Read Naked Came the Phoenix by Marcia Talley Nevada Barr J.D. Robb Nancy Pickard Lisa Scottoline Perri O'Shaughnessy J.A. Jance Faye Kellerman Online


The promise of discretion and pampering-and a long-overdue reconciliation with her mother-draws Caroline Blessing, the young wife of a newly-elected Congressman, to the fancy Phoenix Spa. But after her first night in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Caroline wakes to find the rich and famous guests in turmoil and under suspicion: the spa's flamboyant and ambitious ownerThe promise of discretion and pampering-and a long-overdue reconciliation with her mother-draws Caroline Blessing, the young wife of a newly-elected Congressman, to the fancy Phoenix Spa. But after her first night in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Caroline wakes to find the rich and famous guests in turmoil and under suspicion: the spa's flamboyant and ambitious owner has been murdered. As the secrets come out-and the body count rises, can Caroline keep herself from becoming the next victim? ...

Title : Naked Came the Phoenix
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ISBN : 9780312251949
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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Naked Came the Phoenix Reviews

  • Bark
    2019-04-09 22:32

    Naked Came The Phoenix was a book selection for two of my local reading groups because we were intrigued by its unusual format. Twelve bestselling mystery and suspense author joined together to contribute a chapter to this murder-mystery, soap-opera. The catch? Each other must pick up where the last left off and continue the story using the same cast of characters, all of who get zanier as the story progresses.The opening chapter written by Nevada Barr sets up the story and, in my opinion, was the driest, dullest entry in the entire book. It’s here that the lifeless main characters are introduced (luckily they don’t stay that way!). After the recent death of her father, Caroline, wife of a big shot Congressman, agrees to spend some quality bonding time with her difficult mother at a high-end health spa. Caroline’s fellow guests at the spa include an aging rock legend, a quirky psychic, a starving model and loads of other oddballs and Hollywood “it” types.After the slow start, JD Robb picks up the tempo in chapter two. She breaths life into Caroline’s character by bringing her down to earth in a funny little adventure brought about by hunger. She also adds a hunky pool-boy to the ever growing list of characters and kicks things into high gear by killing off the snooty spa owner.Things get silly as each character seems to harbor some dirty secret and the murder count becomes ridiculously high as each author adds their own little twists and turns to the story and attempts to pick up where the previous author left off. A friend of mine described the characters as “manic depressives” and she was right on. Each character switches moods and personalities from chapter to chapter which only added to the sense of fun. Eventually, all dangling threads and over-the-top plot twists were neatly brought together by author Laurie King.I’d read another book like Naked Came The Phoenix for the fun factor alone. But would I read this one again? Umm, probably not.

  • Staceyj
    2019-03-27 02:25

    I had fun reading this fun spoof of a novel. Learning the history behind serial novels then reading this book for a fun story and getting exactly that. It's not to be taken too seriously. Just enjoy it for what it is.

