Maggie Needs an Alibi (Maggie Kelly Series #1)

Maggie Needs an Alibi (Maggie Kelly Series #1)

by Kasey Michaels

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New York Times bestselling author Kasey Michaels has a knack for whacking her readers in the heart�and the funny bone�with her witty tales of unexpected love. Now she delivers a whole new twist on sexual tension, as mystery writer Maggie Kelly sees her fantasy man come to life�right before a couple of her colleagues meet very untimely deaths�.

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 discovered her lover�who also happens to be her publisher�cheating on her. And she bounces right back into her smoking habit whenever she tries to quit. But something just happened that's got tough-talking, quick-thinking Maggie swooning into her super-soft sofa cushions.

Something in the form of an incredibly sexy Englishman by the name of Saint Just. Alexandre Drake, Viscount Saint Just, to be exact. Tall, dark, handsome, with an accent to die for and charm to spare, he's everything she's ever dreamed of in a man. There's just one problem. He is her dream man. He's every woman's fantasy. He's the character who's made her a bestselling author. He's not real. No, he's not real�but he is, for some reason, standing in the middle of Maggie's apartment. With the adorable, bumbling sidekick she created expressly for him right by his side�and eating that piece of fried chicken she was saving for lunch.

What's a savvy, New York City writer to do when faced with the figments of her imagination�in the flesh? Well, short of checking herself into Bellevue, she'd better get used to it. Because these guys aren't going anywhere�at least not until they've given Maggie a little unsolicited editorial advice regarding her latest telling of their adventures. Still, it's not the worst thing in the world to have a roomie as gorgeous as Saint Just�even if he is somewhat arrogant�and prone to leaving the cap off the toothpaste.

But just as Maggie's getting used to her new houseguests, things start to get quite a bit more complicated�in the �homicide� sense of the word. It seems her ex-lover, Kirk Toland, ever the inconsiderate cad, has had the nerve to die right there in her living room�of poisoning�after eating a dinner Maggie made. Her cooking isn't that bad�is it? And if that weren't weird enough, Toland's death is soon followed by the murder of a colleague whom everyone knows Maggie hated.

So, the mystery writer has become the murder suspect. And the only sleuth who's really on Maggie's side is the one she invented�.

Kasey Michaels is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than sixty-five books, ranging from historical to contemporary romance. Asked why she is so prolific, Kasey replies, �It is amazing the lengths one will go to in order to avoid housework.� Readers can contact Kasey personally via her website at

Praise for the novels of Kasey Michaels

�Using wit and romance with a master's skill, Kasey Michaels aims for the heart and never misses.��Nora Roberts

�Kasey Michaels creates characters who stick with you long after her wonderful stories are told.��Kay Hooper

�Simply adorable doesn't begin to describe this charming contemporary romance. Lively banter and imaginative characters�come together to make this witty, whirlwind narrative a delight.��Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786247653
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 11/06/2002
Series: Maggie Kelly Series , #1
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.77(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

Kasey Michaels is a USA Today bestselling author of over 100 romance novels. She has won an RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award and several other commendations for her contemporary and historical romance novels. Her bestselling series include the Romney Marsh Trilogy, The Coltons Series, and others.

