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CeCe Caruso is an Italian-American biographer of dead mystery writers. Her current project is the Stratemeyer Syndicate, creators of Nancy Drew. Thus, the novel is liberally peppered with information about Nancy Drew, the syndicate, and the fan culture that developed around the famous sleuth.

Cece delivers a rare Nancy Drew book to an eccentric "Blue Nancy" collector who, interested in her research, shows her his entire collection and offers her the use of his vacation home in Palm Springs, where she is headed for a Nancy Drew convention with her two best friends. When the collector is murdered and CeCe is fingered, since she found the body, she begins her amateur sleuthing job.

In her race to uncover the truth, CeCe encounters an unscrupulous art dealer, missing art, fanatical Nancy Drew aficionados, and innocent people who seem guilty. With her witty sense of humor (not to mention her vintage fashion sense), CeCe manages to find the killer and piece together more Nancy Drew history for the memoirs than she ever thought possible.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 50% Tone of story    -   very humorous How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   art/artifacts Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   Italian

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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