Faked to Death (Simon Kirby-Jones Series #2)

Faked to Death (Simon Kirby-Jones Series #2)

by Dean James

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ISBN-13: 9781575668871
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 04/01/2003
Series: Simon Kirby-Jones Series , #2
Pages: 225
Product dimensions: 5.86(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.92(d)

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Dean James is the Agatha Award-winning author of several works of mystery nonfiction as well as two mystery series.

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Faked to Death (Simon Kirby-Jones Series #2) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Second in James¿ series. This one has Simon and Giles at a writers conference with an amusing cast of mystery writers. There is of course a murder. Fun.
Mendoza on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A Vampire Cozy! That alone endears me to this series. Faked To Death is number two (after Posted To Death)In this second novel, Simon (our gay vampire) and his handsome trusty assistant Sir Giles, attend a writers' conference at the home of Lady Hermione Kinsale. Simon has a strong motive for attending. Someone, posing as Ms. Darlington, will also be there, and Simon is determined to find out what the imposter is up to. A colorful cast of eccentric authors populate the writers' workshop and the reader is informed that each has reason to detest the fake Dorinda. Needless to say, it is not long before the imposter is dead and the mystery is in full swing.This delightful English Cozy is full of off-beat, fun characters, and set in the British countryside.A couple distractions for me in this series so far is his constant pill popping. DOn't need to have it so much a part of the story line. And his relatinship with Giles - or lack there of maybe. Something a little more settled would be nice.
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FAKED TO DEATH is the second in the Simon Kirby-Jones mystery series by Dean James. Dr Kirby-Jones is a prolific author who writes historical biographies under his own name, and mysteries with a female sleuth under his pen name, Dorinda Darlington. Oh, by the way, Simon Kirby-Jones is a gay vampire. Of course in this day and age vampires take pills three times a day that allow them a most life like existence. They can no longer turn into bats or put the glamour on people but the up side is they no longer sleep in coffins and they can go about in the day time. They do retain their intuitive gifts however. In this second novel, Simon and his handsome trusty assistant Sir Giles, attend a writers' conference at the stately home of Lady Hermione Kinsale. Simon has a strong motive for attending. Someone, posing as Dorinda Darlington, will also be there, and Simon is determined to find out what the imposter is up to. A colorful cast of eccentric authors populate the writers' workshop and the reader is informed that each has reason to detest the fake Dorinda. Needless to say, it is not long before the imposter is dead and the mystery is in full swing. This novel is a delightful English Cozy, full of off beat, fun characters, and set in the British countryside. James constructs an admirable who-done-it, with the prerequisite red herrings, and the reader is kept guessing as to the murderer's identity. The humor here is firmly tongue-in-cheek. This is a pleasant and distracting read from cover to cover, and a definite credit to its genre. I look forward to the next installment.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The villagers of Snupperton Mumsley are happy to welcome American Southern born and bred best-selling author Simon Kirby-Jones into their English midst. Simon is elated to be away from the States and the break up with his boyfriend especially now that he has as his assistant the gorgeous Sir Giles Blitherton, who is just waiting to jump his bones. The only thing holding him back from getting romantically involved with anyone is the fact that he is a vampire and is afraid to trust Giles with his secret. As long as Simon takes his medication three times a day he can pass for human, which enables him to walk in the sunlight and be active in the daytime. He accepts an invitation from Lady Hermione Kinsale to appear at a writer¿s workshop but he¿s outraged to learn that mystery author Dorinda Darlington is also appearing. Simon knows she¿s a fake because he is Dorinda and he¿s absolutely livid that his agent who is also at the conference arranged this publicity stunt. When the fake Dorinda is murdered, Simon deduces that one of blackmailed authors killed her. He investigates because he¿s nosy. The protagonist is a drama queen with a biting sense of humor. He is also a vampire who has few traditional powers (the side effect of the medication he uses) so he must solve the who-done-it by using his wits of which he has many. The mystery is well plotted and there are many suspects who could be the killer so the readers are able to like this delightful cozy with a supernatural twist. FAKED TO DEATH is a unique, refreshing and totally endearing satirical mystery. Harriet Klausner