|Plot Summary of Blues In the Night|
Ballanine, Oct 2002, 23.95, 352 pp.
She is a woman blessed with great parents and good friends. Her faith in the Jewish Modern Orthodox religion sustains her and perhaps that is why Molly Blume is a true crime writer and a columnist for Crime Sheets for the local independent papers. One police report catches her interest concerning Lenore Saunders who was out in the middle of the night miles from her house wearing only a nightgown.
Molly is so curious that she visits Lenore in the hospital where she blurts out three names to her: Robbie, the ex-husband, Max, the two month old son she killed while in a post partum depression and Nina, her best friend. Further investigating leads Mollie to learn that Lenore was visiting Robbie because she was afraid and wanted to spend the night. She also called Molly telling her she was afraid before she hung up and visited Robbie. Molly is convinced that Lenore was murdered in her hospital room and she wants to find out who did it, not realizing that by her actions she is putting herself in danger.
BLUES IN THE NIGHT is an excellent novel that gives readers a glimpse into the customs and culture of the orthodox Jew. The mystery is well crafted and exciting but the protagonist is the star of this work. She is strong-minded yet flexible and willing to help a person in trouble. Although she wants to write a book about Lenore, her main goal is to see justice done.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Blues In the Night|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in that culture
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- Religious Jew
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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