Naked Once More by Elizabeth Peters

Elizabeth Peters is the pseudonym used by author Barbara Mertz when writing her mysteries featuring archeologist and amateur detective Amelia Peabody.

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Naked Once More by Elizabeth Peters


Features

  • Paperback: 368 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 6.72 x 4.16
  • Publisher: Warner Books; Reprint edition (October 1994)
  • ISBN: 0446360325


    Reader Reviews
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful: SUICIDE? -- MURDER? -- OR?, May 13, 2003 Reviewer: Loren D. Morrison from Los Angeles County, U.S.A. Seven years before this novel opens, Kathleen Darcy, a novelist famous for her one book, __Naked in the Ice__, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Although no body was ever found and the only evidence was her abandoned car, which yielded no clues, her disappearance was officially ruled to be a suicide. Many of her friends, family, and fans question this conclusion and believe that she was either murdered or is still alive. In the present, our protagonist Jacqueline (don't dare to call her Jackie!) Kirby, a successful novelist in her own right, wins a competition and is chosen to write a sequel to Ms. Darcy's novel. Upset by this decision are some fans who believe that no sequel should ever be written, and at least two of the other authors who lost out to her in the competition. These two rather unsavory characters are the aptly (self)named Brunhilde, and the bullying Jack Carter. How Jacqueline "destroys" these two through public humiliation is almost a case study in "coolness." Jacqueline is a bit of an amateur detective whose instincts tell her that something is really amiss. There are a lot of people who might have had motives to get rid of Kathleen Darcy, and maybe Jacqueline, too. She therefore makes it her business to determine: (A): If Kathleen Darcy was murdered, or (B): She committed suicide, or (C): She is still alive, and (D): If murder, who is responsible, or (E): If she committed suicide, why, or (F): If she is still alive, where is she, and (G): Who murdered the owner of a local bookstore, a fanatical fan of Darcy, and why, and finally (H): Who is setting up "accidents" that threaten Jacqueline's life, and why do they mirror a series of so-called accidents that happened to Darcy shortly before her disappearance? Whew! That's a lot. Now let's throw in a sleazy lawyer, Kathleen's most unappealing half-brother, a handsome chef, a handsome neighbor, a dishonest agent, a couple of Kathleen's sisters, the two losing authors already mentioned, and one or two others, all with seeming motives, and all with something to hide. It's Jacqueline's self-assigned job to sort through all of these people and possibilities while protecting herself, and o find the solution to this "who-dunnit." How well does she do? You'll have to make it your job to find out. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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