|Plot Summary of The Actor's Guide To Murder|
Kensington, Nov 2003, 23.00, 248 pp.
He grew up on a Friday night sitcom and everyone adored him until he was caught making out with a male teenager at a gay rodeo. That picture in the paper torpedoed his career but his parents invested his money wisely so Jarrod Davis doesn't have to work a day in his life if he chooses not too. He still wants to act so he makes the rounds but is committed to his live-in lover Charlie and their Pekinese dog Snickers.
At an audition Jarrod runs into his first love Willard Ray Hornsby, and his friend wins the part. Jarrod invites him to his home to celebrate getting the role and his birthday but Willard never arrives. Jarrod and Charlie check on Willard only to find him floating dead in his pool. The coroner rules it an accidental death but Jarrod is sure it is murdered and he intends to prove it at any cost.
THE ACTOR'S GUIDE TO MURDER is a serio-comic amateur sleuth novel featuring a stubborn, but lovable hero who risks his own life to see that justice prevails. His long-suffering lover and roommate has to keep getting him out of dangerous situations that makes for some very funny conversations between the two. Jarrod manages in his own indubitable fashion to make enemies of everyone. One other point of interest is that the hero believes his friend was murdered because his psychic predicted it.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of The Actor's Guide To Murder|
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 - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
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?
Murder of certain profession?
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)
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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