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Lily Brewster and her brother, Robert, were high-society people in New York until the crash of 1929 destroyed their father. (He committed suicide.) They're living in a run-down tenement apartment and working regular jobs when they see an ad asking them to get in touch with a lawyer, Mr. Prinney. Prinney is the lawyer for their great-uncle Horatio Brewster, who died in a boating "accident".
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They inherited his Honeysuckle Cottage (they renamed it Grace and Favor Cottage), really a fancy mansion, with some terms: They are required to live at Grace and Favor for 10 years (without being away from it more than 2 months each year) and have to work to get their own money for clothes and such. Household expenses, food, fuel, and such, were seen to by Prinney.

Lily and Robert think that Uncle Horatio was actually murdered and wanted to find his killer. Then, a no-good local river rat, Billy Smith, was found dead in their kitchen, stabbed or strangled with Lily's scarf found around his neck. Lily and Robert found out beforehand that Billy claimed to have known something about the murder of Uncle Horatio, and so his murder was tied in with Uncle Horatio's. Since Billy's murder happened in Grace and Favor and Lily found him, Lily and Robert became more motivated to find the killer and clear any doubts about themselves.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   local police w/ IQ of a houseplant Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   running a business/making a living Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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