Book Three in the Maggie Kelly Mystery Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Kasey Michaels.
Publishers Weekly: “An audacious premise with deliciously funny results.”
Maggie Kelly writes a best selling Regency Era-set mystery series starring her handsome, witty hero, Alexandre Blake, Viscount St. Just. This works very well, or at least it did until St. Just somehow managed to make the leap between fiction and her New York apartment. He even brought along his sidekick, Sterling Balder, and apparently they have no intention to return to the pages of her books.
And that's not even the strangest thing happening in Maggie's once dull but reasonably normal life. Ever since St. Just's arrival, dead bodies have had a habit of showing up, and St. Just, who truly believes he is a brilliant amateur detective, always insists he will solve the crimes. And with little regards for rules, something that Maggie's new boyfriend, police Lieutenant Steve Wendell says is beginning to get on his nerves.
This time the body -- murder needs a body -- is found in the bed of Maggie's editor, Bernie Toland-James, who woke up to the sight of the man who presumably had been dead for seven years. Move Bernie to the top of the suspect list.
But there's more. St. Just and Sterling have managed to snag a rent controlled apartment directly across the hall from Maggie's, and somebody has broken in, throwing the place into a shambles before leaving a threatening note. Then, yes, there's even more. Sterling, sweet Sterling, has disappeared, been kidnapped. St. Just is incensed, and rightly so.
Still suffering from nicotine withdrawal, and with a book deadline rushing toward her, Maggie is caught between worry for her friend Bernie and near terror over Sterling's disappearance, all while she is stuck in the middle ... without a clue.
Romance bestseller Michaels delivers more fantasy and fun in her third witty, well-plotted cozy (after 2003's Maggie by the Book) to feature Maggie Kelly, a former author of historical romances who now writes historical mysteries. When Maggie's editor, Bernice Toland-James, awakens in bed to find herself covered in blood and next to the dead body of her ex-husband, Benny, whom she assumed drowned almost seven years before, she phones Maggie in hysterics. Accompanied by her own fictional creation Alex Blake, Viscount Saint Just, the tall, handsome, astute and somewhat arrogant Regency detective Maggie rushes to the rescue. Having two quirky characters, Saint Just and his sidekick Sterling Balder, enter the real world and help Maggie solve mysteries lends an amusing metafictional twist to the series. (At the start, Saint Just points out to Maggie the favorable press on "their" latest novel on Amazon.com: "A starred review from Publishers Weekly, a quite flattering review from Booklist, and Kirkus was its usual damning-with-faint-praise self.") Meanwhile, somebody breaks in and ransacks Saint Just and Sterling's newly sublet apartment. Further complications ensue as Maggie tries to balance her attraction to Saint Just with her relationship with NYPD Lieutenant Steve Wendell, while Saint Just discovers feelings and thoughts not written into his original character. A surprising conclusion will leave readers wanting more.
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I am an ARC reader. I read this book freely . This is the 3rd book in the Maggie series. It can be read as a stand alone book, although it would be helpful to have read the other 2. Maggie is a writer. She developed her characters so well they popped into her life and her home. Her 2 main characters have all the qualities that she wished she had. Together they solve mysteries. Kasey Michaels is such a wonderfully talented writer. They is so much depth in the plot. As I read this book last night I kept thinking about the presidential debate that most of us watched. There on the screen is a man larger than life who is crude brash arrogant and self centered. While I am thinking how could this man ever represent America I was thinking of what kasey is really writing in her book. Contrary to what is on tv kasey has given her readers a man who above all has manners,shows respect is loving and loyal all with quiet elegance. Because of this he gets respect back. In this world man is choosing to loose these qualities. This story
is so relevant to what is happening now in our world. As a teacher of 36 yrs the most important lesson I could teach my children was manners. Many times I told them it was their greatest weapon. This story is a great story. It is so much more than a mystery romance. Please read it , tell your friends to read it have your teenagers read it!!!