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When Belinda Lawrence inherits her great-aunt's cottage on the outskirts of Bath, she expects a quiet life in this new neighbourhood. Perhaps a little gardening, making new friends
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But Belinda finds herself deep in the mystery of her great-aunt's sudden death, and surrounded people she's not sure she should trust. Are her neighbours, Rosemary and Jacob, what they seem? Why is real-estate agent Mark Sallinger so keen for her to sell the property? Is local antique dealer Hazel Whitby only interested in Belinda's furniture?

Antique plans for the cottage garden give Belinda the clue to her great-aunt's murder, but soon Belinda herself is the prey of a determined and ruthless killer.!

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   cooped up in spooky house    -   local police w/ IQ of a houseplant    -   "All in the family" murder Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for $$$/treasure Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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