Some Deaths Before Dying Book Summary and Study Guide

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A dying woman investigates the loss of one of her long-dead husband's antique dueling pistols and finds answers to a puzzle that has haunted her for many years. The book is a murder mystery, but more importantly, a search for the truth. As Rachel Matson is almost completely paralyzed she uses her many photo albums and the help of her nurse to solve the mystery. The book is almost completely dialogue driven, and a masterly portrayal of a certain type of British "gentlewoman" that almost certainly no longer exists.
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Plot & Themes

How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Special suspect?    -   relative Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) 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:    -   long lived adults


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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