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Die for Love: A Jacqueline Kirby Mystery | [Elizabeth Peters]

Die for Love: A Jacqueline Kirby Mystery

The annual Historical Romance Writers of the World convention in New York City is calling to Jacqueline Kirby, a Nebraska librarian who desperately desires some excitement. But all is not love and kisses at this august gathering of starry-eyed eccentrics and sentimental scribes. As far as Jacqueline is concerned, the sudden "natural" death of a gossip columnist seems anything but.
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The annual Historical Romance Writers of the World convention in New York City is calling to Jacqueline Kirby, a Nebraska librarian who desperately desires some excitement. But all is not love and kisses at this august gathering of starry-eyed eccentrics and sentimental scribes. As far as Jacqueline is concerned, the sudden "natural" death of a gossip columnist seems anything but. And when she's approached by a popular genre star who fears for her own life, the resourceful Ms. Kirby quickly goes back to work...as a sleuth.

There's a sinister scenario being penned at this purple prose congregation. And when jealousy and passion are released from the boundaries of the printed page, the result can be murder.

©1984 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1997 Blackstone Audio

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    Laura Homewood, AL, United States 07-24-09
    Laura Homewood, AL, United States 07-24-09 Member Since 2009
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    "The Perfect Package - Great book, great narration."

    "Die for Love" is a treat, with great narration supplied by Grace Conlin. Because I'm an Amelia Peabody fan, it took me a while to venture out into the other books by Elizabeth Peters, but I'm glad I did. "Die for Love" takes place at a Romance Writers' convention, and Peters taps into the high level of absurdity available in that situation. All of Peters' protagonists are gusty, self-assured women who don't hesitate to pursue whichever objective might capture their curiosity, and Jacqueline Kirby is no different. She is outrageous, outspoken, and delightful, and the cast of supporting characters are perfect foils for her pursuit of truth, justice, and a good meal (paid for by someone else).
    I'm partial to Barbara Rosenblat's narrations of Elizabeth Peters' work, but Grace Conlin does a capable job, capturing Kirby's witticisms and sarcasm. I thoroughly enjoyed the listening experience and recommend it!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Seattle, WA, United States 10-09-13
    Laura Seattle, WA, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Audible, please get the Rosenblat version"

    Elizabeth Peters is at her funny, charming best -- but the narration is terribly disappointing, especially when so many of Peter's books are read by Barbara Rosenblat!

    Audible needs to get the whole Kirby series with Barbara Rosenblat as narrator.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susie Buggs Wisconsin 09-19-09
    Susie Buggs Wisconsin 09-19-09 Member Since 2008

    Susie Buggs

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    "Sort of annoying"

    The librarian/detective lead character is so arrogant that it's very difficult to like her. She dismisses or demeans all the other characters including her boyfriend. So - the story itself was convoluted. I didn't enjoy it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 01-15-13
    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 01-15-13 Member Since 2010

    A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!

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    "Absurd, silly, and a lot of fun!"

    What happens when a lot of romance writers and wanna-be writers get together in New York? Lots of pink hearts everywhere, and a lot of cattiness. Jacqueline Kirby wants to get away from her dull librarian job in the mid-west, so uses the romance-writers convention as a tax-deductible excuse to hit the Big Apple. Along the way, she solves a murder, prevents another, and finds a new career! So absurd, you'll be laughing through the whole book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer R. Golden California 10-08-12
    Jennifer R. Golden California 10-08-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Jacqueline Kirby Returns"

    Grace under fire is the order of the day when Jacqueline Kirby returns, this time to sort out the ills and the ill-matched of a writers' conference for romantic novels. She is her same predictably unpredictable self and manages to find the solution to this mystery with a twist. Peters' characters are quirky and satisfying and Conlin's narration, a great pleasure. She captures Jacqueline's nature with purring, yet brisk tones and gives the other voices individuality. It's a romp that races through cliches without becoming one. While not quite as unique as "The Murders of Richard the III", it remains a satisfying guilty pleasure and thorough enjoyment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 07-25-09
    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 07-25-09 Member Since 2007
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    "The usual enjoyable romp!!"

    How can you go wrong with Ms. Peters writing, Grace Colin narrating, and Jacqueline Kirby as the "star"?
    I don't know if it is the first JK novel by Ms Peters but this is the start of her career as a writer of romantic novels. It is clever and has a fine mystery in the midst of the wonder that is Jacqueline and her purse!! I enjoyed it!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Pleasant Hill, MO, USA 01-20-09
    Karen Pleasant Hill, MO, USA 01-20-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Die for Lov"

    Just thought that this being the last Vickie Bliss book, it would go out with a little more excitement. I had really been looking forward to this book and was somewhat dissapointed. Still love Vickie B and her boss. He is truly a hoot.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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