  • Catten
    2019-04-02 02:44

    Another serial novel is out, this time written by female mystery authors. (Authoresses?)Remember Naked Came the Manatee? This is the same sort of deal: The thirteen chapters are each written by a different author in the tradition of that 1969 book, Naked Came the Stranger.Stranger was purportedly written by a Connecticut housewife named Penelope Ashe but was in reality written by 24 Newsday journalists. Editor Marcia Talley was approached by her publisher to do the book. She knew Val McDermid and Laurie King, and then contacted several other authors about the project, including Nevada Barr, Lisa Scottoline, and the sisters Perri (Mary and Pamela) O'Shaughnessy. Each was given a month to complete her chapter.One of the things I really liked about Naked Came the Manatee was how each chapter demonstrated the author's style. In Phoenix, the chapters flow together so seamlessly, you forget you're reading a serial. I was particularly impressed with how well Laurie King wrapped up every loose end the others had created.The writing is pretty light. Caroline Blessing, our heroine, takes her grieving mother to the Phoenix Spa for some R&R. It isn't long before trouble finds Caroline - the spa's owner is murdered and left in a mud bath. The story begins twisting there and keeps winding tighter until the end. The characters are colorful and witty. It's a fun read.Mississippi author Nevada Barr is the award-winning author of the Anna Pigeon mystery series - the latest is Blood Lure. She is currently working on her tenth novel.Mary Jane Clark is a producer and writer at CBS News, as well as the author of media thrillers Do You Want to Know a Secret? (1998), Do You Promise Not to Tell? (1999), Let Me Whisper In Your Ear (2000), and Close To You, which came out in September 2001.Diana Gabaldon has just completed the fifth volume in her award-winning "Outlander" series - The Fiery Cross - and is heading out on tour soon.J.A. Jance writes two police procedural series featuring Detective J.P. Beaumont (12 titles) and Sheriff Joanna Brady (9 titles).Faye Kellerman is the author of 15 novels, including Stalker: A Novel and The Forgotten.Laurie R. King writes two crime fiction series and has published 11 novels. Her most recent work is Folly (2001). She has won the Edgar, the Creasey, and the Nero Wolfe awards, and has been nominated for many others. British author Val McDermid has published 15 novels and one non-fiction book, and has won the Gold Dagger and the French Grand Prix des Romans d'Aventures. Her most recent novel is A Place of Execution.Perri O'Shaughnessy, author of 5 New York Times bestselling novels, is really two sisters who collaborate on a series of legal thrillers and short stories. Their most recent release is Writ of Execution(2001).Author of the acclaimed Victorian series starring William Monk and Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, Anne Perry has written more than 30 novels, including the 2001-release, A Dish Taken Cold. She has won many awards, among them the Herodotus for Lifetime Achievement and the Edgar.Nancy Pickard is the author of two mystery series. Her books include Confession and The Whole Truth, which was recently nominated for an Edgar Award.J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) is the New York Times bestselling author of the futuristic "In Death" romantic suspense series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Her most recent is Judgment In Death.Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including legal thrillers Moment of Truth (2000) and Mistaken Identity (1999). Everywhere That Mary Went (1994), was nominated for the Edgar Award; Final Appeal (1995), won the Edgar the next year. Her latest novel, The Vendetta Defense was released this year.Ohio author Marcia Talley just released Occasion of Revenge. Her debut novel, Sing It to Her Bones, won the coveted Malice Domestic Grant in 1998, and was a Mystery Guild Featured Alternate for Fall 1999.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-29 04:34

    I picked this up because I assumed it was an anthology of short stories, and I saw JD Robb's name on it. Rather, it's a serial mystery, each chapter written by a different author. Sounds really intriguing, right? Especially with a bunch of well known, well-liked successful authors. Totally wrong. This really sucked - the characters were awful and boring (Caroline could have been likeable, except every time she started to grow a bit of a spine they let her fall apart again). The other characters were all very unlikeable and their personalities seemed a bit disjointed - probably due to having a different author each chapter. A single author can show a different side to a character and their story still seems continuous, but it seemed like each time you saw a new facet of the character you didnt see quite enough for it to feel genuine. (view spoiler)[At some point, once you realize that for some reason each guest was essentially summoned by Claudia, you realize that this feels an awfully lot like And Then There Were None - then they start dying off and it's annoying to have all these great authors ripping off Agatha Christie. Then you get to the denouement in the final chapter and it's more than annoying and into tacky. I was extremely irked at Douglas and Caroline at the end - one, that Douglas would believe any such stupid nonsense he was told WITHOUT DNA TESTING, and two, that Caroline just went right back to him. Plus, once you find out who she's related too you realize her family is made up of all these amazing and talented and cool people, and she's just a waste of space. (hide spoiler)]

  • Penny
    2019-04-16 21:49

    This is a serial novel in the manner of "Naked Came the Manatee", " Naked Came the Stranger", "The Floating Admiral" and others. Thirteen women mystery/crime writers collaberated to write this novel and gave a portion of the royalties to breast cancer research.Contributing authors are:Chapter 1 - Navada BarrChapter 2 - Nora Roberts (J. D. Robb)Chapter 3 - Nancy PickardChapter 4 - Lisa ScottolineChapter 5 - Perri O'Shaughnessy (Pam and Mary)Chapter 6 - J. A. JanceChapter 7 - Faye KellermanChapter 8 - Mary Jane ClarkChapter 9 - Marcia Talley (editor and contributor)Chapter 10 - Anne PerryChapter 11 - Diana GabaldonChapter 12 - Val McDermidChapter 13 - Laurie R. King I would like to give this book more than two stars but I really can't go there. It was fun to read and I enjoyed the various twists the authors took...but did not like the ending (sorry, Ms. King).However, I give twenty stars to the contribution to breast cancer research. Way to go authoresses!

