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Naked Once More (Jacqueline Kirby #4)

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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 Katle
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1989)
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I downloaded this as an audiobook when I had an subscription because...well, I don't remember why I chose it, exactly. Mystery novels are absolutely my personal guilty bookish pleasure, so it's not a stretch to imagine that someone recommended it to me and I picked it up for that reason. Regardless, I greatly enjoyed it. Plot summary: Jacqueline Kirby, loud-mouthed, brash, fearless, hilarious, best-selling romance author, needs a vacation from the publishing biz. Unfortunately, she's ...more
Nov 11, 2007 Booklogged rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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 vanishe ...more
I know I'm in a minority but, for me, there is only one Elizabeth Peters mystery series and it's not Amelia Peabody.
Jacqueline Kirby is the woman I want to be when I grow up. Former librarian turned world famous romance writer who has a quick quip for every situation. A little brash yet able to charm. Maybe without so many dead bodies though...
I read the Kirby books about ten years ago and enjoyed them immensely. When I saw this book on NetGalley, I immediately hit 'request' to see if they were
Jan 08, 2011 Cate rated it liked it
I love Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series--fun mysteries steeped in the the minutiae of archeology and Egyptian history. This is the first book of a different series, featuring former librarian turned novelist Jacqueline Kirby, and it's just not as good. The mystery is entirely reliant on the arcane feuds of authors and agents, and is set in a rather loosely sketched contemporary "small Southern town" it lacks the exoticism of location and time that Amelia Peabody books have going for them. ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Donna rated it did not like it
Did not finish.
I've read and enjoyed seven or eight of the Amelia Peabody series, but unfortunately, Peters' writing style doesn't translate well to this character.

Kirby's character is supposed to be brash, bossy, and over-the-top (because really, doesn't that describe every librarian you know?). But to me, it comes across as pompous, self-satisfied, and arrogant. Further, it feels to me more like that's the tone of the book itself more than just the main character. For instance...

I hope never
Gerald Curtis
Feb 02, 2012 Gerald Curtis rated it really liked it
This was my first reading of an Elizabeth Peters book. I detested the first part of the book, and if I had not trusted the person that suggested this author, I would not have continued. But I am glad that I did, because she weaves a delightful mystery and presents very believable characters, who are easy to care about.
Ashley Arthur
I received an advance copy of this book via NetGalley from Grand Central Publishing.

Jacqueline (don’t you dare call her Jackie) Kirby is a librarian-turned-novelist with a jaded view of the publishing industry and an insatiable sense of curiosity. She is bored with writing mediocre “potboilers” and longs for a steady paycheck. Her trusted agent Chris is retiring, and she is seriously considering finding a new job, but Chris has a parting gift for her: the opportunity to write the sequel to the i
Randee Baty
MPM is one of my take-to-a-desert-island authors whether she’s writing as Elizabeth Peters or Barbara Michaels. Her books never fail to entertain and intrigue. Naked Once More is one of the best as is evidenced by it’s winning the Agatha Award in 1989. It comes as close to pure mystery as anything she writes and it’s wildly entertaining.

Jacqueline Kirby is in her fourth outing in this book. She’s become a famous writer of romance novels which she feels are complete rubbish but pay the bills. She
Jul 30, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
At one time, I really enjoyed Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series featuring the spirited, adventurous Amelia, and as the series continued, her expanding family. The series is light and funny, an Egyptologist's cozy.

