Naked Once More (Jacqueline Kirby Series #4)

Naked Once More (Jacqueline Kirby Series #4)

by Elizabeth Peters


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780517074435
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/15/1991
Series: Jacqueline Kirby Series , #4

About the Author

Barbara Mertz (1927-2013), who also wrote under the pseudonyms Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels, was the prolific author of mystery, suspense, and nonfiction books. She is perhaps the best known for the mystery series she wrote as Elizabeth Peters featuring archaeologist and amateur sleuth Amelia Peabody. Mertz earned her PhD in Egyptology in 1952 and published two nonfiction titles on life in Ancient Egypt. Her top books include The Curse of the Pharaohs, The Mummy Case, and The Golden One.


A farm in rural Maryland

Date of Birth:

September 29, 1927

Place of Birth:

Canton, Illinois


M.A., Ph.D. in Egyptology, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 1952

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Naked Once More (Jacqueline Kirby Series #4) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
druidgirl More than 1 year ago
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 Gally and Grand Central Publishing.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
turtlesleap on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Moderately entertaining mystery involving the disappearance of a well-known author and the questions surrounding her presumed death.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my all-time favorites.
victorianrose869 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
9-30-2008Writer 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 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.
marnattij on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
merrycoz More than 1 year ago
While I found I wasn't a particular fan of the main character, I enjoyed this read. The landscape felt real, and Peters' writing style is crisp and evocative. Finally, a fictional writer who's really writing! The ups and downs of working on a book are detailed wonderfully. I loved the little bits from the book for which Jacqueline is writing a sequel. The mystery was entertaining and complex. A good read.
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'You light up my life'