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Naked Came the Phoenix

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  873 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
The promise of discretion and pampering - and a longer overdue reconciliation with her mother - draws Caroline Blessing, the young wife of a newly elected congressman, to the fancy Phoenix Spa. But after her first night in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Caroline wakes to find the rich and famous guests in turmoil and under suspicion: the spa's flamboyant and ambitious ...more
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Published August 1st 2001 by Brilliance Audio
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Naked Came The Phoenix was a book selection for two of my local reading groups because we were intrigued by its unusual format. Twelve bestselling mystery and suspense author joined together to contribute a chapter to this murder-mystery, soap-opera. The catch? Each other must pick up where the last left off and continue the story using the same cast of characters, all of who get zanier as the story progresses.

The opening chapter written by Nevada Barr sets up the story and, in my opinion, was t
Jun 25, 2014 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up because I assumed it was an anthology of short stories, and I saw JD Robb's name on it. Rather, it's a serial mystery, each chapter written by a different author. Sounds really intriguing, right? Especially with a bunch of well known, well-liked successful authors. Totally wrong. This really sucked - the characters were awful and boring (Caroline could have been likeable, except every time she started to grow a bit of a spine they let her fall apart again). The other characters ...more
Jun 18, 2015 Penny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scottoline-lisa
This is a serial novel in the manner of "Naked Came the Manatee", " Naked Came the Stranger", "The Floating Admiral" and others. Thirteen women mystery/crime writers collaberated to write this novel and gave a portion of the royalties to breast cancer research.
Contributing authors are:
Chapter 1 - Navada Barr
Chapter 2 - Nora Roberts (J. D. Robb)
Chapter 3 - Nancy Pickard
Chapter 4 - Lisa Scottoline
Chapter 5 - Perri O'Shaughnessy (Pam and Mary)
Chapter 6 - J. A. Jance
Chapter 7 - Faye Kellerman
Dec 04, 2008 Catten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another serial novel is out, this time written by female mystery authors. (Authoresses?)

Remember Naked Came the Manatee? This is the same sort of deal: The thirteen chapters are each written by a different author in the tradition of that 1969 book, Naked Came the Stranger.

Stranger was purportedly written by a Connecticut housewife named Penelope Ashe but was in reality written by 24 Newsday journalists. Editor Marcia Talley was approached by her publisher to do the book. She knew Val McDermid an
This book is a serial novel, meaning that it was written by 13 different people, some of whom happen to be among my favorite mystery authors, including Anne Perry, J. A. Jance, and Lisa Scotoline. The original project was given to Marcia Talley by her agent, the idea was that each of the individual authors was to write their own chapter in the third person point of view, with each chapter building on whatever had come before, with the fun coming about because each successive author twisted the p ...more
Apr 02, 2014 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Told by a different author in each chapter, in the style of Naked Came the Stranger and Naked Came the Manatee--each author writes their own twist and plants their own clues, leaving the next to pick up the threads. The resulting story is very twisty and complicated, delightfully so for a whodunit fan.

Caroline Blessing is the wife of a Congressman, and the daughter of a difficult, demanding, power hungry mother. It's not exactly the most restful place to be, but Caroline does her best to meet ex
Written by many different detective fiction authors (all women), this book is, at times, rather disjointed and somewhat unbelievable. All that being said, it was great fun!!! I enjoyed seeing my favorite authors writing in a different setting and even a different time.
Candy Hart
Aug 28, 2016 Candy Hart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My book club decided we needed a light book and a member chose this one. At first it seems a strange concept to have thirteen female mystery writers, without collaboration, write this book, chapter by chapter. The first chapter is the slowest because Nevada Barr had the task of setting the scene and introducing the characters. J.D. Robb took chapter two to set up the murder and she did it with her usual style and descriptiveness. From there, I found it fun to notice the style of the authors show ...more
Joe Slavinsky
Feb 21, 2016 Joe Slavinsky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book that didn't survive Shelfari. I don't remember exactly when I read it, definitely more than ten years ago, and it introduced me to some of my favorite female authors: J.D. Robb, Laurie R. King, and Nevada Barr. It was written in 2001, and IMHO, it copied(somewhat) "Naked Came the Manatee(1997), a book co-written by 13 different authors, who were all from Florida, including Carl Hiaasen(another favorite of mine), Dave Barry, and Elmore Leonard. "Phoenix" was co-written by 14 female a ...more
Jan 29, 2016 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy serial collaborations; I think there's a lot of opportunity for creativity and it must be a ton of fun to participate. This one, though it included some of my favorite authors, had quite a lot of ridiculousness to it. The characters' personalities changed from chapter to chapter, the plot twists became more and more unlikely, and by the time I got to the last chapter, I was mentally wishing Laurie R. King good luck on pulling something, anything, coherent together. She did a pretty good ...more
Aug 28, 2016 Melva rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this at the library. It was published 15 years ago with some of the great female mystery writers each writing a chapter of this mystery novel. The proceeds of the book went to beat cancer research. So I loved going into it the concept and purpose of the book. Plus it had some of my favorite writers, J.D. Robb, Lisa Scottaline, Diana Gabaldon to name just a few. But I guess because each had one chapter it was a fairly simple book. No one had the time to develop the characters or story proba ...more
Mar 22, 2011 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Naked Came the Phoenix a serial novel edited by Marcia Talley ISBN 0312251947

This book is just plain wonderful. I have bought numerous short story books for the libraries, however they rarely circulate for few people like short stories. I think that most patrons want to sit and read a story from beginning to end … not a series of short little clips.

