|Plot Summary of Here Comes the Corpse|
St. Martin's, July 2002, 23.95, 304 pp.
It's the social event of the year as famous professional baseball pitcher Scott Carpenter marries his long time lover, high school teacher Tom Mason. The social, financial and political hotshots are in attendance at this glorious extravaganza. The ceremony goes off without a hitch but the reception comes to an abrupt halt when Tom finds the murdered body of his ex-lover in the bathroom.
Although Tom did not invite him, he is a friend of Tom's family and his mother sent the invitation. Tom is not a suspect because Scott's runaway nephew can provide an alibi for him but when the police question him he disappears. It turns out that the victim was into making and when those connected with the business turn up missing or dead, Tom decides to do some sleuthing as only he can.
Tom makes an adorable sleuth and it's fun watching Scott reign him in before he aggravates the authorities too much. This is a character driver story and readers will find out more than they wanted to know about the pornography business. The mystery itself is so complex that readers won't have a clue who done it until the author chooses to reveal it.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Here Comes the Corpse|
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
- 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 family/friends
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
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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