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The mystery of the ghostwriter
Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 19, Phrynne rated it liked it. As cosy mysteries go this one was quite good. It was obviously intentionally based on the style of Agatha Christie and it did capture some of the feel of her books, that is the amateur detective who happens to blunder into the scene of a murder and solves the case before the professional does.
The setting is delightful, the characters are interesting, the pace of the book is a little slow, the murderer is not obvious. All characteristics of an enjoyable but not particularly memorable cosy myster As cosy mysteries go this one was quite good. All characteristics of an enjoyable but not particularly memorable cosy mystery novel.
Roxy Parker has scored what could be her dream assignment, staying all expenses paid on a tropical island to ghostwrite the story of a famous but reclusive woman. She is enjoying herself immensely, steeped in old world style resort living, until there is a murder. Now she must put her talents as amateur sleuth to work to unravel the networks of lies and deception and find the killer. This was a fun cosy mystery with a nod to the plots of Agatha Christie.
Roxy is not only a modern day sleuth who i Roxy Parker has scored what could be her dream assignment, staying all expenses paid on a tropical island to ghostwrite the story of a famous but reclusive woman. Roxy is not only a modern day sleuth who is a keen observer of human nature but can also use her little grey cells to put line up all the small clues together to see the bigger picture. Roxy Parker, ghostwriter and amateur sleuth, was a little hesitant about accepting her latest assignment.
Abigail Lilton, wealthy island resort owner but total recluse had refused all interviews with not just Roxy, but everyone else over the years.
Why would she change her mind now? The run to the resort through the bush was full of interest to Roxy — she knew she would love to explore when she had the chance.
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She liked her immediately. Her daughter Helen though was reticent; the guests a mixture of wealthy but odd individuals. Settling in, meeting the guests, dining together — Roxy absorbed it all. But it was her meetings with Abi which were of the most interest.
Who would murder Abi — the woman loved and admired by all? Roxy knew she needed to investigate; but what would she discover? A quick, easy read filled with likeable characters, the plot is well structured and intriguing. A great cosy mystery which I recommend.
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I really like these mysteries because they make me work to figure out who the culprit is going to be in the end. I think because I read the fourth book in the series first I was expecting a lot more from this one when I decided to go back to the beginning and it is not bad at all. The writing is clear and gives me a complete sense of what is happening around the characters and therefore me.
The language engages and pulls you in even though the slang a lot of the time is Aussie in nature. The cha I really like these mysteries because they make me work to figure out who the culprit is going to be in the end. The characters are all fun with interesting quirks and idiosyncrasies that make them more or less endearing to the reader. Roxy is invited to Dormay Island by Abigail Lilton, owner and operator of an exclusive resort who has shunned all publicity in the past.
But now Abi has decided to write her biography and wants Roxy to ghost write it for her. It is the off-season and Roxy is a little surprised but pleased that she gets to do this book in such an exotic location. The only really bothering Roxy is the fact that she has not heard from Max, even though she is the one who blew him off. Then the worst happens and Abigail is murdered with suspicion falling on all those in residence at the resort during this time. The local law officer comes to investigate but the daughter of the victim asks that Roxy help in the investigation because she believes the constable will favor the locals if they are involved and so wants an outsider to help.
Roxy does her thing as usual and finds much more than a simple murder or murderer for her trouble. Another great story with a great mystery and some good motives by all of the suspects involved.
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Definitely recommend. I loved the Agatha Christie feel to this book--an isolated island paradise, a cast of quirky, eccentric characters, lots of twists and turns, red herrings galore, a decent murder mystery, and an intelligent, persistent sleuth who used her "little gray cells" to bring the bad guy to justice.
The island of Dormay sounded very appealing and ideal for a relaxing vacation--minus the murder, of course! The author's descriptions of the tropical paradise were vivid and compelling. The residents of the exc I loved the Agatha Christie feel to this book--an isolated island paradise, a cast of quirky, eccentric characters, lots of twists and turns, red herrings galore, a decent murder mystery, and an intelligent, persistent sleuth who used her "little gray cells" to bring the bad guy to justice.
