with the book? Nothing really it just wasn't that great and it was predictable. The first one I found way more funny because I think it was new to me, this was just the same book different plot, so I found it boring after awhile.

  • Kaijsa
    2018-10-12 13:44

    Definitely not as good as the first in the series, which has a heroine I can barely tolerate because she's practically Cathy from the comic strip. Ack! It surprised me that the pattern for the murder--amateur sleuth investigates, figures out who did it and convinces the police, then immediately realizes she's wrong and REALLY figures out who did it, and almost dies humiliatingly in the reveal--would be exactly the same in the second book. Lame.

  • *b*l*u*e*m*o*o*n*
    2018-10-11 09:38

    great read. really enjoy all the characters. mystery was also interesting. liked the fact that the book keeps you entertained until the end. you don't really find yourself bored at all. murderer was not a surprise. I feel that the ending was fitting for the whole story. I do enjoy the presence of romance that's usually found in most cozies. hopefully the author changes that up a bit.

  • Mishka
    2018-10-18 09:33

    Another in the series, enjoyed the quick read. Somewhat funny, character development is lacking and the plot is kind of thin...

  • Chris Meads
    2018-10-01 11:43

    I picked up this book from the school library (free)--it sounded funny and funny it was.Jaine Austin gets remarks about her name and some aren't funny. She's landed a job writing for a sitcom called Muffy 'n Me with the help of her friend. She starts to have a crush on one of the key actors but he ends up being murdered.The whole staff and actors all have a beef with the murdered man but who did the nasty deed? Between the cops and Jaine, will they find the culprit.This book is full of wit and funny situations (Jaine's parents) and will keep you laughing.

  • Plum-crazy
    2018-10-04 15:31

    A reasonably entertaining story featuring a range of quirky characters. There's plenty of one-liners & wise-cracks, especially from pen-for-hire Jaine. When heartthrob Quinn drops dead after a nibbling a poisoned doughnut, Jaine's best buddy Kandi is the prime suspect....all Jaine has to do is figure out who the real killer is. Good fun & not to be taken seriously :o)

  • Joey
    2018-10-18 17:51

    Really enjoy the characters in this book. Jaine Austen has a great sense of humor. It's nice that she's not "perfect" in the Hollywood sense. She is flawed the way most people are in one way or another but she doesn't let that stop her from carrying on with her life. Interesting plot. I'll read all of the books in the series, they are very entertaining.

  • Jenny
    2018-09-26 11:57

    I love this book and this series is awesome! Jaine Austen gives Stephanie Plum a run for her money. Excellent, laugh out loud dialogue. While I was reading this my husband keeps asking me why I'm laughing.

  • Sara
    2018-10-10 09:43

    This book is an enjoyable, light hearted read. Lots of humor interspersed into the story and I most appreciate having a heroine who can function without having a romantic interest in her life.On to the next installment.

  • Nadine
    2018-10-01 12:35

    I absolutely love this series!!! Happy Reading :)

  • Chantelle
    2018-10-14 11:50

    Fast read. Plot didn't develop until 1/3 into three book. main character interactions with others weren't believable

  • Naza Madukwe
    2018-10-02 13:56

    The fat and food gags are beginning to get tedious, I don't think I can make it through the third book in this series.

  • Patti Smith
    2018-09-24 15:49

    Great and some really funny parts.

  • Kat Walter
    2018-10-19 15:41

    Not as fun as the first. Tried too hard to be funny. Epilogue was the best part.

  • Jill
    2018-09-22 15:43

    3.5 stars

  • Trish
    2018-09-30 13:46

    I have to say, I do like the cynical heroine.

  • Krystle Kouture
    2018-09-25 12:44

    Funny! One of my favorite cozy writers.

  • Jennifer
    2018-09-28 11:40

    I gave this series one more try...I'm out. There are about ten self-deprecating fat jokes every page, and the plot is predictable.

