Jacqueline Kirby Characters

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  • Jacqueline Kirby – Jake (never Jackie) is not your stereotypical librarian*. An intelligent, glamorous, and flamboyant woman of mystery (whatever did happen to Mr. Kirby, and where are her children?) whose passion for reference work (finding the answers to seemingly unanswerable questions) and natural talent combine to make her an excellent detective. No matter what the situation, she always gets her man.

 

  • Frank Acton – Fiancee of Elizabeth Ponsonby-Jones; in the Ricardian society he plays the role of Edward of Lancaster. [Murders of Richard III]

 

  • Thomas Carter – Professorial friend of Jacqueline’s, who teaches at a university in Britain. In the Ricardian society founded by Weldon (see below), he plays Duke of Clarence, brother to King Richard III. [Murders of Richard III]

 

  • Jack Carter – Author of spy/thriller novels. [Naked Once More]

 

  • Michael Casey – Artist studing at the Institute of Art and Archaeology in Rome. [Seventh Sinner]

 

  • Ronald Craig (Sr., Jr., III) – Attorney(s) in Pine Grove who handled Kathleen Darcy’s estate. Jr. considers himself a bit of a ladies man. [Naked Once More]

 

  • Lady Isobel Crawford – Author of The Gallant Young King, a novel about Richard III, in the Ricardian society she plays Elizabeth Woodville. [Murders of Richard III]

 

  • Dubretta Dubrenstein � Acid-tongued and poisoned-penned columnist for the Daily Blank. [Die for Love]

 

  • Mrs. Darcy – Kathleen Darcy’s selfish, and seemingly slightly derranged mother. [Naked Once More]

 

  • Kathleen Darcy – Author of Naked in the Ice, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances, and was declared dead after she had been missing for seven years. [Naked Once More]

 

  • St. John Darcy – Kathleen Darcy’s half brother and former business manager, who has the unfortunate fate of resembling a toad. [Naked Once More]
  • Sherri Darcy – Kathleen Darcy’s younger sister, who resents the fact that Kathleen left. [Naked Once More]

 

  • Christopher Dawley – One of Jacqueline’s literary agents, a “quiet man of conservative habits and attire.” [Naked Once More]

 

  • Donald Ellis – Pastor in the Church of England, in the Ricardian society he plays the role of Edward IV. [Murders of Richard III]

 

  • Hattie Foster – Aunt Hattie (as she likes to call herself) is an agent representing the three top selling romance writers, Valerie Valentine, Valerie Vanderbilt, and Victor von Damm. With “the motherly instincts of a black widow spider,” her business tactics are questionable at best. [Die for Love]

 

  • Lieutenant Guido Di Cavallo – An agente of the Questura in Rome. Handsome, suave, and distinguished, with wide-set dark eyes, dark hair streaked with silver near the temples, and a profile suited to classical Roman statuary. [Seventh Sinner]

 

  • Albert Gebara – Historian studying Christian Saints at the Institute for Art and Architechture in Rome. [Seventh Sinner]

 

  • Bill Hoggenboom – Former sherrif and current town gossip of Pine Grove. [Naked Once More]

 

  • Brunnhilde Karlsdottir – Author of romance novels set in the Bronze, Iron, and Dark ages. [Naked Once More]

 

  • Major General Sir Archibald Kent – Former military man, in the Ricardian society he plays the Role of the Duke of Buckingham. Of all the members of the society, he alone claims that Richard did murder his nephews as a strategic policy to prevent rebellion. [Murders of Richard III]

 

  • Mollie and Tom Kyle – Proprietor and chef at the Mountain Laurel Inn in Pine Grove. [Naked Once More]

 

  • Lucifer – Large, bushy, black tomcat with an attitude. [Naked Once More]

 

  • Susan Moberly – Sixth-grade schoolteacher and novice romance writer who has just finished her first novel, Dark Night of Loving. [Die for Love]

 

  • Patrick O’Brien – Homicide detective with the New York Police Force. [Die for Love and Naked Once More]

 

  • O’Hagan/Nigel Strangeways – Member of an American Ricardian society, infiltrating Weldon’s society under false pretences. [Murders of Richard III]

 

  • Mrs. Ponsonby-Jones – Cousin of Sir Richard Weldon, mother of Percy Ponsonby-Jones and Elizabeth Ponsonby-Jones. In the Ricardian society, she plays the role of Queen Anne. [Murders of Richard III]

 

  • Elizabeth Ponsonby-Jones – An attractive young woman who plays the role of Elizabeth of York in the Ricardian society. [Murders of Richard III]

 

  • Percival Ponsonby-Jones – An offensive, precocious brat of a boy, who plays the role of Edward V in the Ricardian Society. [Murders of Richard III]

 

  • John Rawdon – A doctor with a likeness to Abraham Lincoln and a penchant for natural foods, in the Ricardian society he plays King Henry IV. [Murders of Richard III]

 

  • Phillip Rohan – Professional actor, in the Ricardian society he plays the role of Hastings. [Murders of Richard III]

 

  • Laurie Schellhammer – A troubled teen whose weight problem is the least of her worries. [Die for Love]

 

  • Andy and Ann Scoville – Brother and sister studying at the Institute of Art and Archaeology in Rome. Andy is studying archaeology while Ann is a sculptor. Their father is the famous archaeologist Samuel Scoville. [Seventh Sinner]

 

  • Sarah Saunders – Assistant to literary agent Booton Stokes. [Naked Once More]

 

  • Laurie Smith – Emotionally needy sister of Kathleen Darcy. [Naked Once More]

 

  • Paul Spencer – Former boyfriend of Kathleen Darcy. [Naked Once More]

 

  • Booton Stokes – Literary agent responsible for locating an author to write the sequel to the popular Naked in the Ice. [Naked Once More]

 

  • Jean Suttman – Student of medieval art history, working on her thesis at the Institute or Art and Archaeology in Rome. [Seventh Sinner]

 

  • Mrs. Swenson – A rather deaf elderly lady who visits Pine Grove (hometown of Kathleen Darcy) on a regular basis. Or is she? [Naked Once More]

 

  • Valerie Valentine – Known to her fans as “The Queen of Love.” Extremely popular and beautiful romance writer. But can someone so self-absorbed really be the author of those wonderful romance novels? [Die for Love]

 

  • Valerie Vanderbilt – Also known as Jean Frascatti – mild mannered professor of English by day, author of torrid romance novels by night. [Die for Love]

 

  • Victor von Damm – Also known as Joe Kirby (no relation to Jacqueline). Hunky romance writer over whom many gray-haired laidies swoon. But does he really write the novels, or are they ghost written by bored Brooklyn housewives? [Die for Love]

 

  • Sir Richard Weldon – Founder and president of a Ricardian society. He claims to be descended from one of Richard III’s illegitimate children. [Murders of Richard III]

 

  • James Whittier – Professor of English, and head of the English Department at Whittier College, one of Jacqueline’s romantic interests. [Die for Love]

 

  • Jan Wilson – Proprietor of Betty’s Books in Pine Grove. A huge fan of Kathleen Darcy, she decided to settle in Pine Grove after she was injured in a horrific automobile accident. [Naked Once More]

 

  • Padre Jose Ximenez – Jesuit Priest studying stained glass design at the Institute of Art and Archaeology in Rome. [Seventh Sinner]

 

  • Ted – Israeli student of archaeology at the Institute for Art and Archaeology in Rome. [Seventh Sinner]

 

  • Dana – English student at the Institute for Art and Archaeology in Rome. [Seventh Sinner]

 

* I am allowed to say this, being a library professional and perfectly aware of how much we all hate the stereotype. — Margie Knauff