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Die for Love (Jacqueline Kirby #3)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  1,597 ratings  ·  92 reviews
This Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, who writes as both Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels, has long been a favorite with romance readers. In Die for Love, she offers a satirical look behind the scenes at a fictitious romance
writers' convention. Jacqueline Kirby (the sharp-tongued, quick-witted, good-looking librarian from Coldwater College, Nebraska) is eager
Mass Market Paperback, 274 pages
Published February 15th 1987 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 1984)
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Elizabeth Peters writes some of my favorite, lighthearted, sassy mysteries. Some know of my secret addiction to trashy romance novels...this books mocks the entire romance culture and illustrates why I enjoy reading them. ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Acerbic, clever Jacqueline Kirby has had it with her college librarian job in dreary, desolate Coldwater, Neb., and she makes her way back to the Big Apple for a romance writers’ conference — more as a vacation than as a future vocation. While she’s there, Jacqueline witnesses the death of Dubretta Duberstein, a tabloid reporter-columnist who lets it be known that she is hot on the trail of serious — possibly criminal — shenanigans involving some of the romance writers and an unscrupulous harrid ...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in November 1999.

The third Jacqueline Kirby novel is one of Elizabeth Peters' most outrageous. Setting a mystery at a romantic novels conference enables her to write several over the top spoofs of a genre almost beyond parody. Like her heroine, she clearly enjoys the bad taste piled on in such huge amounts; enough kitsch becomes fun.

Yet there are aspects of the romance industry of which Peters does not approve, and which this book criticises: the deceptions c
Set in the midst of a conference for romance writers, this mystery features my favorite Peters character Jacqueline Kirby, a librarian from Coldwater College of undetermined age. Eager to escape the rain in Nebraska, Kirby sets off for NYC to attend the Historical Romance Writers of the World conference because she thinks she can write off the cost as business deduction on her tax return(!). Sandwiched in between the clues of the exciting mystery plot are magnificent tongue-in-cheek looks at bod ...more
Lisa Greer
I'm a sucker for anything by Elizabeth Peters. She has a Ph.D in Egyptology AND writes first class mystery novels full of wit and trivia. Oh, and she's in her 80s or close to it and is still writing novels.
Elizabeth Peters novels are my comfort food. Rereading Die for Love years after I initially read it reminded me why Jacqueline Kirby can hold her own with Peters' better-known heroines (Amelia Peabody and Vicky Bliss) thanks to her clever deductions and acerbic wit.
I read this book about a year ago. I'm a fan of Peters' Amelia Peabody series, and this (along with Vicky Bliss) is a somewhat less well-known series.

I enjoyed the lampooning of the Historical Romance community. As an avid HR reader, I think it helps to have a sense of humor, as its all just too silly to be taken seriously. I also like the Jacqueline Kirby character, though she can come across as harsh sometimes. The mystery was well formed, and it wasn't until the last 15% or so that I had an
It feels to me like Peters floundered a bit as a writer until she developed Amelia Peabody. Both Vicky Bliss and Jacqueline Kirby have whiffs of Mary-Sue-ishness that I find a bit off-putting (of course they're beautiful, slim, stacked, well dressed, and well coiffed AND clever, incisive, resourceful, AND popular with the boys), and her protagonists' sharp tongues and combative banter only reach their full potential when paired with regular sparring partners who match their irreverence and erudi ...more
This is one of my top three Elizabeth Peters' novels but is also one of my favorite books of all. I love everything about Peters' writing here. Her wit is in top form, and Jacqueline is perfectly acerbic and smart. I adore how Peters gently (yet perfectly) pokes fun at the romantic novel industry, from authors to readers. She keenly hits on many of the problematic issues of the genre that are still problems decades later. Everything about this book is funny yet on point, and I'm starting to real ...more
Amber Foxx
Librarian/amateur sleuth Jacqueline Kirby attends a romance writers’ conference, at which a sudden death that she suspects is a murder takes place. Was it poison? I wonder if this book, written twenty years ago, was meant as a subtle satire on the amateur sleuth novel, as well as a broader satire on the historical romance.

I enjoyed learning about such predecessors to the modern erotic romance as the Victorian epistolary novel The Lustful Turk. I never heard of it until reading this book, and do
Inane, I couldn't keep my mind on it, it was so boring.
Asst. Head Librarian at Coldwater College in Nebraska, Jaqueline Kirby, decides to take a trip to NY making it tax deductible by attending a convention of the Historical Romance Writers of the World. What follows is supposed to be funny, but it's not; it supposed to be entertaining, but it's not. I don't even want to go into details, if you like this kind of book read it yourself.
Tara Carpenter
I enjoyed this take on the opposite side of romance novels. Our heroine, Jacqueline Kirby, plans her vacation around attending a convention for romance writers and fans. She is there purely for entertainment sake and goes all out to jump into the culture in her own satirical way. But when someone is poisoned she reverts to her mystery-solving ways and rounds up the usual suspects to unmask the murderer.

