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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,158 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Peters Narrator: Grace Conlin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jacqueline Kirby Mysteries Release Date: August 1995 ISBN: 9781455171798
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She may be a bestselling author, but ex-librarian Jacqueline Kirby’s views on the publishing biz aren’t fit to print. In fact, she’s thinking of trading celebrity for serenity and a house far away from fiendish editors and demented fans, when her agent whispers the only words that could ever make her stay: Naked in the Ice.

Seven years ago, this blockbuster skyrocketed Kathleen Darcy to instant fame. Now the author’s heirs are looking for a writer to pen the sequel. It’s an opportunity no novelist in her right mind would pass up, and there’s no doubting Jacqueline’s sanityuntil she starts digging through the missing woman’s papers—and her past. Until she gets mixed up with Kathleen’s enigmatic lover. Until a series of nasty accidents convince her much too late that someone wants to bring Jacqueline’s story—and her life—to a premature end.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A charmer—funny, suspenseful…provocative mystery.”

    Phyllis A. Whitney

  • “An expertly made fun read.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Kirby, with her outrageous clothes and equally outrageous mouth, is a great companion to spend a couple of days with…Peters knows how to knit a good yarn.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Such marvelous fun…you’ll want to read it at a gulp—but don’t…Peters isn't merely magnificent, she’s also sneaky.”

    Charlotte Macleod

  • “[Kirby] risks mortal danger to unmask the culprit with panache and mastery remarkably similar to Peters’ own."

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Carter | 2/19/2014

    " Reread this one recently. More convinced than ever of the brilliance and skill of Barbara Mertz aka Elizabeth Peters aka Barbara Michaels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 2/16/2014

    " I downloaded this as an audiobook when I had an Audible.com subscription because...well, I don't remember why I chose it, exactly. Mystery novels are absolutely my personal guilty bookish pleasure, so it's not a stretch to imagine that someone recommended it to me and I picked it up for that reason. Regardless, I greatly enjoyed it. Plot summary: Jacqueline Kirby, loud-mouthed, brash, fearless, hilarious, best-selling romance author, needs a vacation from the publishing biz. Unfortunately, she's also out of money. So when she hears about the opportunity to write a sequel to one of the best-selling books of all time, which also happens to be one of her favorite books ever written, she jumps at it. The book's author, Kathleen Darcy, disappeared in the middle of nowhere seven years ago, and she's now presumed dead. Her family is interviewing candidates to write the sequel, and Jacqueline very much wants to get the job. The more she pokes around in their family business, however, the more certain she is that one of them wanted Kathleen dead - and she's determined to get to the bottom of that particular mystery. This was a fun, fast, entertaining story. The actor who reads the book captures Jacqueline Kirby PERFECTLY, which made the audiobook that much more enjoyable. I believe that this is the second or third Jacqueline Kirby book, and I definitely want to read the others in the series after experiencing this one. When I mentioned on Facebook that I'd read it, one of my friends said she liked to describe Elizabeth Peters's books as a peanut M&M - candy-coated chocolate with a nugget of protein in the center. I think that's a dead-on description. It is a fun, fluffy, cozy mystery story, but there's something weighty about it. It's well-written, and I can tell Peters is a smart woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trude | 2/16/2014

    " Loved this one more than I thought I was going to. The main character was much more interesting to me this time around, and the pacing was done masterfully. A fun mystery with fantastic pokes at the publishing industry that still ring true today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cookie | 2/15/2014

    " I was disappointed in this series but read it because I love the author's other books so much. I especially loved her Amelia Peabody series and there are so many of her stand-alone books that I have enjoyed over the years. Jaqueline Kirby just didn't hit the right balance with me. This book in particular seemed to drag too much even though I did enjoy the last quarter of the book and the ending was a surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Polly | 2/4/2014

    " Early mystery novel with lots of fun digs at writing and publishing. Not as good as Amelia Peabody, but fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 2/3/2014

    " A silly, fun read. The audiobook was done well, and the plot moves right along. A great cast of characters. I will probably pick up the others in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/1/2014

    " I really enjoyed this fun story with its suprises and all, but it was just too long for what was there. And can any one character be right all the time? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynne Tull | 2/1/2014

    " I said I would give the last book of the 'Jacqueline Kirby' series a chance...sometime. So in order to have closure, I went for it last night. I usually give a book 50 pages. Then, if I don't get into the book, I give myself permission to stop reading it. I gave this book only three pages. It was not any more interesting to me than the first three books. It seemed to document Ms. Peters' journey to become a well-known, well-read author in the Mystery genre. I am not a writer and not interested in becoming one; therefore, I have no interest in the details of how one goes about becoming one. If you are an aspiring author, you may love this book. I didn't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Michelle | 1/28/2014

