|Plot Summary of A Romantic Way To Die|
St. Martin's, Nov 2001, 23.95, 240 pp.
Everyone in Clearview, Texas knows their neighbors on a first name basis and no one bothers to lock their car or house. The violent crime rate is extremely low, but once in a while Sheriff Dan Rhodes has to do “real” police work.
Dan expects he and his staff to work crowd control with a romance writer's convention in town, but not anything else. However, that first night, someone murders an attendee in her hotel room, but no one heard any loud noises. Dan questions everyone at the conference, but they all have alibis. Soon, the culprit kills a famous male cover model. As Dan investigates the second homicide, someone tries to murder him too, but the tenacious Sheriff continues to seek the truth.
Anybody who enjoys a down home country mystery or have attended a romance writer's convention will want to pick up a copy of A ROMANTIC WAY TO DIE. The plot constantly switches tempo betwixt the hilarious scenes between the romance writers and the serious police procedural without slowing down the pace of the story line. Anyone could prove to be the culprit as motives exist and false leads and red herrings abound turning Bill Crider's latest book into a fun to read mystery.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of A Romantic Way To Die|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:
- power struggle within govt between two factions
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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