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Shadow Of Doubt Book Review Summary

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Port Town, Oct 2002
ISBN: 0971623996

The body of Jennifer Madoc is found at the bottom of the cliff near her home near Mendocino, California. The police rule out murder and suicide, concluding the unfortunate victim died in an accident though the heartless Jennifer had hurt several people, including a sibling. A friend of the late father Tom Furlough thinks a homicide occurred. He worries about Cat, knowing that she will obstinately make inquiries so Tom “orders” architect Derek Driscoll to pose as a concerned neighbor, but to keep her safe.

Cat believes the self-centered Jennifer would never commit suicide and knew the cliffs too well to fall accidentally. She concludes her sister was murdered and she plans to obtain justice though she rarely talked with her selfish sibling. Though he leans towards the Sheriff Department's position, Detective Frank Harris remains suspicious of Jennifer's former lover Derek. Cat also wonders about her “protector” who she is half in love with, but wonders if he is the culprit she seeks?

Fans of amateurs sleuth romances will have no SHADOW OF DOUBT that this terse thriller is a superb tale that has cross genre appeal. The story line never slows down as Cat struggles with conflicting feelings when it comes to Derek, who appears like a modern day brooding gothic hero. However, the key to Linda Morelli's strong novel is that most of the cast seems multi-dimensional and had the motive to kill Jennifer.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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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 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) 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?    -   60% Special suspect?    -   lover Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in small town Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

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

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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