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Maggie Needs An Alibi [Mass Market Paperback]

Kasey Michaels
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to Not Put Down July 12 2004
By Mouser
Format:Hardcover
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. And if things got any more interesting from that point on, a funeral would have broken out.
Saint Just is BORING and his talk is so, well, everybody else has said it and I'll say it too. CONTRIVED!
I hear rumors that a plot developes, where? I quit reading because I couldn't find a pulse in the darn thing. And now I hear there's a sequel? Dear God, nooo!
Don't even bother with it, lest of course your morbid curiosity demands it. In that case, check it out from the library or read it at the bookstore, just don't buy it. It's terrible.
I got about 150+ pages into it without hopes of a plot, and as one reviewer said the contrivence of the will is so outlandish it hurt to read it.
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By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A disappointing book with most of the imagination in this endeavor expended not by the author but by the marketing department. While the premise is interesting, Kasey Michaess could not effectively execute it. The author violates fundamental writing tenants, being so incredibly lazy that she cannot even be bothered with decent or solid descriptions, instead relying on references to movie stars and pop culture for her descriptions-a sign of either a bad writer or a lazy one. While a reader does not expect a Hemingway writing style when reading these kinds of books, a minimum standard of writing skill exhibited by the author must exist for a book to be considered an enjoyable and fun read. This author falls woefully short of that standard.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Who cares who did the deed? April 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 in the series. The first chapter of Maggie by the Book gripped me more that the entire first book so I'm giving Kasey Michaels one more chance.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn April 5 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. Do they really think people will buy one book because it looks like another, successful book? That sort of manipulation is so insulting and condescending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable April 2 2004
By Maggie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Great book, great characters, and great plot!! Maggie and Alex grind on eachothers nerves, but are a good team. Sterling is as funny as ever and I'm glad to see that Michaels's has included Sock's more throughout the book this time. Mare & Jay(ne) are great additions to the cast!
I'm still hung up on Maggie and Alex's relationship (or lack there of). I'm pulled between wanting Maggie & Alex together and wanting Maggie & Steve togther. Alex is a jerk most of the time but he makes Maggie think. He can also evoke feelings of love/hate very quickly in her, which is something Steve doesn't do.
Oh well Michael's will probably keep us geussing till the very end. I'll just have to buy the next book :-)
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Jan. 2 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. This book was simply not up to par with her previous novels. The plot sounds far more interesting than it reads. The characters are more annoying than charming and the pace is too slow for this type of book. I was not amused by the dialogue and the plot as I usually am. As noted by other reviewers, there is precious little romance in this book either. Considering that it is a hardcover and thus I paid more for it than her previous paperback releases, it was a severe disappointment. Usually an author earns their way into the hardcovers by selling lots of paperbacks and showing consistent quality and reader appeal. This novel is a step back for the author and I'd be surprised if she continues to be printed in hardcover.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't have the will the read on... Dec 29 2003
By Spazzer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. However, when I got back home and started reading it, I put it down. It didn't meet the my expectations. I was bored, didn't understand the characters (the 2nd guy wasn't even introduced...he barged in and with no background), and I thought her story within the story was bad. The humor was blunt; I didn't laugh once. Partially, I went for this too because of the humor. I write it, I read it, and I want to enjoy it.
This book disappointed me. It could have been better, but it wasn't. Don't be misleaded by the summary.
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