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The Hollywood Reporter describes international best-selling author Marne Davis Kellogg's books as filled with an ". . . addictive la dolce vita buzz." Known for her sharp wit and wry social commentary, The Real Thing, her 11th novel and the fifth in the Kick Keswick series, reflects years of life experience and social observation.
Kick Keswick is the world's greatest jewel thief and the Kick books are capers. Adventures in all things beautiful: food, wine, love, Paris, Provence, Portofino, jewelry, grand larceny while wearing a ballgown, and God. According to Booklist, the Kick books are "As delightful as a chocolate soufflé." She is a fully grown, fully realized woman of the world with unlimited resources and a passion for privacy. The series is written in real time and she grows and learns and changes with every novel.
Marne studied fiction-writing in the Advanced Graduate Fiction Workshop at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Her first volume in the five-book Lilly Bennett series, Bad Manners, was published in 1996. Of that series, Bill Ruehlmann, of the Virginian Pilot-Ledger Star said, "Pass the canapes, please. Kellogg's madcap murder cases are delightful, laugh-wrapped throwbacks to the '30s and '40s when screwball mysteries were unabashed amusements in the hands of master entertainers."
A native of Denver, Colorado, Marne was educated in Denver, Paris, and Rome. Since 1981, she has been Executive Vice President of The Kellogg Organization, Inc., founded by her husband, Peter M. Kellogg, Chairman and CEO. The company is a leading national and international fundraising counseling firm that specializes in transformational philanthropy for major non-profit organizations, including performing arts centers and organizations, colleges and universities, museums, and international environmental and ecological institutions—University of Virginia, African Wildlife Foundation, Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, the USO, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, among others.
Marne is past Chairman of the Arrangements and Advisory Committees for the National Western Stockshow Citizen of the West Award Dinner; and a member of the Mystery Writers of America.
Peter has two sons, who are Marne's beloved step-sons: Lt. Col. Hunter R. Kellogg, USMC, a Marine FA-18-D Hornet fighter pilot, currently an instructor at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, his amazing wife Courtney and their children, Duncan and Delaney. Peter M. Kellogg II works for Warner Bros. Studios. He and his wife, Bede, a major gifts executive with Best Friends Animal Society, and their twins, Teagan and Wyatt, live in Burbank.
Marne and Peter live in Denver and on their Colorado ranch.