Entertaining cozy fun. Publishers Weekly"
Freelance writer Jaine Austen thought she knew what she was getting herself into when she landed a gig working behind the scenes at a teen beauty pageant. But between the vicious stage moms, exacting judges, and trash-talking teens, she s not sure she s the woman for the job especially when the catfights turn deadly "
Jaine has been hired by uber-pushy stage mom Heather Van Sant to write lyrics for her daughter Taylor s song in the talent competition for the Miss Teen Queen America pageant. It s different from anything Jaine has done before, but if nothing else, she s looking forward to a free weekend in a swanky hotel and a chance to see what really goes on backstage at a beauty pageant. But the hotel is a dump, the cattiness is out of control, and Candace the perfectly-coiffed, whip-cracking pageant director is making even Jaine s life miserable.
When Candace s assistant Amy is found bludgeoned to death with a silver tiara, there are more suspects than sequins on a pageant gown and Heather is first on the list. Taylor begs Jaine to help clear her mom s name, but the search for the killer hits a dead end as Jaine quickly realizes that finding the culprit is going to be trickier than walking the stage in stilettos "
Death by Tiara
Kensington Publishing Corporation
Jaine Austen Mysteries