|Plot Summary of Sex, A Mystery|
Berkley Mar 2005, 13.00, 240 pp.
Lydia Quess has an MBA from Harvard and worked as Senior Vice President of International Marketing at a nameless Fortune 500 food conglomerate. However, having slept through the course on Business Ethics, Lydia blows the whistle on how the company's lucrative overseas baby formula was causing malnutrition. The company was fined and Lydia was unemployed and unqualified when she sought new executive work.
Wanting to maintain her Manhattan lifestyle, Lydia obtains work from a friend, sex therapist Dr. Sylvie Kahn who sends clients her way. The position proves lucrative enabling Lydia to pay her share of the apartment she platonically shares with Father Paddy as her stable consistently shows up for sessions. However, Michael Peabody Linscott III of Tuesday appointment fame is murdered in Lydia's bed. The police assume Lydia killed her client as opportunity for anyone else to have committed the crime is very limited with a doorman on duty. Unable to sit back and take the hit, Lydia investigates the murder starting with learning more about Michael.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Sex, A Mystery|
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
- very humorous
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?
- investigator him/herself
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?
- running a business/making a living
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- small businessman
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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