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   Margaret Knowles is a 27-year old depressed, socially awkward professor in a small New England college when she receives an unexpected marriage proposal from Roger Spaudling, the prestigious local bank president. Margaret hears a masculine voice commanding her to refuse the proposal. The voice belongs to Zeke, a dead elderly cowboy that only she can hear. She tries to continue her unassuming life, but Zeke relentlessly speaks to her, helpfully leading her out of her depression while simultaneously confessing his life's misdeeds.
   Zeke guides Margaret into meeting his adult children who are stunned by this stranger's uncanny knowledge of their dead father and her strange continuing relationship with him. When a murdered body is discovered on Zeke's family's ranch, Margaret may hold the key to the body's identity.
   As Margaret ventures out, new people enter her life and also a thrilling romance, however she fears that her whirlwind lifestyle could come to an abrupt halt-- unless she finds out the truth about Zeke.
This report prepared by Nancy Flinn Ludwin








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 60%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Story partially from villain's perspective Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   20% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder    -   solving long-past murder Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   ghost buddy Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   20's-30's Has special powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   can read emotions Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   ranch    -   lots of descript of animal care

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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