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Maggie Needs an Alibi (Maggie Kelly Mystery #1)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  786 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kasey Michaels offers a snappy, sexy--and completely original--new take on comic mystery with the first book in a new series. Maggie Kelly is nothing if not resilient. She bounced back after getting fired from her old job as a writer of historical romances, reinventing herself as a mystery author. She bounced back when she di ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 28th 2002 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published July 1st 2002)
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Apr 29, 2008 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
I got sucked in, even though this is a mediocre novel with foul language, in which the author tries way too hard to be clever, and the characters are annoying. But the premise kept me reading, wanting to know how it would end. Maggie is an author of Regency-era mysteries, and one day the hero of her books, Alexandre Saint Just, and his lovable sidekick come, inexplicably, to life. They just appear in Maggie's apartment.

I know. Weird, right? I had to see how it would end. Because clearly it's a s
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
The premise is that a popular author of mysteries with romance, is confronted one day, by the two main characters in her series. Enter, Alexandre Saint Just, or Alex for modern times, and his best friend, Sterling Balder. Both gentlemen are detectives from the Regency period now residing in modern days, Manhattan.

Being a world class amateur sleuth, a natural 'hero', and a world-class lover, Saint Just is having a difficult time adjusting, but nothing to what, Maggie Kelly is experiencing.

To this
Isha Coleman
Aug 18, 2016 Isha Coleman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Maggie Needs an Alibi is unlike any mystery I've ever read. Maggie takes her work a little too seriously. Her world revolves around the characters she creates and the enigmas she creates. Writing is in her soul and her penchant for mystery has given her sucess. The cliche' about letting the imagination run wild is the perfect metaphor for Ms. Michaels' out of the ordinary suspenseful romance. Maggie and Alexandre blur the lines between fantasy and reality in a way that proves innovative and atte ...more
Jan 12, 2012 Monica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I got this book from PaperbackSwap because I accidentally bought a later book in this series and it looked promising. I just couldn't get into it, the characters, however interesting they were, just didn't feel real to me so I couldn't fall into the story. I think this is a WONDERFUL idea but I just couldn't get into the story.
Amber Plant
Mar 17, 2015 Amber Plant rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If it takes 5 days to get to page 25, there is something wrong with the book. This book was horrible! I really did try but I'm only willing to waste so much of my time before moving on to something that will no doubt be better!
Lynn Demsky
Maggie Kelly, writing as Cleo Dooley (she thinks O's look good on a book cover), is the author of the best selling St. Just Mystery Series set in the English Regency Era. This should make her a happy woman, and it does, mostly. Professionally, she's a hit. Personally? No, not so much. But never fear, a hero has come to rescue her from her dull, boring, and faintly neurotic existence. The only problem is that said hero is Alexandre Blake, Viscount St. Just, her fictional hero, in all his handsome ...more
Trudy Gleason
Oct 30, 2016 Trudy Gleason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cat Kwiatkowski
The characters in this story are great, but the plot is very slow-moving. It's worth reading, but at times it's a slog to get through. Attack this as a marathon not a sprint.
Sara Smith
I feel like this would make a better to episode than a book. It was just too much of a farce or strange dream as a book where a writer's book characters come to life.
Monique J.
Sep 23, 2011 Monique J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic-mystery
The year was 2002. It was coming up on the one-year anniversary of 9/11. I was looking for a light-hearted story to escape into. And I found Maggie Needs an Alibi by Kasey Michaels. I’d read Michaels’ historical romances, but this book was her first foray into a new genre—the comedic mystery. It was just what the doctor ordered. The premise was intriguing. The heroine, Maggie Kelly, finds herself accused of murdering her publisher. (How many authors dream of doing that?) Maggie’s allies in provi ...more
Ellen Klock
Maggie Needs an Alibi by Kasey Michaels is a cute bit of fluff certain to provide light entertainment for avid romance readers. Seems that best selling author, Maggie Kelly, known for her Regency Mysteries, has literally brought her sleuth hero to life. Handsome, suave, and pain-in-the-ass Alexandre Blake, Viscount St. Just and his lovable, bumbling sidekick Sterling Balder, have been studying modern life in Manhattan via Maggie's thoughts and experiences until they become so vivid in her mind t ...more
Susan Ferguson
Jul 02, 2013 Susan Ferguson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You have to love an author who says she is so prolific because "It is amazing the lengths one will go to in order to avoid housework."

