Killing Cupid By Laura Levine

Feb 7, 2015 | 2015 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze, Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details on how to win a copy of Killing Cupid at the end of this review, along with a link to purchase the book.

The life of a freelance writer is not an easy one. Sure, there are a few regular clients, and a small amount of fame, but you can’t live forever on slogans like “In a Rush to Flush? Call Toiletmasters!” When Marvelous Marv, the Mattress King, recommends Jaine Austen for a copywriting job for Joy Amoroso, Matchmaker to the Stars, it sounds like a good deal, especially the pay.

Joy asks a lot for the money though—write a few invented bios for a few invented clients (models and actors who thought they were auditioning for a commercial), do a sixteen-page brochure on short notice, show up at the Valentine mix-and-mingle party, and by the way, fill in for an absent server. Although Jaine’s sense of right and wrong protests, she overcomes it by focusing on the $3,000 check coming her way. cupid

Jaine’s friend and neighbor, Lance, is highly impressed with the job, since he didn’t listen to Jaine’s description of it. He manages to drop by Joy’s office, impress her, dodge the ever-fluctuating fee to join, and find a date for himself, which is more than Jaine is able to do. She’s not counting the date Joy set up for her with Skip III. He is tall, blonde and seemingly wealthy, but also about 75 years old, fixated on his now-deceased cat, and Jaine’s cat, Prozac, and he’s a nut case to boot.

There are few people Joy hasn’t cheated, lied to, or otherwise given a motive. It shouldn’t be any surprise when Joy falls over dead at her own party—poisoned by a Godiva chocolate filled with cyanide. Jaine was seen coming out of Joy’s office a short time before the incident, and that makes her a prime suspect. Of course, she ran into another guest, Greg, in the hallway, so he was there too. At a party, it’s hard to say who was where and when, so it could have been a dissatisfied client (there are many), the newly-dumped boyfriend, the disgruntled employees, or Joy’s own family.

Jaine is not one of those characters who does everything perfectly. She eats what she wants, when she wants, sees no shame in wearing elastic-waisted pants, embarrasses herself on a regular basis (the Rocky and Bullwinkle scene alone is worth the price of the book), and has parents who could cause any sane person to fake their own death. Mom and Dad are in Florida, a good 3,000 miles away from Jaine, but appear via emails of the his-and-hers variety. Her Dad is kooky enough to make her Mom look almost normal—almost, but not quite.

This is the 14th book in the series. The hardcover version was released in January 2014; the e-version is now available. They don’t need to be read in order, but you’ll want to be sure to read book 15, as this book ends with the tiniest hope of romance for Jaine—and from an unlikely source. For a good mystery, full of quirky characters, plot twists and laughs, you can’t go wrong with the Jaine Austen series.

To enter to win a copy of Killing Cupid, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Cupid,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen February 14, 2015. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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Use this link to purchase a copy of the book:

Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the arch, in the land of blues, booze and shoes—St Louis, Missouri. While writing magazine articles to support her mystery book habit, she secretly polishes two mystery books of her own, hoping, someday, they will see the light of Barnes and Noble. You can also find several of Sandra’s short stories on UnTreed Reads including her new one Bananas Foster. Sandy’s latest short story “The Tater Tot Caper” is one of eleven stories in The Killer Wore Cranberry: Fourths of Mayhem. The annual Thanksgiving anthology has eleven stories and this year, includes recipes. And it’s on sale! Available in all e-versions and in print.


  1. Love the title and the premise. Hope Godiva doesn’t sue : )

  2. Book 15 … I can’t wait to read the others. It’s always great to learn of a new series!! 🙂 But yes, I will enter the contest, too!

  3. Killing Cupid sounds like a delightful fun cozy! I have added it to my list. Thank you for the contest.

  4. She writes a really good mystery! Hope I win a copy! Thanks for chance!

  5. Any book that has a Rocky and Bullwinkle scene is my kind of book. And I happen to know that this is a talented author.

  6. A cat and flowers on the cover – what could be better than a good mystery inside?

  7. I’ve always loved Laura’s book. I love the humor and the supporting characters–particularly her parents (their e-mails are hilarious!), Lance, and her cat, Prozac. Looking forward to reading this one!

  8. sounds like a great book

  9. I love Laura Levine’s writing. The Jaime Austen character is hilarious. I like Jaime’s parents too!

  10. would love to read this book……
    thank you for the giveaway!!!

  11. Love Laura Levine! She is wonderful! If you love humor in your cozy read all of her stuff. She did my favorite line in all of mysteries.

  12. I love Laura’s books, they are so much fun. The cover is adorable and I can’t wait to read this one!

  13. We have a winner
    Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher


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