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Maggie Needs An Alibi Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 2003


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (June 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575668807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575668802
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.3 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,042,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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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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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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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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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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