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Naked Once More

by Elizabeth Peters

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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 want to know more please read this wonderfully written book with great characters and a fine storyline.
Thanks again to Net Galley and Grand Central Publishing. ( )
  druidgirl | Oct 5, 2013 |
Moderately entertaining mystery involving the disappearance of a well-known author and the questions surrounding her presumed death. ( )
  turtlesleap | Jul 6, 2011 |
Jacqueline's transformation from straight-laced librarian to flamboyant writer is complete in this last book in the series. The mystery was suitably complex, though like all the mysteries in this series, the reader doesn't get all the clues until the requisite 'winding up' scene where Jacqueline lays out all the pieces. Overall, the series is entertaining but not the best example of Ms. Peter's writing. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Jun 22, 2009 |
9-30-2008

Writer Kathleen Darcy mysteriously disappeared seven years ago after publishing a hugely successful historical novel ‘Naked in the Ice’, it was determined that suicide was the likely outcome although her body was never found. Now that she has been declared legally dead, her heirs, agent and publisher are launching a search for someone to write the much-anticipated sequel. Author Jacqueline Kirby, the series protagonist Peters first introduced to us in The Seventh Sinner, easily lands the job.

Jacqueline, sardonic and bitingly charming as ever (think of an alligator in a pink dress, maybe) temporarily relocates to Kathleen’s rural digs – the center of her writing life as well as the site of her disappearance – and finds a lot more than she bargained for after moving into Kathleen’s cozy cottage. Not only do Kathleen’s mooching siblings and half-crazy mother (who all live in a grand estate paid for by Kathleen’s earnings) present an unexpected obstacle, but local characters in town seem to have a vested interest in how the final chapter of Kathleen’s life plays out. Right from the beginning Jacqueline finds herself drawn deeply into the real-life mystery of Kathleen Darcy herself and what really happened to her - which, oddly enough, no one else seems to be all that interested in.

I’ve read this a couple of times over the years, so I listened to it on audiobook through my account with audible.com. Most of Peters/Michaels’ books are narrated by one particular actress, Barbara Rosenblatt, who seems to embody the voices so well that I’ve come to think of her as Peters/Michaels herself! Peters only wrote five Kirby books, which is unfortunate because they’re among her best. It seems very obvious to me that the character of Jacqueline Kirby is primarily a self-portrait of Peters/Michaels/Mertz (she even refers to herself at one point, when going through a mental list of authors who were cat fanciers: ‘Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, Barbara Michaels…’, which made me smile. Her intelligent humor and excellently fleshed-out characters make these books genuine pleasures to read over and over again. ( )
  victorianrose869 | Oct 10, 2008 |
Jacqueline Kirby returns to solve another mystery. Slated to write the sequel to a hit romance novel whose author died under mysterious circumstances, Kirby finds herself embroiled in the mystery and with her own life in jeopardy. ( )
  marnattij | Apr 2, 2007 |
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Jacqueline Kirby, former librarian turned bestselling novelist, is selected to write the sequel to the greatest blockbuster of all time, "Naked in the Ice". The original author, Kathleen Darcy, is missing and presumed dead.

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When Jacqueline Kirby is hired to write a sequel to Kathleen Darcy's Naked in the Ice, she falls prey to a series of nasty accidents. Maybe Kathleen Darcy's disappearance seven years ago wasn't suicide after all.

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