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Kensington, April 2002, 22.00, 242 pp.
ISBN 1575668858

    The newest member of the quirky English village of Snupperton Mumsley is Simon Kirby-Jones, an American author of bodice rippers and mysteries (under pseudonyms). Simon is also gay and a vampire but thanks to advances in modern medicine, he is able to hide his condition from the rest of humanity. By taking two pills daily, he can walk in sunlight, eat and drink food, and has no need for human blood.
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    Simon takes immediately to village life and is delighted to discover another vampire, Jane Hardwick, living in the village. The two bond immediately and when the local postmistress is murdered, the pair embarks on their own investigation to uncover the culprit. They find that everyone had a reason to hate the gossipy women who threatened to expose their secrets via a play that she wrote for a local dramatic society production. As Simon closes in on the killer, he finds his own “undead” life in jeopardy.

    POSTED TO DEATH is a cozy mystery that puts down home Lone Star charm (Simon is a Texan) in an old-fashioned English village within a realistic slight bite sleuth tale. Dean James has captured the essence of village life in such a manner that readers can enjoy the story line without taking it overly seriously. The hero is admirable, lovable and as eccentric as the rest of the locals, which is the main reason he and Snupperton Mumsley are made for each other and the audience.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

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    -   very upbeat 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?    -   60% Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror Story?    -   Yes Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in small town Horror plotlets    -   the vampire chased me! Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Has special powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   can read emotions    -   mind reading    -   super strength    -   is very quick Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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