  • Sandra
    2019-04-04 22:23

    Written by many different detective fiction authors (all women), this book is, at times, rather disjointed and somewhat unbelievable. All that being said, it was great fun!!! I enjoyed seeing my favorite authors writing in a different setting and even a different time.

  • Julie
    2019-03-26 23:26

    First time reading a book of this style - each chapter a different author - worked for me. Many of my favorites were part of this! Will definitely look for some others like this!

  • Slone Britain
    2019-04-09 22:33

    Dull readingSort of an interesting story line. Lots of murders and one totally unnecessary. Seemed very contrived and there is a pattern to the writing. Dull.

  • Crystal
    2019-04-11 22:47

    A fun book. It was a quick, light read.

  • Peggy Thomson
    2019-04-03 21:50

    Collaborative exercise with 12 female mystery writers including JD Robb, Laurie King. “Oh, what a bloody mess! Hallelujah!” Rather fun exercise, if you disregard the plenitude of corpses. Intro is a must read.The e-book version lists Nevada Barr as author.

  • LInda L
    2019-04-23 01:27

    Not so great -- Nevada Barr was a contributor to this book.

  • Lynn
    2019-04-11 01:32

    Naked Came the Phoenix a serial novel edited by Marcia Talley ISBN 0312251947This book is just plain wonderful. I have bought numerous short story books for the libraries, however they rarely circulate for few people like short stories. I think that most patrons want to sit and read a story from beginning to end … not a series of short little clips.This book is not a short story collection — it is a serial novel. One author starts the premise and leaves at the end of the chapter, the next author continues with the story with the same characters adding new characters knocking of those that they find irritating and leaving the story at the end of the chapter to the next author.This serial novel has all star authors who teamed together to write a book in which all profits went to Breast Cancer Research.We meet Caroline Blessing, wife of a congressman, and her mother at the beginning of the book. They are at a posh spa in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, where people pay big bucks for a squirly curly carrot on a plate with pretty swirled sauce. They also get to hobnob with celebrities and be “restored” to peace and calm.Caroline decides to raid the kitchen in the middle of the night because she is starving and feels that she will not last until morning and overhears a discussion that was not meant for her ears. Along the way there are almost too many bodies to count, a transplanted Philadelphia detective, Adonis the trainer, and a rock star with many skeletons in his closet.What I liked best about this book was that I can now say, well in all my “free” time I can now try reading THIS author because I really liked her chapter. It has the wonderful continuity of a novel, but the sampling nature of a short story collection. The best of both worlds!

  • JBradford
    2019-04-21 22:34

    This book is a serial novel, meaning that it was written by 13 different people, some of whom happen to be among my favorite mystery authors, including Anne Perry, J. A. Jance, and Lisa Scotoline. The original project was given to Marcia Talley by her agent, the idea was that each of the individual authors was to write their own chapter in the third person point of view, with each chapter building on whatever had come before, with the fun coming about because each successive author twisted the plot in an entirely new direction, with Laurie King, the final authoress in this series, having the task of tying everything together and bringing resolution to the mystery. This is a fun filled light read.The novel features Caroline Blessing as its main character, beginning when she and her mother, following the death of her father, sign themselves into a very exclusive spa shortly after Caroline’s new husband, Douglas, becomes a freshman congressman. It turns out that the clientele of the spa includes a number of very unusual characters, including a supermodel and her manager, a has-been movie producer, famous psychic, a 70s-era rocker, etc. — all of them seeming to have mysterious reasons for wanting to be in the spa at this time, and the spa owners and staff personnel turn out to be just as unusual. What starts off as an apparent analysis of what makes different people tick quickly turns into a mystery when the spa owner, Claudia de Vries, a former college roommate of Caroline’s mother is found dead in one of the bloodbath pools. This event brings in an unusual Cosmo-like detective, whose initial investigation is continually thwarted as more bodies appear.

