Friday, August 10, 2012

Death Of A Neighborhood Witch by Laura Levine

There are two main storylines in this book. The most important one involves the murder. The second one is all about Jaine and her neighbor Lance's competition to win the new attractive neighbor, Peter. This book was very funny, as is always the case with this series. The victim in this book is an old actress who played a part similar to "Morticia Addams". The show only lasted one season, and she was a nasty old lady in the neighborhood - many suspects. Jaine first comes across her while chasing her cat Prozac. Prozac winds up at the window of Cryptessa's house. Cryptessa then blames Jaine's cat for startling her bird Van Helsing causing it to die. This is typical of the kinds of interactions Cryptessa has with her neighbors. She gets stabbed while a costume party is going on by somebody wearing an ape suit - framing Jaine, since that was originally the costume she had on earlier. Jaine soon discovers loads of possible suspects in the neighborhood including a local politician, Ken and Barbie real estate agents, a young college student with racy secrets, and eccentric homebodies. Also - scattered throughout the book are amusing emails from Jaine's parents. I enjoyed hearing about her goofy father and his lawn decoration conspiracy. I loved Jaine and her humorous escapades but wish she would catch a break now and then and find some love. I also think her next door neighbor Lance is too obnoxious. Look forward to the next one in the series.

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