Even though I've read one of this series before, this one really seemed to jump into the plot
I picked this up only because Jacqueline Kirby was the only character I liked in Peters' The Murders of Richard III. She is back in this fluffy book full of more cardboard characters and predictable plot. Ms Kirby's character herself seemed a little bit splintered... my least favorite of her books.
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
Die For Love was fun to read! There certainly was a lot of mayhem and sneakiness going on, and it was fun to be along for the ride, even though I didn't try to figure out the mystery. I could picture the characters and events so well, and I'm curious about what this book would look like if it were to take place today. It's a cozy mystery and yet it's fun, funny and light-hearted. And it pokes at romance novels in a good way. I also really like that the book stands alone really well, and that eve ...more

I struggled all the way through this book. Jacqueline Kirby might be an intelligent woman, but I found her to be otherwise unpleasant, catty, petty, and generally annoying. I thought the plot had some promise, mocking fandom when done well can be hilarious. But I just found this story to be flat. Jacqueline is so negative in her opinion of others that there was no chance any of the other characters could develop--as soon as they stumbled into a scene Jacqueline started makung negative asses
Shonna Froebel
Love the intelligent, sexy librarian main character
Latest re-read: 8/27/15

I vaguely remember plowing through this when I first discovered Elizabeth Peters back in middle school. (Ish.) It went WAY over my head. This time I did a bit better.

Jacqueline Kirby is probably never going to be my favorite of Peters' self-possessed heroines, and her mysteries are always a bit to staged and ridiculous for my tastes. Still; this is a fun book for the completely scathing dressing-down of a) '80s romancelandia and b) academia, both worlds which Peters knew i
Ea Solinas
Elizabeth Peters is one of those rare authors who can mingle intelligent whodunnits with sheer lunatic hilarity. And rarely did she show this as expertly as in "Die For Love," a brilliantly twisting whodunnit that expertly lampoons romance novels and the writers who churn them out. Peters surrounds her acerbic heroine with mounds of puffy pink luvvyluv, but also tosses in a startling murder into the mix.

Jacqueline Kirby, seeking to expand her horizens and get out of a romantic rut, travels to Ne
I read all three of the Jacqueline Kirby novels in a row. What started out as a series about a middle-aged mom out on her own and solving mysteries, has devolved into a protagonist who gets more and more attractive as we progress from book to book, who uses her looks to get the information she needs and takes longer and longer to solve the mystery. The amount of information given on the topic each book centers around is extensive. It shows a love for the subject and a desire to share it, to bri ...more
Lynne Tull
I think I am going to have to read something more current by Ms. Peters. This series was written some thirty years ago. The books are touted to have 'humor and romance' along with the mystery. However, Jacqueline Kirby's humor is a combination of the silly and acerbic. The romance is disjointed. There is a different 'friend' in each book. I have no idea how they got there and why they are there. The interaction doesn't come across as romantic...more like adversarial on her part. Not to be a spoi ...more
Did not like as well as The Seventh Sinner, but it was enjoyable. Hilarious pokes in the gut of the romance novel world. It was fairly clear that the murderer had to be one of two people, because everyone else was too brain dead to plot anything complicated.

I think there is now one more Jacqueline Kirby book that I have not read.
"This may be one of the funniest mysteries I have ever read. The antics of the people at the romance writers' convention, authors and fans alike, were hysterical. As was Jacqueline's convoluted rationale for her vacation.[return][return]Anyway. The mystery itself was pretty good, with a solution I wasn't expecting (granted, I'm almost always surprised). The equal attention to professionals and fans at the convention was nice, and several of the fans were fairly well fleshed out. Jacqueline's arg ...more
Hilarious farce at first, but became tedious long before the end: Jacqueline Kirby, librarian from Coldwater College, Nebraska, attends a gathering of historical romance writers and fans. Everyone seems to have something to hide and it takes an elaborate ruse for her to figure out who the murderer is.
I guess I forgot to write this one up - I just figured out that I don't have it marked as 'read'. I finished it earlier this spring, and it completely served its purpose of being entertaining. The self-referential humor was interesting, but I don't think this is the best of the Kirby mysteries.

Three and a half stars.

Like all Elizabeth Peters' novels, this was a fast, gripping read with nice funny insights to break up the tension. It breaks from her usual direction in not having any kind of archaeological aspect, but perhaps the romance writers convention setting can be viewed as anthropology ...
Dharia Scarab

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Ann Scheel
Elizabeth Peters is one of my favorite authors and this latest book is no exception to her usual standard. It had me laughing out loud and looking up new words - two of the best qualities in a book. Her Amelia Peabody series will always be my all-time favorite but this book is a FUN read.
Published in 1984. Not a sterling entry in the Jacqueline Kirby series. Peters is going for satire, I think, but it falls flat.
(book description from Amazon) 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
Ah, Jacqueline Kirby, I love you. An older, sexually-liberated female who solves mysteries? Um, yes please. It's a little disconcerting to read how romances are described in this book but this was written in a different time so...
Jackie is going to a Romance Novel convention, just to get out of Dodge. Her current love is getting a little clingy and this librarian (!) needs her space. So it's off to New York and some down-time with authors. Except that it's not really less stressful. Backbiting a
Brenda Kirton
Feb 13, 2012 Brenda Kirton rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like romances and mysteries
I loved this book. I liked it enough that I have read it at least twice and just recently I went hunting for it in an audio book. (yay I have no idea how realistic this in regards to romance writers conventions. Myself I would consider it a bit of a parody on them. And also any convention that is not completely restricted would attract some oddballs. I love Jacqueline Kirby, with her dry wit that goes over alot of her listeners heads, only makes it more fun. The cozy mystery keeps y ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Jacqueline Kirby (4 books)
  • The Seventh Sinner (Jacqueline Kirby, #1)
  • The Murders of Richard III (Jacqueline Kirby, #2)
  • Naked Once More (Jacqueline Kirby, #4)

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