  • Caitlin
    2019-04-23 22:46

    Told by a different author in each chapter, in the style of Naked Came the Stranger and Naked Came the Manatee--each author writes their own twist and plants their own clues, leaving the next to pick up the threads. The resulting story is very twisty and complicated, delightfully so for a whodunit fan.Caroline Blessing is the wife of a Congressman, and the daughter of a difficult, demanding, power hungry mother. It's not exactly the most restful place to be, but Caroline does her best to meet expectations--which is why she ends up at the expensive Phoenix Spa. Only the rich and famous usually grace its walls--which makes for an interesting mix of suspects when the spa owner turns up dead.The suspects know each other in a complicated web of relationships, secrets, and lies--which makes the motivation for the killer increasingly complicated as the bodies begin to pile up. Though full of twists, the story as a whole makes sense, each clue woven into the tapestry of plot--though maybe not as the original clue-dropper intended. The end result is attention-grabbing, funny, and ridiculous.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-28 21:42

    There are a ridiculous number of dead bodies piling up in this book, but that is nothing compared to all of the characters who were given up for adoption as infants. It makes one’s heap spin keeping track of all the characters’ ever shifting relationships with one another. Murders aside, everything else that goes on is very similar to a soap opera, except in a soap opera all the secrets would be revealed over the course of about five years, rather than a few days. There are a few plot inconsistencies, but nothing too major, or bad enough to really hinder my enjoyment of the novel. It was a funny and entertaining book. The best example of a serial mystery I have read is The Floating Admiral, which started it all, and is mentioned in the introduction. That one was very well done, and I highly recommend it.

  • Melva
    2019-04-01 01:35

    Found this at the library. It was published 15 years ago with some of the great female mystery writers each writing a chapter of this mystery novel. The proceeds of the book went to beat cancer research. So I loved going into it the concept and purpose of the book. Plus it had some of my favorite writers, J.D. Robb, Lisa Scottaline, Diana Gabaldon to name just a few. But I guess because each had one chapter it was a fairly simple book. No one had the time to develop the characters or story probably as much as they would have liked. With that said I still hadn't guessed who had done it at the end or many of the twist and turns the book took to get us there. Those two things alone made it a fun read.

  • Candy Hart
    2019-04-11 01:26

    My book club decided we needed a light book and a member chose this one. At first it seems a strange concept to have thirteen female mystery writers, without collaboration, write this book, chapter by chapter. The first chapter is the slowest because Nevada Barr had the task of setting the scene and introducing the characters. J.D. Robb took chapter two to set up the murder and she did it with her usual style and descriptiveness. From there, I found it fun to notice the style of the authors shown in their chapters, without ever feeling the book was out of sync. I also knew when lawyers were involved, it had to be the turn of the sisters writing as Perri O'Shaunessy. I wish these authors would do it again, or take the lead with another wonderful group.

  • Joe Slavinsky
    2019-04-08 01:26

    Another book that didn't survive Shelfari. I don't remember exactly when I read it, definitely more than ten years ago, and it introduced me to some of my favorite female authors: J.D. Robb, Laurie R. King, and Nevada Barr. It was written in 2001, and IMHO, it copied(somewhat) "Naked Came the Manatee(1997), a book co-written by 13 different authors, who were all from Florida, including Carl Hiaasen(another favorite of mine), Dave Barry, and Elmore Leonard. "Phoenix" was co-written by 14 female authors. Both are terrific examples of collaborative writing, and great editing. I'll have to check to see if my review from "Manatee" survived, as well.

  • Dan
    2019-03-31 22:48

    This book was written by thirteen mystery writers, each of which wrote a chapter. The preceding chapters were delivered to the next author, who had to carry the plot along and then hand it to the next author. I read it because I was curious to see the results of that process and because my wife had already bought and read it.The book was more seamless than I expected. I could not tell a significant difference in style except that I could tell Nevada Barr did not write more than the first chapter. The rest of the book lacks her distinctive phrases and descriptions.As a mystery book it is second rate. In the end I wished that Nevada Barr had written the whole book.

