A Stroke of Misfortune Book Summary and Study Guide

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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.
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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.
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Plot & Themes

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 Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   retiree Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South City?    -   Yes City:    -   wealthy

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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