When Naked Once More was offered by NetGalley featuring Jaqueline Kirby, a former librarian turned Romance Writer, I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did! I found this novel much more textured than the Peabody series. Not simply a different sub-genre, but a novel with less
Jul 17, 2010 Kate rated it liked it
"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 noveli
May 27, 2013 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, adventure
Inadvertent romance author and former librarian Jacqueline Kirby never thought she would get the honor of writing the sequel to one of her favorite books, 'Naked in the Ice.' The author, Kathleen Darcy, disappeared seven years previously, and with her declared legally dead, the family is now seeking to capitalize on the popularity of the first book. But when Jacqueline gets to Pine Grove, she smells something rotten. What really happened to Kathleen? What are these strange notes she's getting? W ...more
Lynne Tull
Jan 04, 2013 Lynne Tull rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I said I would give the last book of the 'Jacqueline Kirby' series a chance...sometime. So in order to have closure, I went for it last night. I usually give a book 50 pages. Then, if I don't get into the book, I give myself permission to stop reading it. I gave this book only three pages. It was not any more interesting to me than the first three books. It seemed to document Ms. Peters' journey to become a well-known, well-read author in the Mystery genre. I am not a writer and not interested i ...more
Apr 08, 2016 Sonny rated it it was amazing
Clearly Elizabeth Peters was a great story teller. I've never ready anything by her that wasn't a great yarn. This particular story is about a writer, Kathleen Darcy, who disappeared and was declared dead. Another writer, Jacqueline Kirby, was chosen to write the sequel to Darcy's hit first novel. Kirby soon finds herself in a small southern town surrounded by a variety of characters who were friends and family members of Darcy.

The writing of the sequel takes a back seat to the mystery of what
Dec 24, 2009 Judy rated it it was amazing
Peters has written a great story with a character worth remembering. Jacqueline Kirby is a former librarian and writer who falls into a mystery concerning the death of another author for whom she is writing a sequel to the dead woman's best selling novel. Kirby becomes more interested and involved with the mystery of the death and fits the pieces of the puzzle together in the final pages. VERY good reading. Somewhat Agatha Christie.
May 21, 2016 Cyd rated it it was amazing
I love the J.K. series. Naked once more was a fun read with an intriguing mystery.
The Vicky Bliss books are fantastic except for the last one. (I'm not into snark)
Amelia Peabody gives me a headache. I dislike most of the characters. Too many pretentious asshats. They do have some great adventures though. Egyptology is fascinating.
Aug 19, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I've always wondered whether Jacqueline Kirby is Elizabeth Peter's alter ego.

This book is well written, funny, a little sad, very satisfying. It's very self-aware of genre conventions, but in an effective way. It's funny as a parody, but is also a functional story in it's own right. There's nothing not to like.
Sep 19, 2010 Tracy rated it really liked it
Once again, I love Elizabeth Peters. I thought this was a fun, quick read full of entertaining characters. Just when I thought I had figured out the mystery, her heroine came to the same conclusion. We were both wrong and the twists kept coming. All the clues were there, but I was so caught up in the story that I ignored the facts. Really enjoyable.
Sep 27, 2010 TheShelfTalker rated it really liked it
It's been many years since I read this one, but I still remember being enthralled by it. The big reveal at the end was a little far-fetched, sure, but it was fun! I'm a sucker for novels where the main character is a writer; throw in some mystery and I'm a happy reader.
Pamela Mclaren
Dec 09, 2016 Pamela Mclaren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking for a funny, witty, very creative mystery that hits all the right notes? Look no further than this effort by Elizabeth Peters. I don't think I have ever read a book with quite a character as ex-librarian, now bestselling author Jacqueline Kirby. With feet planted firmly on the ground and tongue in cheek, she takes on a new writing assignment and a mystery and keeps you reading until the satisfying conclusion.

Kirby takes on the challenge of writing the sequel to a book written seven years
May 23, 2017 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
While I found I wasn't a particular fan of the main character, I enjoyed this read. The landscape felt real, and Peters' writing style is crisp and evocative. Finally, a fictional writer who's really writing! The ups and downs of working on a book are detailed wonderfully. I loved the little bits from the book for which Jacqueline is writing a sequel. The mystery was entertaining and complex. A good read.
Mar 11, 2016 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.5 of 5

