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St. Martin's, Mar 2002, 24.95, 366 pp.
ISBN: 0312288298

    Dr. Sarah Deane is between assignments. She just completed a substitute teaching job at a Massachusetts girls' boarding school and has not yet started her English classes at Maine's Bowmouth College. Her mother-in-law Elspeth has invited Sarah to come to their Maine home for several family celebrations.

    However, instead of an idyllic respite, Sarah arrives in time for father-son homicides on the community golf course forcing the police to close the course as a crime scene. Sarah finds a third corpse that of her father-in-law's uncle and not long afterward observes a lad vanish. Sarah searches for the missing person only to be caught by the criminals. Unless she escapes, Sarah could become part of the greens.

    Though MURDER IN THE ROUGH is quite simplistic especially the way everything falls into place for Sarah, readers will enjoy this sports amateur sleuth tale. The story line engages the audience as the eccentric cast makes for a fine coastal Maine tale similar to the Murder She Wrote crowd. Sarah is a likable individual and her inquiries are fun to follow. J.S. Borthwick avoids sand traps and the rough while shooting par.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% 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?    -   60% Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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