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Give First Place to Murder Book Review Summary

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PublishAmerica, Oct 2004, 207 pp.
ISBN: 1413733026

Following her divorce, Ellen McKenzie returns to her California hometown where she sells real estate, spends much if her waking hours worrying about her daughter Susannah, and is seeing Chief of Police Dan Denton.

At a local horse show, Ellie finds a dead man in a barn with a pitch fork buried into his chest. After Dan completes processing the crime scene, he informs Ellie and Susannah (who works on a horse farm) that the victim was a meth addict and that the police feel illegal drugs are being shipped through horse shows. While attending another show, Ellie finds the corpse of a horse trainer in the men's room because she was following him He was a meth user too. Ellie decides to stay close to Susannah since all the suspects seem to work for her daughter's employer. As they snoop together, the killer kidnaps the two McKenzie women with plans to kill both of them.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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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 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

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

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