  • Rachel Swords
    2018-09-26 14:47

    "Last Writes" is subpar as a mystery story. The mystery itself is interesting; the style it is written in is not. While I did enjoy the plot, there were several tricks the author used that I found rather annoying:1)the whole 'I wanted to say this, but I said this instead': it was mildly amusing the first time. But Ms. Levine has her heroine pull it five times in the course of one book! By the fifth time, I found myself wanting the character to actually say it, especially since she has so much spunk when talking to her best friend. 2)the heroine's issue with her weight: I've never found the whole 'I'm so fat and I need to diet, but I'll keep eating junk food' attitude to be funny. Like a previous poster mentioned, it wasn't funny when the comic strip Cathy does it, and it's really not funny here. 3)the subplot with the parents: to be fair, I didn't read the first book in the series, so I don't know if the parents were present, and that's why there are emails throughout the story. The side-story with the parents came across as stupid and unbelievable, and the only real gain from the whole thing came at the very end of the story, only for it to be dismissed in the epilogue. 4)the shameless plug for the first book in the middle of the story. Again, I didn't read the first book, but when the heroine mentions the first book in the series and how we can find it at bookstores everywhere, it just came across as tacky. Did the heroine turn her adventure into a story and that's why she knows about where it's for sale? If so, that makes sense, and you can just ignore this point. If not, it's just a little bit odd. If I want to read the first book, I can look up the title in the front pages. I don't need the main character to tell me it exists. 5)if the heroine desperately needs money, why/how can she afford to buy her cat expensive treats? I'm a cat lover and I love giving my kitties treats, but I don't buy them expensive food on a regular basis. It got tiresome to read 'I went home and gave Prozac (blank) for her dinner.' 6)the joke with the neighbor's script was kind of predictable. But that's minor. Despite all this, I did like the plot, and the characters of Quinn and Wells. I'm tempted to read the next book in the series, since it involves ghostwriting and sounded interesting in the preview, but on the other hand, I won't be too upset if I don't.

  • Gail
    2018-10-05 12:43

    Freelance writer, Jaine Austen is back, still single and still obsessed with pretending to diet. This time she lands a job writing an episode of a sitcom, Muffy 'n Me about a girl who has magical powers. Jaine dreams of riches as a staff writer while they rip her story apart, she meets the cast a crew. The handsome, flirtacious co-star is caught boffing the underaged, overendowed star on the set of the show. It comes as no particular surprise that he's murdered. When Jaine's good friend is the main suspect, Jaine is on the case. Good book, similar to the last one. Plot is rather predictable so it's the characters that make the story. Jaine has a funny, self-deprecating humor, and you end up really liking her. The subplot involves her parents emailing her about each other. In this case, her father thinks her mother is having an affair

  • Roxy Rosen
    2018-10-20 11:48

    A wonderfully funny story that (thankfully!) ignored most of the tropes of the genre - adorkable protagonist who owns her own quirky store in a small quirky town, constantly getting herself into stupid scrapes much to the chagrin of her long suffering always-a-cop boyfriend. Without giving anything away, the resolution was sad but with a sense of justice and you can really see the author's background in series television writing shine through, it reads episodically and by the end of the book, the status quo is maintained.The emails between Jaine and her parents were laugh out loud funny, and I hope her parents continue to play a large role in upcoming books, I'm really looking forward to the other books in the series!

  • Kristen
    2018-10-16 10:49

    In the 2nd installment of the Jaine Austen Mystery cozy series by Laura Levine, Last Writes, Jaine Austen returned in another caper of a mystery. This time, we found Jaine working for a sitcom in Los Angeles as a screenwriter, when everyone wants to hand her their own storyline. With her best friend Kandi, things aren't what they seemed. When one of the stars of the show was canceled, the people suspect Kandi. It was now up to Jaine to help out her best friend and found out who've done, when everyone had a reason to do him in. And the closer Jaine had gotten to the truth of who and why, she almost became clobbered by a kleig light. When she figured it out, there was a shocking twist to the ending, too.

  • Adrienne
    2018-10-12 13:45

    LAST WRITESReview------------------(Note: This series might be considered "fluff mystery" or "mystery-light." Each book can be read separately and out of order.)A light, fluffy novel that reads quickly and contains mildly-humorous moments...Detractors: This is the second novel in the series, and I am already growing weary of several of the formulaic "devices." For example, the author often has the character say something cheeky and sometimes rude, and then states (summarized), "Just kidding. I actually said, 'Sure,'" etc...In addition, I hope the author will not entirely abandon the "pen for hire" premise. The idea of someone writing personal ads and the like for other people is simply too good to divert from regularly.