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Constance Little, Gwenyth Little
Rue Morgue Press, March 2004, 14.00
ISBN: 09152305658
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Gloria Rouston was on a brief vacation when she was in an accident. Attorney John Cowrer and his Aunt Mamie find her and shelter her while she recovered. Gloria knows someone from her own family threw her off the nearby bridge trying to kill her. When John mentions the scar on her face will make it difficult for anyone to recognize her, Gloria decides to visit a plastic surgeon. Afterward she plans to uncover the identity of the person who tried to kill her.

John falls in love with Gloria and gives her an even better cover as his wife Jane than a job would have provided her. She begins her undercover investigation into her own “demise” starting with her “legal husband” Dick, who fails to recognize the pretty newcomer is his wife Gloria; only a blind man recognizes her. Jane feels bad that when the dust settles she will have hurt John and Mamie who mean the world to her as they showered her with love when they thought she was an injured middle class tourist rather than a wealthy upper crust individual

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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?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   lover Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator 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 Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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