by Elizabeth Peters
Die for Love
Avon, January, 2002.
Paperback, 357 pages.
Nebraska librarian Jacqueline Kirby is bored with her life; it seems that nothing exciting ever happens at the college where she teaches. So, she hops a plane to the annual Historical Romance Writers of the World convention in New York City to see if she could become a romance author. When a much disliked gossip columnist dies suddenly at one of the events, Jacqueline is convinced that it's murder. Now, all she has to do is find a murderer amongst all the starry-eyed fans, acres of pink decorations, haughty prima donnas and cutthroat agents which populate the world of romance publishing.
Elizabeth Peters, best known for her Amelia Peabody mystery series, pens a fast and funny amateur sleuth story with her delightful series protagonist Jacqueline Kirby. Although originally written in 1984, Die for Love reads just like a current mystery novel, the only difference being that none of the characters ducks out to check her email. With a fast-paced plot, lots of good natured swiping at the romance writing industry and a very funny cast of characters, Die for Love is a charming concoction with which to while away a winter afternoon.
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This review was published in the February, 2002 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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