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Judith Flynn is recruited to cater Uncle Boo Major's birthday party. The billionaire mush magnate is celebrating 75 years of sitting around and doing nothing. Enlisting the help of her cousin Renie, Judith tries to not go insane dealing with a branch of relatives they'd like to forget. When poor Boo is shot behind the closed doors of his study, Judith and Renie summon the police. Instead of the case going to Judith's homicide detective husband, it goes to his big rival. Stuck in Major Manor by an ice storm the Major family points fingers at each other while the detective bumbles his way through the investigation. With wills popping up left and right the cousins suspect the family and not trusting the police do a good job Judith enlists the help of Renie to solve the mystery of who killed Uncle Boo.
This report prepared by Abby White








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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    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Special suspect?    -   relative Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

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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