Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery by Fred Van Lente

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Read Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery Online Free - 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!

Title : Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery
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ISBN : 1594749744
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Sam rated it ★★★☆☆

June 04, 2017

In his debut novel, Fred Van Lente does Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None - but with comedians! And it’s not bad. Many of the characters are thinly-veiled versions of real-life comedians: there’s a Larry the Cable Guy-type, Carrot Top, Ali Wong, George Lopez, and Joan Rivers, to name a f...

Susan rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 09, 2017

This book didn't make me laugh. It just made me grumpy. I admire the chutzpah of a debut author doing a homage to the Queen of Mysteries, Agatha Christie, in this book based on And Then There Were None but it never really lived up to its promise. This time the characters brought to the desert is...

Jackie rated it ★★★★☆

July 13, 2017

In Ten Dead Comedians, a text by popular comedian Dustin Walker goes out to 10 comedians, inviting them on a private island to work on a new comedy project together. But when they get there, Dustin is nowhere to be found, they have no cell reception and therefore no way to get off the island and...

Liz rated it ★★★☆☆

March 11, 2017

This was an entertaining homage to Agatha Christie and to old school murder mystery but with a cutting edge and a lot of hilarious happenings. Full review to follow.

Julia rated it ★★★☆☆

June 25, 2017

This was a funny murder mystery. It was an entertaining and a quick read. 10 strangers are on a deserted island, the home of legendary comedian Dustin Walker. He has invited them there to work on his latest project. When they arrive, they find the island deserted and their host dead. With no inte...

Marvin rated it ★★★☆☆

July 10, 2017

Three and a half stars. The title of Ten Dead Comedians is going to sound very familiar to anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of murder mysteries. The best selling mystery of all times is Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None which was also titled Ten Little Indians and in its first printing...

Ivonne rated it ★★★★★

June 23, 2017

Savvy mystery lovers will recognize immediately from the title what Fred van Lente’s debut is: a modern reworking of And Then There Were None, the Agatha Christie novel originally published with the offensive title of Ten Little Niggers. Which is especially appropriate for this novel for reasons...

Josh rated it ★★★★★

June 09, 2017

The heady mixture of murder and comedy makes for an addictive read from opening stanza to punch line. In this murder mystery, author Fred Van Lente employs a number of classical genre tropes but keeps the story fresh with a healthy dose of humor. As the title suggests the plot revolves around a g...

Jessica rated it ★★★★☆

July 12, 2017

Advertised as being similar to the board game Clue, this murder mystery is about 9 washed up comedians being called together for what they think will be a workshop. They're all so eager to go because the man calling together the weekend away is a successful comedian they all looked up to at the b...

Jennifer rated it ★★★☆☆

April 29, 2017

In Fred Van Lente's sly update of mystery classic And Then There Were None, ten comedians of varying levels of success and talent travel to a tropical island at the behest of reclusive legendary funnyman Dustin Walker. To the surprise of absolutely no one who's ever even heard the words Agatha Ch...

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