|Plot Summary of Poison Pen|
|"When the body of powerful Hollywood publicist Lindsey Alexander is discovered in her hot tub, a handwritten suicide note at the scene, police assume the obvious. But not everyone believes Lindsey killed herself. Convinced that the handwriting is a forgery, her associate, Ivan Novak, retains acclaimed expert Claudia Rose.
As Claudia knows from personal experience, Lindsey was sneaky, cruel, and ruthless. But even Claudia is unprepared for the discovery of Lindsey's unsavory secret, and it soon becomes clear that several of the publicist's celebrity clientele, including a State Senator and a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, had good reason to hate and fear her.
Answering an urgent summons, Claudia finds Ivan Novak the victim of a brutal attack, but when the LAPD shows up, she is immediately put on the defensive by investigator Joel Jovanic and sparks fly.
The heat ratchets up when a series of disturbing events put Claudia herself at risk, including a burglary, menacing emails, and a shooting. When a Halloween night cruise in the Pacific sets the scene for dangerous confrontations, Detective Jovanic is called away, leaving Claudia on board unprotected, not realizing that he is delivering her directly into the hands of a killer."
Sheila Lowe, Resident Scholar
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|Review Analysis of Poison Pen|
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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 - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
- present (2000-2010)
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Big focus on forensic evidence
Kind of investigator
- skilled citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- describing scientific process
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- a lawyer creature
Has special powers?
Magical/mental powers of main character:
- can read emotions
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
- just the right amount
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
Part of a series?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
How many deaths?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript