Beginner's Luck: A Paul Grey Murder Mystery Book Summary and Study Guide

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Retiring Senator Allan Puckett has been mentoring his daughter, Lindsey Grey, as she campaigns to take over his Senate seat. The Senator commits suicide and a local art dealer is killed, both with the same gun. The ensuing cursory police investigation "reveals" the Senator must have killed the art dealer and then himself because the two were involved in art theft, forgery, and blackmail. Lindsey Grey's chances of winning her election dwindle with the media coverage of her father's underhanded dealings. Her husband, Paul Grey, takes up amateur sleuthing and begins investigating the arrogant, manipulative, delusional, and sometimes homicidal suspects. With hard work, determination, and some "beginner's luck" Paul Grey is able to reveal a double murderer, the truth about the Senator, and his true calling.
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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 humorous 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?    -   80% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Murder of certain profession?    -   politicians Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   local police w/ IQ of a houseplant    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   husband/wife boy/girlfriend investigators Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   theft/fraud investigation Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   computer programmer Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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