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If you have any lingering fanasies about happy, picturesque Scotland GARNETHILL will put them to rest. Glasgow native Maureen O'Donnell is an incest survivor, a recent mental hospital inmate, has the mother and family from hell, and wakes up from a drunken stupor to find her lover in shreds in her kitchen. Naturally the police suspect Maureen and she must find the real killer. Tremendously well written and involving, the reader roots for Maureen conquer her demons, but suspects she wouldn't be half as interesting were she so-called "normal".
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Plot & Themes

How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   40% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York)    -   dangerous

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   rape (yeech!) Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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