Maggie is a former romance writer, fired from her publisher, who turned to writing mysteries with a Regency detective who is everything in looks and attitude she thinks she wants, Alexandre Blake, Viscount Saint Just, and his sidekick, the sweetly naive lovable Sterling Balder. She changed her pen name and was rehired by her former publisher and her mysteries are
Rosemary K
Aug 25, 2016 Rosemary K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maggie Kelly has written the perfect hero. Her amateur sleuth, Alexander Blakely, is a Viscount and a ladies man who can track down a murderer without getting a wrinkle in his cravat. He's amazing and fictional. That is until he and his sidekick, Sterling Balder, appear in her living room. Is she losing her mind? Things go from bad to worse when she's a suspect in the murder of her publisher and ex-lover. St. Just is determined to find who did it. He knows its not Maggie. What happens next is a ...more
Aug 18, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book; this is the first book in the Maggie Kelly Mystery series written by Kasey Michaels. Maggie Kelly is an author of the bestselling St. Just Mystery series set in the English Regency Era. But never fear, a hero has come to rescue her from her dull, boring, and faintly neurotic existence. The only problem is that said hero is Alexandre Blake, Viscount St. Just, her fictional hero, in all his handsome, arrogant Regency-ness. He has popped out of her mind, out of her books, and ...more
Aug 18, 2016 Corinne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read and enjoyed lots of Kasey Michaels' books. Love her humor. This is quite different from her contemporary and historicals I've read so far. At first it was difficult to really sink into the story, but then I needed to continue reading. It's crazier than "Stuck in Shangri-La", but the characters are not quite as eccentric.
The story really gets going when Author Maggie is alone in her apartment and she suddenly hears two male voices. This is cause for alarm as we're in New York here. But
Aug 06, 2016 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of Maggie Needs An Alibi by Kasey Michaels in exchange for an honest review.
It took me awhile to get into this book, but that was my problem, not the author's. Every good story needs to provide enough backstory so the readers can understand the characters. Kesey starts the book with the backstory, something I haven't seen in awhile, since the story is about the writer and her characters. I'm sure Saint Just would have some witty response to my comment. And Sterling would tell h
Bernadette Long
Aug 18, 2016 Bernadette Long rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this mystery written by one of my favorite authors and I thought the idea of imaginary characters coming to live very creative.

Maggie Kelly's life takes a strange and unexpected turn when the hero of her Regency era series, the Viscount St. Just, and his good-natured sidekick, Sterling Baker, actually appear in her apartment. I kept thinking that they were quite well developed by their creator to be able to take over their own destinies and make their way into the modern life. Not onl
Apr 11, 2012 Beby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
gara - gara bosen baca Charley, akhirnya mutusin baca novel ini. ceritanya lucu tentang seorang penulis misteri era Regency dan tiba - tiba suatu hari dua tokoh utamanya yaitu Alex Blackely atau Viscount Saint Just & Sterling Bladder muncul di ruang tamunya. Awalnya Maggie mengira mereka cuma halusinasi dia aja. tapi kemudian mereka menyakinkan kalo mereka bener - bener nyata. alasannya setelah dua tahun hidup di kepala Maggie, mereka memutuskan untuk keluar dan tinggal bersama Maggie. Alex ...more
Monika P.
I was intrigued by the idea of 19th century heroes from England in a 21st century New York setting. The possibilities for humor are endless. Unfortunately we don't get enough of that in this book. The heroes are already way too knowledgeable about modern technology. Still, some of the dialogue made me laugh out loud. Saint Just is gorgeous but too full of himself, Sterling is cute, Maggie is....well Maggie, the cop is modeled too much after Columbo. But since this is a book and not reality I gue ...more
Beverly Wiedemann
This one is a difficult one to rate. I generally like Kasey Michaels as an author. The mystery was pretty good. (I did figure it out long before the characters, and yet there were still surprises for me in the real details.) By the end of the book, I was very into the characters and really cared about them.

However, the beginning seemed very slow to me. To an extent I understand why; a lot of time was devoted to Maggie accepting and dealing with the appearance of two imaginary characters appearin
Aug 28, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first read of Kasey Michaels and it took a little bit to get use to her style. She has a very different way of writing but it was fun to read.

