|Plot Summary of Killer Looks|
Silver Dagger, Dec 2002, 23.95, 201 pp.
After finishing her assignment in Indiana, Kate Kelly decides to take a mini-vacation and visit her family in Williamsburg, Va. After renting a car in Richmond, she is driving towards home when someone hits her from behind and she runs into a tree. She wakes up in the hospital and is questioned by the Sheriff who wants to know why she was carrying so much money in the trunk of her car. Kate knows nothing about it
After doing some investigating, the sheriff tells Kate that an identical car was rented at the same location to a Karen Kelly. Karen worked part time at the estate of a very rich and powerful local family, the Merrimans. After visiting a local antique store, Kate finds evidence that Karen and a male companion were selling valuable curios obtained from the Merimmann's house. Using her reporter's credentials, she persuades the matriarch of the family to do an interview with her and while at their home she discovers that at least two of the Merrimans had reasons to want Karen dead.
KILLER LOOKS is a very entertaining amateur sleuth tale starring a protagonist who will go to any lengths to uncover a clue that will lead her to a killer. The heroine is very likable and her romance with her doctor has the reader hoping he is not the actual killer. Laura Young is a fresh new star in the mystery galaxy.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Killer Looks|
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?
- Difficult, but some clues given
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?
- theft/fraud investigation
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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