Die For Love Mass Market Paperback – Dec 28 2001
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From Library Journal
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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This, the third in the Jacqueline Kirby series, is an absolute comedic gem. She rips up the commercialization of the bodice-ripper genre, and obviously has a great time doing it. Read morePublished on June 27 2004
I see that all the other reviewers just loved this book. I found it disappointing. I didn't really like any of the characters. Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by Kindle Customer
This was the first book that I have read about Jacqueline Kirby. I found her to be the most extraordinary character. Read morePublished on June 5 2002 by Melodie Howard
There aren't too many books that I find laugh out loud funny but this is one of them. Written with humor and even the occasional burst of compassion, Elizabeth Peters takes on the... Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2002 by Su
This is by far, one of the funniest books written by Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels. She must have written bodice rippers at one time in her literary life to have created... Read morePublished on May 20 1999