Maggie Needs An Alibi (Maggie Kelly Mysteries)

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kasey Michaels offers a snappy, sexy--and completely original--new take on comic mystery with the first book in a new series. 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 happened to be her publisher--cheating on her. 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. 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 the character who's made her a bestselling author. He's not real. However, now he's actually standing in the middle of Maggie's apartment--with the adorable, bumbling sidekick she created expressly for him right by his side. 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, has had the nerve to die right there in her living room. . .of poisoning. . .after eating a dinner Maggie made. And if that weren't weird enough, Toland's death is followed by the murder of a colleague whom everyone knows Maggie hated. So now, the mystery writer has become the murder suspect. And the only sleuth who's really on Maggie's side is the one she invented!

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Prolific historical romance writer Michaels (The Hopechest Bride) breaks into a new genre, thanks to an audacious premise with deliciously funny results. Maggie Kelly, midlist writer of historical romance, got dumped by her publisher when her sales figures didn't rise fast enough, so she reinvented herself as a mystery writer. Making use of her historical background, she created a Regency aristocrat-detective, Alexandre Blake, Viscount Saint Just, giving him an endearing, bumbling sidekick, Sterling Balder. Having quickly become a bestseller, Maggie is polishing up her latest when suddenly her two characters step out of her imagination and into her life. At first she thinks she's hallucinating, but she rapidly realizes that Saint Just and Balder really have come to life. It's one thing to write about the adventures of a gorgeous, arrogant and condescending hero; it's another entirely to have to live day to day with the man himself. When Maggie's former lover and current publisher, Kirk Toland, dies after eating a dinner Maggie prepared for him, Maggie is the chief suspect in a very nasty murder mystery for which she can't write the ending. Predictably, Saint Just insists on playing hero and trying to solve the murder, while Maggie tries to keep anyone from figuring out who (and what) he really is. Michaels handles it all with great aplomb, gaily satirizing the current state of publishing, slowly building the romantic tension between Maggie and her frustratingly real hero, and providing plenty of laughs for the reader.
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Michaels leaves the romance world behind and enters the realm of mystery and fantasy with an implausible plot that somehow works superbly. Maggie Kelly is a former historical romance writer who now has a string of best-selling historical mysteries featuring Viscount Saint Just, the Sherlock Holmes of the Regency era, and his rotund sidekick, Sterling Balder. Margaret's characters inexplicably escape from her imagination and appear in the flesh in her New York City apartment. She has trouble believing that they're real, but they appear exactly as she has written them, and other people can see and hear them. To further complicate her already overloaded life, her former boyfriend cum publisher becomes seriously ill at her apartment, and she becomes the prime suspect in his imminent demise. Saint Just sees this as an opportunity to use his sleuthing skills, but fictional Regency techniques don't translate well in modern times. Readers who suspend disbelief will relish Michaels' clever and highly amusing mystery. Patty Engelmann
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