|Plot Summary of A Stroke of Misfortune|
Recently widowed, Emma Daniels is drawn into becoming an ombudsman at her Sarasota condo by her favorite neighbor, Gerry. When Gerry dies unexpectedly while undergoing chemotherapy and her husband suffers a stroke a few hours later, rendering him speechless, Emma is shocked. But when the police decide the husband suffocated his wife as an act of mercy, Emma is driven to learn the truth, knowing he is unable to defend himself. In trying to finding out who might have wanted Gerry dead, she discovers her friend had been president of a pro-life organization that once sued a storefront church which blockaded an abortion clinic. Gerry was also a founding member of a crafts collective and had recently questioned the bookkeeping there.
In addition to dealing with a bomb threat, an apparent suicide, and a kidnapping, Emma is visited by her daughter-in-law, estranged from Mark, Emma's son, and who now complicates Emma's life even more.
This synopsis report prepared by Nancy Gates
|Chapter Analysis of A Stroke of Misfortune|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- Deep South
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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