Jennifer has had enough of rejection letters she will be published, even if she has to kill for the opportunity. Jennifer has completed eight mystery novels and each one has been met with rejection from literary publishers. Nice notes, nasty notes, and notes that speak to her promise as a writer. She doesn't know which way to turn. It hits her that agents believe they are God and someone has to pay for the hours, months, and years of acting as gatekeeper to her dream to become a published novelist.
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Her unborn child Jamie is a muse. Jamie remains gender free as Jennifer hasn't found a partner to complete the process in helping her to become a mother. Her two desires are to have a child and to become a well known mystery writer.
She's barely managing her rent payments as all of her not so extra cash goes towards literary conferences and the supplies needed to send out manuscripts. Her best friend Dee-Dee owns a catering business and uses Jennifer for much needed assistance on her jobs.
She is tired of Jennifer complaining about not having a man, not being published and gaining an increasing pessimistic view on life. She encourages her to find a regular job since writing is not working out. When Jennifer helps her on catering jobs she tries to hook her up with any number of the available men who attend the functions.
Jennifer hates the idea of dating and is super hard on men. She can't stand the weak one liners that she is sure they run on any woman who is half-way attractive. An attractive woman, she is often approached but rarely gives them the time of day. She has no idea who Jamie's father will be since she can't meet a man worth her time.
Her new plan is to do commit murder since the last rejection included suggestions that her novels be more reality-based to line up with the latest entertainment frenzy. Jennifer figures the attention will draw media exposure from the big dogs and create an instant best-seller.
She goes out on a date with Sam a journalist she meets while catering.. Although she can't stand his arrogance she she agrees to partner with him on a big story he is trying to break. She wants credit as a co-author credit and to have her name listed first. Although he likes Jennifer and is interested in her romantically, he isn't a fool. He tells her he will think about placing her name first.
She decides to put her plan into action and makes a criteria list of negative publisher qualities and selects the publisher who best the bill to die. Penny Richmond has been most offensive and as Jennifer queries people who know the agent many attest to her brashness. She has several ex-husbands and a longer list of people who can't stand her. Jennifer sends Richmond four letters threatening her with bodily harm for being ruining the confidence of writers.
When Penny Richmond is a guest at the next catering gig she and Jennifer come face-to-face for the first time. Penny is rude and runs Jennifer ragged with extra requests. Jennifer enlists the women from her writer's group, her friend Dee-Dee, and Sam in her murder plans. Each one will be used for a specific task in carrying out the murder of Penny Richmond.
Jennifer stakes out Richmond's building in a bad disguise that includes a wig and a towel under her clothes to make it look like she's pregnant. She befriends an elderly Mrs. Walker who knows the gossip about the residents in her building.
Sam is drugged by Jennifer when she meets him at his apartment for a date. He wakes up nauseous and alone. The police show up at Jennifer's apartment and arrest her for the murder of Richmond. Sam bails her out and demands the truth. A reporter, he has figured most of it out. Angry, but still enamored by Jennifer he agrees to help her clear her name. They will have to find Richmond's murder or Jennifer is going to jail without a book deal.
By sheer luck Jennifer is offered a writing job at one of Atlanta's news stations. She doesn't know her new co-worker Edith is responsible for Richmond's murder. Edith has been using the notes Jennifer sent to Richmond to set her up. Sam shows up in a nick of time is able to use his reporting skills to prove that Edith is the murderer. He'll get full credit for the story. Jennifer still isn't published but she has learned more about murder mystery writing than ever before. If things go well she may have found a daddy for little Jamie in the process. Sam has proven his loyalty.
Best part of story, including ending:
I liked that Jennifer was absolutely insane.
Best scene in story:
My favorite scene was when Jennifer thinks she is going to die.
Opinion about the main character:
I liked that Jennifer was crazy enough to think she wouldn't get caught.