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Midlife Can Be Murder Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Midlife Can Be Murder

Post-menopausal community college English prof Bel Barrett is persuaded by her former Vassar roommate to prepare for an adult bat mitzvah. In the synagogue study group Bel meets former student, Ashley Roberts, who draws Bel into investigating the rock climbing "accident" that killed one of Ashley's dot com colleagues. Bel involves her sidekicks, Illuminada Guttieriez and Betty Ramsey in an undercover investigation in Jersey City's Silicon Slum.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical    -   very humorous How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   best friend Murder of certain profession?    -   businessmen Kind of investigator    -   comical investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Religious overtones?    -   Yes Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   40's-50's

Setting

City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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