Friday September 5, 2003

Maggie Needs an Alibi

Do you like mystery fiction? Try this one: Maggie Needs an Alibi by Kasey Michaels.

Maggie Kelly is a writer. Six years ago she wrote Historical Romances (with 15 books to date); then her publisher hired a new accountant who fired most of the "mid-list" authors (including Maggie).

Unable to afford a long vacation, Maggie reinvented herself as a Historical Murder Mystery writer and slipped a new pen name past the accountant (with her editor's assistance). She created a dashing series hero, Alexandre Blake, the Viscount Saint Just, along with his stalwart friend and sometime partner, Sterling Balder. Her new books soon hit the New York Times bestseller list and everyone was (reasonably) happy... until several weeks ago.

Until the day that Maggie, wrapping up the latest Saint Just novel, turned around to discover Alexandre Blake, the Viscount Saint Just, standing in her living room. She'd made Saint Just (and Balder) so real, they were able to leave her mind and materialize in her Manhattan apartment.

Maggie Needs an Alibi is funny and fun. The characters are real (although, not quite real enough to materialize in my living room). The conversation sparks. -- Try it. Let me know if you like it. (If you can't find the book shelved in Mysteries, check Romance; it's not a Romance novel, but like Maggie, Kasey Michaels is also a Romance novelist).

The sequel, Maggie by the Book, is currently (August 2003) in hardcover. I'm looking forward to reading it.

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