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Jane Jeffry is a widowed housewife in the suburbs of Chicago. She leads a mostly boring life, but she gets involved when her next-door neighbor's cleaning woman is murdered, only the murderer got the wrong person. It was a substitute for the regular cleaning lady, Edith and the substitute happened to look like Edith. Jane and her next-door neighbor, Shelley, figure out that Edith is blackmailing people and that the murderer is one of the ladies in their neighborhood circle who got tired of paying Edith blackmail money.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   very humorous How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes City:    -   Chicago

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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