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Murder Has Nine Lives By Laura Levine: Review/Giveaway


FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Murder Has Nine Lives, and a link to purchase it from Amazon, as well as a link to purchase it from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

Jaine Austen and her cat, Prozac, are back. Prozac has been discovered and is determined to be the next cat rock star in the advertising world. After all, the main talent needed is to eat like there’s no tomorrow and then take a nap. If anyone is qualified to do that, it’s Prozac.

Deedee is their agent. She works out of the back of a restaurant, not what you’d expect from someone who promises as much as she does. When the big day arrives, everything is going well—too well. Prozac did manage to sneak off and eat a lot of roast beef before the commercial shoot, but that didn’t dim her appetite. Now it’s lights, camera and…the Skinny Kitty food founder takes a bite to show it is human grade food and tasty to boot. Too bad he falls over dead. It seems the food—the food Prozac was supposed to eat!—was poisoned. book

Well, since Jaine had a disagreement with him moments before—he called Prozac some unflattering names—she’s a bit of a suspect. So is Deedee, the man’s wife, the assistant, the cameraman…you get the picture. No one liked him. It seems he was prone to stealing ideas from others and claiming them as his own—and making a lot of money doing it. There’s also the woman they call the Pink Panther. She has a job title, but it doesn’t mean much since she’s really his girlfriend and he parades her around, right in front of his wife.

On the home front, Jane’s dating a hot new guy who’s more than a little nuts. He’s related to her biggest account, so she’s pretty well stuck with him for the time being. After all, they just gave her the job of writing a brochure about their new hands-off potty, motion-activated flushing! A girl can’t pass up a job like that.

Jaine’s scheduled to go to Maui with her mom and dad if they can leave Florida. Dad has a crazy idea of beating the reigning Scrabble champion at their retirement home and Mom is at her wit’s end to keep him under control, especially after the incident where he was caught going through the champ’s trash—in his underwear. Of course, there was a perfectly good explanation involving a lucky hat and free Bermuda shorts.

This is book sixteen in the Jaine Austen Mystery series. The plot never gets lost in the midst of the side stories and is always full of humor. For an entertaining read, you couldn’t do better—Prozac says so. Besides if you buy the book, Jaine can afford more cat food.

To enter to win a copy of Murder Has Nine Lives, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “nine,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen July 30, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

Use this link to purchase the book & a portion goes to help support KRL & indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

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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 mystery books of her own, hoping, someday, they will see the light of Barnes and Noble and a Kindle. You can find several of Sandra’s short stories at Untreed Reads including her newest, “Arthur,” included in the anthology titled, Flash and Bang, available now. Look for Denali, in the anthology Dogs and Dragons.

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Becky Richardson July 23, 2016 at 8:55am

Would love to read this! Thanks for sharing this giveaway.


2 Della Williamson
Twitter: @DellaWilliamso6
July 23, 2016 at 10:09am

Looks like someone was a bit of a pain and got what he asked for. Good thing it was Prozac. New author/series would love to read. So hoping


3 Dianne Casey July 23, 2016 at 2:38pm

I’m really looking forward to reading this book! This is a great series, Jaine Austen is hilarious and I can’t wait to read “Murder Has Nine Lives”.
A recent post from Dianne Casey: Cat House on the Kings: UnWanted Black Cats, Pokemon Fever, Kitten Therapy, Rescues, & TNRMy Profile


4 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
July 23, 2016 at 10:51pm

I love cats and cozy mysteries plus 9 is my lucky number. Love the yellow cover since yellow is my favorite color! I would love to win this book! Thanks for offering this!!


5 Judy Weaver July 24, 2016 at 6:09am

This sounds sooo good! A must read for sure!


6 Valerie Hoynacki July 24, 2016 at 8:09am

Oh, goody!!! Another cozy with a cat(s)!!!!! Sign me up!


7 Annette Naish July 24, 2016 at 8:44am

I was fortunate enough to read this book and it is wonderful. Just as a reader can always expect from Laura Levine.


8 Ellen Byron
Twitter: @ellenbyronla
July 24, 2016 at 9:20am

Laura took one of my Improv Storytelling classes through UCLA Extension years ago. Laura, if you’re reading the comments, hello, and love your books!


9 Susan Puckett July 24, 2016 at 10:33am

Great site! Love checking out new books here! Thanks for the giveaway!! Hope I win!!


