What does it take to get a book contract? That's the lament of every unpublished author -- including aspiring murder-mystery novelist Jennifer Marsh. After submitting eight diligently crafted manuscripts to every prominent publisher in New York, Jennifer has collected enough rejection letters to wallpaper a room. But that doesn't stop her from concocting one killer of a scheme for her next novel. Suddenly Jennifer's lifelong love affair with crime fiction brings her face to face with real-life murder . . .
Cooking spray and a few forks in the microwave are the only explosive things in Fitzwater's cute but unsuspenseful mystery debut. An unscrupulous literary agent holds on to Jennifer Marsh's manuscript for over a year before coldly rejecting it. So the caterer and wannabe mystery writer decides to get even by doing the old girl in. While plotting the perfect murder is easy enough�especially with the unwitting help of her critique partners�actually committing the crime isn't. Jennifer comes to her senses before carrying out her plan, only to learn that someone else has done the job for her. Jen's a warm, intelligent character and Fitzwater provides an entertaining (and for aspiring writers, frustratingly familiar) look at the world of writing and publishing. But the catering and�the meat of any mystery�the sleuthing can be talky, convoluted and hence rather sluggish. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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January 01, 2000
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