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Naked Once More [Mass Market Paperback]

Barbara Mertz
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Oct. 1 1990
She may be a bestselling author, but ex-librarian Jacqueline Kirby's views on the publishing biz aren't fit to print. In fact, she's thinking of trading celebrity for serenity and a house far away from fiendish editors and demented fans when her agent whispers the only words that could ever make her stay: Naked in the Ice.

Seven years ago, this blockbuster skyrocketed Kathleen Darcy to instant fame. Now the author's heirs are looking for a writer to pen the sequel. It's an opportunity no novelist in her right mind would pass up, and there's no doubting Jacqueline's sanity...until she starts digging through the missing woman's papers--and her past. Until she gets mixed up with Kathleen's enigmatic lover. Until a series of nasty accidents convince her much too late that someone wants to bring Jacqueline's story--and her life--to a premature end.

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From Publishers Weekly

A writer penning the sequel to a murdered author's bestselling book must meet her publishing deadline while solving the mystery of her predecessor's disappearance. PW concluded that the main character "risks mortal danger to unmask the culprit with panache and mastery remarkably similar to Peters's own." Peters writes romantic suspense novels as Barbara Michaels.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"A charmerfunny, suspenseful, a provocative mystery." -- Phyllis A. Whitney

"An expertly made fun read." -- Washington Post Book World

" a great companion to spend a couple of days with...Peters knows how to knit a good yarn" -- Chicago Sun-Times

"Such marvelous'll want to read it at a gulp. But don't... Peters isn't merely magnificent. She's also sneaky." -- Charlotte MacLeod

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This is one of my fave mysteries of all time, a witty, twisting mystery that will leave you laughing, sighing, frowning, and enjoying every sharply-defined character in it.
This book is the sequel to "Die For Love," starring the incomparable Jacqueline Kirby (first seen in "Seventh Sinner") who is now a bestselling author who previously did two historical romances (which she can't stand). Now she is being approached for one of the biggest book deals in history: Write a sequel to the historical/romance/fantasy epic "Naked on the Ice"--and yes, that is the real title. The author of "Naked," the cult figure Kathleen Darcy, is supposedly dead by suicide, having vanished into the wilderness seven years back, despite being a bestselling millionaire.
Jacqueline gains the book deal, but must now deal with the rising specter of murder. She suspects strongly that Kathleen Darcy was being targeted for death via "accidents." Among her suspects are Kathleen's toad-like half-brother, St. John Darcy; Kathleen's ex-lover; the hack historical-romance writer Brunnhilde; the violent male rival; the married hunk whom "Naked"'s hero was physically based on; the deformed woman who has an almost obsessive fascination with Kathleen; and a sprinkling of other former friends, enemies, and relations...
What happened to Kathleen? Did she really commit suicide, or was she murdered? Is she alive, possibly? And what possible reason would anyone have to want her dead--money, love, revenge? Jacqueline intends to find the truth -- but what if she gets in the murderer's way?
Jacqueline is still the same effervescently vivid character as before.
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Jaqueline Kirby is a wonderful character, not as unusual as Ms. Peters' more popular sleuth Amelia Peabody (a hilarious Lady Egyptologist of the last century), but equally delightful to spend time with. The fourth Kirby book isn't as funny as the earlier "Die For Love" (set at a Romance Novel convention), but it's more absorbing and even haunting. This could be called Peter's "Gaudy Night", it accomplishes the rare feat of having an established lighthearted character show more feeling and depth than the reader expected, and doing it well.
Kirby has gone from being an outrageously outspoken librarian to an outrageous "eccentric" bestselling author, and wins the chance to write a sequel to one of the best-selling books of the decade, whose young author disappeared seven years ago. She goes to the home town of the author, intending to do research, but is naturally caught up in the mystery of the disappearance. She finds a somehow haunted town, populated with people unable to go on with their lives, to accept the loss, obsessed with her, needing more from her, living in the past. Where could a strong-willed, outspoken, brilliant amateur sleuth be needed more?
One of Peters' most moving and naturalistic books, I must have read this one ten times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jacqueline Kirby books are always a treat! April 4 2000
By D. Eden
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I didn't think this book was as good as "Die for Love," which I thought was hilarious. It lacked the humor and outrageousness of that book, but I still enjoyed the mystery and "unveiling," which came as a surprise. I LOVE JACQUELINE KIRBY! As a longtime fan of Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels, I only wish that she would write more books with this wonderful lady as her central heroine!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a book worth reading Aug. 2 1999
By A Customer
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This book was my first Elizabeth Peters book, but my 3rd by this Author (Barbara Michaels). I have also read Shattered Silk and Stitches in time. I enjoy the the Author's style of writing and will read her books again. I like books that keep your attention without shocking you or using too many of the same cliches. These are more written in a way that is very believable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent June 27 2004
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This, the fourth and thus far last installment of the Jacqueline Kirby series, reaches the greatness promised in the first stallment, but left largely unfulfilled by the second and third books. A challenging mystery, a hint of romance, and a more thoughtful, less mean-spirited Jacqueline. Too bad Ms. Peters stopped here. Enjoyable romp.
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