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Torie O'Shea's, an amateur genealogist for New Kassel, has to host the annual December O'Shea family reunion. Setting things up and making sure everything goes right is important for any family event, but Torie hasn't been feeling herself lately. To complicate matters further, someone has sent her 50-year-old newspaper clippings describing the unsolved murder of her great-grandfather who was shot on his front porch-with his family still inside. This is news to Torie, everyone knew Grandpa Keith had been killed in a hunting accident, or was he? Torie has to get to the bottom of things and shakes more than just the family tree.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Special suspect?    -   relative Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   solving long-past murder Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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