|Plot Summary of Deadly Deception|
Five Star, Jun 2004, 25.95
In New Zealand, the eight person software team was heading towards major success for its American client when the key member David accidentally fell off a cliff to his death. His depressed teammates expect the effort to shut down and transferred to the States for completion. Widow Kelly Brandon makes a thorough search to find a replacement with the unique skills that David had, but no one comes close.
Out of nowhere, Californian John Celini surfaces with the same skills. John has been on vacation in New Zealand awaiting the word to apply for the job. After three weeks he surfaces saving the effort. Kelly starts having doubts about David's death after fellow mountain climber Joe Brennan visited and said that an experienced climber like the deceased could not have died accidentally. She wonders if someone murdered the superstar in order to replace him with his American stud, but cannot find even a remote motive as she makes inquiries into those near the cliff when David plunged to his death.
This is an entertaining amateur sleuth tale that at times is hard to follow because the reasons for John's assignment comes out very late in the tale making it difficult to accept a homicide occurred instead of a freak accident in spite of Joe's hypothesis. The need to learn what really happened and why grips the readers and keeps them turning the pages. Kelly is a pleasant protagonist who is falling in love with John, but mistrusts the way he conveniently showed up like the cavalry in a western movie. DEADLY DECEPTION is delightfully delicious because of Kelly, a wonderful lead character.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Deadly Deception|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards lover
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- computer programmer
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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