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Kensington Oct 2003, 22.00, 288 pp.
ISBN 0758201265

The Jeremy Ash Dance Company is going to perform at the International Stars Ballroom Competition at the Grand Pavilion Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Lindy Graham Haggerty tries to get into the spirit of the occasion but she can't because her husband told her he is not coming home to her, but stops short at asking for a divorce. Lindy's wannabe lover Bill is meeting her at the hotel but by the time he arrives, she is standing over the murdered body of a ballroom dancer who had a great shot at winning the contest.
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The victim, Shane Corbett, was about to leave his dancing partner and lover Katya for her rival. The police are searching for Katya who disappeared at about the same time because they know she found out Shane was dumping her. Lindy becomes involved in this melodrama because Katya's teacher is friendly with Rose the Jeremy Ash Wardrobe mistress. Rose wants Lindy to find out who really killed Shane. Dispute Bill's objections, she agrees and almost has the curtain rung on a near final performance.

Readers hearts will go out to the beleaguered heroine as she works to find the killer, struggles to understand her husband's actions and wonders whether to do what her heart dictates her to do with Bill. A MERRY LITTLE MURDER is a whimsically charming amateur sleuth mystery filled with falls trails and red herrings.

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 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% 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:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

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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