  • Erin
    2019-04-14 03:21

    I enjoy serial collaborations; I think there's a lot of opportunity for creativity and it must be a ton of fun to participate. This one, though it included some of my favorite authors, had quite a lot of ridiculousness to it. The characters' personalities changed from chapter to chapter, the plot twists became more and more unlikely, and by the time I got to the last chapter, I was mentally wishing Laurie R. King good luck on pulling something, anything, coherent together. She did a pretty good job. It's not great literature, of course, but a good poolside read.

  • Scilla
    2019-04-17 02:41

    This is a serial novel, each chapter written by 13 female mystery writers. Caroline Blessing, married to a newly elected Tennessee congressman, with her newly widowed mother, Hilda, to a very fancy Phoenix spa. She has never been close to her mother. The first night at the spa, the spa's owner, Hilda's college roommate, is murdered. Caroline finds out some things about her past, and her husband, and does some sleuthing. More murders and attempts occur. The book is fun and a quick read, but doesn't have a lot of depth.

  • Jen
    2019-03-28 03:20

    This book was wonderful! Each chapter written by a different author and it was funny, suspenseful, awe-inspiring! To be able to write a chapter based on the characters, clues and information that the previous author had written and each chapter gave a new twist! Kudos to Laurie R. King for being able to pull it all together at the end. Wow! Agatha would be proud of these ladies! Plus, I get to add 8 new authors to my list of authors to read! It was fun for me to read the five authors I've read before and see their style reflected in their chapters. Good read, definitely!

  • Mom
    2019-04-21 23:23

    Can one give a 2.5 rating? I guess not and I will round up. It is a serial novel written by some of my favorite authors, but not edited as well as it could have been. Each author could have written less or they could have cut back an author. It began to drag toward the end and to get more and more contrived as each wanted to add a creative twist. A good concept with excellent writers, but ultimately it fell flat. Reminds me of the expression that a camel is a horse designed by a committee. A short story by each author would have made marvelous reading.

  • Sharon
    2019-04-15 23:25

    I loved the concept of each author writing a chapter, which could and did cause some twists and turns. For me, the story lost some continuity because where one author attempted to make a character a sympathetic personality, the next would turn that character into the polar opposite. Tells me I get very engaged with the characters! Given the format, it was a pretty good tale and kudos to the last in the line who was left to mop up all the pieces and make them into a plausible ending.

  • Becky
    2019-04-08 01:39

    Loved this!how did I ever miss this book when it came out so many years ago? I loved that each chapter was written by a different author who was given what was previously written and a set of rules to follow to continue the story.the twists and turns were great fun oh and the challenge of pulling together the ending! fun stuff, I hope there's more like this, I'm going to look right now!

  • Betti
    2019-04-08 03:21

    A book written by 12 (I think - maybe 13) different mystery authors - one for each chapter. It was a fun concept to consider and a fun book to read - surprisingly the story hung together very well and after the first page or two of each chapter, I totally forgot that there was a different author writing. I'd love to hear the authors talk about their experience and how the ending was like or not what they had imagined when writing their own chapter.

  • J. Ewbank
    2019-04-07 21:32

    Read another book one time that was similar to this in that a group of authors wrote the book, each one writing a chapter. It was disjointed at times, just like this one and was not as good as any one of the many authors could have written.Unfortunately this is also true of this book. Don't think I will read another book that is written by a group of authors in this manner.J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"

  • Denise Link
    2019-04-02 00:49

    What fun! Each chapter of this mystery is written by a different female author. You can almost feel them setting each other up, laying clues that writers of subsequent chapters will have to sort out and acount for. I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure. And I met some authors new to me whose writing I'll be seeking out.

  • Kimz Zahour
    2019-04-06 05:44

    13 female authors, including J.D. Robb, each write a chapter of this murder mystery. I was very excited about the concept and some of the proceeds went to a breast cancer foundation. It must have been more fun for them to write than it actually was to read. Most of the styles did blend well together but in the end it was just okay.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-08 03:22

    This is a serial novel, with each chapter written by a different author (Nevada Barr, Faye Kellerman, J.D. Robb, Anne Perry, etc.), and I believe the proceeds went toward breast cancer research.I liked it very much -right up until the end, which didn't fit with the beginning and didn't make a whole lot of sense.