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Death of a Neighborhood Witch (Hardcover)
Prozac is at it again! The obstinate feline slipped out of the apartment, across the street into the yard of the dreaded neighborhood witch, Cryptessa. Then Prozac accidentally kills Cryptessa’s beloved (and moth eaten elderly) bird. Jaine, chasing her pernicious feline, plows right into trouble.
However on a bright note (besides the fact it is almost Halloween and Jaine can buy bags full of candy and claim they are for trick-or-treaters) she has a new neighbor whom she is sure is her soul mate. Unfortunately Lance (her good friend and also a neighbor) thinks the same thing. Lance who is willing to stoop to new and all time low in order to win a date and a heart…including sabotaging Jaine’s Halloween costume.
Then, due to a series of unfortunate events (and wardrobe malfunctions), the costume (sans Jaine) is used to disguise murderer during the act, landing Jane in all kinds of hot water. However Jaine is not overly panicked, she has solved her fair share of murders!
This was a seriously funny read. I love that Jaine is addicted to junk food, has a closet where moths go to die (she loves her elastic waist pants and vintage t-shirts) and a cat named Prozac. She is quirkily stubborn and has an astonishing ability to land in odd situations. These are light reads that have a wry sense of humor which I think has a broad appeal to female readers. Jaine is a character who knows who she is and embraces it (except maybe her hips). I especially enjoy the e-mails back and forth from her parents, whose accounts of the same event are vastly and hilariously different. And who are also just a bit quirky themselves!— Amber
Halloween is just around the corner, and between cauldrons of candy and a deliciously cute new neighbor, Jaine Austen is struggling to resist her sweet tooth. But this year, her once humdrum neighborhood seems to be handing out more tricks than treats...When her faithful feline Prozac unwittingly scares to death a parakeet belonging to the neighborhood's resident curmudgeon, Jaine finds herself knee-deep in toil and trouble. The cantankerous Hollywood has-been once played the part of Cryptessa Muldoon, television's fourth most famous monster mom. Now a bitter, paranoid old dame, Cryptessa spends her days making enemies with everyone on the street, and accidental bird killer Jaine is no exception. So when the ornery D-lister is murdered with her own Do Not Trespass sign on Halloween night, the neighborhood fills with relief - and possible culprits. With a killer on the loose, Jaine hardly has time to fall under the spell of her yummy new neighbor Peter. As the prime suspect, she summons her sleuthing skills to clear her name and soon discovers that everyone has a few skeletons in their closets - and the motives for murder are endless. Could it have been Cryptessa's next door neighbours, the barracuda husband and wife realtors whose landscaping Cryptessa had bulldozed? Or the seemingly sweet old lady whose beloved dog was the object of Cryptessa's wrath? Or perhaps the crotchety actress was done in by her own nephew in a desperate attempt to get his hands on her money? As the masks come off, Jaine's search for sweet justice turns up more questions than answers. And just when she thought nothing could be scarier than her run-in with a tortuous Tummy Tamer, she closes in on the killer and learns the true meaning of grave danger...