The Actor's Guide To Murder Book Summary and Study Guide

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Kensington, Nov 2003, 23.00, 248 pp.
ISBN 0758204951

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.
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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.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

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?    -   70% Murder of certain profession?    -   actors/producers/directors Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   actor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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