|Plot Summary of Just Desserts|
Berkley, April 2002, 5.99, 240 pp.
Sisters Sarah and Meg Qullian are also best friends as they jointly own and operate the Hemlock Falls Inn in upstate New York. There is very little crime in their small hamlet, but when a murder occurs, it seems that the Quillian siblings are right in the middle of it. To their credit they have solved eight homicides but at the moment neither sister wants to even think of homicide because they are very busy in their professional and personal lives.
Fate ignores their wishes and dumps the body of George Nash in the middle of town so that two hunters discover it. George was a participant in a crime years ago that resulted in the death of a child when the Quillian sisters were small. Both witnessed it but it is Quill who remembers the details of it as if it were yesterday. One by one the members of the victims of that crime turn up in Hancock Falls and they all die except for the mastermind who designed the killing scheme. Quill has to discover who it is before even more murders occur.
Claudia Bishop has written an entertaining, quirky and off beat mystery in which the villains seem heroic and the victims seem diabolical. The Quillian sisters are as delightful as ever especially Quill who thinks she's dying of a dreadful disease even though her sister is convinced her symptom's are caused by an allergy. JUST DESERTS is a special treat for amateur sleuth lovers.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Just Desserts|
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
- 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?
Kind of investigator
- comical investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in small town
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- business executive
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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