|Plot Summary of Murder Can Cool Off Your Affair|
Signet, March 2002, 5.99, 272 pp.
Desire Shapiro is very comfortable living in her own skin despite society's narrow views of short, full figured women. She is a private detective who has had a remarkable record solving cases for her clients. However she knows she has plenty of competition in Manhattan so she's really surprised when John Lander and his wife Trudie insist she is the only private investigator they want.
The Landers hire Desiree to catch the person who killed Cousin Edward and tried to kill John. Wealthy Uncle Victor is dying and his heir was Edward followed by John. The Landers and Desiree think that the inheritance is the motive behind the homicide and attempted murder but the police think John killed Edward and Ken faked an attempt on his own life to divert suspicion. It is up to Desiree to prove the cops wrong.
Selma Eichler has once again written a delicious cerebral cozy culinary mystery that satisfies the mind and the stomach. The protagonist is an admirable woman who genuinely likes herself and doesn't need to conform to society's expectations of what a woman should look like. MURDER CAN COOL OFF YOUR AFFAIR has a fascinating story line that ends with a stunner.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Murder Can Cool Off Your Affair|
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 - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- very humorous
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- finding out whether someone is really guilty
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- private investigator
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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