Mulch Ado About Nothing Book Summary and Study Guide

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Morrow, Dec 2000, 23.00, 224 pp.
ISBN: 0380977354

    A flower arrangement meant for Julie Jackson is accidentally delivered to Jane Jeffry. Living in the same neighborhood, Jane and her best friend Shelly Drover deliver the flowers to Jake. Upon arrival at his home, they find a ?crime scene? tape barring their way. Jane?s police officer friend Mel informs the two women that someone knocked out Jake in his basement office.
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    Julie was supposed to teach a gardening class, but her injury precludes that from happening. Dr. Eastman conducts the session attended by Jane and Shelly. The students tour each other?s gardens picking up tips along the way. When their teacher is found dead in his garden, Jane and Shelly begin an investigation into what is happening amidst the gardening set.

    MULCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is a character-driven tale that is a bit short on plot, but huge on imagery and humor. The individual gardens are described so well that the audience will feel they are along on the tour. The killer is a shocker to those readers smelling the roses and not paying attention to the motives driving the characters. As usual, Jill Churchill provides her fans with a delightfully amusing novel.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   depressing/sad How difficult to spot villain?    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   20% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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