    " loved this book! this is the book that turned me on to Elizabeth Peters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Michelle | 1/26/2014

    " loved this book! this is the book that turned me on to Elizabeth Peters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 1/26/2014

    " What's not to love--a librarian-turned-romance-novelist-turned-detective, with satisfyingly ludicrous sections of her latest novel . . . good times had by all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerald Curtis | 1/23/2014

    " This was my first reading of an Elizabeth Peters book. I detested the first part of the book, and if I had not trusted the person that suggested this author, I would not have continued. But I am glad that I did, because she weaves a delightful mystery and presents very believable characters, who are easy to care about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie DeMaioribus | 1/22/2014

    " This looks like a trashy raunchy mystery romance, but it is SO GOOD! It sparkles very quietly and is written flawlessly but not flashily. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joan | 1/21/2014

    " I couldn't slog through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie DeMaioribus | 1/17/2014

    " This looks like a trashy raunchy mystery romance, but it is SO GOOD! It sparkles very quietly and is written flawlessly but not flashily. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby | 1/16/2014

    " Excellent fun--my first Jacqueline Kirby mystery, and I'm amused at how her character is similar to Amelia Peabody's, although with her own quirks. I especially liked the (ironic) glimpse at the publishing world, and that Kirby is an ex-librarian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dharma | 1/15/2014

    " Fun, not terribly deep. Main character reminded me a bit of two friends, if blended together and made only a tad more outrageous then they are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/12/2014

    " A marvelous romp through the publishing world lead by the unquenchable Mrs. Kirby. Peter's tongue in cheek style is wonderful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 1/9/2014

    " The best of the four in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Polly | 1/7/2014

    " Early mystery novel with lots of fun digs at writing and publishing. Not as good as Amelia Peabody, but fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 1/4/2014

    " Just continuing my love affair with Elizabeth Peters. The Amelia Peabody books are still my fave, but the heroine of this one is great as well, and I will search out more in this series. I recommend this for fun, light, mystery reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 12/30/2013

    " Apparently this is a series for the Jaqueline Kirby character. Haven't read the other ones, but I enjoyed this one. Murder mystery with interesting characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 12/29/2013

    " Apparently this is a series for the Jaqueline Kirby character. Haven't read the other ones, but I enjoyed this one. Murder mystery with interesting characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 12/22/2013

    " What's not to love--a librarian-turned-romance-novelist-turned-detective, with satisfyingly ludicrous sections of her latest novel . . . good times had by all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosalyn | 12/20/2013

    " This mystery, which takes place at a romance writers' convention, is not only a fun mystery but a wonderful spoof of romance novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krissi | 12/11/2013

    " This book was much slower moving than the other Elizabeth Peters' mysteries I have listened to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/1/2013

    " My favorite of the three Jacqueline Kirby books that I've read. This one just captured my imagination I guess. Jacqueline's character seems to have smoothed out a bit and the plot, though not unpredictable, was at least understandable (something I couldn't really promise for Die for Love.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 11/24/2013

    " I really liked this novel - it's so much fun! The supporting cast is a riot and Jacqueline is formidable as usual! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 11/3/2013

    " Didn't care for this heroine as much as Vicky Bliss and Amelia Emerson, but still a good mystery plot with plenty of wrenches and fun characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karis North | 10/6/2013

    " One of my favorite EP books -- hysterical! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 10/3/2013

    " I really enjoyed this fun story with its suprises and all, but it was just too long for what was there. And can any one character be right all the time? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 8/17/2013

    " This is the last of the Jacqueline Kirby mysteries. She still ranks as my favorite heroine of all time. She's smart, bold, and sarcastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TheShelfTalker | 5/26/2013

    " It's been many years since I read this one, but I still remember being enthralled by it. The big reveal at the end was a little far-fetched, sure, but it was fun! I'm a sucker for novels where the main character is a writer; throw in some mystery and I'm a happy reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby | 3/18/2013

    " Excellent fun--my first Jacqueline Kirby mystery, and I'm amused at how her character is similar to Amelia Peabody's, although with her own quirks. I especially liked the (ironic) glimpse at the publishing world, and that Kirby is an ex-librarian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 3/6/2013

    " The best of the four in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Carter | 2/14/2013

    " Reread this one recently. More convinced than ever of the brilliance and skill of Barbara Mertz aka Elizabeth Peters aka Barbara Michaels. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Temperance | 1/12/2013

    " This book was dull. I lost the story line not even halfway through. Just couldn't hold my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clare | 1/7/2013

    " This book started slowly but got increasingly better as I made my way through it. Loved the ending and grew to really like the main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/5/2013

