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Sugarplum Dead Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Sugarplum Dead

Christmas is a time for families. Wealthy, aging movie queen Marguerite Dumaney Ladson brings her extended family together in order to inform them that she is giving all of her money to a new-age spiritualist. This announcement leads to a murder in the family. Meanwhile Annie Darling, owner of the Death on Demand bookstore, is stunned when her father whom she has not seen in twenty five years suddenly reappears. When she learns that he has been charged with the Ladson family murder, Annie, her private investigator husband Max, and her eccentric mother-in-law band together to find the real murderer.
This report prepared by Linda Bertland








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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    -   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:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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