|Plot Summary of Ghost of a Chance|
The first in the Chintz 'n China Mystery Series, Ghost of a Chance tells the story of Emerald O'Brien, owner of the Chintz 'n China Tea Room, tarot reader, the 'town witch', and single mother of two. When Susan Mitchell's ghost shows up at her bedside begging Emerald to help her, Em isn't prepared for the chaos into which she is about to be thrust. Susan Mitchell insists that she was murdered by her husband and expects Emerald to help her prove it. Before Emerald can begin to delve into the lies and deceptions surrounding Susan's death, a darker spirit appears. Now Emerald must take on the evil entity threatening her family, find the murderer who has struck again, and somehow put Susan Mitchell's spirit to rest. Together with her friends, Murray, a policewoman, and Harlow, an ex-supermodel, Emerald must somehow find the key to stopping two evil forces--one supernatural, and the other a very real flesh-and-blood killer.
This synopsis report prepared by Yasmine Galenorn
Berkley, August 2003, 5.99, 272 pp.
After her husband left her for a young bimbo, Emerald O'Brien and her two children left Seattle and moved to Chiqetaw where she opened up the Chintz ‘n China Tea Room, a store that sells fine china and other objects pertaining to tea. To bring in additional income she reads the tarot cards and is known to the townsfolk as the resident witch. Emerald knew from an early age that she had the Gift, seeing spirits and casting spells.
One night she is woken up to see a ghost hovering over her bed. Using automatic writing, the spirit says she is Susan Mitchell and that her husband killed her. The next day Em sees a picture of Susan in the paper stating she died in an accident and her spouse has an airtight alibi and doesn't inherit a dime of her considerable wealth so he has no motive. Em risks her life to fighting an evil spirit that followed Susan into the material plane and finding her killer so the woman can travel to the next plane.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
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|Chapter Analysis of Ghost of a Chance|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 15%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 35%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 35%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 15%
Tone of story
- very humorous
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- chronically deranged person
Murder of certain profession?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kind of investigator
- psychic investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards family/friends
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- small businessman
Has special powers?
Magical/mental powers of main character:
- can read emotions
- can see into the future
- Pacific NW
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of sex
- descript. of breasts
Unusual forms of death
- dropped from large heights
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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