Dial M For Meat Loaf Book Summary and Study Guide

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Fawcett, Nov 2001, 6.99, 336 pp.
ISBN: 034542154X

    Sophie Greenacy owns St. Paul's Mansfield Plazza and writes a restaurant review column for the Minneapolis Times-Register. The newspaper is currently sponsoring a favorite meatloaf recipe contest with the grand prize being a weekend at the Plazza. Helping Sophie with this enormous endeavor is Bernice Washburn, the food editor at the paper.
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    When Sophie learns that her friend's father is ill, she offers to drive Bernice to the hospital to visit him. When John Washburn regains consciousness, he immediately admits that he killed handyman Kirby Rinbeck, an individual allegedly blackmailing him. Sophie decides to investigate only to stunningly learn that John is a multiple bigamist, but finds no evidence that her friend's father killed anyone. Working with Bernice's significant other Angelo Falzone, Sophie searches for the real killer.

    DIAL M FOR MEATLOAF is a witty sophisticated who-done-it with a serpentine story line that takes readers on quite a meandering ride that works. Ellen Hart serves up quite a dish with one of the best amateur sleuth novels of the year because of that strong plot and likable but eccentric characters with fan appeal.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   40% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Big focus on forensic evidence Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   chef Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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