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Maggie Needs An Alibi [Mass Market Paperback]

Kasey Michaels
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June 1 2003
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kasey Michaels offers a snappy, sexy--and completely original--new take on comic mystery with the first book in a new series. Maggie Kelly is nothing if not resilient. She bounced back after getting fired from her old job as a writer of historical romances, reinventing herself as a mystery author. She bounced back when she discovered her lover--who also happened to be her publisher--cheating on her. But something just happened that's got tough-talking, quick-thinking Maggie swooning into her super-soft sofa cushions. Something in the form of an incredibly sexy Englishman by the name of Saint Just. Tall, dark, handsome, with an accent to die for and charm to spare, he's everything she's ever dreamed of in a man. There's just one problem. He is her dream man. He's the character who's made her a bestselling author. He's not real. However, now he's actually standing in the middle of Maggie's apartment--with the adorable, bumbling sidekick she created expressly for him right by his side. But just as Maggie's getting used to her new houseguests, things start to get quite a bit more complicated--in the "homicide" sense of the word. It seems her ex-lover, Kirk Toland, has had the nerve to die right there in her living room. . .of poisoning. . .after eating a dinner Maggie made. And if that weren't weird enough, Toland's death is followed by the murder of a colleague whom everyone knows Maggie hated. So now, the mystery writer has become the murder suspect. And the only sleuth who's really on Maggie's side is the one she invented!

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Prolific historical romance writer Michaels (The Hopechest Bride) breaks into a new genre, thanks to an audacious premise with deliciously funny results. Maggie Kelly, midlist writer of historical romance, got dumped by her publisher when her sales figures didn't rise fast enough, so she reinvented herself as a mystery writer. Making use of her historical background, she created a Regency aristocrat-detective, Alexandre Blake, Viscount Saint Just, giving him an endearing, bumbling sidekick, Sterling Balder. Having quickly become a bestseller, Maggie is polishing up her latest when suddenly her two characters step out of her imagination and into her life. At first she thinks she's hallucinating, but she rapidly realizes that Saint Just and Balder really have come to life. It's one thing to write about the adventures of a gorgeous, arrogant and condescending hero; it's another entirely to have to live day to day with the man himself. When Maggie's former lover and current publisher, Kirk Toland, dies after eating a dinner Maggie prepared for him, Maggie is the chief suspect in a very nasty murder mystery for which she can't write the ending. Predictably, Saint Just insists on playing hero and trying to solve the murder, while Maggie tries to keep anyone from figuring out who (and what) he really is. Michaels handles it all with great aplomb, gaily satirizing the current state of publishing, slowly building the romantic tension between Maggie and her frustratingly real hero, and providing plenty of laughs for the reader.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The last thing historical mystery writer Maggie Kelly needs in her hectic life is an arrogant man. But when brilliant aristocratic sleuth Alexandre Blake, Viscount Saint Just, walks off the pages of her latest Regency novel and into her New York apartment, that's just what she ends up with and she has only her own imagination to blame. Although having an out-of-time gorgeous hero around is challenging, to say the least, it does come in handy when Maggie is suspected of killing her ex-boyfriend. Lively, sassy, and occasionally off-the-wall hilarious, this paranormal romance makes for great summer reading, and Michaels's many fans will be waiting. Michaels (Be My Baby Tonight) is a popular writer in a variety of romance sub-genres (including Regency).
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! I loved it! Jan. 13 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Maggie has made a successful career for herself telling the stories of the finest Regency detective since Holmes, Alexandre Saint Just and his trusty sidekick Sterling. Until now, she has not had to worry about out of control characters or writer's block. Then, one day she opens her eyes to find that Sterling and Saint Just have gone out of her head, literally. They are in her living room, bodily, and she is short a couple of cats.
If the fact that her star characters are now her roommates wasn't enough to deal with, her ex boyfriend is making a pest of himself. Though she might like to kill Kirk the Jerk, Maggie never intended to do so. She just has to convince the police of that, when he winds up dead after eating poison mushrooms she served. Maybe having Saint Just around is a good thing after all.
***** Maggie and her two "friends" will quickly win your heart. The situation is completely unique and fresh, and the humor fast paced. Maggie is easy to like, and while Alex and Sterling might get on your nerves, it's in the way that loved ones can. You love them for the irratations. I look forward to their further exploits. *****
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Maggie Needs An Alibi' Oct. 9 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I found this book to be highly enjoyable while I was reading it. Afterwards, when I look back upon it, there isn't anything spectacular about it that I could point out about the book, except that the plot is a very creative one. It's not often that one hears about fictional characters stepping out of a computer into reality, after all, only to plague their author while she tries to avoid being pinned with murder.
