Ten Dead Comedians by Fred Van Lente
A Murder Mystery

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As an homage to Miss Christie’s famous novel as well as a show-biz satire, author Van Lente’s debut fiction could possibly become, in its own way, as much of a classic as the novel it honors.
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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!
 

About Fred Van Lente

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Walker used to work for Games Workshop as a full-time artist, so he has a great understanding of Warhammer imagery.
 
Published July 11, 2017 by Quirk Books. 288 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Apr 18 2017

Van Lente, a comic-book writer publishing his first mystery, focuses more closely on the big picture than its components. Even so, his plot requires so many moving parts that readers may feel he should have included a Cast of Characters, like all those Agatha Christie paperbacks he's emulating.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Toni V. Sweeney on Jul 10 2017

As an homage to Miss Christie’s famous novel as well as a show-biz satire, author Van Lente’s debut fiction could possibly become, in its own way, as much of a classic as the novel it honors.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Toni V. Sweeney on Jul 10 2017

As an homage to Miss Christie’s famous novel as well as a show-biz satire, author Van Lente’s debut fiction could possibly become, in its own way, as much of a classic as the novel it honors.

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