The residents of the exclusive hotel were certainly an eclectic, peculiar lot, who made Roxy's stay very interesting indeed. I really enjoyed this mystery and will certainly continue on with the series. One other thing I loved about it was the absence of a lot of romantic tension and drama that seems to permeate these types of books too often. There was only a hint of potential romance with Max in Roxy's future and that was just fine with me.
I knew there was a lot going on but more than I know! I did. Aug 01, Kat Lebo rated it it was amazing. One such market is the shorter book, best represented at the moment by Amazon's Kindle Singles imprint: texts of 30, words and under. Writers on the level of Ian McEwan have celebrated this recent change, mainly for artistic reasons.
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It was once financially impractical for publishers to produce such novella-length texts they would have to charge too much ; but this new market is, by , already substantial and has been projected to be a solid part of the future of book publishing. On the upper end of the spectrum, with celebrities that can all but guarantee a publisher large sales, the fees can be much higher. There is also the consideration of different benchmarks in different countries.
Research fees are an extra charge on top of this minimum fee. A recent availability also exists, of outsourcing many kinds of jobs, including ghostwriting, to offshore locations like India, China, and the Philippines where the customer can save money.
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In some cases, ghostwriters are allowed to share credit. Sometimes this is done in lieu of pay or in order to decrease the amount of payment to the book ghostwriter for whom the credit has its own intrinsic value. Also, the ghostwriter can be cited as a co-author of a book, or listed in the movie or film credits when having ghostwritten the script or screenplay for film production. For nonfiction books, the ghostwriter may be credited as a "contributor" or a "research assistant".
In other cases, the ghostwriter receives no official credit for writing a book or article; in cases where the credited author or the publisher or both wish to conceal the ghostwriter's role, the ghostwriter may be asked to sign a nondisclosure contract that legally forbids any mention of the writer's role in a project. Some have made the distinction between "author" and "writer", as ghostwriter Kevin Anderson explains in a Washington Post interview: "A ghostwriter is an interpreter and a translator, not an author, which is why our clients deserve full credit for authoring their books.
Ghostwriters are widely used by celebrities and public figures who wish to publish their autobiographies or memoirs. The degree of involvement of the ghostwriter in nonfiction writing projects ranges from minor to substantial. Various sources explain the role of the ghostwriter and how competent writers can get this kind of work. In some cases, a ghostwriter may be called in just to clean up, edit, and polish a rough draft of an autobiography or a "how-to" book.
In other cases, the ghostwriter will write an entire book or article based on information, stories, notes, an outline, or interview sessions with the celebrity or public figure. The credited author also indicates to the ghostwriter what type of style, tone, or "voice" they want in the book.
In some cases, such as with some "how-to" books, diet guides, or cookbooks, a book will be entirely written by a ghostwriter, and the celebrity e. Publishing companies use this strategy to increase the marketability of a book by associating it with a celebrity or well-known figure. In several countries before elections, candidates commission ghostwriters to produce autobiographies for them so as to gain visibility and exposure.
Two of John F. Kennedy 's books are almost entirely credited to ghostwriters. A consultant or career-switcher may pay to have a book ghostwritten on a topic in their professional area, to establish or enhance their credibility as an "expert" in their field. For example, a successful salesperson hoping to become a motivational speaker on selling may pay a ghostwriter to write a book on sales techniques.
Often this type of book is published by a self-publishing press or " vanity press " , which means that the author is paying to have the book published.
This type of book is typically given away to prospective clients as a promotional tool, rather than being sold in bookstores. Ghostwriters are employed by fiction publishers for several reasons. In some cases, publishers use ghostwriters to increase the number of books that can be published each year by a well-known, highly marketable author. Ghostwriters are mostly used to pen fiction works for well-known "name" authors in genres such as detective fiction, mysteries, and teen fiction.
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