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Jordan Buchanan decides to take on an adventure after her life has been described as boring and predictable. So she follows up a treasure hunt introduced to her by her friend's professor. She is intrigued with the professor's research about the ongoing feud between the Buchanans and McKenna and decides to learn more about her family's history. She travels to Serenity, Texas to meet up with the professor and get all his research about the treasure. However 2 days after she meets the professor and when she is about to leave the town, she finds the professor dead and tied inside the trunk of her car. Suddenly she is now a suspect of his murder. Only with the help of her brother and his friend Noah, who are both FBI agents, she has been cleared from the crime. But the murderer is not done yet when 2 more people turned up dead. Not knowing the reason for the sudden cause of murder in the town, Jordan with Noah leave Serenity bringing along the professor's research material. Jordan guesses that the answer of his death lies in the research. Finally Jordan discovers the identity of the killer but before she can confide to Noah, she is shot. Noah is devastated. It's up to him to find out who the murderer is and he has been given a head start when Jordan murmured a name in her sleep after her surgery. Noah determinedly puts all the pieces of the puzzle together and solves the mystery before the murderer can finish his job on Jordan.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%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?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   killer purposefully leaves puzzle clues Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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