Books by Marne Davis Kellogg

FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES by Marne Davis Kellogg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2007

"Kick's unapologetic joie de vivre, unhampered by qualms about age, weight or fleecing philistines, will thrill the Red Hat jet set."
In her fourth go-round (after Perfect, 2005, etc.), Kick Keswick, bling-burglar extraordinaire, "rocks" again. Read full book review >
PERFECT by Marne Davis Kellogg
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 18, 2005

"To be read by a roaring fire, with a plate of petits fours and a Kahlua café close at hand."
The world's greatest jewel thief is called up to save the British crown jewels—and manages to have a little lunch along the way. Read full book review >
PRICELESS by Marne Davis Kellogg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"A delightful caper: Fast-paced, atmospheric, and wryly amusing, the Kick saga (like the Dom Perignons Kick is so fond of) has aged well and lost none of its fizz."
Another episode in the remarkable career of international jewel thief and connoisseur Kick Keswick follows her to France, where she's in pursuit of a copycat burglar trying to pin a rap on her. Read full book review >
BRILLIANT by Marne Davis Kellogg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"Despite much insider lore about jewelry and objets d'art, a suspenseful account, with humor and a real sense of style."
A witty page-turner from the author of, most recently, Insatiable (2001). Read full book review >
INSATIABLE by Marne Davis Kellogg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2001

"Fast-paced international suspense, combined with sly social satire: unprincipled fun, overall, served up with consummate skill."
Kellogg (Birthday Party, 1999, etc.) leaves the West (and her popular sleuth Lilly Bennett) behind this time, with a sly caper featuring the butler-detective Nigel Weatherby-Smythe. Read full book review >
BIRTHDAY PARTY by Marne Davis Kellogg
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 28, 1999

As readers of her previous adventures know, Lilly Bennett (Nothing But Gossip, 1998, etc.) may be a marshall out West but all resemblance to Marshall Dillon ends there. As a member of a prominent local family, Lilly is equally comfortable enforcing the law and the flashy principles of frontier fashion. At an exclusive charity dinner she's attending, a shotgun-toting assassin blows a gaping hole in the chest of one of the guests. Lilly gives chase in a tight-fitting Yves Saint Laurent suit, losing the race and her family's helicopter to the more sensibly dressed killer. The disrupted dinner was in honor of the venerable and venomous Adelaide L. Johnson. Someone apparently has a deadly grudge against the Johnsons, owners of a powerful real-estate company (calling the company "rapacious" would be redundant, according to local political perspective). In her home territory of Roundup, Wyoming, Lilly rides herd on land developers and politicians, feuding families, a transgender rodeo star, and a crazy old woman in a Scottish castle. But she finds her investigations moving from little ol' Roundup, which normally operates like a cross between Dallas and Gunsmoke, to Las Vegas, which makes even those shenanigans look small-time. Between flirting with Wayne Newton and hitchhiking out of the desert, Lilly must figure out how the Mob and a glamorous troop of showgirls fit in. No one ever criticizes tall tales for improbability and contrivance, so we'll give Lilly the Marshall the same break we give Babe the Blue Ox. Overall: an entertaining, if highly fantastical, urban western mystery. The only feathers ruffled are on the boas the showgirls wear. Read full book review >
NOTHING BUT GOSSIP by Marne Davis Kellogg
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 29, 1998

Lilly Bennett, US marshal, private security doyenne, and arbiter of taste in Roundup, Wyoming, takes a break from the hectically fashionable preparations for her wedding to transplanted New York banker/dreamboat Richard Jerome to drop into a dinner at Alma and Wade Gilhooly's—and lands in the middle of a proxy battle for the ages. In this corner is Alma, chairman of Rutherford Oil's executive committee, who's determined to bet the company on a risky Siberian oil search. On the other side is Alma's half-sister Mercedes, Rutherford chairman and CEO, who's convinced the Siberian deal will leave the family company as dead as fossil fuel. And let's not forget the half-sisters' dotty Aunt Edith, who wants to scuttle the whole spat by appointing a new Rutherford board packed with worthies like Barbra Streisand and Michael Jordan. It's not really a fair fight, because somebody caps the dinner by shooting Alma, leaving Lilly (who, moments after announcing that she's got more money she can ever spend, is enticed into the case by Wade's offer of doubling her usual fee) to put the alibis of the leading disputants—televangelist Johnny Bourbon, African hunter Kennedy McGee, ex-Montana Senator Duke Fletcher, and of course the merry widower—through a rough-toothed comb in an exhilaratingly messy runup to her nuptials. Lilly's most endearing trademark, her catty eye for high plains tackiness, fades after the opening chapters, leaving her fourth case (Tramp, 1997, etc.) appealing mostly to fans who really care what her bridesmaids will be wearing. Read full book review >
TRAMP by Marne Davis Kellogg
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 10, 1997

