Death of a Bachelorette by Laura Levine is the 15th book in the Jaine Austen mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, June 2018
Freelance writer Jaine Austen thought working for a knock-off reality show in the tropics would be paradise. But when she and her kitty Prozac find themselves trapped between a dimwitted leading man, catty contestants, and a cold-blooded murderer, the splashy gig becomes one deadly nightmare. . .
Jaine’s life has been a royal pain since she started penning dialogue for Some Day My Prince Will Come—a cheesy dating show that features bachelorettes competing for the heart of Spencer Dalworth VII, a very distant heir to the British throne. As if fending off golf ball-sized bugs on a sweltering island wasn’t tough enough, Jaine must test her patience against an irritable production crew and fierce contestants who will do anything to get their prince. . .
But Jaine never expected murder to enter the script. When one of the finalists dies in a freak accident, it’s clear someone wanted the woman out of the race for good—and the police won’t allow a soul off the island until they seize the culprit. Terrified of existing another day without air conditioning and eager to return home, Jaine is throwing herself into the investigation. And she better pounce on clues quickly—or there won’t be any survivors left. . .
I know that once I open up a Jaine Austen book that I will be enjoying all that is happening with Jaine in the middle of all the action, especially the capers that seems to follow her no matter where she is and in this book, she is Tahiti where the accommodation is not what she expected and the contestants and crew are strange indeed, which all adds to the humor that takes place in this engagingly entertaining mystery. In addition to solving a murder, Jaine has to contend with a suitor and of course the daily deluge of emails from her parents and Lance. This is another great book with witty repartee and a cast that is delightfully charming, especially our feline companion. I can’t wait to read the next book in this hilariously humorous series.