|Plot Summary of I Ain't Superstitious|
Five Star, Dec 2004, 26.95, 248 pp.
Madeline “Max” Maxwell recovers from the shock of losing her baby by working at Abneyville Shores Resort as a handyman. She also passes time studying to become a private sleuth via a correspondence course. The resort owner Adam Norcross hires Max as a sleuth though she remains unlicensed. He wants her to go undercover to learn whether a ghost or more likely a more mundane culprit is haunting the renovation of nineteenth century Ardmore Carriage which is being turned into a night club.
After being knocked into thorns by accident at a bash, Max walks over to Ardmore only to literally run into someone else seemingly checking the joint out. When she and Walt Drucker compare notes, she learns he is investigating her at the request of Adam. As they work together to uncover a human vandal or a mischievous ghost, they are attracted to one another.
I AIN'T SUPERSTITIOUS, the sequel to AIN'T NOBODY'S BUSINESS, is an enjoyable amateur sleuth tale starring a delightful protagonist struggling with getting on with her life. The story line uses physical slapstick humor to lessen its tension but that also takes away from a strong ghostly investigative story line. Max is a delight even if nothing seems to go right. This is one author that will garner more fans as this is a fun lighthearted cozy.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of I Ain't Superstitious|
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 - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- white collar fraud or theft
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- breaking up gang
- private investigator
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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