Death by Smoothie Book Review

Death by Smoothie Book Review

Title: Death by Smoothie
Author: Laura Levine
Published: November 29, 2022, Kensington
No. of Pages: 225
Cover Price: $26.00 Hardcover, $12.99 Kindle

Death by Smoothie is the 19th installment of Laura Levine’s bestselling series featuring Jaine Austen and her cat, Prozac. Jaine is hired to fix a script based on a previous script she had written that had gained a cult following over the years. When the boss hires Misty to play the main part, several of the cast members threaten to quit; Misty is hated by everyone and has not talent. But she does require a smoothie every day at 3:00 p.m., and one day someone spikes her smoothie with rat poison. Although no one mourns her death, Jaine follows the clues to hopefully solve the murder.

Anyone who has read the previous novels in the series will appreciate that Levine has not lost her touch, and this novel is witty and fun. Jaine is well-developed, and unlike most heroines, isn’t beautiful or charming. Prozac, her cat, is not only typical of a cat, but adds personality to the story and cat owners’ will relate. Levine, who is a TV comedy writer and author of this cozy series, is an excellent story teller and the story flows in spite of the building suspense and twists and turns in the novel. Death by Smoothie is one that is hard to put down and is full of humor.

Anyone who likes cozies, especially funny ones, should immediately pick up this well-written novel. Fans will appreciate a bit of humor in their lives, and Levine can give it to them.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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