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Alison and her husband live a wealthy life in a upscale Connecticut suburb, but after a stock market crash, Alison's Wall Street husband loses all of his money and announces that he's leaving her. Now, Alison must work for her living for the first time ever. She gets a job as a maid for Melanie Maloney, a writer of sleazy celebrity biographies. Melanie is working on the biography of a famous actor turned U.S. senator when she turns up dead. Alison is the police's main suspect, but plenty of other people had good reson to want Melanie dead, including the subject of her new book, his daughter, and Cullie, an architecural photographer and Alison's new love interest. Alison decides to investigate the murder herself, in an attempt to clear her name.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very humorous How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Murder of certain profession?    -   writers/editors Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Any non-mystery subplot?    -   running a business/making a living Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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