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Perseverance Press, Oct 2002, 13.95 216 pp.
ISBN 1880284545

Not many aspiring writers get to see their dreams come true but Bridget Montrose, married with four young children, is one of the lucky few. Her first book was bought by a major publishing house and has made the New York Times bestseller list. Now the pressure is on from her editor and her agent to produce another bestseller but Bridget can't write a single world.
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When she gets a grant to attend a writer's retreat at the Ars Ranch she looks forward to the opportunity to write without any distractions. The first two days she is there writes thirty pages but her muse deserts her when one of her peers is killed. Everyone falls under suspicion, especially Bridget, who has a tendency to become involved in homicide cases.

ANOTHER FINE MESS is a delightful cozy starring a protagonist most people can identify with and understand. There is a surplus of suspects because everyone (except Bridget) had a reason to hate the murder victim. All the candidates seem plausible so readers won't find out who the perpetrator is until the very last page.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Murder of certain profession?    -   artists Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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