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Entertaining cozy fun. Publishers Weekly Freelance writer Jaine Austen thought she knew what she was getting herself into when she landed a gig working behind the scenes at a teen beauty pageant. But between the vicious stage moms, exacting judges, and trash-talking teens, she s t sure she s the woman for the job especially when the catfights turn deadly Jaine has been hired by uber-pushy stage mom Heather Van Sant to write lyrics for her daughter Taylor s song in the talent competition for the Miss Teen Queen America pageant. It s different from anything Jaine has done before, but if thing else, she s looking forward to a free weekend in a swanky hotel and a chance to see what really goes on backstage at a beauty pageant. But the hotel is a dump, the cattiness is out of control, and Candace the perfectly-coiffed, whip-cracking pageant director is making even Jaine s life miserable. When Candace s assistant Amy is found bludgeoned to death with a silver tiara, there are more suspects than sequins on a pageant gown and Heather is first on the list. Taylor begs Jaine to help clear her mom s name, but the search for the killer hits a dead end as Jaine quickly realizes that finding the culprit is going to be trickier than walking the stage in stilettos
LAURA LEVINE is a comedy writer whose television credits include The Bob Newhart Show, Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, The Jeffersons, Three s Company, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Her work has been published in The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times. She lives in Los Angeles, and is currently working on the next Jaine Austen mystery. Readers can reach her at Jaineausten@aol.com, or her website: www.JaineAustenMysteries.com.