But while I can't exactly point out anything specific that made this book a wonderful read, I can tell you that it's full of wit and humor, the kind that anyone could enjoy. The characters of Saint Just and his loyal sidekick Balder perfectly offset each other, and the fact that Saint Just is slowly developing a little crush on Maggie is, dare I say, cute. That, and Balder's fascination with Maggie's doorman, an aspiring actor named Argyle Jackson, is just about all the romance in the book. Meaning there isn't too much--but there's enough for me, I find it refreshing.
Kirk Toland, Maggie's ex-boyfriend and editor, becomes sick at her apartment after having the dinner that she prepared. He later dies in the hospital, poisoned to death, and Maggie finds herself a main suspect. In order to take the blame off of herself and find out which one of the people in her life actually killed him, she enlists the help of Saint Just. Oh, and his faithful, funny, yet not-really-helpful partner, Balder.
I must warn you, that if you're in the mood for a very light, fast-paced read, this wouldn't be it. It starts off moderately and doesn't picks up its pace. There is no suspenseful climax either, so if you're one for a thriller that leaves you guessing at every turn of the page, you might want to put this one back on the shelf.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It Might Have Made a Good 60's Sitcom. Sept. 22 2003
By Sires
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If the whole point of this book is to show fans of Regency romances that the heroes they enjoy in their books would be dead bores in their living room, I would have to say the author succeeded. However, St. Just is also a dead bore as a fictional character come to life in a contemporary mystery.
I was rather intrigued by the premise in a 60's sitcom sort of way (think of My Favorite Martian or, better, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir) but the execution fell flat. While it doesn't surprise me that St. Just (the aristocratic Regency detective come alive) is rather two dimensional, the fact that all of the other characters are caricatures really destroyed any enjoyment I might have wrung from the situation. The gay, African-American doorman (with an impressive appendage); the hard drinking, tough talking editor with a bit of a marshmellow center; the conventional agent with shark teeth when it comes to a contract; the fan who only reads the books for their sexual content; and the self centered former boyfriend who is trying to rewoo the previous object of his affection. These are all too familiar and Casey does nothing to bring them to life.
Then smack in the middle of the book the author makes an error about a will that turns the rest of the plot and probably the plot of the book to come into a dog's dinner. There's a fact about wills and divorce that every divorced person should know but evidently Ms. Casey doesn't.
This one is not worth the effort.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Stupid and Not worth the Time or Money July 25 2003
By apoem
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I rarely write reviews that are negative. This is one time I will. I was very dissapointed in this book. The blurb on the back sounded so good. Instead this book quickly became a waste of my time.
The premise of a character coming to life (or in this case two) because the author has written them so well is interesting. The idea of a little romance between the author and the character is exciting. The potential for humor and laughter was there in the plot. However, this book just couldn't carry it through.
The main character Maggie was unbelievable, she didn't seem real and her reaction to the events in her life were unrealistic. Saint Just was pompous and over all not a very interesting person. The writing read like it was very forced and often times did not flow very smoothly. The humor never fully materialized and as another reviewer stated, what was funny in the start was old by the end of the book.
Overall, I don't see why others gave this book such high reviews. The potential was there, but the book did not live up to the potential.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to Not Put Down
Well, sadly I bought the hardcover. It seemed interestng and at first I eagerly read on. She's a wacky novelist who smokes and devours M&Ms, and then her hero comes alive. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Mouser
1.0 out of 5 stars An excercise in poor imagination and lazy writing
A disappointing book with most of the imagination in this endeavor expended not by the author but by the marketing department. Read more
Published on June 8 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Who cares who did the deed?
This book dragged...it was slow....and it was sluggish....and the best thing about it was the end. The highlight was finishing the book and reading the preview for the next book... Read more
Published on April 11 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn
The book was nothing special. The thing that amazed me was how blatantly the publishers ripped off the cover art of Bridget Jones's Diary. Read more
Published on April 5 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable
Great book, great characters, and great plot!! Maggie and Alex grind on eachothers nerves, but are a good team. Read more
Published on April 2 2004 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I have been a fan of Ms. Michaels for a long time and usually am delighted by the wit, romance and good characterization of her books. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2004 by Leslie Spencer
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't have the will the read on...
I got this at the library, reading the summary, back cover, and the first page. I thought I would give it a try, because I liked the plot; it was interesting and held my interest. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by Spazzer
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Gem!
This book (and its sequel, Maggie By the Book) do not belong hidden amongst the Harlequins and Silhouettes. The series is witty, well-written entertainment that anyone can enjoy. Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2003 by SB
5.0 out of 5 stars Soo cute and witty.
I really enjoyed this book. This was my first Kasey Michaels book, and I am now a big fan of the author. Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2003 by Tara
1.0 out of 5 stars Slow and Tedious
This book makes you slog through 124 pages of tedious "Regency" prose before the plot even starts. There is more attention paid to lame editorializing about the publishing... Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2003
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