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Reporter Kate Kelly just knows that she is making a mistake when she agrees to pose as the fiancee of a high school friend of her brother's for a big party at his families horse ranch in Kentucky. But she figures, what could it hurt? Here is the chance to spend a weekend in luxurious surroundings, hobnobing with the beautiful people. But when, shortly after arrival, a car explodes and a body is found in it, she begins to realize that this may not be the fun weekend she had hoped for. She then finds herself in a race for time, as she tries to find the killer before he finds her.
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The review of this Book prepared by Kathy Thomason

Silver Dagger, June 2004, 9.95, 202 pp.
ISBN 1570722811

Her cousin Adam wants to take Travel Adventures reporter Kate Kelly to lunch, an event that fills her with trepidation because she knows from past experiences that he needs a favor from her. Sure enough, he wants her to pose as his friend Brett's fiancée for a weekend at his family Kentucky horse farm because his mother is throwing them an engagement party and his real bride-to-be disappeared. Against her better judgment she agrees to do it and the magazine is paying her expenses and that of a photographer because they want Kate to write a story about her experiences.

When they arrive at Blue Grass Winds, they are looking in a barn when they hear an explosion. A car blew up with someone inside but the body is too burned up for an immediate identification. While the police are going about their investigation, someone is trying to scare Kate into leaving through nasty and sometimes dangerous pranks. Her first thought is that it could be her supposed mother in law who is mentally unbalanced and doesn't want anyone marrying her precious son. When someone starts shooting at Kate, she decides to investigate even if it places her life in danger.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 15%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 25%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   very humorous How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50%    -   60% Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in that culture Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Deep South Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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