|Plot Summary of Give First Place to Murder|
PublishAmerica, Oct 2004, 207 pp.
Following her divorce, Ellen McKenzie returns to her California hometown where she sells real estate, spends much if her waking hours worrying about her daughter Susannah, and is seeing Chief of Police Dan Denton.
At a local horse show, Ellie finds a dead man in a barn with a pitch fork buried into his chest. After Dan completes processing the crime scene, he informs Ellie and Susannah (who works on a horse farm) that the victim was a meth addict and that the police feel illegal drugs are being shipped through horse shows. While attending another show, Ellie finds the corpse of a horse trainer in the men's room because she was following him He was a meth user too. Ellie decides to stay close to Susannah since all the suspects seem to work for her daughter's employer. As they snoop together, the killer kidnaps the two McKenzie women with plans to kill both of them.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Give First Place to 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 - 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?
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards lover
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- 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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