Shoes to Die For (A Jaine Austen Mystery)

By Laura Levine

I am loopy approximately Laura Levine's secret sequence. Her books are so outrageously humorous. --Joanne Fluke

If outfits make the guy, then what do Jaine Austen's elastic-waist pants and T-shirts make her? a way nightmare, in accordance with her neighbor, Lance. She does not count on Lance--who works within the fashion designer shoe division at Nieman Marcus--to comprehend. . .which is how she finally ends up vacationing his favourite boutique, Passions. whereas the couture is easily now not for Jaine, the staff's gossip is. Tiny orange-haired clerk Becky begins complaining approximately her co-worker Giselle--a.k.a. "Frenchie"-- a brittle blonde who, while she's no longer making enjoyable of consumers in the back of their backs, provides extra-marital notches to her Chanel belt. although Jaine does not land a brand new glance, she does land a brand new task whilst Passions' proprietor provides her an opportunity to write down their new journal advertisements.

But while Jaine arrives the following morning to pitch her principles, she unearths Frenchie pitched over, stabbed within the neck via considered one of her personal stilettos. Now all Jaine has to do is work out who hated Frenchie the main, in a case of dying by way of clothier knock-off. . .

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You weren’t a idiot for believing her. You have been simply human. ” She regarded up at me with red-rimmed eyes. “You’re right,” she acknowledged. “Frenchie was once a negative individual. and also you understand anything? I’m joyful she’s lifeless. yet I didn’t kill her. I swear I didn’t. ” “Just for the list, do you brain my asking the place you have been the evening of the homicide? ” “No, I don’t brain. i used to be domestic that evening. glints and that i have been gazing the best way We have been. It’s considered one of our favourite videos. correct, glints? ” glints yawned. i assume she wasn’t a Robert Redford fan. “Well, I’d greater get going,” I acknowledged. “Thank you a lot on your time. ” I gave Maxine the identify of my vet and he or she walked me to the door, nonetheless maintaining glints in her fingers. “’Bye, Sparkles,” I acknowledged, giving the cat one final scratch in the back of her ears. Unwilling to enterprise onto the elevator from hell, I took the steps, my footsteps echoing loudly within the empty stairwell. I couldn’t aid brooding about if I’d simply shared Mallomars with a killer. precise, mousy little Maxine didn’t look in a position to homicide. I questioned if she even had the power to ram that shoe in Frenchie’s neck. yet it’s notable what individuals are able to in moments of pressure. examine all these tales approximately ninety-eight-pound girls lifting automobiles to rescue their kids. I observed the best way she’d mutilated Frenchie in her picture album. How may perhaps I verify she hadn’t unleashed her rage on her in genuine lifestyles, too? using domestic from Maxine’s, I had a surprising longing for roast chook. whilst i used to be a child growing to be up in Hermosa seashore, Daddy cooked us roast chook and mashed potatoes each Sunday evening. Daddy is the cook dinner in our relatives. He’s particularly particularly stable, even if he has something approximately washing greens. that is why it’s now not unusual to discover a dollop of Palmolive Liquid on your mashed potatoes. yet his chickens are delicious—crispy at the outdoors, juicy at the inside—and each on occasion i am getting a yearning for one. So i ended off at Gelson’s, glitzy grocery store to the celebrities, the place you virtually desire a cosigner to buy, and picked out an excellent rosemary lemon chook. definite, i do know that, given the country of my funds, I should’ve been buying chickens, yet i used to be hungry and that i didn’t care. I acquired within the automobile with my useful shipment and headed domestic. The aroma of roast bird stuffed the Corolla. It was once all i'll do to maintain myself from tearing into it on the first stoplight. yet I constrained myself. i used to be decided to devour dinner the civilized method, on the eating room desk, with a pitcher of chardonnay and Tony Bennett at the stereo. “Look what Mommy introduced for dinner, sweetie,” I stated to Prozac while I obtained domestic. “Yummy roast poultry. ” She sniffed appreciatively and got here hurrying to my facet. She’s very keen on me while I’ve obtained a bird in my fingers. “Don’t fear. I’ll reduce you a pleasant titanic piece. ” She meowed noisily. chicken simply, used to be what i believe she was once attempting to inform me. I placed the poultry at the counter and poured myself a pitcher of chardonnay. Then I set the desk with a placemat and fabric serviette and positioned Tony at the stereo.

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