One by one film students are finding themselves in familiar scenes from Psycho, Rear Window, Notorious, Frenzy, Rope, Strangers on a Train, and Dial M for Murder--the final scenes, in fact, for the roles of the characters they are unwittingly playing.
The killer, a promising filmmaker, is meticulously recreating some of the most memorable murders in movie history.
But why? Why go to such elaborate extremes just to kill a few film students? Is this about more than just murder? Does he agree with the philosophy of the murderers in Rope that "Murder is--or should be--an art, and as such, the privilege of committing it should be reserved for those few who are really superior individuals?"
Does he see himself as a superior artist blurring the lines between fact and fiction, fantasy and reality, life and art?
If he does see himself working on a masterpiece worthy of the master himself, he's met his match in Hitch.
Kelly "Hitch" Reville is a student putting herself through film school by working as a crime scene videographer for the Lake County Sheriff's Department in north Florida. Of all the students in the North Florida University School of Film and Television, she is the most knowledgeable about and appreciative of her favorite director and nickname sake Alfred Hitchcock. Most everyone knows her nickname has something to do with him, but only her fellow film students can truly appreciate the fact that the only female filmmaker in the NFU program is referred to exclusively by the first part of the macabre master's name--she is Hitch without the cock.
From crime scenes to the classroom to a small deserted island for a weekend wedding, Dial M for Matrimony is a thrilling whodunit with a fascinating film motif that pits genius against genius in the fine art of movies and murder.
The tension builds, as students in the film program at the college are murdered, and the murder scenes are set up as Hitchcock movies. All they know is, that the murderer has to be one of them, or someone close to them all. "Who dunnit? Was it you?"
The story is lathered with movie history, and filming details. The camaraderie of the students seems fragile, their behavior immature, or are they just nervous about the fact that any of them could be the next victim? With several love triangles in the place, lots of money to inherit, many motives for murder are in place, keeping the question of guilt vital.
If you love film history, tedious details of cinematography, Albert Hitchcock movies, and murder mysteries with a bit of young adult romance on the side ~ this story is for you, three spoons from me.
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me