|Plot Summary of The Pleasure of His Company: A Kendra Clayton Mystery|
|"Single, twenty-something Kendra Clayton, a part-time English instructor for a GED program, always knew her friend and coworker Bernie Gibson's flashy boyfriend, Jordan Wallace, was monogamy challanged. Kendra couldn't be happier when Bernie suddenly declares she's ending her relationship with Jordan. But when Jordan is found brutally murdered, and Bernie asks Kendra to withhold seemingly harmless information from the police, Kendra is baffled but reluctantly goes along with Bernie's request. She thinks she's just helping her friend out. However, Kendra finds out the price of friendship may be too high when Bernie reveals a secret that ultimately implicates her in Jordan's murder and thanks to the information Kendra withheld from the police, possible criminal charges are hanging over Kendra's own head. Believing in Bernie's innocence, Kendra soon realizes the only way out is to find the killer herself!
From a gold-digging nurse, whose estranged husband Kendra finds herself falling for, to a talented young art student with a chip on her shoulder, Kendra wades through the list of potential suspects. To make matters worse, an anonymous note found at the crime scene and questions from homicide detectives about her own contentious relationship with Jordan further complicate Kendra's life. But it's Kendra's faith in her friend's innocence that is put to the test when Bernie's continued secrecy makes Kendra wonder how well she really knows her--and if she's guilty after all! "
Angela Henry, Resident Scholar
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|Review Analysis of The Pleasure of His Company: A Kendra Clayton Mystery|
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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 - 70%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Moderately Challenging
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- best friend
Murder of certain profession?
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards family/friends
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
How much violence does he/she use?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How many deaths?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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