The story is very unusual and had a lot of things going on throughout the book. A little romance, mystery and murder. All the things I love in a book. This one is about an author, Maggie Kelly, who wrote several books,Saint Just Mystery Series. All of a sudden the characters came to life in her NYC apartment. So she has to get use to living wi
Aug 31, 2014 Ferne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not enjoy this book at all. It was the longest week trying to finish this novel. I thought the concept of two (2) characters in author Maggie Kelly's imagination and from her novels coming to life would be delightful, fun, and just plain funny. It was not! It was a tedious and daunting task to finish this book. I kept reading as it is extremely rare for me not to finish a novel. I can only remember two (2) titles in my lifetime that I haven't finished. I wanted to finish this novel as I ha ...more
Jul 27, 2010 Jolene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was kind of a cute read. Heavily layered with mystery. I don't know if I want to read the other books in the series, I looked them up and am kind of intrigued on what will happen in the future with Maggie and Saint Just. There was a love triangle that was just introduced between the detective, Maggie and Saint Just and am kind of curious how it will play out. I was a little dissapointed and hoped for more to happen sooner in the first book to kind of hook me and then make me follow the othe ...more
Kathy Bunbury
Aug 24, 2016 Kathy Bunbury rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightfully entertaining murder mystery filled with many humorous moments!

This highly entertaining book should be a cautionary tale to some of us that love historical romances and live half of our lives in the Regency period. I could see our fictional historical heroes coming to life and loved the way Ms. Michaels makes the leap into another century plausible and confusing for St. Just and Sterling. The heroine, Maggie comes across as so very realistic and her thought patterns and actions, wh
Apr 25, 2009 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
This was an impulse buy I made on the way to an appointment one day (as I knew I'd have to wait and didn't have anything to read!). Of course, I ended up not having to wait, and so the book has sat on the shelf. I recently read a Goodreads review of it that spurred my interest, and decided to give it a try. I expected a straight-forward romantic suspense story. But what I found was more of a goofball (in a fun way) mystery with a little romance, a little bit of the paranormal, and a lot of cheez ...more
May 12, 2014 Susie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, 2014
Historical fiction author Maggie has her world turned upside down when two of her fictional characters pop into her real life and her real apartment. Having to deal with them is bad enough but then her exboyfriend dies after eating poisoned mushrooms that she served him. Did he die accidentally or is someone trying to set Maggie up for his murder? Maggie and her sleuthing characters will have to try and find out.

I liked this one but had a real hard time getting into it. I feel like the author sp
Nov 11, 2016 Mstv rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On the level of Jude Devereaux's Knight in Shining Armor!

Absolute fun with a different twist!

In AKiSA, is a wonderful time travel adventure as a knight from the past comes to the present & the heroine has to guide him into the intracasies of living in the present with, of course, the serious and the hilarious; in this first book, Maggie, the writer, has to deal with her fictional persons from the past coming into her life with a whole new set of issues.

It's a great romp of the imagination f
Samie McLaughlin
I first read Maggie Needs An Alibi about six years ago. It went on my "Keeper Shelf" because I felt like I was there watching what was going on, like a movie.

I reread it to do this review, (I received a free copy of the eBook to do honest review). I, still found it riveting, Yes, I felt like this story was happening around me. I so enjoyed Maggie Needs An Alibi that I'm rereading the whole series (in order, this time).

The characters are so well written and the settings ("scenes") have enough det
I was so excited about the concept of this book, but I found it strangely disappointing. For one thing, the mystery just didn't pull me in. For another, I really didn't like Maggie that much as a character. However, I did love the way her characters were written. Saint Just and Sterling were really funny as Regency men in a modern world, and their dialogue was a great. Those two alone might make me pick up the next book, but I'd really hope for a better mystery and a greater appreciation for Mag ...more
Apr 25, 2016 Megumi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was silly and rather enlightening. Us romantics always wonder what would happen if our favorite fictional characters ever came to life and this book really gives us a good idea as to what could happen. All the things we love about the character can turn into the things we loath.
Light and fun these characters are rather different than what I am used to from past Kasey Michaels stories.
Entertaining and rather silly.
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Kasey Michaels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 100 books (she doesn't count them). Kasey has received three coveted Starred Reviews from Publishers Weekly, two for the historical romances, THE SECRETS OF THE HEART and THE BUTLER DID IT, and a third for contemporary romance LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY (that shows diversity, you see). She is a recipient of the RITA, a W ...more
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