When I requested this book (two, almost three yeas ago!) I hadn't read many mysteries but this was among those that was going to start me down that path. I lost the book when the Kindle it was on gave up its digital ghost and only recently figured out how to find most (but not all) of my lost books. I've since read a number of mysteries and have gotten much more familiar with the genre, which I think is probably a good th
Marla Morey
Feb 16, 2017 Marla Morey rated it it was amazing
Once again I pat myself on the back for stumbling across author Elizabeth Peters (Barbara Mertz).
Still freaks me out, that the exact morning I randomly picked one of her books off the shelf at B&N bookstore, got on my phone to look her up. . . I read Died: August 8, 2013. . . realized quite strangely that she had passed away that morning. It was a weird feeling and I had to find out more.
I read more, bought her first Amelia Peabody book, went home and bought the Audible version.
I immediately
Dec 06, 2016 Jann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-fiction
When I started the book I found it rather perplexing as all the Elizabeth Peters' books I had previously read featured Amanda Peabody, the archaeologist/sleuth with villains who were the dastardly type with preposterous schemes. I kept on reading though and soon began to like the Jacqueline Kirby, the writer/sleuth but I still wasn't sure where the story was going. She has won out over 4 other writers who had hoped to be the one to write a sequel to a best seller whose author went missing over 7 ...more
Mary Chrapliwy
Oct 10, 2013 Mary Chrapliwy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-books
First, I've been an Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels/Barbara Mertz fan for years. So I'm so sad to hear that she has passed. My favorite books have been those written under the Barbara Michaels pseudonym (my favorite was Ammie, Come Home). This is one of my first books under the Elizabeth Peters pseudonym. Her books are so well written and this one is no exception.

At the beginning of this book I didn't like the main character, Jacqueline Kirby. She was pompous and called everyone "darling." If
Aug 19, 2013 Lyn rated it really liked it
Originally published in 1989, Naked Once More is a re-issue of a favorite mystery by Elizabeth Peters, a pen name for the award-winning author Barbara Michaels.

Author Jacqueline Kirby is selected to write a sequel to the blockbuster bestselling novel Naked in the Ice. The book's original author, Kathleen Darcy, has been missing for seven years. Now that she's been declared dead, her heirs want to cash in on her first and only novel.

Jacqueline finds herself in the Darcy's small hometown trying to
Sep 08, 2013 Ionia rated it liked it
I liked this book well enough, although, in my opinion one of the dangers of reissuing a book that was printed in the eighties in this day, is that much of the material may feel a bit dated. I did notice that on a few occasions with this story, although for the most part it wasn't terribly distracting.

The story didn't reach out and grab me right away, but the book is well written and it kept me turning pages at a good enough clip to say that I got enjoyment out of it. I did find a few parts of
Apr 14, 2012 Li rated it really liked it
I found this book compulsively readable, just like all my other Elizabeth Peters - there was a lot of "just one more chapter" bargaining with myself.

As Jacqueline Kirby, the protagonist, is an author, I inevitably spent some time wondering how much of the publishing industry experience described is true and how much was just loving(?) parody. Jacqueline is the sort of person you either love or hate - I think I would detest her in real life, but as a heroine in a book, she is hilarious and her se
Feb 09, 2017 Karen rated it really liked it
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Breezy and fun.
Aug 15, 2013 Ncengprf rated it really liked it
This book's plot is complicated and perhaps a little far-fetched, but it does work, and the characters and setting make Naked Once More (1989) a very good read. It is the final Jacqueline Kirby mystery, and the Jacqueline we meet here is the same character I enjoyed in the third Jacqueline Kirby book, Die for Love (1984). She resembles the Jacqueline of The Seventh Sinner (1972) and (especially) The Murders of Richard III (1974), but she has become even stronger, more resourceful,, and more unsh ...more
Jo Dervan
Aug 15, 2013 Jo Dervan rated it really liked it
Jacqueline Kirby, a former librarian who is now an author, is chosen from a pool of writers to create a sequel to a wildly popular book, Naked in the Ice. The original author, Kathleen Darcy, had disappeared several years before and was presumed dead. Jacqueline visited Pine Grove, first as a candidate to write the book and later to actually write an outline of the book that would be auctioned off to publishing houses. She met the Darcy family and became very curious about Kathleen's death. Firs ...more
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Elizabeth Peters is a pen name of Barbara Mertz. She also wrote as Barbara Michaels as well as her own name. Born and brought up in Illinois, she earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago. Mertz 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. She lived in a historic farmhouse in Frede ...more
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