If Lilly Bennett doesn't watch out, she's going to get tagged as the Typhoid Mary of Roundup, Wyoming. The latest victim to be struck down by mere proximity to Roundup's most glamorous security chief/US marshal is ancient lecher Cyrus Vaile, who collapses at his 90th birthday party minutes after telling Lilly that $20 million is missing from his Roundup Repertory Company's endowment. Who sneaked the digitalis into the tea he quaffed in lieu of Jameson's? When George Wrightsman, Winston McMorris, and Bradford Lake—the Roundup Rep's artistic director, executive producer, and leading director—all profess unalloyed delight that their founding angel is dead, it's a waste of time looking for suspicious attitudes. So Lilly sends her rancher brother Elias (who, despite his immense wealth and ignorance of theater, goes completely unsuspected under his alias of Bertram Chiswick) undercover into the Rep, where he promptly falls for George's surrealistically endowed secretary, Shelley Pirelli, who's not even the tackiest member of the archly entertaining cast. (That honor goes to Rep leading lady Gigi Dorrance-Downes, whose tasteful homestead, Auberge de Joie, Lilly memorably describes as ``Lillian Vernon Meets Marie Antoinette.'') Lilly's third (Curtsey, 1996, etc.) runs true to her amusing, undemanding formula: nasty gossip, Detection Lite, and nonstop opinions sometimes leavened with real wit. Read full book review >
CURTSEY by Marne Davis Kellogg
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 14, 1996

Who says there's no social life in Roundup, Wyoming? Certainly not Lilly Bennett, the marshal/security chief who graciously allows her beau Richard Jerome to squire her to every function on the calendar—and finds corpses at most of them. This time the luckless victim is the Baroness Rita von Singen und Mengen (nÇe hometown fatty Rita Haye), shot neatly to death as the Children's Hospital Christmas Party winds down. Since rumor has linked the Baroness with everyone from Texas oilman Sam Campbell to midwestern widow Cordelia Hamilton, and the widower, charming Baron Harry, with everyone from Lilly's old friend Fancy French to Fancy's brother Daniel, Harry decides he'd better retain Lilly to keep him out of jail. But Lilly's detection, as in her debut (Bad Manners, 1995), takes a back seat to easterner- bashing, great clothes (Sam Campbell's infant wife turns up as ``a carhop in Versace''), glimpses down every aging dÇcolletage in the county, and a delicious social parade from one tacky gathering to another, from the Roundup Debutante Ball (equally lethal to one invited guest) to opening night at Ada, a cattle- queen Aida. As for the mystery itself, well, ``once we got the remains taken care of, the party turned out to be hysterically fun.'' Read full book review >
BAD MANNERS by Marne Davis Kellogg
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 3, 1995

``I wondered how long it would be before Walter Butterfield got his,'' debuting heroine Lilly Bennett muses about the venal, lecherous neighboring rancher and chairman of the Butterfield Foundation on the night of his 75th birthday party. She doesn't have long to wait: He exits the party with his head blown off, his daughter Ellen standing over him holding a shotgun. But it's Ellen's twin sister, Christine, who's soon headed for the hoosegow. Ellen had told Lilly she thought her father was being blackmailed after he brought in an outsider to run his newspaper and threatened to replace her on the foundation board; Christine was turned into a drug addict by her father's years of sexual abuse. Of course it isn't that simple to Lilly, who put in 20 years as a California cop before coming home to the family spread in Wyoming and setting up Bennett Security International. Driven by her conviction that Ellen and Christine are innocent, she's soon up to her elbows in New West gargoyles: the twins' stepmother Pamela (nÇe Ramona P. Gryczkowski, the local homecoming queen); randy insurance broker Carl Rosak (Pam's homecoming king, etc., etc.); Pam's current lover, the ranch foreman with only one thing in his pants; Walter's last mistress, the transsexual rodeo queen. With the help of dishy opryland roper Richard Jerome and her brother Eli, a CIA agent turned rancher who's into surveillance, Lilly eavesdrops on every conversation in the Butterfield household for a week, which seems kind of an unfair advantage. No suspense, no tension, but lots of fun. Read full book review >