Die for Love (Jacqueline Kirby Series #3)

Die for Love (Jacqueline Kirby Series #3)

by Elizabeth Peters

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Die for Love (A Jacqueline Kirby Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
grisaille More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect rainy day book: it's a fast, breezy read filled with sparkling dialogue and fun characters. Peters does a terrific job of skewering the tropes of romantic fiction -- and the authors who pen that purple prose. Highly recommended to romance fans looks for a good time.
ForeignCircus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 bodice-rippers and the industry that produces them. The satirical tone and Kirby's dry wit will have you laughing your way through the novel. At then end, you too may be inspired to try your hands at writing a romance novel- after all, if Kirby can write and sell a novel while solving the murder, why can't you?
steelersfan1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent mystery about a librarian/sleuth.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jacqueline is a amusing as ever. In fact, as a character, she is the best part of this book. The mystery is just so-so and I'm not so fond of the 'summing up' scene that ends this farcical romp. Entertaining.
doxtator on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a mystery it was okay, with some interesting moments, and lots of quirky characters. But I was never sure that the satire on the romance industry was entirely intended through-out, much of the time it seemed that the regular bits of the mystery story and those characters were falling into many of the same tropes that were being winked at in the romance genre.
little_prof on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The indomitable Jacqueline Kirby returns for her third brush with murder in this volume. Unable to stand the pastoral peace of Coldwater College any longer she decides to attend a writers' conference in New York; a ROMANCE writers' conference. She soon learns that not all is hearts and roses in the mines of love. Valerie Valentine, the Queen of Love (as dubbed by her agent), seems haunted. Laurie, the disturbed, but devoted fan, is stoned out of her gourd on devotion and drugs. Valerie Vanderbilt, aka, Jean the literature teacher, is hiding her romantic side from the tenure board. Then Dubretta, the poison penned columnist, is murdered. Everyone has a secret and one of them led to murder. Can Jacqueline discover the truth under the facade of flower petals and paper hearts?
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