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Jane Jeffry's mom is visiting and while she is there, Jane, her neighbor and best friend, Shelley, and Jane's mom decide to take a 5-night course on writing autobiographies. A shockingly rude, awful woman, Mrs. General Pryce, takes the course as well, and submits her whole autobiography to the rest of the class before class even starts. It, too, shows what a cruel person she (Mrs. Pryce) is. One night, Mrs. Pryce invites everybody over for dinner before class, and that night, Mrs. Pryce dies in class. Her maid got sick because it was the maid's habit to finish whatever Mrs. Pryce didn't eat, but the maid didn't die because she got help in time. As in other books in this series, Jane and Shelley try to figure out who killed Mrs. Pryce.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very humorous How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Murder of certain profession?    -   writers/editors Kind of investigator    -   amateur 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:    -   homemaker Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


City?    -   Yes City:    -   Chicago

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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