|Plot Summary of Ghost of a Chance|
Zebra, Aug 2004
After nine months of touring, Kiely Devlin looks forward to R&R in her Manhattan apartment when her worst nightmare her best friend director Lida Rose Worthington informs her Kiely that her plane ticket awaits her at LaGuardia to take her to Dallas. LR expects Kiely to perform in a remake of the classic “Bad Business on the Brazos”, a hundredth anniversary gala event. Kiely almost agrees until LR mentions “perfect”, reminding her that her pal has matched her to losers every summer. Still Kiely flies to Texas having been blackmailed with the offer of three meals a day of the best Tex-Mex food in the country.
Kiely scoffs at the rumor that the East Ellum Theatre is haunted by Don Muller, an actor killed on stage, until she meets him munching popcorn. Kiely begins inquiries into what happened fifty years ago but dangerous occurrences happen to her and not just falling in love with Rafe Montez, playing Don's role. Although he ridicules her belief in the ghost, he will do anything to keep his beloved safe.
GHOST OF A CHANCE is a tale that effortlessly combines elements of chick lit, buddy tales, paranormal, and amateur sleuth with a contemporary romance. The story line is extremely humorous especially when LR and Kiely debate anything as if the former is from Pluto and the later is from Mercury.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|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 - 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
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
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?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- solving long-past murder
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- ghost buddy
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?
- business executive
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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