Maggie By The Book

Maggie By The Book

by Kasey Michaels

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Book Two in THE MAGGIE KELLY MYSTERY SERIES from NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling Author Kasey Michaels.

Best selling mystery author Maggie Kelly has a problem, and his name is Alexandre Blake, Viscount St. Just, who until recently resided in her creative mind and those best selling books set during the time of the English Regency. Now he's residing in her apartment.

Alex is not happy living off his creator's largesse, and sees a chance to improve his fortunes by winning the Cover Model contest that will top off the We Are Romance (WAR) convention to be held in Manhattan. But within moments arriving at the hotel the mischief begins, with the nasty pranks against WAR members giving way to murder, one Alex naturally decides he, the great amateur Regency sleuth, will solve.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940157124281
Publisher: Kathryn Seidick
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Series: Maggie Kelly Mystery Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 473,585
File size: 763 KB

About the Author

Kasey Michaels began her career scribbling her stories on yellow legal pads while the family slept. She totally denies she chiseled them into flat rocks, but yes, she began her career a long time ago. Now Kasey is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 110 books (she doesn't count them). Kasey has received four coveted Starred Reviews from Publishers Weekly, three for historical romance, The Secrets of the Heart, The Butler Did It, and The Taming of the Rake, and a fourth for the contemporary romance Love To Love You Baby (that shows diversity, you see). She is a recipient of the RITA, a Waldenbooks and Bookrak Bestseller award, and many awards from Romantic Times magazine, including a Career Achievement award for her Regency era historical romances. She is an Honor Roll author in Romance Writers of America, Inc. Please visit Kasey on her website at and connect with her on Facebook at GET TWO FREE BOOKS FROM KASEY >

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Maggie by the Book (Maggie Kelly Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A spontaneous buy--a read the back and new I had to own it. Maggie's wit and sarcasm are the best. Very imaginative and fun. Great job! I plan to buy the whole series.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Maggie Kelly is a successful author. She originally wrote historical romances. When that ended on a low note, she became an overnight sensation with her provocative Saint Just Historical mysteries. In fact her main characters is so real that he leaped from the pages of her book and now lives with her in New York City. She introduces him as Alexander Blake, her cousin and inspiration. To win a cover model contest, Saint Just persuades Maggie to attend a Romance Writers Association convention. Maggie isn't happy about going. She has no happy memories from other WAR conventions. However, this year is off to a memorable start. Someone is playing hurtful and mean pranks. Why? Maggie is a wonderful character. I love her snarky humor. She is always spot on with her comments. Saint Just is all polished manners and charm, but he is street smart and observant. He may make the ladies swoon but he's attracted to Maggie. When the pranks escalate, he and his companion, Sterling Balder, are there to protect Maggie. This is a fast paced and suspenseful story. There are plenty of suspects, potential motives and unexpected twists. The secondary characters are fascinating. What a mix - the hard drinking editor, the expectant mother ready to give birth, the desperate to be published authors. The convention setting made me chuckle. I loved it. It really made me want to attend one of these author events. Kasey Michaels writes with style and swagger. The Maggie Kelly mystery series is perfect combination of romance, humor and the paranormal. I'm ready for Maggie to stumble into another situation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Still saddled with Alexandre Blake the Viscount St Just and his version of Dr. Watson, Sterling, Maggie Kelly has ample reasons to be tense already. Now that her bestselling characters are out of her head and living with her, writer's block is a problem. Her romantic life is a further complication. She's in love with a sexy figment, though neither fully admits the attraction. Then, to top it off, she is supposed to got to WAR, a romance writers association convention. Dealing with the two percent of raving b's among the ninety eight percent of nice people is enough to shoot her blood pressure through the roof; add it a couple of murders, deadly pranks, Sterling learning to rap, and Alex just being himself, and Maggie knows for sure that someone must have cursed her with an interesting life. ................... *** Sharp satire zings throughout the plot, making it an enjoyable read whether or not you're in the mood for murder. The writer's cleverness shines through every page, and keen eyed readers will undoubtedly pick up on many in jokes. ***
harstan More than 1 year ago
She was doing well writing historical romances but when her sales plummeted she switched genres and is happily writing one historical Regency mystery a year for seven figures. Maggie Kelley, writing as Cleo Dooley, has a New York Times best selling series starring the handsome, suave and devil may care amateur sleuth Alexandre Drake, Viscount Saint Just and his Watson, Sterling Bader. Maggie¿s imagination made these two characters so realistic that they appeared in her living room one day and never left.

Saint Just decides that all three of them are going to attend the annual WAR (We Are Romance, Inc.) because he wants to win the prize more for the costume and sexiest cover model. From the start, the conference proves to be unsafe, as conventioneers are electrocuted, inundated with prank phone calls, and overwhelmed by an infestation of mice. When a romance reviewer is murdered, it is up to Saint Just and company to figure out whom is the prankster and who is the killer.

If the heroine was more secure and if she believed that Saint Just wouldn¿t disappear, she might allow herself to care for him. Since she is afraid she tries, sometimes successfully, to ignore the attraction she feels for her creation (shades of Dr. Frankenstein). Kasey Michaels has written a wonderful, funny, and upbeat mystery that satirizes the romance and mystery publishing industries and the conventions they spawn.

Harriet Klausner