Moonlight Becomes You Book Summary and Study Guide

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    In this book, 5 murders take place when middle aged Maggie fids her long,lost step-mother(whom leaves her father at a young age.)
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When Maggie decides to stay for a while, Her step-mother Finnuala, holds a dinner party but is murdered while preparing. Maggie goes to Finnuala's home but finds her beaten Step-mother in a pool of blood.
    Over the next several days, she finds that Finnuala was going to move to a seniors' home and to sell her estate. The day before her death, Finnuala changes her will and all of her possesions go to Maggie. On the other end of the town, several weathy women on the waiting list for the seniors' home loose thousands on junky stock deals.
    Maggie makes friends with Finnuala's old friends at the home, but several days later is pronounced dead of heart failure. After learnig of 4 other deceased freinds at the home, Maggie investigates.
Maggie finds a bell on each of the graves including Finnuala's. After learnig of a incident from which a house member fainted, she asks a local Professor on the customs of death if he had bells of the kind she was looking for.
    Maggie is caugh off guard and burried in a casket alive.struggling to stay alive. Praying that a Man she's been dating casually in New York (His parents live in the town)to save her.

The review of this Book prepared by a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

Maggie, who is a photographer, finds herself meeting up with her long lost step-mother. When her step-mother dies she begins searching for the truth on how she dies. Maggie uncovers so much,that she herself becomes a becomes a victim.
The review of this Book prepared by Nikki

In this book a young photographer, Maggie, is reunited with her long lost stepmother, Nuala. When she goes for a visit, she find Nuala murdered. Everyone is under suspicion. When Maggie investigates she uncovers a murder plot.
The review of this Book prepared by Jodie

Maggie Holloway meets her former stepmother, Nuala, at a party with her boyfriend, Liam. Nuala invited Maggie to visit her house in Newport and Maggie arrives to find her dead. Maggie had inherited Nuala's house and while staying in Newport, she realizes that her former stepmother's death was not random. She finds connections with the deaths of Nuala's friends. She must find out who the killer is before he comes after her.
The review of this Book prepared by Deanna Victor

Chapter Analysis of Moonlight Becomes You

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 16.7%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 23.3%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 36.7%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 23.3% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Story partially from villain's perspective 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 Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   cooped up in spooky house    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect    -   Killer purposely leaves clues Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings of fear/loss/inadequacy Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Unusual forms of death    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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