    " A marvelous romp through the publishing world lead by the unquenchable Mrs. Kirby. Peter's tongue in cheek style is wonderful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trude | 1/4/2013

    " Loved this one more than I thought I was going to. The main character was much more interesting to me this time around, and the pacing was done masterfully. A fun mystery with fantastic pokes at the publishing industry that still ring true today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosalyn | 11/28/2012

    " This mystery, which takes place at a romance writers' convention, is not only a fun mystery but a wonderful spoof of romance novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 8/12/2012

    " My favorite of the three Jacqueline Kirby books that I've read. This one just captured my imagination I guess. Jacqueline's character seems to have smoothed out a bit and the plot, though not unpredictable, was at least understandable (something I couldn't really promise for Die for Love.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 5/9/2012

    " Jacqueline Kirby returns to solve another mystery. Slated to write the sequel to a hit romance novel whose author died under mysterious circumstances, Kirby finds herself embroiled in the mystery and with her own life in jeopardy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Temperance | 3/13/2012

    " This book was dull. I lost the story line not even halfway through. Just couldn't hold my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 2/14/2012

    " Jacqueline Kirby returns to solve another mystery. Slated to write the sequel to a hit romance novel whose author died under mysterious circumstances, Kirby finds herself embroiled in the mystery and with her own life in jeopardy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 2/6/2012

    " #4 and the last for Jacqueline Kirby. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clare | 11/27/2011

    " This book started slowly but got increasingly better as I made my way through it. Loved the ending and grew to really like the main character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 8/27/2011

    " Didn't care for this heroine as much as Vicky Bliss and Amelia Emerson, but still a good mystery plot with plenty of wrenches and fun characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 8/1/2011

    " A silly, fun read. The audiobook was done well, and the plot moves right along. A great cast of characters. I will probably pick up the others in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TheShelfTalker | 7/12/2011

    " It's been many years since I read this one, but I still remember being enthralled by it. The big reveal at the end was a little far-fetched, sure, but it was fun! I'm a sucker for novels where the main character is a writer; throw in some mystery and I'm a happy reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 4/11/2011

    " #4 and the last for Jacqueline Kirby. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dharma | 3/30/2011

    " Fun, not terribly deep. Main character reminded me a bit of two friends, if blended together and made only a tad more outrageous then they are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 3/8/2011

    " Jacqueline Kirby returns to solve another mystery. Slated to write the sequel to a hit romance novel whose author died under mysterious circumstances, Kirby finds herself embroiled in the mystery and with her own life in jeopardy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TheShelfTalker | 9/27/2010

    " It's been many years since I read this one, but I still remember being enthralled by it. The big reveal at the end was a little far-fetched, sure, but it was fun! I'm a sucker for novels where the main character is a writer; throw in some mystery and I'm a happy reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 8/11/2010

    " Just continuing my love affair with Elizabeth Peters. The Amelia Peabody books are still my fave, but the heroine of this one is great as well, and I will search out more in this series. I recommend this for fun, light, mystery reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Polly | 10/15/2009

    " Early mystery novel with lots of fun digs at writing and publishing. Not as good as Amelia Peabody, but fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 9/25/2009

    " A marvelous romp through the publishing world lead by the unquenchable Mrs. Kirby. Peter's tongue in cheek style is wonderful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karis | 8/2/2009

    " One of my favorite EP books -- hysterical! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby | 8/18/2008

    " Excellent fun--my first Jacqueline Kirby mystery, and I'm amused at how her character is similar to Amelia Peabody's, although with her own quirks. I especially liked the (ironic) glimpse at the publishing world, and that Kirby is an ex-librarian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 6/22/2008

    " My favorite of the three Jacqueline Kirby books that I've read. This one just captured my imagination I guess. Jacqueline's character seems to have smoothed out a bit and the plot, though not unpredictable, was at least understandable (something I couldn't really promise for Die for Love.) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krissi | 4/4/2008

    " This book was much slower moving than the other Elizabeth Peters' mysteries I have listened to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 3/22/2008

    " I really liked this novel - it's so much fun! The supporting cast is a riot and Jacqueline is formidable as usual! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 3/19/2008

    " What's not to love--a librarian-turned-romance-novelist-turned-detective, with satisfyingly ludicrous sections of her latest novel . . . good times had by all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosalyn | 3/3/2008

    " This mystery, which takes place at a romance writers' convention, is not only a fun mystery but a wonderful spoof of romance novels. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Peters

Elizabeth Peters earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. She was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998. In 2003, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.

About the Narrator

Grace Conlin (1962–1997) was the recording name of Grainne Cassidy, an award-winning actress and acclaimed narrator. She was a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC, and won a Helen Hayes Award in 1988 for her role in Woolly Mammoth’s production of Savage in Limbo.