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Feisty Suzanne McTavish learns of the death of her 80 year-old client just 24 hours after she discovers that the woman's accounts have been raided. $2.4 million is missing. Death by natural causes says old Doc Spears. No way, says Suzanne.
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She convinces authorities to autopsy, but before results are in, she digs up scandalous family secrets: infidelity, collusion, a murder twelve years old, and $1 million in gold. Motives abound and careers are at stake in tiny Barkerville, Oregon. Each of the five suspects wants her stopped. Which one is the killer?
Meanwhile, two men vie for her attention. One is eligible, the other is not; one is trustworthy, the other is dangerous. How does 50 year-old Suzanne handle romance while solving a crime?

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very upbeat 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?    -   80% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   local police w/ IQ of a houseplant Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in small town Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Pacific NW Forest?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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