|Plot Summary of Dating Can Be Murder|
Kensington, May 2002, 22.00, 272 pp.
She met her husband at a dating service and for thirteen years they were married until he was killed when he unknowingly ate peanuts which he was allergic to. After his death, Samantha found evidence that he was cheating on her and the whole town knew it. He also left her broke so she had to sell the house, her van and one of his classic cars.
With the money that was left, she had breast augmentation surgery and bought heart mates, the dating service where they met. One day a man comes in asking for the half million dollars that Trent skimmed off his business. Sam finds out that Trent was involved with selling cocaine through Heart Mates and he stole the money from the owner of the business. Trying to find the money and keeping her two children safe is a full time occupation but somehow Sam finds time for a little romance in her life.
Jennifer Apodaca makes her debut with this novel but this is quite a sophisticated novel combining a mystery with a romance even as humor runs throughout the story line. The characters are extremely well developed and the pacing of the plot is very smooth. This is a delightful novel and this reviewer can't wait for the next one in the series.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Dating Can Be Murder|
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 - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- very humorous
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in small town
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- small businessman
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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