by Sandra Murphy
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This time Jaine Austen (no relation to you-know-who) has it made. She’s been hired to write for a reality show set on an island near Tahiti. With neighbor Lance to mist her Boston fern daily and the okay to bring her cat Prozac along for the ride, she’s off to a tropical paradise.
Except—with Jaine, there’s always an except—the house is not quite finished, and the crew stays in cabins with active wildlife or in Jaine’s case, on the third floor. With no air conditioning. And a giant water bug. Prozac loves it. A maid brings her fresh fish for every meal, the only fan is aimed at her, and there’s an escape route so she can go “visit” the fish in Mannie’s office.
Mannie is the producer. He smokes $50 cigars that smell of ‘eau de outhouse,’ eats steak every night, and brags about how much the network loves Some Day My Prince Will Come. The crew eats outdated airline meals. The vending machine has petrified snacks for a price, unless you know just where to hit it. Mannie’s office fridge has Eskimo pies and Dove bars. To say morale is low is an exaggeration. There is no morale left.
Dallas is one of the contestants. Her daddy is rich, and she’s gorgeous. Brianna has gorgeous red hair and is super tall and willowy. Hope is petite and cute as can be but with a wicked gleam in her eye. The bachelor is Spencer, 87th in line for the throne of England. He’s none too bright which is where Jaine comes in. She’s to write his dialogue. He also cannot remember a thing. Cue cards? Might have helped, had he not been dyslexic. It’s best to let him ad lib which means he says, “Brilliant!” at regular intervals.
Jaine has romantic problems of her own when the local King decides she’s the woman for him. What sounds like a good deal has its flaws—giant flaws!
Back home, Lance got Jaine’s car painted—taxi cab yellow. There were a number of “little accidents” during the process but no worries, Lance got a date out of it. In Florida, it’s a mini-version of Dancing with the Stars at the retirement home.
Jaine’s on a countdown until it’s time to leave the island when a murder happens. She’d stay out of it, but local authorities (one with a copy of Fingerprinting for Dummies at hand) say no one can leave until the case is solved. That changes everything!
This is the seventeenth book in the Jaine Austen Mystery series. Jaine continues to entertain, Prozac provides insight from a kitty’s point of view (it’s all about ME), and Lance…does he ever listen? (The answer is no.) It’s a good thing for Jaine’s sanity, or what’s left of it, that Mom and Dad are several states away.
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