By Laura Levine
Within the first novel in her wickedly witty new secret sequence, Laura Levine introduces Jaine Austen, a hip, jack-of-all trades author who spends her days penning smarmy own advertisements and bold declarations of passion--and her nights trying to find Mr. correct in Hollywood's swinging singles scene.
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When poison from a tropical plant places eight-month-old Acito, whose identify capacity "little turtle," right into a San Diego health facility, baby abuse investigator Bo Bradley is drawn into her 3rd suspenseful case (following Strawgirl). based on Andy LaMarche, a medical institution pediatrician and Bradley's made up our minds suitor, Acito's caretakers couldn't have poisoned the newborn by accident. This casts suspicion on Acito's mom, Chac, a bar singer who visited her son prior to he fell in poor health. Bo meets Chac in Tijuana and is derived to think she should not have poisoned her son, yet this turns into difficult to turn out after the girl collapses and dies on level. because the San Diego police aren't performing on Acito's case and the Mexican police officers don't care concerning the demise of one other ex-prostitute, Bo focuses her vigorous interest on Chac's pals and her American husband, who has escaped from from a Louisiana felony. Padgett expertly crafts this secret, placing her sleuth within the needful life-threatening occasions. What units her tale aside, notwithstanding, is her description of the workings of public baby safety and her convincing portrayal, from the interior, of Bo's efforts to paintings and stay with manic depression.
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Extra resources for This Pen For Hire: A Jaine Austen Mystery (Jaine Austen Mysteries) issue 1
When I asked him if sending out Antonio Banderas’s photo wasn’t just a tad dishonest, he said, ‘Of course not. ” “He took you to McDonald’s? ” “Yeah, right. ” “And remember how he said he was a doctor? He’s a doctor, all right. Of phrenology. ” She drank the last of her espresso with an angry slurp. “I’ve had it with Foto-Date.
I saw one parked outside last night. A big black one. I assumed it was his. We don’t get many BMWs on this block. ” “Look, Ms. Zimmer, I can assure you Howard is far from rich and far from spoiled. ” She thought this over and seemed to soften. Empathy from one of life’s underdogs for another. ” she offered. ” I followed her to her cramped kitchen. Her apartment was small: living room, matchbox kitchen, and what I assumed was a bedroom down the hall. The coffee smelled great. She poured it into UCLA mugs, and we sat at a pine table in her “dining nook,” a tiny alcove jammed between the living room and the front door.
A flash of pain swept over his face. “I mean, she lived in Westwood. ” “1622 Bentley. ” Five minutes later, I was on the freeway, heading over to Westwood. I wanted to talk to Stacy’s neighbor in Apartment Seven, the lady who’d heard Howard screaming. If she heard Howard, maybe she’d heard something else, something that would point me in the direction of the true killer. Wait a minute, you’re probably asking yourself. I’m a freelance writer, right? I. Warshawski? That’s just what I was asking myself that day as I headed over to Stacy’s place.