|Plot Summary of Shadow over Scorpio|
Five Star, Apr 2004, 25.95, 204 pp.
Several years ago Bianca fled her hometown of Norris Falls, Wisconsin seeking a modeling career. Recently she met the “Consultant of the Stars, Stephen Detloff; they fell in love and married. They live in Scorpio House in Dark Lake, Indiana. Meanwhile her sister Holly stayed behind to nurse their ailing father who was verbally abusive towards her due to dementia. The sibling just buried their father.
Bianca and Stephen take Holly into their home especially since he worries about her safety. As she meets the affluent neighbors, Holly finds two men interested in her, Kyle Preis (heir to a publishing firm) and Russ Graham an (artist for Stephen's popular astrology books). In addition to her romance problems, now the serial killing Butcher Knife Murderer has targeted Holly who refuses to become the next corpse.
SHADOW OVER SCORPIO is an exhilarating romantic suspense with a paranormal twist. Though the audience will initially think Holly has no mind of her own this lead female protagonist will prove to be one tough cookie. She has learned to read the signs of lunacy from the caretaking of her dad, and though she knows the danger, she refuses to back down even with the threat of death lingering over her. However, the intriguing twist to the tale is the three males suddenly in her life of which anyone of them could be the killer. Is it the enigmatic Stephen, the angry Russ, or the flirtatious hunk Kyle?
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Shadow over Scorpio|
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?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
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)
Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?
Magical/mental powers of main character:
- can read emotions
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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