Summary-Jaine’s neighbor has recently made friends with a rich trophy wife named Bunny. Jaine doesn’t think much of her until Bunny says she will get her rich husband to hire Jaine for a writing assignment. Jaine agrees to go to a party to try to rub elbows with the husband to land the job but at the party, Bunny is murdered. Jaine’s friend and neighbor comes under suspicion and she must work to clear his name.
You can’t go wrong with a Jaine Austen mystery. I have yet to read one that isn’t comical and entertaining. Death of a Trophy Wife was no exception, though it also wasn’t one of the best of the series.
Bunny and the other characters were interesting if a bit stereotypical. Lance, Jaine’s neighbor and friend, got some time for character building which was nice and much deserved as he makes frequent appearances throughout the series but usually he plays small parts. It was nice to be able to get to know him a bit better.
The side plot with Jaine’s love interest bombed on this particular book. Jaine is being more or less stalked by Vladimir, a foreigner with odd ideas about romance. This side story is really just too outlandish. If you try not to take it seriously it borders on funny but I thought it was too much and more of an eye roll than a laugh out loud kind of funny.
The mystery was actually pretty interesting until the end but I thought the resolution was a bit of a let down.
If you don’t want to take this book at all seriously it is crazy enough to be funny much of the time.
This book was good but not the best I have read in the series.