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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
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
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
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
Jul 30, 2013 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
"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
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
Lynne Tull
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
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
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
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.
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.
Gerald Curtis
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.
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.
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.
Mary Chrapliwy
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
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
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
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
Jacqueline Kirby is selected to write a sequel to a book by a successful author who vanished 7 years earlier and has recently been declared dead. The author, Kathleen Darcy, is presumed to have committed suicide. While settling in to write the book, Jacqueline becomes acquainted with the author's family and associates, and begins to suspect that Kathleen Darcy has not committed suicide. A series of accidents and suspicious events and finally a murder, lead Jacqueline to draw on her detective ski ...more
It has been several years since I last read this wonderful murder mystery and even though I knew the killer, it lost none of its charm. Although many people prefer the late Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody (I too love her), there is just something about Jacqueline (Jake) Kirby I find appealing. Perhaps it is because she is a former academic librarian turned romance writer/detective (rather than a nosy broad) or perhaps it is because of her wicked sense of humor! I love all the books and this one ...more
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
Gary Pegoda
THe blurb is nothing like what the book is really about. A glamorous, self-confident writer of two books, neither of which she feels was great literature even though they sold well, gets into a murder mystery in a small town. It's nice, a kind of "cozy" mystery. Memorable, readable, with some great moments. I love her Egyptian mysteries so much better, but this one is fun
, too.
Jo Dervan
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
Livia Komosa
Ok.....not awesome.....I guess the reason I am not raving is that Jacqueline Kirby didn't do it for me. The story was ok... I found myself getting to the end and not caring what happened to any of the characters and I was happy it was over.
Jacqueline Kirby has become a best-selling author and she hopes to write a sequel to a missing author's big hit. This is very funny, although not as entertaining as Die for Love.

I am trying to decide if the reason I like JK least of Elizabeth Peters's series heroines is that Jake is so self-assured as to be annoying to me (I suspect anyone who is so sure of herself to be a bully, which may not be fair) or because the characterization is so much thinner than in the Amelia books. I liked JK better
An Odd1
Uncomfortable rant against repetitive questions "Where do you get your ideas?", draining relatives, demanding lovers, greedy managers, jealous competitors, guaranteed extra for "Naked" in title. Flamboyant author Jacqueline - Jake, never Jackie - Kirby writes closest outline to win sequel for best-seller Naked on the Ice from Kathleen Darcy, investigates her disappearance seven years ago, also suffers risky accidents. Kathleen's lover Paul cries her name when they find the body of bookseller Jan ...more
Deb Novack
Jacqueline Kirby is a writer who is chosen to write a sequel to a book by Kathleen Darcy who disappeared seven years earlier. But as she was researching and interviewing Kathleen's family and friends she got it into her head that Kathleen was not really dead,so Jacqueline begins then turns into a sleuth rather than an author. As she investigates the same accidents that happened to Kathleen begin to happen to her. Jacqueline is a likable ,little eccentric and slightly rude but persistent. If you ...more
Always enjoy Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels.....even though it is a re-read from years ago.
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Elizabeth Peters is a pen name of Barbara Mertz. She also writes 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 Fred ...more
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Jacqueline Kirby (4 books)
  • The Seventh Sinner (Jacqueline Kirby, #1)
  • The Murders of Richard III (Jacqueline Kirby, #2)
  • Die for Love (Jacqueline Kirby, #3)
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