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Ten Dead Comedians

A Murder Mystery
Narrated by: JD Jackson
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
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Summary

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!

©2017 Fred Van Lente. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Kerry
  • 31-07-19

Interpretation of a classic

While based on Christie's And Then There Were None, I liked the update. There are parts that are a little crude for sensitive readers. Overall enjoyable. The narration was spot on as well.