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Torie O'Shea, New Kassel's town historian, is excited. Besides returning to work after the birth of son Matthew, her new step-father has bought the contents of the Finch Estate. Catherine Finch was a famous jazz singer in the '30s and lived in New Kassel. In addition to the estate, Torie is writing a biography of Finch. In her background work for the biography she becomes obsessed with stories about Catherine's kidnapped baby boy, which remained unsolved. When the skeleton of a baby is found in a nearby condemned building, two days after another body was found, Torie is convinced they've found the body of Byron Finch and that the deaths are somehow linked.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   solving long-past murder Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in small town 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?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   frying (electrocuted) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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