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Maggie Needs an Alibi (Maggie Kelly Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is stellar. If you like the fantastic and impossible, you'll love it. I found that Maggie's characters coming to life and living in her world only served to add to the fun. I think the stark difference between their way of life and hers is handled well, with realistic reactions and tensions. Give this book a try.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Saw this book in the front of the store and recognized the author as a romance writer my wife likes, so I bought it for her. She loved it and finished it in a few days and pushed me to read it. I hesitated at first, but once I started I couldn't put it down. Funny. Thoughtful. Pure Entertainment. And quite frankly helped me score one in the good column with my wife.
Libcat41 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So far, not bad. I started with the 2008 St. Just book and decided to start the series. It's pretty decent.
DreamingInFiction on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Was definitely interesting to say the least :) In this series Maggie Kelly is a Mystery author. Her 2 main characters come to life and appear in her living room and soon help her solve her real live mystery when her ex-boyfriend ends up dead after she cooks dinner for him.. Weird, funny and intriguing all at once!
deepikasd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maggie Kelly is a mystery author who is on the New York Times best sellers list. Her mysteries feature two major characters: 1) her heroic detective Alexandre Blake, Viscount Saint Just, "amateur sleuth, hero extraordinare, world-class lover", and arrogant and 2) his sidekick and friend, Sterling Balder, "a slightly bumbling friend".Life seems to be going well until her ex-boyfriend shows up wanting to get back together. After managing to send him out the door, she turns around to find these two characters come to life, standing in her apartment and eating her food. After a series of fainting, "dreaming", thinking she's insane, etc., she finally comes to terms that they are indeed her characters and not some mega-fans who sneaked in when she wasn't looking.The next chapters deal with her dealing with the two; learning how to live with them and how to lie to her friends and "friends" about their existence. This includes a lot of thinking on their feet.The murder, which usually takes place at the beginning of most murder-mystery novels, doesn't even occur until chapters 8-9. And poor Maggie is thrust into bad press and chaos, forced to let "Alex" help her solve the mystery.The rest that follows is bravado, a tint of romance, comical relief, and a plot of conspiracy to murder.It is a fun read and will definitely brighten up your day.Kasey Michaels does a great job of keeping you occupied with her writing style that is both fun and serious.And the ending is perfection. Even if you do realize who did it, you really don't comprehend how much was involved until the end.So if you are looking for a mystery with a large helping of humor and some sprinklings of romance, definitely read "Maggie Needs an Alibi".
Brencz More than 1 year ago
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 with her own characters and then solve a mystery in real life as she does in her books. All the characters were well written. You did have to be on your toes to keep up and it was a tiny bit slow in the beginning, Once you got into the book, you were right there trying to solve the murder along with Maggie and Saint Just. I received this book for an honest review and I’m glad I did. I look forward to reading more Maggie Kelly stories.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
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 wild ride filled with wacky characters and sassy and lively dialogue. I love Maggie. She has a keen mind and a flair for the outlandish. She has her hand full with a regency dandy driving her to distraction. He keeps her on her toes. St. Just is smart and charming. He quickly adjusts to modern living, but on his own terms. He cares for Maggie and uses his talent to hunt down the murderer. New York will never be the same after St. Just and Balder are finished with the city. I haven't laughed so much in a long time. Kasey Michaels did a great job merging the interwoven storylines. I loved the hint of romance combined with the mystery. I was kept guessing until the very end. There were plenty of suspects and potential motives that kept me uncertain who the culprit was. I can't wait to see what will happen next with Maggie and St. Just. I received a copy in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
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 attention grabbing. A kooky writer becomes entangled in a larger than life mystery with her very own man of her dreams. Twistedly weird but highly addictive.
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GirlScoutLeaderPM More than 1 year ago
The cover caught my attention, the summary pulled me in. It was a light,unusual read. I enjoyed it enough to want to see where the writer takes the characters so I bought the other books in the series.
WashingtonReader More than 1 year ago
I *loved* this book. What happens when that Regency hero you created out of parts of all your favorite movie heroes pops out of your head, out of your computer, and into your living room? That's Maggie's dilemma in MAGGIE NEEDS AN ALIBI. From the opening pages, in which Maggie's writing area is described in hilarious and -- to a writer -- excruciatingly honest detail, I was laughing out loud. Good thing I was alone because I wouldn't have been able to keep my laughter silent out of courtesy to others. The way Michaels writers, the words she chooses, the pacing, the rhythm, all combine to create one of the funniest books I've EVER read. It's not your typical romance. For one thing, the come-to-life hero is exactly as Maggie wrote him, a Regency-era gentleman, all posing and pontification, and not at all atuned to life in the new Millennium. All of the characters in this story are three-dimensional, and fully realized. I have the next book in the series, but I'm catching up on some of her other stories first. Do yourself a favor and read this book. Savor it. Laugh over it, even if you have to put the book down for a full minute to continue laughing at a scene, a sentence, an image. It's worth ever moment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I knew I should stop reading, but couldn't give up until I finished the book. I kept looking for improvement, but it just kept getting worse. Farfetched plot. The characters weren't even interesting enough to dislike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book makes you slog through 124 pages of pretentious 'Regency' prose before the lame plot even starts. Then it keeps veering off into boring editorials about the publishing industry that may be interesting to the author, but don't interest the reader at all. When the plot finally starts, it is totally lame and predictable. The mystery is non-existant, and the romance is totally missing. What a dull read! I got stuck with it on a 12 hour airline flight. If I had been able to, I would have pitched it out the window! Alas, that is not possible at 30 thousand feet!