|Plot Summary of Strangers In Death|
Renowned businessman Thomas Anders is found dead in his apartment in what appears to be a kinky game gone bad.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas develops an instant dislike to the picture-perfect widow, Ava Anders, on meeting her and would like to see her behind bars. But there is absolutely no way that Eve can tie her to the murder, because she was away with her friends at a far-off spa when the death occurred and her friends will vouch for it.
Thomas's nephew Ben, who stands to inherit a major portion of his business will also benefit from his death, but is he capable of it?
To complicate things, Ava Anders is a friend of Chief Tibble's wife and a prominent socialite, and Eve has to make sure that she does not trample on hurt feelings.
Thomas's father Reginald Anders had died of a seemingly-accidental fall in his bathroom years ago, but now Eve is not so sure.
Baxter asks Eve for some help with one of his cases that is still lying open. A lower-middle-class guy, a known drunk and wife-beater, was found killed in a motel. While Thomas was well-liked by everyone, all believe that Baxter's victim was better off dead. How are the two cases connected?
Best part of story, including ending: From the beginning, Eve knows the killer this time but she finds it extremely challenging to prove it. The usual kick-ass comments and cynicism that we expect from Eve are back in this story and it was great to see her in full work mode!
Best scene in story: The scene where Eve tells Roarke that she is out of cash and her husband Roarke gets angry was realistically written. Eve finds it difficult to ask Roarke for money. Roarke finds that difficult to accept and they end up arguing over it.
Opinion about the main character: Eve has a strong sense of right and wrong as well as an exceptional insight into the workings of the human mind. When Chief Tibble's wife confronts her over questioning Ava, she does not hesitate to tell her off. It also takes her only one meeting with Ben and his assistant to understand that the assistant was in love with Ben, something that Ben himself is unaware of.
|Chapter Analysis of Strangers In Death|
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:
- near future
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- character killed during/after sexing
- solving long-past murder
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards family/friends
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- Cynical or arrogant
- New York
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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