|Plot Summary of Maggie Needs an Alibi|
In this first book of a new series by Michaels we are introduced to Maggie Kelly, a writer of Victorian crime novels. Things are just getting started when her ex-boyfriend dies on her couch after dinner, and the police suspect she did it! She starts questioning her sanity when a gorgeous man,(and a silly sidekick) show up in her apartment and are identical to the main characters in her books. Try dealing with two strange men that know everything about you, but are living in the Victorian ages, and a cop interested in you for all the wrong reasons!
This synopsis report prepared by Manda
Kensington, Jul 2002, 20.00, 310 pp.
Six years ago, Toland Publishing fired midlist romance writers including Maggie Kelly better known as historical author Alica Tate Evans. Rather than cry in her tea, Maggie switches genres trying her word processing on the Regency mystery sub-genre. Creating amateur sleuth hero Viscount Saint Just and his sidekick Balder, Maggie uses the “O” filled pen name of Cleo Dooley. She quickly becomes a New York Times best selling author.
Maggie begins to wonder what is in her tea when Saint Just and Balder appear in her Manhattan apartment. As they drive her crazy, Maggie feels responsibility for the duo even though they adjust to modern life like ducks to water. When Maggie's publisher Kirk Toland dies after dining at her home, the police suspect the author killed him, as they were former lovers. Naturally Saint Just reverts to character and investigates the homicide in his nineteenth century aristocratic manner that skewers urbane urbanites.
Renowned writer Kasey Michaels takes the trendy dive from romance to mystery with MAGGIE NEEDS AN ALIBI, but does not just add a lot of suspense to a tale of love as commonly done with the switch. Unlike Maggie, Ms. Michaels needs no alibis as she satirizes the publishing industry where small success mean downsizing. The amusing story line contains an entertaining who-done-it starring a wonderful heroine and her now living Regency characters learning the uses of plastic faster than solving the case. This cast humorously skewers anyone in its path while making this novel into a deserving sure shot bestseller.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Maggie Needs an Alibi|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards family/friends
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- New York
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- mostly dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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