This book is not a short story collection — it is a serial novel. One author starts the premise and leaves at the end of the chapter, the next author
Apr 13, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a ridiculous number of dead bodies piling up in this book, but that is nothing compared to all of the characters who were given up for adoption as infants. It makes one’s heap spin keeping track of all the characters’ ever shifting relationships with one another. Murders aside, everything else that goes on is very similar to a soap opera, except in a soap opera all the secrets would be revealed over the course of about five years, rather than a few days. There are a few plot inconsiste ...more
May 19, 2014 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this!

how did I ever miss this book when it came out so many years ago? I loved that each chapter was written by a different author who was given what was previously written and a set of rules to follow to continue the story.
the twists and turns were great fun oh and the challenge of pulling together the ending! fun stuff, I hope there's more like this, I'm going to look right now!
Jul 18, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, mysteries
Imagine being at a party with a bunch of your favorite female mystery writers and they get involved in telling a story together - that's what this serial novel is like. The story is secondhand, although woven together well. I really enjoyed seeing the different fun and creative plot twists the authors came up with.
Michele A.
This was an interesting concept, each author writing their own chapter of this book. It was quite a ride as each author left another layer to the story and some fun side notes to ponder on throughout the book. In the end it was wrapped up pretty well and was a good effort from all of them.
Dec 03, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A serial novel of death and deception at a luxury spa by Nevada Barr, J.D.Robb, Namcy Pickard, Lisa Scottoline, Perri O'Shaughnessy, J.A.Jance, Faye Kellerman, Mary Jane Clark, Marcia Talley, Anne Perry, Diana Gabaldon, Val McDermid, Laurie R. King.
Oct 21, 2009 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was written by thirteen mystery writers, each of which wrote a chapter. The preceding chapters were delivered to the next author, who had to carry the plot along and then hand it to the next author. I read it because I was curious to see the results of that process and because my wife had already bought and read it.

The book was more seamless than I expected. I could not tell a significant difference in style except that I could tell Nevada Barr did not write more than the first chapter
Melissa Waldron
I really didn't like it. Multiple authors (which can be interesting), murder, blackmail, plot twists. It was all there, but I just didn't like this book that much.
Sep 23, 2014 Melanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2001
Serial novel about a spa. JD Robb, Diana Gabaldon, Laurie R. King, J.A. Jance, Nevada Barr, etc. Okay, Could tell it was written by several authors.
Apr 22, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting concept - each chapter written by a different female mystery author. Actually evolved into a good story if a little far fetched.
Jan 19, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a fun book to read. Some clues were obvious, some revelations took me by surprise, and the authors clearly relished one-upping each other.
Barbara Ghylin
I am sure I will finish this one later today. It has been fun to watch how the different writers has continued the story.
McArthur Library Staff Picks
This is a "serial novel", each chapter written by a well-known mystery author. In the fashion of Agatha Christie's murder mysteries, this whodunit keeps the reader hanging and guessing, with plenty of red herrings.
An interesting concept to have each chapter written by a different author. Enjoyable read.
Jeffrey Hammerhead
The writing was great, but sometimes not all books are for all people and I think that was the case for me.
Jul 13, 2014 Drew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite enjoyed, would read another of this multiple author type. It's fun to imagine each one deciding what to do based on the previous chapters
This book was wonderful! Each chapter written by a different author and it was funny, suspenseful, awe-inspiring! To be able to write a chapter based on the characters, clues and information that the previous author had written and each chapter gave a new twist! Kudos to Laurie R. King for being able to pull it all together at the end. Wow! Agatha would be proud of these ladies! Plus, I get to add 8 new authors to my list of authors to read! It was fun for me to read the five authors I've read b ...more
Jul 04, 2012 Mom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can one give a 2.5 rating? I guess not and I will round up. It is a serial novel written by some of my favorite authors, but not edited as well as it could have been. Each author could have written less or they could have cut back an author. It began to drag toward the end and to get more and more contrived as each wanted to add a creative twist. A good concept with excellent writers, but ultimately it fell flat. Reminds me of the expression that a camel is a horse designed by a committee. A sho ...more
Feb 20, 2012 Scilla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a serial novel, each chapter written by 13 female mystery writers. Caroline Blessing, married to a newly elected Tennessee congressman, with her newly widowed mother, Hilda, to a very fancy Phoenix spa. She has never been close to her mother. The first night at the spa, the spa's owner, Hilda's college roommate, is murdered. Caroline finds out some things about her past, and her husband, and does some sleuthing. More murders and attempts occur. The book is fun and a quick read, but doesn ...more
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Nevada Barr is a mystery fiction author, known for her "Anna Pigeon" series of mysteries, set in National Parks in the United States. Barr has won an Agatha Award for best first novel for Track of the Cat.

Barr was named after the state of her birth. She grew up in Johnstonville, California. She finished college at the University of California, Irvine. Originally, Barr started to pursue a career in
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