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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (Dec 28 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380731169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380731169
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,341,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Librarian Jacqueline Kirby, wanting a tax-deductible excuse to vacation in New York City (and to leave the small town in Nebraska where she works at a small college), poses as a romance author in order to attend a historical romance writers conference in the Big Apple. She is soon caught up in masquerades, intrigues, and deadly goings-on. This light mystery with intriguing characters is capably narrated by Liza Ross, who produces a range of credible voices for persons both male and female, several with discernible regional accents. Jacqueline's wry tone is matched by Ross's light, never-too-serious inflection, making for a very pleasant listening experience. A good addition to mystery collections and wherever the author is popular.?Melody Moxley, Rowan P.L., Salisbury, N.C.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

About the Author

Elizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Peters was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards in 1998. In 2003, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.


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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 30 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Elizabeth Peters is one of those rare authors who can mingle intelligent whodunnits with sheer lunatic hilarity. And rarely did she show this as expertly as in "Die For Love," a brilliantly twisting whodunnit that expertly lampoons romance novels and the writers who churn them out. Peters surrounds her acerbic heroine with mounds of puffy pink luvvyluv, but also tosses in a startling murder into the mix.

Jacqueline Kirby, seeking to expand her horizens and get out of a romantic rut, travels to New York for a romance writers' convention. After educating herself on sexy schlock, she encounters a bunch of colorful celebrities there -- a scathing columnist, a rabid feminist, an obsessive fan, an old classmate, the gorgeous and talented Queen of Romance Valerie Valentine, a sexy male writer, and a sinister yet hearty literary agent.

Then the columnist dies unexpectedly, and it seems that Valentine is the target. Jacqueline begins peeling away the layers of cotton-candy romance to find out what ugly secrets are important enough to kill for. Was it jealousy, hatred, or money? (Surprisingly, passion doesn't enter into it). Armed with the ugliest hat and the fattest purse in the world, she sets out to smoke out the killer.

"Die For Love" is a massive tonal shift for the too-short Jacqueline Kirby series. After two pretty serious, European-flavoured mysteries, suddenly we're in New York and immersed in hilarious romantic spoofery -- and you can tell Elizabeth Peters is having a delightful time mocking the romance genre.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 28 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After the tensely enjoyable "Seventh Sinner" and so-so "Murders of Richard III", the all-too-short Jacqueline Kirby series hit its stride: Utter, sheer lunatic funniness! (And as I write this review, the book is unavailable. Can you BELIEVE it?)
Jacqueline Kirby, seeking to expand her horizens and get out of a romantic rut, travels to New York for a romantic writers' convention. Along the plane ride, she tries out some of the most famous romantic lit (the best word is torrid) and begins her study of the overall reaction to sexy "schlock."
Upon arriving, she encounters a colorful band of stereotypes, many of whom seem to have something to hide. Dubretta the scathing anti-romance columnist. Valerie Valentine (and no, that can't be her real name) the gorgeous talented beloved Queen of Romance. The disgruntled Victor Von Damm. The frightened "Valerie Vanderbilt," who is really a nervy college teacher. Betsy the rabid feminist. Laurie the obsessive fan. Sue the demure young writer with a thing for Victor. Hattie, the sinister yet hearty literary agent who might be doing some darn underhanded things.
Jacqueline soon encounters death when one of the guests dies, though not exactly unexpectedly. She soon suspects that it was murder, and seeks to discover what secrets are important enough to kill for. Was it jealousy, hatred, or money? (Surprisingly, passion doesn't enter into it) Armed with the ugliest hat and the fattest purse in the world, she sets out to smoke out the killer...
Jacqueline is her usual irrepressible self, and her flamboyant clothing becomes even more so in this book (you'll know The Hat when you see it) along with her personality. She steps further from "conventional detective" into her unique, perkily eccentric niche.
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By A Customer on Aug. 26 1996
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Barbara Michael's (or is it Elizabeth Peters?) "Die for Love"
is so different from her other novels, either in her Barbara
Michaels byline, or under her real name, Elizabeth Peters,
that I wonder if it is meant as an apology for any skeletons
(either literal or literary) that this author might have in
her closet. As we learn of the ins and outs of the romance
publishing business, the sin of ghostwriting lurks
omnipresently in this plot. Whatever little peccadilloes
this prolific author might harbor along those lines, her
originality, her wit, and her diversity make her one of
the best, if not the best, romance novelist in America today.
After all, Egyptologists will come and go, but Barbara
Michaels' fiction is here to stay. This book is a prime
example of the writer at her best.
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Set in the midst of a conference for romance writers, this mystery features my favorite Peters character Jacqueline Kirby, a librarian from Coldwater College of undetermined age. Eager to escape the rain in Nebraska, Kirby sets off for NYC to attend the Historical Romance Writers of the World conference because she thinks she can write off the cost as business deduction on her tax return(!). Sandwiched in between the clues of the exciting mystery plot are magnificent tongue-in-cheek looks at bodice-rippers and the industry that produces them. The satirical tone and Kirby's dry wit will have you laughing your way through the novel. At then end, you too may be inspired to try your hands at writing a romance novel- after all, if Kirby can write and sell a novel while solving the murder, why can't you?
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