|Plot Summary of Shadows Are Deadly|
Welcome to the world of Indian Creek, Texas, where you'll meet some of the most amazing characters to ever grace the pages of fiction. Kelly McWinter, a retired cop who has sought out a simpler life in Indian Creek while trying to put a personal tragedy behind him. Kelly's dog, Jake, a German Shepherd who has fought some battles of his own and is still the best partner a man could ever hope for. Anna Davis, an old woman hiding from her past whose secrets come back to haunt her. When a well-known resident of Indian Creek is found murdered, Kelly finds himself drawn into the homicide investigation.
This synopsis report prepared by Elizabeth Dearl
SHADOWS ARE DEADLY, a mystery in the truest sense of the word, shows how the shadows of the past can darken the door of the present, somtimes with deadly results. Kelly McWinter goes from a big city detective to flea market security guard because of a shadow in his past. Over the course of living 5 years in the Indian Creek area, he notices that most residents have something to hide. For one woman, though, the SHADOWS ARE DEADLY.
McWinter finds Anna dead in her flea market stall one night after closing time. In trying to piece together events that lead up to her death, McWinter finds that she'd been angry with everyone that night. Through her mastery of dialog, Ms. Morris blazes a trail of mystery that leads you through a maze of guilt, greed, and grit. The trail introduces you to an array of characters, some loveable, some not so loveable. And when McWinter figures out who killed Anna, the suspense is incredible as he races across Texas and back again to stop more killings. You'll be wishing your reading speed would reach Mach One. Although, Ms. Morris is Canadian, her love of Texas weaves a rich sense of culture and heralds the place in her heart. The second of the Indian Creek series, "Mikki's Song", comes out later this month. (September) But for Morris fans, that's too long to wait.
This synopsis report prepared by Maureen McMahon
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|Chapter Analysis of Shadows Are Deadly|
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 - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
Kind of investigator
- skilled citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings of fear/loss/inadequacy
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- private investigator
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
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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