Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery

Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery

by Fred Van Lente


$14.99 View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Wednesday, April 1


Now in paperback, Fred Van Lente’s brilliant debut is both a savagely funny 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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683690368
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 352,871
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

FRED VAN LENTE is the #1 New York Times best-selling writer of the comics Odd Is on Our Side, Archer & Armstrong, and Action Philosophers! He also cowrote the graphic novel Cowboys and Aliens, which was made into a film starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig.

Read an Excerpt

A bleep, a boop, a shudder, a swoosh, and there it was, on each of their phones:

Excerpted from "Ten Dead Comedians"
by .
Copyright © 2018 Fred Van Lente.
Excerpted by permission of Quirk Books.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Customer Reviews

Ten Dead Comedians 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting but strange. Didn't care for all the stand up routines. Those pages broke up the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was truely amazed i on what I read. I thought I knew who the survivors was going to be. I was wrong.
BooknerdJackie More than 1 year ago
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 they’re getting killed off one by one. It was very exciting to see how the deaths of every comedian were executed. There were a lot of interesting, creative and unexpected ways for them to die and a lot of hidden traps that were surprising for both the reader and the characters! Being someone who doesn’t really read mysteries, it was so intriguing! I especially liked the ending of the book! I was so stunned when everything was revealed because it was so unexpected! And I loved the process of the mystery being uncovered and figured out by the remaining characters! It’s such a plot twist when you find out who the murderer is and how everything was planned and executed! I really liked that I was surprised and it wasn’t easy to guess at all! As someone who doesn’t read a lot of mysteries and therefore having nothing to compare it to, I found Ten Dead Comedians to be very enjoyable! I felt like it was well-done and the plot twist was something that nobody could have expected! *I received a free ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion in any way!*
LauraMHartman More than 1 year ago
Van Lente has crafted the perfect locked-room mystery. His stunning debut novel begins with nine comedians receiving invitations to come to an island retreat in the Caribbean. It is the home of renowned comedian Dustin Walker, who is beyond famous. Each guest hopes that Walker can do something to jump start their floundering careers. They were the next best thing at one time, but for most of them it was a flash in the pan. They plummeted from the spotlight as fast as they ascended, but with Walker’s help they all figure they will be back in demand again. The only problem is, once they arrive on the island via boat with Walker’s assistant Meredith Ladipo, they find themselves stranded. Walker is nowhere to be found, the boat is gone, there is no WIFI and the caretaker is mysteriously absent. Ladipo assures them everything will be fine. They were uneasy, but were willing to wait it out due to the rewards Walker promised them. That was all good and well until the first murder occurred. This brilliant mystery has the perfect setting for the crazy characters Van Lente created. Where else but a comedian’s island paradise house could hold such a cast? Each character has issues. One of them is an alcoholic; one is trying to be way younger than she really is with the use of cosmetic surgery and yet another did something in his career that will come back to haunt him. Then there is the killer. Who is it? Since the island appears deserted, it must be one of the guests that came expecting to meet with Walker. Perhaps there is someone hiding on the property. Maybe it is an elaborate joke. How many will have to die before they are either rescued or find out who is behind all of this? This book is the mystery lover’s dream come true. If you are a fan of stand-up comedians it is nirvana. I loved the plot, the surprises at the end as well as the characters in this book. Between chapters, Van Lente has inserted stand-up bits from the characters. You can tell immediately which comic is performing before you see their name at the end of the bit because you will come to know each character intimately. Some of the bits are cutting, others bawdy and one is very sad. The author does a perfect job of pulling emotions out of the reader via his true-to-life characters and the perfect plot. Ten Dead Comedians is a must read for mystery fans. I highly recommend it. DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Netgalley and the publisher. Copyright © 2017 Laura Hartman
EPClark More than 1 year ago
A group of comedians, all either on their way up or on their way down, is invited to a fellow superstar comedian's private island for a mysterious project. But the project, it turns out, is killing them. Like all good comedy, "Ten Dead Comedians" is light fare, but with a definite bite. It's less haha-hilarious than I was expecting, but it does have that upending of expectations, that edgy attack on accepted cultural mores, that good stand-up does. The comedians represent a cross-section of contemporary American comedy, including the white blue collar comedian who pokes fun at Liberal America in a heavy (faked) Southern accent, the ultra-liberal Asian lesbian who alienates everyone around her with her crusading, the Hispanic TV show host who harasses women and gays, the washed-up improv instructor, and so on and so forth. Each character has a story, which they get to tell, exposing the sexism, racism, classism, and fame-chasing of their society, and each character has a reason why the others might want to kill them. I won't spoil it by saying whodunnit, but readers of this kind of thing will have a good guess, while also being satisfied by the twist that exposes the villain. The plotting is conventional locked-room murder mystery stuff, but it's done well, with a good balance of surprise and satisfaction, and the action is page-turning. All the characters are sort of likable, or at least pitiable, and sort of irritating jerks, so it's good that the narrative doesn't spend too long with any of them, giving multiple points of view in each chapter. This could be confusing, but the characters are all delineated clearly enough that it's easy enough to sort them out after a couple of chapters. Readers should be beware that the body count is high, as you'd expect, and there is some gore, although not in egregiously large quantities. In the end, "Ten Dead Comedians" is like a good comedy routine--it's a fun piece of entertainment, with enough of a snap to it to keep you listening, and thinking about it afterwards. My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
SUEHAV More than 1 year ago
Waste of time!