Jaine Austen #5
On Sale: June 1, 2006
Featuring: Jaine Austen
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Mystery Woman Sleuth
Sometime-sleuth Jaine Austen struggles to make endsâ€”and
zippersâ€”meet while living on a freelance writerâ€™s salary
in Los Angeles. When sheâ€™s not hunting down the latest
flavor of her favorite ice cream, sheâ€™s tracking down
criminals on her own Walk of Infamy...
On the front lines of the battle of the bulge, otherwise
known as trying on bathing suits in the communal dressing
room at Loehmannâ€™s, Jaine makes a new friendâ€”a wanna-be
actress named Pamâ€”and gets a new job: sprucing up Pamâ€™s
bare-bones resume. Their feeling of connection is mutual,
so Pam invites Jaine to join The PMS Clubâ€“a womenâ€™s
support group that meets once a week over guacamole and
margaritas to commiserate about love and life.
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 memberâ€”
Marybeth, a relentlessly perky interior decoratorâ€”drops
dead over a mouthful of the green stuff after confessing
she is having an affair with Rochelleâ€™s husband. Turns out
that someone knew about Marybethâ€™s nut allergy and added a
fatal dose of peanut oil to the dip.
While Rochelle and her husband are the obvious suspects,
everyone at that nightâ€™s meeting is under suspicion,
including Jaine, putting a new job opportunity at a
conservative downtown bank in jeopardy. So, instead of
dishing dirt with The PMS Club, Jaine has to dig up dirt
on the surviving membersâ€”an alcoholic widow, a sassy sixty-
something, a too-fabulous honorary male PMS-er, and Pam.
As Jaine delves deeper, she tunes into some truly sinister
vibes, and it soon becomes clear: someone in this club
thinks getting away with murder should be a privilege of
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