10 Beverlee Smith
Twitter: @CactuspareBev
July 24, 2016 at 12:12pm

Sounds like a very interesting story. Would love a chance to read and review it. my email is cactuspare (at)cox(dot)net


11 Brooke B.
Twitter: @xbrookeb28x
July 24, 2016 at 12:26pm

I love the cover and premise of this one. It sounds so good! Thank you for sharing.
A recent post from Brooke B.: The Stolen Twin by Michele Pariza Wacek – Blitz + #GiveawayMy Profile


12 Pam July 24, 2016 at 12:57pm

Wonderful opportunity! Thanks!


13 Mary irvine
Twitter: @maryirv
July 24, 2016 at 4:18pm

I would love to read this ty for the giveaway!!


14 Doward Wilson July 24, 2016 at 5:50pm

Great review. Thanks for the chance to win.


15 Marilyn Watson
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
July 25, 2016 at 5:32am

I love mysteries with humor and I know very little about St. Louis except for the blues part…we have a blues master here too W. C. Handy. At least he was born here…
thanks for the contest…Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com


16 Kathleen
Twitter: @Kathleen
July 25, 2016 at 7:10am

Just started reading this author. Sounds interesting. Thank-yo for the giveaway.


17 Barbara July 25, 2016 at 9:44am

Sounds good add me to those that want to read it


18 Anne July 25, 2016 at 12:32pm

I just started this last night.


19 Margaret Rushton
Twitter: @cupcake5858
July 25, 2016 at 1:26pm

I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.


20 Jeanie Dannheim
Twitter: @JeanieDannheim
July 26, 2016 at 4:41pm

Wow, I haven’t yet read any of this series but would sure love to! Any mystery with a cat named Prozac is a series with a great author!


21 SHELLEY S July 27, 2016 at 9:17am



22 Karen ranta
Twitter: @rantakaren
July 28, 2016 at 2:54pm

Love all your books. Looking forward to more adventures.


23 Carole July 28, 2016 at 3:05pm

Can’t wait to read the newest book!


24 Dianne Jimenez July 28, 2016 at 3:05pm

I get giddy whenever I see a new book is coming our from Laura Levine!! I rarely laugh out loud when I read and that has only happened to me with her books. From This Pen For Hire to Death by Tiara and I truly enjoyed each crazy problem her dad gets into and Prozac grandiose attitude. I love Jane and each books truly makes me happy. Thank you so much for this truly enjoyable series!


25 Kathleen Rogan July 28, 2016 at 3:33pm

I’d love to read this one!


26 Jane chizmar July 28, 2016 at 3:39pm

Looks like a great cozy.


27 Jean Brock July 28, 2016 at 4:00pm

I have read every book in this series! It is laugh out loud funny. I would live the win this book. Thank you!


28 Rebecca
Twitter: @lilbitbord
July 28, 2016 at 4:47pm

I love this series! I haven’t read Mine Lives yet, I look forward to reading it soon!


29 Julie Lightfoot July 28, 2016 at 5:05pm

Prozac reminds me of my friend’s cats! Absolutely love this series!


30 Vickie W. July 28, 2016 at 5:48pm

I love these books! Some how Jaine and Prozac end up in such hilarious situations and still come out alive…I laugh constantly while reading the stories and wait impatiently for the next one….


31 Sarah warden
Twitter: @Sarahwarden8
July 28, 2016 at 7:37pm

I love her books, they make me laugh out loud ! I can’t wait to read this one ! Thanks for the chance to win ! sarah.warden@outlook.com


32 Rebecca Willard July 29, 2016 at 6:44am

So glad Prozac is back! rmewillard@yahoo.com


33 marilyn kros July 29, 2016 at 7:15am

love her books, esp jaine’s father


Twitter: @Selftaughtcook2
July 29, 2016 at 11:10am

I love the idea of a cat named Prozac! Tcuevas@iccable.com


35 Krista Bell July 29, 2016 at 3:23pm

Sounds like a fun series. Can’t wait to start reading!


36 shelly July 29, 2016 at 6:10pm

Your books are a riot would love to win one


37 Mary M July 31, 2016 at 6:37am

Looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the chance to win.


38 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
August 1, 2016 at 11:17am

We have a winner!


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