|Plot Summary of Highlights to Heaven|
Kensington, Dec 2003, 20.00, 240 pp.
Between owning and operating her own hair salon in a south Florida town and trying to keep her relationship with Detective Dalton Vail on an ever keel, one would think that Marla Shore doesn't have time for any extracurricular activities. When Dalton informs her that he got an anonymous tip that there is a dead body in her neighbor Goat's house, she's anxious to find out if it's true and what she can do to help.
Against his better judgment, Dalton lets Marla accompany him to investigate the tip and they find the murdered body of a man in Goat's home only it is not her neighbor. By the time they identify the body, Marla start her own investigation as well as nurturing her relationship with Dalton's daughter. Before the killer is caught, Marla is mugged, kidnapped and almost gets into a fatal car accident, courtesy of a killer with a score to settle.
HIGHLIGHTS TO HEAVEN is an amateur sleuth tale starring a protagonist who fills in every minute of her day, whether it's writing, sleuthing, or dealing with her matchmaking mother. Her deepening relationship with her lover's daughter is a beautiful scenario to read-about and comes across as totally believable. Nancy J. Cohen is excellent when it comes to plotting her adventurous storyline and creating eccentric adorable characters.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Highlights to Heaven|
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 - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
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)
- small businessman
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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