Ten Dead Comedians – Fred Van Lente

Part three of my Monday book mail! Clearly, Monday was a great mail day before the holiday 🙂

TEN DEAD COMEDIANS: A MURDER MYSTERY by Fred Van Lente (releasing July 11th, 2017) is a comedic murder mystery that is reminiscent of Clue. Who doesn’t love that game? I also loved the movie version – Tim Curry was amazing.

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Here’s the synopsis:

Fred Van Lente’s brilliant debut is both an homage to the Golden Age of Mystery and a thoroughly contemporary show-business satire. As the story opens, nine comedians of various acclaim are summoned to the island retreat of legendary Hollywood funnyman Dustin Walker. The group includes a former late-night TV host, a washed-up improv instructor, a ridiculously wealthy “blue collar” comic, and a past-her-prime Vegas icon. All nine arrive via boat to find that every building on the island is completely deserted. Marooned without cell phone service or wifi signals, they soon find themselves being murdered one by one. But who is doing the killing, and why?

A darkly clever take on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and other classics of the genre, Ten Dead Comedians is a marvel of literary ventriloquism, with hilarious comic monologues in the voice of every suspect. It’s also an ingeniously plotted puzzler with a twist you’ll never see coming!

A big thanks to Quirk Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review! Keep an eye out around release day, they’ll be having a Bookstagram game of Clue!!

–Jess

 

 

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